The Carl Stalling Project, Volume 1

The Carl Stalling Project, Volume 1How can anyone resist the classic sound of the original Looney Toons and Merrie Melodie cartoons? Carl Stalling’s distinctive style changed the way pictures were put to music forever, and created an instantly recognizable repetoire unto itself. You’ve heard a lot of these tracks already, but they were in the background, part of the atmosphere for Bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fudd or Marvin the Martian. But the cues are unmistakable. Most of them do not contain any dialogue and are excellent original recordings, but a few of 4 out of 4them have the sound effects and character voices intact. My favorites on this album are “Powerhouse and other cuts from the 1950s” and the “Anxiety Montage” – the latter of which contains almost every musical backing for any imaginable exciting situation ever seen in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. This is a must-have!

  1. Putty Tat Trouble Part 6 (1:20)
  2. Hillbilly Hare (4:22)
  3. Early WB Scores – The Depression Era (6:02)
  4. The Good Egg (4:25)
  5. Order this CD Various Cues from Bugs Bunny Films (5:07)
  6. There They Go Go Go (5:27)
  7. Stalling Self-Parody: music from Porky’s Preview (5:26)
  8. Anxiety Montage (6:11)
  9. Stalling – The War Years (3:50)
  10. Medley – Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals (5:00)
  11. Carl Stalling with Milt Franklyn in session (7:14)
  12. Speedy Gonzalez Meets Two Crows from Tacos (5:33)
  13. Powerhouse and other cuts from the early 50s (6:15)
  14. Porky in Wackyland / Dough for the Dodo (5:44)
  15. To Itch His Own (5:54)

Released by: Warner Bros.
Release date: 1990
Total running time: 77:50

Out of Africa – music by John Barry

 soundtrackThis is an absolutely sublime score, one of the very few movie soundtracks which radiates enough simple beauty to rank up there with the classical repertoire. Whether you’ve seen the movie or not, you’ve probably heard the first few wistful minutes of the main theme before. The secondary theme, which resurfaces in other cues, is no slouch either. I can’t recommend this highly enough, nor can I even come up with a description that adequately describes the beauty of it all.

    4 out of 4

  1. Main Title – I Had a Farm in Africa (3:07)
  2. I’m Better At Hello – Karen’s theme (1:15)
  3. Have You Got a Story For Me? (1:12)
  4. Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A, K.622 (2:46)
  5. Safari (2:40)
  6. Karen’s Journey / Siyawe (4:46)
  7. Flying Over Africa (3:22)
  8. Order this CD I Had a Compass From Denys – Karen’s theme II (2:27)
  9. Alone on the Farm (1:55)
  10. Let the Rest of the World Go By (3:12)
  11. If I Know a Song of Africa – Karen’s theme III (2:11)
  12. End title – You Are Karen (4:03)

Released by: MCA
Release date: 1986
Total running time: 33:34

The Prisoner

 soundtrackI am not a number! I am a free reviewer! This disc contains the original recordings of this bizarre show’s suitably bizarre and distinctly 60s music. It includes both the long and abbreviated versions of Ron Grainer’s excellent theme song, and incidental pieces from Arrival, A, B & C, Free For All, The General, Fallout, Many Happy Returns, Dance Of The Dead, Checkmate, Hammer Into Anvil, The Girl Who Was Death and Once Upon A Time. Most of the incidental music is by Albert Elms, and some of the pieces 3 out of 4are rearrangements of classical or traditional music. Also included is the original, unused main theme by Wilfred Josephs. Great if you’re a Prisoner fan, but that’s really about the only group I could imagine being interested in this album; the music is adequate, but pretty much meaningless out of context.

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  1. Main title theme (2:20)
  2. Number 6 Attempts Helicopter Escape (1:57)
  3. Band Marches Into Village Square – Radetski March (1:45)
  4. Chimes – original unused main title theme (2:17)
  5. Engadine’s Dreamy Party (1:23)
  6. MiniMoke & Speedboat Escape (2:53)
  7. Cat & Mouse Nightclub Mechanical Band (1:36)
  8. Number 6 Wins Village Election (1:28)
  9. Violent Capture of Number 6 in Rover Cave (1:45)
  10. Professor’s Wife’s Outdoor Art Class (0:39)
  11. Security Clearance for Board Members (0:50)
  12. Villagers’ Examination Results Celebration (2:02)
  13. Number 6 Encounters the General (0:38)
  14. Destruction and Final Report (2:35)
  15. Main title theme – full version from &quotFall Out&quot (3:34)
  16. Number 6 Aboard Gunrunners’ Boat (1:58)
  17. Village Square Carnival Procession (2:20)
  18. Number 6 Steals a Lifebelt (1:45)
  19. Escapers Attack Searchlight Tower (1:56)
  20. Number 2 has Number 6 Followed to the Stone Boat (2:28)
  21. Farandelle Played By Village Band (0:48)
  22. Fight Between Number 6 and Number 14 (3:59)
  23. Village Green Cricket Match (2:00)
  24. Number 6’s Regression to Childhood (2:08)
  25. Number 6’s Schooldays Revisited (0:39)
  26. Main title theme reprise – closing credits (1:09)

