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Film Score Friday 10/24/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/23/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Buysoundtrax is a new recording titled THE JERRY GOLDSMITH COLLECTION VOLUME 2: PIANO SKETCHES, featuring solo piano performances of themes spanning Goldsmith's lengthy career, from 1963's The Prize to one of his last great scores, 1997's The Edge.

Varese Sarabande has announced three new releases for December 9 -- Marco Beltrami's score for the Western THE HOMESMAN, starring Tommy Lee Jones (who also directed) and Hilary Swank; the Mike Leigh-directed biopic MR. TURNER, with the great Timothy Spall as painter J.M.W. Turner and a score by Gary Yershon (Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year); and a new recording of Elmer Bernstein's movie jazz, ELMER BERNSTEIN: THE WILD SIDE. And on December 16, the label will release Alan Silvestri's score for NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB.

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Film Score Friday 10/17/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/16/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada has released two new CDs this week, featuring four scores.

The gigantic success of the James Bond films in the 1960s spawned a flood of imitations, and among the most popular were the two films starring James Coburn as Derek Flint, OUR MAN FLINT and IN LIKE FLINT, whose colorful, campy style was a huge inspiration for the Austin Powers comedies. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the light-hearted, pop-jazz scores for both films, and the original soundtrack LPs were actually Goldsmith-conducted re-recordings of his music. While Varese Sarabande had released the original score tracks on one CD, Intrada's Flint release is the first CD release of the LP re-recordings, taken from the original stereo masters and featuring the original cover art by the great Bob Peak (Apocalypse Now, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Trek 1-5).

Michel Legrand won his second Oscar, and his only one in the Original Score category, for 1971's nostalgic romantic drama SUMMER OF '42. When the soundtrack LP was release, the largely monothematic score was represented by only two cues, with the bulk of the LP consisting of Legrand's music for the barely released romance THE PICASSO SUMMER, starring Albert Finney and Yvette Mimieux and co-written by Ray Bradbury. Intrada's new two-disc expansion of that release features the complete 17-minute Summer of '42 score, the "Picasso Suite" from the LP as well as the complete Picasso Summer score.
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Film Score Friday 10/10/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/9/2014 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Kritzerland features one of Jerry Goldsmith's early feature Western scores, from 1964's RIO CONCHOS, which was shortlisted for an Original Score nomination. Intrada was responsible for the first release of the Conchos score, a contemporary re-recording conducted by Goldsmith himself, while Film Score Monthly released the first CD of the original score tracks. The Kritzerland Rio Conchos restores most of the original score tracks to stereo (most of the FSM release was mono).

Next week, Intrada plans to release two CDs featuring four scores.

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Film Score Friday 10/3/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/2/2014 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced most of their releases for the rest of October.

Next week they will release Steve Jablonsky's score for this summer's epic sequel TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION; Alfred Newman's score for Fritz Lang's 1941 thriller MAN HUNT, based on Geoffrey Household's novel Rogue Male about a man who plots to assassinate Hitler; and a third, four-disc volume of their irreplaceable collection of music from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, by the late, great Shirley Walker and her amazing team of supercomposers.

Two weeks later, they will release the first ever score CD of Graeme Revell's music from 2000's animated sci-fi adventure TITAN A.E., as well as a CD to be named later.

The next releases from Music Box are a CD pairing two scores by Michel Colombier, LES ONZE MILLE VERGES (1975) and TAROT (1973), and Serge Gainsbourg's score for Bertrand Blier's 1986 comedy TENUE DE SOIREE (released in the U.S. as Menage).

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Film Score Friday 9/26/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/25/2014 - 9:00 PM
Quartet has announced four new, upcoming soundtrack CDs -- the first commercial release of Bill Conti's score for A PRAYER FOR THE DYING, director Mike Hodges' film of Jack Higgins' novel, starring Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis and Liam Neeson (John Scott previously released his own unused score on his JOS label); Pino Donaggio's score for the 2014 Italian comedy LA BUCA; and two new score CDs by Pascal Gaigne, the thriller LASA & ZABALA and the drama LOREAK.

On October 28, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtracks to the animated film THE HERO OF COLOR CITY, scored by Zoe Poledouris-Roche and Angel Roche Jr., and the Keanu Reeves thriller JOHN WICK, scored by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard.

