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 Posted:   Jan 25, 2011 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

FWIW

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/135402-detective-on-the-downbeat/


The reviewer didn't think too much of "A Piece of Paradise" but agreed that "Solomon" is the show's finest hour. Whatever the case, the two episodes are the very best that STACCATO has to offer.

This show really is everything that PETER GUNN should've been, but sure as hell wasn't. Give me the fire and passion of the tightly-wound John Cassavetes over the blah Craig Stevens any day. Same goes for Elmer over Hank...

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

So what was your opinion Jim of Paris Swings, the other half of the DRG release. I revised my review with a short paragraph about it
http://sdtom.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/staccatobernstein/

Maybe I missed something but I couldn't get excited about it.
Thomas

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

So what was your opinion Jim of Paris Swings, the other half of the DRG release. I revised my review with a short paragraph about it
http://sdtom.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/staccatobernstein/

Maybe I missed something but I couldn't get excited about it.
Thomas


Don't have it! I've only heard a couple of tracks that appear on Capitol's "Ultra Lounge" series. I liked what I heard, especially when one consoders the era in which it was recorded. The remastering on that series was quite good, at least to these tin ears, as were the STACCATO tracks that were on another entry of that series.

Have you seen the new Staccato dvds?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

I haven't but would love to. Perhaps something could happen? tlkiefner@msn.com.
Thomas

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I haven't but would love to. Perhaps something could happen? tlkiefner@msn.com.
Thomas


The dvds are quite reasonable on Amazon:

http://tinyurl.com/4hfsc9r

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

I haven't but would love to. Perhaps something could happen? tlkiefner@msn.com.
Thomas

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

I do have the vinyl ST1287 as well as the DRG19110

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I haven't but would love to. Perhaps something could happen? tlkiefner@msn.com.
Thomas



Like Jim says - the DVDs are quite reasonable on Amazon. wink

I think you can also buy them on ebay.

That's where I got mine from.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

I ordered them from Amazon.
Thomas

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I ordered them from Amazon.
Thomas


Way to go. Other than the three instances of music replacement I mention in the first post, the shows look and sound great. See you at "Waldos." wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2011 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

And I was offering to share the music with Jim for free if he felt he wanted to hear the entire album.
Thomas

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2011 - 1:21 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

I received yesterday my Staccato/Paris Swing copy from UK PlayTrade.
Sound quality is pretty good.
Here it is before I started unsealing it (and it arrived in very good company too)


(I wanted to add a joke of mine but recent horrible news about Maurice Murphy put me in a blue mood)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2011 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

I received yesterday my Staccato/Paris Swing copy from UK PlayTrade.
Sound quality is pretty good.
Here it is before I started unsealing it (and it arrived in very good company too)


(I wanted to add a joke of mine but recent horrible news about Maurice Murphy put me in a blue mood)


So what did you think of the Paris Swings

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2011 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

So what did you think of the Paris Swings


Well, it not a real soundtrack at all.
It's a set of French evergreen songs (La vie en rose, Les feuilles mortes, etc.) orchestrated in a Shorty Rogers style. Besides there are Cole Porter and Vernon Duke faux-French compositions and
only two originals by Elmer Benstein's: Adieux d'amour and Souvenir de Printemps.

It's performed by the "Swinging Bon Vivants", basically a small jazz ensemble with rythm section (piano, guitar bass, drums or vibes) + trumpet, doubling alto and flute.

It's delightful miniature divertissement but light years away from Staccato freshness and top-class.
It's funny that the very same liners notes claims that: "... Paris Swings lacks the significance of STACCATO but...".

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   sdtom   (Member)

So what did you think of the Paris Swings


Well, it not a real soundtrack at all.
It's a set of French evergreen songs (La vie en rose, Les feuilles mortes, etc.) orchestrated in a Shorty Rogers style. Besides there are Cole Porter and Vernon Duke faux-French compositions and
only two originals by Elmer Benstein's: Adieux d'amour and Souvenir de Printemps.

It's performed by the "Swinging Bon Vivants", basically a small jazz ensemble with rythm section (piano, guitar bass, drums or vibes) + trumpet, doubling alto and flute.

It's delightful miniature divertissement but light years away from Staccato freshness and top-class.
It's funny that the very same liners notes claims that: "... Paris Swings lacks the significance of STACCATO but...".


Exactly my feeling. There was just no substance to it at all. It was very predictable. I was hoping to hear a little bit from Previn but he was pretty dull and uninspiring at least imho.
Thomas

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2012 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've delved back into STACCATO again and am impressed with how they got away with some of the subject matter.

In Nature of the Night, a young Dean Stockwell is a disturbed young man who's been slashing the faces of pretty blonde girls. After abandoning his bartending job at "Waldo's", Staccato gives Stockwell grief for flying the coup. After giving him some lame excuse, Staccato replies, "Yeah? And I've got two words for you!" Of course those two words weren't "Love ya", but pretty explicit stuff for 1959. Later, as he's threatening to commit suicide from a ledge, Stockwell goes on about his nervous breakdown and mentions shock treatments. Did other shows talk about these things in 1959?

Amusing bit when the "brick" wall bends like it's made of rubber; something I hadn't noticed the first few times I saw this one.

Beautifully-lit and wonderfully directed (Boris Sagal), Cassavetes is always electric and I have to smile proud whenever he jumps into "Victor Franko" territory. Elmer B's scoring is appropriately punchy and effective. There are bongos heard on the soundtrack and Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanza plays also has a cameo.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2012 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here's "Mrs. Staccato" herself, Gena Rowlands, who appears in the episode Fly Baby, Fly!

 
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