Thursday, October 15, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Gerald Fried

Artist:Gerald Fried
Song:The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah
Album:Star Trek: Original Television Soundtrack Volume 2

I'm pretty sure Star Trek fans are interested in music from the original TV series. You would be surprised how much of it is available on CD. Of course the theme from Star Trek was composed by Alexander Courage. But he didn't compose the music for the episodes. Amok Time is one of the most popular episodes and this music from a fight scene is very popular. It was composed by Gerald Fried who worked on a lot of TV shows. He was born Feb. 13, 1928 in The Bronx, NY. and he attended Juilliard. He went to high school with Stanley Kubrick and it was Kubrick who gave Fried his start in film composing. Fried composed the scores for Kubrick's 1956 film The Killing and the 1957 film Paths Of Glory. Then Fried moved to Los Angeles and worked for low budget film legend Roger Corman. Then he got into TV. Fried's first hit series was Gilligan's Island and then he wrote a lot of the music for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. For Star Trek, Fried wrote the music for five episodes. The 1967 episode Amok Time was the season two premiere. This was the episode that featured Spock's mating ritual. It's one of the more popular episodes and the music The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroyah was under a Captain Kirk fight scene. Fried's music was so good that it was used as a template for future fight scenes. GNP Crescendo has released a series of CDs of music from the original Star Trek TV series. They usually put two episodes on one CD. This CD features Amok Time and The Doomsday Machine composed by Sol Kaplan. Of course this will interest Star Trek fans. The Ritual was used in the Jim Carrey film The Cable Guy. Fried has had a long career in film and especially TV. His most significant score was for the 1977 miniseries Roots and the sequels. He won an Emmy for Roots. It looks like Fried went into semi-retirement in the late 80s though he surfaces occasionally. Here's a video for The Ritual/Ancient Battle/2nd Kroykah by Gerald Fried.

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