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Film Score Friday 12/13/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/12/2019 - 10:00 PM
Quartet has announced their final batch of soundtrack releases for 2019: the first CD release of Ron Goodwin's score for THOSE DARING YOUNG MEN IN THEIR JAUNTY JALOPIES (also known as Monte Carlo or Bust!), a two-disc set featuring both an expanded version of the original LP selection (in stereo) as well as the full score in mono; an expanded, 50th anniversary edition of Quincy Jones' score for the heist comedy THE ITALIAN JOB; a two-disc remastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY, featuring the original film score cues, alternates, and the original LP sequencing; a re-release of their 3-disc edition of Henry Mancini's SANTA CLAUS; a remastered re-release of Ennio Morricone's score for Pedro Almodovar's Atame, known in the U.S. as TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!; and an 11-disc boxed set, PEDRO ALMODOVAR & ALBERTO IGLESIAS: FILM MUSIC COLLECTION, featuring remastered (but not expanded) versions of all the films the director/composer team has made together, from The Flower of My Secret to Pain and Glory.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expected to announce shortlists for the nominations in several categories next week, including Original Score and Original Song. Starting last year, the Academy stopped publicizing the lists of all eligible scores and songs, but according to a Jon Burlingame article in Variety, some high profile scores were not included on the list. Nathan Johnson's Knives Out was omitted due to "an administrative mixup," while Pinar Toprak's Captain Marvel was not submitted by its studio. Max Richter's Ad Astra was also not submitted, since he and fellow composer Lorne Balfe did not personally collaborate on the final score.

Scores which were apparently declared ineligible due to the preponderance of non-original music include James Newton Howard's A Hidden Life (as with any Malick film, there were apparently concert pieces tracked in to supplement the original score), Robbie Robertson's The Irishman (which featured only a small amount of score plus a substantial amount of Scorsese-style period music) and Bryce Dessner's The Two Popes (which prominently features ABBA and Beatles songs along with the score).


The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation has announced this year's Golden Globe nominations, including the following film music categories:

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE

JOKER - Hildur Guonadottir
LITTLE WOMEN - Alexandre Desplat
MARRIAGE STORY - Randy Newman
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN - Daniel Pemberton
1917 - Thomas Newman

BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE

"Beautiful Ghosts" - Cats - Taylor Swift, Andrew Lloyd Webber
"I'm Gonna Love Me Again" - Rocketman - Elton John, Bernie Taupin
"Into the Unknown" - Frozen II - Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Spirit" - The Lion King - Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh
"Stand Up" - Harriet - Joshuah Bryan Campbell, Cynthia Erivo 

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Film Score Friday 12/6/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 12/5/2019 - 10:00 PM
Intrada has announced two new soundtrack CD releases this week:

A two-disc, first-ever release of Lalo Schifrin's score for the 1978 Disney sci-fi thriller sequel RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, directed by John Hough (The Legend of Hell House), in which Escape to Witch Mountain stars Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann are joined by screen legends Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. Disc One features Schifrin's complete score including unused cues, and Disc Two is an edited "album presentation" of 49 minutes of score highlights.

From this summer comes DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, the live-action adventure film starring Isabela Moner (Instant Family, Sicario: Day of the Soldado) as TV's Dora the Explorer, with music co-composed by Oscar-nominee John Debney and Germaine Franco (Dope, Little). The Intrada CD features a whopping 76 minutes of score.


La-La Land has announced five new "Black Friday" soundtrack CD releases, all of which should begin shipping in the next couple weeks:

DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION
is a four-disc set featuring three classic 70s disaster movie scores by John Williams -- the Oscar-nominated The Poseidon Adventure, remastered in a mix of stereo and mono tracks; the shortlisted Earthquake, featuring both the LP tracks and the first release of the original score tracks; and a remastered version of the nominated The Towering Inferno, featuring the original score sequencing as well as alternates and the LP tracks.

NEVADA SMITH: THE PARAMOUNT WESTERNS COLLECTION is a four disc-set of scores previously unreleased on CD, and most of them have never had soundtrack releases at all. The collection features Nevada Smith (Alfred Newman), El Dorado (Nelson Riddle), Three Violent People (Walter Scharf), Kid Rodelo (Johnny Douglas), Walk Like a Dragon (Paul Dunlap), Will Penny (David Raksin), The Hangman (Harry Sukman), Branded (Roy Webb), The Furies (Franz Waxman), Copper Canyon (Daniele Amfitheatrof) and Streets of Laredo (Victor Young).

STAR TREK: VOYAGER, VOL. 2 is a four-disc soundtrack for the long running series with music from episodes scored by Paul Baillargeon, David Bell, Jay Chattaway and Dennis McCarthy.

