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Room 222/Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1969/1973)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Room 222/Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies Room 222/Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: June 2001
Catalog #: Vol. 4, No. 8
# of Discs: 1

This Jerry Goldsmith CD centers on an eclectic sub-set of the composer's amazing body of work: that of music for children, Americana and comedy all rolled into one, featuring two rare projects from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Room 222 (1969-1973) is little-seen today but at the time it was a popular high school comedy/drama from the creators of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Jerry Goldsmith's theme is one of his most memorable for television and it has since become a standard part of his concert repertoire, an infectious piece in 7/4 time with a catchy melody for recorder and trumpet over an amiable pop backing. In addition to the theme Goldsmith scored the first two episodes of the series, mostly with short variations on the title tune. For this premiere release we have assembled all of Goldsmith's recorded material from the show into a five-track, 12:15 suite, in clean mono—a long-overdue treasure trove of nostalgia for those who used to watch the series.

Related to Room 222 in melodic content and in attitude is one of Goldsmith's most obscure feature scores, for Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies (1973). This troubled film was originally shot in 1971 and was so drastically recut that the film's screenwriter, director and producers all used pseudonyms. (Steven Spielberg aficionados might recognize it as the first Hollywood feature credit for the now-famous director; he provided the story.) The finished picture is a helter-skelter tale of a father-and-son barnstorming team (played by Cliff Robertson and Eric Shea) in 1920s Middle America but Goldsmith came through with flying (no pun intended) colors, writing reams of homespun, melodic material for the pair's troubled relationship and their erratic adventures. The "Ace Eli Theme" in particular is a close cousin to Room 222's melody, while the "Final Flight" captures the freedom of flying in the best tradition of Goldsmith scores like The Blue Max and Explorers.

Due to the film's extensive recutting Goldsmith's stay on the picture saw him rescore several cues (two of them were done by Alexander Courage) and his main and end titles supplanted by a sugary pop song by Jim Grady, "Who's for Complainin'." For this premiere album release we have assembled the best listening presentation of Goldsmith's score (original cues and revisions combined) in a combination of stereo and mono, running 39:02. This is followed by a 20:19 suite of the Grady material, damaged stereo tracks and other curiosities.

Room 222 and Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies—together again for the first time! All told, a 71:37 program of previously unreleased Jerry Goldsmith rarities with all of the documentation readers have come to expect from FSM.

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About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

Comments (6):Log in or register to post your own comments
Since this was from before FSM did flipper covers commonly, I was wondering if anyone had made cover artwork for Room 222...I'm trying to get a nice cover flow in iTunes. :)

Yavar

P.S. This is a lovely album if you can overlook the out of tune recorder in Ace Eli.

I'm always amazed how I still encounter FSM CD covers that I have never seen before.

Well, there are over 250 FSM covers after all...

Yavar

So nobody has a cover image they made for Room 222?

Yavar

It's not very good (am I talking about the image ... or the music? :)) but I found this on Google Images:



Since I have no knowledge of the TV programme I've no idea how appropriate - or not - the image is.

Mitch

Well the first two seasons of the show have been released on DVD with better images than that so I guess if I had to I could use the DVD covers, but I just had a little hope that someone more talented than I graphically had made a cover for their iTunes... :)

Yavar

Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Ace Eli & Rodger of the Skies
Room 222 (TV)

Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, Lionel Newman

Violin:
Israel Baker, Blanche Belnick, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Bobby Bruce (aka Robt. Berg), Joachim Chassman, Herman Clebanoff, Samuel Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, Debbie Sue Grossman, Louis Kaufman, Jacob Krachmalnick, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Irma W. Neumann, Jack Pepper, Lou Raderman, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Viola:
Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Allan Harshman, Alex Neiman, Robert Ostrowsky, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich

Cello:
Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Igor Horoshevsky, Dennis Karmazyn, Raymond J. Kelley, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Kurt Reher, Frederick R. Seykora

Bass:
Edward Gilbert, Milton Kestenbaum, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio, Reinhold O. Press, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Philip Stephens

Flute:
Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard, Abe Most, Gretel Y. Shanley, Sheridon W. Stokes

Recorder:
Shirley Marcus

Oboe:
Gordon Pope

Bassoon:
Don Christlieb

Woodwinds:
Russell Cheever, Gene Cipriano, Dominick Fera, Harry Klee, Abe Most, John Neufeld

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, Richard Mackey, Harry Schmidt, Gene Claude Sherry

Trumpet:
John Clyman, Robert Fowler, Carroll "Cappy" Lewis, Graham Young

Trombone:
Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Edward Kusby, Richard "Dick" Nash, Thomas Shepard, Phillip A. Teele

Tuba:
Philip Stephens

Piano:
John Jack Latimer

Keyboards:
Ralph E. Grierson, Artie Kane, John Jack Latimer, Michael Melvoin

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, David H. Cohen, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Neil Levang, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Fender (electric) Bass:
James D. Hughart, Carol Kaye

Harp:
Anne Stockton (Mason)

Harmonica:
George Fields

Drums:
Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Earl C. Palmer, Earl C. Palmer, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Mark Z. Stevens

Percussion:
Richard Cornell, Victor Feldman, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Jerry D. Williams

Orchestrator:
Alexander Courage, Gus Levene, Arthur Morton

Contractor:
Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Urban Thielmann

Copyist:
Glen N. Clement, Camillo Fidelibus, Dominic John Fidelibus, Robert L. Reid, Ernest Rosecrans, Glen R. Rosecrans, Paul Sprosty

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