I just got this cd set for my birthday and it exactly filled the bill of what I wanted: something big, loud, and exciting. Nobody can make an orchestra tower over me, the listener, in quite the same way as Alex North did.
And the sound is just as clear and beautiful as if I'm in the same room as the orchestra. I'm really enjoying this.
(And the bigger Alex North fans in the audience will be interested to hear that the first half of the cue titled "Zoo" gets heard again in his score for SOMEBODY KILLED HER HUSBAND (1977).)
I finally acquired this set and it's blowing me away. SHOES is a masterpiece. Highly recommended to anyone who appreciates powerful, thematic, emotive and downright lovely film music. I would have used more adjectives, but I've already exceeded my quota for the evening.
A fine 2 cd set. I really enjoyed Shoes of the Fisherman. Where Eagles Dare has long been a favorite score. I have the other Where Eagles Dare Disc as well. Hard to go wrong with Ron Goodwin and a military score.
In addition to the Alex North score you have the re-recording of Where Eagles Dare as Gary points out above, but you also get the demo versions of themes from Ice Station Zebra.
The thing is this; had I not got The Appointment, Legrand's version of events would not have made any kind of impact on my senses. But, the cyclical nature of the smaller ensembles he used there and for the ISZ demos are so similar I can't but wonder if The Appointment may, in fact, have actually been for demonstration. Even if that is not the case, the very similar techniques applied in both cases is interesting. Admittedly, there is a little more complexity overall to The Appointment cues on the disc for that score - but here rests the case.