CD Review: SHOOT TO KILL soundtrack (2,000 limited edition)

SHOOT TO KILL soundtrack | ©2011 Intrada Records

Between hearing the classically adventurous vine swinging of Tarzan in GREYSTOKE, vengefully playing Scott Glenn delivering a whole lot of whoop ass in the original MAN ON FIRE, capturing the fury when KING KONG LIVES or hearing the jazzy football ennui of NORTH DALLAS FORTY, the genteel John Scott has proven he certainly knows a thing or two about how to play macho attitudes and the great outdoors, Both factors would figure prominently in one of his most acclaimed Hollywood scores for 1988’s SHOOT TO KILL. Street-smart FBI agent Sidney Potier was the greenhorn when teamed with grizzled outdoorsman Tom […]Read On »


CD Review: WINNIE THE POOH soundtrack

WINNIE THE POOH soundtrack | ©2011 Walt Disney Records

The charm’s the thing as Disney makes a welcome return to the animated innocence of A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood with WINNIE THE POOH. Just because something’s as cute as a well-worn plush animal doesn’t mean that some new musical fluffies can’t be put into this tubby little cubby, especially when you’ve got Gen X darling Zooey Deschanel giving an enchanted new spin to The Sherman Brothers’ beloved theme song. The magic that the legendary Disney duo put into the tunes of Pooh (along with the likes of MARY POPPINS and THE JUNGLE BOOK) is wonderfully present in the house […]Read On »


CD Review: PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW soundtrack

PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW soundtrack | ©2011 Film Score Monthly

One of those great, groovy WTF early 70’s flicks, PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW cast randy Rock Hudson as a football coach-cum-guidance counselor, whom most of the high school is falling in the sack, couch and car with when they aren’t falling over dead. While penned by of no less than STAR TREK’s Gene Roddenberry for the erotic directorial vision of BARBARELLA’s Roger Vadim, the swinging feather in MAIDS’ cap was its score by Lalo Schifrin. A master of pop jazz whose rhythms had accompanied no small amount of sensual lady killing before, Schifrin’s hepness play humorously well into […]Read On »


CD review: WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER soundtrack

WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER soundtrack | ©2011 Movie Score Media

A very inquisitive eleven year-old with leukemia decides to go through his bucket list, a journey of discovery that proves to be musically enervating in the hands of Cesar Benito with the WAYS TO LIVE FOREVER  soundtrack. With styles that are understandably all over the place as his imagination runs wild, Benito enthusiastically conveys a thirst for rhythmic life instead of wallowing in the maudlin. Eccentric percussion, perky horn comedy and a gentle piano solos all contribute to a welcome sense of whimsy that doesn’t neglect the inevitable. And while the big symphonic moments arrive with Kleenex-grabbing flourish, much of […]Read On »


CD Review: BREAKDOWN soundtrack (3,000 limited edition)

BREAKDOWN soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

It’s not as if I could talk from the experience of being a film composer, let alone the skill to put two notes together in harmony. But from what I’ve witnessed, the job can be either one of the most elating, or soul-draining gigs on the creative planet. You either run in synch with the filmmaker as you give voice to their vision, or collide head-on when you don’t hear eye-to-eye. The latter’s a bumpy road that Hollywood euphemistically calls “artistic differences” – i.e. not giving a director (who can more often than not be a blistering tyrant) exactly what […]Read On »


CD Review: SUPER 8 original soundtrack

SUPER 8 soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Lots of monstrous bellowing accompanies SUPER 8, a film that sports what’s likely the most eagerly awaited Giacchino soundtrack to hit this month, especially for score fans who share the obvious movie geek love that J.J. Abrams’ put into his scary valentine to all 1970’s / 80’s things Spielberg and Amblin. Accompanying all of that director’s own production’s was the lushly adventurous music of John Williams, classic scores that could at once conjure a child’s wide-eyed wonderment towards the fantastic, then freak the bejesus out of them in the next. It’s a similar balancing act that Giacchino does here for […]Read On »


CD review: BLACK DEVIL DOLL original soundtrack

BLACK DEVIL DOLL soundtrack | ©2011 Rotten Cotton

It’s one thing to take off old school musical exploitation, but it’s another to actually get the groove down to the point where you think you’ve just stumbled upon some beat-up soundtrack LP found under the seat of a filth-encrusted grindhouse theater, circa 1975 Times Square. While Adrian Young perfectly nailed this Blaxploitation vibe for BLACK DYNAMITE, Giallos Flame’s score for the infinitely more sordid BLACK DEVIL DOLL goes way beyond the Afro rhythms to completely nail the sound of Italo horror. Of course, with a name like that, or a credit list that includes MURDER SET-PIECES, PSYCHO HOLOCAUST and […]Read On »


CD review: HORRIBLE BOSSES soundtrack

HORRIBLE BOSSES soundtrack | ©2011 Madison Gate Records

Whether you’re a suave con artist, a trash-talking teen, or a harassed member of the man cave, there’s no better way to strut your stuff than with balls-out music- whether the stylings are the retro Vegas swing of OCEANS 11, SUPERBAD’s 70’s Motown funk or the blues rock of HORRIBLE BOSSES. Where that film’s composer may have played it cleverly cute for HOP’s Easter bunny in his last comedy score, it’s all about R-rated rhythmic raunch for BOSSES. With a grooving dream team consisting of such musicians as The Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and frequent […]Read On »


CD Review: THE X-FILES: VOLUME ONE soundtrack (3,000 limited edition)

THE X-FILES: VOLUME ONE Soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

The term “whistling in the dark” took on a whole new meaning when Mark Snow’s cheerfully sinister main title theme first announced agents Mulder and Scully on the Fox channel in 1993. With its telltale vocalizations abetted by undulating, eerie percussion, Snow’s Emmy-nominated main title joined STAR TREK, LOST IN SPACE and THE BRADY BUNCH as one of the most instantly identifiable themes in television history. As the FILES’ premise upped the supernatural disbeliever premise of THE NIGHT STALKER (not to mention PROJECT U.F.O) by several, terrifying notches, Snow’s doom-ridden atmospheres was essential to making us believe over the course […]Read On »


CD Review: WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT / PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU soundtrack (1,000 edition)

WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT / PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU soundtrack |©2011 Quartet Records

After their superb release of THE KNACK, Quartet Records continues to go shagging in the ’60’s with this double-hander release of Burt Bacharach and Lalo Schifrin, both doing their swinging thing for the love revolution for WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT and its sequel PUSSYCAT, PUSSYCAT, I LOVE YOU. Where John Barry brought a fun, smooth jazz sophistication to Soho, these scores are all about pure, playful lechery. Next to turn Woody Allen into an unlikely woman killer with the aid of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass for CASINO ROYALE, Burt Bacharach is fully on his own for his first score […]Read On »

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