Thursday, August 15, 2019

Twilight..the by Carter Burwell...includes "Bella's Lullaby"

Composed, orchestrated and conducted by the award-winning Carter Burwell, the Twilight score is a must-have companion to the movie experience. Burwell is a renowned composer who is well known for his work on most Coen Brothers films, including The Big Lebowski, Fargo, Burn After Reading, plus films including Being John Malkovich, Gods and Monsters, and more.

Carter Burwell paints the vivid and complex story of Twilight through these masterful compositions. The same handful of melodies pervade nearly every piece, but subtle changes in key, rhythm, dynamic and instrumentation turn them into something new and unique to each song. The almost tribal drive of the drum rhythms communicate well the primal undercurrent in the story, while beautiful and mysterious melodies vividly highlight the intensity as well as the "forbidden" element to Edward and Bella's love. The darker pieces dedicated to the bad vampires skillfully communicate the one, most important thing about these antagonists: Danger. Burwell is excellent, and composed a score PERFECTLY FIT to the story of Twilight. 

This score by Carter Burwell does not disappoint. It is hauntingly beautiful, delicate, expressive music composed truly with the theme of the movie in mind. You almost feel transported to the town of Forks (covered in low clouds, mist and fog) - the music is really that powerful.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Three from the motion picture...original score by Alan John and music by various artists

Three Dollars. It's About Change (Music from the Motion Picture and Novel - Original Score by Alan John)
Label: ABC Classics 
Released: 2005

1 –David Bowie We Are The Dead 4:55
2 –Gelbison Keep It Kleen 3:00
3 –Joy Division Transmission 3:34
4 –Doris Svensson Whispering Pines 3:49
5 –Elvis Presley Walk A Mile In My Shoes 2:01
6 –Chet Baker My Funny Valentine 2:17
7 –Died Pretty Sweetheart 4:10
8 –Ice Nine This Is Noam 4:02
9 –Jolie Holland Darlin Ukelele 4:05
Original Score By Alan John
10 –Alan John Three Dollars - Titles 3:03
11 –Alan John Ode To Joy 0:41
12 –Alan John Claremont's Land 0:54
13 –Alan John Fading Light/Crossroads/Overtime 3:13
14 –Alan John Through With Love 1:38
15 –Alan John Alfred's Money 1:38
16 –Alan John Deadlands 2:58
17 –Alan John Abby 0:39
18 –Alan John Integrity 1:26
19 –Alan John The Sacking/Spiraldown/Bin Search 3:46
20 –Alan John The Bashing/Three Dollars - Coda 4:39

Monday, August 5, 2019

Rancho Deluxe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett was already three well-received albums towards becoming a populist phenomenon when he undertook his only film score (to date), director Frank Perry's 1975 "modern" Western, Rancho Deluxe. The fact that the film's screenwriter, the highly regarded Thomas McGuane, is Buffett's brother-in-law certainly had something to do with his hiring. In this instance, however, the results are decidedly pro-nepotism.

Buffett's songs and incidental music for this underappreciated antecedent to the likes of Clint Eastwood's Bronco Billy (including an early version of the hit "Livingston Saturday Night") have a raw honky-tonk swagger that would've done Waylon or Willie proud. More than merely a welcome addition to the Parrothead canon, Rancho Deluxe proves to be an anti-Nashville country classic. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon review)

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Play It To The Bone - original by various artists...blues, funk, gospel

So, for a boxing movie starring Antonio Banderas and Woody Harrelson you were expecting "Eye of the Tiger" perhaps? Surprisingly, this soundtrack doesn't feature any fist-pumping rock anthems, but rather focuses on sultry, sweaty jams and down-and-out blues that suggest these guys prefer to tango in the ring than land blows. Fishbone serve up "Shakey Ground, " a horn-punctuated groove thing. Kirk Franklin delivers his usual brand of ornate spiritualism with "Gonna Be a Lovely Day." Joe Cocker and B.B.King prefer to spit out the urban blues with plenty of polish on "Dangerous Mood." For a rougher look at the blues, John Lee Hooker's classic "Boom Boom" is presented in all its sloppy precision, while Jimmy Rogers and Linda Jackson crank out pure juke-joint fare. Moby wakes things up with the techno-laden "Machete." Alex Wurman and Jacintha slow things back down with the subtly creeping, gospel-tinged "On the Road" and the closing-time lounge tune "Here's to Life," respectively. --Rob O'Connor (Amazon review)

