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 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   Doctor Shatterhand   (Member)

I've been listening to this frequently in my car lately, going and coming from work, and I have to say that I am amazed at how great this score is in its sheer epic sound of the instruments as they mimic the submarine rocking through the ocean waves and the simplicity of it as it makes its way under the Artic.

Has anyone ever heard the lyrics to the main title "Listen to the Sea"? I can remember it being released for sheet music back in the 60s when my mother use to play it on her piano. I was wondering if anyone had actually sung the lyrics to it?

In my opinion, this has to be Michel Legrand's greatest score. Mind you, I have yet to hear a majority of his music, but with such memorable scores such as Summer of 42, Brian's Song, and The Thomas Crown Affair, Ice Station Zebra is absolutely fantastic.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

Great score. My favourite Legrand as well although I'd list it only 'just' above 'Umbrellas of Cherbourg', 'Young Girls of Rochefort' and 'The Three Musketeers'. I'm particularly fond of it because Legrand rose so powerfully to the single occasion where he was asked to score a true Hollywood blockbuster - a Cinerama film no less! It is, by turns, very exciting and very evocative music.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

I would place it third, behind WUTHERING HEIGHTS and THE GO-BETWEEN...

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

I don't care much for Legrand's scores, they just aren't to my musical taste generally. However, I have always loved his score to Ice Station Zebra. Its orchestration is endlessly inventive and experimental with lots of atmospheric cues and the melodic sea fairing cues soar in the grandest Hollywood tradition. The recording quality in FSM's release is quite excellent as well. I guess one reason I'm partial to the score is that some of the cues were used for the Million Dollar Movie that aired on weekday afternoons when I was growing up, so there is some history there. I also quite like the movie having seen it as a kid on the big curved wide screen in 70mm Cinerama during it's original run.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   william 711   (Member)

I To Not A Legrand Fan Of His Music Until He Did The Score For This Film And His Best Score To Date And A Good Movie Based On A Novel By Alistair Mclean.....

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

This score and "Conan the barbarian" have one thing in common: if it weren't for MP3 players and the ability to play music from my computer, these two soundtracks would have been responsible for wearing out several discmen and I'd have to buy at least one spare of each CD.
I bought ISZ because I like the film, and I buy scores so I can "play the film" at work by playing the music. It was a guess. I have done so many times when buying CDs. Many times it fails, sometimes it's good and sometimes I hit the Jackpot. ISZ is the jackpot with a bonus.
This is my No. 1 to 10 LeGrand score. I like "The Thomas Crown affair" too, which has some of the ISZ sounds. The soundtrack for "The appointment" is not so interesting (but I bought that primarily for Stu Phillips' work).

I really love the music and the underwater sound. There are so many sections that still sound as fresh to me as the first time I heard it. I am very happy that FSM released this score and at $19.95 it's a steal compared to the mileage I already got from this CD. This one will stay in my collection to death and beyond.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Whenever I hear a European composer demeaned on here, usually because they don't deliver some cookie cutter idea of what film composing is supposed to be, I like to bring up that most are able to deliver the Hollywood brand of music with an arm tied behind their backs. The opportunities either don't come or they prefer a more challenging approach to the material. But the examples are abundent. This one from Legrand, HANNIBAL BROOKS from Francis Lai, THE PROFESSIONALS from Maurice Jarre, John Barry's ZULU, Nino Rota's WAR AND PEACE, Morricone's RED SONJA, Alexandre Desplat's HOSTAGE, even Georges Delerue did the very off character CENT MILLE DOLLARS AU SOLEIL (GREED IN THE SUN).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2009 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Whenever I hear a European composer demeaned on here, usually because they don't deliver some cookie cutter idea of what film composing is supposed to be, I like to bring up that most are able to deliver the Hollywood brand of music with an arm tied behind their backs. The opportunities either don't come or they prefer a more challenging approach to the material. But the examples are abundent. This one from Legrand, HANNIBAL BROOKS from Francis Lai, THE PROFESSIONALS from Maurice Jarre, John Barry's ZULU, Nino Rota's WAR AND PEACE, Morricone's RED SONJA, Alexandre Desplat's HOSTAGE, even Georges Delerue did the very off character CENT MILLE DOLLARS AU SOLEIL (GREED IN THE SUN).

I really like "Red Sonja" the film (which I prefer to Conan, which I like too) and Morricone's work for this film adds tremendously, and is my favourite music by this composer. I have been wondering for more than 10 years now why the ORIGINAL recording of this phenomenal work is still not available on CD.

