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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The French Connection / French Connection II
 
 Posted:   Jun 25, 2012 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

I scanned and posted these covers a while ago.

I hope you find them useful.

All sizes:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?sort=4&q=french+connection+scott+h&fltr=1&bgc=&page=

The French Connection 1400 x 1400
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=194144&q=french+connection+scott+h

French Connection II 1400 x 1400
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=194147&q=french+connection+scott+h

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   Ester   (Member)

I scanned and posted these covers a while ago.

I wish you had scanned the score either ! wink
Joke aside I just would love a reissue of that one. Why is it taking so long ?

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 5:34 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I'm a huge Don Ellis fan, but not a fan of the terrible archival sound of most 60's and early 70's Fox scores.

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Joke aside I just would love a reissue of that one. Why is it taking so long ?

I just missed this score when it first went OOP (I didn't see the films until about five or six years ago), so I'd welcome a reissue as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

expanded with unused music would also be great, if it's true Friedkin cut out some of the score.

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Mike Skerritt   (Member)

I just missed this score when it first went OOP (I didn't see the films until about five or six years ago), so I'd welcome a reissue as well.

I have to apologize then because I was one of the last few people to get one before it went OOP. I had just seen the original for the second or third time but only then really connected with the score, so afer watching I went right to SAE to order. There was a low quantity alert and it went OOP a week or two later.

Marvelous, challenging score. The end title music in particular is wonderfully evocative and eerie.

 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Easily one of my top-10. Don Ellis is the most underrated, and under-discussed, composer in this Forum. He died way too young. His innovations wrt to jazz swing rhythms are unmatched over the last 30-40 years.

Master guitarist John McClaughlin subscribed to similar rhythmic methods, which were largely from the east (India), by way of Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussein.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 26, 2012 - 5:11 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

expanded with unused music would also be great, if it's true Friedkin cut out some of the score.

Hi Last Child - Actually, the original FSM release presents the first score as it was initially conceived by Don Ellis - so it does actually contain all of the music that was either cut or altered by Friedkin - in its original form. That's one of the major pleasures of this album.

However, I agree that these two scores are just too marvelous to be out-of-print for too long - it'd be great to see it back out there for new audiences to discover. Ellis' big 5/8 chase music from "French Connection II" is a particular favorite!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2012 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Actually, the original FSM release presents the first score as it was initially conceived by Don Ellis - so it does actually contain all of the music that was either cut or altered by Friedkin - in its original form. That's one of the major pleasures of this album.

thanks, TheFamousEccles, that's good to know. I didnt notice there was extra music on the CD, but then I used to think the JAWS LP was the OST (so whatdoIknow).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2012 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

I'm another one who regrets not buying these scores and would jump at a reissue!

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2012 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I'm a huge Don Ellis fan, but not a fan of the terrible archival sound of most 60's and early 70's Fox scores.

The sound quality of both FSM French Connection scores is excellent.

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2012 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

I'm a huge Don Ellis fan, but not a fan of the terrible archival sound of most 60's and early 70's Fox scores.

Have you listened to FSM's TV Omnibus Volume 1?

Don Ellis' work in it is wonderful.

 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2012 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

As much as I like those FC scores, my favorite Ellis score is THE SEVEN UPS.



And the sound of the Intrada edition is supoib.

And, like that other avant garde composer, Gil Mellé, I enjoy much of Ellis' Jazz work, particularly his early efforts with George Russell.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 27, 2012 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

As much as I like those FC scores, my favorite Ellis score is THE SEVEN UPS.

that's a good score too, and a great CD release overall. I even like the rejected score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

Damn, this score kicks butt:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/0406/10_SUBWAY.MP3

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2013 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Damn, this score kicks butt:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/store/MP3/0406/10_SUBWAY.MP3



Nice. Perhaps the best trumpet solo in all of film, and definitely amongst the best ever American trumpet solos. Sadly, Maestro Ellis' trumpet solo is not in the film; WF cut it.

In general, FCI+II is one of the great FSM releases.

 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2013 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Easily one of my top-10. Don Ellis is the most underrated, and under-discussed, composer in this Forum.

This score also is in my top 10 and will always be.

There was one short cue missing from the masters so it is not included on the album. Some music of course had different mixes in the movie. So that could perhaps be presented on a reissue of the score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 19, 2013 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Both are excellent scores; the avant-garde nature of some cues might put some people off but Ellis did great work.

His big band jazz albums are well worth seeking out - Ellis really gave his musicians a workout, and they rose to the challenge. He died far too young.

 
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