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Post 2012-01-01 21:10   [Quote] 
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He seemed to find tour stories and especially that first Flo & Eddie lineup pretty fascinating though, especially considering that he later devoted much of a two CD set to that topic.

Well of course, the concept was always important for FZ, it's what made it possible. But he had been writing all those orchestral scores a long time before he had the idea for the movie, so I reckon he saw it as the perfect opportunity to get them recorded and put together in a solid project. I guess what I mean is he probably had been asking himself the question "how can I conceive a project that will allow me to record some of this music but is still conceptually solid enough to justify bringing it all together under the same umbrella?" for a few years, and ultimately 200 Motels was his answer to that question.

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Dental Hygiene Dilemma and I'm Stealing the Towels - those are just absolute classics in melding text and music IMHO!

Agreed - the Pleated Gazelle suite is also an incredible work (makes me wish FZ had written more choral stuff, and that's not something I would dare saying of many composers).

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Post 2012-01-02 01:48   [Quote] 
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franktomatozappa wrote:
Dental Hygiene Dilemma and I'm Stealing the Towels - those are just absolute classics in melding text and music IMHO!

Agreed - the Pleated Gazelle suite is also an incredible work (makes me wish FZ had written more choral stuff, and that's not something I would dare saying of many composers).


Yes! Also, what do you think of 1) The peformance and conducting? 2) The recording?.

As to 2, I thought the balance / mix was pretty good for the time. I'm not an expert but it seems to me that it doesn't have the dynamic range that can be captured today. And the EQ itself was pretty limited. It needs a fantastic re-masterto bring out all the excellent music.
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Post 2012-01-02 01:57   [Quote] 
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what do you think of 1) The peformance and conducting? 2) The recording?

Both are awful, but what else could we expect - at least there's that. (Certainly that's what FZ thought at the time, or he wouldn't have released it!)
Phyllis Bryn-Julson is a fantastic singer though. And she was barely even known at the time...

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Post 2012-01-02 04:19   [Quote] 
Pages from the original Pleated Gazelle score:

http://twitpic.com/8222lp

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http://twitpic.com/8224gd

- roll mouse over the pics to view at full size - some beautiful annotations there!
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Post 2012-01-02 05:50   [Quote] 
Nice! There are a few pages of manuscript on The FZ Songbook Vol. 1 as well, but that part of the score is new to me. Thanks for posting!

The annotations are obviously by the conductor Wink

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Post 2012-01-13 02:56   [Quote] 
He stressed that the raw footage. Any continuity in the editing room to the concept of jeans. Whaddayasay?
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Post 2012-01-28 18:52   [Quote] 
Is there any truth in the story that all the rushes were sold off as re-useable tape stock?
It seems odd that Frank would not have tried to purchase this for his archives.

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Post 2012-01-28 19:03   [Quote] 
I think that's what FZ said in the Honker True Story video. Perhaps he couldn't afford to purchase it.
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Post 2012-02-04 09:31   [Quote] 
yetanother wrote:
pbuzby wrote:
He seemed to find tour stories and especially that first Flo & Eddie lineup pretty fascinating though, especially considering that he later devoted much of a two CD set to that topic.

Well of course, the concept was always important for FZ, it's what made it possible. But he had been writing all those orchestral scores a long time before he had the idea for the movie, so I reckon he saw it as the perfect opportunity to get them recorded and put together in a solid project. I guess what I mean is he probably had been asking himself the question "how can I conceive a project that will allow me to record some of this music but is still conceptually solid enough to justify bringing it all together under the same umbrella?" for a few years, and ultimately 200 Motels was his answer to that question.


the music ended up being puzzle pieces that fit beautifully into his movie experience concept...which is more solid conceptually than you might think..

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Post 2012-05-20 09:38   [Quote] 
I just heard The Pleated Gazelle from The Suites performance in Netherland 2000something! That's soooo brilliant and great. I wish that performance would be released on DVD or something! Thanks for the postings of the score!
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