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Film Score Friday 9/19/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/18/2014 - 9:00 PM
Intrada is releasing three CDs this week, including two by an all-time master film composer who passed on just ten years ago this summer.

SEE NO EVIL, the woman-in-jeopardy thriller directed by Hollywood vet Richard Fleischer and written by Brian Clemens (The Avengers, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter), has an unusually notorious scoring history. Mia Farrow played the lead role, a blind woman who doesn't realize all the people she shares her house with have been brutally murdered, and Farrow's then-husband, Andre Previn, was hired to compose the score. Previn's score was rejected (and, unusual for the era, Previn went public with his complaints about the experience) and replaced by one from British composer David Whitaker...which was also rejected, and replacd by a third score, by the great Elmer Bernstein. Intrada's CD represents the first release of any of Bernstein's See No Evil (but sadly, though unsurprisingly, none of Previn and Whitaker's unheard contributions).

Among the earliest Elmer Bernstein soundtrack LPs was THEMES FROM THE GENERAL ELECTRIC THEATER, featuring Bernstein's music for the TV anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan. Intrada's Special Collection disc features the first CD release of the cues from the original Columbia LP, in stereo.

The label is also re-releasing its long out-of-print CD of Basil Poledouris' score for the cross-country adventure thriller SWITCHBACK, the directorial debut of screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive), starring Dennis Quaid, Danny Glover, and (a phrase I'd never thought I'd ever type) Oscar-winner Jared Leto.

The latest re-recording from Prometheus and Tadlow presents the first-ever soundtrack release of John Barry's score for MISTER MOSES, the Africa-set 1965 adventure film from director Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), starring Robert Mitchum and Carroll Baker, and the score (the original tracks are considered lost) has been described as "Goldfinger meets Born Free," and that's good enough for me.

La-La Land has announced two new releases for next week -- a two-disc set pairing Mark Mothersbaugh's scores for the smash hit comedies 21 JUMP STREET and 22 JUMP STREET, and Blake Neely's music for the second season of the hit superhero TV series ARROW.

Thomas Newman has collaborated with composer-musician Rick Cox (a soloist on such Newman scores on Revolutionary Road, The Help, and Saving Mr. Banks) on an upcoming, non-film-score album titled 35 WHIRLPOOLS BELOW SOUND, which will be released on the Cold Blue label on October 14th.

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Film Score Friday 9/12/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/11/2014 - 9:00 PM
Last week Intrada released two new CDs -- an expanded and remastered edition of James Horner's score for director Michael Apted's 1983 film version of Martin Cruz Smith's bestselling mystery GORKY PARK, starring Wililam Hurt, Joanna Pacula, Brian Dennehy and Lee Marvin, a score that can be described as "48 Hrs. Goes to Moscow" (previous CD releases from Varese and Kritzerland only featured the cues from the original Varese LP); and the first release of the LP tracks from Michel Legrand's score for the 1977 romantic drama THE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, director Charles Jarrott's film version of Sidney Sheldon's novel, starring Marie-France Pisier, John Beck and Susan Sarandon. The label also plans to release two new CDs next

The latest releaeses from La-La Land are the first-ever release of James Newton Howard's score for director John Schlesinger's 1996 thriller EYE FOR AN EYE (released in theaters nearly simultaneously with two other Howard-scored thrillers, The Juror and the Oscar-nominated Primal Fear), with Sally Field as a grieving mother plotting vengeance against the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who raped and murdered her teenage daughter; and the soundtrack to the new Civil War drama FIELD OF LOST SHOES, scored by Frederik Wiedmann (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Son of Batman).

Quartet has announced two new CDs featuring scores from Paramount films from the 1980s -- a two-disc soundtrack of 1983's Best Picture winner TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, featuring the complete, Oscar-nominated Michael Gore score for the first time, plus the original soundtrack LP cues which featured both music and dialogue; and a two-disc set featuring Carl Davis' score for dirrector Bruce Beresford's biblical drama KING DAVID, with a controversially cast Richard Gere as the Old Testament leader, co-starring Alice Krige and Edward Woodward as Saul the Equalizer (and production design by the master, Ken Adam). The label also recently released a CD pairing two previously unreleased '80s comedy scores by Alan Silvestri -- Michael Apted's CRITICAL CONDITION, starring Richard Pryor, and Carl Reiner's SUMMER RENTAL, starring John Candy -- as well as a disc pairing two previously released Ennio Morricone scores, UN GENIO, DUE COMPARI, UN POLLO and SONNY & JED.

