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Nightwatch/Killer by Night (1965/1972)
Music by Quincy Jones, John Williams
Nightwatch/Killer by Night Nightwatch/Killer by Night Nightwatch/Killer by Night
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Price: $9.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: November 2011
Catalog #: Vol. 14, No. 16
# of Discs: 1

This FSM CD presents the premiere release of two scores for CBS telefilms, both made as pilots for series that never materialized, composed by two well-known and influential Hollywood giants.

Composer John Williams and director Robert Altman famously collaborated on two feature films: Images (1972) and The Long Goodbye (1973). But their personal and professional relationship had begun in television nearly a decade earlier, on Revue's Kraft Mystery Theatre and Kraft Suspense Theatre. Altman's final Kraft Suspense episode had been "Once Upon a Savage Night" (later released theatrically as Nightmare in Chicago), shot on location around the Windy City using a special film stock that permitted nighttime filming with available light. After forming his own production company, Altman pitched a pilot for another series to be shot at night on location near the Great Lakes, at first dubbed Chicago, Chicago, but later retitled Nightwatch.
John Williams scored the Nightwatch pilot ("The Suitcase") in late 1965 and early 1966, creating a dynamic main theme and a suspenseful episode score. When CBS passed on the show, it remained unseen until Jul 15, 1968, when the network aired it on an anthology of busted pilots under the title "A Walk in the Night." 
Shortly after serving as musical director for the Oscar telecast in April 1971, Quincy Jones began work on The City by Night, starring Robert Wagner and Greg Morris as a Los Angeles doctor and cop, respectively, who must track down a murderous diphtheria victim wreaking havoc in the city. The film (with a last-minute name change to Killer by Night), aired on the January 7, 1972, installment of The New CBS Friday Night Movies, but the network decided not to pick it up for a series.
Jones’s score, heavy on winds and percussion, combines his authoritative jazz sensibility with unique sonorities and compelling rhythms to effectively capture the story’s menace. A reserved but romantic love theme balances out the murky harmonies and harsh dissonance of the score’s darker, more aggressive passages.
FSM has remastered both scores from the only surviving sources: ¼” monaural tapes, given a slight stereo ambience for listenability. (The series theme and format music for Nightwatch are exceptions, presented here in vibrant genuine stereo, remixed by Mike Matessino.) The 20-page booklet designed by Joe Sikoryak contains authoritative notes on both films by Jeff Eldridge, plus track-by-track analyses by Eldridge and Frank K. DeWald.
Quincy Jones Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Quincy Jones (b. 1933) is one of the most important figures in music and modern media history, not only as a composer but also a performer and a producer (as on Michael Jackson's Off the Wall and Thriller records). As a film composer he was most active in the 1960s and early '70s, when he scored not only black-themed pictures (In the Heat of the Night, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!) but acclaimed and important productions like The Pawnbroker and In Cold Blood not related to race—becoming the first African-American composer to achieve major success in the field. For television, he wrote the popular themes to Ironside and Sanford and Son, among others. Although best-known for his jazz scores, his style was not so much jazzy as modern, updating the grammar of dramatic music. His 1962 "Soul Bossa Nova" became popular as the "theme" for Austin Powers over three decades later. IMDB

John Williams Scores on FSM
About the Composer

John Williams (b. 1932) is not only the composer of most of the biggest blockbusters of all time—including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and many more, many of them directed by Steven Spielberg—but he has transcended film music to become the world's most famous living composer, and an American institution. His popular symphonic scores are so iconic that they often overshadow the fact that he has been equally proficient at sophisticated, adult fare (Schindler's List, Images) and had a successful career in composing (for television and often comedy features), arranging and performing well before he even met Steven Spielberg. FSM, like most labels, will release everything it can of Williams's music, and has concentrated (for reasons of availability) on his early years as "Johnny" Williams when he was doing sterling work on relatively little-known television and films—always with an amazing attention to melody and detail. In fact, his early works are fascinating for the ways in which they foreshadow his later, world-renowned efforts. IMDB

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John Williams and Quincy Jones in the same disc? This is bound to be mine soon!

After the Gremlins hit, this is surely a miracle day for fans

The wonders never end!

(Well, I guess they will...) he he he

In the meanwhile, thanks yet again Lukas & Co. for bringing so much joy to the fans! Couldn't order this stuff fast enough.

Two, maybe "obscure" (as mentioned in the clue for this release), scores but not at all a dissapointment as I first feared.

Lucas gave us rarieties again of two maestro`s!
And, of course, GREMLINS at last.

THANKS A LOT FOR THIS GIFT (and it`s not even Christmass).

Nice surprise - and not too expensive too (for the two... and the two); I loves my Johnny (and I loves my Jerry, and that another oft requested score drops off the guessing lists!)!

Thank you FSM!

As usual while all are elsewhere celebrating an expanded release, I'm over here joyously excited about a John Williams AND Quincy Jones score I've never heard.

This is real giddy excitement! A time machine that gets us to discover these guys all over again.

Takes me back to when I first heard THE REIVERS and THE PAWNBROKER.

And yet again, a Williams item surfaces that I've never even heard of (and that says a lot, since I like to pride myself in knowing about every single thing he's done), much like the ELEVENTH HOUR tv score awhile back.

Chucks, I need to get this, then.

Posted: Oct 20, 2011 - 2:47 AM
By: mxmx (Member)

I guess three Williams releases (including Tintin in Europe) within a month IS rather sparse. Don't worry; it's on the way... and from as far out of left field as they come. Patience.


That's out of left field, all right.

Johnny and Quincy having a jazzy noir coolness contest on the same CD.

Looks like a must-have!

Sound samples appear to not be up and running yet. They work for Gremlins though. I may have to order this.

Sound samples appear to not be up and running yet. They work for Gremlins though. I may have to order this.[/endquote]

Was just about to post the same thing.

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Killer By Night

Leader (Conductor):
Quincy Jones, Morton Stevens, John T. Williams

Israel Baker, George Berres, Elliot Fisher, Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Jacob Krachmalnick, Marvin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson

Alvin Dinkin, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Robert Ostrowsky

Justin DiTullio, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Emmet Sargeant, Frederick R. Seykora, Jeffrey G. Solow, Gloria Strassner

Raymond M. "Ray" Brown, Abraham Luboff, Joseph Mondragon

William E. Green

John Lowe

William E. Green, Thomas W. Scott, C. E. "Bud" Shank, Ernest J. Watts

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, Sinclair Lott, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti

Frank Beach, Robert O. "Bobby" Bryant, Marion "Buddy" Childers, Maurie Harris

James L. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, Kenneth Shroyer

John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Douglas Clare Fischer, Artie Kane, Michael Melvoin, Joseph L. Sample

Michael J. Anthony, Dennis Budimir, Michael Deasy, Allen Reuss, Trefoni "Tony" Rizzi, Howard Roberts, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Fender (electric) Bass:
Carol Kaye, Ray Pohlman

Verlye Brilhart-Mills, Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Tommy Morgan

Carl Fortina

Larry Bunker, Victor Feldman, Frank J. Flynn, John P. Guerin, Paul N. Humphrey, Emil Radocchia (Richards)

Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Jerry D. Williams, John F. Williams

Jerrold E. Immel, Quincy Jones, Don Ray, Morton Stevens, John T. Williams

Orchestra Manager:
Herman Berardinelli

Supervising Copyist:
Jerrold E. Immel

Russell Brown, Howard W. Drew, Dominic John Fidelibus, Nathan Gluck, Janet Guy, James Lindner, Edward E. Ocnoff, Robert L. Reid

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