Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memoirs of A Geisha...original motion picture composed and conducted by John Williams

The haunting, recurring themes of this score help to give the perfect atmosphere to the movie. The music does exactly what it was supposed to do in musically illustrating and complementing the film and setting the mood. 

John Williams, Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman do such a superb job of musically interpreting the story. Yo-Yo Ma describes John Williams' score as "poetic and mysterious". It is he who expresses these elements through his cello while violinist Itzhak Perlman provides strategic moments of enchantment.

As you listen to this soundtrack it casts a spell over you, and shuts out everything except the music and the emotion. From the innocence of "Going to School" to the drama of "The Fire Scene and the Coming of War" it enchants and pulls you in. Listening to it is almost like meditation. 

Friday, September 27, 2019

The Killing Fields...original film by Mike Oldfield

The Killing Fields (Original Film Soundtrack) was Mike Oldfield’s 10th studio album and soundtrack album to Roland Joffé’s drama film of the same name. Originally released on 26th November 1984, it spawned one single, Étude (Theme From The Killing Fields).

Mike Oldfield's first and really only venture into scoring a movie. It is a beautiful score with very emotionally charged music. The strong, unique, and sometimes stirring music covers a range from classical, to metallic, to light rock, to ethnic. Oldfield was reluctant to accept this assignment due to the nature of the film and his peaceful nature. He wanted to let people feel the horror of war, and was very successful. The music he created was powerful, and very ethereal in nature throughout the piece.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pride and from the motion by Dario Marianelli, performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Dario Marianelli is an absolute genius and you'll agree when you hear the music from this soundtrack. It is a perfect reflection to the movie and compliments this classic story very well. Performed by pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet with The English Chamber Orchestra. By listening to this soundtrack you will feel the emotions of the actors on the scene and be able to imagine Jane Austen's greatest work come to life.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Constant Gardener..original motion picture composed by Alberto Iglesias

Original music composed by Alberto Iglesias and featuring music performed by acclaimed Kenyan percussionist and Real World recording artist Ayub Ogada. Alberto Iglesias' ("La Mala Educacion," "The Dancer Upstairs," "Todo Sobre Mi Madre") lush score evokes the film's compelling African and European landscapes.

Alberto Iglesias composed the bulk of the music that accompanies "The Constant Gardener". His score is moody and dark, reflecting the screen adaptation of John le Carré's novel about the death of a British diplomat's wife in Kenya and the surrounding conspiracy. The energy in the "Constant Gardener's" score is punctuated by Ayub Ogada's spirited Kenyan folk music. Iglesia's music contrasts with Ogada's vignette's of poor villagers who are victimized not only by AIDS but also by a truly evil Swiss drug company. The ambiance in the film is a successful amalgam of polished cinema orchestration with the simple, raw power of Afro-Caribbean world music. 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Plunkett and Macleane - Original Motion Picture Score by Craig Armstrong

Genre: Electronic, Classical
Style: Trip Hop, Breaks, Score, Downtempo, Contemporary
Year: 1999

Craig Armstrong proved with his Romeo and Juliet score that he can seamlessly mix several genres of music together to create a singular sonic experience. Many have complained that the modern sound of Plunkett and Macleane completely contradicted the movie's pre-industrial revolution setting. But it works in ways a period score would fail.

There's something here for everyone who uses a movie score for imagination fuel. Plunkett and Macleane is full of tension, booming bass, orchestra, angelic voices, nervous sound effects and haunting ambience, and exciting 'driving' pieces that are sure to get your blood flowing. (Amazon review by Inspector Gadget)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio from the TV series...various artists

Various ‎– Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale - Music From The TV Series

–The Breeders Buffy Main Title Theme 1:12
–The Dandy Warhols Bohemian Like You 3:33
–Nikka Costa Everybody Got Their Something 4:20
–Christophe Beck Dead Guys With Bombs 2:55
–Devics Key 3:29
–Lunatic Calm Sound Of The Revolution 4:03
–Dashboard Prophets Ballad For Dead Friends 4:14
–Angie Hart Blue 2:49
–Aimee Mann Pavlov's Bell 4:26
–Alison Krauss That Kind Of Love 3:44
–Aberdeen Sink Or Float 3:27
–Patty Medina Still Life 4:27
–Laika Black Cat Bone 4:25
–Man Of The Year Just As Nice 2:59
–Melanie Doane I Can't Take My Eyes Off You 3:55
–Fonda The Sun Keeps Shining On Me 4:07
–Halo Friendlies Run Away 3:02
–Emiliana Torrini Summerbreeze 3:40
–Cibo Matto Sugar Water 4:30
–Rob Duncan The Final Fight (Original Score) 4:02
–Nerf Herder Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme 1:03

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The from the motion picture....produced by T-Bone Burnett

The soundtrack to this Coen brothers movie from 2004 is a collection of old time spirituals, gospel hymns and quartet songs done by a mix of classic and contemporary artists including Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Rosie Stone(of the Sly and the Family Stone), Blind Willie Johnson, The Soul Stirrers and The Swan Silvertones. A real treat for lovers of roots music and deftly produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett.

–The Soul Stirrers Come, Let Us Go Back To God 2:50
–Nappy Roots Trouble Of This World (Coming Home) 3:48
–The Venice Four With Rose Stone And The Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir Let Your Light Shine On Me 6:43
–Nappy Roots Another Day, Another Dollar 3:48
–The Soul Stirrers Jesus I'll Never Forget 2:36
–Nappy Roots Trouble In, Trouble Out 4:04
–Bill Landford & The Landfordaires Trouble Of This World 2:45
–Donnie McClurkin Come, Let Us Go Back To God 4:33
–Rosewell Sacred Harp Quartet* Weeping Mary 2:41
–Little Brother Sinner 4:25
–Bill Landford & The Landfordaires Trouble, Lord I'm Troubled 2:58
–Donnie McClurkin You Can't Hurry God 2:26
–The Soul Stirrers Any Day Now 2:28
–Rose Stone With The Venice Four And The Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir Trouble Of This World 2:55
–Claude Jeter* And The Swan Silvertones A Christian's Plea 2:23
–Blind Willie Johnson Let Your Light Shine On Me 3:07
–The Venice Four With Rose Stone And The Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir Let The Light From The Lighthouse Shine On Me 1:42

–The Abbot Kinney Lighthouse Choir Yes 5:29

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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