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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Logan’s Run: TV Series
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2010 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I don't have this, having dismissed the "goofy-sounding" theme upon first hearing it, but after hearing the samples today I have to seriously reconsider my previous view.

So...for those who have Logan's Run TV series--what do you think of this release? I never even knew of the show's existence--despite being old enough in 1977 to have watched it--until this was announced in 2004 and would like to read your comments on the show and the scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2010 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I bought it for the Bruce Broughton suite, but ended up enjoying the Laurence Rosenthal stuff much more.
The main theme is great and the quality of the actual scores leaves most of today's rubbish floundering (Giacchino aside).
It gets quite a few plays in this house and is a lovely package, as is usual from FSM.
In short, thumbs-up from me.

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2010 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

Yes, I also give this CD a "Thumb's Up"....I picked it up for the Broughton and Jerry Immel material, but I ended up really enjoying the entire CD.

Great stuff, indeed...:-)

 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2010 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

After you get past the "byew byew byew" the theme is really beautiful. But, you know, it was "sci-fi" and Goldsmith's score for the movie had "sci-fi" electronics, so there you go. Outside of that, most of the music is very nicely done and very straightforward. Some are quite haunting. Man out of Time is one of my favorites. Really good stuff for a maddeningly mediocre series. Of course, that doesn't stop me from wishing the damned show was on DVD. I love mediocre science fiction.

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2010 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

After you get past the "byew byew byew" the theme is really beautiful.

I like the byew byews! They have nostalgia value. It's a must-have CD for me for this reason.

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2010 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Here's what I wrote on an earlier post (http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/daily/article.cfm/articleID/6514/Five-Seventies-era-Sci-Fi-TV-Shows-Whose-Music-Id-Like-to-Have-on-CD---or---If-Wishes-Were-Horses.../)

I still remember the curious thrill I experienced when I read the announcement: FSM had released music from the TV version of Logan's Run. I watched the show as a kid, built my own sandman shirt and pistol (I used a water pistol as the base with an Enterprise nacelle as the barrel. I owned many Enterprise models back then, building fleets of starships, and by 1977, Star Trek had become more of a memory and the model kits began getting recycled. I used what I believe are the intercoolers from the rear of the nacelle to help make the front section of the barrel.).

I'd not thought much about the show since then, and when the cd announcement appeared, I had no idea what to expect, musically. I listened to the main title and was instantly transported. The siren-like strains of the opening sent a real live shiver down my spine. A Proustian flood of childhood memories returned as I heard the theme and I didn't hesitate another moment before placing my order. The cd remains one of my all time favorite FSM releases. It's just a joy, from beginning to end. I have not seen the show since 1977 and I don't think I want to. The music makes it seem wonderful, just the way the show exists in my memory. I'd rather not let the cold stench of reality spoil that feeling.


And here's the review I wrote on Amazon (http://amzn.to/92VYjZ)

In the seventies, we were treated to many short-lived and little remembered science fiction television shows, some of them based on popular films. Logan's Run the tv show lasted for just a handful of episodes and is now virtually forgotten. So who on earth would want to release (let alone listen to) the soundtrack music of this show? Well, the good people at Film Score Monthly have dug up the masters and released this astonishingly entertaining cd. Really a seperate beast altogether from Jerry Goldsmith's classic score to the film, the music presented here is varied, textured and just plain terrific. The siren-like tones of the opening theme had -- unknown to me until I reheard them here -- burned themselves into my brain as a young lad, and listening to it again brought the memories of being a kid in the seventies flooding back. But after that little bit of nostalgia, the disc really takes off, with wonderful orchestral contributions from Laurence Rosenthal, Bruce Broughton, Jerome Immel and Jeff Alexander. Unlike today's overly bland tv underscoring, the music on this disc is delightfully tuneful, original and an absolute pleasure to hear. The action music, suspense cues and even touches of romance all work like gangbusters, and the whole thing has been well-sequenced to make a superb listening experience. If you have fond memories of seventies science fiction music, then don't hesitate to pick up this disc.

 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2010 - 9:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thanks to the stalwart FSM board vets for your helpful responses. smile I've been enjoying the sound samples quite a bit!

As for the 150+ others who read this and moved on without comment---shame!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2010 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Nick Haysom   (Member)

As for the 150+ others who read this and moved on without comment---shame!

confused Shame for reading a thread but not commenting? Is it impossible, Mr Phelps, that they had nothing to say? No wonder some of these threads go on for ever if it is considered shameful to read without replying. eek

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2010 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

As for the 150+ others who read this and moved on without comment---shame!