STARGATE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXPANDED
 is a two-disc set of David Arnold's popular symphonic score for director Roland Emmerich's 1994 time travel adventure, featuring the complete 80-minute score as well as 28 minutes of alternate cues.

THE KARATE KID: THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY
is a newly remastered release of Bill Conti's score for the sequel- and remake-spawning 1984 hit, including several alternate cues.

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Film Score Friday 11/29/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/28/2019 - 10:00 PM
I am on vacation this week so the news section of this column will not be up to date -- La-La Land was expected to announce this year's slate of "Black Friday" score CDs today, so readers should be able to find that information on our Message Board.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Dark: Cycle 1 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
Dark: Cycle 2 - Ben Frost - Invada (import)
Lucy in the Sky
 - Jeff Russo - Lakeshore 

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Film Score Friday 11/22/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/21/2019 - 10:00 PM
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced the latest batch of Grammy nominations, including the following film-music related categories:

BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
AVENGERS: ENDGAME – Alan Silvestri 
CHERNOBYL – Hildur Guðnadóttir 
GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 8 – Ramin Djawadi 
THE LION KING – Hans Zimmer 
MARY POPPINS RETURNS – Marc Shaiman 
 
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
THE BALLAD OF THE LONESOME COWBOY – Toy Story 4 – Randy Newman
GIRL IN THE MOVIES – Dumplin’ – Dolly Parton, Linda Perry
I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN – A Star is Born - Natalie Hemby, Lady Gaga, Hillary Lindsey, Aaron Raitiere, 
SPIRIT – The Lion King – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Timothy McKenzie, Ilya Salmanzadeh 
SUSPIRIUM – Suspiria – Thom Yorke 
 
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
THE LION KING: THE SONGS
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 
 
John Williams received two nominations – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite for Best Instrumental Composition, and Hedwig’s Theme from the Across the Stars album for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.
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Film Score Friday 11/15/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/14/2019 - 10:00 PM
La-La Land has just released Tom Holkenborg's* score for the latest Terminator sequel TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, which returns Linda Hamilton and writer-producer James Cameron to the franchise. The label is also making available Lolita Ritmanis' score for the Latvian war drama DVESELU PUTENIS, known in English as Blizzard of Souls. (*when this column originally posted, I had stupidly attributed the Dark Fate score to Lorne Balfe, who actually scored the previous Terminator sequel; thanks to Bob DiMucci for the correction).


Kritzerland has just announced a CD of the music of concert and film composer GAIL KUBIK, featuring three concert pieces composed and conducted by Kubik -- Scenes for Orchestra (based on his unused score for I Thank a Fool), Scenario for Orchestra (based on his largely unused score for The Desperate Hours, the surviving tracks of which were featured on Intrada's Double Indemnity/Paramount noir set), and Stewball: Four Variations for Band.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

The Crown: Season Three
 - Martin Phipps - Sony
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, vol. 1
 - Daniel Pemberton - Varese Sarabande
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, vol. 2 
- Daniel Pemberton, Samuel Sim - Varese Sarabande
Dveselu Putenis (Blizzard of Souls)
- Lolita Ritmanis - Marlo/La-La Land
La Chiave
 - Ennio Morricone - Beat
Terminator: Dark Fate
- Tom Holkenborg - La-La Land 

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Film Score Friday 11/8/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 11/7/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest release from the BYU Film Music Archive is a three-disc set titled SADDLES, SAGEBRUSH AND STEINER: WESTERN SCORES OF MAX STEINER. Disc One features cues from Steiner's scores for Virginia City, Santa Fe Trail, San Antonio and Dallas; Disc Two features Rocky Mountain and The Charge at Feather River; Disc Three has The Lion and the Horse and Raton Pass.


La-La Land has announced two CDs to begin shipping this week -- an expanded and remastered edition of Michael Kamen's score for the 1989 cult classic ROAD HOUSE, featuring cues not included in Intrada's earlier release of the score (since my liner notes for the Intrada edition were not retained, I assume a massive letter writing campaign will ensue, and I thank my readers in advance), and a re-release of their CD of Harold Faltermeyer's score for the 1984 blockbuster action comedy BEVERLY HILLS COP.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Amore Mio 
- Carlo Savina - Saimel 
Beverly Hills Cop [re-release]
- Harold Faltermeyer - La-La Land
Encounter - Penka Kouneva - Notefornote
The Good Liar - Carter Burwell - WaterTower [CD-R]
J'Accuse - Alexandre Desplat - Warner Classics (import)
Road House
- Michael Kamen - La-La Land
Windjammer - Morton Gould - Sepia 
Zombie Night
 - Alan Howarth - Dragon's Domain

