Doctor Who: The Five Doctors

Doctor Who: The Five Doctors soundtrackLike the simultaneously-released Earthshock collection, this album originally saw release in 1984 in the U.K. as an LP with the nondescript title Doctor Who – The Music 2, but in musical terms, this is a much better album. The music from eight 1983-1984 episodes from the sadly underrated Peter Davison era is arranged into several “suites” which lean much heavier on music than Earthshock‘s all-too-brief cues. And the music itself is composed in a much more straightforward fashion – still entirely electronic, but more conventionally orchestral in its overall execution. 4 out of 4This will appeal much more to casual fans who are perhaps not quite so ready to dive into the earlier, more experimental music on Earthshock.

  1. Doctor Who theme – 1980-1985 version (2:44)
  2. Enlightenment (7:54)
  3. The King’s Demons (5:21)
  4. Order this CD The Five Doctors (8:44)
  5. Warriors of the Deep (3:54)
  6. The Awakening (3:26)
  7. Resurrection of the Daleks (5:02)
  8. Planet of Fire (3:55)
  9. The Caves of Androzani (6:05)
  10. Doctor Who theme – reprise (0:54)

Released by: Silva Screen
Release date: 1991 (originally released in 1985)
Total running time: 47:59

Star Trek: The Next Generation Volume 3

Star Trek: The Next Generation soundtrackYou might not believe that the same composer created the Farpoint soundtrack and this collection of scores from the third and fifth seasons of Star Trek: TNG, but it’s true. You know, there’s a reason why there are so few soundtrack releases from the Star Trek TV shows that have been such hits for the past decade or so. If there were more soundtracks, you know as well as I do that loyal fans and music lovers like myself would have snatched all of them up. But the sad truth is that, due to some ridiculously strict guidelines that Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman has maintained from early in his reign, most of the Star Trek TV scores are forced into a corner. The music is to be unobtrusive, is forbidden to interfere with certain frequencies which are occupied by background sound effects, and is to avoid thematic material which could be too distinctive. In those restrictions, the entire point of a dramatic musical underscore has been vampirically sucked right out of the music. On the flipside, Star Trek has been blessed with amazingly inventive composers like Dennis McCarthy, who – contrary to the beliefs of some fans who sometimes don’t know of what they speak musically – can score his way out of a wet paper bag, and on Star Trek, that’s exactly what he has to do. From the Korngoldish, heraldic cues from Hollow Pursuits to the eerie and threatening Yesterday’s Enterprise, McCarthy neatly sidesteps the producers’ musical strictures, and in the latter score even manages to showcase his theme for Captain Picard (see the Farpoint review elsewhere) one more time. However, it is in the music from the two-part special Unification that things get both better and worse. The cue “Sarek Drifts Away” is probably what won McCarthy the 1992 Best Dramatic Underscore Emmy award in and of itself, but other cues 3 out of 4from the same show smack of random noise and seem to drone on forever without ever reaching a resolution. But, even with Star Trek’s producers’ silly hangups about distinctive music still in place, fans of the show will probably love this album.

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  1. Star Trek: The Next Generation main title (1:48)
  2. Duality / Enterprise C (2:55)
  3. Averted / Richard / Guinan / Back to Battle / Cmdr. Garrett (3:30)
  4. First Kiss / Not To Be / Empty Death / Reporting For Duty (3:45)
  5. Klingons / Skin of Teeth (5:02)
  6. In Case You Forgot (1:36)
  7. Sarek (1:46)
  8. Sarek Drifts Away (2:34)
  9. Another Captain / Food Fight (0:58)
  10. Victims of Holography (3:44)
  11. Sacrificed / Mind Meld (2:40)
  12. Barclay Mitty (2:24)
  13. Tissue Samples / Sad Sack / Staff Confab / Hololust (3:01)
  14. Lady Gates / Swordplay (2:13)
  15. Madame Troi / Blissful / Out of Control / Warp Nine (1:54)
  16. Warposity (3:21)
  17. Plan 9 (0:19)
  18. Star Trek: The Next Generation end credit (0:48)

Released by: GNP Crescendo
Release date: 1992
Total running time: 44:18

Twin Peaks – music by Angelo Badalamenti

Twin PeaksThe soft-pedaled, murky, mysterious jazz-like music that accompanied this 1990 TV series perfectly suited the murky, weird and often just plain ridiculous setting of the show. But does it make for a good soundtrack? Well…maybe not. A lot of the material is repetitive, but those who were closely attached to the show may find it to be of more nostalgic value. My recommendation? Go instead and get Julee Cruise’s album Floating 3 out of 4Into The Night, which has the theme song as well as more memorable music than the Twin Peaks album itself. For distinctive and interesting music, the movie derived from the TV show was better (though that’s about the only respect in which the movie was better than its TV parent).

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  1. Twin Peaks Theme (4:45)
  2. Laura Palmer’s Theme (5:08)
  3. Audrey’s Dance (5:15)
  4. The Nightingale – with Julee Cruise (4:54)
  5. Freshly Squeezed (3:48)
  6. The Bookhouse Boys (3:24)
  7. Into the Night – with Julee Cruise (4:42)
  8. Night Life in Twin Peaks (3:23)
  9. Dance of the Dream Man (3:39)
  10. Love Theme from Twin Peaks (4:34)
  11. Falling – with Julee Cruise (5:18)

Released by: Warner Bros.
Release date: 1990
Total running time: 48:50

Star Trek: Shore Leave / The Naked Time

Star Trek soundtrackThe most recent collection of original Trek music from Crescendo (not counting the Trouble With Tribbles suite on the 1996 Best Of Star Trek CD) features slightly less well-known scores from less obvious episodes than popular favorites such as Amok Time and The Cage, and in that respect the choices are more interesting. Gerald Fried’s music from Shore Leave careens around recklessly from Finnegan’s Irish-themed signature tune to gentler, more classical-sounding passages for Kirk’s old flame, and appropriately heraldic fanfares for McCoy winding up on the wrong side of a joust with an imaginary knight. The Naked Time‘s similarly fantasy-4 out of 4themed music has some more mysterious themes dealing with the vague time-travel subplot introduced toward the end of the show. Both are very interesting listening, and the mastering is again outstanding, considering that this music was recorded over thirty years ago.

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  1. Star Trek main title (0:51)

    Shore Leave music by Gerald Fried

  2. New Planet / Rabbit / School Chum (4:07)
  3. Old English (2:09)
  4. Ruth (2:37)
  5. Knight / Joust (1:28)
  6. Clue / Finnigan / Tricks / Tiger Thoughts / 2nd Samurai (4:36)
  7. Caretaker / Lazarus (2:01)
  8. 2nd Ruth (0:49)

    The Naked Time music by Alexander Courage

  9. Trailer (1:02)
  10. Brass Monkeys (1:28)
  11. Joe Berserk (3:03)
  12. Sulu Finks Out (0:43)
  13. D’artagnan / Banana Farm (3:18)
  14. Out of Control / Lurch Time / Punchy Kid (1:48)
  15. Party Time (1:34)
  16. Medicine Girl (4:29)
  17. Hot Sun / Off the Cloud (1:05)
  18. Captain’s Wig (6:43)
  19. The Big Go (1:43)
  20. Time Reverse / Future Risk (0:46)
  21. Star Trek end credit (0:48)

Released by: GNP Crescendo
Release date: 1992
Total running time: 47:08

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