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 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:01 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)




http://www.varesesarabande.com/details.asp?pid=VCL-0610-1109


Limited Edition of 5000 copies

Pre-orders for this boxed set are now being accepted, with shipping to begin the week of August 2.



Music Composed and Conducted by Alex North

Produced by Robert Townson

A film music celebration like no other!

Never has there been as elaborate a production of a single film score in all of film music history.

SPARTACUS is here!

6 CDs ... 1 DVD ... a deluxe 168-page book!!

Alex North is the father of modern film music - an inspiration and a hero to the generations that followed him.

"For those of us coming of age in the 1950s, and seriously interested in film music, Alex North was an inspiration, a role model and a hero. He was then and he remains so today." - John Williams

Jerry Goldsmith himself put it very succinctly, when speaking of Alex:

"Of all of us, he's the master."

Varèse Sarabande commemorates Alex North's 100th birthday and the film Spartacus' 50th Anniversary with the release of Robert Townson's 1,000th album.

For this international celebration of one of film music's most influential and important giants, Robert Townson is joined by:

Nathan Barr
Alan and Marilyn Bergman
John Debney
Alexandre Desplat
Patrick Doyle
Randy Edelman
Dave Grusin
Mark Isham
John Mauceri
Joel McNeely
Diego Navarro
David Newman
Lisbeth Scott
Lalo Schifrin
Brian Tyler
John Williams
Christopher Young


and many more!

Click here to download a SPARTACUS PDF and to see additional cover art.

The enormous boxed set includes:

CD 1 - All surviving stereo tracks of Alex North's SPARTACUS recording, including all tracks from the original soundtrack album, assembled in film order.

CD 2 AND 3 - The complete original film soundtrack of SPARTACUS, in astounding monaural sound.

CD 4 - A selection of unused and alternate cues from the original film sessions, along with Alex North's original preliminary cue recordings for the film (used for film editing purposes).

CD 5 AND 6 - SPARTACUS LOVE THEME AND VARIATIONS - 22 classic and newly recorded interpretations of Alex North's Spartacus Love Theme - featuring Bill Evans, Yusef Lateef, Carlos Santana, Lalo Schifrin, Dave Grusin, Mark Isham, Alexandre Desplat and many others! Newly recorded in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Tenerife!

DVD - CONVERSATIONS ON ALEX NORTH'S SPARTACUS A 96-minute feature documentary on the importance of Alex North and his score for SPARTACUS, with Alexandre Desplat, Mark Isham, David Newman, Lalo Schifrin, Robert Townson, Brian Tyler, John Williams and Christopher Young. Also included are two bonus features with Mark Isham and Diego Navarro recording their own Spartacus Love Theme variations.

BOOK - A 168-page, hardcover book by Robert Townson featuring detailed analysis of the SPARTACUS score, background on the film, an Alex North biography, over 100 photos and much more!

Produced with the cooperation of Universal Pictures, Universal Special Markets and Geffen Records ... and that's just for the score! This has been years in the works!

This is, by far, the grandest release in Varèse Sarabande's history.

Never have I been more proud of any project with which I have been involved and, frankly, I never dreamed that my promise to Alex, that one day I would restore and release his masterpiece, ever could have resulted in something so grand. - Robert Townson

Join the celebration!

CD 1 - Stereo (72:40)

1. OVERTURE (4:00)
2. MAIN TITLE* (3:17)
3. THE MINES (3:01)
4. CARAVAN (1:15)
5. FIRST PAIR (3:44)
6. GLADIATORS FIGHT TO THE DEATH* (2:20)
7. BROODING (2:20)
8. ON TO VESUVIUS* (4:52)
(a) FORWARD, GLADIATORS
(b) FOREST MEETING
9. OYSTERS AND SNAILS (Film Version) (3:07)
10. HOPEFUL PREPARATIONS / VESUVIUS CAMP* (1:59)
11. VESUVIUS MONTAGE (1:19)
12. BLUE SHADOWS AND PURPLE HILLS* (3:11)
13. HEADED FOR FREEDOM* (3:15)
14. HOMEWARD BOUND* (6:27)
(a) ON TO THE SEA
(b) BESIDE THE POOL
15. METAPONTUM TRIUMPH (1:35)
16. FESTIVAL (3:21)
17. EXPECTANT PARENTS (3:07)
18. PRELUDE TO BATTLE* (5:11)
(a) QUIET INTERLUDE
(b) THE FINAL CONFLICT
19. FORMATIONS (1:35)
20. GOODBYE, MY LIFE, MY LOVE — END TITLE* (4:16)
21. SPARTACUS LOVE THEME* (2:50)

