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FULL STOP
« on: July 03, 2010, 11:58:40 PM »

Well, you've read the notes, the notes were non-stop, then came to a full stop, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they're currently coming to a full stop, so there's no telling WHEN the damn cows are coming home.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 11:59:12 PM »

And the word of the day is: VESPERTINE!
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 12:09:20 AM »

As promised, here's the pre-announcement of the new Kritzerland release, both films of which I've recently written about in the notes.  It's great stuff.  You know the drill - $19.98 to paypal.com using our paypal address of kritzerland at adelphia dot net. 


“MY NAME IS JUGGERNAUT”

Kritzerland is proud to present a new limited edition soundtrack CD – two great scores for two great Richard Lester films, on one CD:

JUGGERNAUT and THE BED SITTING ROOM

Music Composed and Conducted by Ken Thorne

By the time of 1974’s Juggernaut, Richard Lester was known for his two wonderful Beatles’ films, A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, the film version of the Broadway show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as The Knack, The Bed Sitting Room, and How I Won the War, all of which were suffused with Lester’s visual style and humor.  He’d also made the drama, Petulia, which was a whole different kind of film for Lester, and just prior to Juggernaut, he’d made a boisterous and wonderful film of The Three Musketeers.  But nothing Lester had done really could have prepared audiences for the tension-filled, excruciating suspense of Juggernaut.  While it’s sometimes spoken of as a disaster film, it’s not really in the Irwin Allen mold at all.  The set-up comes quickly – a man identifying himself only as “Juggernaut” calls the owner of a shipping line and says there are seven barrels of amatol (explosives) on board the luxury-liner the Brittanic.  They are set to explode by dawn of the next day.  Any attempt to defuse them will cause them to detonate.  If a ransom of 500,000 pounds is paid, Juggernaut will then send instructions on how to defuse the bombs.  Juggernaut then gives a little demonstration by triggering a few small explosions.  All this happens during the film’s terrific opening sequence.

From there on out it’s a game of edge-of-your-seat cat and mouse scenes between RichardHarris as Fallon, a bomb expert, and Juggernaut.  Everything about the film works beautifully, and it has a great cast – Richard Harris and David Hemmings (as his number one man) are superb, as are Omar Sharif, Shirley Knight, Ian Holm, Lester regular Roy Kinnear, a young Anthony Hopkins, and especially Freddie Jones.   

Five years earlier, Lester directed a film version of John Antrobus and Spike Milligan’s post-apocalyptic comedy, The Bed Sitting Room.   Lester brought his unique comic visual style to this very weird comedy, which features an amazing cast (listed in the credits not alphabetically, but by height) – Ralph Richardson, Michael Hordern, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Marty Feldman, Mona Washbourne, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, and fellow Goon Show members, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe.

The scores for both films were written by Lester’s frequent musical collaborator, Ken Thorne.  Thorne’s score for Juggernaut is very brief but very effective – it is filled with tension, has some great action scoring when the bomb squad is parachuting aboard the Brittanic, and his music heightens every scene in which it’s used.  There’s also a very pretty theme to accompany scenes with Shirley Knight and Omar Sharif, but mostly his music plays the same cat and mouse game that the characters play.  Thorne’s score for The Bed Sitting Room is the polar opposite of Juggernaut – whimsical, jaunty, rueful, and filled with one great melody after another.  Thorne was really adept at writing comedy scores, in a way that few composers are.  And he especially had an affinity for complimenting Lester’s visuals. 

The source material for both scores came from Mr. Thorne’s personal tapes.  For Juggernaut, those tapes had the entire brief score, save for one cue, the end titles.  We were able to take most of that from the DVD (there is a tiny bit of sound effects – ocean noise – for the first few seconds).  The Bed Sitting Room is quite a long score, but Mr. Thorne only had highlights from it on a reel, and we’ve included everything he had, as no tapes from either film were in the MGM vault.

This release is limited to 1000 copies only.  The price is $19.98 plus shipping

CD will ship by the end of August – however, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early).   To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.




