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La La Land’s Year-End Releases Are a Really Big Deal

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It’s not Hook, but La La Land Records has another title of John Williams’ from the same part of the alphabet in their last batch, as well as several other hotly-requested titles from some of the most beloved composers of the modern age.

A full rundown is after the jump!The final four titles delivered by the film score label are two that were previously promised – the premiere release of James Horner’s score to Jade (1995) and an expanded presentation of Danny Elfman’s music to Batman Returns (1992) – and two delightful surprises: Jerry Goldsmith’s music to Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) and John Williams’ Home Alone (1990).

Jade (1995) was an erotic crime thriller directed by William Friedkin and written by Joe Eszterhas (just before his goodwill in Hollywood waned with the release of Showgirls). Horner turned in an Asian-influenced score that proved to be a strong entry in an already strong year for the composer (he also wrote scores for Apollo 13, Braveheart and Jumanji, among others, that same year). Its premiere on CD includes source cues and unused music, and the set includes liner notes by LLL contributor Daniel Schweiger featuring commentary from Friedkin. This title is limited to 3,000 copies.

In the summer of 1992, it was Christmas time in Gotham City. Batman Returns saw Michael Keaton return as The Dark Knight under the continued direction of Tim Burton. His foes this time out were a mousy secretary turned slinky Catwoman (Michelle Pfieffer) and a deformed, sewer-dwelling monstrosity known as The Penguin (Danny DeVito), not to mention a tycoon (Christopher Walken) who used them both as pawns. Elfman’s score repeated the classic Batman theme written for the 1989 film (and so wonderfully presented on La La Land’s expansion of that first film earlier this summer) while adding new ideas for chorus and strings. This release, a two-disc affair, not only adds music missing from the film and alternate cues but presents the music in a much better way than the original soundtrack did (long cues were often indexed into two tracks, making shuffle play a nightmare). The set also includes Siouxsie and The Banshee’s pop theme “Face to Face.” Returns is limited to 3,500 copies.

What a good year for Trekkies! Film Score Monthly expanded both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) in delightfully unlimited presentations, while Varese Sarabande’s deluxe edition of the score to the 2009 Star Trek reboot was a sell-out. Expect similar returns for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, a film not known for its quality within the series (it was awkwardly directed by Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner) but featuring a great original score by Goldsmith, who composed the music for the first Trek film in 1979. This set, co-produced by FSM head Lukas Kendall, follows the same format as the Trek II and III expansions, keeping the complete score on one disc and the original soundtrack album and bonus cues on the other disc. With 5,000 copies to sell, it’ll hopefully stick around for a bit (no promises, though).

Finally, for its 20th anniversary, La La Land expands the score to Home Alone, the John Hughes-penned comedy hit about a resourceful kid accidentally left behind when his family travels abroad for Christmas. Not only does Kevin McCalister (a star-making turn by Macaulay Culkin) learn to live on his own, but he also stops a dopey pair of burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) from robbing his house. Williams wrote a score that had its moments of cartoon dread (one writer has compared the opening theme to a horror version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker) but also brilliant, modern-day additions to the Christmas carol canon including “Somewhere in My Memory” and “Star of Bethlehem,” both featuring lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. While this is the only title that won’t replace the original on fans’ shelves (several pop carols, including The Drifters’ take on “White Christmas” and a stunning rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Mel Tormé, were not licensed for this set), the disc is nearly filled to capacity, with unreleased cues and alternate material. This 3,500 copy run will be a great treat for fans of Christmas music.

Remember, all of these sets will be ready to order at La La Land’s official site on Tuesday, November 30 between noon and 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Without further ado, the track lists:

James Horner, Jade: Limited Edition (La La Land Records LLLCD 1146, 2010 – original film released 1995)

  1. Main Title/The Murder Scene/Drive to the Airport
  2. Walk to the Governor’s Office/Katrina Gets Matt’s Flowers *
  3. Flight to Pacifica/Walk Into Chinatown/Chinese Opera Chase
  4. Car Flip/Second Trip to Pacifica
  5. Matt Gets Turned On *
  6. Stalking Patrice *
  7. Pier Pressure/Governor’s Boy Visits
  8. Home Video #2
  9. Piece of the Puzzle/Katrina in Park House *
  10. Hargrove Dies/Final Surveillance **
  11. Chinese Parade Sequence (Traditional)
  12. Purple Bamboo (Traditional)
  13. Step By Step Up (Traditional)
  14. Le Sacre du Printemps (Excerpt from Le Sacre du Printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Action Rituelle des Ancêtres composed by Igor Stravinsky) – The London Philharmonic Orchestra/Kent Nagano
  15. The Mystic’s Dream – Loreena McKennitt

All tracks previously unreleased. * denotes track with different version contained in film. ** denotes track not contained in film.