1 Shakey Ground – Fishbone
2 Gonna Be A Lovely Day – Kirk Franklin
3 Dangerous Mood – Joe Cockerand B.B. King
4 Corazón – Los Lobos
5 Viva La Música – Gipsyland
6 Why Are You So Mean To Me? – Jimmy Rogers
7 I Must Tell Jesus – Linda Hopkins
8 Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
9 Machete – Moby
10 On The Road – Alex Wurman
11 Here's To Life – Jacintha

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence)..original music from the film by Niki Reiser

Beyond Silence (German: Jenseits der Stille) is a 1996 German film directed by Caroline Link. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards.

The film tells the story of Lara, who grows up as the daughter of deaf parents. Lara herself is hearing and is fluent in sign language. Even as a young child, she serves as an interpreter for her parents in many situations. At Christmas, Lara receives a clarinet from her Aunt Clarissa, an enthusiastic musician. Lara discovers the world of music, where her parents cannot follow her. In the years that follow, Lara is discovered to be a talented clarinet player.

The score is based around a few musical themes (i.e. a love theme, a Lara theme, a togetherness theme). However, these themes are dispersed so nicely, there is never the feeling of listening to the same track several times. The music itself is based around the clarinet (the instrument played by the main character, Lara), the oboe, piano and various stringed instruments. The two vocal tracks "I Will Survive" and "You Were On My Mind" are certainly out of place on the album (and in the movie) and not necessary in my opinion.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Robocop...original motion picture by Basil Poledouris..remastered edition with extra tracks

When noted Dutch director Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood in the mid-'80s, few could have guessed he would embrace the prevailing action film culture with such unabashed enthusiasm. The assaultive, pulp-on-steroids sensibility of Robocop made it a huge success, but came injected with critiques of American TV and pop culture that were often wrapped in the muscular irony of Basil Poledouris' driving, synth-pumped orchestral score. This new edition of the modern sci-fi classic underscores the point with bonus tracks of the film's jangly TV news and commercial parodies, but it's still the industrial crunch of Poledouris' back-to-the-future neo-modernism that take center stage on this digitally remastered deluxe edition. 

Powered by an aggressive performance by a then-newly reformed Sinfonia of London and recorded at legendary Abbey Road (the score's frequent metallic percussion is the studio's fire extinguisher being struck with a hammer), Poledouris' music manages to evoke themes of sacrifice and redemption that are as old as the Bible, yet infuse them with a cold detachment that suggests a future of uncertain humanity. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon review)

