Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Superman The Movie (1978)...Original Soundtrack...Music by John Williams

This release features 25 tracks on 2 CD's packed with almost 2 1/2 hours of score! Remastered and expanded, including previously unreleased material.

Released during the era of leisure suits and pet rocks, the film Superman: The Movie has aged about as well. But the often-clumsy charms of Richard Donner's cartoonish, hit-and-miss take on the Man of Steel was blessed with at least one superlative artistic effort: John Williams's epic score. The composer's Oscar-nominated music (coming on the heels of Star Wars and Close Encounters) was a wall-to-wall heroic symphony, rife with memorable melodies and ominous arrangements. Almost every original cut on this soundtrack appears in an expanded version, supplemented by nearly a dozen previously unreleased cues and alternate takes. This is the definitive release of one of Maestro Williams's greatest scores. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon)

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Taint Soundtrack on Vinyl

Please support the vinyl record release of the soundtrack to the hit independent horror-comedy feature film THE TAINT. 

THE TAINT SOUNDTRACK contains music from the cult film THE TAINT.

Inspired by Troma, Evil Dead, and John Waters, The Taint is a 2010 no-budget award-winning horror comedy with an over-the-top 80's-style synthesizer soundtrack. It was distributed by Troma Entertainment and was a big hit on the independent film festival circuit. Due to many fan requests, we would love to release the soundtrack as a vinyl record with your help.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Young Guns Soundtrack...First Pressing release..Kickstarter Project

Support this independent record label as they release, for the first time ever, the epic score from the classic 80s film, YOUNG GUNS! 

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The Young Guns original motion picture soundtrack has never been released...until now! 

After a lot of planning and hard work, have acquired the rights to the music from the movie studio.  Now, they need your support so they can release the album and share the brilliant score from this cult classic 80's film. 

Released in 1988, Young Guns is an action-packed western that tells the story of Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez) and the Regulators (Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney and Casey Siemaszko) exacting revenge upon the Santa Fe Ring during the Lincoln County War in 1878.  As good as the movie is, the score is what makes it great!

Composed by Anthony Marinelli and Brian Banks, the Young Guns score brilliantly embodies the off-kilter, emotionally unstable characteristics of Billy the Kid, both the man and the myth.  It is epic and powerful, but equally haunting with an underlying melancholy tone.

The album will be mastered from the original recordings and pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the enhanced listening pleasure of all audiophiles out there!  It will also be released digitally on iTunes, Amazon and other platforms.

As a special "thank you" reward for certain supporters, they will be printing a LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT (premium blend, soft comfy tee) featuring the album's artwork.  This t-shirt will not be sold commercially, so you must support the project at this level to get one!

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Wolf...1994 film...Original Score by Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone’s score for the 1994 Mike Nichols movie starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer is rather underrated. He doesn’t do a lot of horror scores for Hollywood – you have to go back to John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) for a memorable one. Here in Wolf, he channels a jazzy noir-ish style mixed with orchestral strings and electronic synths. The result is not quite spectacular, but interesting enough for fans of Morricone. It is a score that grows on you, centering less on clear, discernible melodies; instead the music is more atonal and atmospheric, but with structural cues to guide the listener.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack..Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture

Ramblin' Jack Elliott has outdone himself, or lets say his daughter has, by putting together this collection, the choices, and the voices along the way. This is true Ramblin' Jack, capturing him at various stops in more than 45 years of recording. The duet with a young Bob Dylan is a rarity. The 1998 versions of great Ramblin' Jack often performed songs (this time live at New York's Bottom Line) such as "1913 Massacre" and "Don't Think Twice" along with songs captured at the 1998 Elko, Nevada Cowboy Poetry Festival, "If I were A Carpenter" and "Cuckoo" are among the best he has ever done. 

This is the soundtrack to the film documentary  produced by Alyana Elliott, and is a must for anyone interested in folk music, or American music, in the 20th century. If you have never heard of Ramblin' Jack, now is the time. If you are already a fan, this is yours.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mick Harvey....Motion Picture Music '94 - '05

Michael John "Mick" Harvey is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist, he is best known for his long-term collaborations with Nick Cave, with whom he formed the Boys Next Door, the Birthday Party and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Mick's talents as a composer has seen him make several contributions on soundtracks for feature movies, short films and documentaries. This rare compilation is a collection of 27 racks from 6 different releases including "Chopper", "Lighting Fires", "Frank Hurley - The Man Who Made History", "Rosehill", "Rien Ne Vas Plus" and "Go For Gold".