Danny Elfman, Batman Returns: Limited Edition (La La Land Records LLLCD 1153, 2010 – original film released 1992)

Disc 1

  1. Birth of a Penguin/Main Title
  2. Penguin Spies *
  3. Shadow of Doom */Clown Attack */Introducing the Bat **
  4. Intro */The Zoo **/The Lair
  5. Caught in the Act */Uh-Oh Max *
  6. Kitty Party */Selina Transforms **
  7. Penguin’s Grand Deed *
  8. The List Begins *
  9. The Cemetery
  10. Catwoman Saves Joan */The New Woman *
  11. Penguin’s Surprise
  12. Bad, Bad Dog **/Batman vs. Circus/Selina’s Shopping Spree **
  13. Cat Chase **
  14. Candidate Cobblepot *
  15. The Plan */Kidnapping *
  16. Sore Spots/Batman’s Closet *
  17. The Plot Unfolds *
  18. Roof Top Encounters **
  19. Batman’s Wild Ride **
  20. Fall from Grace **
  21. Revealed */Party Crasher *

Disc 2

  1. Umbrella Source/The Children’s Hour/War **
  2. Final Confrontation **/Finale
  3. A Shadow of Doubt **/End Credits **
  4. Face to Face – Siouxsie and The Banshees
  5. The Zoo (Alternate) **
  6. The List Begins (Alternate) *
  7. Cat Chase (Alternate Ending) **
  8. Roof Top Encounters (Original) **
  9. Fall from Grace (Alternate Ending) **
  10. The Lair (Part I)
  11. The Lair (Part II)
  12. Selina Transforms (Part I)
  13. Selina Transforms (Part II)
  14. Batman vs. The Circus
  15. Cat Suite
  16. A Shadow of a Doubt (Alternate) **/End Credits (Alternate)
  17. Super Freak (Source) *

* denotes previously unreleased track. ** denotes track with previously unreleased material. All other tracks released on original soundtrack (Warner Bros. Records 9 26972-2, 1992).

Jerry Goldsmith, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Limited Edition (La La Land Records LLLCD 1157, 2010 – original film released 1989)

Disc 1: Original Score

  1. Nimbus III
  2. The Mind-Meld
  3. The Mountain (Main Title) *
  4. The Big Drop
  5. Raid on Paradise
  6. Not Alone
  7. Target Practice
  8. A Tall Ship
  9. Plot Course
  10. No Harm
  11. Approaching Nimbus III
  12. Open the Gates
  13. Well Done
  14. Without Help
  15. Pick It Up
  16. No Authority
  17. It Exists
  18. Free Minds
  19. The Birth
  20. The Barrier *
  21. A Busy Man
  22. An Angry God
  23. Let’s Get Out of Here (Part 1)
  24. Let’s Get Out of Here (part 2)
  25. Cosmic Thoughts
  26. Life is a Dream (End Credits) *

Disc 2: Original Soundtrack LP and additional material

  1. The Mountain *
  2. The Barrier *
  3. Without Help
  4. A Busy Man
  5. Open the Gates
  6. An Angry God
  7. Let’s Get Out of Here
  8. Free Minds
  9. Life is a Dream *
  10. The Moon’s a Window to Heaven – Hiroshima
  11. The Mountain (Main Title) (Alternate) *
  12. A Busy Man (Alternate)
  13. Paradise Saloon (Source)
  14. The Moon’s a Window to Heaven (Film Version)
  15. Vulcan Song/Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Instrumental Source)
  16. Synclavier Effects

Disc 2, Tracks 1-10 released as Epic LP SE 45267, 1989. All other tracks previously unreleased. * denotes track which contains original Star Trek theme written by Alexander Courage.

John Williams, Home Alone: Limited Edition (La La Land Records LLLCD 1158, 2010 – original film released 1990)

  1. Somewhere in My Memory (with Chorus & Orchestra)
  2. Star of Bethlehem (Orchestral Version)
  3. Home Alone (Main Theme)
  4. Go Pack Your Suitcase/ Introducing Marley/In Good Hands *
  5. Banished to the Attic
  6. We Slept In/Hard Count *
  7. Making the Plane
  8. The Basement
  9. Target Practice/Sledding on the Stairs **
  10. Lights On/Guess Who’s Home/Paris Arrival *
  11. The Man of the House/Police Check **
  12. The Bookshelf
  13. Phone Machine/Drug Store/Escape Across the Ice **
  14. Follow That Kid!
  15. Listening to Carson *
  16. Cleaning Clothes/Kitchen *
  17. Scammed by a Kindergartner
  18. Walking Home (Somewhere in My Memory)
  19. O Holy Night (Chorus & Orchestra)
  20. Star of Bethlehem (with Children’s Chorus)
  21. Carol of the Bells (Chorus & Orchestra)
  22. Setting the Trap
  23. The Attack Begins
  24. Marv Enters the Basement/A Hot Hand/Sore Head *
  25. Paint Cans
  26. Clothesline Trapeze/Marley to the Rescue **
  27. The Next Morning/Mom Returns/Finale
  28. We Wish You a Merry Christmas/End Title (Somewhere in My Memory)
  29. Walking Home (Without Chorus)
  30. Clothesline Trapeze (Film Version Insert) *
  31. Jingle Bells *
  32. Christmas Carol Medley *
  33. Finale (Alternate – O Holy Night) *
  34. We Wish You a Merry Christmas/End Title (Somewhere in My Memory) (Original Soundtrack Version)

* denotes previously unreleased track. ** denotes track with previously unreleased material. All other tracks previously released on original soundtrack LP (CBS Records SK 46595, 1990)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 26, 2010 at 10:43

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

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