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Film Score Friday 3/22/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/21/2019 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande has announced three new CD Club releases -- a greatly expanded Deluxe Edition of Leonard Rosenman's score for the 1990 sequel ROBOCOP 2 ("Ro-bo-cop...."); a two-disc Deluxe Edition of James Newton Howard's score for the Stephen King sci-fi/horror movie DREAMCATCHER (previously released as part of Varese's Stephen King boxed set); and an Encore Edition of one of the label's earliest -- and longest out-of-print -- Club releases, Jerry Goldsmith's charming score for the period drama RAGGEDY MAN (which is already out of stock from most sellers).


The latest CD from La-La Land is a remastered and slightly expanded release of James Horner's lively score for the sci-fi-tinged 1987 thriller PROJECT X, starring Matthew Broderick as a young Air Force pilot who becomes part of a government experiment involving chimpanzees.

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Film Score Friday 3/15/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande is announcing three new CD Club releases this morning. According to the label, one of them will be Varese's final "Encores" release, as from now on all CD Club releases will either be expansions or first-time releases.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Captive State - Rob Simonsen - Sony [CD-R]
The Cardinal - Jerome Moross - Kritzerland
Celebrating John Williams - John Williams - Deutsche Grammophon
Islam
 - Piero Piccioni - Beat
Le Chant de Loup - tomandandy - Milan (import)
L'Odio E' Il Mio Dio
 - Pippo Franco - Beat
Lonesome Dove
 - Basil Poledouris - Varese Sarabande
Masters of the Universe - Bill Conti - Notefornote
Valley of Shadows - Zbigniew Preisner - Caldera
The World of Hans Zimmer: A Symphonic Collection
 - Hans Zimmer - Sony 

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Film Score Friday 3/8/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 3/7/2019 - 9:00 PM
The legendary Andre Previn, a four-time Oscar winner among his many outstanding achievements, died in New York on February 28 at the age of 89. Websites that feature detailed pieces on his remarkable career include the BBCThe Guardian, The Hollywood ReporterThe Independent, The Los Angeles Times, NPRThe New York Times, Variety, and The Washington Post.


CDS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

BlacKkKlansman - Terence Blanchard - Backlot
Cold Pursuit - George Fenton - Varese Sarabande
Dedicato Al Mare Egeo - Ennio Morricone - Quartet
Il Sesso Del Diavolo
 - Stelvio Cipriani - Quartet
Ittefaq - BT - Kss3te Recordings
The Kid Who Would Be King - Electric Wave Bureau - Sony (import)
Krypton - Pinar Toprak - Varese Sarabande
Wonder Park - Steven Price - Sony 

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Film Score Friday 3/1/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/28/2019 - 9:00 PM
Ludwig Goransson won the Original Score Oscar for BLACK PANTHER (still not commercially available on CD, alas). Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt won Original Song for A Star Is Born's megahit "Shallow."

And composer/editor John Ottman won Film Editing for Bohemian Rhapsody.*


The latest CD from Intrada presents the score to Disney's 1957 Revolutionary War drama JOHNNY TREMAIN, composed by Disney veteran and four-time Oscar nominee George Bruns (The Jungle Book, The Aristocats). The Intrada CD features the original score tracks as well as the cues re-recorded for the original vinyl release. 

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Film Score Friday 2/22/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/21/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has two new soundtrack releases this week.

One release pairs two mystery-thriller scores by Jerry Goldsmith. ARCHER was the short-lived TV series version of Ross MacDonald's acclaimed "Lew Archer" mystery novels, and the LLL CD features the first-release of Goldsmith's music for the series, totaling 19 minutes. The CD also features Goldsmith's score for the 1967 thriller WARNING SHOT; La-La Land had previously released this score on CD, but the new release features improved sound and additional music (but does not feature the Si Zietner re-recorded LP tracks).

Their other new release is a three-disc set of John Williams' beloved score for the 1978 superhero classic SUPERMAN, remastered with improved sound from the first generation recording masters. Discs One and Two feature the original score plus alternates, while Disc Three features the original LP sequencing, also remastered.


Varese Sarabande is releasing a limited edition (500 units) two-disc set of Jeff Beal's music for the sixth and final season of HOUSE OF CARDS.


BAFTA's award for Original Music for a motion picture went to A STAR IS BORN, for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Lukas Nelson (the other four nominees were all for original scores which received Oscar nominations this year).


Intrada plans to release one new CD next week. 

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Film Score Friday 2/15/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/14/2019 - 9:00 PM
The latest release from Intrada is an expanded edition of James Horner's popular score for the 1986 animated feature AN AMERICAN TAIL, which earned the composer an Oscar nomination for his hit song, "Somewhere Out There."


Brand new Oscar nominee Ludwig Goransson had a good night at the Grammys. Along with winning Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for BLACK PANTHER (a score which still has no commercial CD release, just a 28-track download and a 13-track LP release), he won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

The Greatest Showman won for Compilation Soundtrack, A Star Is Born's "Shallow" won for Song Written for Visual Media, and Terence Blanchard won Best Instrumental Composition for BlacKkKlansman's "Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil). 

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Film Score Friday 2/8/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 2/7/2019 - 9:00 PM
La-La Land has announced their schedule of releases for February.

This week they are releasing the score to Orson Welles' decades-in-completion film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, composed by the late Michel Legrand, who personally selected the cues for this release before his passing; and a multi-disc edition (shipping next week) of Hans Zimmer's most critically acclaimed (and arguably finest) score, for director Terrence Malick's 1998 WWII epic THE THIN RED LINE, featuring the full score plus alternates on two discs, the original CD sequencing on Disc Three, and the 1999 album Chants from The Thin Red Line on Disc Four.

