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A Soundtrack That’s Ready for Its Close-Up, 60 Years On

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Here’s a fun, surprise soundtrack coming out of the vaults. Counterpoint Records is releasing the first-ever CD of the original soundtrack to Sunset Boulevard, the 1950 Billy Wilder classic with Oscar-winning music from acclaimed composer Franz Waxman.

Sunset Boulevard was the fictional tale of Norma Desmond, a silent-film starlet whose time has long passed (played to perfection by Gloria Swanson). The noir tale sees Desmond meeting a struggling screenwriter (William Holden) and attempting to brighten her faded star in Hollywood. The film was a grand success, earning 11 Oscar nominations, including wins for its script, art direction and score. Its popularity remains, having been named the 12th greatest film of all time by the American Film Institute in 1998.

The original score had, until now, never been released on CD; a 2002 disc from Varese Sarabande featured a well-done re-recording by Joel McNeely and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra. But this set from Counterpoint (what seems to be a newer label – if that’s the case, what a first release!) includes all of the surviving elements of Waxman’s original score (an estimated two-thirds of what is heard in the film) alongside a handful of bonus tracks, including source cues and an unused song from the film, “The Paramount-Don’t-Want-Me Blues,” newly recorded for this release.

You can pre-order this piece of film history through Screen Archives; the title is expected in late November. There’s also going to be a nice listening session happening at 9 p.m. this Saturday, November 13, on radio station 105.9 WQXR-FM in New York. Movies on the Radio host David Garland will present the score and interview John W. Waxman, son of the composer.

View the track list after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 11, 2010 at 13:37

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

In Case You Missed It: The Best Concert Ever?

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The Second Disc very rarely covers “new” releases, even if they’re newer releases by vintage artists. But when our good friend Eric Luecking of Record Racks (a darn good site if I say so myself) reminded me a few days ago of the recently-released Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert DVD, it seemed alright to break that unofficial embargo of “new” stuff.

In case you missed this when it was released on September 28, The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts is a three-DVD (or double Blu-Ray) set features footage from two historic concerts held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden on October 29-30, 2009. The best of the sets were broadcast on HBO; that entire special is here along with a whole host of bonus performances – some five hours of music altogether.

And who was there? Maybe it’s best to list who wasn’t there. Performances included the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, U2, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Metallica, Jeff Beck and a whole lot more. There are surprise guests, surprise collaborations and enough good old-fashioned rock and roll to satiate even the stuffiest of music fans.

So if you’ve got a friend or family member who would flip for this for Christmas, make sure it’s in their stocking. You definitely won’t regret it. A full list of the performances on the discs is after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 11, 2010 at 12:30

Posted in Compilations, DVD, News

A Sweet “Entreat” on Vinyl

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MusicTAP reports that Rhino is releasing Entreat Plus by The Cure on double vinyl next year.

Entreat Plus was the third disc of this year’s expansive reissue of landmark album Disintegration (1989). It’s a live document of the ensuing Prayer Tour, recorded at Wembley Stadium in London in July of 1989. It was released in Europe as a promotional CD, but never saw a release Stateside until this year – at which point it was remixed and expanded to include live versions of all 12 songs on the original album.

Entreat Plus is the first Disintegration bonus material to see a vinyl release. Look for it January 11. The track list is after the jump.

The Cure, Entreat Plus (Elektra/Rhino, 2011)

  1. Plainsong
  2. Pictures of You
  3. Closedown
  4. Lovesong
  5. Last Dance
  6. Lullaby
  7. Fascination Street
  8. Prayers for Rain
  9. The Same Deep Water as You
  10. Disintegration
  11. Homesick
  12. Untitled

Tracks 2-3, 5, 7-8 and 10-12 originally released as Entreat (Fiction FIX 14 (Europe-only), 1989)
Tracks 8 and 10 also released on “Pictures of You” U.K. 12″ single (Fiction FICXB 34, 1990)
Tracks 11-12 also released on “Lullaby” U.S. 12″ single (Elektra 0-66664, 1989)
All tracks later released on Disintegration: Deluxe Edition (Elektra/Fiction/Rhino R2 523449, 2010)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 11, 2010 at 11:10

Posted in News, Reissues, The Cure, Vinyl

A Reissue Worth 1000 Points and a 1-UP Mushroom

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In September, The Second Disc did a Reissue Theory commemorating the early music of the Super Mario Bros. series for the video game franchise’s 25th anniversary. In the post, we mentioned a new compilation of Mario music that was, at the time, exclusive only to Nintendo’s native Japan. Now, we can report, that compilation is coming to America in time for Christmas.

It’s not just a soundtrack, of course. Nintendo is releasing a special deluxe game package for the Nintendo Wii. It will include a game disc featuring Super Mario All-Stars, the 1993 Super Nintendo game featuring 16-bit updates of Super Mario Bros. (1985), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1990) and the Japanese-only Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in that country as SMB 2 in 1986). It will also feature a special Super Mario history booklet featuring rare artwork and images and interviews with Mario developers, and a bonus CD of music from various Mario games from 1985 to the present.

The set is due out on December 12 and will retail for about $29.99. Thanks to this fun little interview with three Mario composers on Nintendo’s Web site, we can also provide the track list. Read it after the jump (bad Mario pun, I know).

(Special thanks to loyal reader Dee S. for the tip!)

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Written by Mike Duquette

November 11, 2010 at 10:09