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Soundtrack Round-Up: Intrada Cuts to “The Core,” Music Box Goes “Overboard,” FSM Inches Toward the Finish Line

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With the release of another major holy grail in the world of soundtrack collecting yesterday, it’s worth pointing out another four awesome archival titles that may have been lost in the shuffle this past week.

First, Intrada’s latest batch of catalogue soundtrack releases, announced Monday, bring to light two underrated gems from two very different composers. First up, after years of waiting, is an official release to the score to the 2003 sci-fi cult-classic The Core. Composer Christopher Young, whose eclectic body of work ventures from horror (A Nightmare on Elm Street II: Freddy’s Revenge) to action (Spider-Man 3), wrote an accessible, urgent score that many of his fans consider to be his best. (A powerful effort, indeed, despite a film consistently derided as scientifically implausible.) The two-disc set adds an additional 20 minutes of music than what’s been heard on a composer promotional disc, all mastered from Paramount Pictures’ session master tapes.

The label has also prepped the debut release of Georges Delerue’s score to Rapture, a 1965 drama about a forbidden romance in rural France. A haunting, melodic score  – one of the earliest scores by Delerue that exists in its entirety – the complete score is presented direct from tapes at 20th Century Fox as well as the composer’s personal mono 1/4″ tapes.

Another surprise release comes from French label Music Box Records: the complete score to the 1987 romantic comedy Overboard. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn (a real-life couple since 1983) star in the tale of a carpenter whose spoiled client develops amnesia after falling overboard on her yacht. The carpenter takes advantage of the situation by passing her off as his middle-class wife, and hilarity predictably ensues. The score, composed by legendary composer Alan Silvestri and released for the first time anywhere, is limited to 1,000 copies.

Finally, with all the frenzy for Gremlins from Film Score Monthly yesterday, it was easy to overlook another very exciting release from the label: two unreleased scores for two CBS television pilots composed by two music legends. Nightwatch, originally titled Chicago, Chicago, was a suspenseful drama created by Robert Altman, who had successfully brought to CBS a few similar features on Kraft Suspense Theatre, had a young jazz composer named Johnny Williams provide the scores for both those features and Nightwatch. (The pilot was ultimately never picked up, and later aired in 1968 as part of a one-off anthology. John Williams later composed the scores to Images (1972) and The Long Goodbye (1973) for Altman.) Similarly, a 1971 pilot about a doctor and cop who team up to stop a murderer in Los Angeles, Killer by Night, was not picked up for a series, but featured a jazzy score by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Both scores on this release are largely sourced from 1/4″ mono tapes, mixed with a slight stereo ambience. (The theme and format music from Nightwatch are mixed in pure stereo.) And the set, limited to 3,000 copies, is, sadly, the last releases from both composers for the soon-to-be-retired FSM label.

Details and order info for all the scores above can be found after the jump.

Christopher Young, The Core: Music from the Motion Picture (Intrada Special Collection Volume 187, 2011 – original film released 2003)

Disc 1

  1. The Core
  2. Resurrection in Descent
  3. In Drucke Ick Moet Sterven
  4. Origami Lava
  5. A Terror Toccata
  6. Tactile Shifts
  7. Project Destiny
  8. Moved to the Core
  9. Virgil T. *
  10. Mantle Passage
  11. Cor Cordium

Disc 2

  1. Liberte
  2. Diamonds Are Forever
  3. Saknusemm
  4. Intered Servants
  5. Mundus Subterraneous
  6. No Left Turns *
  7. Unobtanium
  8. Clouds Imagined *
  9. Stellar Phrenology
  10. The Terranaut March

All tracks except * previously released on double-disc composer promo.

Georges Delerue, Rapture: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Volume 188, 2011 – original film released 1965)

  1. Main Titles
  2. Wedding Reception
  3. Karen Fetches Agnes
  4. Agnes and Seagulls
  5. Agnes Plays Mouth Organ
  6. Doll Thrown Over Cliff
  7. Father Gives Agnes Gloves
  8. The Hospital
  9. Tragedy
  10. “He’s Mine – I Made Him”
  11. Agnes Kisses Her Scarecrow 0:39
  12. “You See How Much I Need You”
  13. “I Can’t Be Helped, I’m Mad”
  14. Agnes Runs to Hospital
  15. Agnes Looks in Mirror
  16. Josef and Agnes Together
  17. Josef and Agnes Love Scene
  18. Agnes Frightened
  19. Josef – The Police
  20. Agnes Alone with Gulls

All tracks previously unreleased.

Alan Silvestri, Overboard: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Music Box Records MBR-007, 2011 – original film released 1987)

  1. Main Titles
  2. Welcome Home
  3. Crabs ‘R’ Us
  4. I’m Sorry
  5. She Really is Something (Alternate Mix)
  6. Water Fight/Chase Mom/Couch Puppies
  7. Making Lunch
  8. Something Not Horrible
  9. No Boom Boom/There is a God
  10. Dreamboat *
  11. Daily Chores *
  12. The Jig’s Up
  13. Turning the Boat Around
  14. World’s Best *
  15. Daily Chores (Alternate) *
  16. Annie and Dean
  17. Finale
  18. Love Theme from “Overboard” *
  19. Finale (Alternate) *

All tracks previously unreleased. * denotes track unused in the film.

Johnny Williams/Quincy Jones, Nightwatch / Killer on the Loose: Original Television Soundtracks (Film Score Monthly Vol. 14, No. 16, 2011 – original pilots finished 1965 and 1972)

  1. Nightwatch Main Title
  2. Bertil’s Bomb
  3. Lund’s Problem
  4. Lund’s Leap
  5. The Cradle Might Rock
  6. Granstrom’s Headache
  7. A Child’s Fear
  8. Kathryn Flees
  9. The Run
  10. By the Fence
  11. Stumbling Around
  12. Entering the Hospital
  13. Inside the Hospital/The Final Dash
  14. The Waiting Room
  15. End Title
  16. Nightwatch End Title
  17. Chicago Group (Source)
  18. Bumper #1/Bumper #2
  19. Promo
  20. Main Title/Opening Hold-Up
  21. Dead Dip Bird
  22. High Rent District
  23. Doctor, Come Home/Girl Died
  24. Point One
  25. Somethin’ Def
  26. Oxygen Tent/22 Possibles/His Room
  27. Sweaty Meeting
  28. No Title
  29. Doctor, Wife & Supermart
  30. 4th Cut to Hood/Wait
  31. Microscope/Let’s Get Him
  32. Cut to Cops
  33. Police
  34. Door Up the Ladder
  35. End Title
  36. Tracey Source

All tracks previously unreleased. Tracks 1-19 from Nightwatch; Tracks 20-36 from Killer on the Loose.

Written by Mike Duquette

November 4, 2011 at 16:12

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