Released by: Silva Screen
Release date: 1989
Total running time: 49:02

Chess – original cast studio recording

Chess soundtrackSeldom if ever do I get a whole album just for one song (I much prefer that to CD singles, since they are not really much cheaper and I might like something else on it). But this is a unique situation – I got a double CD for one song. The song in question is, of course, Murray Head’s recording of “One Night In Bangkok”, one of those guilty pleasures of radio from my childhood. The rest of it is not bad, but I’ve got this mental block regarding musical theatre – I mean, it’s been a long time since I just broke into song in the middle of some intense moment – that keeps me from really getting into this sort of thing. Not to say that no musical has ever spawned a good song, a lot of them have, it’s just that I prefer some semblance of realism in my entertainment! Really, unless you too are just dying to hear this mysterious one-off radio hit, I’d only recommend this one for fans of the musical itself. The story concerns an international chess masters’ 3 out of 4tournament which culminates in a U.S.-Soviet face-off, with the American chess master’s aide falling for her boss’ opponent over the course of the play. If you try to read political allegory into this play too heavily, you’ll probably come out feeling a bit silly. It’s best taken with a grain of salt (and, these days, a nostalgic yen for the days of the Cold War!).

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    Disc one:

  1. Merano (7:00)
  2. The Russian and Molokov / Where I Want To Be (6:22)
  3. Opening Ceremony (9:20)
  4. Quartet: A Model of Decorum and Tranquility (2:18)
  5. The American and Florence / Nobody’s Side (5:27)
  6. Chess (5:45)
  7. Mountain Duet (4:43)
  8. Florence Quits (2:54)
  9. Embassy Lament (1:30)
  10. Anthem (3:04)
    Disc two:

  1. Bangkok / One Night in Bangkok (5:02)
  2. Heaven Help My Heart (3:30)
  3. Argument (1:51)
  4. I Know Him So Well (4:15)
  5. The Deal (No Deal) (3:54)
  6. Pity the Child (5:29)
  7. Endgame (10:50)
  8. Epilogue: You and I / The Story of Chess (10:30)

Released by: RCA/Victor
Release date: 1984
Disc one total running time: 48:23
Disc two total running time: 45:21

Doctor Who: Earthshock

Doctor Who: Earthshock soundtrackThis is a CD reissue of a 1983 album simply titled Doctor Who – The Music, which was the first such soundtrack of the show’s customarily abstract electronic music. The majority of the music from that original album hails from the popular 1981-83 period including such pivotal episodes as The Keeper Of Traken and Earthshock, though additional material added to the disc represents the early 70s (particularly two original and very, very abstract musique concrete pieces created by Delia Derbyshire, the producer of the original Doctor Who theme). I do have a complaint about the album – it’s the intertwining of sound effects with the music. If I wanted to hear the TARDIS 3 out of 4materializing, I’d dig out 30 Years At The Radiophonic Workshop or watch the show itself. The attempt at creating atmosphere manages simply to be distracting. Other than that, I heartily recommend this for Doctor Who fans, but with the abstract nature of some of the music, it may appeal only to dyed-in-the-wool Who fans.

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  1. Doctor Who theme – 1963-1979 version (2:39)
  2. The Sea-Devils (5:19)
  3. Meglos (1:42)
  4. The World of Doctor Who including the Master’s theme (2:40)
  5. Blue Veils and Golden Sands / from Inferno (3:28)
  6. Nyssa’s Theme (0:43)
  7. Kassia’s Wedding Music (0:49)
  8. The Threat of Melkur (0:55)
  9. Exploring the Lab (1:48)
  10. Nyssa is Hypnotised (1:00)
  11. The Leisure Hive (5:35)
  12. The Delian Mode / from Inferno (5:35)
  13. Omega Field Force (1:54)
  14. Ergon Threat (1:03)
  15. The Termination of the Doctor (2:10)
  16. Banqueting Music / from Warrior’s Gate (1:31)
  17. TSS Machine Attacked / from Kinda (1:07)
  18. Janissary Band / from Snakedance (0:18)
  19. Subterranean Caves (2:36)
  20. Requiem (0:39)
  21. March of the Cybermen (5:13)
  22. Doctor Who theme – reprise (1:52)

Released by: Silva Screen
Release date: 1991 (originally released in 1983)
Total running time: 50:36

