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 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)



Previously, I highly praised The Best Years of Our Lives for its exceptional musical score composed by Hugo Friedhofer in the first part of a series entitled Top Ten: Motion Picture Music Treasures here:


http://thecinemacafe.com/the-cinema-treasure-hunter/2013/11/17/top-ten-motion-picture-music-treasures


This emotionally powerful tour de force will commence on TCM Monday, February 26 2018 at 5pm PST.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Once upon a time, the Friedhofer score CD was sold in, of all places, Best Buy.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Here's my old Cinema Club entry on film and score, for those interested:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=5&forumID=1&archive=1

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Nice article, arthur. Always a good opportuntity to sing the praises of Hugo Friedhofer. He did so many wonderful scores. I've a few on my ever-changing list which are vying for first place in my Hugo awards. Funnily enough, I never seem to put BEST YEARS in the Number 1 spot. It's either ABOVE AND BEYOND, ONE-EYED JACKS or BROKEN ARROW for me. But those three are lesser and/or flawed films, so I understand BEST YEARS' reputation as the perfect musical evocation.

It's certainly on many people's Top 10 lists.

P.S. - Is the Frank Collura-conducted release from 1978 the only "substantial" one? If so, it's kind of surprising that there hasn't been more attention given to the score, on album/ CD at least.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Nice article, arthur. Always a good opportuntity to sing the praises of Hugo Friedhofer. He did so many wonderful scores. I've a few on my ever-changing list which are vying for first place in my Hugo awards. Funnily enough, I never seem to put BEST YEARS in the Number 1 spot. It's either ABOVE AND BEYOND, ONE-EYED JACKS or BROKEN ARROW for me. But those three are lesser and/or flawed films, so I understand BEST YEARS' reputation as the perfect musical evocation.

It's certainly on many people's Top 10 lists.

P.S. - Is the Frank Collura-conducted release from 1978 the only "substantial" one? If so, it's kind of surprising that there hasn't been more attention given to the score, on album/ CD at least.


No one cares anymore. In the 70s Friedhofer's score was regularly number one on every soundtrack maven's list of the greats and on lists in film magazines. That's why the recording was finally done and why it sold so well. But in the past two or three decades, somehow the number one film score has almost completely disappeared from lists - I don't get it, really. For me, it's still number one.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)


No one cares anymore. In the 70s Friedhofer's score was regularly number one on every soundtrack maven's list of the greats and on lists in film magazines. That's why the recording was finally done and why it sold so well. But in the past two or three decades, somehow the number one film score has almost completely disappeared from lists - I don't get it, really. For me, it's still number one.




Probably because the flat sound and performance of that recording put people off listening to it.
Speaking for myself, I don't care to play that CD despite loving the score. I know it was well-reviewed, but I think it makes a great score sound... bland.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

No one cares anymore. In the 70s Friedhofer's score was regularly number one on every soundtrack maven's list of the greats and on lists in film magazines. That's why the recording was finally done and why it sold so well. But in the past two or three decades, somehow the number one film score has almost completely disappeared from lists - I don't get it, really. For me, it's still number one.

Back in the 70s recordings of classic film scores (original or otherwise) were rare and each new release was a thrill. Since then we have been (and continue to be) showered with titles we once thought were impossible to get. I guess nowadays we have taken BEST YEARS for granted and, of course, we shouldn't.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Nice article, arthur. Always a good opportuntity to sing the praises of Hugo Friedhofer. He did so many wonderful scores. I've a few on my ever-changing list which are vying for first place in my Hugo awards. Funnily enough, I never seem to put BEST YEARS in the Number 1 spot. It's either ABOVE AND BEYOND, ONE-EYED JACKS or BROKEN ARROW for me. But those three are lesser and/or flawed films, so I understand BEST YEARS' reputation as the perfect musical evocation.

It's certainly on many people's Top 10 lists.

P.S. - Is the Frank Collura-conducted release from 1978 the only "substantial" one? If so, it's kind of surprising that there hasn't been more attention given to the score, on album/ CD at least.


No one cares anymore. In the 70s Friedhofer's score was regularly number one on every soundtrack maven's list of the greats and on lists in film magazines. That's why the recording was finally done and why it sold so well. But in the past two or three decades, somehow the number one film score has almost completely disappeared from lists - I don't get it, really. For me, it's still number one.



