November 30, 2011 at 2:35 am #144
There are two times a year you can expect a heap of major soundtrack releases, either new or vintage: the weekend of San Diego Comic Con, and Cyber Monday. Here’s a recap of the stuff that got released this week. It’s a freakin’ bumper crop.
Animals United David Newman (2011) – Perseverance $15.95
Our second album by prolific composer David Newman, the score to German animated feature Animals United aka Konferenz der Tiere features the complete music in film order without interruption by the songs that were included on the European release. This CD is only available to buyers in North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Our license does not allow us to sell it to the EU.
Conan The Destroyer (2011 re-recording – Basil Poledouris (1970) – Tadlow £18.95
Featuring for the First Time the COMPLETE Score
The Original Greig McRitchie, Jack Smalley and Steven Scott Smalley Orchestrations
Includes Previously Unreleased Music
Includes the 20-minute suite for Symphony Orchestra and Chorus from SWORD AND SORCERY: THE ADVENTURES OF CONAN
Newly Recorded in Stunning and Dynamic Digital Sound
Performed by the Acclaimed and Award-Winning 90-piece City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and 80-voice CPPO Chorus Conducted by Nic Raine
Die Hard – Michael Kamen (1988) – La-La Land $29.98
Kamen’s score masterfully builds suspense, propelling all the plot’s high-octane action while enriching the characterizations. The DIE HARD experience is rounded out in this presentation with source cues and bonus tracks such as Vaughn Monroe’s “Let It Snow”, Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis,” John Scott’s “We’ve Got Each Other” and more! Produced by Nick Redman and Eric Lichtenfeld, restored by Mike Matessino and remastered by Daniel Hersch.
Fat Man & Little Boy – Ennio Morricone (1989) – La-La Land $19.98
Never before released in any format, Mr. Morricone’s hauntingly beautiful and complex orchestral score receives a definitive, 2-CD treatment that demonstrates the composer’s notable skill in emotionally interpreting what is at once an amazing and tragic chapter in mankind’s history – the birth of the atom bomb. Full of dramatic suspense, passion, sadness and gravitas, this is a notable, major Hollywood work by Morricone that is ripe for discovery – especially since some of it has never before been heard, as several cues and portions of others were dropped from the final cut of the film.
The Great Train Robbery – Jerry Goldsmith (1979) – Intrada $19.99
Though rumored to have been lost forever, Intrada locates complete 1/4″ two-track stereo session masters made by Eric Tomlinson during London recording sessions, maintained in beautiful condition courtesy MGM. This enables first-ever release of numerous cues including all-important action cue “Dead Willy”, where frenzied string rhythms, powerful trombone figures provide score with its most ferocious moment. Other new cues offer variants to main theme, additional darker sequences. Goldsmith also recorded all of his classical source pieces during the sessions and we include those as well. His take on Handel’s famed “Music For the Royal Fireworks” is dazzling indeed. Several alternates were present on masters, including early take on classic “The Gold Arrives” set piece, this time with central section spotlighting virtuoso trumpet double-tongue passage Goldsmith ultimately toned down for final take. Roaring fun! Bonus CD offers U.S. CD premiere of original 1979 soundtrack assembly as produced by Goldsmith, newly mastered from United Artists album master.
The Rocket Post Nigel Clarke & Michael Csányi-Wills (2011) – Moviescore Media $17.95 – also on iTunes
The composers of the acclaimed orchestral scores for The Thief Lord and The Little Vampire, UK-based duo Nigel Clarke and Michael Csányi-Wills, has written a beautiful romantic score for the The Rocket Post, a British drama featuring Danish star Ulrich Thomsen, Shauna Macdonald and Gary Lewis. MovieScore Media proudly presents the official soundtrack release of this film’s first-rate score, performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring an original song, ”Distant Shores”, sung by Mae McKenna. This is a real gem of a score and one that really had to be ”discovered”! CD edition is limited to 1000 copies.
Scrooge (re-recording) – Leslie Bricusse (1970) – Buysoundtrax $15.95 – also on iTunes
BuySoundtrax Records is proud to announce the release of SCROOGE a new recording of the soundtrack from the 1970 film version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, featuring original music by Academy Award™-winner Leslie Bricusse. One of the most enduring holiday stories, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been told in a multitude of ways. In 1970, a musical adaptation, starring Albert Finney and featuring music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse was released. It earned four Academy Award nominations, including “Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Thank You Very Much”. Though SCROOGE proved to be a perennial favorite and two decades later was launched as a musical, the soundtrack has never been released on CD or digitally. BSX Records producer Ford A. Thaxton turned to composer Dominik Hauser to reimagine the soundtrack. Robert Picardo, best known as the holographic Doctor on STAR TREK: VOYAGER was brought in to sing the role of Scrooge. In addition to Picardo, another performer from the STAR TREK family, Chase Masterson (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE) appears opposite Brian “Hacksaw” Williams as Mrs. Fezziwig, and Katie Campbell performs the songs “Happiness” and Tiny Tim’s ballad “A Beautiful Day”.
Scrooged – Danny Elfman (1988) – La-La Land $19.98
An important score in Elfman’s cannon, SCROOGED was the composer’s first big-budget Hollywood score-and one that clearly anticipates his next, and most iconic work, BATMAN. For this wickedly funny and inventive update of the immortal Dickens Christmas classic, Elfman fashions a robust, sophisticated musical tapestry that expertly weaves together the film’s varied tones, which runs the gambit from wildly broad comedy and holiday cheer to gothic horror and emotional drama.
Tora! Tora! Tora! – Jerry Goldsmith (1970) – La-La Land $19.98
Goldsmith tackles this film’s serious examination of Pearl Harbor with a rich orchestral score that exemplifies his trademark musical genius, fierce intelligence and sympathetic understanding.
