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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Last Picture Show...original recordings featured in the various artists

Released in 1971 and hailed as the most impressive work by a young American director since Citizen Kane, Peter Bogdanovich's Last Picture Show is an elegiac study of life amid the dust and loneliness of a dying town. An account of adolescents coming of age filmed under a vast, empty Texas sky. The film has no conventional score. All of the music is from the period between November 1951 and October 1952 when the film is set and linked to each scene. It is played on home radios, car radios, truck radios, 45 rpm players, jukeboxes, and at a community Christmas dance. The Hank Williams song, heard on the radio in Sonny's old truck in the opening scene, 'Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)?' sets the tone for the music as well as the movie. All of the songs featured in the film are collected together in this edition.

  1. Why Don't You Love Me (Like You Used to Do)-Hank Williams
  2. Cold, Cold Heart -Hank Williams
  3. Bouquet of Roses -Eddy Arnold
  4. Hey, Good Lookin' -Hank Williams
  5. Rose, Rose, I Love You -Frankie Laine
  6. Slow Poke -Pee Wee King
  7. Anything That's Part of You -Eddy Arnold
  8. A Fool Such As I -Hank Snow
  9. Shrimp Boats -Jo Stafford
  10. Cold, Cold Heart -Tony Bennett
  11. The Thing -Phil Harris
  12. Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams
  13. The Wild Side of Life -Hank Thompson
  14. Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
  15. Please, Mr. Sun -Johnnie Ray
  16. Give Me More, More of Your Kisses -Lefty Frizzell
  17. Half As Much - Hank Williams
  18. Wish You Were Here -Eddie Fisher
  19. Solitaire -Tony Bennett
  20. Wheel of Fortune -Kay Starr
  21. Blue Velvet -Tony Bennett
  22. You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
  23. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy -Hank Williams
  24. Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You) -Hank Williams
  25. Back Street Affair - Webb Pierce
  26. Faded Love - Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
  27. Jambalaya (On the Bayou) -Hank Williams
  28. It's in the Book -Johnny Standley

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Zero Effect 1998 soundtrack music from the motion picture - various artists

The soundtrack for Zero Effect is an important part of the movie's atmospherics. It's an eclectic mix of soulful pop and jazz selections. The album portrays a real-life quality that most soundtracks don't have. A good combination of both energy-filled tracks as well as deep emotional ones.

  1. -Elvis Costello Mystery Dance
  2. –Dan Bern One Dance
  3. –Bond Starbucked
  4. –Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Into My Arms
  5. –Mary Lou Lord Some Jingle Jangle Morning
  6. –Brendan Benson Emma J
  7. –The Greyboy Allstars The Method Pt. 2
  8. –Jamiroquai Drifting Along
  9. –Candy Butchers Till You Die
  10. –Esthero Lounge
  11. –The Greyboy Allstars Blackmail Drop
  12. –Thermadore Three Days
  13. –Heatmiser Rest My Head Against The Wall
  14. –The Greyboy Allstars The Zero Effect

Monday, May 7, 2018

The from the motion picture by David newman

This is a big symphonic heroic and adventurous score performed with might and power. The London Metropolitan Orchestra simply excels in this score. David Newman uses soaring brass fanfares, a knockout heroic theme, some romantic material, and action music that simply blows you away. 

The first two tracks are ominous in nature and start things off on the creepy side with pounding jungle drums and an all male chorus. That all changes however, with "The Phantom" which showcases the heroic main theme with powerful action music. The theme itself is a 7 note brass motif that perfectly captures the hero of the film. "The Escape" is another impressive action cue with bold brass and driving percussion. "The Museum" is a dark and ominous track, while "Flying to the Island" is the exact opposite of that, with a soaring orchestral sound. The love theme is found in "Must Be the Humidity" which is a sweeping, epic motif played mainly on strings. Another instrument that is used throughout this score is the pan flute, played by Tony Hinnigan and Mike Taylor, which gives the sound an ethnic feel. 

