Thursday, August 3, 2017

Madredeus...Ainda..original soundtrack from the film Lisbon Story



Director Wim Wenders has a terrific ear for the kind of music that defines and sustains a mood, be it Nick Cave, Buena Vista Social Club or in this case, his most original choice yet, Madredeus. Ainda is this sublime band's most sublime album. Never has melancholy sounded this beautiful. Salgueiro's emotionally loaded voice and the precise instrumental accompaniment of the musicians that fit so well they seem inseparable, take the listener on a beautiful trip. The excellent recording renders perfectly the particular lyric atmosphere.

The gorgeous acoustic chamber music of this veteran Portuguese composer will make this soundtrack appeal to fans of director Wim Wenders, who is renowned for his impeccable musical taste and first-rate soundtracks. If this isn't the music of the spheres, it's a close approximation. --Jeff Bateman








                 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dingo...original soundtrack...music by Miles Davis and Michel Legrand



Michel Legrand arranged, orchestrated and conducted the music for the 1991 movie that co-stars Colin Friels and Miles Davis as a jazz legend - the fictional character, Billy Cross - who lives in Paris. Traces the pilgrimage of John Anderson, an average guy with a passion for jazz, from his home in outback Western Australia to the jazz clubs of Paris, to meet his idol, jazz trumpeter Billy Cross. Nice combo between two great artists. 

Miles and trumpeter Chuck Findley share the playing throughout the album and the pieces fit well within the framework of the movie. Some unusual tracks; a blend of music and dialogue in parts. Hearing miles talking is cool, though maybe not to everybody's taste. There is still some good Miles trumpet playing here and a worthy edition for a serious Miles Davis collector.







Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Les Chorsites (The Chorus)..original music from the motion picture...composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais




Bruno Coulais is a French born film and television soundtrack composer. In 1997 he won the C‚sar Award for his work on the documentary Microcosmos. Great prominence was given to the music in the film, which was a huge success and made Coulais one of the most sought after composers of French film music. His reputation was again confirmed by the soundtracks to Himalaya (1999) and the worldwide hit, Winged Migration (2001). 

In 2002 he wrote the soundtrack to one of his biggest and most celebrated films The Chorus (Les Choristes), which subsequently became an international smash and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, and also won Coulais his third C‚sar Award. In addition the song 'Vois sur ton Chemin (Look to Your Path),' was nominated for an Oscar.






                                                                

Friday, May 19, 2017

Liquid Bridge music from and inspired by the motion picture






Soundtrack to the 2003 Australian movie about Nick McCallum who dreams of turning pro surfer but his father, wheelchair bound after a surfing accident, stands in his way - as does his own fear of the big waves. He defies his dad but is framed in a drug bust and jailed. With the help of his French girlfriend he has to find a way to face the waves he fears most. 

A various artists eclectic mix of 12 tracks on this one featuring 2 by legendary Australian surf-rock band The Atlantics with a re-mix of their hit "Bombora".





Friday, April 7, 2017

True Detective...Music from the HBO Series..produced by T-Bone Burnett



This album release was produced by T-Bone Burnett and encompasses 14 tracks from Season 1 and Season 2 of the critically acclaimed series. Artists include Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Lera Lynn and Cassandra Wilson.

Here's one review from Amazon....

"There's something dark and creepy and beautifully moving about this album—fears instilled, faded hopes remembered. Many of the songs feel influenced by sixties-style folk music and Cash-like country, with the exception of the gospel blues-tinged “Sign of the Judgment,” the more modern sounding “Risk,” and the gravelly, conversational “Nevermind.” Feeling at once rusty and new, the tracks that Lera Lynn composed for the show, especially “My Least Favorite Life,” are particularly haunting. As with any good mix, variation is present but not extreme as a vein of a mourning and reflection on death—physical or that of ruined relationships and dreams—threads throughout. An excellent background for an afternoon spent alone, sifting through old belongings and photographs, or driving on the open highway." (By thegreenleaf26 on August 14, 2015)








Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack...music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross



2011 three CD set. The soundtrack for the 2011 US adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by David Fincher, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This is the second soundtrack that Reznor and Ross have worked on together, the previous being The Social Network, also for David Fincher.

After the amazing job they did on The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did an even better one on this! Impressive ability to manipulate the listener/viewer's emotional state by the use of sound and music. Close your eyes, immerse yourself in it, and you will find yourself feeling cold, claustrophobic, tense, depending on where you are in the album. That does not mean it is not enjoyable as pure music in itself. Superbly crafted sonically, an audiophile album to be enjoyed in certain moods. It includes Reznor and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' take on Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'.




