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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

How Goldsmith managed to write two extremely great scores in one year has always boggled my imagination. "The Blue Max' was incredible for its cinematography, its aerial work and its original music score.

When I finally acquired the Mainstream LP, I was in heaven. This and "The Sand Pebbles" were just two roadshows that year out of several, but they definitely had the best music I had heard in any of them.

Most of you are more than familiar with both scores, I imagine. Still, there must be some out there still waiting to discover them.

This is the "Retreat" cues from the Nic Raine-conducted recording of the complete score with the City of Prague orchestra.


 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Even Andre Previn tooik a crack at this back in his days with "Previn and the Pittsburgh".

This is the "Attack" cue (a bit of wow exists).

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Having heard The Blue Max for some time before watching the movie, I admit I was terrifically underwhelmed by said movie. The music set the bar far beyond the film.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)

Watching the "The Attack" performance, I am struck by how very odd it seems to have a "military" drummer drumming according to sheet music. smile Of course, yes. But you generally think of a pianist playing to notes on paper, violinists, etc. etc. . Just seems odd to actually look at it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

ALL TIME CLASSIC! I've lost track of how many versions I purchased over the years.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:50 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

And lets not forget the suite that Goldsmith himself conducted and recorded for his album on Silva Screens's GOLDSMITH CONDUCTS GOLDSMITH- Its a superb recording.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

That previn version is excellent.
Great score and a great film. Despite some people sneering at Peppard and the movie, i thought he was a good fit as the arrogant Stachel.

P.s And real dogs-bollocks planes. Stick that up your cgi ass, yeah?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Agreed and said as much after taking TBM challenge on the Zoom. Followed by A Bridge Too Far, The Battle Of Britain and Yanks and Is Paris Burning? re-watches. What a streak.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2021 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Another score I've tried to get into multiple times, but that just didn't do it. Always felt noisy and overblown. But I have it in my iTunes collection, and aim to try again. And again. I once wrote a fairly long post about this, but there are so many BLUE MAX threads, I can't remember which one.

 
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