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jimtranr 05-04-2021 05:53 PM

Rip of a La La Land two-CD set reissue containing the complete James Horner-scored soundtrack. The original 1983 CD contained eight tracks; the La La Land set, 23. Both used the same source tapes, but the La La Land set sounds slightly more open and dimensional.

The score is written in the distinctive idiom Horner introduced with Battle Beyond the Stars, Brainstorm, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

jimtranr 05-06-2021 08:19 PM

Rip of a Varese Sarabande CD containing the full jazz-infused score by Alex North, conducted by Jerry Goldsmith with the National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sumptuous sonics underpin the score's seductively snaky ambiance.

jimtranr 05-09-2021 07:05 PM

Rip of Promethus Records' 3-CD set of Dmitri Tiomkin's full score for the 1960 John Wayne-directed The Alamo, with Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Originally screened at 192 minutes, the film's roadshow version was cut to 152 minutes, and a re-release to 140. Each cut devoured a commensurate amount of Tiomkin's score left on the cutting-room floor, on top of which Columbia's original soundtrack recording contained only 30 minutes of the music.

The Prometheus release contains everything Tiomkin wrote for the film, including alternate versions of scene cues and bonus tracks, all of it in excellent sonics that punch hard in the troop massing and combat scenes.

As I've noticed in other Tiomkin scores, more than a whiff of Rachmaninoff ambiance is not hard to detect in various passages, perhaps not surprising given that the composer was originally a St. Petersburg Conservatory student studying to become a concert pianist.

jimtranr 05-11-2021 05:08 PM

Varese Sarabande single-CD release of all the surviving original stereo track masters of Alex North's 1960 soundtrack, plus some bonus tracks, of the Stanley Kubrick-directed Kirk Douglas epic.

Unlike North's later notorious "collaboration" with the same director on 2001: A Space Odyssey, this one went reasonably well. i.e., without Kubrick going out of his way to blindside the composer.

The North-conducted score is well-performed. The recroded acoustic is somewhat dry, not atypical of any number of that era's soundtracks, though it may to some degree also reflect the aging of the master tapes.

jimtranr 05-12-2021 05:22 PM

A 24/96 download (via HD Tracks) of a stereo re-recording of Miklos Rozsa's score for 1952's Ivanhoe, with film composer Bruce Broughton (Silverado, Tombstone) conducting the Sinfonia of London. It's a 2020 remastering of an Intrada 1995 recorded-in-24-bit CD release and exhibits a tad more foundational heft and three-dimensional presence than that earlier CD iteration.

jimtranr 05-16-2021 01:40 PM

A Quartet Records limited-edition 2-CD set of John Addison's full score and the originally-released soundtrack of 1976's half-serious, half tongue-in-cheek homage to the pirate films of the 1920's and 1930's, Swashbuckler, starring Robert Shaw, James Earl Jones, Genevieve Bujold, and Peter Boyle.

A remastered set using the surviving three-track masters where possible for the full-score presentation. Conducted by the composer (who also scored, among others, A Bridge Too Far, Sleuth, Tom Jones, and The Seven Percent Solution). Excellent sonics.

jimtranr 10-07-2021 09:10 PM

CD rip of La-La Land's newly-remastered two-disc edition of James Horner's score for the 1982 film based on the original three-track digital-to-analog audio masters. This is a full-score release featuring 21 tracks instead of the nine that appeared on the original Atlantic LP and GNP CD. Disc 1 contains the full score, Disc 2 the original soundtrack version plus alternate unused or unreleased tracks.

Sound quality is demonstrably better than the original vinyl or CD releases (I have both). But equally valuable is the small-print 21-page program booklet that explains why the then-28-year-old Horner was selected for the project and, in detail, his scoring decisions and how they were intended to illuminate a given scene.

Highly recommended if the genre floats your boat.

jimtranr 10-17-2021 08:35 PM

A brand-new Intrada reissue of two 1962 film scores composed and conducted by Elmer Bernstein on a single CD I've ripped to FLAC.

The differing subject matter of the two films results in two markedly different scores. To Kill A Mockingbird is on the whole one I'd characterize as contemplative (though a couple of ostinato-punctuated tracks remind me of Bernstein's 1960 go at The Magnificent Seven).

Walk on the Wild Side is largely jazzy slinky, reflecting its New Orleans bordello-tragic setting and reminiscent, though not derivative, of the composer's score for 1955's The Man with the Golden Arm.

Reportedly sourced from the original first-generation stereo masters.

Masterlu 10-18-2021 08:03 PM

Hans Zimmer - No Time To Die

jimtranr 10-18-2021 11:03 PM

Rip of a limited-release "deluxe edition" Varese Sarabande CD of one of Jerry Goldsmith's final scores.

The original 2001 CD release consisted of 35 minutes of music. This edition contains 64 minutes and includes a track of outtakes from the composer-conducted recording sessions.

A punchy thriller score exhibiting the excellent sonics I've come to expect from Goldsmith's longtime recording collaborator Bruce Botnick at the mixing console.

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