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Re: FULL STOP
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010, 12:57:48 AM »

Welcome nine GUESTS. 
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 12:58:39 AM »

Happy 4 th of July .
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 12:59:42 AM »

We need us some fireworks around these here parts.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 01:00:12 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 01:05:17 AM »

A Very Happy (and Safe) Independence Day to Everyone!
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 01:09:42 AM »

New CD ordered!
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010, 01:33:49 AM »

Maybe I should go to sleeeeeep.
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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2010, 01:34:38 AM »

The two Ken Thorne scores are really terrific!
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2010, 04:09:07 AM »

Good afternoon from Birmingham-

Well, it's almost time to leave after a great two days.  On Friday I mostly walked around Birmingham--I've never seen so many restaurants and shops in one place!  Apparently there has been a lot of development in the last few years.
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2010, 04:14:47 AM »

They've developed the area near the canal, and there are a couple of shopping streets (pedestrian mall-type).   But I'm not much of a shopper, so I didn't spend a lot of time there.

The concert was at 7:30 pm at Symphony Hall, which is really spectacular.  The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was conducted by John Wilson, who's only in his 30's.  He's a very dramatic conductor, almost athletic in his movements (not that I have much knowledge of these things).
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2010, 04:22:25 AM »

What can I say about the performances?  Just terrific--I had never seen Kim Criswell before, but had heard her on a couple of recordings.  And Brent was wonderful, as usual. 

They sang songs from all the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, including a "hidden gem," as Kim said, from Pipe Dream, called "Everybody's Got a Home But Me."  I was familiar with it from The Musicality of Rodgers and Hammerstein CD.  Kim did a great job on that song.
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« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2010, 04:30:49 AM »

Brent and Kim did an excerpt from Carousel---the dialogue leading up to "If I Loved You."  They did songs from Cinderella--"Ten Minutes Ago" and "Impossible.

The orchestra did a specatular version of "March of the Siamese Children" from the King and I.

I think the highlight of Act 1 was "Some Enchanted Evening," again with some of the dialogue leading up to it and performed as in South Pacific (with Nellie singing a little with Emile).
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« Reply #15 on: July 04, 2010, 04:34:37 AM »

Act 2 began with the orchestra playing a medley of songs from The Sound of Music.  Kim and Brent came out and led a sing-a-long version of "The Lonely Goatherd."  Brent was funny with the different voices for each character--the girl, her mother, etc.

The original Maria from the West End Sound of Music was in the audience (don't remember her name) and Kim asked her to take a bow.
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2010, 04:38:58 AM »

I'm trying to remember the other songs, but one that stands out is Brent's rendition of "Soliloquy" from Carousel, which earned him a rousing ovation.
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« Reply #17 on: July 04, 2010, 04:40:53 AM »

They closed the show with "Edelweiss" and "Climb Every Mountain."  And the encore was a reprise of "It's a Grand Night for Singing."

I think I'm running out of time on the computer--to be continued!
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2010, 05:56:13 AM »

Sounds like a lovely evenng DR KEVINH
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« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2010, 05:56:42 AM »

Great pictures from the park last night DR CILLA LIZ.

I could see fireworks from my house, but only those that went the highest got up over the trees.....
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2010, 05:59:42 AM »

New CD ordered.
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« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2010, 06:10:19 AM »

Today is the day.  ;D
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« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2010, 06:20:03 AM »

I shall return.
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« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2010, 06:26:59 AM »

Happy 4th of July!
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« Reply #24 on: July 04, 2010, 06:27:23 AM »

DR Cillaliz, yes the link worked. Nice pics!  Sorry about your family problems. That seems crazy to me.
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« Reply #25 on: July 04, 2010, 06:27:58 AM »

I gotta run. My niece is in bed watching tv. And i think her show is gonna finish any second. I need to feed her and get her dressed since she slept late (which she never does).
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« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2010, 06:28:25 AM »

The weather here is really hot this week (and next). I think today is going to be 31C with a humidex up to almost 40C.
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« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2010, 06:34:46 AM »

Happy holiday to all in the US of A.
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« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2010, 07:52:38 AM »

Happy Independence Day!
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Re: FULL STOP
« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2010, 08:02:54 AM »

And the word of the day is: VESPERTINE!

And The Song Of The Day Is:  IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT
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