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Soundtrack Round-Up: Reissues and Premieres from Varese, Intrada and More

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Why should La-La Land and Intrada/Disney have all the fun? We’ve got five new soundtrack catalogue titles for your perusal from Varese Sarabande, Intrada and BSX Records. The wares range from the golden age of film composition (with two heavyweights of the film score world collaborating on a special score restored as a strictly limited title) to an underrated gem of a horror soundtrack from last year.

Varese Sarabande released two intriguing limited edition titles for release in the wee hours of Monday morning. First up, continuing on a theme for the label in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bernard Herrmann’s birth, a double-disc, complete presentation of the score to The Egyptian, a 1954 20th Century-Fox epic with a score divided between Herrmann and legendary Fox composer Alfred Newman. This sweeping score is presented in its entirety (with alternate cues, too) for the first time anywhere, sourced from newly-discovered original masters. (A generous single-disc presentation was released by Film Score Monthly a decade ago.) Act fast: it’s limited to just 1,500 copies.

Next up for Varese Sarabande is the score to Devil. Though the suspense flick was likely damaged at the box office thanks to the shrinking goodwill against the film’s producer, M. Night Shyamalan, horror aficionados were taken by the stirring music from relative newcomer Fernando Velasquez (who composed the music to 2007’s The Orphanage). This special soundtrack CD is even more limited than The Egyptian, at just 1,000 units.

Intrada stunned everyone with the great release of Up weeks ago (a review from both myself and Joe is forthcoming). But don’t think they haven’t got time for the little premieres anymore. The label’s new releases this week are Deja Vu, a supernatural 1985 horror film with a killer score composed by Pino Donaggio of Carrie and Don’t Look Now fame, and a two-fer from Fox: House on Telegraph Hill, a brassy noir score from Sol Kaplan, and Ten North Frederick, a bittersweet, heavily thematic score by Leigh Harline to a 1958 drama that starred Gary Cooper. Each disc is limited to 1,000 copies.

Finally, the underappreciated BSX label does a new reissue of Battle Beyond the Stars, the 1980 cult-classic sci-fi flick produced by Roger Corman and featuring one of the first major scores from James Horner. While the original soundtrack album is no stranger to CD (and not likely to be expanded – apparently Horner is not too fond of the final product), this disc adds two bonus tracks (including an arrangement of themes performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra) and a host of original sound effect tracks from the film. This set is also limited at 1,000 copies.

Track lists and order pages from each label are available after the jump.

Alfred Newman and Bernard Herrmann, The Egyptian: The Deluxe Edition (Varese Sarabande VCL 0711 1123, 2011 – original film released 1954)

Disc 1

  1. Prelude *
  2. The Ruins *
  3. The Red Sea and Childhood *
  4. The Nile and the Temple *
  5. Crocodile Inn/Thebes **
  6. Her Name Was Merit **
  7. Death of Pharaoh **
  8. Chant for Dead Pharaoh **
  9. The Chariot Ride/Pursuit *
  10. Akhnaton (The One Deity) **
  11. Put Them in Chains/The Throne Room **
  12. The Throne Room Part 2 **
  13. Taia *
  14. Nubian Drums **
  15. Party’s End *
  16. Nefer Nefer Nefer *
  17. Kaptah’s Dilemma/The Garden **
  18. The Offering *
  19. The Harp Player *
  20. The Bracelet and the Helmet *
  21. The Rebuke *
  22. The Deed *
  23. The Harp and Couch *
  24. The Perfection of Love *
  25. Violence *
  26. The House of the Dead *
  27. The Burial *
  28. Valley of the Kings (Sinuhe) **
  29. Valley of the Kings Part 2 **

Disc 2

  1. The Homecoming *
  2. Hymn to Aton **
  3. Nefer’s Return **
  4. Nefer’s Farewell *
  5. Sights, Sounds and Smells **
  6. You’ve Been in My Prayers/Kaptah **
  7. Live for Our Son **
  8. Am I Mad? **
  9. The Princess *
  10. The True Pharaoh *
  11. The Tomb *
  12. The Proof/The Holy War *
  13. Danse Macabre *
  14. The Death of Merit **
  15. The Death Potion *
  16. Death of Akhnaton **
  17. I Am Pharaoh/Horemheb’s Victorious Entrance **
  18. The New Pharaoh **
  19. Exile and Death **
  20. The Nile and the Temple (Alternate) *
  21. The Garden (Alternate) **
  22. The Bracelet and the Helmet (Alternate) *
  23. Danse Macabre (Alternate) *
  24. The Death of Merit (Alternate) **
  25. Exile and Death (Alternate) **

Disc 1, Tracks 1-2, 5, 8-11, 13, 15, 18-19 and 22-28 and Disc 2, Tracks 1-2, 4-11, 13-17 and 19 previously released in part as Film Score Monthly Vol. 4, No. 5, 2001. All other tracks previously unreleased.

* denotes track composed by Bernard Herrmann. ** denotes track composed by Alfred Newman.

Fernando Velasquez, Devil: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Varese Sarabande 302 064 209-2, 2011)

  1. Devil
  2. The City
  3. Rosary
  4. Broken Glass
  5. Jesus in a Pancake
  6. Jellytoast
  7. Firetruck
  8. The Mechanic
  9. Blood on the Ceiling
  10. Hanging
  11. The Person Closest to You
  12. Twist
  13. The Accident
  14. Rescue
  15. Devil (Alternative Mix)

All tracks previously unreleased.

