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Autumn Thunder: 40 Years NFL Films Music [Box set]

Tom Hedden , Dave Robidoux , Sam Spence Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Valley
  • ASIN: B0002VERQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"...the distinctive strike of the tympani is enough to transport listeners to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field." -- USA Today, December 2, 2004

"This 10-CD box set will bring the game into your living room." -- The Washington Post, December 9, 2004

Product Description

For decades, NFL Films has created the magnificent sounds associated with the game of football. As a fan, it is impossible to hear the classic orchestrations of Sam Spence without being transplanted onto the gridiron. Featuring the compositions of staff composers Tom Hedden and Dave Robidoux--the 4-time Emmy-award winning composers who give wings to every Films production--Autumn Thunder is the essence of the game and the very heart of NFL Films.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm Glad We Now Have Something, But I Still Pine For More November 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of NFL Films since the 1970's when they used to show "NFL Game of the Week". The highlights were great, the announcers were great (usually Harry Kalas on the highlights shows, John Facenda on most everything else), but the music is what made these shows magical. NFL Films, through composer Sam Spence, just knew how to combine the right music with the right situation (a low and somber mood when showing players walking to the line of scrimmage in slow motion in the freezing cold, an up-tempo ditty when showing several high-yardage plays in succession, a victory march at the end of a game, etc).

For years, I wanted to get my hands on this music. NFL Films sold several albums (the vinyl kind) of music in the 1970s, but I didn't partake and these went out of print. About 5 years ago, they issued "The Power and the Glory" CD which contained numerous tunes plus snippets of the late John Facenda. That was neat, but it just scratched the surface (and a small scratch at that). The CD was well-received and I hoped would pave the way for more NFL Films material to be released.

It took a little longer than hoped, but there is now a 10-disc set of over 180 instrumental tunes used by NFL Films over the years. A lot of my favorites are here. I don't know them by name, but I know them when I hear them and its great to have them in my CD library. It appears the first half of the set is dominated by Sam Spence creations while the remaining discs are those containing the composers who came on board after Spence. I am much partial to the Spence numbers, which were the ones that got me excited about football. The others are fine and should be included, but they just aren't the same.

The set is missing several of my favorites.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KUDOS to the Sabols, Spence, Hedden & Robidoux!!! September 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Three years ago, I wrote a review for the NFL Films Music CD entitled "Power and the Glory" (...). I tried to capture the effect the CD had on football fans, such as myself, who love the music behind NFL Films programs and I believe much of what I wrote for "Power and the Glory" holds true for this review. What strikes me is what I wrote towards the end of that review when I suggested that the Sabols were sitting on a gold mine that was the rest of the NFL Music Library collection. As I've come to learn of the many folks who love this music, it seemed the next logical thing for the Sabols, Sam Spence, Tom Hedden and David Robidoux to do was release a multiple CD compilation of the works of NFL Films Music. It does my ego good to even remotely think that maybe one of them stumbled upon my review and, fast foward to the present, the dream is now reality with the ten CD "Autmn Thunder" compilation. The reality is that the music is SO good and SO popular that, in this age of nostalgia, the release of this music collection was inevitable.

Enough of my dribble ... onto the review! This collection represents a fairly thorough collection of music from the NFL Music Library that was used in the NFL Films programs from their early inception in the mid 1960s all the way to the present. The music contained on the CDs is presented in chronological order with CD #1 containing the earliest music pieces and progressing through to CD #10 and the present. Folks who are familiar with the five "Music of National Football League Films" albums, released in the 1970s, will be happy to learn that they can now toss out their scratchy vinyl LPs as "Autmn Thunder" contains EVERY track from these albums in CLEAR and PRISTINE condition! I promise that they sound better without the scratches!!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FOOTBALL FANS FANTACY CD.... September 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow, wow, wow and did I fail to mention WOW! I remember when the Power and the Glory CD first came out and how it was sold out in a matter of days, well it seems that this 'Box Set' did not get the same or if any recognition at all. As a matter of fact, I just happened to come across this fantastic complilation by mistake because I was looking for more music by Sam Spence.

Well, the wait is over Spence fans! The music here in this Box Set is astounding to say the least. You almost feel like a superhero when listening to the music while at other times tears begin to form in the corner of your eyes. The beauty and spendor of these pieces are timeless! Whether you grew up in the jazzy 60's, groovy 70's, rockin' 80's or hip 90's, you'll find music here that will get your head to boppin'!

The cover of this Box Set is made out of football pigskin and there are 10 that's right 10 CD's inside with over 45mins of playing time each. That gives you over 8 hours of football fanfare to enjoy. And even some of the music in the P and the G that was shortened are played in it's entirety here in this Box Set.

What more can I say, this is by far one of the best CD's I have "EVER" bought! But I must warn you, you won't be able to listen to a CD without picking at least 2 to 3 music pieces that you'll play over and over and over again. (trust me)

LONG LIVE SPENCE, HEDDEN AND guys set the benchmark for giving the fans what it is they want.... EVERYTHING!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hedden and David Robidoux should write Symphonies. Modern day...
Love the inspirational, powerful & uplifting Hedden and even more so Robidoux pieces.
One piece missing and I don't know the composer but should have been added is a piece... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Danette Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
I bought Autumn Thunder as a gift for a football fanatic. He loves it.
Published 2 months ago by Robert C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selections at a great price
I bought this went it went on sale for less than $20. I;ve been wanting this set for a while so I had to buy it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars It was the music from the NFL that I remembered hearing on "This Week...
Brought back all my memories of football from the 60's and 70's. Its a great collection of great NFL music.
Published 5 months ago by Mark Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Listening
this music is good enough to inspire anyone who listens to it, NFL films helped make the NFK what it is today.
Published 7 months ago by Richard Arsenault
3.0 out of 5 stars Far more chaff than wheat
As a longtime aficionado of NFL Films Music, this boxed set turned out to be extremely underwhelming. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donny Louie
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific music
outstanding music; packaged very well; informative; quickly delivered; brought back many memories; I would recommend this product to all NFL fans of the 1950's through the 70's.
Published 10 months ago by Erino Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars Please help this NFL Fan
Does anyone know what the name of the NFL music "track" at the end of the Patrick Willis Visa commercial is? If so, please let me know. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dwaine Zanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Bought this for my brother and he was very pleased. When I finally got to listen to it I was amazed at how you could almost picture the action on the field through the music. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebration. Of yeaster year !
Classic N F L . From great. Artist from the last 40 years . Great stimulating up temple instrumental. That. Most. People. Would. Enjoy .
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It seems silly to reply to such a silly post after more than a year, but I get the impression you are thinking of "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland, covered by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, whose version was popular and used in many sports contexts in the 1970s, when NFL Films... Read More
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