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2009 - 5:15 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

My take on film and score:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=905&forumID=1&archive=1

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2009 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

It's a far better score than a movie. Legrand uses all manner of 'not where you expect it to go' changes in predictable chords for dissonances etc.. It's a score that tells you it won't be predictable and that Romantic is superceded. Like Previn. I'd say Williams's 'probe' music in 'Empire Strikes Back' was inspired by a lot of the satellite music.

It also tells you that Legrand has every skill in his paintbox, even though he uses a sparser technique usually. Restraint is his middle name, as a rule.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2009 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   Dan Roman   (Member)

One of my all-time favorites. I had the MGM casette, then I bought the PEG CD reissue, and now I own the FSM expanded CD. ' Castle Keep ' is another excellent, and haunting Legrand from the same period as ' ...Zebra. ' I would love to see a release of the score to ' Castle Keep. '

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2009 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Legrand's Ice Station Zebra was very ...grand.
Like the man said, it is the right main theme for the sub crashing through the waves.
Wonderful LP front cover.
I always thought Castle Keep was as odd as the film.
I liked it but it was a tad weird. of the score, I recall a lone organ track, and even a swingle-singers type track as well?

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2017 - 10:50 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Back to the original post, I just saw this on Alan Bergman's biography:

"Listen to the Sea" (music by Michel Legrand) – Ice Station Zebra (1968)


Has anyone heard or know anything about the vocal and why it's not in the movie?

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2017 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

While Thor's post above will take you to a picture of the sheetmusic cover, the actual sheetmusic must be extremely rare. I admit my curiousity was piqued as neither the "A" theme nor the "B" theme from the film seem a good fit with "Listen To The Sea" but stranger things have been attempted. After 20 or so minutes of surfing the net, the only recording I could find was a Richard Hayman LP called "Cinemagic Soiunds" which carried the theme under the song's title but I suspect it's just another instrumental arrangement.

You'd probably have to stumble upon someone selling the sheet music on eBay, but it's not there now and was not among the "completed" sales.

By the way, a vocal anywhere in the film would have be totally out of place in my humble opinion. (About as likely as Dimitri Tiomkin trying to talk the producers into a song for THE COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL related in his autobiography PLEASE DON'T HATE ME--he never got over his success with HIGH NOON I guess.)

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2017 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

About as likely as Dimitri Tiomkin trying to talk the producers into a song for THE COURT MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL related in his autobiography PLEASE DON'T HATE ME--he never got over his success with HIGH NOON I guess.

Or his success with: Town Without Pity, Thee I Love, The Green Leaves of Summer, The High And The Mighty, Wild Is The Wind and Rawhide.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2017 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

DP

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2018 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

I asked this question in 2017:

Back to the original post, I just saw this on Alan Bergman's biography:

"Listen to the Sea" (music by Michel Legrand) – Ice Station Zebra (1968)


Has anyone heard or know anything about the vocal and why it's not in the movie?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Well, your're in luck, as this rare bird (as sheet music) has finally appeared on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/ICE-STATION-ZEBRA-Sheet-Music-Listen-To-the-Sea-Rock-Hudson-Ernest-Borgnine/382385031187?hash=item5907ec8813:g:~X8AAOSwu~ZZcrqC

As curious as I am, I am NOT curious enough to piss away $34.95 PLUS another $4.50 for shipping.

By the way, I very much doubt using a vocal in the film was ever contemplated. Often the song version of a film's theme was done more as a promotional device.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Clemens   (Member)

As an interesting side note of this post, alot of music from this score is used in the -- roughly 25 minute -- M-G-M promo film for the then upcoming release of the 1976 move..."LOGAN 'S RUN"! oddly enough, it seemed to work with the film...and in some ways, much better than Jerry Goldsmith's actual film score!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   AgentM   (Member)

I've been listening to this frequently in my car lately, going and coming from work, and I have to say that I am amazed at how great this score is in its sheer epic sound of the instruments as they mimic the submarine rocking through the ocean waves and the simplicity of it as it makes its way under the Artic.

Has anyone ever heard the lyrics to the main title "Listen to the Sea"? I can remember it being released for sheet music back in the 60s when my mother use to play it on her piano. I was wondering if anyone had actually sung the lyrics to it?

In my opinion, this has to be Michel Legrand's greatest score. Mind you, I have yet to hear a majority of his music, but with such memorable scores such as Summer of 42, Brian's Song, and The Thomas Crown Affair, Ice Station Zebra is absolutely fantastic.


I love that score!!

 
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