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 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Since this is the era of previously-unimagined Holy Grails have had miraculous
resurrection, there’s one supreme effort that has been grieviously overlooked, and that’s
Gerald Fried’s monumental music for what still remains one of the most collectively influential
mini-series ever aired.



In fact, on the scale of Olympian musical achievements, it stands proudly beside (and,
in definitive Deed) preceded its later Herculean cousin, Basil Poledouris’ equally epic
“Lonesome Dove”.



[ As to that, the classic, soul-shattering Pieta scene between Louis Gossett Jr. and LeVar
Burton
– heartbreakingly scored with superlative subtle compassion that’s quite the
profoundly moving apex of Mr. Frieds already admirable effort – evokes the kind of
human empathy we’ve rarely heard since except for rare exceptions ala ‘The Breaking of
the Fellowship’ cue from Howard Shore ].



The year (1978)after the series exploded upon the American scene, there was an ABC
special called “How Roots Captivated An Entire Nation” (which can be watched on
YouTube that had the benefit of Mr. Fried’s additional authorship while
he continued his impressive association with the series through its sequel aired two
years later in 1979.



Plus a later reunion between Messrs. Gossett and Burton in



There has never been a truly representative release of his music, although tantalizing
snippets were available previously



Someone needs to do whatever’s necessary for a worthy Total tribute from all
these enterprises as a lasting memorial to what’s one of the most unheralded



MASTERPIECES in all cinematic history.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

This is indeed a huge Holy Grail for me and it would be great if it happened while Mr. Fried is still with us.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Always thought since this was a David Wolper production (known for not keeping their musical material) rather than Warner or ABC, AND the messy contract with Quincy Jones relating to his part of that score, this was an uphill battle to get done.

STILL I would kill for this.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Nice neo. I loved the theme so much i got the Orig LP with dialogue but it did have some music extracts on it.
The fact the full works is not yet available is a crime!!

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Yes, Roots would be good.
And talking of TV, we also need a proper release of North's superb "Rich Man Poor Man" that has only been represented by that pathetically inadequate Varese album of decades ago.

 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I have a very nice two disc set of Fried's "Roots," which I got from this gentleman (e-mail in this thread) who is authorized directly by Fried to sell his music on his behalf. Thanks for reminding me. I owe him another order...

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=111199&forumID=1&archive=0

(I also picked up the Quincy Jones CD at Amazon.)

https://www.amazon.com/Roots-Music-Inspired-Wolper-Production/dp/B000002GG5/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1514585320&sr=1-2&keywords=roots+Quincy+Jones

It'll have to do until there's an honest-to-goodness official CD wide release.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

And they still say on many websites that it was Quincy Jones, NOT Fried, who scored the entire miniseries. Some people can be so ignorant, because Jones only scored Pt. 1 and the majority of the miniseries was scored by Fried. I think it may have been bad feelings between the two that prevented all of the music from the miniseries to be put out on C.D. (that 2 L.P. set had only a small portion of the score plus dialogue), plus Jones isn't in favour of having expanded releases of his scores that he composed (or cocomposed) on C.D., coupled that most of the master tapes from the Wolper archives owned by Warner Bros. are gone (of course, there's Fried's score for "The Mystic Warrior" which was put on Screen Archives Enetertainment). "Roots", along with "Rich Man Poor Man" are two of A.B.C.'s "big three" miniseries that has never gotten a definitive C.D. release (the first one "Q.B.VII" was remedied with Prometheus' magnificent rerecording of Goldsmith's Emmy award winning score). Still, there is hope.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Yes, Roots would be good.
And talking of TV, we also need a proper release of North's superb "Rich Man Poor Man" that has only been represented by that pathetically inadequate Varese album of decades ago.


Also avoid that A&E D.V.D. set of "Rich Man Poor Man" because they were taken off those heavily edited syndication prints, and are missing a couple of scenes. Let's a hope a Blu ray release corrects that problem. See my post above.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2017 - 2:16 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)



Since this is the era of previously-unimagined Holy Grails have had miraculous
resurrection, there’s one supreme effort that has been grieviously overlooked, and that’s
Gerald Fried’s monumental music for what still remains one of the most collectively influential
mini-series ever aired.



In fact, on the scale of Olympian musical achievements, it stands proudly beside (and,
in definitive Deed) preceded its later Herculean cousin, Basil Poledouris’ equally epic
“Lonesome Dove”.



[ As to that, the classic, soul-shattering Pieta scene between Louis Gossett Jr. and LeVar
Burton
– heartbreakingly scored with superlative subtle compassion that’s quite the
profoundly moving apex of Mr. Frieds already admirable effort – evokes the kind of
human empathy we’ve rarely heard since except for rare exceptions ala ‘The Breaking of
the Fellowship’ cue from Howard Shore ].



The year (1978)after the series exploded upon the American scene, there was an ABC
special called “How Roots Captivated An Entire Nation” (which can be watched on
YouTube that had the benefit of Mr. Fried’s additional authorship while
he continued his impressive association with the series through its sequel aired two
years later in 1979.



Plus a later reunion between Messrs. Gossett and Burton in



There has never been a truly representative release of his music, although tantalizing
snippets were available previously



Someone needs to do whatever’s necessary for a worthy Total tribute from all
these enterprises as a lasting memorial to what’s one of the most unheralded



MASTERPIECES in all cinematic history.



Sadly, the music is the least discussed aspect of the miniseries when it was issued on D.V.D.. It's a shame, because it contains one of Fried's best scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I have a very nice two disc set of Fried's "Roots," which I got from this gentleman (e-mail in this thread) who is authorized directly by Fried to sell his music on his behalf. Thanks for reminding me. I owe him another order...
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=111199&forumID=1&archive=0


Sigerson, that wont be possible...
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=120477&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2017 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

In 2010 I put up an interview. I asked him a brief question about "Roots":
https://web.archive.org/web/20160317233232/http://www.rejectedfilmscores.150m.com/geraldfriedinterview.html

 
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