The week of February 19 they will release a CD featuring Jerry Goldsmith's never-before-released music from the short-lived 1975 mystery TV series ARCHER, in which Brian Keith played Ross MacDonald's detective character Lew Archer (who became "Lew Harper" for the Paul Newman films Harper and The Drowning Pool), paired with a re-release (from improved sources) of Goldsmith's score for the 1967 mystery-thriller WARNING SHOT.
Intrada plans to release one new CD next week.
The latest soundtrack CD release from Kritzerland features Jerome Moross's score for director Otto Preminger's religious drama THE CARDINAL, a remastered version of the same cues previously released on LP and CD, plus a more pop-ish version of the main title theme.
In last Friday's column, we (well, I) erroneously reported that Varese Sarabande would release three new CD Club discs this week. While they are expected to release three discs this month, no specific release date has been anounced at the time of this writing. 
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Film Score Friday 2/1/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/31/2019 - 9:00 PM
Varese Sarabande plans to announce three new CD Club releases next Monday.

As Variety reported in a recent article, these will be among the last releases from the label supervised by Varese veteran Robert Townson, who is leaving the company "to launch a new venture producing live concerts of film music." Among Townson's other final projects for the label will be a soundtrack CD for the final season of House of Cards, and LP releases of Herrmann's Vertigo and Goldsmith's L.A. Confidential.


The next release from Caldera presents the score for the offbeat 1973 psychological thriller THE BABY, scored by Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Gerald Fried (The Killing, Roots, Birds Do It, Bees Do It). 


Legendary composer and performer Michel Legrand died on Saturday, January 26 at the age of 86. We hope to have a more detailed tribute in an upcoming column, but for now, you can follow the link to Jon Burlingame's obituary of Legrand from Variety

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Film Score Friday 1/25/19
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/24/2019 - 9:00 PM
For the one or two of you who somehow missed the column posted three days ago, here are this year's Oscar nominations in the music categories:

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

BLACK PANTHER - Ludwig Goransson
BLACKKKLANSMAN - Terence Blanchard
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - Nicholas Britell
ISLE OF DOGS - Alexandre Desplat
MARY POPPINS RETURNS - Marc Shaiman

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
"ALL THE STARS" - Black Panther - Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe
"I'LL FIGHT - RBG - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO" - Mary Poppins Returns - Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
"SHALLOW" - A Star Is Born - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthhony Rossomando, Anthony Wyatt
"WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Music and Lyric by David Rawlings, Gillian Welch

Along with their two-disc set of music from the TV series THE ORVILLE, La-La Land has just released a limited edition (1500 units) CD of Nathan Barr's score for director Eli Roth's terrific 2018 kids' horror-fantasy THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.


Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker and veteran soundtrack and DVD/Blu-Ray producer Nick Redman died in Santa Monica on Thursday, January 17th, at the age of 63. Born in Wimbledon, England, he was an actor in the early part of his career but ultimately moved behind the camera, first for the BBC and later in the United States. He was nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category (with Paul Seydor) in 1996 for The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage, which incorporates rare 16mm behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Sam Peckinpah's classic, with Redman narrating (and producing) and Ed Harris providing the voice of Peckinpah (the documentary is featured on the Wild Bunch Blu-Ray from Warner Home Video).

Redman served as a consultant to Fox Music Group beginning in 1993, was a founding partner in the CD label Bay Cities, produced countless score and soundtrack CDs including many releases for Film Score Monthly, and in 2011 co-founded the DVD/Blu-Ray label Twilight Time, whose releases regularly feature their film's scores (and sometimes the unused score as well) as isolated tracks.

His most recent documentary was 2007's Becoming John Ford. He is survived by his wife, writer Julie Kirgo, as well as his daughter Rebecca, two stepchildren and his brother Jonathan. A more detailed tribute to Mr. Redman by Jon Burlingame can be found at Variety. 

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Oscar Nominations 2018
Posted By: Scott Bettencourt 1/22/2019 - 6:00 PM
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)

BLACK PANTHER - Ludwig Goransson
BLACKKKLANSMAN - Terence Blanchard
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK - Nicholas Britell
ISLE OF DOGS - Alexandre Desplat
MARY POPPINS RETURNS - Marc Shaiman


I don't know if it should be taken as a bad omen for the soundtrack CD business that of the five nominated scores, only two of them have received commercial CD releases. Blanchard and Goransson are first time nominees (since two of the major titles in several categories this year begin with the word "Black", nominees will have to be extra careful not to walk to the stage for the wrong film), second time for Britell, sixth for Shaiman (though his first time not in the Song or Comedy Score category) and tenth for Desplat (and his third for a Wes Anderson movie). Shaiman seems a plausible winner, given the dominance of his music (songs and otherwise) in the film. 

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)

"ALL THE STARS" - Black Panther - Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith, Solana Rowe
"I'LL FIGHT - RBG - Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"THE PLACE WHERE LOST THINGS GO" - Mary Poppins Returns - Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman, Marc Shaiman
"SHALLOW" - A Star Is Born - Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthhony Rossomando, Anthony Wyatt
"WHEN A COWBOY TRADES HIS SPURS FOR WINGS" - The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Music and Lyric by David Rawlings, Gillian Welch


Mostly first-time nominees, but a tenth nomination for Diane Warren, who seems almost certain to lose to "Shallow." Her RBG song is the seventh nominated song from a documentary. I thought it and "All the Stars" were remarkably forgettable, but I guess I'm in the minority. 
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