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CharlieTobin
SS spy school graduate

USA
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Posted - 05/12/2006 :  11:17:09  Show Profile
I posted briefly once before about my love for the music of The Wild, Wild West, and how the archiving house Film Score Monthly had assembled three 2-disc sets of the music to The Man From U.N.C.L.E., far surpassing any preceding version ever released. They took the music and remastered it, exactly as it was originally featured in the TV shows. Any fan with an ear can spot a cheap reorchestration of a show's soundtrack, but these are very much the originals.

In addition, the CD sets are complemented by exhaustive liner notes, with attention given to each episode, wonderfully penned by Jon Burlingame. Fans of this show should check out these volumes, whose URLs are listed below, and purchase immediately. Anyone who is currently an owner of these discs will undoubtedly vouch for their high quality.

Volume 1: http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/detailCD.cfm?ID=245
Volume 2: http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/detailCD.cfm?ID=280
Volume 3: http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/detailCD.cfm?ID=320

I sent an email to one of the execs at FSM a few months back, and encouraged them to consider doing the same with our favorite series, citing the similarities in era, genre, composers, frequency of new music, episode-specific scores, and the popularity of the series. Here's the email:

Hi Craig,

A few months ago, I was delighted to discover the
three "Man From U.N.C.L.E." soundtracks on your site!
What an opus! As a lover of the television show, it
was amazing to find a comprehensive set of the
music--the actual scores, and not a re-orchestrated
version--in such excellent condition. Jon Burlingame
and everyone at Film Score Monthly are to be
congratulated for such a exhaustive, high-quality
production.

In the same vein, another of my favorite television
shows from that era is "The Wild, Wild West", a show
which featured many of the same composers who scored
U.N.C.L.E., including Richard Shores (who cited WWW as
his favorite scoring outlet), Robert Drasnin, Walter
Scharf, Morton Stevens, and Dave Grusin, as well as
Dmitri Tiomkin (whose original theme was unused--but
would be quite an archive piece!), Jack Pleis and
Mundell Lowe.

Like U.N.C.L.E., this music changed from season to
season, and was quite varied within each season.
Between Richard Markowitz's western score and the
incidental music of these aforementioned composers,
the wonderful body of work for WWW could be a worthy
companion in your catalog to the U.N.C.L.E. releases.

I don't know if this is an idea FSM has been working
on, or if I'm the first to mention it, but are there
any plans (near or far) to produce such a project?
You did such a beautiful job with the U.N.C.L.E. sets,
and I can't imagine an effort like this falling into
anyone else's hands and coming out in such pristine
condition.

There is a significant network of fans of "The Wild,
Wild West" (found at http://www.wildwildwest.org) who
would be highly interested in this project as well.
In addition, the first word has been announced on that
forum that the first season of WWW will be released on
DVD sometime this spring. A soundtrack to coincide
with that release would be incredible!

Thanks for your consideration! Keep up the excellent
work!


i received a response a day later which read, "Excellent suggestion and I will pass it on to the powers that be. -Ed"

My feeling is that if these folks receive a bit more encouragement, they may feel more obliged to add this show to their catalog. As the MFU set indicates, they're more than capable of doing so. I can't imagine how much research must have gone into the U.N.C.L.E. project, but hey! They could turn here for expert detail on the series.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Let's make this happen!

"Eyes aren't enough these days!"

ccb
SS Quizmaster Emeritus

3799 Posts

Posted - 05/12/2006 :  15:06:37  Show Profile
I own two of the three U.N.C.L.E. soundtracks from FSM, and I agree: the quality and care that went into their production is beyond praise. This is a solid, small label and organization that deserves all the support we can give it.

If only FSM would do the same for The Wild Wild West. Not only Shores but also Markowitz are on record that West was their favorite series television assignment: the best blend of their talents with the producers' needs. Drasnin's four scores alone—for "Casual Killer," "The Deadly Bed," "The Wizard Shook the Earth," and "The Man-Eating House"—are all evocative masterpieces for small orchestra.
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Cindylover1969
SS novice field agent

United Kingdom
1268 Posts

Posted - 05/13/2006 :  01:52:01  Show Profile  Visit Cindylover1969's Homepage
I'm sure they would if they could; the problem is the rights are tied up with Paramount, and they're not that keen to open up their film music vaults unless it involves Star Trek (and of late not even then). If it had been made by Fox or MGM it would almost certainly be another matter (all of FSM's TV soundtracks to date have come from one or the other).

The good news is that there are other labels, like Intrada. And it can still happen one day.

"Make them both as uncomfortable as possible." - Marquis de la Mer, "The Night of the Watery Death"
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