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 Posted:   Feb 4, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)




It's been ages since I last listened to "The Stripper". I somehow managed to forget what a GEM of a score this is! Oh boy, it's every bit as good as "Studs Lonigan", another early Goldsmith I always considered a classic! It's Jerry in that warm jazzy '50s Alex North mode, finding depth and meaning at every turn!


I have this one too! I also enjoyed the Nick Quarry bonus tracks. I'll have to dust this off myself...!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2013 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

Another score worthy of revisitation is the Varese Sarabande "Anastasia" by Alfred Newman.



I've never seen the film or heard the score. I just gave a listen to the main theme over at youtube. Wow! Terrific!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2013 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

I thought I would dust this one off. Star Trek: Insurrection GNP Crescendo Records 1998.



Out of all the Star Trek soundtracks that I have on CD this is the one that gets the least play. (Now that I think about it, Generations probably wins that award. Let's call it a tie.) Maybe it has to do with the fact that I just don’t care for the movie that much. (For the record, I have the soundtracks for all the Star Trek movies on CD in some form except for Star Trek IV. I do, however, have that soundtrack on LP.). For my money, it’s the weakest of the Jerry Goldsmith Star Trek scores. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a very solid effort and for most composers it would be a career highlight. And it’s certainly better than the scores for Star Trek IV and Generations. But we are not talking about just any composer. Running just under 45 minutes, the soundtrack never outstays it’s welcome. When Goldsmith references the Star Trek theme composed by Alexander Courage in the opening Ba'ku Village cue, he almost seems to be saying musically, (sing in the melody of the Star Trek theme) “This again?...this one is not that good.” Still, consummate pro that he was, Goldsmith composed some beautiful melodies for the film as well as some fine dramatic action cues. He does what he can to save what turns out to be, let’s face it, a mediocre two part Next Generation episode. But no composer in the world can save a lackluster script. Goldsmith would come back to Star Trek once more to compose Star Trek: Nemesis, a much better score to an underrated movie. At the end of the day, I’m happy to have Star Trek: Insurrection in my Goldsmith collection. A minor work from a major film composer.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2013 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Returning to my older Intrada Special Collection cds:



I'd forgotten Brandenburg Concerto Number 4 was featured in this score.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2013 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



A very atypical Young effort, but very enjoyable. Some neat action tracks and clever orchestrations (the vocalizations in the titular track, panpipes in "Squeezebox", the frantic, seemingly improvised flute solos in "Balboa Blood").

Not-bad song (co-written by Young), as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)



A very atypical Young effort, but very enjoyable. Some neat action tracks and clever orchestrations (the vocalizations in the titular track, panpipes in "Squeezebox", the frantic, seemingly improvised flute solos in "Balboa Blood").

Not-bad song (co-written by Young), as well.


Listened to some samples of this score and really liked it! I remember seeing the film sometime back in the late 90's on cable. The "Balboa Blood" cue reminded me of the "Symphony for Shafted Souls" track from 'Shafts Big Score' composed by the director Gordon Parks. It's can be found on the FSM release Shaft Anthology: His Big Score and More! It's a great release. If you don't have it, I highly recommend picking it up.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

Returning to my older Intrada Special Collection cds:



I'd forgotten Brandenburg Concerto Number 4 was featured in this score.


I listened to some cues from this release and really enjoyed them. Too bad the score is now OOP. Oh well...you can't have it all...

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2013 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Oops, nearly forgot about this thread. Sorry Scott.



I'm not much of a Doyle fan, but I bought this score when the film was released and remember I didn't like it much (or the film for that matter). Thought it was a bit too loud and ambitious sounding for my tastes.