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Encounter At Farpoint

Star Trek: The Next Generation soundtrackThis soundtrack from the first episode of the first of the onslaught of “new” Star Trek shows is vastly different from the flavor of music that the series later employed. This score is in an unusually lush, Star Wars-ish style which really sounds out of place compared to the later abstract dronings that were insisted upon by the producers. Some of the best cues on here include “Admiral”, a nice little piano piece underscoring DeForest Kelley’s cameo guest appearance as an extremely elderly Dr. McCoy, escorted by Data, and the suite of music that accompanied the early scenes in which Q pursues the Enterprise despite Picard’s best attempts to shake him. Also included are some unused cues, including a rejected but very nice piece for the Enterprise’s saucer separation (which was replaced by a boring reprise of Jerry Goldsmith’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture theme). But by far, the true gem of this album is McCarthy’s rejected “Alternate Theme” for the series, which opens with the familiar Alexander Courage theme and then flows smoothly into McCarthy’s own original theme for 4 out of 4Captain Picard, which I dearly love and I think could have ranked as an instant fan favorite along with the movie and earlier TV themes. By opting to go with the familiar Goldsmith theme, the producers buried this wonderful piece of music, and thank goodness they got at least one performance on tape and included it on this soundtrack.

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  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation main title (1:45)
  2. Stardate (1:44)
  3. Troi Senses (1:42)
  4. Picard’s Plan / First Chase / First Chase part 2 (4:31)
  5. Detaching* / Separation* (2:41)
  6. Shaken / Court Time / There Goes Da Judge (2:29)
  7. U.S.S. Hood / On Manual (3:19)
  8. Star Trek: The Next Generation end credit (1:04)
  9. Personal Log / Admiral / Old Lovers (2:25)
  10. Caverns (1:27)
  11. Splashing* / The Woods / Memories (2:46)
  12. Scanned / Big Guns / Unknown (3:04)
  13. Revealed / Reaching Out (4:39)
  14. Departure (1:08)
  15. Alternate main title (Picard’s theme)* (1:44)< * music not used in broadcast version of show.

Released by: GNP Crescendo
Release date: 1988
Total running time: 36:28

Star Trek: Symphonic Suites from the Original Series

Star Trek soundtrackStar Trek soundtrackReleased around the 20th anniversary of Star Trek, these two CDs contained new recordings of the original Trek’s music, this time in the form of long suites in which the entirety of particular episode’s score is performed in the form of a long, interconnected orchestral piece. The arrangements are faithful, but you have to have a stomach for 15 or more minutes of music in the classic Trek vein; remember, compared to the almost atonal sophisticated stuff that passes for music on the current Star Trek shows, the old Trek’s scores were pretty wildly bombastic. Both discs were performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tony Bremner. Volume 1 features the music of the third-season episodes Is There In Truth No Beauty? and The Paradise Syndrome, composed by, respectively, George Duning and Gerald Fried, while Volume 2’s more diverse selection includes Joseph Mullendore’s The Conscience Of The King and Sol Kaplan’s The Enemy Within from the first season, the whimsical I, Mudd score by Samuel Matlovsky from the second year, and the third year’s Spectre Of The Gun, composed by Jerry Fielding. The shortcomings of these discs are some very irritating synthesized approximations of the organ tones used in the very 1960s original 3 out of 4renditions. On the other hand, these are the only available copies of these specific episodes’ music, and a lot of it is very good indeed, particularly since, unlike the GNP Crescendo releases, much of the music comes from the third season, and therefore was not reused over and over again as often as the earlier music from the first and second seasons.

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    Volume One

  1. Is There In Truth No Beauty? by George Duning:
    Enter Miranda / Ambassador Arrival / McCoy’s Toast / Quite a Woman / Marvick Pleads / Marvick Mad / Marvick Berserk / Marvick Dies / Sentimental Jim /Blind Miranda / No Chane / Miranda Mad / Miranda’s Farewell
    (19:58)
  2. The Paradise Syndrome by Gerald Fried:
    Pine Trees / The Amerinds / Tahiti Syndrome / The Brain Wash / Miramanee / Breath of Life / The New God / Dilithium Problem / Wash Day / Salish Fluffed / Potter Kirk / Naming the God / Joining Day / Challenge / The Ceremony / Birth Announcement / False God / Death of Miramanee (19:54)
    Volume Two

  1. The Conscience Of The King by Joseph Mullendore:
    Spaceship Titles / Lenore / Lenore’s Kiss / Everything Is Later / Ophelia Mania / Last Cue
    (8:43)
  2. Spectre Of The Gun by Jerry Fielding:
    Melkot’s Warning / Tomstone / Teeth Pulling / My Name: Doc Holliday / Love Scene in the Old West / Chekov Gets Killed / Ten Minutes / We’re Trapped / Final Curtain
    (15:15)
  3. The Enemy Within by Sol Kaplan:
    The Rock Slide / The Tired Captain / Bruised Knuckles / An Imposter / Undecisive / Alter Ego / Another Brandy / Double Dog Death / Help Me / Thank You, Yeoman
    (13:14)
  4. I, Mudd by Samuel Matlovsky:
    Alice In Wonderland / Mudd’s Series / Tired of Happiness / Stella / The Last Straw / Stella 500
    (8:38)

Released by: Label X
Release date: 1986
Volume One total running time: 39:52
Volume Two total running time: 45:53