I redeem myself and say: shame upon al those who haven't bought this CD yet. It is absolutely great music. I'm looking forward to playing this again in December when it is its time in my soundtrack schedule.
Get it while you still have the chance as you really miss out on something great if you let it pass.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Looks like the LOGAN'S RUN TV show is destined for DVD:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Logans-Run-The-Complete-Series/14913

Logan's Run started life as a 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, then became a classic 1976 film starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett. The movie was so popular that it led to a spin-off TV series starring Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, M.D.'s "Dr. Gonzo"), Heather Menzies (The Sound of Music's "Louisa"), Donald Moffat (A Clear and Present Danger's "President Bennett"), and Randy Powell (Dallas' "Alan Beam"). The show had a 90-minute pilot and 13 regular weekly episodes (3 of them were unaired). Those included visits from Mary Woronov, Kim Cattrall, Soon-Tek Oh, Jared Martin, Melody Anderson, Barbara Babcock, Nehemiah Persoff, and Gerald McRaney. Star Trek veteran D.C. Fontana wrote for and was story editor on the show.

Each year our friends at the Home Theater Forum try to hold a live online chat with Warner Home Video, where HTF members can ask the studio about their DVD release plans. During the 2008 chat, I personally asked about a number of shows (so many they made a joke of it). Logan's Run was one of those programs I asked about, and the reply was "We'll revisit Logan's Run in the event the theatrical film happens". Yes, a new theatrical film had begun being planned at the time, and is still in development for a possible 2012 release. So that means we're getting close to a release of the TV show, right?

RIGHT! Our friends at the DVD website The Digital Bits include columnist/editor Adam Jahnke, who - just like me - is a big fan of the Logan's Run television series. This past Monday, Adam asked about it at the Facebook fan page of the Warner Archive Collection, the studio's group that handles their manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases. Late yesterday the people at the Warner Archive answered Adam's questions, with VERY good news that this is actually being developed!
We are cuurently [sic] at work on the LOGAN'S RUN series, and hope to have it ready sometime this year. It will be all the episodes, including the few that didn't air during the original network run.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I had never seen the TV series when FSM released this disc, and I understand from even a hardcore sci fi fan friend of mine that there's not a whole lot there to love. As to the music, however, this is one of those "who knew?" discoveries for me, among my very favorite tv discs and one that has had quite a lot of play in this house. While the uptempo main theme comes off as a bit corny at first, it turns out as you listen through the tracks that Rosenthal's theme changes tempo with amazing ease, serving many dramatic purposes along the way. There's not a clunker among the contributions from Rosenthal, Bruce Broughton, Jeff Alexander and Jerrold Immel. Very accessible, interesting music. This is one of the few discs of which I carry a complete copy in my car. A big double-thumbs-up from me. It represents for me the vast quantity of great tv music that remains unreleased, and the hope for more releases such as this in the not-too-distant future.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

I always enjoyed the music, even if the "bwew bwew bwew" was just someone saying "we need electronics like in Da Movee." The theme tune itself was great and the underscore did right by the series. I was thrilled when FSM released it.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Yes. Yes. Yes. This remains one of my very favorite FSM discs.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 7:53 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)

Whoopsie. Accidental double post.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I always enjoyed the music, even if the "bwew bwew bwew" was just someone saying "we need electronics like in Da Movee." The theme tune itself was great and the underscore did right by the series. I was thrilled when FSM released it.

Hey! Bring back the lengthy, insightful post you had before regarding the program itself! This board needs that!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I fancied the pants off Heather Menzies when I used to watch this series.
My first love was The Bionic Woman herself (Lindsay Wagner). Then Jessica Lange...then
Menzies and the blonde girl from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Laurette Spang)....then pretty much any hot babe who looked cute smile
My hormones are more steady now wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

I fancied the pants off Heather Menzies when I used to watch this series.

Well, then that explains why she never wore pants.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

That's cool Scott. The Power of my mind eh! You can all thank me now wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

Loved the theatrical (saw it when I was a kid with my cousins in 76)... and, even though the series did not last long... it was corny but entertaining. It also served as stepping stone for it's producer... Leonard Katzman.

One year later, DALLAS hit the screen. And, Jerrold Immel and Bruce Broughton followed him there. That is a different story, but would it not be awesome for a box set of DALLAS. Jerrold Immel, Bruce Broughton, Lance Rubin, Angela Morley, John Parker and Richard Lewis Warren to name a few...

But, back to Logan's Run... very entertaining scores for the show. You will not be disappointed. I think I have listened to it as many, if not more times than the theatrical (which I love).

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2011 - 10:47 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


This CD was fun to produce. It was the first time I think I did an album from an entire TV series. I tried to pick the best cues and make "musical" suites. There were hours and hours of episodes to screen...with plotlines that are not very engaging. Yech.

But the music has a very evocative mood of '70s sci-fi. It was fun talking to Dorothy Fontana as well as the composers for the liner notes. I hope people enjoy the CD and it's nice people are talking about it!

Lukas

 
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