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 Posted:   Apr 4, 2021 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   Mink   (Member)

saw the movie the other day. hardly 1 hour of score in it, very DIEHARDish but totally incidental

cant see how they will fill 2 cds...


Quite a bit of music went unused and cues were tracked and moved around in the film. It’s a bit messy.

This is one of those scores that get better with every spin. One of Michael’s most creative efforts I think and it stands very well on its own away from the movie.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Henry Jones   (Member)

That's great to know, Mink. Thx! Can't wait to order.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 3:00 PM   
 By:   Mink   (Member)

That's great to know, Mink. Thx! Can't wait to order.

You won’t be disappointed! The improvement in sound quality is worth the price alone ;-)

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


INTRADA Announces



COMPANY BUSINESS
Music Composed and Conducted by MICHAEL KAMEN


Intrada revisits one of its earlier albums with the release of Michael Kamen's action and suspense-filled score for the 1991 MGM film Company Business. In many respects, the style of scoring is reminiscent of his score for Die Hard, three years earlier. Opening with a rhythmic figure for brass and strings, it's immediately apparent that for this buddy-spy film with its tongue in its cheek, Kamen took a serious, hard-edged approach. As with Die Hard, the score does not overflow with melody, but one does emerge later in the film, starting as source music but later appearing as a smoky theme, with tenor saxophone spotlighted. As John Takis summarizes in his liner notes, "What ultimately makes Company Business worth celebrating is not merely the balletic proficiency with which Kamen hits each beat of the action. Nor is it the brilliant orchestrations that fold in just enough distinctive elements—balalaika, piano, a touch of synth—to imprint the score with personality without straying into cliché. More than anything, it is the way the music reflects the psychology of its subjects." The result is a compelling, hard-hitting, serious orchestral work.

Intrada released an album at the time of the film, running just over 44 minutes and featuring a tremendous amount of creative assembly by Kamen. This program is preserved on disc 1. While the complete session recordings are missing, the Kamen estate was able to provide nearly every final take of the score, which is now presented in film order on disc 2, including some 10 minutes of previously unreleased music, the main title being one of the most significant.

Directed by Nicholas Meyer and starring Gene Hackman and Mikhail Baryshnikov, the film (originally known as Dinosaurs, then Russian Roulette, before settling on Company Business) opens with semi-retired CIA spook Sam Boyd (Hackman) marking time with industrial espionage for a cosmetics corporation. He is recalled to service by Elliot Jaffe to carry out a covert swap of imprisoned spies. The swap is to take place in the subway tunnels underneath Berlin. When Boyd uncovers a conspiracy tied to the mysterious disappearance of an American professor, the swap goes violently wrong and the spies become fugitives from Americans and Russians alike.

INTRADA ISC 462
Barcode: 720258546203
Retail Price: $24.99
Starts Shipping Week of 4/5
For track listing and sound samples, please http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.12266/.f


http://www.intrada.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8701






Michael Kamen
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 462
Film Date: 1991
Album Date: 2021
Time: 103:57
Tracks: 24
Expanded 2-CD reissue of gritty Michael Kamen action score!
Price: $24.99


Expanded 2-CD reissue of gritty Michael Kamen action score! MGM presents, Nicholas Meyer directs, Ken Adam creates production design, Gene Hackman, Mikhail Baryshnikov star in spy thriller set in Germany, then France. CIA agent and aging spy Gene Hackman is key man in swap of Soviet agent Mikail Baryshnikov for American pilot deep within underground Berlin subway tunnel. A double-cross happens, bullets fly, a lengthy pursuit results. Director Meyer keeps pace frenzied, glides between intense action, dazed antics of two spies-become-buddies attempting to survive it all. 

Composer Michael Kamen dives into the fray from the outset with staccato trombone action motif that remains propulsive anchor to score throughout. No matter how deep into suspense Kamen delves nor how restrained he tackles the suspense, his low brass action motif stays close at hand. Trumpets, French horns keep everything at peak excitement. Kamen gives appropriate color to score by adding balalaika to orchestra. Tenor sax gets something to say as well. But it’s edged orchestral action music that typically takes the spotlight. 

1991 film began production as Dinosaurs before finishing as Company Business. Intrada premiered score at time of film’s opening with meticulously-assembled album fashioned by Kamen and his engineer Steve McLaughlin to feature lengthy tracks edited together for solid listening experience, musically satisfying rather than chronological. That unique presentation is preserved on CD 1. 

With the generous help of Michael Kamen’s Estate, an additional ten minutes of previously unreleased music was located and appears here for the first time on CD 2, which now offers score in chronological film sequence. Informative notes by John Takis plus new artwork complete cool package! Recorded in Germany. Michael Kamen composes, orchestrates, conducts Rundfunkorchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin. Intrada Special Collection 2-CD set available while quantities and interest remain!