The last track, "Escaping the Island", is an 8 minute brass finale that really burns. Anyone who is a fan of action adventurous symphonic music or David Newman will definitely enjoy this score.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Exils..original motion picture by Tony Gatlif

The score from Tony Gatlif's 2004 film, "Exils", about Roma people. In this distinctive film we meet a young French couple: he is ethnically French, she is Arab, but both had Algerian ancestors, and the movie follows them after they spontaneously decide to abandon Paris and investigate their roots. The couple are presented in the film as very sensual, and the music and images that surround (and define) them are shared also by the viewer. The film touches on some interesting ideas, notably the not always chosen trade-off between freedom and belonging, and ends with a remarkable extended sequence depicting an Arab ritual of personal abandonment that bears comparison to (and is in fact more disturbing than) anything from 'The Exorcist'.

The soundtrack utilises Roma Gypsies music as per previous Tony Gatlif productions like Latcho Drom. Exciting and exotic, the music takes you on a world music journey that entices and delights.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Night On Earth...original soundtrack by Tom Waits

Released in 1992, Waits's soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's quirky Night on Earth is built around a recurrent theme reminiscent of Rain Dogs and manipulated into moods that reflect the cities in which the movie's various stories are told. Banjo and accordion are used to great effect to evoke the three European cities. Elsewhere, marimba and other percussion that Tom Waits was using on his "official" recordings at the time are well suited to the darkness and humor in Jarmusch's stories. The two new songs written by Waits and partner Kathleen Brennan stick to the same instrumental blueprint, but have little to commend them to a place in the pantheon of Waits's songs.

  1. Back In The Old World (Gypsy)
  2. Los Angeles Mood (Chromium Descensions)
  3. Los Angeles Theme (Another Private Dick)
  4. New York Theme (Hey Can You Have That Heart...
  5. New York Mood (A New Haircut And A Busted Lip)
  6. Baby I'm Not A Baby Anymore (Beatrice Theme)
  7. Good Old World (Waltz)
  8. Carnival (Brunello Del Montalcino)
  9. On The Other Side Of The World
  10. Good Old World (Gypsy Instrumental)
  11. Paris Mood (Un De Fromage)
  12. Dragging A Dead Priest
  13. Helsinki Mood
  14. Carnival Bob's Confession
  15. Good Old World (Waltz)
  16. On The Other Side Of The World (Instrumental)

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Cold Equations...Original Motion Picture by Josh Urist..on CD, vinyl and download

The Cold Equations soundtrack is very real. Inspired by a 1954 science fiction short story by Tom Godwin, the film follows a worker drone on a distant planet who hunts down the corrupt officials responsible for the death of his little sister. The music is emotional, evocative, and riveting—the movie, however, is fake. 

Composer Josh Urist isn’t the first musician to use the soundtrack-to-an-imaginary-film conceit, but he and his close-knit crew of musicians breathe new life into the idea. For his goal isn’t kitsch or homage, but instead, the soundtrack concept gives the music an emotional tug that is as real as the film is fake. 

Working with co-producer/arranger Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness, Antibalas, Arcade Fire, Iron and Wine, TV on the Radio), Urist uses the visual language of film music to conjure moments with visceral impact. A Morricone-esque standoff; a frenetic Quincy Jones-style chase scene; cosmic soul in the vein of Air. While analog synths and drum machines give you the interstellar textures, the acoustic guitars and wind instruments provide the warmth and humor of a human heart beating in the airless vacuum of a distant galaxy. 

