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Joel McNeely’s Score to “Squanto” Arrives From Intrada and Disney

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Intrada Records sure knows how to keep promises! 

We first reported on the film score label’s partnership with Walt Disney Records back on June 27 when the initial release in a series co-branded with Disney was announced.  That first Disney/Intrada release was Michael Giacchino’s Academy Award-winning score to Up (review here), and it was released simultaneously with John Scott’s score to the Touchstone picture Shoot to Kill, also from the Disney vaults under the Intrada Special Collection label.  More announcements were promised for August, and well, the first of those announcements (for the Intrada Special Collection series) has arrived.

Joel McNeely’s score to the 1994 Walt Disney Pictures release Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale is now available for order directly from Intrada in a limited edition of 1,500.  Squanto was director Xavier Koller’s retelling of the 17th century legend of the Native American Tisquantum, better known as Squanto (portrayed by Adam Beach).  Although once kidnapped by the British, Squanto assisted the Pilgrims after their first winter in America, and played a major role in their ongoing survival.  Intrada describes McNeely’s score to his exciting story as “rich” and “evocative” with “haunting sadness…dynamic action…[and] colorful ideas for locale.”  Who could ask for anything more of a film score?  McNeely’s soundtrack has been remastered from the original digital scoring session masters, and John Takis has provided the booklet’s annotation.

There’s still more to come from the Disney/Intrada team, however, and it’s coming soon.  Douglass Fake of Intrada indicates that “one of the heavy hitters lands in just a couple of weeks (August 23) and another one follows just two weeks after that. “  But Disney isn’t the only label teaming with Intrada.  Fake continues, “And courtesy both Paramount and Universal Music Group, fans of those fabulous eighties scores will find one of their oft-requested favorites arriving totally intact with more than a half hour of previously unreleased music, all in spectacular stereo. That one lands on September 6, alongside one of the Disney premieres. Figure August 23 and September 6 will probably be pretty big days! “

Rest assured, The Second Disc will be here to report back on those releases, and we promise some more Disney and Intrada-related surprises before then!  Hit the jump for a pre-order link and complete track listing! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

August 9, 2011 at 11:39

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

Release Round-Up: Week of August 9

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GQ, Two (Funkytowngrooves)

GQ’s 1980 Arista album gets the remastered treatment. (Amazon)

Jefferson Airplane, Red Octopus (Friday Music)

The 1975 effort from Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Grace Slick and co. arrives on 180-gram vinyl with the mega-hit “Miracles” a highlight!  (Official site)

Evelyn “Champagne” King, Music Box (Funkytowngrooves)

King teams with T-Life for this groove-laden RCA set from 1979! (Amazon)

The Motels, Apocalypso (Omnivore)

The Motels’ lost album from 1981 finally surfaces, and Omnivore’s expanded edition boasts seven additional tracks!  Full story here.  (Amazon)

Mickey Newbury, An American Trilogy (Drag City)

Drag City compiles three albums from Mickey Newbury, the writer/arranger of Elvis Presley’s titanic “An American Trilogy.”  The box brings together Looks Like Rain, `Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help the Child, and adds one extra disc of bonus material.  (Amazon)

Original Broadway Cast, Say, Darling (Masterworks Broadway)

Jule Styne (Gypsy, Funny Girl) teamed with Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town) for this Broadway play about the writing of a Broadway musical.  Got that straight?  Either way, the score is fantastic fun!  Johnny Desmond stars.  Visit the official site of Masterworks Broadway here and our coverage of all of the label’s upcoming releases here.  (Digital-only)

Original Off-Broadway Cast, Ernest in Love (Masterworks Broadway)

This 1960 musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest features a score by lyricist Anne Croswell and composer Lee Pockriss, also the writer of Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Shelley Fabares’ “Johnny Angel” and The Cuff Links’ “Tracy.” (Digital-only)

Original Off-Broadway Cast, The Mad Show (Masterworks Broadway)

Linda Lavin and Jo Anne Worley are among the cast members in this 1966 revue based on Mad Magazine.  With talents like Joe Raposo (Sesame Street), Mary Rodgers and even Stephen Sondheim involved, however, it’s definitely Not Brand Eccch!  (Digital-only)

Original Off-Broadway Cast, The Nervous Set (Masterworks Broadway)

Here’s the off-Broadway musical that introduced the standards “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “Ballad of the Sad Young Men.”  (Digital-only)

Original Off-Broadway Cast, Now is the Time For All Good Men (Masterworks Broadway)

This 1967 musical with a pop/rock sound reflects its Vietnam-era setting with a score by Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer.    Gretchen’s then-husband David Cryer starred.  (They are also the parents of Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer!) (Digital-only)

Original Studio Cast Recording, archy and mehitabel (Masterworks Broadway)

Columbia Records brought to life this 1954 musical based on Don Marquis’ beloved stories of the poetic cockroach archy and alley cat mehitabel, with songs by George Kleinsinger (Tubby the Tuba) and Joe Darion (Man of La Mancha).  Darion contributed to the musical’s book with a young writer named Mel Brooks!  Carol Channing and Eddie Bracken are the stars.  (Digital-only)

Leon Russell, Live in Japan (Omnivore)

The renaissance of The Master of Space and Time continues!  Omnivore’s release pairs a 1973 concert from Japan’s Budokan Hall with a 1971 gig at Texas’ Sam Houston Coliseum.  Our full story here.  (Amazon)

Styx, The Grand Illusion (Friday Music)

Friday Music remasters the original 1977 arena rock classic on 180-gram vinyl!  (Official site)

Various Artists, CTI Records 40th Anniversary series (CTI/Masterworks Jazz)

Four rare titles from the CTI jazz catalogue arrive in remastered editions: Airto’s Fingers; Jackie Cain and Roy Kral’s A Wilder Alias; Joe Farrell’s Outback; and Randy Weston’s Blue Moses. (Official site)

Written by Joe Marchese

August 9, 2011 at 09:05