Steven Price has followed up his Oscar-winning score for Gravity with FURY, an action-adventure drama starring Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal and Shia LaBoeuf as the crew of a U.S. army tank behind German lines in the last months of World War II. The film is from writer-director David Ayer, whose Sabotage was released less than six months ago, and Varese Sarabande will release Price's Fury score on October 14.

On October 28, Varese will release the soundtrack to the '80s-set action drama REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS, scored by Mark Kilian (Rendition, Traitor, The Ward).

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Film Score Friday 9/5/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/4/2014 - 9:00 PM
I have only just got back from vacation, so in all likelihood I have not had time to update this column since I last dealt with it eleven days ago, so to you people in the future I send my apologies, and hope that the future utopia of September 5, 2014 is as glorious as we all had imagined, and not as squalid and depressing as the one in my beloved Snowpiercer


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Film Score Friday 8/29/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/28/2014 - 9:00 PM
I am currently on vacation, so I apologize in advance for any updates I may have missed (and the likely very ragged state of this week's "The Next Ten Days in L.A.", which will likely be even more ragged next week, when I've only just returned to work).

On September 30, Varese Sarabande will release a CD of music from the animated TV series NINJAGO MASTERS OF SPINJITZU, composed by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer.

On October 7, they will release Aaron Zigman's score for the romantic thriller ADDICTED (which from the Varese description sounds like a Tyler Perry movie without Tyler Perry), and the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed music drama WHIPLASH, featuring score cues and big band songs by Justin Hurwitz (who scored Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle's earlier film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench), and big band competition pieces by Tim Simonec (a veteran orchestrator-conductor who's worked on countless Graeme Revell and Michael Giacchino scores). 

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Film Score Friday 8/22/14
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/21/2014 - 9:00 PM
On October 14, Howard Shore's Howe label will release expanded, remastered editions of three of his scores for director David Cronenberg -- the J.G. Ballard adaptation CRASH (not to be confused with Paul Haggis' 2005 Best Picture winner); his jazz-inflected score for the film version of William Burroughs' classic NAKED LUNCH, featuring solos by Ornette Coleman; and his haunting score for Cronenberg's masterpiece, DEAD RINGERS.

Intrada has announced two new releases this week - a remastered edition of Pino Donaggio's fourth score for director Brian DePalma, the 1981 conspiracy thriller BLOW OUT, starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow and Dennis Franz; and the 2012 action comedy THE BAYTOWN OUTLAWS, featuring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria, music by Christopher Young and Kostas Christides.

On September 23, Varese Sarabande will release the soundtrack to the new mystery A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. The film is based on one of Lawrence Block's first-rate novels about an alcholic cop-turned unlicensed private eye named Matthew Scudder -- the only previous film incarnation of the character was Jeff Bridges in Hal Ashby's final film, 8 Million Ways to Die. This time, Liam Neeson takes on the role, with one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters, Oscar nominee Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), writing and directing, and a score by newcomer Carlos Rafael Rivera.

Another great contemporary crime writer, Elmore Leonard, will shortly be represented on movie screens by the comedy thriller LIFE OF CRIME, an adaptation of his book The Switch, with Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. The score is by The Newton Brothers (Oculus), and though Varese is releasing it first as a download-only, they plan to eventually make it available as a CD-R, as they previously did with Atli Orvarsson's Evidence.

The latest release from Kritzerland presents the music from the 2000 Danish miniseries THE SPIDER, scored by Soren Hyldgaard (The Chaplin Puzzle)

The TV Academy announced the Emmy winners in the Creative Arts categories last weekend, including the music categories. Alan Silvestri won two Emmys, for his score and theme for the new version of COSMOS; David Arnold and Michael Price won for their score to the most recent SHERLOCK episode, "His Last Vow;" Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda won for their song "Bigger!" from the Tony Awards; and Don Was won for his music direction of THE BEATLES: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED AMERICA.

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