Urist assembled a team of crack studio musicians to perform, many of them old friends from Urist’s time as a music student in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Contributors include regular Urist collaborator and Masters of Reality bandmate John Leamy (Masters of Reality, Surgery) drums; Colin Stetson (Ex Eye, Bon Iver) saxophones and french horn; David Cook (Taylor Swift, Lizz Wright, Alan Ferber, Jennifer Hudson) organ and pianos; Adam Roberts, bass; Jeff Plankenhorn, weissenborn guitar; Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre) violin; and Rachel Webster (Bernie Worrell) vocals. Urist plays guitars, bass, pianos, vocals, banjo, jaw harp, trumpet, and the Roland GR-500 guitar synthesizer. Bogie plays saxophones, clarinets, drum machines, bass, piano, flute, harmonicas, jaw harps, and drums. Album art and design by John Leamy. 

Download via iTunes or Amazon or purchase the vinyl record here.

Marty's review: this soundtrack to the "movie that isn't a movie" is a very convincing and impressive cinematic soundscape. Utilising elements from classic soundtrack composers with contemporary and original creativity from multi-instrumentalist Josh Urist and his collective of equally creative musicians, it conjures up images in the mind of dreamy space travel and places that are not really there. It is very listenable as an album on its own yet you can easily connect it with motion picture sequences from your own imagination.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Next Stop from the motion picture...various artists..jazz, samba and bossa-nova

The fear of loneliness, a hope for romance, the occasional pang of moody nostalgia--it's all found in the light romance of Next Stop Wonderland. But few of Wonderland's plot devices work quite as convincingly at portraying these themes as the movie's soundtrack. Filled with the classic sounds of bossa nova and samba, these songs ooze with the melancholy found in the movie. There's a lot of great stuff here: classic Astrud Gilberto, Coleman Hawkins, Marcus Valle, new interpretations of Jobim. But the unexpected highlight is the original score: Claudio Ragazzi backed by the smooth-as-flan vocals of avant-jazz-guitarist-gone-Jobim-freak Arto Lindsay. Their trio of bossa-nova inspired collaborations sounds as sweet and timeless as the classic originals here.

  1. Batuacada - Bebel Gilberto/Vinicius Cantuaria
  2. Mas Que Nada - Tamba Trio
  3. Stay - Astrud Gilberto
  4. Crossed Paths - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay
  5. Triste - Elis Regina
  6. Os Grilos (Crickets Sing For Ana Maria) - Marcos Valle
  7. One Note Samba/The Girl From Ipanema - Bebel Gilberto/Vinicius Cantuaria
  8. The Therapist - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay
  9. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Astrud Gilberto
  10. The Suitors - Josh Zaentz/Sergio Brandao
  11. Baia - Walter Wanderley
  12. O Beijo (The Kiss) - Claudio Ragazzi
  13. Aquarela Do Brasil - Toots Thielemans/Elis Regina
  14. Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
  15. The Finale - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay/Bebel Gilberto
  16. O Pato (The Duck) - Coleman Hawkins

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Attack the Block...2011 cult sci-fi movie..original soundtrack now on vinyl...pre-order bundle available

The premiere vinyl release of Attack The Block original motion picture score and soundtrack from Steven Price, Felix Buxton, and Simon Ratcliffe (and a Basement Jaxx track!). This 2011 Sci-Fi film was the breakout performance for actor John Boyega (Star Wars, Detroit, Pacific Rim 2) as well as Academy Award winning composer Steven Price (Gravity, Suicide Squad, Fury). The story follows a teenage street gang who have to defend themselves from predatory alien invaders. Pressed on "Glow In The Dark" vinyl 2xLP and Glow labels to bring the monsters back onto your very own turntable.