This music is so good it's like it's its own genre. It's as if some new musical form has been created. The textures and the rhythms stick in your head with the intensity. This is an album to hear again and again. Loud, raucous, lonely, disjointed, serene, quiet, slamming, pounding, stretching, insistent. Take "The Social Network" and expand on it for more than 2 hours.







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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Score from Morricone Youth for Mad Max (George Miller's 1979 Dystopian Action Film)



MORRICONE YOUTH was formed in 1999 in New York City with a mission statement to compose, re-interpret, perform and record only "music written for the moving image" (e.g., film and television soundtracks, library music) in all incarnations from playing shows with projections dedicated to specific composers or film genres in clubs and performance spaces to live scoring films in theaters and art institutions. Over the years, the band has released a number of CD's of re-interpretations of obscure soundtrack music from the past as well as a score to an "imaginary film" entitled "Silenzio Violento,"

COUNTRY CLUB RECORDS and MORRICONE YOUTH (with distribution from Light In The Attic Records and Revolver) are releasing a 15 LP/EP vinyl series to coincide with each midnight movie/silent film for which the band has written original music and live scored over the past five years at various movie theaters around NYC. The first in September 2016 was a 6-song EP for George A. Romero's zombie classic "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD." (1968) The next, immediately following in November 2016, was another 6-song EP for THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (1926).




January 2017 saw the release of the third installment in the series, MAD MAX, a full length LP for George Miller's classic 1979 Australian dystopian action film. Mixed by World Inferno Friendship Society's Scott Hollingsworth, the energy of the album matches the fresh and frantic vitality of the film that served as it's inspiration. Joining Morricone Youth on MAD MAX is drummer Brian Kantor (The Cardigans' Nina Persson, Shudder To Think's Nathan Larson, Higgins and Fruit Bats). The album's sonic warmth was created in part by the band's use of the extensive analog keyboard collection maintained by Joe McGinty's (Psychedelic Furs/Loser's Lounge) at Carousel Vintage Studio, where the LP was captured and engineered by Steve Silverstein (TapeOp). 

MAD MAX is available from Light In The Attic Records and via the band's website

The album is also available digitally from CDBaby

You can stream the album on Soundcloud HERE


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Last Samurai...Original Motion Picture Score...Music by Hans Zimmer



This was Hans Zimmer's 100th score since beginning his film career in 1988. A pioneer of fusing both the electronic and orchestral and the Westernized with the indigenous, Zimmer does both here with skill, drawing heavily on samples of the traditional Taiko (a massive Japanese drum) for its rhythmic action sequences, while constructing a melodic Western motif for Tom Cruise's character that's both centerpiece and counterpoint for the score's trans-cultural intent. Aside from the brief, ominous thunder of the expected action/suspense boilerplate, Zimmer has constructed passages of gentle, Asian-inflected pastoralism that have parallels with much of his evocative work on The Thin Red Line. Those cues are the score's very soul, a canvas against which his more traditional themes reverberate all the stronger.





                                     

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rain..Music from the Motion Picture..featuring music by Neil Finn



Soundtrack to the 2001 New Zealand film, features tracks from Neil Finn, Lisa Germano, Neil's son Liam Finn and more. 

Quite a few rock artists have tried to cross over to film scoring with varying degrees of success; Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and Peter Gabriel are among the most notable examples. Now we can count Crowded House/Split Enz alumnus Neil Finn among those who have made the jump successfully.

"Rain" is a pleasant mix of new songs and instrumentals - all original. The best tracks are the two songs Finn shares with Edmund McWilliams. They bring an interesting harmonic counterpoint to Finn's usual solo material. Lisa Germano's "Cry Wolf" is also an exceptional track.

The instrumental score tracks are recognizably Neil Finn in style and texture without being recycled songs. His almost-folksy mix of acoustic guitar and keyboards makes for a pleasant combination, and it's interesting to hear him experiment with creating a mood without his signature (and sometimes cryptic) lyrical imagery. All in all, a very good first attempt at film scoring - here's hoping Neil Finn gives it another try in the future.






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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Morning of the Earth...Original Soundtrack 1972 movie



Morning of the Earth is arguably the first surf movie that went beyond waves and into something of a (wordless) meditation on life based on surfing. The film is a product of it's time (very early '70's - first years of short board transition) and is full of back-to-the-country hippy vibes as well as some beautifully filmed surfing on Australian, Hawaiian and Bali waves. 

The soundtrack is therefore a mixed bag of Australasian country folk (G Wayne Thomas), psychedelic prog-rock (Taman Shud), and seriously wonderful Acid Rock from New Zealand's forgotten Ticket. Their tracks Awake and Dream Chant are worth the price alone. Like the film, the soundtrack is a bit of a time machine back to a by-gone era. The soundtrack is for the nostalgic or those wanting a good compilation of early 70's Australasian psych-folk stuff. The film is still one of the all-time classic surf movies too so check it out.









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