Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Apostle...music 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 soundtrack...music 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

Afterglow....music from the motion picture....music 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 Rocketeer..music from the original motion picture soundtrack...music 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.




Tracklist:
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 Driver...music from the motion picture...by 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

Together...music 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 score...music 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 Cimarron..music 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.







Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Wanderers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1979 music by various artists



Various ‎– The Wanderers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Blues Rock, Soundtrack, Rockabilly, Classic Rock
Year: 1979


Tracklist:
–Four Seasons Walk Like A Man 2:21
–Lee Dorsey Ya Ya 2:21
–Four Seasons Big Girls Don't Cry 2:25
–The Angels My Boyfriend's Back 2:33
–Four Seasons Sherry 2:30
–Shirelles Baby It's You 2:41
–Shirelles Soldier Boy 2:39
–Ben E. King Stand By Me 2:44
–Isley Brothers Shout 2:15
–Contours Do You Love Me 2:50
–Dion Runaround Sue 2:35
–Dion The Wanderer 2:41









Sunday, February 17, 2019

Various Artists ‎– Bright Lights, Big City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 1988


Various ‎– Bright Lights, Big City. (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Stage & Screen
Style: Soundtrack, Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Year: 1988

Tracklist:
–Prince Good Love 5:12
–New Order True Faith 5:54
–Narada* Divine Emotions 4:27
–Bryan Ferry Kiss And Tell 4:05
–Depeche Mode Pleasure, Little Treasure (Glitter Mix) 5:35
–Donald Fagen Century's End 5:35
–The Noise Club Obsessed 5:39
–Konk Love Attack 3:59
–Jennifer Hall Ice Cream Days 4:37
–M/A/R/R/S* Pump Up The Volume 4:06







Friday, January 18, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange music from the soundtrack by Walter Carlos and various artists


Stanley Kubrick's demanding perfectionism in all aspects of the film making process has led to some of the most memorable soundtracks of the modern era. Kubrick's taste for the classics led to his scrapping Alex North's original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey in lieu of the "temporary" tracks he had used for editing, turning Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra into an unlikely 20th-century pop icon. For his 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess's cautionary future-shocker, Kubrick once again turned to the classics. Malcolm McDowell's protagonist Droog Alex's taste for Beethoven is given a nice tweaking by Moog pioneer Walter (now Wendy) Carlos's synthesized take on the glorious Ninth Symphony. Some have complained that the now-primitive electronics involved give it a dated feel. Disturbingly--and effectively--other-worldly is more like it. Kubrick also imbues repertory standards by Rossini and Elgar with dark, frequently hilarious irony, and makes Gene Kelly's sunny reading of "Singin' In The Rain" the underscore to an all-too-accurate prediction of societal nightmares to come. --Jerry McCulley (Amazon)

Track Listings:

  1. Title Music From A Clockwork Orange - Walter Carlos - Walter Carlos
  2. The Thieving Magpie (Abridged) - A Clockwork Orange ST - A Clockwork Orange ST
  3. Theme from A Clockwork Orange (Beethoviana) - Walter Carlos - Walter Carlos
  4. Ninth Symphony, Second Movement (Abridged) - A Clockwork Orange ST D - A Clockwork Orange ST D
  5. March From A Clockwork Orange (Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement, Abridged) - Walter Carlos - Walter Carlos
  6. William Tell Overture (Abridged) - Walter Carlos - Walter Carlos
  7. Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 - Stanley Kubrick - Stanley Kubrick
  8. Pomp And Circumstance March No.4 (Abridged) - Stanley Kubrick - Stanley Kubrick
  9. Timesteps (Excerpt) - Walter Carlos Listen Listen - Walter Carlos
  10. Overture To The Sun - Terry Tucker
  11. I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper - Ericka Eigen - Ericka Eigen
  12. William Tell Overture (Abridged) - A Clockwork Orange ST - A Clockwork Orange ST
  13. Suicide Scherzo (Ninth Symphony, Second Movement, Abridged) - Walter Carlos - Walter Carlos
  14. Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement (Abridged) - A Clockwork Orange ST - A Clockwork Orange ST
  15. Singin' in the Rain - Gene Kelly - Gene Kelly




Sunday, December 9, 2018

On the Road..original motion picture soundtrack....score and songs by Gustavo Santaolalla


2012 soundtrack featuring the original score by Gustavo Santaolalla alongside songs by Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Son House and others,  plus a spoken word track by Jack Kerouac.





Wednesday, November 21, 2018

official soundtrack release to the movie LONDON FIELDS with music by Adam Barber


Ingrooves Music Group recently released the official soundtrack to the 2018 film LONDON FIELDS. Based on the international best-seller by Martin Amis, the film stars Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Theo James and Cara Delevingne.


