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Film Score Friday 9/18/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/17/2020 - 10:00 PM
Music Box has announced two new releases -- the third volume of their LES B.O. INTROUVABLES series, a three-disc set featuring rare French scores by various composers (in this case Bernard Gerard, Georges Hatzinnassios, Pierre Jansen, Pino Marchese, Patrice Mestral and Michel Portal); and a disc featuring two scores by Krishna Levy (Artemisia, 8 Women), CONTRE-ENQUETE (2006) and MORDBURO (1996).


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Final Countdown [reissue]
- John Scott - JOS
Mulan - Harry Gregson-Williams - Disney (import)


IN THEATERS TODAY

IFC is set to open the film The Nest (score by Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire), starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon, in some parts of the country where theaters are open.

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Film Score Friday 9/11/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/10/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a remastered edition of their two-disc, out-of-print MUSSOLINI: THE UNTOLD STORY, the 1985 three-part miniseries starring George C. Scott as Il Duce, co-starring David Suchet, Lee Grant, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Raul Julia, Virginia Madsen, Gabriel Byrne and Robert Downey Jr. The symphonic score was composed by seven-time Emmy winner (and two-time Oscar nominee) Laurence Rosenthal.


Quartet has just released a two-disc edition of John Addison's light-hearted orchestral score for SWASHBUCKLER, the 1976 pirate adventure starring Robert Shaw, Genevieve Bujold, James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Beau Bridges, and Geoffrey Holder (yes, there is a big studio film where Robert Shaw is the romantic hero and James Earl Jones is his sidekick). Quartet's release features the full original score plus extra cues on Disc One, and the original 1976 LP sequencing on Disc Two.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Der Bestatter
- Raphael Benjamin Meyer - Alhambra
Mussolini: The Untold Story [reissue] - Laurence Rosenthal - Intrada Special Collection
One Potato, Two Potato - Gerald Fried - Caldera
Outlander: Season 5 - Bear McCreary - Sony
Swashbuckler
- John Addison - Quartet

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Film Score Friday 9/4/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 9/3/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced three new releases for the week of September 15 - the soundrack to MUNSTER, GO HOME!, the feature film spinoff of TV's The Munsters, featuring the score by the show's composer Jack Marshall (father of producer-director Frank Marshall and composer Phil Marshall); the first release of John Powell's score for the 1999 romantic comedy FORCES OF NATURE, starring Sandra Bullock, Ben Affleck and Maura Tierney; and the third edition of the label's QUINN MARTIN COLLECTION featuring unreleased music from the shows of the veteran TV producer, this one a two-disc set with Patrick Williams' music for the long-running cop series THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, pairing Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, and the short-lived spy series A MAN CALLED SLOANE, starring Robert Conrad and Dan O'Herlihy.


The latest release from the Varese Sarabande CD Club is a Deluxe Edition of the score to WILD WILD WEST, director Barry Sonnenfeld's infamous yet lavish 1999 feature film version of the beloved 1960s Western/spy/fantasy TV series. The surprising but inspired choice to score the film was Elmer Bernstein, who wrote some of Hollywood's greatest Western scores. Varese Sarabande released a score CD featuring 30 minutes of the film's music back in 1999; the Deluxe Edition features a whopping 76 minutes of music, including cues composed by or with Elmer's son, Peter Bernstein.

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Film Score Friday 8/28/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/27/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada presents the first-ever commercial release of Jerry Goldsmith's score for the modern-day gangster thriler THE DON IS DEAD. The film, released by Universal in 1973 between the two Godfather films, tells the complicated story of a mob war and stars Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest and the late, great Robert Forster. The film was directed by Hollywood veteran Richard Fleischer, whose electic resume includes everything from Doctor Dolittle to Mandingo and who made three science-fiction classics, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Fantastic Voyage and Soylent Green; he and Goldsmith previously collaborated on Tora! Tora! Tora! and The Last Run. One of the few Goldsmith feature scores from the '70s to never receive a soundtrack release until now, The Don Is Dead features a typically exciting Goldsmith mixture of orchestra and electronics, with an original song composed by Goldsmith for the film, and the Intrada CD features the full score plus a handful of extras including an alternate version of the main title.


Varese Sarabande is expected to announce one new limited edition CD Club release today. 


Looking over the list of new films I managed to see in theaters in 2020 in the two-and-a-half months before the shutdown, I was surprised to notice that more of their scores have received vinyl-only releases (Bacurau, Emma., The Gentlemen, The Invisible Man, The Lodge, Ordinary Love, The Photograph) than have been released on CD (Birds of Prey, Color Out of Space, Gretel & Hansel, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Way Back).

Some of the latest scores to have vinyl releases announced include Terence Blanchard's score for Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, Nathan Halpern's score for Swallow, and of course the 8-LP set of Ludwig Goransson's The Mandalorian, due in November from Mondo.