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Heaven and Earth...Original Motion Picture by Kitaro

While regarded as one of the pioneers of the new age music genre, Kitaro is also no stranger to scoring for film and television. His music for the ‘Silk Road’ series by NHK in the early 1980's yielded four astonishing albums. A decade on, he would compose the music for Heaven and Earth (1993), the final picture of Oliver Stone’s unofficial ‘Vietnam War’ trilogy.

Kitaro won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, which came rather unexpectedly, especially in a year that saw John Williams produced what was arguably his finest score for Schindler’s List (1993). His work for Heaven and Earth remains to be one of the most accomplished endeavours of his illustrious career.

Building from the symphonic sound of his massively-popular 1990 album Kojiki, his music here shows both dynamism and sensitivity as the melodies and arrangements echo the style of a traditional film score, yet are uniquely elevated by his penchant for using Asian instruments—our ears bear witness to the exquisite if sad sounds of the huqin (a kind of Chinese violin) in several tracks, and the powerful Taiko drums in ‘Arvn’ and ‘Village Attack/The Arrest’.

The synthesised sounds of what seem like the Japanese koto and flute are also brilliantly integrated with the orchestra, particularly in the stunning first track, ‘Heaven and Earth (Land Theme)’.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Trouble Every Day..Original Soundtrack...Music by Tindersticks

The soundtrack to the 2001 French movie, Trouble Every Day, does its job in setting the brooding, melancholy mood of a brooding, haunting and disturbing film.

For those who aren't familiar with the Tindersticks, imagine a synthesis of Angelo Badalamenti with John Cage, and early Leonard Cohen - performed inside a chapel. No comparisons are fair, since the sound is truly greater than the some of it's possible influences.

"Trouble Every Day" is more of a composed work than something that might have spontaneously come from a rock band. Many of the bass-lines are played (beautifully) by a double bass, and a full orchestra is used to great effect. Eastern sounding hand-percussion, acoustic guitar, and brass section all contribute to a mood that somehow feels both rich and austere.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Hottest State...Original Motion Picture by Jesse Harris and various artists

The soundtrack for the film, The Hottest State, isn't just another compilation of songs pulled out of obscurity and thrown together for a movie companion piece. If anything, this album could also be categorized as a tribute record. The album features sixteen songs, plus two score passages, all recorded exclusively for the film by some of the finest names in music today, all for the benefit of paying tribute to one of the brightest new song-writing talents in the last two decades: Jesse Harris. Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris wrote all the music for the soundtrack and serves as the album's co-executive producer along with the film's director/screenwriter/producer, Ethan Hawke. Together, they assembled a peerless group of artists to record Harris' songs: Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Feist, The Black Keys, M. Ward, Brad Mehldau, Tony Scherr and Argentinian newcomer, Rocha. 

Adapted by Ethan Hawke from his novel of the same name, The Hottest State is a bitter-sweet romance that distils the joy, pain, erotic highs, and emotional lows of first love. 


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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Dish..Music from the Motion Picture..with Score by Edmund Choi

This year 2000 Australian movie is about a remote outback antenna, populated by quirky characters, that played a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. The soundtrack is what I would term the "perfect soundtrack", in that the collection of iconic 1960's songs featured in the movie take up the first 13 tracks, and the score, composed by Edmund Choi and performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, takes up the next 15 tracks. An easier way to listen to a soundtrack I think, especially one as good as this.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 from the original by Maurice Jarre

The soundtrack to the Peter Weir movie, Fearless, has every piece of music on it that made the movie so good. Even better, these are the full versions, not the edited versions used in the film. The music fits perfectly and is a credit to the composer and editors. The way they kept only the music and no dialogue during the unbelievable plane sequences at the end made more of an impact than if we had heard the actual sounds in the plane. Most notable is the 3rd Symphony, which just makes your heart cry.

It's also a very relaxing soundtrack to listen to on its own with Maurice Jarre at his very absolute best. So, if you liked the movie, and thought the music helped the atmosphere, then this is worth adding to your collection.

