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 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Probably my second favorite release of the year. The sound just resonates with immaculate clarity! One of the most vibrant scores Ive ever heard even besting some new releases.

The score seems to change directions tonally halfway through. The first half is primarily "military" sounding with horns and drums. The second half there's more of a modern day "jazzy" action sound.

I think it would be best to alternate the two styles of music on the CD in order to create a more balanced listening experience.

Special note: El Bimbo is amazing!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Mat001   (Member)

Which would go against how it was in the film, which is what the release is about.

 
 Posted:   Dec 17, 2013 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Which would go against how it was in the film, which is what the release is about.

I'm all for C&C but sometimes film order doesn't make for a great listening experience. I'm fine with moving cues around, especially when I am not at all familiar with the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

Which would go against how it was in the film, which is what the release is about.

I'm all for C&C but sometimes film order doesn't make for a great listening experience. I'm fine with moving cues around, especially when I am not at all familiar with the film.


Sorry solium, but the CD really needs to be in the order it is for those of us who are familiar with the film. As I said in a different thread, "El Bimbo" is my least favorite track on the CD.

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2013 - 9:14 PM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

My copy arrived the other day.

I love the order that it is in. It mimics the pace of the movie.

 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2013 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Can't wait to don some leather chaps and do the tango with my wifey to El Bimbo. I bought her a fake mustache for the occasion.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Well Ive been playing with an alternate playlist order for a few days and still not happy. I may go back to the original playlist. I dunno, I love the music but the score doesn't go anywhere, seems directionless. Hard to explain, and not a problem I've experienced too much. I know, I know, watch the movie right? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

They really covered all the bases on this one. This was the first Black Friday album I listened to after sprinting back from the mail box and as one of the resident 80s kids 'round here, I was wearing a grin the entire time.

Folk seems to use the main theme more often in this film than the other ones. The sultry jazz music comes back in future films, too.

And if I recall, the climaxes for 2, 4, and 6 are all heavily orchestral while the climaxes for 3 and 5 (both set on the water) are more contemporaneous.

After reading the liner notes, one wonders what Elmer Bernstein might've come up with if he hadn't been busy.



I dunno, I love the music but the score doesn't go anywhere, seems directionless.

I always felt similarly about the movie. IMHO, it's not edited very well and there's a stop and start quality to everything... and then in the third act, our heroes get thrown into an arbitrary conflict (not unlike Stripes).

It may sound like damning with faint praise but PA2 is better structured than this one. Hopefully, that will be evident in the score if/when LLL releases it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   moviescore1   (Member)

They really covered all the bases on this one. This was the first Black Friday album I listened to after sprinting back from the mail box and as one of the resident 80s kids 'round here, I was wearing a grin the entire time.

Folk seems to use the main theme more often in this film than the other ones. The sultry jazz music comes back in future films, too.

And if I recall, the climaxes for 2, 4, and 6 are all heavily orchestral while the climaxes for 3 and 5 (both set on the water) are more contemporaneous.

After reading the liner notes, one wonders what Elmer Bernstein might've come up with if he hadn't been busy.



I dunno, I love the music but the score doesn't go anywhere, seems directionless.

I always felt similarly about the movie. IMHO, it's not edited very well and there's a stop and start quality to everything... and then in the third act, our heroes get thrown into an arbitrary conflict (not unlike Stripes).

It may sound like damning with faint praise but PA2 is better structured than this one. Hopefully, that will be evident in the score if/when LLL releases it.


I love this release and I was so excited to finally hear it. I even went back and watched the first two movies and I agree. I think the music is actually better in PA 2. Hopefully the next installment is not too far away. I still think Folk is a seriously underrated composer. There are a number of his scores that I really enjoy.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

I've always admired Robert Folk and this was the score that made me take notice. Admittedly I felt Folk paid homage to Jerry Goldsmith in the opening theme but I loved how Folk developed the score. It is so enthusiastic. Just so much fun. So sad we have to wait this long but so pleased to have it. Had the privilege to meet and hear Mr Folk in action and will never forget it. More from Robert Folk please. Well done La-la Land.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

No one asked but this is my playlist order. I repeated a few tracks.

Police Academy March
Main Title/Night Rounds
Assignment
Rounds Resume/Tackleberry
Barbara
Riot Starts
Need to Talk/Hightower Leaves
Join Up
The Academy
Riot Gear
Recruits
Pussycat/Uniforms
Bonus Track: El Bimbo
SOB
Formation/Move Out
Hightower Drive
Obstacles
Match
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Where's Harris?
Ball Games
Regrets
Guns-In Drag
Straighten Up
Warpath
Improvement
Jam Up
Riot Gear
Police Academy March

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Some of the highlights for me include "Night Rounds" (hauntingly funny), "Recruits" (almost sounds like something out of A-Team), "Formation" (for Harris' catchy theme big grin), "Martin and Company" (for the sexy sax), "Guns" (love this rendition of the main theme), "Riot starts" (hilariously camp), "SOB" (someone needs to sample that opening riff, it is gold) and of course "El Bimbo".

A lot of the cues have that trademark Elmer Bernstein's comedy sound but I prefer Folk as he seems more adept at incorporating different genres and styles, whereas with Bernstein that sometimes backfired, compared to Ghostbusters of the same year where most of Bernstein's attempts at cool music got rejected for songs instead. Folk seems to have street cred or at least some black ancestry. wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 6:27 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

We're spinning this now, and man, it's bringing back so many memories. I loved these movies as a kid, and ever since I got turned on to film music I'd been hoping for a CD release. This score is just so darn fun. I'm loving every minute of it. Thanks a million, LLL (and Robert Folk, too)!

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

It's a fun score for sure! I'm even digging the jazzy action stuff which I had no recollection of.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2013 - 10:27 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

It's a fun score for sure! I'm even digging the jazzy action stuff which I had no recollection of.

The "Riot" cues almost reach the level of Italian cop-funk cool in their badassness. cool

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2013 - 3:48 AM   
 By:   Juanki   (Member)

BEST RELEASE OF THE YEAR

Seriously, it was about time for this terrific piece of music. I hardly can believe it is already around.

The score sounds marvelous. Get it!

Please MV, here is hoping there is more "Police Academy" releases soon enough!

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 10:16 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

It is embarrassing how much fun this score is. It's so splashy and vibrant, and I love the shift to the more urban thriller sound in the latter portion of the score.

I'm definitely interested in more of Folk's music for this franchise.

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I'm just thankful they didn't do a huge box set. Just can't budget for them right now. So glad we got a a single release. Looking forward to more though!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   counterpoint   (Member)

Finally received my copy. Wow, what a fun score. The only downside. Now I want the other PA scores even more. Does anyone know how the CD is selling? I mean the more succesful it is the better are chances for more PA releases. Although I unfortunately doubt that they will release all scores frown

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2014 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   ScottDS   (Member)

Finally received my copy. Wow, what a fun score. The only downside. Now I want the other PA scores even more. Does anyone know how the CD is selling? I mean the more succesful it is the better are chances for more PA releases. Although I unfortunately doubt that they will release all scores frown


I believe this is the last remark from M.V. about Police Academy:

Most like 2/3 will be next. There are rights issues with Part 4 due to the rock album. We'll just wait and see.

 
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