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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT LABEL by Thomas Rucki
 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

We share many of the same favorites, Thomas, so you highlighting those particular titles is a great reminder of Lukas's dedication to late Sixties-early Seventies films and scores. I always felt that FSM's releases didn't get the same level of praise as their fellow labels but their output was in many instances superior to anything by the others. The fact that FSM "went out" with their definitive Wild Bunch release was to me a final nod to those of us who hold that late-Sixties-early Seventies period of cinema in such high regard.

And as I'm so often fond of pointing out, Nick Redman's dead-on assessment of that fabled era:

"It is widely believed among film historians that the decade of the 1970s was the last great hurrah of american film. Much has been written and spoken about why this is so, and yet, in truth, it is the only the first half of the '70s that is meaningful--roughly the period between 1969-1976. Afterward the tide inevitably turned toward younger subjects for younger audiences, and the innovative, adult-themed--some would say nihilistically inclined--pictures went the way of the Dodo bird."

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I'm the other guy who likes these things! But I still haven't got them all, or even half of the scores mentioned. Why do I punish myself like this?

"I'm not mean, I'm just careful." (Norbert Colon)

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Looking personally at all the labels, it has been FSM that has delivered the most grails to me. And this says a tremendous amount since the other labels have done incredible amounts of them! And their model for releasing them was emulated by all the rest, even Varese who started it all!

 Posted:   Jul 10, 2013 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

In 2003, FSM offered their first Schifrin and a versatile masterpiece of avant garde entitled THX 1138 featuring fascinating dissonant organ tracks (“First Escape” and “Second Escape”)

Now please listen to these two fabulous icy tracks

Schifrin reworked that buzzing device for "Dirty Harry" and many other film scores and television scores of that era.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 2:16 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Nice tribute indeed, Thomas. FSM was really the label which started producing soundtrack releases which filled a previously neglected gap. Going back to 1996, when STAGECOACH/ THE LONER came out, I automatically started to order each new FSM CD. I had to stop after about the first half-dozen, because other labels started making inroads - but FSM certainly paved the way. Some of there releases didn't interest me (naturally), so I didn't buy them, but I've just counted and was somewhat surprised that I have 57 of them - not bad considering how infrequently I buy. I could probably spend the rest of my life picking up the FSMs I still have on my "to be purchased, perhaps" list.

And even when I personally wasn't interested in buying a particular score, everyone could be guaranteed absolutely top-notch presentation.

R.I.P. FSM, and Long Live LK and team in other incarnations.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 2:45 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Lukas Kendall, pioneer where no man had gone before.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 12:41 PM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

A very nice summary, Thomas.

And it can't be said that FSM didn't offer plenty of variety. And they did release an awful lot of 'my type' of music. I don't actually think I could pick one favourite score now.

All those fabulous bass lines which contained in themselves more memorable melodies than most of the entire scores being composed today - I'm thinking The Taking of Pelham 123, The Split, Shaft, The Thief Who Came to Dinner...and so on.

FSM will be missed.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   davel   (Member)

Great tribute to a great label. Many of my favourite scores were from FSM. It hit my sweet spot for soundtracks, namely from the early 50's to the mid 70's. I did a count - 65 with only a handful that I could have done without. And, there are still some on my wish list (one I was reminded of from another comment is The Wrong Man). So, thanks Lucas for your dedication to excellence.

 Posted:   Jul 11, 2013 - 11:36 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

So, thanks Lucas for your dedication to excellence.

No! Thanks LUKAS!

Here's how you can keep 'em straight:

LUCAS is the one who got married recently . . .

 Posted:   Jul 12, 2013 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   davel   (Member)

So, thanks Lucas for your dedication to excellence.

No! Thanks LUKAS!

Here's how you can keep 'em straight:

LUCAS is the one who got married recently . . .

O'K', sorry Lukas! embarrassment

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