1. Max - Maurice Jarre
2. Mai Nozipo - Dumisani Maraire/Kronos Quartet
3. Polymorphia - National Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
4. Sin Ella - The Gypsy Kings
5. Fearless - Maurice Jarre
6. Symphony No.3: 1. Lento-Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile - Dawn          Upshaw/London Sonfonietta/David Zinman

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Crooked: The Movie...Original Score and Soundtrack..Music by Various Artists...2002

Three years in the making, this 2 hour feature film is about pursuing one's dreams despite harrowing odds as it follows Sensational, a talented unknown artist who tries to break into the cutthroat and corrupt music industry. Mostly biographical and based on real events, Crooked is the rawest, edgiest music film to emerge in years capturing the heart and soul of a culture as it chronicles the struggles of an artist whose creativity knows no bounds. Features cameos by Anti Pop Consortium, Prince Be of PM Dawn, legendary graffiti artist Futura 2000, and luminaries from the Wordsound guerilla army. Written, produced and directed by Skiz Fernando.

The soundtrack is a mix of Alternative, Indie, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Rap and Dub and has now become a rare and collectible item in itself. 

In 2002, music journalist S.H. Fernando Jr. (AKA "Skiz"), frustrated with the corporate hijacking of the music scene, founded WordSound Recordings, a self-described "guerilla think-tank" dedicated to continuous creation and experimentation. The label aimed at providing an arena for artists operating outside the mainstream as well as a true alternative to the formulaic and hype-driven status-quo, which at the time was being marketed as "alternative" rock, "underground" hip-hop, and "electronica." Forty full-length albums and numerous singles later, WordSound and its subsidiary, vinyl-only imprint Black Hoodz, have carved out an international reputation as one of the preeminent laboratories of musical innovation. With releases spanning such genres as dub, hip-hop, electronic, world, and just plain weird, the label has managed to elevate the game with its no-comprise D.I.Y. attitude, bucket loads of originality, and a serious commitment to upliftment through sound.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Touch of Spice (Politiki Kouzina)..original by Evanthia Reboutsika

Soundtrack to the 2003 Greek/Turkish movie, "A Touch of Spice", a story about a young Greek boy (Fanis) growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor,teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor; they both require... A Touch of Spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; he travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life. 

The soundtrack by Greek composer Evanthia Reboutsika is as beautiful as the movie, with a very special mix of Greek and Middle Eastern elements reminiscent of the past. The highlights are the 2 vocal tracks "Allspice" and "Fire In the Harbour' with some of the most haunting and exquisite singing you may hear on a soundtrack. If your tastes are into "World" music, then this now rare release will certainly satisfy your needs.

Read more about the movie here at IMDB

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Sophie's Choice...1982 Film ..Original Soundtrack...Music Composed and Conducted by Marvin Hamlisch

Soundtrack to director Alan J. Pakula's 1982 drama that Meryl Streep won the Oscar for best actress. Kevin Kline co-stars along with Peter MacNicol. 15 tracks, all composed and conducted by Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winner Marvin Hamlisch.

Listen as this soundtrack brings you up and down through a romantic journey through the heart. Sophie's Choice was an excellent heart wrenching true to life movie, and this soundtrack is an emotional portrayal, at the heart of the movie.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

127 from the motion picture..featuring original music by A.R.Rahman

Original soundtrack to the 2010 film from director Danny Boyle includes a collaboration with composer A.R. Rahman and Dido as well as other instrumental score themes by Rahman, plus classics by Esther Phillips, Plastic Bertrand, and Bill Withers, plus new music from Sigur Rós and Free Blood. The featured new song "If I Rise," is the first collaboration between internationally renowned Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar winner A.R. Rahman and Dido, the mega platinum two time Grammy Award nominated and 4 time BRIT Award winning British singer and songwriter. The atmospheric and transcendent music score of Academy Award winning composer A.R. Rahman is at the heart and soul of the inspiring new 127 Hours, the true story of Aron Ralston, a trapped mountain climber and his ordeal in the Utah wilderness.

