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July 12, 2005

The summer movie season is upon us, so it's time to check out some of the new soundtrack releases.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Soap Hospital Self Stevens and Grdnic Dr. John tries to look at Nurse Jennifer without getting slapped.
Maybe Tomorrow Crash (OS 2005) The Stereophonics The film is about a mixed bag of LA residents who all "crash" into each other – literally and figuratively. The soundtrack is by Mark Isham; this closing number is by Kelly Jones
In the Deep Crash (OS 2005) Bird York York's web site describes this as the theme song for Crash. It's from her CD The Velvet Hour.
Hostage Hostage (OS 2005) Orchestra conducted by Alexandre Desplat Hostage is a straightforward action film with Bruce Willis as a former hostage negotiator – now police chief of a small California town – who finds himself dealing with another hostage crisis, this time involving his wife and daughter. The score is by French composer Alexandre Desplat. It appears to be his first for an English-language film.
Anakin Vs Obi-Wan Star Wars, Episode III (OS 2005) London Symphony Orchestra and London Voices conducted by John Williams Anakin Skywalker has a showdown with his former mentor, thus taking another step down the path towards the Dark Side of the Force.
The Ferry Scene War of the Worlds (OS 2005) Orchestra conducted by John Williams Here's yet another summer blockbuster with yet another score by John Williams, this time for Steven Spielberg. Like the Martians, he's everywhere!
Dry Your Tears Afrika Music from the films of Steven Spielberg City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Couch End Festival Chorus conducted by Paul Bateman It's Williams and Spielberg again, this time with music from the 1997 film Amistad. Williams is, as you might expect, well represented on this album of music from over 30 years of Spielberg movies.
The Sugarland Express - Main Title Music from the films of Steven Spielberg City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman This, at least, doesn't sound like most of Williams' other scores. This 1974 film was Spielberg's second and starred Goldie Hawn and Ben Johnson.
First Witness News Self Stevens and Grdnic The First Witness News Team is there first, which is most of the problem.
The Third Man – The Harry Lime Theme The Incredible Film Music Box Gertrud Huber, zither Like Silva Screen's Cinema Century collection from a few years back, this is a four-disc retrospective of music from box-office hits from 1939 to the present. This number for solo zither is from Anton Karas' score for Carol Reed's 1949 film noir that starred Orson Welles as the elusive Harry Lime. The theme became a top-40 hit and the movie spawned a TV series.
Vertigo – Prelude The Incredible Film Music Box City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman Bernard Herrmann's music for this noir-ish 1958 Hitchcock thriller uses plucked strings and dissonant brass to convey the unstable mental state of the film's protagonists.
Lawrence Of Arabia – Overture The Incredible Film Music Box City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine We move out of the dark and into the desert light with Maurice Jarre's score for David Lean's 1962 epic about T.E. Lawrence.
Get Carter – Mail Title The Incredible Film Music Box Gareth Williams Roy Budd's minimalist main title combines jazz elements with industrial sounds – very appropriate for this grim 1971 crime movie about a hit man (Michael Caine) tracking down his brother's killer.
Onion Radio News 38 The Onion's Finest News Reporting Doyle Redland New Cereal for the Poor Stays Crunchy In Water. Who says corporate America doesn't care?
Mission Accomplished GOP Party Monsters, Vol. 1 Wayne Lammers and Pete Levin "When did the mission get lost in the bull / And turn into Mission Impossible?" I can hazard a guess.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Suite The Incredible Film Music Box City of Prague Philharmonic and Couch End Festival Chorus conducted by Nic Raine This quick tour of Klaus Badelt's score for Disney's 2003 tongue-in-cheek swashbuckler packs about as much variety as in humanly possible into its brief (7:33) time span.
The Shootist – Main title The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine In his last film (from 1976), John Wayne plays a legendary gunfighter who is dying from cancer but can't escape his reputation. Wayne died of lung cancer June 11th, 1979.
Our Lady with the Torch TV or Not TV Proctor and Bergman "Send us your tires, your power, your rusted chassis turning to debris – and we'll bill ya later."
Shim-Me-Sha-Wobble Cinderella Man (OS 2005) Miff Mole and his Molers Miff Mole and his Molers was a pseudonym for Red Nichols' Five Pennies. They used this name when recording for the Okeh label. This track dates from July of 1928.
Tillie's Downtown Now Cinderella Man (OS 2005) Bud Freeman and his Windy City Five Tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman was a member of a group of young white Chicago jazz musicians known as the Austin High School Gang. This was probably recorded in 1927 or thereabouts.
We've Got to Put That Sun Back in the Sky Cinderella Man (OS 2005) Roane's Pennsylvanians This Irving Kahal / Joseph Mayer number dates from 1932 - the depths of the Depression.
Cheer Up! Smile! Nertz! Cinderella Man (OS 2005) Eddie Cantor with Phil Spittalny's Music This Depression-era number was obviously written as a reaction to period songs like "On the Good Ship Lollipop", "Happy Days are Here Again" and, for that matter, "We've Got to Put That Sun Back in the Sky".
The Incredibles – Overture (Road Trip / the Glory Days) The Incredible Film Music Box City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine Michael Giacchino provided the score for this 2004 animated hit about a family of super-heroes and their geeky nemesis.
Walk On The Wild Side – Main Title The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bill Ashton This 1962 crime film stars Laurence Harvey as a drifter who runs afoul of bordello owner Barbara Stanwyck. The score is appropriately jazzy.
Mr. Wizard and Timmy Retail Comedy at Wholesale Prices Stevens and Grdnic Timmny knocks over the model brain case and tries some of Mr. Wizard's funny pills, with dire results.
Johnny Staccato – Main Theme The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection Daniel Caine Orchestra conducted by Daniel Caine Johnny Staccato was a 1959 TV series that starred John Cassavetes as a jazz pianist moonlighting as a hard-boiled detective.
The Man with the Golden Arm – Main Theme The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bill Ashton An abbreviated version of this driving big-band-style theme for Otto Preminger's 1955 film about drug addiction among musicians was a top 40 hit. The film starred Frank Sinatra as the junkie title character.
Touch of Evil – Main Title The Incredible Film Music Box National Youth Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bill Ashton Henry Mancini wrote the jazz score for this 1959 Orson Welles film noir about corruption in a Mexican border town. The studio butchered it in its initial release, but it was reconstructed according to Welles' notes in 1998. The film is famous for, among other things, its 10-minute opening shot, in which the camera moves through most of the town in one uninterrupted take.


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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