Bonus Tracks:
22. ON TO THE SEA / INFANT BURIAL (3:03)
23. OYSTERS AND SNAILS / FESTIVAL* (Album Version) (3:24)

* cues from the original Decca soundtrack album

CD 2 - Mono (70:40)

1. OVERTURE (3:59)
2. MAIN TITLE (3:41)
3. THE MINES (3:00)
4. CARAVAN (1:17)
5. VARINIA'S THEME (3:15)
6. TRAINING THE GLADIATORS (1:29)
7. PAINTING (1:26)
8. SPARTACUS' CELL (1:37)
9. KITCHEN (1:36)
10. TRAINING THE GLADIATORS #2 (:37)
11. KITCHEN #2 (:48)
12. CRASSUS (:51)
13. SOURCE MUSIC #2 (2:36)
14. SOURCE MUSIC #1 (3:30)
15. FIRST PAIR (3:38)
16. DRABA FIGHT (2:49)
17. KILL (1:12)
18. BROODING (2:18)
19. REVOLT (1:16)
20. THE BREAKOUT (2:08)
21. SLAVES ESCAPE (:47)
22. CRASSUS HOME (:37)
23. DESERTED SCHOOL (1:55)
24. FOREST MEETING (4:50)
25. OYSTERS AND SNAILS (3:03)
26. VESUVIUS CAMP (1:59)
27. NEW RECRUITS (1:51)
28. GLABRUS MARCH (:24)
29. VESUVIUS MONTAGE (1:19)
30. POEM (1:27)
31. LOVE SEQUENCE (3:10)
32. GLABRUS DEFEATED (3:40)
33. GLABRUS DISGRACED (1:44)

CD 3 - Mono (65:29)

1. ENTR'ACTE (2:21)
2. ON TO THE SEA (3:07)
3. LUCERIA CAMP (:42)
4. BESIDE THE POOL (2:28)
5. DUSTY MARCH (:31)
6. METAPONTUM TRIUMPH (1:33)
7. ROMAN BATHS (1:46)
8. ARRIVAL AT THE BEACH (:59)
9. FESTIVAL (3:20)
10. SOUND THE TRUMPET (:31)
11. CRASSUS LEGIONS (:41)
12. BACK FROM THE SEA (:30)
13. CRASSUS' CAMP (:48)
14. CAMP AT NIGHT (2:19)
15. EXPECTANT PARENTS (3:10)
16. MANEUVERS (3:14)
17. FORMATIONS (1:30)
18. THE BATTLE (4:09)
19. DESOLATION ELEGY (2:05)
20. I AM SPARTACUS (3:14)
21. RECOGNITION AND CRUCIFIXION MARCH (2:46)
22. NIGHT CRUCIFIXION (:35)
23. VARINIA AND CRASSUS (4:59)
24. FEAR OF DEATH (3:22)
25. SPARTACUS DEFIES CRASSUS (2:17)
26. THE LAST FIGHT (4:47)
27. FINAL FAREWELL AND END TITLE (4:17)
28. EXIT MUSIC (2:48)

CD 4 – Mono (43:17)

Alternate and Unused Cues

1. OVERTURE (Unused) (4:02)
2. MAIN TITLE (Alternate) (3:33)
3. GLADIATOR SELECTION (Unused) (2:31)
4. KITCHEN #1 (Alternate) (1:55)
5. ON TO THE SEA (Alternate) (2:58)
6. INFANT BURIAL (Alternate) (:47)
7. END OF ACT I (Alternate) (1:06)
8. FESTIVAL (Alternate) (1:50)
9. SOUND THE TRUMPET (Alternate) (:23)
10. SPARTACUS MARCH (:34)
11. SPARTACUS MARCH (Alternate Ending) (:18)
12. SPARTACUS FANFARE (:13)
13. FEAR OF DEATH (Alternate) (3:26)

Preliminary Cues

14. TRAINING THE GLADIATORS / PAINTING (Preliminary) (2:45)
15. TRAINING THE GLADIATORS (Preliminary) (2:37)
16. TRAINING THE GLADIATORS #2 (Preliminary) (:37)
17. BROODING (Preliminary) (3:06)
18. REVOLT (Preliminary) (:28)
19. FESTIVAL (Preliminary) (:51)
20. SPARTACUS LOVE THEME (Preliminary) (3:05)
21. DESOLATION ELEGY (Preliminary) (3:29)
22. CRUCIFIXION MARCH (Preliminary) (2:05)

CD 5 – Stereo (60:07)

Spartacus: Love Theme and Variations

Spartacus Love Theme
as interpreted by...