Saturday, June 22, 2019

12 Monkeys (Music From The Motion Picture) - music by Paul Buckmaster and various artists

Paul Buckmaster ‎– 12 Monkeys (Music From The Motion Picture)
Year: 1995

–Paul Buckmaster "Introduccion" From Suite Punta Del Este (12 Monkeys Theme) 0:53
–Paul Buckmaster Cole's First Dream / Volunteer Duty / Topside 3:11
–Paul Buckmaster Silent Night 1:07
–Paul Buckmaster Spider Research / "Introduccion" (We Did It) / The Proposition 1:58
–Paul Buckmaster Time Confusion / To The Mental Ward / Planet Ogo 1:52
–Paul Buckmaster Wrong Number / Cole's Second Dream / Dormitory Spider / "Introduccion" (Twin Moons Tango) 3:32
–Charles Olins         Vivisection 1:19
–B.J. Cole*         Sleepwalk 2:23
–Paul Buckmaster "Introduccion" (Escape To Nowhere) / Scanner Room / Capture And Sedation 3:32
–Paul Buckmaster Cole's Third Dream 0:20
–Paul Buckmaster Interrogation / Time Capsule / Cole Kidnaps Railly 4:55
–Fats Domino         Blueberry Hill 2:19
–Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World 2:18
–Paul Buckmaster Cole's Fourth Dream 0:26
–Link Wray And The Wraymen* Comanche 2:03
–Tom Waits         Earth Died Screaming 3:36
–Paul Buckmaster "Introduccion" (Quest For 12 Monkeys) 4:33
–Paul Buckmaster Fateful Bullet / A Boot From The Trunk / Cole's Longing 3:04
–Paul Buckmaster Photo Search / Mission Brief 1:27
–Paul Buckmaster Back In '96 2:06
–Paul Buckmaster Fugitives / Fateful Love / Home Dentistry 3:22
–Paul Buckmaster "Introduccion" (12 Monkeys Theme Reprise) / Giraffes & Flamingos 1:04
–Paul Buckmaster This Is My Dream / Cole's Call / Louis & Jose 3:13
–Paul Buckmaster Peters Does His Worst 3:51
–Paul Buckmaster Dreamers Awake 3:33

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The from and inspired by the motion picture..various country and gospel artists

Robert Duvall's triple-threat (producer/writer/director) 1997 film about a fundamentalist Texas preacher whose fiery spirituality and good works are nearly unraveled by his decidedly human lusts is remarkable for a number of things--the star's non-judgmental approach to Christianity undercuts easy stereotyping and his choice in music nicely smudges the modern, artificially drawn boundaries between country and gospel. It's a collection of music that shows what rich diversity there is in music that's been largely marginalized by mainstream marketeers. Highlights include Lyle Lovett's rousing "I'm a Soldier In the Army of the Lord," "In the Garden" by Johnny Cash, and The Carter Family returning to their roots on "Waitin' On the Far Bank of Jordan". --Jerry McCulley (Amazon review)

  1. I Will Not Go Quietly - Steven Curtis Chapman
  2. Two Coats - Patty Loveless
  3. I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord - Lyle Lovett
  4. Softly & Tenderly - Rebecca Lynn Howard
  5. There Is A River - Gaither Vocal Band
  6. In The Garden - Johnny Cash
  7. I Love To Tell The Story - Emmylou Harris, Robert Duvall
  8. Waitin' On The Far Side Banks Of Jordan - Carter Family
  9. Victory Is Mine - Sounds Of Blackness
  10. There Is Power In The Blood - Lari White
  11. There Ain't No Grave (Gonna Hold My Body Down) - Russ Taff
  12. I'll Fly Away - Gary Chapman, Wynonna
  13. Softly & Tenderly (Reprise) - Dino Kartsonakis

Friday, June 7, 2019

Meet Joe Black...original motion picture by Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman, one of the finest film score composers of our day, did some of his finest work with Meet Joe Black. Mr. Newman is particularly adept with scoring for large orchestra, especially the string section. With the orchestra he often mixes electronic sounds and exotic instruments, not in some gimmicky way but so seamlessly that there's no way to tell exactly what you're hearing. His forte is large-scale, adagios, slowly played by seemingly endless strings to create moods of melancholy, tenderness or triumph. In the case of this score he also has created themes that hint at the vastness and mystery of the universe, something totally appropriate to the film itself. 

The music of Meet Joe Black is mostly of a sweeping nature, the large orchestral forces totally engulfing the listener in long passages without any apparent pauses, the kind of music one might listen to when looking at a starry sky deep at night. But there's more than that. The "Everywhere Freesia" section plunges the listener into the world of English Pastoral music for a few minutes of delightful reverie. "Fifth Avenue" is a jaunty dancelike piece that features an almost Klezmer-style clarinet. The Finale (That Next Place) is a resoundingly triumphant movement, full of resolution and ending with a gigantic flourish of horns and strings worthy of a Bruckner symphony.

