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 Posted:   Feb 28, 2018 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   KT   (Member)

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 Posted:   Feb 28, 2018 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   HARRYO   (Member)

Great idea. Especially as some of Disney's non musical scores have been released. I wonder if Disney have the scores or does the Composers family have the tapes.

Certainly here is a Composer that needs more exposure - CD wise. I personally feel he did too much , especially in his last five years or so, but nothing can take away the thrill of hearing, OTLEY, NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, THE WALKING STICK - What a great movie, and score, and of course, his masterpiece, THE RAGING MOON for the wonderful Bryan Forbes for the first time.

There are a number of Composers, like Stanley Myers who are tragically hardly represented at all on CD. All we hear about is yet more requests for John Barry and Maurice Jarre. Surely two Composers that we must have heard all we want to.

How about John Cameron? SHE FELL AMONG THIEVES, THE RULING CLASS, OUT OF SEASON All brilliant scores!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2018 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Good idea, let's slag other composers YOU have had enough of, in a praising of another.
I'm sure Doug Fake lines up tapes of EUREKA, HOWARD THE DUCK & MR. JONES and decides...Myers won't sell, in the trash with you!

Rant over...that said I'll happily take more Barry, Jarre & Stanley Myers any day in equal doses. Myers is a fine & very underrated, under represented composer. I played his terrific CASTAWAY just The other day, thanks for rescuing that one Quartet Records.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 28, 2018 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I agree completely with you on Stanley Myers: The Raging Moon is one of my favorite scores. The others you mention are all excellent, as is Kaleidescope and Ulysses.

But the dig at Jarre and Barry . . . really? Oh well, that's what eight Oscars will do for you.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2018 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   HARRYO   (Member)

I am really sorry that my comment on less Barry and Jarre on CD should be read a dig and slagging them off. Northing could be further than the truth. I have plenty of those great composers music, and my admiration holds no bounds.

I maybe should have put it better that when one considers how much of both those fine Composers output is readily available, then may be composers like Myers, Cameron ete could could get a look in

Perhaps it naive on my part that they would sell. Perhaps Barry, Jarre and the other principal composers - you can put your own name in here - are the only sure bet.

I stand corrected

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2018 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

HarryO, no harm done. I get your point. What happens is that with the more popular composers is that there are fans on these forums who want every last note, every sliver of score to be released, and I'm not excluding myself. As a result, the lesser scores of Williams, Goldsmith, Barry, Waxman, Herrmann, etc. will get released, re-released, expanded, and so on before the better scores of Myers even get a first release. In the mid to late sixties, Myers wrote a handful of really wonderful scores that were released on lp: Kaleidoscope, Ulysses, No Way To Treat a Lady, Otley, Take a Girl Like You, and The Raging Moon. Only one of those has been released on CD.

I do really like that a lot of contributors, like yourself, will bring up composers like Myers and Cameron, who are neglected. Have you heard the album Cameron arranged for jazz sax/flute player Harold McNair? Or the saxophone concerto Myers wrote for John Harle?

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2018 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   MusicUnite   (Member)

It is a great pity that there is so little of Myers's work on CD. As for Myers doing too much in his later years, I suspect that it may have something to do with his health situation (cancer) and that perhaps he wanted to provide a financial legacy for his family. Illness or not, he literally worked to the very end, dying just after he began writing his score for Middlemarch (1994).

Here is a good selection of (mostly) unreleased scores. I must say I enjoy most of these samplings, although there are a few less than stellar pieces (just my opinion).

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs3T-t417YhSVUp42z5kOTO1yFOMFHdH5

 
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