• 1. Never Hear Surf Music Again - performed by Free Blood (5:51)
• 2. The Canyon (3:01)
• 3. Liberation Begins (2:14)
• 4. Touch of the Sun (4:38)
• 5. Lovely Day - performed by Bill Withers (4:16)
• 6. Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op. 9 No. 2 - written by Frederic Chopin (4:00)
• 7. Ca Plane Pour Moi - performed by Plastic Bertrand (2:59)
• 8. Liberation in a Dream (4:05)
• 9. If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - performed by Esther Phillips (3:26)
• 10. Acid Darbari (4:20)
• 11. R.I.P. (5:10)
• 12. Liberation (3:11)
• 13. Festival - performed by Sigur Ros (9:24)
• 14. If I Rise - performed by Dido Armstrong and A.R. Rahman (4:37)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Les Miserables..1998 Film Version Original by Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris' musical rendition for Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" is, quite simply, epic. From the prison quarries to Paris, from the struggle between mercy and justice (Val Jean and Javert), to tenderness and battle (Cosette and the ABC Club), Poledouris has captured it all. The main theme evokes images not only the policeman on the hunt, but the students on the barricade - in one spectacular brass arrangement. A particular favourite is the beginning of track three, where the simplicity of Val Jean and Cosette's relationship (in a delicate flute) is suddenly contrasted with the bustle of the Parisian streets (in bubbling woodwinds and strings).

Poledouris has outdone himself with this composition. His music evokes the crystal style of Ennio Morricone and the cinematic majesty of John Williams. It reflects a conversion from light to dark and completes the painting that is the film. In his composition we hear the brooding of Javert's soul, the love and compassion of Valjean. True to the literary work, both the score and the film focus their attention on the conflict between the redeemed Valjean and the obsessed Javert. The score is insightful on a personal level, allowing the listener the realization that darkness exists in all of us, but that darkness is merely the absense of light, the light of human compassion and love. Superb on a technical level, creatively beautiful, this score makes a fine addition to any personal music library, classical or otherwise.

1. Suite 1, Valjean's Journey: Theme From Les Miserables/The Bishop/Javert/The Quarry
2. Suite 2, Vigau: Javert Suspects/Caring For Fantine/Valjean's Confession/The Death Of Fantine...
3. Suite 3, Paris: Valjean & Cosette/The Wall/Outside/Marius & Cosette/Valjean Remembers
4. Suite 4, The Barricades: Funeral Attack/Valjean Saves Marius/Farewell/Javert's Suicide

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fahrenheit 9/11 Original by Jeff Gibbs and Various Artists

Michael Moore's indictment of the Bush administration's post-9/11 fear-mongering and rush to war in Iraq was the most unlikely blockbuster of its crucial election year, a human-scaled, deeply patriotic American reflection that became the most successful documentary in history within days of its release. Its soundtrack is arguably the most understated, if shrewdly effective, component of Moore's potent agitprop. 

Composer Jeff Gibbs' brooding synth washes give the score an appropriate center of gravitas, lending an even more ironic tone to the almost obscenely bright pop and rock chestnuts (The Go Go's "Vacation," Joey Scarbury's "Theme From Greatest American Hero," REM's "Shiny Happy People," Elmer Bernstein's timeless theme from The Magnificent Seven) Moore uses to skewer his targets. Perhaps most notable is the chilling use of Arvo Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten to underscore the film's stark, restrained evocation of the horrors of 9/11. Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" closes matters out with a blast of bracing, if ever cynical, hope. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon)

1. The Un-President -- Jeff Gibbs
2. Vacation -- The Go-Gos
3. Bush Waits...And Waits- -- Jeff Gibbs
4. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for String Orchestra and Bell -- Paavo Jarvi/Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
5. We Gotta Get Out of this Place -- Eric Burdon
6. Weapons of Deceit -- Jeff Gibbs
7. Deserter -- Jeff Gibbs
8. Cocaine -- J.J. Cale
9. Shiny Happy People -- R.E.M.
10. Magnificent Sevent Theme -- Elmer Bernstein
11. Afghan Victory Dance -- Jeff Gibbs
12. Fire Water Burn -- Bloodhound Gang
13. Theme from "Greatest American Hero" -- Joey Scarbury
14. Aqualung -- Jetthro Tull
15. All They Ask -- Jeff Gibbs
16. Rockin' In the Free World -- Neil Young