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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Above and Beyond
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2011 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I opened this one for an Easter present.

Wow, the sound on this is so good. Although mono, it is SO clear and so good it's just THIS close to sounding like stereo.

And I was able to recognize sounds from THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and from his later scores at Fox, so anyone who likes either will find something there to like.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2011 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

The title cut from this is not only my favorite from an FSM album - but probably from any score I've ever heard.

 
 Posted:   May 7, 2011 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

ABOVE AND BEYOND is indeed above and beyond my favorite Hugo Friedhofer score!

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2011 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

This score garnered friedhofer an Oscar nomiantion and it was ceratinly a worthy contender. This and the main title from his THE SUN ALSO RISES are two of the most arresting title themes in all of film music. Simply spectacular.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I promised myself a break from the FSM Board, but every time someone mentions ABOVE AND BEYOND I just have to jump in and say that it's absolute perfection, and anybody who hasn't got it yet is a nincompoop.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 11:17 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I second everything that has been said so far. The score is absolutely brilliant, and the film itself is great too.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

I second everything that has been said so far. The score is absolutely brilliant, and the film itself is great too.


What he said...

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

There were a number of great melodists (if that's a word) among the golden age composers, but for me Friedhofer's themes were the most dazzlingly complex and yet beautiful of them all. They just seem to unfold as you listen. ABOVE & BEYOND, BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE SUN ALSO RISES and THE BARBARIAN & THE GEISHA are each amazing themes in their own ways. I've never tired of hearing these across the years. It's a shame the SOLDIER OF FORTUNE tapes were in such degraded condition, because the music we hear on the FSM disc is quite good despite the sound problems. I pretty much buy any Friedhofer release that appears, and have seldom been disappointed. (I guess THIS EARTH IS MINE would rank as the least distinguished of Hugo's scores I've heard.)

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

I'm not so sure about the film. It seems to give more weight to the couple's marital problems than to the infinitely more challenging subject of the bomb. There are films (GWTW most famous among them) that can make a personal drama seem compelling against a large historical canvas, but this was not one of them. Also, I believe much of the music was never used in the film. I discovered some good music from the FSM release, but I was very disappointed when I finally caught up with the movie.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2011 - 11:18 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

I've ordered this title based on the above comments. The samples sure sound great!

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2014 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   ajhfsm   (Member)

ABOVE AND BEYOND is indeed above and beyond my favorite Hugo Friedhofer score!

Which could be The Best Years Of Our Lives?

2002, still available.

 
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