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August 18, 2004

Some cool soundtrack recordings for a hot summer night.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Thunderbirds are Go! Thunderbirds (OS 2004) Orchestra conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith Hans Zimmer provides the score for this live-action film version of the 1960s sci-fi/adventure series Thunderbirds, in which all the characters were portrayed by marionettes.
The Hood Thunderbirds (OS 2004) Orchestra conducted by Nick Glennie-Smith The Hood is the Thunderbirds' arch-enemy from the original TV series. Here he's played by Ben Kingsley.
Century 21 March Thunderbirds 2 (2004) Studio orchestra conducted by Barry Gray This is the second volume of music from the original TV series. The show has inexplicably developed a cult following over the years.
Dangerous Game Thunderbirds 2 (2004) Barry Gray, piano; studio orchestra conducted by Barry Gray Veteran film and TV composer Barry Gray composed the music for this and other Gerry and Sylvia Anderson shows. The Andersons were also responsible for other kid shows like Supercar as well as the unintentionally funny adult sci-fi drama Space: 1999. My opinions aside, however, the Andersons and their creations are still "cool" to some folks.
Those We Don't Speak Of The Village (OS 2004) Hilary Hahn, violin; Hollywood Studio Symphony conducted by Pete Anthony James Newton Howard composed the score for this latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs). The plot concerns a village that lives in an uneasy truce with a mysterious force that lives in the surrounding woods. Shyamalan was considered a pretty "cool" director after Sixth Sense, but critical reaction to subsequent films has been - well - cool (and unjustifiably so, IMO).
Sarabande Reel Chill (2004) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman From the score for the 1975 Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon, the piece is by Handel and is actually a set of variations on "La Folia" – a 16th-century tune which has been a popular variation subject for composers from Bach to the present day. The tune even has its own web site!.
Into the West Reel Chill (2004) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine From Howard Shore's score for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the accompanies the scene in which Bilbo and the last of the Elves depart from The Gray Havens. Reel Chill is a 2-disc set described as a cinematic chill-out album; it's on Silva Screen.
Cool West Side Story (OS 1961) Tucker Smith, Company This is from a newly re-relased, digitally remastered version of the soundtrack (with bonus tracks, of course). Riff and the Jets try to keep “cool” after the deadly rumble with the Sharks. Don't recognize Tucker Smith's name? That's because he did the singing for Russ Tamblyn, who played Riff.


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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