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 Posted:   Dec 18, 2013 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   AveD   (Member)

hi,
anyone have info on any new Alex North releases? Also, any word, in the slightest,
on news that an expanded Rich Man Poor Man may be released? One of his wondrous
TV show scores which won him an Emmy Award as you Alex fans know. I own the current RMPM & have
always been dismayed that SO MUCH of the music written for that stunning mini-series
was ignored. And a loud boo-hiss to Hellywood for ignoring his ouvre through the years
but what can one expect from politically driven "Academy"? :-/
oh well! at least a lifetime achievement for this great gentle man & his genius.

Many thanks for any info or tidbit. :-)


 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

hi,
anyone have info on any new Alex North releases?


Hi, AveD.

I asked (sort of) the same thing in a previous FSM thread on Alex North:


http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=88717&forumID=1&archive=0


Here's an update bump I did about 6 months ago:

Unreleased Alex North from 1958: 1) STAGE STRUCK & 2) HOT SPELL. (maybe within the next 100 from Kritzerland?)

Unreleased Alex North from the 1970s: 1) WILLARD, 2) POCKET MONEY, 3) ONCE UPON A SCOUNDREL, 4) SHANKS, 5) THE PASSOVER PLOT, 6) THE WORD (TV movie) & 7) WISE BLOOD.
(La La Land? ... Perserverance? ... Quartet?... new Norwegian label? ...)


*an update bump*

"... there's been 2 of these title released since I typed this! smile

Kritzerland did HOT SPELL for us, and Quartet was indeed one of the above-named labels to fill one of the gaps in '70s North discography with their release of SHANKS.

What unreleased North is next ... I wonder?"


Sorry that I have no inside information on any (if any) upcoming North albums, but I'm grateful to meet (electronically) an Alex North fan whom I don't recall ever chatting with before here @ FSM.

Reading your profile, AveD, I see that Alex North is listed first within the favorite composers section (and that you are female).

Could this be a 'first'? There aren't many female FSM members, let alone ones for whom North is da BOSS. smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

I'm not about to be female, but I do admire Alex North's music.

... Admirers of North ought to keep him in the conversation, new releases of his music help that along nicely, I think a little jogging helps too.

Does anybody know if his Prizzi's Honour is something to look forward to?

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Does anybody know if his Prizzi's Honour is something to look forward to?

Yes it is.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 5:15 AM   
 By:   AveD   (Member)

hi there ToneRow,

yes, surprise surprise male dominated forum. hehe I hope there is at least 1 more female on board.

I have been a film music fan since a teen in the niftyfifties. Ancient. I used to collect compilation albums (vinyls) of movie themes because soundtracks weren't produced then. Only until after Rozsa's Ben-Hur did TPTB learn the lucrative business of soundtrack albums.

I am NOT a movie fan. I am a movie music fan. When I sit down to watch any film its the music that grabs me first. I won't go into the horror of Inception as not to offend but a big eyeroll on my part on that unique film but drenched in music - no respite except for 10 seconds, perhaps. I was almost getting frantic in the theater. Spoiled the whole film for me. oh well, I digress there.

I love film music but do not collect soundtracks.

I've been an Alex North fan since I first heard his TV theme for Playhouse 90. Rich Man Poor Man knocked me out especially the jazz cue for Tom. A stunning mini-series & if not seen, it is available on Netflix now. I loved reading his biography learning that he was a very sentimental man with great feeling & concern for all he undertook. His life work is immense - surpassing everyone - but do you think "they" would ever release a great deal of it? no. No $ in it because simply there are not enough North fans to speak up & demand it.

yep, Alex North is "da boss" for me but my profile shows I do have others.

Alrighty then, so nice to meet you, Tone Row :-) another Alex fan. And thanks for the link & your info!

-Ave

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

The TV production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1985, Dustin Hoffman, John Malkovich et. al.) re-used Alex North's wonderful score from the Broadway play and subsequent original film of same. Logically, there would have had to be a re-recording of the score to cue it into the TV film, right? Anybody know what might have happened to that?

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Alrighty then, so nice to meet you, Tone Row :-) another Alex fan. And thanks for the link & your info!

-Ave


Yes - nice to have met you!

See you around ... perhaps speaking out on other North film music on your wish lists. smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Not exactly new, but a must have North, is Dragonslayer - one of my most recent acquisitions.

The La La Land is exceptional for sound quality and presentation. It's amazing to me that both it and Cleopatra over at Varese are still available. The highlights of the score have remained the same with me from familiarisation with the film and also as a stand alone listening experience. It's always nice to hear deeper structure, having been lost within sound effects etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

Quite surprised that CHEYENNE AUTUMN was never released by FSM. Hoping one day LLL or Intrada can fill this void.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)

Quite surprised that CHEYENNE AUTUMN was never released by FSM. Hoping one day LLL or Intrada can fill this void.

Label X did this one on lp & CD, and it's still available on CD for $16.25 on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEYENNE-AUTUMN-SCORE-COMPACT-DISC-1987-CINEMA-MAESTRO-LABEL-X-LXCD4-STEREO-/261343499132?pt=Music_CDs&hash=item3cd949537c

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Label X did this one on lp & CD, and it's still available on CD for $16.25 on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEYENNE-AUTUMN-SCORE-COMPACT-DISC-1987-CINEMA-MAESTRO-LABEL-X-LXCD4-STEREO-/261343499132?pt=Music_CDs&hash=item3cd949537c


The sound quality on that release could be improved upon significantly.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Hi AveD. You hoped there was at least, "1 more female on board." My latest count shows there are about 25 of us. Good luck on more North releases.

 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

The Bad Seed, please.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   AveD   (Member)

Hi AveD. You hoped there was at least, "1 more female on board." My latest count shows there are about 25 of us. Good luck on more North releases.

Nice to meet you Joan & thanks, I will will keep hope on the North releases. Any new will suffice but I'm not holding my breath too long - old lungs.

 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

The Bad Seed, please.

Seconded!

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 5:00 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

I believe the most recent North to be released was Shanks, just before that, Hot Spell. I don't think I missed any recent releases?

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)




... former 1950s pig-tailed moppet star ...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

I recall North mentioning MEMBER OF THE WEDDING as a personal favorite among his works. Yet that one gets no attention anywhere. It's a kind of low-key, blusey score.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2013 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

STAGE STRUCK really needs a release. It is in North's exuberant symphonic style (think RAINMAKER, with hints of the heroic elements in SPARTACUS). There also is a very moving sequence, re-used for Dorothy McGuire's death scene in RICH MAN, POOR MAN. THE WORD, with a re-working of a passage from SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN, would be most welcome too.

 
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