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The Appointment (1969)
Music by John Barry, Stu Phillips
The Appointment The Appointment
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Price: $16.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: June 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 6, No. 11
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

The Appointment was a 1969 drama starring Omar Sharif as a lonely Italian attorney who romances and weds a beautiful model (Anouk Aimee)—all the while suspecting that she is a highly priced prostitute. Although directed by Sidney Lumet, The Appointment was a troubled production that led to its receiving three fully recorded scores by four composers. FSM's premiere release of the original soundtrack features selections from each—making for a rare and fascinating look at three different approaches for a single film.

Score #1: Michel Legrand, recorded in Paris. Then at the peak of his powers (Ice Station Zebra, The Thomas Crown Affair), Michel Legrand provided a single 12-bar theme orchestrated for vibes, flutes, keyboards, guitars and harps, evoking Sharif's single-minded obsession. Legrand's (deliberately redundant) score was discarded after the film's initial screening for M-G-M executives, and is presented as a 2-track suite running 18:59.

Score #2: John Barry & Don Walker, recorded in London. The Appointment was released internationally with a symphonic score consisting of a 32-bar theme by John Barry, adapted and lushly orchestrated by Don Walker (a Broadway arranger who subsequently worked on Barry's musicals). This is the version of the film approved by Lumet and presently in circulation. Barry's theme was released on a French 45rpm single, both tracks of which are included within the 26:19 program on this new CD.

Score #3: Stu Phillips, recorded in Culver City. When The Appointment was released in the U.S., it was in a shorter version premiered on CBS television as the late night movie on July 20, 1972. The new cut was scored by Stu Phillips who provided a contemporary, rhythmic feel, including two songs with lyrics by Bob Stone (presented in a 31:48 program). The style is roughly that of Phillips's pop/symphonic score to the 1970 cult classic, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

FSM's CD of The Appointment is presented entirely in stereo, remixed from the original master elements. Liner notes by Lukas Kendall chronicle the production and differences between the scores.

John Barry Scores on FSM
About the Composer

John Barry (1933-2011) is a five-time Oscar winner and one of the most successful and beloved composers ever to write for the movies. His career encompasses everything from the James Bond films to Hollywood epics like Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. His style is marked foremost by melody but also by a thoughtful economy of gesture that has always added a great sense of style and scope to his projects.FSM has released on CD as many of his scores as possible, from intimate dramas like Petulia to the classic Born Free, the 1976 King Kong and the obscure 1968 gem Deadfall. IMDB

Stu Phillips Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Stu Phillips (b. 1929) is best-known for his television music of the 1970s and '80s (including Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy), with their distinctive themes and pop culture impact. He is also a veteran film composer, songwriter, arranger, record producer ("Blue Moon"), teacher and author, having published his memoirs, Stu Who?, in 2002. For more information, see the composer's officlal site at www.stuwho.com. IMDB

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Stu Phillips

Violin:
Henry Arthur Brown, Bobby Bruce (aka Robt. Berg), Salvatore Crimi, Jerome Kasin, Bernard Kundell, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Linda Rose, Ambrose Russo, Marshall Sosson, Heimann Weinstine, Walter S. Wiemeyer

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Cello:
Lester Harris, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Frederick R. Seykora, Gloria Strassner

Bass:
Max R. Bennett, Mario Camposano

Bassoon:
Howard P. Terry

Woodwinds:
Gene Cipriano, James R. Horn, Wilbur Schwartz

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa

Trumpet:
Carroll "Cappy" Lewis

Trombone:
James R. McQuary, Richard Noel

Piano:
Douglas Clare Fischer, Lincoln Mayorga

Guitar:
Dennis Budimir, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Fender (electric) Bass:
Ray Pohlman

Harp:
Gayle Levant

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Drums:
Hal Blaine, Larry Bunker, John P. Guerin, Wallace Carl Snow

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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