The soundtrack works very well as a stand alone and can be enjoyed without any knowledge of the film. In addition, it varies it's themes often enough and its tracks are long enough to make it easily listenable. ...(Amazon review)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cyrano De Bergerac original soundtrack recording - music by Jean-Claude Petit

Released: 1990; Composed By, Directed By, Orchestrated By – Jean-Claude Petit

What makes this soundtrack so engaging is that it resides in the admirable conjunction between sense and expression, poetry and lyricism. Such level of balance demands a total immersion in the script and this factor was fantastically resolved.

The music is gentle, sweeping, adventuresome, and just right for the film. It underscores the movie without calling attention to itself, and accentuates the emotions on the screen. Whether we're witnessing Cyrano fence a loud mouth snooty fop, or defending his beloved Roxanne from the unwanted attentions of another Parisian, the music holds its place, and speaks only when needed.

It's a glamorous and potent musical statement.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from the motion by Mark Isham featuring Charles Lloyd and Gary Burton

Composer Mark Isham's growing shelf of soundtracks shows a range from orchestral tone poems to ambient soundscapes and shrewd combinations of score and source music cues. But the trumpeter and synthesizer sculptor remains an ardent Miles Davis fan, his penchant for serene horn lines and cool backdrops consistent since his days with the '70s acoustic fusion band Rubisa Patrol and in Van Morrison's band. 

Isham's long relationship with director Alan Rudolph provides a plum opportunity in the bittersweet context of this romantic feature, and Isham responds with this suave program of cool jazz originals abetted by a stellar band. Charles Lloyd's ripe tenor, Gary Burton's shimmering vibes, Geri Allen's delicate piano, and Sid Page's violin trade spare lines across the drums and bass of Billy Higgins and Jeff Littleton respectively, for a set that stands on its own as atmospheric, intelligent jazz. --Sam Sutherland

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The from the original motion picture by James Horner

This exceptional score by James Horner is at times light hearted, dark, ominous and mysterious,but also uplifting and action filled. There are two songs included, Begin the Beguine and When Your Lover Has Gone, which perfectly capture the feeling of the forties, when the film was set. Even for those of us that didn't live during the 30's/40's, the movie is like a period piece you can enjoy that makes the movie come alive.

James Horner, in the same tradition that Korngold and Williams have done, brings about the heroic march to underscore the excitement and thrill of a man flying through the air wearing a rocket strapped to his back. Without it, the film might be dull and lifeless. But Horner's 2/4 time drums the strains of athletes entering the arena to compete, or the Roman army marching triumphant up the great Apian Way, and we smile at his success.

Main Title / Takeoff 4:30
The Flying Circus 6:30
Jenny 5:10
Begin The Beguine 3:36
Neville Sinclair's House 7:20
Jenny's Rescue 3:20
Rendezvous At Griffith Park Observatory 8:10
When Your Lover Has Gone 3:25
The Zeppelin 8:00
Rocketeer To The Rescue / End Title 6:30

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Austin Powers soundtrack collection...grrooovy baby!!

The Austin Powers movies trilogy was big at the box office and made Mike Meyers an International Man of Mystery. The accompanying soundtracks were just as good as the movies with tracks from swinging 60's to the present day with psychedelia, soul, bossa nova, rock and everything in between. A collectors delight and always good to revisit. Here are all three soundtracks in their groovy glory, yeh baby!!

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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Baby from the motion various artists

Award-winning producer and artist, Danger Mouse, has curated the soundtrack for Edgar Wright's highly anticipated film, Baby Driver. The soundtrack for the music-heavy film boasts 30 multi-genre tunes in total, including 29 rare tracks and deep cuts, as well as one original song created by Danger Mouse specifically for Baby Driver. The new song is "Chase Me", by Danger Mouse featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi. 

