When I see a score released, let's say it's two Intrada scores that I listen to the samples, but just don't have a huge interest in acquiring, I LOVE hearing my fellow film score friends say how excited they are to get this and this was their holy grail and all of those positive things. If we could just for a moment, think about other people once in a blue moon the world would be a bit happier!
I have played this CD a couple of times since receiving it today. I love David Newman's music. Thanks Intrada ! MIGHTY DUCKS, SCOOBY DOO 1 & 2, FLINTSTONES 1 & 2 and anything else by by David Newman PLEASE ! David Newman still has many great works that have not had a proper CD release. Thanks again Intrada.
Boy, "Paradise" is an absolutely wonderful David Newman score! This is the sort of heartfelt, full-bodied music that Newman is so capable of. Sadly, he became known for goofy comedy scores (some of which are terrific), and rarely had an opportunity like this one. And now, as he laments in the liner notes, emotions like this are not allowed in film scores.
Newman is quoted in the notes as saying "I'm glad it's coming out." Me too!
(The Folk score is not to my taste. So be it. The Newman more than makes up for it!)
I hope this CD two-fer has been a decent seller for Intrada. It's two really good scores by great composers who are highly underrated (and under-used) these days. The broad, symphonic style of Paradise is nicely contrasted by the poppy/lighter style of Can't Buy Me Love. While the OCD part of me would (maybe) have preferred another short David Newman score to couple Paradise, I have always loved the Folk score since I saw the film many years ago. There was never enough of the 'pop' theme on the 10 minute section of the Folk/Suites promo that I have, so this more than makes up for that. Indeed, it is quite sad to read Newman bemoaning the current state of film scoring (like Horner). At least we can always look back to the past to hear well written, memorable themes expertly played by full orchestra. My playing of this CD has compelled me to dig out the Selected Suites 2CD by Folk and I'm really digging some of his old scores (Tremors is playing as I type and it's fookin ace).