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 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Late, Lamented But Fabulously Ne'er to be Forgotten Department:

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I have some of the Cinemascores that got incorporated into Soundtrack Magazine in the late 80s.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

These are awesome. I'd like to read some of these, from a historical perspective.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I do indeed remember this magazine, and before there was the internet, the only way I could get information about film composers (aside from some books in a library). There should a C.D. R.O.M. of all the issues! How about it, Randall?

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Saved the DRAGONSLAYER issue.

It's a keeper because it contains the liner notes that were supposed to be included in the box set including a full page score reproduction!!!!
check it out!

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

The one that sticks in my head the most is the one with LEGEND on the cover with that big Red Devil Face on Tim Curry! I remember it on display at a Tower Records I believe at the Hawthorne Mall near Redondo Beach, where I used to live.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 2:32 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Saved the DRAGONSLAYER issue.

It's a keeper because it contains the liner notes that were supposed to be included in the box set including a full page score reproduction!!!!
check it out!

Yes...the "promised" insert that went by the wayside.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

A fellow fan (now sadly departed) was kind enough to share these
with me, and their fantastic - I hope they are either reissued, since ya'll
like doing that, or posted online somehow.

The funny, most enlightening thing I found is that "we" all still bitched and
moaned back then, all through history. Some of our most beloved scores
now were raked over the coals then. You think missing music is/was an issue?
You should see the comments about people buying several different copies of
LP's, to find one with the least amount of surface noise!

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

YES , I still have copies of them in my garage. Nice source of info back in the old days.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Remember it!?!? Dating myself here, but I used to write for it! ;-) The OCTOPUSSY vs NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN comparison (guess who won handily, in my 21 year-old seasoned judgment) was one. I wish someone would post the fabulous back cover for the LEGEND issue - it featured artwork for THE COMPANY OF WOLVES to highlight my lengthy analysis of the film and its score. I may be biased, but I still think that the two covers should have been flipped! ;-)

Discovered this recently:

Reviews and articles from those old magazines are starting to be posted here. Wonderful news, especially as I lost all my copies in a natural disaster.

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   soundtraxrdl   (Member)

wow- this thread certainly got my attention. I'm very glad to know the old magazine is still well remembered. If I had my original layouts (gone decades ago) I'd consider hitting someone up to reprint, but all I have are single issues; I'd have to cut them up to scan properly, and photos are not in good enough clarity to reproduce well. A lot of these articles, though, have been and are being archived at and/or at some other composer-based sites, or have been incorporated in whole or in part into my books or album notes of mine (i.e., the full Q&A of my Basil Poledouris interview on FLESH + BLOOD, published only in part and not in conversational Q&A form, can be found in my notes for La-La Land's recent reissue of the score).

If anyone's interested in procuring the original editions, some are up on amazon and ebay. I'm offering the last few copies of the book extract from the last issue (#15), "Film Music Around the World," up on amazon, and my last copy of that whole issue #15 is also for sale there as well. The last few photocopied reprints of #10 and 11/12 are also offered on amazon.

But if there's enough interest to warrant a publisher's attention perhaps I could put together a text-only reprint of the contents of my issues (#9-15). Or do it as an e-book if anybody here reads those!

Thanks again for the kind comments and well-regarded remembrances of the old mag!

cheers - rdl

 Posted:   Nov 8, 2013 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Great magazine. I remember poring over the Legend issue for what was probably months...perhaps years. Definitely need to dig these out of storage again.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2013 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   Tom Hudson   (Member)

The fine folks at had recently informed me that they were hoping to re-publish Randall's articles and interviews with Horner on their site, and I realized that back when I hosted, that I had typed them all out by hand myself when I first came across them back in 1992 or 1993. Somehow, the University of California, Santa Barbara main library had had copies. Being the Horner fanatic I was I only cared about the Horner material and photocopied them and then transcribed them (had I known a way to get legitimate copies of my own, I'm sure I would have taken the proper steps).

So, just this past week I went through those transcriptions. A few things struck me in doing so. A) my goodness, my typing errors! I'd never bothered to spell check my work! B) So many of the scores mentioned in those early interviews were film scores I'd never yet heard: Battle Beyond the Stars, Humanoids From the Deep, Deadly Blessing, Wolfen, Something Wicked This Way Comes, 48 Hours, Gorky Park even Krull... Rereading Horner's comments and Randall's observations now having since become intimately familiar with those scores, it's a completely different experience. C) When I first happened across those few magazines at UCSB, I remember the incredible sense of isolation, that I was the only person n the planet that had any interest in soundtracks. Reading Randall's efforts told me that I wasn't alone, but I still felt like I was keeping the lights on in a far remote outpost on the edge of the musical hinterlands and these magazines were my static-filled radio link back to a home base that was remote both in distance and in time.

It's funny that I've since met Randall several times and we're now friends on Facebook. Amazing how much smaller the world has become. But, that first time I found that Cinemascore magazine at my university's library... it was like walking into King Tut's Tomb where I expected there to be nothing but wasteland. To have found kindred spirits, even though the writing was 11 years old... it was a revelation.

Rereading it again... it still is.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   The Beach Bum   (Member)

Great magazine, which coincided with a great era for film music. What a time the late 70s and 80s were, with much of Williams' finest efforts (Star Wars, ET, Born On The 4th Of July), and some of Goldsmith's best work (Star Trek, Final Conflict, First Blood). Rozsa retired on a high with Eye Of The Needle and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. Bernstein's sci-fi scores, Vangelis' Blade Runner, Conti's Right Stuff, Jarre's Mad Max, Morricone's The Mission and Mancini's Lifeforce. There was also a sudden emerging of exciting new talents like James Horner, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris. And all those great Star Trek scores! We'll never see such an age again. Awfully glad Cinemascore was there to document it all!

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