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Film Score Friday 8/21/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/20/2020 - 10:00 PM
CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Alan Howarth Live at Hollywood Theater
- Alan Howarth, John Carpenter - Buysoundtrax
Lady Beware - Craig Safan - Dragon's Domain
The Last Dalai Lama? - Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal - Orange Mountain
Man at the Top - Roy Budd - Caldera
The Peter Bernstein Collection vol. 1 - Peter Bernstein - Dragon's Domain
Rocco and His Brothers - Nino Rota - Quartet
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Film Score Friday 8/14/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/13/2020 - 10:00 PM
Quartet continues their series of expanded versions of classic Nino Rota scores with a new, two-disc edition of ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, director Luchino Visconti's epic 1960 drama starring Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Anne Girardot, Katina Paxinou and Claudia Cardinale. The set features an expanded version of the original score plus the original LP sequencing and a handful of alternate cues.


Emmy-winning composer Billy Goldenberg died on August 4, 2020 at the age of 84. Born William Leon Goldenberg in Brooklyn, New York, his parents were both musicians – his mother was a violinist, and his father, Morris Goldenberg, was a percussionist as well as an author and a teacher at Juilliard. The younger Goldenberg began playing the piano at the age of 5, and after his graduation from Columbia College he wrote songs for the popular children’s series The Kukla, Fran and Ollie Show.

He worked steadily on Broadway productions through the 1960s.  He was the pianist and composer of incidental music for An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, and provided dance arrangements and dance music for such Broadway musicals as 110 in the Shade (based on The Rainmaker) and Henry, Sweet Henry (based on The World of Henry Orient).

In the late 1960s, he served as musical director for the TV special Elvis ‘68 and began working for Stanley Wilson, music director at Universal Television. It was in television that he would go on to spend most of his scoring career, though he had more than a dozen feature films to his credit, including the Elvis comedy-drama Change of Habit; the coming-of-age romance Red Sky at Morning; Herbert Ross’ film version of Woody Allen’s stage hit Play It Again, Sam, the first film to pair Allen with Diane Keaton; the change-of-pace Barbra Streisand vehicle Up the Sandbox; the cult classic Hollywood murder mystery The Last of Sheila, from a screenplay by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins; Peter Hyams’ feature directing debut Busting; Stanley Kramer’s conspiracy thriller The Domino Principle; and the comedy-drama Reuben, Reuben, which earned Tom Conti a Best Actor nomination, opposite Kelly McGillis in her first film role. (Goldenberg may be one of the few film composers of the past who still has more scores released on vinyl than on CD)

Goldenberg’s scoring career at Universal began with episodes of It Takes a Thief and the supernatural mystery movie Fear No Evil, starring Louis Jourdan (as well as its sequel, Ritual of Evil). His assignment to score the three-story pilot for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery was especially notable as one of the segments was directed by Steven Spielberg. Goldenberg would work with Spielberg again on “Murder by the Book,” the first regular episode of Columbo, “LA 2017,” the off-beat, sci-fi themed episode of The Name of the Game, and, most famously, the movie-of-the-week Duel, directed by Spielberg from a Richard Matheson teleplay and story, which was a critical and popular smash that helped propel Spielberg to his feature directing career. (Years later, Goldenberg would score three episodes of the Spielberg-produced Amazing Stories, including stories directed by Peter Hyams and Paul Bartel, and one written by Spielberg’s sister Anne, co-writer of Big).

Before scoring Spielberg’s Columbo episode, he had scored the second of the show’s two pilot movies, Ransom for a Dead Man, and his witty approach helped set the tone for the show’s music throughout its run, with his main theme showing up as a source cue in several episodes. One of Goldenberg’s most notable TV successes was the original musical Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, directed by legendary editor Sam O’Steen (Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown), and starring Maureen Stapleton and Charles Durning. It won three Emmys and received 11 nominations, including an Emmy and two nominations for Goldenberg and lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Goldenberg and the Bergmans reteamed with teleplay writer Jerome Kass to adapt the film into the 1978 Broadway musical Ballroom, which marked director-choreographer Michael Bennett’s first show after A Chorus Line. The musical, starring Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia, ran for 116 performances, winning one Tony (for Choreography) and eight nominations.

Particularly during the 1970s and ‘80s, Goldenberg would become one of the most prolific and honored composers in television. He won Emmys for the Lives of Benjamin Franklin episode “The Rebel;” the miniseries King, starring Paul Winfield as MLK and Cicely Tyson as Coretta; the miniseries Rage of Angels, from the Sidney Sheldon book; and the "special musical material" for Stardust Ballroom. He earned a total of 24 Primetime Emmy nominations over the course of his career in a variety of categories, and one Daytime Emmy nomination. His memorable TV projects include the delightful theme for Banacek as well as scores for The UFO Incident, Helter Skelter, and the miniseries remake of Around the World in 80 Days. For one of his final projects, he teamed up with his friend Beatrice Arthur for the one-woman show Bea Arthur on Broadway, serving as her accompanist and receiving co-credit for the show’s conception. (Research sources for this article include the Variety obituary by Jon Burlingame and the Hollywood Reporter obituary by Mike Barnes; special thanks to Jon Burlingame for pointing out some errors in the original posted version of this column, regarding the date of Goldenberg's passing and his total Emmy wins/nominations, which have now been corrected).

