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 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



TRANSFORMERS - THE MOVIE
Music Composed by VINCE DiCOLA
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 263


The Transformers: The Movie (1986) presented keyboardist-turned-composer Vince DiCola with the challenge of taking the rhythmic genre he loved into a new, futuristic dimension, using the same daring synergy that the makers of The Transformers’ TV show were using to broaden their brand name. DiCola truly fused progressive “arena rock” with alien technology to make The Transformers a stylistic whole, capturing the movie’s 2005 setting with its brightly futuristic synth sound. While Rocky IV had afforded him an orchestra, the budget of The Transformers necessitated an electronic approach. With the aid of co-producer Ed Fruge, programmer Casey Young, percussionist Michael Fisher and other first-call session musicians, DiCola stuffed the Scotti Brothers recording studio with Moog, Oberheim, Yamaha and EMU synthesizers and samplers. Initially working from storyboards and a plot synopsis, DiCola won the filmmakers over with a six-minute demo cue called “Legacy” that laid the seeds for his score, included here as a bonus.

The Transformers: The Movie has remained as rhythmically vibrant as ever for the franchise’s numerous fans. It has previously appeared on two quickly sold-out BotCon limited editions (“’Till All Are One” in 1997 and “Lighting Their Darkest Hour” in 2001). This Intrada CD marks the first generally available release of Vince DiCola’s complete score.

In 1986, it was decided that the best way to go into both a third season and a new product line was by giving the action figures a major cinematic upgrade with The Transformers: The Movie. The film’s sizable ambitions were embodied by Unicron, a machine-eating planet whose attack on the Transformer home world of Cybertron posed a singular threat to both Autobots and Decepticons. The movie noticeably went far beyond the TV show in its robot-shattering scale of destruction, “brutally” trashing numerous old characters to make way for a shinier new toy line that included Insectoids, Dinobots, Constructicons and jingle-spouting Junkticons.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 263
Retail Price: $19.99
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.8506/.f

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

From this old-school Transformers fan, this release is ordered. However, allow me to put on my TF geek hat for a moment and correct the press release... there was no "Insectoids" group, they were called Insecticons and along with the Dinobots and Constructicons, they were all part of the "old line-up" from '84-'85. The new groups introduced in the movie included the Junkions and Quintessons, but it was the new individual characters of Galvatron, Ultra Magnus and Rodimus Prime that were most notable. OK, TF geek hat removed now!

Also, I see that the cue for Prime's death has been combined into one track with "Optimus Prime vs Megatron" cue, which is surprising. Otherwise, I like that some of the shorter cues have been combined into longer suites.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Anyone interested in this really should also pick up this medley track of Transformers movie music that Vince DiCola created for the Turrican Kickstarter album. It's a mix of orchestral, synth and electric guitar and I think it's a rather special interpratation of the music. It only costs a $1 for whatever format you want to download it in.

http://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/track/transformers-medley-2013

I'm mildly surprised it wasn't on this new album.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

I'm rather confused as to why Sony apparently still owns the rights for this title when Hasbro supposedly acquired everything else from the Sunbow catalog (which Sony had possession of) back in 2008.

http://www.icv2.com/articles/news/12571.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbow_Productions

Maybe this means Sony has the rights to several Sunbow properties still, including the other 1986/87 Hasbro-based movies (Inhumanoids, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony)?

I'll be ordering this next week.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   Burk Whittenburg   (Member)

Awesome release and instantly ordered!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Missing songs, missing music, missing alternate cues. Very disappointing release!!!

They never stated it would include the songs, it was described as a general release of DiCola's score only, so Intrada was not misleading. Plus, they never promised alternate cues. A 2-disc set probably would have been a more expensive endeavor with no guarantee of how it would sell.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   Shock-Wave   (Member)

I have both the Scotti Bros. & the Botcon 1997 CD. However I will listen to the samples. So I assume it's the complete score from the movie + the bonus track as stated.

Sorry having a senior moment here... wink



 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 9:52 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I have both the Scotti Bros. & the Botcon 1997 CD. However I will listen to the samples. So I assume it's the complete score from the movie + the bonus track as stated.

Sorry having a senior moment here... wink


It's very strange. The track list is very different than, at least, the 2001 CD though the timing does mostly add up.
It IS missing the alternate main title, which DiCola contributed to, and a number of tracks have clearly been combined (and probably reordered).
The samples sound the same, so even though it has that Legacy track, I'm gonna have to skip it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Anyone interested in this really should also pick up this medley track that Vince DiCola created for the Turrican Kickstarter album. It's rather special and will only cost you a $1 for whatever format you want to download it in.

http://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/track/transformers-medley-2013

I'm mildly surprised it wasn't on this new album.


I fail to see how it's related, at ALL. Why would music for Turrican be on a Transformers disc?