However, listening to it again some near 20 years later, I actually quite like it. More melodic and intimate than I remember. It's actually quite a powerful score to listen to. It's a lengthy score, but it's sequenced well. Whether my tastes have changed or the music since has got worse, who knowswink

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2013 - 9:20 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

Just re-listened to Silvestri's score to The Abyss. How I'd managed to forget what a great score this is, I'll never know. I love the meld of synthesizers, orchestra, and chorus. The synth "water sound", leading into the orchestral action and mystery and, finally, the choral revelation is quite an interesting hierarchy and one I've heard attempted many times, but never quite in this way.

Now... let's hope to see a remastered/expanded rerelease from Varèse this year...

And a Blu-ray...

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 1, 2013 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)



This isn't a background score, but a song score, that I revisited recently. Jacques Morali composed most of the songs recorded by the Village People, some of the best of which found their way into this film. (The film was, after all, a fictionalized biopic of the Village People.) Yes, the classic "Y.M.C.A." is here. Surprisingly, "Macho Man" is not. But the best of the 10 tracks on the album is not sung by the Village People, but by Dave London. And it's not his singing on "The Sound of the City" that is so great, but the over-the-top orchestration of the song, with the relentless disco beat nearly overshadowed by a full orchestra that supplies "stings" after every line of the song, and that really pumps up the energy of the music. I wonder if that was Morali or some unnamed orchestrator. Give a listen, listeners:



That album is a surprisingly peppy experience, given that it comes from such a listless film.

 
 
 Posted:   May 7, 2013 - 11:51 PM   
 By:   Ian J.   (Member)

Some recent resurrections:

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial - JW

Zathura - JD

Tara Bulba - FW

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - ES

Elizabeth - The Golden Age - CA

Sphere - EG

The Adventures of Tin-Tin - JW

IMO, John Williams' music shines above all the others in terms of detail and quality and reminds me of why I like film music in general.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   topscore   (Member)

After some digging, finally found the name of a great movie (and soundtrack) that I enjoyed some years ago - Stalingrad, a 1993 war film.

It's subtitled and there were some really dramatic scenes with equally as dramatic compositions. The suite is by Norbert J. Schneider and I really recommend it for very dramatic, war-time and harrowing themes. Really great and that soundtrack immediately got my attention after watching the movie.

Because I couldn't be very detailed, I'll include another theme that is extremely emotion-filled: Kopano Part III (The Journey) by Hans Zimmer and the main theme (at its most dramatic during the end) to Tears of the Sun - the Bruce Willis film. That is such a beautiful composition on its own and really tugs at the heart strings during the final scenes. Stalingrad and TOTS are both great films and complimented by the scores.

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)


But the best of the 10 tracks on the album is not sung by the Village People, but by Dave London. And it's not his singing on "The Sound of the City" that is so great, but the over-the-top orchestration of the song, with the relentless disco beat nearly overshadowed by a full orchestra that supplies "stings" after every line of the song, and that really pumps up the energy of the music. I wonder if that was Morali or some unnamed orchestrator. Give a listen, listeners:



That album is a surprisingly peppy experience, given that it comes from such a listless film.


Not seen the movies or heard this song before but I loved it, your right the orchestra just brings the song to life

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)



This is one of the best actions scores which I ever heard. There is awesome orchestration and excellent 14 min. action track "White House Chaos"

Main Title is so catchy that you will remember it right after first listen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry1Z92lSOcw

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2013 - 5:14 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Not heard that Broughton album before, now added to my list of things to get. Your right that Main Title is very catchy. (Impressive given i have Riddles Batman on in the background.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2013 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



I know vaguely of the film, but I heard a sample at Kent's website and had to get it.

Some gorgeous writing for strings and Middle Eastern instruments.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

Not an ST, but a long forgotten gem...



I'm not listening right now bc I'm busy, but I wish I was. :-D

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

Some interesting choices by everybody! A lot of stuff I've never even heard of. Keep the resurrection going! I recently dusted off the soundtrack to Swashbuckler. I saw this movie countless times on HBO way back in the day and the music for the film seared into my brain. While the Intrada release only contains the LP sequence, I was happy to have the music for the film available in some form.

 
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