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Film Score Friday 11/1/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/31/2019 - 10:00 PM

The trailer for THE SONG OF NAMES, the new film from director Francois Girard (Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Red Violin, Silk, Boychoir), has an extremely unusual title card. Near the end of the trailer, after we get the expected title "FROM THE ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR OF THE RED VIOLIN," we get another title card:

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY
THE ACADEMY AWARD WINNING COMPOSER OF
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY

I presume that the fact that Song of Names is a music-oriented film is a big factor, but I can't remember seeing  a contemporary trailer in which a score composer (at least, one who wasn't an otherwise already famous popular music figure) was used as such a prominent selling point, so good for Howard Shore.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Abominable
 - Rupert Gregson-Williams - Backlot
Doctor Sleep - The Newton Brothers - WaterTower [CD-R]
Ganja & Hess
- Sam Waymon - Howlin' Wolf
Gemini Man 
- Lorne Balfe - La-La Land
Harriet
- Terence Blanchard - Backlot   

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Film Score Friday 10/25/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/24/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CD from Intrada presents the score to the 2019 thriller CRAWL, which pitted Kara Scodelario and Barry Pepper against hungry alligators in a hurricane-flooded house. The score was composed by newcomers Max Aruj and Steffen Thum, who have provided additional music for several Lorne Balfe scores; the ubiquitous Mr. Balfe served as Executive Music Producer on Crawl.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Crawl Max Aruj, Steffen Thum - Intrada 
Dracula/The Curse of Frankenstein [re-recordings]
 - James Bernard - Tadlow
La Setta
 - Pino Donaggio - Cinevox 
Lavender Braid
 - Eugene - Kronos 
Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
 - Masao Yagi - Cinema-Kan (import)
The Quinn Martin Collection Vol. 2: The Invaders - Sidney Cutner, Dominic Frontiere, Irving Gertz, Richard Markowitz, Duane Tatro - La-La Land
Romeo and Juliet
 - Nino Rota - Quartet
Rory's Way
 - Frank Ilfman - Kronos
Rwanda
 - Davide Caprelli - Kronos
The Taming of the Shrew
 - Nino Rota - Quartet 

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Film Score Friday 10/18/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/17/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest soundtrack CDs from Quartet are remastered releases of Nino Rota's scores for Franco Zeffirelli's two hit Shakespeare adaptations from the 1960s -- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, a two-disc set featuring both the complete score as well as Rota's original, unused album sequencing; and a remastered version of the LP sequencing from the blockbuster hit ROMEO AND JULIET.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Bastardos y Diablos
 - Louis Febre - Dragon's Domain
Bride of Frankenstein - Franz Waxman - La-La Land 
The Dan Redfield Collection vol. 1
 - Dan Redfield - Dragon's Domain 
Deep Water
 - Toydrum - Silva
Halloween [expanded edition]
 - John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, Daniel Davies - Sacred Bones
Il Pelo Nel Mondo
 - Bruno Nicolai, Nino Oliviero - Beat
Le Coeur en Braille/Que D'Amour!
 - Philippe Jakko - Music Box 
La Fameuse Invasion des Ours en Sicile - Rene Aubry - Milan (import)
L'Avocat/Le Tueur
 - Gregoire Hetzel - Music Box 
L'Ultimo Squalo
 - Guido & Maurizio De Angelis - Beat
The Lighthouse
 - Mark Korven - Milan
Marco Beltrami: Music for Film
 - Marco Beltrami - Silva 
Minority Report - John Williams - La-La Land
Music for Dinosaurs
 - David Spear - Dragon's Domain
Trois Jours et Une Vie
 - Rob - Music Box 

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Film Score Friday 10/11/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 10/10/2019 - 10:00 PM
The latest CD from Intrada is the first-ever release of Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1972 British kids fantasy film THE AMAZING MR. BLUNDEN, directed by and starring Lionel Jeffries (First Men in the Moon)


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Air Force One: The Deluxe Edition - Jerry Goldsmith, Joel McNeely - Varese Sarabande CD Club 
The Amazing Mr. Blunden
- Elmer Bernstein - Intrada Special Collection
Mrs. Lowry and Son - Craig Armstrong - Verve (import)
Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser - Gabriel Yared - Sergent Major (import)
Rooster Cogburn: The Deluxe Edition
 - Laurence Rosenthal - Varese Sarabande CD Club
Solis
 - David Stone Hamilton - Perseverance
Star Trek: The Deluxe Edition 
- Michael Giacchino - Varese Sarabande CD Club 

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