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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Take a Hard Ride
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I almost forgot how much this score means to me.

TAKE A HARD RIDE was my first-ever FSM CD purchase.

I remember watching the movie on cable not too long after my wife and I moved into our home in early 2001, So the score has a fond association already. As for the film itself, I was shocked at how shrill the soundtrack sounded on it. No such defects exist on the FSM CD, the sound is wonderful and it remains one of my most-treasured Goldsmith scores. I was blown away by the FSM presentation: liner notes, booklet, pictures, graphic design were unbelievably impressive. I still think that nobody does liner notes better than FSM. I did get a chuckle when reading the part when the Catherine Spaak character's backstory went completely unscored, as Goldsmith chose to focus on Pike and Tyree's friendship. And if I needed any more examples of Goldsmith's brilliance, the cue "Work Camp" remains one of my all-time favorite Jerry cues--he says everything about what Pike went through without the on screen imagery even being necessary--just keep the camera on Pike's (Jim Brown) haunted face with "Work Camp" cue playing and everything else is unneccessary--they didn't even need the flashback they used.

The good news about this is that SAE has sealed copies available--for $59.95...this one should've sold out years ago!

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

As with all Goldsmith westerns, this is a great score; as usual the movie is pretty awful. But that Main Title...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Didn't care for the movie, but this has always been one of my favorite
western scores. Just superb!!

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

This is the one FSM disc that I missed and really shouldn't have. I've no excuse: it was there for long enough. Now I can't afford it..... frown Oh well. At least there are a few tracks on the Varese Fox Box.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

As with all Goldsmith westerns, this is a great score; as usual the movie is pretty awful. But that Main Title...

I guess any movie that has me saying to myself, "Jim Brown is a better actor than Fred Williamson" can't be all that good...

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I wasn't aware this one had sold out. Maybe there's hope for Logan's Run after all. wink

Great score, but then again, when did Jerry fail to write a great Western score? Even his rip-snortin' Yosemite Sam theme from Looney Tunes: Back In Action proved he hadn't lost the touch even right up until the end.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2009 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

This is the one FSM disc that I missed and really shouldn't have. I've no excuse: it was there for long enough. Now I can't afford it..... frown Oh well. At least there are a few tracks on the Varese Fox Box.

Seven tracks are also available on the Tribute Dinner Goldsmith cd.

 
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