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 Posted:   Oct 2, 2013 - 4:24 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I just got this CD for $2.99 at the B&M store in my hood!

This score is amazing. It is a 15-minute suite that alternates between Twilight-Zone-esque nervous angular longhair and KPM/Sound Gallery/now-sound grooves. It is the best three bucks I've spent in a while. The score it is paired with isn't really my cup of tea, but wow, this is as perfect of a 15-minute audio experience as I could want.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 12:45 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

It's pretty wild and angularly long-haired for a man who by then had very little hair left to get long, isn't it? I imagine it's the same 15-minute suite ("An Orchestral Fantasy") which I've got here paired with RICHTOFEN AND BROWN (or THE RED BARON)? On the Facet lable. The CD is simply called "The Film Music of Hugo Friedhofer". Seriously tinny sound though. Surprised you omitted that detail Onya, or perhaps you have a different version?

By the way, did you deliberately avoid using the possessive form in the thread title?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Yes, that's the same disc. The sound didn't bother me, but I was listening on computer speakers on which everything sounds tinny. I'll play it on the real stereo soon.

Does using "apostrophe s" at the end of a composer's name throw off the search function ?

Did Friedhofer do anything else that sounds like this?

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Did Friedhofer do anything else that sounds like this?

I would say not, Onya.

Hugo Friedhofer is one of my favorite composers from the "Golden" age.

The lion's share of his output, though, is pre-1961 (ONE EYED JACKS was Friedhofer's last major work). The typical Friedhofer soundtrack doesn't sound like PRIVATE PARTS.

You may, however, accrue some interest in HF's mid-'60s TV music.
Take a gander, if you will, at the 4 episodes of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA's first season which Friedhoher scored or co-wrote with Alexander Courage:

  • "Mist Of Silence"
  • "Turn Back The Clock"
  • "The Fear-Makers" (with Courage)
  • "The Price Of Doom" (with Courage)


    If you already own FSM's I SPY album, then you should be aware that Friedhofer assisted Earle Hagen (often without screen credit) on some of those episodes.

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     Posted:   Oct 3, 2013 - 6:39 PM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    Thanks.

    Are any of those Voyage episodes on the GNP disc?

    I'm also curious about some of his exotic scores.

     
     Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 8:10 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)


    Are any of those Voyage episodes on the GNP disc?

    I'm also curious about some of his exotic scores.


    Sadly, no.

    That Irwin Allen set from GNP had only one CD of VOYAGE, and that was the pilot by Paul Sawtell and the 2nd seasoner opener by Jerry Goldsmith.

    So much more music from VOYAGE should have been released!

    I'll chime in a little later on any 'exotic' recommendations.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 3:29 PM   
     By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

    I'm not a Friedhofer scholar in any way, but I don't think he ever did anything quite like PRIVATE PARTS. It's a strange brew indeed - Brechtian Nuts with Hymnal Rock. I don't know, but I imagine that Paul Bartel had at least some control over the soundtrack. I wonder if Friedhofer had a helping hand with some of the passages, which seem to me very alien to the rest of his output, especially the jazz/ rock elements.

    Onya, knowing your taste just a little (a tiny wee bit), I can't think off-hand of a Friedhofer exotic(a) score which might whet your appetite. I'm sure you've tried the soundclips for the CDs released by FSM amongst others, and you've got a lot of things at the touch of a button on YouTube, just to give you an idea. One of my favourite Friedhofer scores is NEVER SO FEW (on the FSM label). It's got exotic touches due to the film's setting, but it's not lounge music. It's more a precursor of Goldsmith's Asian-tinged scores, with hauntingly beautiful little percussion glissandos (etc) as a backdrop to the bolder thematic material, kind of like little fascinating decorations. The score is also somewhat burdened by a drippy romantic theme, which apart from being old-fashioned even by the time the film came out, contrasts unfavourably (in my humble opinion - do we keep having to add that?) to his wonderful and non-drippy romantic themes from 10 years beforehand (ABOVE AND BEYOND) for instance.

    Oh, and as you (Onya) asked, I really don't know if adding the apostrophe plus "s" to the composer's name would throw the search function off - I just felt like making a puerile schoolboy joke!

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 5, 2013 - 10:09 PM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)


    Oh, and as you (Onya) asked, I really don't know if adding the apostrophe plus "s" to the composer's name would throw the search function off - I just felt like making a puerile schoolboy joke!


    And I'm so slow I got the joke only after I'd posted the response.

    How is "Rains of Ranchipur?"

     
     Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 12:45 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    How is "Rains of Ranchipur?"

    You take a look insides my prior thread on Friedhofer soundtracks:

    http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=90502&forumID=1&archive=0

    THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR is in my Top 5 film scores of Hugo F.

    Having recently acquired Kritzerland's edition of THE RAINS, I'm considering ranking this one after 4th place above BOY ON A DOLPHIN.

    Both 1) John Morgan's re-recording of THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR on the Marco Polo label and 2) the Varese Sarabande CD club release of SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD with only 4 or 5 of the surviving tracks of TROR emphasized the luxuriant/romantic aspect of Friedhofer's score.
    The latest version on Kritzerland, though, includes quite a number of 'ethnic' & coloristic cues (none of which have sound samples on Kritzerland's site).

    Here's the tracks (basically the early ones occuring after the main theme):

    3. En Route / The Palace / The Terrace
    4. American Mission
    5. A Visitor / You’re Nice / Fern Inquires / Before Dinner
    6. Dholak Geet
    7. On the Terrace

    http://www.kritzerland.com/ranchipur.htm

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 4:05 PM   
     By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

    The notes to the album mention that, when composing Private Parts, Friedhofer said he was striving "...for the aural equivalent of the smell of musty carpeting, termite-infested woodwork and Lysol disinfectant, the fetid characteristics of beat-up hotels on the edge of Los Angeles' skid row...".

    So there you go smile (And I've never heard another Friedhofer piece quite like that one either!)

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:34 PM   
     By:   John Black   (Member)

    Friedhofer isn't usually considered a "horror composer," yet he scored two of my top favorite horror films of all time, PRIVATE PARTS and HOMICIDAL.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 9:35 PM   
     By:   John Black   (Member)

    Duplicate post.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 5:45 AM   
     By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


    By the way, did you deliberately avoid using the possessive form in the thread title?


    big grin

    Like "Bach's Organ Works"

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 1:06 AM   
     By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

    One of my favourite jazz LPs is "Jimmy Smith's Amazing Swinging Organ".

    Stop tittering you at the back.

     
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