LONDON FIELDS is a tantalizing, ultra-modern murder mystery about a murder that hasn't taken place yet, a darkly comic vision of a world on the brink of collapse in which every character--and society itself--has a rendezvous with death.  



The LONDON FIELDS score is written and produced by Adam Barber. Currently living in Los Angeles, his work ranges from film and television, to concert works and collaborations with Indy Artists such as Meghan Toohey from The Cold and Lovely and performing in the Doom Metal group, The Stoning. Other current work includes original music work for the technology not-for-profit MOBI consortium and an independent horror film titled, Extremity. In addition to scoring LONDON FIELDS, Adam is the executive music producer, music supervisor and music editor of the film. From beginning to end, LONDON FIELDS is punctuated by his hybrid use of traditional orchestral elements juxtaposed with electronica and traditional jazz quartet. 

For London Fields, Adam tracked strings in Budapest with Budapest Scoring and recorded the film’s smaller jazz-influenced ensemble in Los Angeles between his home studio and Grammy Artist Jeff Lorber’s Enchanted Way Studio’s in Pacific Palisades. The score mixer is Brad Haehnel. Throughout the score, Adam creates lush synth textures, rich with orchestral strings and performs on various instruments including electric bass, piano, Wurlitzer, marimba and vibes. Some of the score’s electronic and keyboard textures feature music software by the company Arturia, in particular, the Filters, Buchla Easel V and authentic sounding Wurli V. 

While recording, Adam tracked as much as possible, the featured instrumentalists, his Rhodes Mark II Stage piano and Rhodes Bass Piano, through Ruper Neve Design’s Shelford Channel Strips; his favorite pre-amp and DI. Featured instrumentalists are: Paul Morin on double bass, Wes Smith on tenor,  baritone saxaphone and clarinet, Perice Pope on flugelhorn and trumpet with harmon mute and Gary Novak on drums.




Marty's review: the soundtrack to London Fields is a very powerful and creative mix of various musical genres from jazz to classical to electronica. Composer Adam Barber has used an array of instruments and musicians to convey multiple images in a soundscape that is highly listenable as a standout album.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Casablanca Original Motion Picture Soundtrack music by Max Steiner


Casablanca is a 1942 American romantic drama film directed by Michael Curtiz based on Murray Burnett and Joan Alison's unproduced stage play Everybody Comes to Rick's. The film stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid; it also features Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Dooley Wilson. Set during contemporary World War II, it focuses on an American expatriate who must choose between his love for a woman and helping her and her husband, a Czech Resistance leader, escape from the Vichy-controlled city of Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

Although Casablanca was an A-list film with established stars and first-rate writers, no one involved with its production expected it to be anything other than one of the hundreds of ordinary pictures produced by Hollywood that year. Casablanca was rushed into release to take advantage of the publicity from the Allied invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier. It had its world premiere on November 26, 1942, in New York City and was released nationally in the United States on January 23, 1943. The film was a solid if unspectacular success in its initial run.

Exceeding expectations, Casablanca went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, while Curtiz was selected as Best Director and the Epsteins and Koch were honored for writing the Best Adapted Screenplay—and gradually its reputation grew. Its lead characters, memorable lines, and pervasive theme song have all become iconic, and the film consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films in history.




The music was written by Max Steiner, who was best known for the score for Gone with the Wind. The song "As Time Goes By" by Herman Hupfeld had been part of the story from the original play; Steiner wanted to write his own composition to replace it, but Bergman had already cut her hair short for her next role (María in For Whom the Bell Tolls) and could not re-shoot the scenes which incorporated the song, so Steiner based the entire score on it and "La Marseillaise", the French national anthem, transforming them as leitmotifs to reflect changing moods. Even though Steiner didn't like "As Time Goes By", he admitted in a 1943 interview that it "must have had something to attract so much attention." The "piano player" Dooley Wilson was a drummer, not a trained pianist, so the piano music for the film was played offscreen by Jean Plummer and dubbed.

Particularly memorable is the "duel of the songs" between Strasser and Laszlo at Rick's cafe. In the soundtrack, "La Marseillaise" is played by a full orchestra. Originally, the opposing piece for this iconic sequence was to be the "Horst Wessel Lied", a Nazi anthem, but this was still under international copyright in non-Allied countries. Instead "Die Wacht am Rhein" was used. The "Deutschlandlied", the national anthem of Germany, features in the final scene, in which it gives way to "La Marseillaise" after Strasser is shot.


Monday, September 3, 2018

1969 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack music by various 60's artists



   1. All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
  2. White Room - Cream
  3. When I Was Young - The Animals
  4. Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  5. Goin' Up The Country - Canned Heat
  6. Time Of The Season - The Zombies
  7. Get Together - Jesse Colin Young
  8. Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith
  9. Tuesday Afternoon - The Moody Blues
  10. Wooden Ships - Crosby, Still & Nash
  11. Windows Of The World - The Pretenders