CD Review: PARADISE / CAN’T BUY ME LOVE soundtrack

PARADISE / CAN'T BUY ME LOVE soundtrack | ©2013 Intrada Records

As a soundtrack label particularly in love with unsung gems from the ’80s and ’90s with every release from JUDGEMENT NIGHT to FRIGHT NIGHT, Intrada’s busy release schedule often has a way of surprising fans of two decades when groovy keyboards met lush orchestras. Now a particularly nice two-fer arrives that demonstrates comedy-centric composers at their symphonically sweeping best – one soundtrack accompanying an outright drama, and the other helping to give melodic depth to a sweet pop morality fable. 1991’s PARADISE used the then-marriage of stars Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson to give extra emotional heft to a bereft […]Read On »

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CD Review: THERE BE DRAGONS soundtrack

THERE BE DRAGONS soundtrack | ©2012 Varese Sarabande Records

It’s no easy task scoring a movie as singularly over the top, in that romantic 1930’s kind of way as Roland Joffe’s THERE BE DRAGONS, a film whose overly passionate intentions managed to turn the Spanish Civil War into a soap opera. Even an accomplished musician can slip from the dramatic into the maudlin when given this kind of florid scope to accompany, as could be heard in the over-emphatic score by the film’s original composer Stephen Warbeck during DRAGON‘s brief theatrical run last year. Thankfully, the producers’ commitment to salvage one aspect of the film afterward turns out to […]Read On »

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