For all my love and admiration for "Psycho", "The Ten Commandments", "Captain from Castile", "The Bride of Frankenstein", "Dances with Wolves", the JW classics and a few others, Friedhofer's wondrous creation is number one for me too. Always.
(That "Homecoming" piece - oh boy!...)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

It's #2 on my Top 5 Hugo Friedhofer scores (along with "The Secret Invasion", "Joan Of Arc", "The Young Lions", and "One Eyed Jacks").

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 3:15 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Nice article, arthur. Always a good opportuntity to sing the praises of Hugo Friedhofer. He did so many wonderful scores. I've a few on my ever-changing list which are vying for first place in my Hugo awards. Funnily enough, I never seem to put BEST YEARS in the Number 1 spot. It's either ABOVE AND BEYOND, ONE-EYED JACKS or BROKEN ARROW for me. But those three are lesser and/or flawed films, so I understand BEST YEARS' reputation as the perfect musical evocation.

It's certainly on many people's Top 10 lists.

P.S. - Is the Frank Collura-conducted release from 1978 the only "substantial" one? If so, it's kind of surprising that there hasn't been more attention given to the score, on album/ CD at least.


No one cares anymore. In the 70s Friedhofer's score was regularly number one on every soundtrack maven's list of the greats and on lists in film magazines. That's why the recording was finally done and why it sold so well. But in the past two or three decades, somehow the number one film score has almost completely disappeared from lists - I don't get it, really. For me, it's still number one.


It's kind of sad and it seems that there's no demand for Friedhofer anymore. I remember buying the rerecording and it's my second favorite Friedhofer score (after "One Eyed Jacks") and the paper insert in the album Friedhofer got all kinds of accolades from George Duning, Lyn Murray, Nathan Scott and Lalo Schifrin. I still consider Friedhofer one of my Top 5 all time favorite film composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Here's my old Cinema Club entry on film and score, for those interested:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=5&forumID=1&archive=1


http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=1715&forumID=1&archive=1

wink

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Washu   (Member)

It is some of the finest film music of all time, I agree, but top 10 is way too high for me. It is in the top 250, not sure if I can narrow it down beyond that.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   lacoq   (Member)

Nice article, arthur. Always a good opportuntity to sing the praises of Hugo Friedhofer. He did so many wonderful scores. I've a few on my ever-changing list which are vying for first place in my Hugo awards. Funnily enough, I never seem to put BEST YEARS in the Number 1 spot. It's either ABOVE AND BEYOND, ONE-EYED JACKS or BROKEN ARROW for me. But those three are lesser and/or flawed films, so I understand BEST YEARS' reputation as the perfect musical evocation.

It's certainly on many people's Top 10 lists.

P.S. - Is the Frank Collura-conducted release from 1978 the only "substantial" one? If so, it's kind of surprising that there hasn't been more attention given to the score, on album/ CD at least.


No one cares anymore. In the 70s Friedhofer's score was regularly number one on every soundtrack maven's list of the greats and on lists in film magazines. That's why the recording was finally done and why it sold so well. But in the past two or three decades, somehow the number one film score has almost completely disappeared from lists - I don't get it, really. For me, it's still number one.[/


It could be that a sad fact of life is the reason: Golden Agers are dying off, and with that, less awareness of a great score like Best Years to the younger folk (despite dvds,etc.). Tho' in my book a great score is a great score and being great should fend off any and all reasons for it to become less well known. Case in point: Vertigo, Ben Hur, Mag 7, etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

double post

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   arthur grant   (Member)

Thanks to everyone for your generous comments regarding this amazing score. I chose it for inclusion in my Top Ten because of what it added to the film, rather than its "stand alone" listening value (although I think there's much to admire there as well). About half of the scores selected have been reviewed so far (there is a link at the bottom of each review that will take one to the next).

The only CD of this score (that I know of) made available so far is the Preamble issue pictured at the bottom of my review.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2018 - 11:34 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

The fact is I'm not in love with the re-recording - it was not recorded well and the first mix was okay and the second mix didn't really help things much. I'd love a crack at remixing it but I think we all know that won't be happening. I was always kind of hoping John Morgan and Bill Stromberg would get a crack at it - or that Fitzpatrick would do it up right.

 
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