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 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Christian Reiffenrath   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXwfcUijHnQ

quite a beautiful performance smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I was mentally substituting the flute with trumpet solo. Sorry, couldn't help it. Though it does make me wonder what instrumentation was used for the soundtrack. A small slice of a full orchestra is surely needed to reproduce the original sound. It's actually quite a delicate arrangement.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Thanks for that, Christian. It's a beautiful piece, and it's very heartening to see a group of young musicians interpreting it in their repertoire. Do you know the story behind that choice? It also shows (as if we needed reminding) just how brilliant John Williams' source cues were for the disaster epics. All of them have at least one absolutely gorgeous source cue, open to multiple interpretations. As Grecchus says, it is indeed somewhat different from the original, but in this case it's perfectly valid - like jazz standards performed for the umpteenth time yet with a different nuance. It really does keep "old" music alive.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4ykZhfGV44


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Ah yes, Henry Mancini's absolutely completely freestyle take on the Williams theme!

That just reminded me that both Williams and Mancini did a lot of tracks called "Something For... (insert name)." I believe they were in cahoots.

 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


They also liked to call things "Son of..." a la the Universal classic horror, Son of Dracula. So they'd have Main Title followed by Son of Main Title (The Moneychangers), etc. Mostly that was Mancini's gag but Williams did it on Goodbye Mr. Chips.

Lukas


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 7:45 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

So John Williams ripped off not only Les Baxter, but also Henry Mancini. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 3:57 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

EARTHQUAKE - "Something for Rosa"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pttBw3h6HSg

Absolutely love that Williams track. The piano and flute solos are fantastic. I don't care if people roll their eyes and call it "supermarket music". I wish they played that in MY supermarket.

I couldn't find Williams' "Something for Remy" - the YouTube clip is titled such, but its really the suspense montage. I can't remember how it goes... anyone help?

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Something For Remy is something of a montage.

The chef who gets scalded by the cauldron of boiling water is most noticeable at 2:04 (he falls over and it falls on top of him - ouch)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTAlFgIOSZU

Now that we're onto the subject, I once discussed the Main Title for Earthquake with Ed Nassour and that the usual differences between what was in the film and what ended up on vinyl was something of a sticking point. The actual film MT is on YouTube. How did it get there? There's been no major release of the soundtrack as a C&C, has there? Was it taken from DvD/BD?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3exE0S1LuMs

Compare with the LP presentation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbfZWVSF180

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Grecchus, no complete release of EARTHQUAKE as far as I know. I imagine the film version of the Main Title is direct from the video/DVD/telly.

I think there's a mix-up about the track "Something for Remy". On YouTube it's titled in that way, but I believe it's the one called "Watching and Waiting" (?), which was a suspense montage. One of the CD releases had an additional track of sound effects, so the track numbers were changed. That's what happened here I think. Surely "Something for Remy" is one of the tuneful upbeat/ jazzy/ romantic re-recordings done at the time for the original album (?), but I can't remember the actual melody at this time.

QUICK CORRECTION/ ADDITION -

I see that the release with the additional track of sound effects at the end also switched the order of "Something for Remy" and what I called "Watching and Waiting" (it's actual title is simply "Medley"). Maybe "Something for Remy" is on YouTube under "Medley". Must run!

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

You may be right there, Graham. I've only got the LP version on cassette and it's not within reach to be able to check it out immediately (and I haven't heard it in a while - unforgiveable I know.) As you say, it seems to have been sidestepped in the actual selections available on YT.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2013 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

No sign of Remy yet, but on the link to the film version of the Main Theme which Grecchus posted, they do state that it's taken from the DVD, except for the final seconds, which are edited in from the album release in order to cover up the sound of a sweaty Charlton Heston heavily jogging along the street.

I do so love John Williams' source cues from all those '70s films. In my "research" (Ha! Pressing a button!), I also found out that in some soundtrack site reviews, EARTHQUAKE's score has been called "so bad it's good", with particular vitriol spilled over the "elevator muzak" bits. I feel sorry for those who cannot feel the genius behind John Willams' elevator!

 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2013 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Well, I found Remy on cassette. Had to dust it off (literally) and fast-forward (those were the days) to get to it. It comes right after Cory In Jeopardy. Needless to say, as soon as the music started it all came back in a synaptic flash!

It starts off with a slow rolling piano (nicely played) and then the solo trumpet (also nicely played) comes in. Very bluesie it is too. I don't recall the music featuring in the movie. The Graff household isn't exactly bursting with romance, so you wouldn't figure it to be built-in thematically, though it is a delightfully suggestive sexy piece - something doesn't quite equate there. I reckon you could populate a CD with Williams' 'Something Fors' and it would make for a respectable listen. Especially if you burn it side by side with Mancini's smile

 
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