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 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Link: http://www.hitfix.com/news/varese-sarabande-labels-robert-townson-counts-down-his-top-5-scores

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Obviously, we all have our own preferences, but it's sure hard to argue with any of these.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Obviously, we all have our own preferences, but it's sure hard to argue with any of these.
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A great list for sure. Personally, I'd replace Sunset Boulevard with John Barry's 'Somewhere In Time' which has such a great Varese rerecording, but that's just me.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Of course I would instantly replace Planet of the Apes, much as I love it, with almost any other Goldsmith score of that era, but I would really replace it with The Best Years of Our Lives - instantly.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Since the list is Robert Townson's top 5 film scores I'm just going to assume that it's accurate. smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 11:36 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

I would have switched out VERTIGO for PSYCHO.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Kim Peterson   (Member)

I would have switched out VERTIGO for PSYCHO.

Would have done the same, but bumped POTA up one and bumped SUNSET down one and replaced it with a John Williams (STAR WARS, E.T., JAWS). Also, SPARTACUS is a great score, but I would not personally put it at #1. I believe in this case it is a sales pitch, note their release information at the end (still can not sell all the copies of the beast). I would put BEN-HUR at #1, but that is my personal taste.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Also, SPARTACUS is a great score, but.... I believe in this case it is a sales pitch, note their release information at the end (still can not sell all the copies of the beast).


Of course it couldn't possibly be the case that it's #1 on Townson's list because it's actually his favorite!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I think we all agree that this is Robert Townson's list. I don't think anybody is telling Townson what he should or shouldn't like. We're just giving our own opinions on the scores he's chosen.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Also, SPARTACUS is a great score, but.... I believe in this case it is a sales pitch, note their release information at the end (still can not sell all the copies of the beast).

Townson was very open about this being his favorite score for years before that Club release. There is no ulterior motive here.

Though I never like to make lists like this, "Spartacus" may well be my favorite, too.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Also, SPARTACUS is a great score, but.... I believe in this case it is a sales pitch, note their release information at the end (still can not sell all the copies of the beast).

Townson was very open about this being his favorite score for years before that Club release. There is no ulterior motive here.

Though I never like to make lists like this, "Spartacus" may well be my favorite, too.


I doubt he would have released such an expanded release of that score if it wasn't his favorite.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 10:10 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I'll bet he's trying to sell those 1997 editions of Planet of the Apes too!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2013 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I'll bet he's trying to sell those 1997 editions of Planet of the Apes too!

Oh, you saw him on Ventura and Laurel Canyon today hawking those CDs? I almost bought one.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

This was an ad for Varese, right? Well-known films and while the piece admits they are all from the Varese label, I still think it's a "commercial" for them:

"(Varese Sarabande’s 2010 release included 6 CDs, 1 DVD and an 168-page booklet, including two CDs devoted to “Spartacus Love Theme,” with variations by Carlos Santana, Bill Evans, and Ramsey Lewis, and Alexandre Desplat, as well as a new Lee Holdridge arrangement featuring flautist Sara Andon)."

Shameless, really. lol

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)


I love PLANET OF THE APES, especially for its stainless steel mixing "boards." With so many unusal instruments, not any mixing board would do.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Of course I would instantly replace Planet of the Apes, much as I love it, with almost any other Goldsmith score of that era, but I would really replace it with The Best Years of Our Lives - instantly.

I have to agree with you, Bruce.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I love PLANET OF THE APES, especially for its stainless steel mixing "boards." With so many unusal instruments, not any mixing board would do.

I just hope that if they ever do a reissue, the mixing boards aren't missing.





Ahem.





;-)

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Shameless, really. lol

Not at all. Townson has made it his business to release the scores he's most passionate about. Why should it be any other way?

Are you really that concerned about the integrity of HitFlix.com?

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   John Mullin   (Member)

Wait a minute, for all these years I had no idea that Townson was trying to build and maintain some kind of sustainable business model. That's it: I'm done with those guys.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2013 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   filmo   (Member)

i would like to see robert townon post on this message board. i feel it would add a great deal to any discussion re film music.

 
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