Treasure Guards Michael Richard Plowman (2011) – Moviescore Media $17.95 – also on iTunes
Composer Michael Richard Plowman has really made an impressive break-through in 2011 with his two feature film scores Age of Heroes and A Lonely Place to Die, both released on CD by MovieScore Media. The big, orchestral score (which also incorporates substantial choral writing, ethnic colours and adrenaline-pumping rhythm programming) is written for a story about “treasure guards” working for a covert organization based in the Vatican and a race to secure the ancient Seal of Solomon.
Wolfen – James Horner (1981) – Intrada $19.99
Early James Horner soundtrack for sensational Michael Wadleigh horror thriller finally gets released! Riveting tale stars Albert Finney as detective on trail of serial killer which turns out to be not human! James Horner creates intense, exciting score, introduces numerous musical devices that become trademarks, including magnificent fortissimo punching motif played by low trombones, tuba in octaves. Every note of score recorded by Horner is included, mixed and mastered from mint-condition complete 1/2″ three-track stereo session masters courtesy Warner Bros.
Okay, I gotta admit… my interest is piqued by the Scrooge re-recording with Bob Picardo.December 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm #2487
A late entry from soundtrack superlabel Varese Sarabande…
Bernard Hermann at 20th Century Fox (14 CD box set) Varese Sarabande – $199.98
Eighteen scores, representing an 18-year relationship with 20th Century Fox are all included here, and each one of them sounds better than they ever have before!
Four scores are making their premiere appearance. Never before have Herrmann’s original recordings of The Snows of Kilimanjaro, White Witch Doctor, 5 Fingers or Hangover Square appeared on CD. But the premieres contained herein by no means stop with these four.
The collection opens with one of the most significant of all restorations. Jane Eyre appears in its entirety for the very first time, nearly doubling its previous length. Along with the significantly improved sound, the expansion makes this presentation a revelation in every way.
Anna and the King of Siam was already premiered in its entirety back in 2000, but has been remastered for inclusion here.
One of the most beloved Herrmann scores of all, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, here receives its definitive presentation, featuring additional material, together with stunning new sound.
The bonus tracks for the landmark The Day the Earth Stood Still feature a particularly fascinating track allowing us to eavesdrop into the original recording session.
Discs five and six, featuring the premieres of 5 Fingers, Hangover Square (famous for its brilliant Concerto Macabre) and The Snows of Kilimanjaro are historic in their importance.
An expanded A Hatful of Rain shares disc seven with the world premiere release of White Witch Doctor, a score principally known (and much loved) thanks to its inclusion (in suite form) on the Gerhardt RCA album.
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef features improved sound but no new material.
The Egyptian was expanded for our Deluxe Edition earlier this year but disc nine here isolates just the Herrmann music from the famous score co composed with Alfred Newman.
Garden of Evil has here been significantly expanded, adding some 15 new cues to what has been released previously.
Until now, King of the Khyber Rifles has been represented by only six cues on an earlier compilation. Presenting the entire score for the first time is a significant find.
While Blue Denim’s previous release was already complete, Prince of Players is another score that is, essentially, a premiere here (and a major one at that) as only seven of the score’s 29 cues have been released previously.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit expands from the eight cuts available previously to 21 here.
Our earlier release of Journey to the Center of the Earth was already pretty comprehensive, but we did add a few cues before remastering. The score is both a musical and sonic showpiece.
Eight cues have been added to Tender Is the Night, along with a few bonus cues.
All of this accumulates to a veritable mountain of Herrmann!
This boxed set includes:
– seven double CD slim line jewel boxes
– a 108 page full-color, hardcover book
Easily ranking among the most historic film music releases ever assembled, Bernard Herrmann’s body of work produced for 20th Century Fox is a priceless film music archive, all assembled in one place for the very first time.
I’m drooling just over The Day The Earth Stood Still alone. Holy cow. Oh, and they’re only pressing a thousand copies of this.
Oh, and La-La Land’s Die Hard release up there? Sold out in under 72 hours.December 10, 2011 at 3:54 am #2488
Varese’s gigantinormous Bernard Hermann box set right there? Sold out already! $200,000 in the bank instantly! Cha-ching! Pass go and advance to the nearest railroad, Varese Sarabande.
Intrada’s going to crank out three more releases right before Christmas, and the hints point strongly toward one of them being an expanded/complete soundtrack for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (the recent 25th anniversary of which this very site recently noted). The previous release of the Trek IV soundtrack barely topped 35 minutes, and that was even with the inclusion of all the synth-heavy jazz music.
It also had this sucktastic “we frame all of our soundtrack releases like this because we have yet to figure out that you could use this whole 5×5 inch square CD booklet cover for artwork!” cover.
Our last batch of the year. With three releases. One 2-CD set. One Special Collection title, two MAF titles. No Conan. No Disney. One definite fan favorite. One cool farce score. One score that gets mixed reactions, but now it’s bigger, it’s better, and I’ve always liked it. All three are reissues. Two have been on CD before. One just on LP. All three are expanded. One will be late, probably not in on 13th. Two from the 60s, one from the 80s. It’s all good.
Other suggestions that fit the clues highlighted above have included Robocop 2 and Supergirl. The Film Score Monthly forums are about to implode on this one.
MAF is an acronym for Intrada’s non-limited-edition lineup – i.e. titles on which there’s not the usual 3,000 copy limit. Previous MAF titles have included The Black Hole, Red Dawn, Alien, First Blood, Patton, Rocky IV, Tombstone and JAG.
Even if it’s not Trek IV, the past couple of years have bestowed an embarrassment of riches on fans of Star Trek soundtracks.
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