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July 30, 2000

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Another in our regular series of shows featuring recent soundtrack releases.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
The Statue of Liberty X-Men (OS 2000) LA Allstar Orchestra cond. by Michael Kamen The music is by former rocker Michael Kamen, who has written numerous scores for American and British films since the lat 1970s including Polyester (1981), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987) and the first two Die Hard movies (1988 and 1990, respectively).
Museum Fight X-Men (OS 2000) LA Allstar Orchestra cond. by Michael Kamen From the movie Amy calls "seriously cool" and Chuck praises as an action movie that actually has a plot that drives the special effects, instead of lame dialogue thrown in between them.
Anaconda Roll Over New York Rock and Roll Ensemble (Michael Kamen, vocals and keyboards) Something from Kamen's former career in the late 1960s. He wrote this one with "H. Frederick", whoever that was.
Magneto’s Lair X-Men (OS 2000) LA Allstar Orchestra cond. by Michael Kamen Under first half of this week’s Theatre Calendar.
The Patriot Theme The Patriot (OS 2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams; violin solo by Mark O’Connor Big sweeping music, instantly identifiable as John Williams’s work. Williams is the most nominated (for Academy Awards) living person, with 39 previous nominations. He’s won for Schindler’s List, E.T., Star Wars, etc., and has composed all but one of Steven Spielberg’s feature films.
Tavington’s Trap The Patriot (OS 2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams The New York Times (Elvis Mitchell, June 28, 2000) called this movie "a gruesome hybrid, a mix of sentimentality and brutality that suggests a Lethal Weapon movie directed by Norman Rockwell", although they did praise Mel Gibson’s acting and "physical directness".
Martin vs. Tavington The Patriot (OS 2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams Reminds me very much of the music from the following film . . .
Main Title and First VictimJaws: [25th] Anniversary Collector’s Edition (2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams From a digitally-remastered re-release of the original score, with additional tracks not on the original album. Jaws was Steven Spielberg’s first mega success, and the first film to hit the $100 million mark at the box office.
Ben Gardner’s Boat Jaws: [25th] Anniversary Collector’s Edition (2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams Here’s the music that plays while Richard Dreyfuss, alone, at night, underwater, peers into a porthole of the wreckage of a fishing boat, and sees . . . AAAHHHHGGG!
Montage; Father and Son Jaws: [25th] Anniversary Collector’s Edition (2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams Under second half of this week’s Theatre Calendar.
Man Against Beast Jaws: [25th] Anniversary Collector’s Edition (2000) Orchestra conducted by John Williams This music underscores the pursuit of the Great White Shark--actually a mechanical shark named after Spielberg’s lawyer (Bruce), which never really worked; it had a tendency to sink to the bottom of the lake. [Those were the days, children, before effective computer animation.] So Spieiberg had to rely on the music--the shark’s signature theme--because he couldn’t always show the shark itself. Liner note: "Not since Bernard Herrmann’s music to Alfred Hitchcock’s shower murder in Psycho had film music been so memorable."


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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