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 Posted:   Sep 18, 2020 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

I have not seen Season 3 (but intend to next month, when I can stream it here). I was always somewhat skeptical about a third season, as -- obviously -- the original series had a story arc which was set up, told and resolved in two seasons, the story was "finished". It was always supposed to be a two season show.

Once I begin watching the first two series, I'd like to do an episode-by-episode-and-music review thing. I may be alone in that endeavor, but with just sixteen episodes it won't take much time at all, depending on how I arrange my viewing schedule; mustn't binge something like this.

Strange how a popular and critical hit series like BB isn't discussed here more, but then that's always been the tragedy of FSM. wink


I'd be curious to see how much music is in the original miniseries that isn't on the original 2-disc album.

I kind of got the sense that they might have reused a few score cues over the course of the 16 hours, but I'll bet there's score that's not on the score CD. Also, each episode has a different cover version of the theme song over the end titles, which I loved, and I don't think any of those are on the CDs, or maybe just one or two are.

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2020 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Did I mention that I dig the instrumental version of "Alphaville"? I especially like the slowed-down bit starting at 1:25.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2020 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Did you buy the album Ferry did for The Great Gatsby, it's very similar, modern pop songs arranged as jazz instrumentals:


https://www.amazon.com/Great-Gatsby-BRYAN-ORCHESTRA-FERRY/dp/B00E49WL8C/

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2020 - 3:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I love that album, as well as Bitter-Sweet and The Jazz Age.

Some years back I was among the few who were enthusing over Baz's The Great Gatsby, not to mention Craig Armstrong's beautiful score.

Ever see this "making of" The Jazz Age feature? It also goes into Ferry's contributions to Gatsby:

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Nachtlied is aptly named, as it evokes the (loneliness of) night. A hauntingly-beautiful piece; can't wait to hear it in context (no spoilers, please):

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2020 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Nachtlied is aptly named, as it evokes the (loneliness of) night. A hauntingly-beautiful piece; can't wait to hear it in context (no spoilers, please):

Many of these cues get used multiple times in the miniseries, (I can't tell if it's the same recordings repurposed, or just the same themes) so there's often not really one context for them. A few cues are from specific scenes, but many appear quite often. This one is a lovely theme. smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 23, 2020 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Many of these cues get used multiple times in the miniseries, (I can't tell if it's the same recordings repurposed, or just the same themes) so there's often not really one context for them. A few cues are from specific scenes, but many appear quite often. This one is a lovely theme. smile

I didn't think the reusing of cues was still prevalent in contemporary TV shows. Not that I mind, as the 1960s and '70s shows I obsess over frequently have stock music.

The music in BB is of such a high quality, I will look forward to hearing it.

For anyone in the US wondering what Babylon Berlin is--and I'm sure it "must" be everyone--here's the show's Netflix page:

https://www.netflix.com/title/80136321

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2020 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Someone in the YouTube comments section mentioned the similarity between "Zu Asche, Zu Staub" and Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" More for the world-weary spirit than anything.

 
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