The film is written and directed by Edgar Wright. Baby Driver tells the story of Baby, a talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Future Is Unwritten Joe Strummer.....original soundtrack album

A wild mix of Clash and solo cuts as well as some of Joe's favourite tunes he played on his BBC radio show. Fun to hear Joe Strummer as a DJ. A very good romp through the musical influences that Joe absorbed through his life. Joe's narration explains many of the songs' relevance and you get a good idea of all that went in to influencing the Clash and the Mescalero's music.

This music has roots in Americana, rock and Caribbean music and moves along nicely for an excellent listen any time. Joe acts as the DJ, speaking little introductions to various songs by other artists ranging all over the map. Some of the intros are outtakes, like when he first met Mick Jones he thought he looked like Woody Woodpecker. Others are more like actual introductions.

It is great to listen to this album from start to end on a road trip or at work or something, because it moves through distinct moods, stays interesting all the time, like a great radio station of some forgotten era when there was such a thing.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Last Time I Committed Suicide...1997 film..soundtrack album...various jazz artists

The beginning of everything self indulgent and timeless in the post WWII era of the USA. The music was be-bop jazz, the poetry and prose the written word.

This album, much like the movie that it accompanies, is a brilliant assessment of the Beat Jazz movement of the late 1950's. It draws on a selection of landmark jazz recordings, arranged in an intelligent and enjoyable progression. 

From the beginning of the album, you feel it. The music that shaped a generation and continues to shape generations to come. With the first track, which opens the film, we see a young Neal Cassidy and then from track to track, we see the definition of what the Big Beat really was, not one person and not one philosophy. It was like many things in the 1950's, an explosion of sound and color and possibilities.

Anyone whose ever even heard of Jack Kerouac or Neal Cassidy will dig this one.

  1. Better Get It In Your Soul - Charles Mingus
  2. Straight No Chaser - Max Roach Quartet
  3. Move - Miles Davis
  4. It's A Metaphor - Miles Davis
  5. Sugar Blues - Dianne Reeves
  6. Shaw 'Nuff - Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie
  7. Right Back Where I Started - Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie
  8. A Tisket, A Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald
  9. Sixteen - Thelonious Monk
  10. The Thin Man - Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
  11. Woody Wagon - Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
  12. Country Girl - Javon Jackson
  13. He May Be Your Man - Dianne Reeves
  14. The Wild Stuff - Dianne Reeves
  15. Heartbreaker - The Andrews Sisters
  16. Budism - Jacky Terrasson
  17. The Suicide Suite (Original Score From The Movie) - Red Fish Blue Fish
  18. Carry On, My Brother - Red Fish Blue Fish
  19. Ride My Heart - Pet

  20. Who Is This? - Pet

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from the motion picture..original score by Zhao Lin performed by the China National SO

TOGETHER is about a young boy who is a violin prodigy and the soundtrack is one of the most beautiful scores ever released. Some of the selections are absolutely haunting. The movie is moving and insightful as is the music itself.

Babeli (aka Li Chuanyun, aka Chuanyun Li or Chuan-Yuan Li, aka 李傳韻) is the violinist heard throughout the film. (He also plays the part of Xiaochun's rival, Tang Rong.) He was 22 when he recorded this score, but he began studying violin when he was only 3-years-old. His beautiful tone is an absolute wonder to listen to.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Batman Forever...original motion picture composed by Elliot Goldenthal

This is the (not complete) score from the 1995 film. Elliot Goldenthal creates a dynamic and gothic score that easily belongs in any Batman fan's top ten list. His music ranges from eerie and sinister to over-the-top and boisterous, while still capturing the emotions on the screen and conveying them in a manner that is superior to the film itself.  Like much of Goldenthal's resume, this score is very experimental. His work is often compared to other Batman movie composers Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer, but in my opinion this score outshines them and is an underrated achievement.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Spirit, Stallion of the from the motion picture..songs by Bryan Adams, music by Hans Zimmer

This version of the soundtrack to the 2002 Dreamworks animated movie is a combination of the songs written and performed by Bryan Adams and part of the original score written by Hans Zimmer.