Pino Donaggio, Deja Vu: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Volume 175, 2011 – original film released 1985)

  1. Main Credits
  2. Modern Love Theme
  3. Greg’s Theme
  4. Ballet Reception
  5. Burning Book
  6. Max’s Theme
  7. Discovering Olga’s Apartment
  8. Olga’s Background
  9. Olga Discovers Locket/Olga’s Mysterious Theme No. 1
  10. Olga’s Hypnotizing Theme No. 1
  11. 1930’s Music – Restaurant
  12. Mysterious Phone Message/Greg’s Writing Theme
  13. Period Love Theme No. 1/Greg Receives Eleanor’s Letter
  14. Olga’s Mysterious Theme No. 2
  15. Maggie Attacked by Max/Max Impaled on Railings
  16. Maggie Explains Happening
  17. Olga’s Hypnotizing Theme No. 2
  18. Period Love Theme No. 2
  19. Michael and Brooke at Photo Call
  20. Period Love Theme (Variations)/Olga’s Hypnotizing Theme No. 3
  21. Nightmare Music No. 1
  22. Greg’s Piano Solo
  23. Olga’s Strange Theme/Car Drives Up to Olga’s
  24. Period Love Theme No. 3
  25. Nightmare Music No. 2
  26. Greg’s Solitary Look at Maggie on Bed/Greg Panicked by Maggie’s
  27. Disappearance/Nightmare Music No. 3
  28. Paris Theme (with Original Intro)
  29. Ballet Score Finale/Mysterious Freeze Frame – End Credits
  30. Paris Theme (with Revised Intro)

Sol Kaplan and Leigh Harline, House on Telegraph Hill / Ten North Frederick (Intrada Special Collection Volume 175, 2011 – original films released 1951/1958)

  1. House on Telegraph Hill
  2. Poland
  3. Karin
  4. Proposal
  5. Fear of the Past
  6. Aunt Sophie
  7. The Playhouse
  8. Annoyance
  9. Threat
  10. Questions/Karin’s Wild Ride
  11. Nocturnal Exercise
  12. Karin and Marc
  13. The Album
  14. Cold Comfort
  15. The House
  16. Poison
  17. Stay Awake
  18. Finale
  19. Ten North Frederick
  20. Remember
  21. Darling Daughter
  22. Anne’s Heartbreak (Interpolates “Sweet and Lovely”)
  23. Joe and Kate
  24. Mountain Idyll
  25. Visitor
  26. The Parting
  27. Finale

Tracks 1-18 from House on Telegraph Hill – composed by Sol Kaplan. Tracks 19-27 from Ten North Frederick – composed by Leigh Harline. All tracks on both Intrada releases are previously unreleased.

James Horner, Battle Beyond the Stars: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (BSX Records BSXCD8888, 2011 – original film released 1980)

  1. Main Title
  2. Malmori Rear Guard
  3. Love Theme
  4. Cowboy and the Jackers
  5. Nanelia’s Capture
  6. The Hunter
  7. Nanelia
  8. The Battle Begins
  9. The Maze Battle
  10. Gelt’s Death
  11. Nanelia and Shad
  12. Heading for Sador
  13. Cowboy’s Attack
  14. Shad’s Pursuit
  15. Destruction of Hammerhead
  16. Epilogue and End Title
  17. Gelt’s Chamber – composed by Alan Howarth
  18. Command Ship Radio Chatter
  19. Drone Chatter #1
  20. Drone Chatter #2
  21. Drone Chatter #3
  22. Drone Chatter #4
  23. Drone Chatter #6
  24. Drone Chatter #7
  25. Drone Chatter #8
  26. Drone Chatter #9
  27. Drone Chatter #10
  28. Drone Chatter #11
  29. Drone Chatter #12
  30. Drone Chatter #13
  31. Drone Chatter #14
  32. Laser Artillery #1
  33. Laser Artillery #2
  34. Laser Artillery #3
  35. Laser Artillery #4
  36. Stereo Fly-Bys
  37. Pass-Bys with Vocoder
  38. Hammerhead Low Rumble
  39. Nell Cave Launch – 1st Stage
  40. Nell Cave Launch – 2nd Stage
  41. Nell Cave Launch – 3rd Stage
  42. Nell Fly Away
  43. Nell Engine Build-Up
  44. Nell Exterior Fly-By
  45. Nell Maneuvering Thrusters
  46. Bad Guy Lasers
  47. Telemetry #1
  48. Laser Blast
  49. Sonic Tank Short Blast
  50. Sonic Tank Long Blast
  51. Drone Chatter #5 (Long Live Lord Sador)
  52. Theme from “Battle Beyond the Stars” – Nic Raine with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

Tracks 1-16 released as Rhino LP RNSP-300, 1980 – later released on CD as part of GNP Crescendo GNPD-8075, 2001. All tracks composed by James Horner.
Tracks 17-51 previously unreleased – composed by Alan Howarth.
Track 52 originally released on The Music of James Horner Performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra – Silva Screen SILCD-1351, 2011

Written by Mike Duquette

July 12, 2011 at 10:12

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

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