1. Bill Evans (5:09)
2. Yusef Lateef (4:11)
3. Mark Isham (11:09)
4. Dave Grusin (2:53)
5. Nathan Barr and Lisbeth Scott (5:08)
6. Carlos Santana (6:48)
7. Terry Callier (4:28)
8. Patrick Doyle (5:01)
9. Joel McNeely (2:27)
10. Lalo Schifrin (5:17)
11. The Ramsey Lewis Trio (7:12)

CD 6 – Stereo (50:16)

Spartacus: Love Theme and Variations

Spartacus Love Theme
as interpreted by...

1. Bill Evans and Jeremy Steig (5:00)
2. Alexandre Desplat (2:36)
3. Regina Carter (6:21)
4. Diego Navarro (3:54)
5. Gábor Szabó (3:13)
6. John Debney (4:45)
7. Brian Tyler (7:08)
8. Randy Edelman (3:49)
9. Richard Stoltzman (4:49)
10. John Neufeld and Marty Krystall (4:01)
11. Eric Stern, London Symphony Orchestra (4:14)

CDs 5 and 6 include an additional 20-page booklet.

DVD – widescreen 16:9 (109 minutes)

This DVD presents a series of conversations about Alex North and the score of SPARTACUS

Rather than approaching our on-camera discussions like a conventional documentary - with film clips, photos, and underscoring - we felt that it would be much more interesting to simply let these composers talk, expressing their own enthusiasm for Alex North's work. To that end, the interviews are organized thematically but presented in their raw state, offering the experience of sitting across from these great musicians.

The interviews were filmed on March 5, 15 and April 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Featuring interviews with

Alexandre Desplat
Mark Isham
David Newman
Lalo Schifrin
Robert Townson
Brian Tyler
John Williams
Christopher Young


Bonus Features:
Recording Spartacus Love Theme with


Mark Isham
Diego Navarro

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

Not shipping until AUGUST?

Wow.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Holiest of grails delivered (my personal pick for greatest score of all time), but the cost sure will set us back. Wowza!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Well! There it is!

Fifty years later! Wow.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   Hermit   (Member)

Ordered. (but I'm just getting it for the DVD and 168 pages of pictures!)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

So let's see, how many complaints can we get from this?
-Price
-Package size
-Mono (isn't the...ahem...in stereo?)
-Redundancy
-"Stupid cover versions"
-"Worthless" DVD
-Anything in Thor's brain

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:05 AM   
 By:   MattyO   (Member)

It looks like an elegant labour of love from Robert Townson - I'm glad this is out there for fans of the score to enjoy.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:07 AM   
 By:   dave norris   (Member)

My train went through a tunnel at exactly 8am BST so I've seen it 5 minutes later than the rest of you.

Impressive...is my 1st reaction

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

2 discs' worth of Love Theme interpretations, wow...one for each of Robert Townson's gigantic brass balls!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

This looks like a fine and grand boxset. A real shame I can't order it right now.

Fantastic!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

So let's see, how many complaints can we get from this?
-Price
-Package size
-Mono (isn't the...ahem...in stereo?)
-Redundancy
-"Stupid cover versions"
-"Worthless" DVD
-Anything in Thor's brain


You forgot lousy cover and lack of extensive liner notes wink

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I think the price is extraordinarily reasonable considering the discs, the hardcover book and the OST score proper. This has been a fan's dream for decades.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I am happy. Unqualifiedly happy.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

2 discs' worth of Love Theme interpretations, wow...one for each of Robert Townson's gigantic brass balls!

I'm delighted that he had the good taste to include the Bill Evans version - probably my favorite recorded track of all time.

I just purchased it, so only 4,999 to go.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:11 AM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Make that 4,998.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:12 AM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

I hate this release! It sucks! Why couldn't it be Conan The Barbarian?

big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:12 AM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

I like Terry Callier's version and am glad to see it included.

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   Polty   (Member)

Hurrah! So ordered! Now I have to wait a month for it! Oh well, I've waited this long, another month or so won't be so bad!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:15 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I think the price is extraordinarily reasonable considering the discs, the hardcover book and the OST score proper. This has been a fan's dream for decades.

Yes and I wouldn't mind paying that amount for one of my holy grails, but it is pricey considering it's one score and it's meant as a celebration (you'd think they make a really special offer). I do like all the work that went into it but it's still 18 $ a disc which will mean it will be around for quite some time.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The only question is: What will fans start demanding the release of now? smile

 
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