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Film Score Friday 8/7/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 8/6/2020 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their currently planned schedule of releases for this month.

This week the label is releasing an expanded two-disc 25th anniversary edition of James Horner's score for CASPER, the lavish live-action 1995 film version of the beloved cartoon character, directed by Brad Silberling and starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty and Eric Idle; and Larry Groupe's score for the war docudrama THE OUTPOST (previously announced as a July release).

On August 25 they plan to release Devin Burrows' score for the 2020 horror film THE WRETCHED, as well as two soundtracks for small-screen animated superhero stories inspired by DC Comics, TEEN TITANS GO! VS. TEEN TITANS (music by Jason Lazarus) and YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS (by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis).


Intrada has announced an entirely unexpected upcoming soundtrack CD, release date unspecified, featuring a never-before-released score by one of film music's most beloved and respected composers. For more information go to this Message Board thread.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Casper - James Horner - La-La Land
Oferenda a la tormenta - Fernando Velazquez - Quartet
The Order - Pino Donaggio - Quartet
The Outpost - Larry Groupe - La-La Land
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (re-release) 
- Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande

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Film Score Friday 7/31/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/30/2020 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is a re-release of their out-of-print edition of David Newman's score for 1989's surprise hit BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE (the long-awaited third film in the series, Bill & Ted Face the Music, is currently scheduled for release this September).


Quartet has announced two new releases -- Pino Donaggio's score for the 2001 action-adventure THE ORDER, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Charlton Heston (and not to be confused with the 2003 religious thriller of the same name, starring Heath Ledger); and Fernando Velazquez's score to OFERENDA A LA TORMENTA, the follow-up to El guardian invisible and Legado en los huesos.


The latest release from Caldera is the score for MAN AT THE TOP, the 1973 film inspired by the TV series of the same name, in which Kenneth Haigh played the character first played by Laurence Harvey in the 1959 Best Picture nominee Room at the Top and its 1965 sequel Life at the Top. The music was composed by the late, great Roy Budd (Get Carter, The Wild Geese, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger).


The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced this year's nominations for the Primetime Emmys, including the following music categories:

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Film Score Friday 7/24/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/23/2020 - 10:00 PM
Kronos has announced their upcoming release of the score for SINS OF JEZEBEL, the 1953 Biblical drama starring Paulette Goddard and George Nader. The music was composed by Bert Shefter, a familiar name for genre fans for his many collaborations with composer Paul Sawtell, such as The Fly, The Lost World, and the original feature version of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

They are also releasing the score to the 2019 Slovenian political drama ALL AGAINST ALL (Vsi proti vsem), with music by Kristian Sensini (Rocks in My Pockets), and music from the Belgian TV series GINA & CHANTAL composed by Joris Hermy (Kattenoog)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dolce far niente/Le ambizioni sbagliate/Gli occhi, la bocca
- Nicola Piovani - Music Box
Dracula 2000
- Marco Beltrami - Varese Sarabande
Les colonnes du ciel/Felicien Greveche - Raymond Alessandrini - Music Box

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Film Score Friday 7/17/20
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 7/16/2020 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced two new CD releases.

Filmmaker Nicholas Meyer was originally a novelist, and his first break-out hit was THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION, his 1974 novel which told of Sherlock Holmes' attempt to cure his cocaine addition by undergoing therapy with Sigmund Freud. The bestseller was quickly made into a film, with Herbert Ross directing Meyer's own Oscar-nominated screenplay and an all-star cast: Nicol Wiliamson as Holmes, Robert Duvall as Watson, Alan Arkin as Freud, Vanessa Redgrave as a damsel in distress, and Laurence Olivier with a very different take on Professor Moriarty. The master Ken Adam was the production designer, Alan Barrett designed the Oscar-nominated costumes, and at one point, the film was to be scored by Bernard Herrmann (!), but his passing in December 1975 after completing Taxi Driver made that impossible, so the assigment went to John Addison, who provided one of his most exciting and engaging scores, full of romance, energy and a wealth of melody. The score was never released commercially, though a promotional LP was made available a few years later (for reasons I cannot explain even to myself, I have three copies of that LP). Quartet's edition is a two-disc set which features the score as originally recorded for the film, several alternate tracks and the promo LP sequencing, as well as "The Madame's Song," which Stephen Sondheim wrote for the film, and liner notes by Frank DeWald.

The label is also re-issuing their two-disc edition of Arthur B. Rubinstein's score for the 1983 hit WARGAMES.


Dragon's Domain and Buysoundtrax have announced four new CD releases -- Craig Safan's score for the 1987 stalker-thriller LADY BEWARE, starring Diane Lane; THE PETER BERNSTEIN COLLECTION VOL. 1, featuring the composer's music for Meggido (Omega Code 2) and Island City; music from the documentary series MEDAL OF HONOR by Richard Stone and Mark Watters; and ALAN HOWARTH LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD THEATER, with Alan Howarth performing pieces from his own scores and the scores he composed with John Carpenter.

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