CD 1 ORIGINAL 1991 SOUNDTRACK
1. Journey To Alexanderplatz (10:55)
2. Faisal’s Escape (14:51)
3. Natasha (1:28)
4. Café Jatte (5:11)
5. Eiffel Tower (7:27)
6. The Island (4:09)
CD 1 Total Time: 44:15


CD 2 THE SCORE

1. Main Title (3:14)
2. Dulles Airport (1:41)
3. Journey To Alexanderplatz (3:54)
4. The Swap (4:53)
5. Wahringstrasse (3:18)
6. Closing Up Berlin Montage (1:44)
7. Horst (4:08)
8. Faisal’s Escape (4:04)
9. Grigori (3:01)
10. Sam & Grushenko Meet Natasha (1:28)
11. Natasha Is Followed (2:02)
12. Natasha Returns To Her Office (1:41)
13. Café Jatte Source / Natasha Is Kidnapped (5:11)
14. Sam Is Chased (3:04)
15. Eiffel Tower (6:00)
16. The Island (End Credits) (4:08)
Total Score Time: 54:15

The Extras

17. The Swap (Alternate) (4:34)
18. Island Source – Intro (0:41)
Total Extras Time: 5:17

CD 2 Total Time: 59:42



http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.12266/.f





 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 3:44 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Samples sound incredible. Forgot how good the score was. Having bought the original release back in the day hearing the samples was like getting a visit from an old friend. Reminded me of License To Kill more so the Die Hard.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Always thought the original sounded very good, but this seems like a big sonic upgrade! Lots more detail evident in the new samples compared to my iTunes rip of the original album.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

2 cds for 10 min unreleased

nice

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

The previous album was released *30* years ago... is it really not okay to revisit it? Should Intrada not have done a new Secret of NIMH because they only added a single 3 minute cue? Was that them charging $20 for three minutes?

Lots of people don't have the old album. And apparently the sonic upgrade is also considerable, here. I'm sure that Michael Kamen fans are ecstatic.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

The previous album was released *30* years ago... is it really not okay to revisit it? Should Intrada not have done a new Secret of NIMH because they only added a single 3 minute cue? Was that them charging $20 for three minutes?

Lots of people don't have the old album. And apparently the sonic upgrade is also considerable, here. I'm sure that Michael Kamen fans are ecstatic.

Yavar


Regardless of the amount of time spent on this release or the amount of unreleased material (I have zero familiarity with film or score so I can’t venture a personal opinion), I find it rather interesting that the complete recording sessions for this score are apparently lost, which seems to show that even scores from the 90’s aren’t automatically safe from being ravaged by the ages.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Maestro Sartori   (Member)

Not the Kamen I was expecting.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Regardless of the amount of time spent on this release or the amount of unreleased material (I have zero familiarity with film or score so I can’t venture a personal opinion), I find it rather interesting that the complete recording sessions for this score are apparently lost, which seems to show that even scores from the 90’s aren’t automatically safe from being ravaged by the ages.

This isn't a first. Kamen's Robin Hood is still missing a 5+ minute cue even on the latest Intrada 4 disc edition. And I believe David Newman's Operation Dumbo Drop was also incomplete (though still substantially expanded) because of missing elements.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

No CD no sale.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Like most Kamen scores, this is one that catches your interest then gets better with each subsequent spin! If you're initially put off by the lack of a sweeping "big movie theme," keep listening ... it's actually quite a motif-driven score, only the motifs tend to be more compact and muscular. Kamen was terrific at building a compelling score out of such devices, and the way he pivots from motif to motif is (as I mention in my notes) reminiscent of ballet and rewards repeat listens. And when the infectious source melody/end credits piece does enter, late in the score, it's pure pleasure!

Basically, if you like Kamen, you'll dig this release!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Regardless of the amount of time spent on this release or the amount of unreleased material (I have zero familiarity with film or score so I can’t venture a personal opinion), I find it rather interesting that the complete recording sessions for this score are apparently lost, which seems to show that even scores from the 90’s aren’t automatically safe from being ravaged by the ages.

This isn't a first. Kamen's Robin Hood is still missing a 5+ minute cue even on the latest Intrada 4 disc edition. And I believe David Newman's Operation Dumbo Drop was also incomplete (though still substantially expanded) because of missing elements.

Yavar


I also seem to recall reading that LLL’s Hook release had to use stems for the Ultimate War sequence because those tapes were missing.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   jb1234   (Member)

The previous album was released *30* years ago... is it really not okay to revisit it? Should Intrada not have done a new Secret of NIMH because they only added a single 3 minute cue? Was that them charging $20 for three minutes?

Lots of people don't have the old album. And apparently the sonic upgrade is also considerable, here. I'm sure that Michael Kamen fans are ecstatic.

Yavar


And Kamen's original assembly may end up being a better listening experience. It's important to have both of these available.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I remember MV saying here once about five years ago or so, that we'd be surprised at how many -- for example -- scores are missing from the 1990's. He didn't specify any titles.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

I remember MV saying here once about five years ago or so, that we'd be surprised at how many -- for example -- scores are missing from the 1990's. He didn't specify any titles.

We know there's one of the earliest from the decade: Terminator 2.

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 12:38 AM   
 By:   Riddick   (Member)

This is great but I think I will wait for two years for the 4 CD expanded set for this release big grin

 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 5:17 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

curiosity: film end credits says the recorded the score in Berlin

The previous album was released *30* years ago... is it really not okay to revisit it? Should Intrada not have done a new Secret of NIMH because they only added a single 3 minute cue? Was that them charging $20 for three minutes?


of course it's ok... and it's their (company!) business and can do whatever they want

but it's just 2 cds for 10 new minutes of music

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 6, 2021 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   jwb1   (Member)



I also seem to recall reading that LLL’s Hook release had to use stems for the Ultimate War sequence because those tapes were missing.


Hook did use stems. However, since the LLL release new sources of Hook have been found. And its worth a new release!

 
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