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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Dead Ringer
 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Loverozsa   (Member)

I also agree. This is a fantastic score. The main title is as macabre as it gets, but the lovely "Edie's Theme"
is a knockout. If readers want to treat themselves to a classic film score for the holidays, this is it!

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I would have to put this in the Top 5 Previn scores (after "The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse", "Bad Day AT Black Rock", "Elmer Gantry", and "Irma La Douce").

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

This would rate in my all-time favorite top 10 soundtrack releases....absolutely my favorite Previn ! I also enjoy the film. And I am grateful for the additional tracks that Lukas added...

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I am stunned that we have gotten this far in posting and no one --- NO ONE --- including the esteemed Mr. Kendall has seen fit to mention the composer's name---Andre Previn!!!

Previn is the reason I bought this, period.

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 9:15 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Fantastic score and one of my favorite Previn works, a must have!

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 9:36 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Ditto what Mr. Eastman said.

 Posted:   Nov 19, 2011 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Bob Bryden   (Member)

One of my all-time favourite suspense scores ever since I bought the album way back when. I do agree, though, it really sounds like it influenced John Williams and that's not a bad thing. It's my favourite Andre Previn score....and this CD should have sold more. It really deserves it. (I'm not getting paid to say this).

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2011 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

if this cd said "Music composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith" it would have been a good seller.

 Posted:   Nov 22, 2011 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Well, I am a big Williams fan and I owned this, but sold it becuase it was not to my liking.
One of the few scores I have sold. I really would not compare this to Williams.

I don't believe anyone here compared this score to Williams. Lukas said that Williams' use of the harpsichord in "Family Plot" came from Previn's use of that instrument in "Dead Ringer".

IMO, Williams would have been proud to have had someone liken this score t;o his work.

 Posted:   Nov 22, 2011 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

Thanks for the tip Lukas. This is a title I always wanted to order, but somehow I postponed every time. It will be now part of my next SAE order for sure (still waiting for the previous one to arrive! smile)

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2011 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

I've had this title in my Screen Archives wishlist for a month or two now, actually. Not sure when I'll pick it up, but one of these days, I will.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2018 - 12:55 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Love this one. Spinning it again right now.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2018 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I adore this CD too. I recently picked up Kritzy's ELMER GANTRY, and - as if I needed any reminding - Previn really did have a strongly recognisable compositional style which ran through his entire Hollywood career. A very clear voice indeed.

I'm sure there's another (probably more than one) DEAD RINGER thread out there. I recall reading, and maybe commenting on, the Williams connection. FAMILY PLOT came up in relation to DEAD RINGER, and the opening of NONE BUT THE BRAVE to Previn in general.

DEAD RINGER is brilliant stuff.

 Posted:   Jan 14, 2018 - 12:04 PM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I come back to this one again and again. My guilty pleasure from this score is the source track "Muzak for Murder," played as Edie dispatches her twin sister while the jazz combo plays downstairs in Edie's cocktail lounge. Notice how the tempo accelerates as the dirty deed is done.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2022 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I bought a copy of this CD last week off eBay (£6.99 including postage...BARGAIN!!!).
I have a small amount of scores by Andre Previn on CD and, as others have noted here and elsewhere, one can hear lots of trace elements between his film scores and that of his good friend John Williams.
Indeed, back in my infancy days of getting into film scores (late 70's/early 80's) I remember coming home one evening and switching on the TV (it was a late Friday night and the family had all gone to bed...I must have been around 15 or 16) and the film IRMA LA DOUCE was on.
Well, didn't I just go and guess/assume it was by John Williams!
What I was hearing sounded so much like the stuff I was playing day in and day out (which was ANY John Williams LP's I could lay my hands on at the time).
I quickly grabbed a tape and recorded the film off the telly, for future cassette transfer (I would later find out, via Halliwell or some such, that it hadn't been a Johnny Williams score I had missed, but I loved the music nonetheless).
Anyway, just hearing that harpsichord and those strident strings and timpani in this score (DEAD RINGER) sure puts one in mind of old JayDubya, doesn't it.
JANE EYRE, FAMILY PLOT and any number of early TV scores by JW spring to mind.
And those old TWILIGHT ZONE TV scores too, by our other genre faves.
Oh, and I keep hearing a refrain that recalls Rosenthal's CLASH OF THE TITANS!! (I know).
It led me to buy a brand new copy of THE 4 HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE for just over £4, which I will play in due course.
But for now, this rather splendid music is echoing through the chambers of Casa Kevania and mighty fine it is too.

 Posted:   Aug 22, 2022 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I feel like I've posted multiple times about my love for this score (and practically all of Previn's MGM work, to be honest), but apparently not in this thread.

So yeah -- I agree with all the positive stuff said about this one, the Williams-esque harpsichord flavor (which I guess was really Previn-esque, when Williams did it later), etc.

Still super sad that the Previn at MGM collection Lukas was working on (presumably to close the book on his surviving output for the studio) never came to pass. But I guess if this great score didn't sell well, I can understand why it might not have been such a high priority for Lukas to get across the finish line before retiring FSM.


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