Also before today one could stream all tracks on Bandcamp, it's a same they seemed to have changed this (see The Banner Saga as well).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 10:31 PM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

It isn't Turrican music, apologies if that wasn't clear. It is a medley of TF movie music by Vince DiCola recorded by Vince DiCola. It came about because many years ago Chris Huelsbeck used some TF movie music in the game soundtrack and when doing the KS CH approached VDC about doing a track.

Regarding Stream, that depends on the artist I believe. In the case of Banner Saga I suspect we can only stream the 4 tracks because they are the only tracks available at this point. The rest of the album isn't available till the 14th.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 11:14 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

As quintesentially mid 80s they are, and as much as I love that period, I never cared for the Transformers but more Rocky 4! I'm in!!!!

If the rest is as good a the samples, it's another excellent Intrada product for which my thanks to them.

Now on to Masters of the Universe. Maybe that music won't be as good but it is a series I did like.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 11:56 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Never got the soundtrack so if it's the film version I'm ok with it, don't really care about songs or updated versions. Glad to see Intrada is following up with more Vince DiCola after Rocky 4.

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

ordered!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 12:59 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

This soundtrack also has a distinct Keith Emerson vibe.
Damn I just can't stop listening to the samples. Especially the first 1:52 of "Legacy" is adrenaline cut with octane and nitrous oxide. Damn I wish that section were four times a long!!

I'll have to concoct some order to get this to me a.s.a.p.

Mr. DiCola, once again Disco Stu is thrilled by you.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 4:49 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

I just ordered this! Call me a DiCola fan.

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

This is a score that I know backwards and forwards and I have to say I really enjoy this score-only presentation from Intrada. I actually like how shorter cues are combined into suites, which for me makes a much more smooth listening experience. The "Decepticon Attack" in particular consists of 3-4 different cues but makes for a great, lengthy track.

The difficulty with this score for me has always been what role the songs play. There are a number of songs for film, used prominently, and the original album featured them over the score. The 20th Anniversary edition helped balance this equation by adding three more score tracks, making for an album of around 55 minutes.

My first thought was that I would add in all the songs for a complete experience with the score. I gotta say, this doesn't work so well. It winds up being around 100 minutes or so and it's just too darn long of a listen. Plus, the switch between score and songs is quite jarring when just for listening, as opposed to the film where the switch is fine. Partially this is due to the film using shortened edits of the songs, where in my complete sequence everything is in its original length. I just find it an odd listen to go from 10-15 minutes of score, then into one song, then another 15 minutes of score, another song... it becomes tedious.

So I decided for me, the Intrada score-only album will remain what I go to for that listening experience and when I want to hear the songs, I have the original album on my iPod as well. The only downside to the score-only listen is that there is no real ending. In the movie, the final score cue bleeds into the song "The Touch", which is really the climactic music cue for the narrative. "Legacy" is a fun track on its own, but since it doesn't actually feature any thematic material from the actual film score it seems to come out of nowhere during the listening experience.

How are other Transformers fans approaching this particular score+songs situation?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2014 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Shock-Wave   (Member)

This is a score that I know backwards and forwards and I have to say I really enjoy this score-only presentation from Intrada. I actually like how shorter cues are combined into suites, which for me makes a much more smooth listening experience. The "Decepticon Attack" in particular consists of 3-4 different cues but makes for a great, lengthy track.

The difficulty with this score for me has always been what role the songs play. There are a number of songs for film, used prominently, and the original album featured them over the score. The 20th Anniversary edition helped balance this equation by adding three more score tracks, making for an album of around 55 minutes.

My first thought was that I would add in all the songs for a complete experience with the score. I gotta say, this doesn't work so well. It winds up being around 100 minutes or so and it's just too darn long of a listen. Plus, the switch between score and songs is quite jarring when just for listening, as opposed to the film where the switch is fine. Partially this is due to the film using shortened edits of the songs, where in my complete sequence everything is in its original length. I just find it an odd listen to go from 10-15 minutes of score, then into one song, then another 15 minutes of score, another song... it becomes tedious.

So I decided for me, the Intrada score-only album will remain what I go to for that listening experience and when I want to hear the songs, I have the original album on my iPod as well. The only downside to the score-only listen is that there is no real ending. In the movie, the final score cue bleeds into the song "The Touch", which is really the climactic music cue for the narrative. "Legacy" is a fun track on its own, but since it doesn't actually feature any thematic material from the actual film score it seems to come out of nowhere during the listening experience.

How are other Transformers fans approaching this particular score+songs situation?


I have the 1997 promo & the original sdtk. Well I think some of the songs were edited in the film. "Instruments of Destruction" (forgot the group)was one of them. Still haven't decided if I should go for it (lol) and buy the Intrada version.

 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Just finished listening to this and love the sound continued from Rocky IV and rarely a cue that doesn't intrigue, you can hear the care that went into this music. The Drago training motif I forgive re-using as it is just too cool. The covers also look stunning, beautiful release!

 
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