Pre-Order Bundle Link: CLICK HERE

- 2xLP Glow In The Dark Vinyl w/ Glow In The Dark Labels

- Exclusive Written Commentaries from Joe Cornish (Director) and Steven Price (Composer)

- Pre-Order Bundles available with Enamel Pins & a Steel Pint/Tumbler

- Records Ships 1/30

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Marty's review: this is one cool soundtrack! Electronic beats with an orchestral score, space sounds galore, themes throughout that are haunting, dramatic and upbeat and all fused together to make this a soundtrack that is listenable apart from the movie itself. The vinyl release will make it a collectible item too.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Suburbia 1997 Film original motion picture by various artists

SubUrbia (1997), directed by Richard Linklatter, is NOT a remake of the 80's movie of the same name. It has NOTHING to do with it. That aside, it is a decent film with an awesome soundtrack. Unlike most rock soundtracks which try to include as many "current" or "hot" artists, SubUrbia tries to capture a feel. Like the characters in the movie who graduated high school back in the early half of the nineties and are still living in it, the soundtrack includes tracks from Sonic Youth, the Butthole Surfers, the Flaming Lips, and others who hit their peaks back in the day too. However, this is not a lame comeback album for anyone. 

From the opening Elastica track (with vocals from Stephen Malkmus (sic) from Pavement) to the simply awesome "Sunday" by Sonic Youth, this album is all killer, no filler. And they even had the guts to end it all with Gene Pitney singing "Town Without Pity". Definitely one of the best soundtracks of the decade, and even though two of the songs aren't even from the nineties, one of the best soundtracks TO the decade.

  1. Unheard Music - Elastica/Stephen Malkmus
  2. Bee-Bee's Song - Sonic Youth
  3. Bullet Proof Cupid - Girls Against Boys
  4. Feather In Your Cap - Beck
  5. Berry Meditation - U.N.K.L.E.
  6. I'm Not Like Everybody Else - Boss Hog
  7. Cult - Skinny Puppy
  8. Does Your Hometown Care? - Superchunk
  9. Sunday - Sonic Youth
  10. Human Cannonball - Butthole Surfers
  11. Tabla In Suburbia - Sonic Youth
  12. Hot Day - The Flaming Lips
  13. Psychic Hearts - Thurston Moore
  14. Town Without Pity - Gene Pitney

Saturday, November 18, 2017

She's the One....original by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

An unusual move for Tom Petty to score the music for the Edward Burns's film She's the One and then still turn it into a standard Tom Petty release. The inclusions of two versions of "Walls" and "Angel Dream" make it seem more like a movie soundtrack. But, at heart, the material is more classic Petty. "Grew Up Fast" and "Hope You Never" are perfect radio songs and Petty's cover of Beck's "Asshole" proves his anti-punk stance may finally be softening with a little help from producer Rick Rubin, whose ears have given Petty his most appealing production in years.

The album came about as a result of Petty's being invited to contribute a single song to the film's soundtrack. But Petty was so taken with the film that it quickly inspired a major bout of songwriting. What was supposed to be one song quickly became five and then became an entire album. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Aeon Flux...original motion picture by Graeme Revell

Set 400 years in the future, disease has wiped out the majority of Earth's population except for one walled, protected city-state, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. The story centers on Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron), the top operative in the underground "Monican" rebellion, led by the Handler (Frances McDormand). When Aeon is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets. The exciting and evocative score for the film was composed by Graeme Revell, a master at exploring the dark side of such film worlds as Sin City and The Crow.

After the project bounced from Teddy Shapiro to Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek, Aeon Flux finally landed in Graeme Revell's studio, giving him another action flick to score in less than two weeks (remember Tomb Raider anyone?) Stylistically, the result is similar to Tomb Raider, with dominating electronics, but ends up being a more enjoyable listen. Beyond the electronics, Revell takes advantage of sliding cellos and solo vocals in the background to add an Asian feel ("Torture Garden"). Even some of the more ambient parts to the score have piano or other solo instruments accompanying the sounds, making the music easier to listen to ("Cloning Discovery").

Monday, August 21, 2017

Equinox...original motion picture by Terje Rypdal and various artists

Soundtrack to the 1992 film, Equinox, with music by Terje Rypdal, Astor Piazzolla, Ali Farka Toure, Archie Shepp and Dollar Brand, Ivo Papasov and Reah Sadowsky. An eclectic mix of jazz and classical.

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 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.