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Soundtrack Round-Up: Intrada Commits “Robbery,” La-La Land Bows Final Titles for 2011

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The end of the calendar year is a boom time for all those working in reissues, especially the soundtrack labels. Today, six major titles go on sale that are certainly worth a look here at Second Disc HQ.

Intrada’s two latest sets, announced last night, are pretty major. One is a brand new reissue of the score to The Great Train Robbery, Jerry Goldsmith’s classic soundtrack to the film directed by author Michael Crichton from his best-selling novel. Though the score is no stranger to CD, having been released and expanded by Varese Sarabande years ago, this special double-disc presentation expands the original score to completeness from newly-discovered two-track stereo masters. That includes 16 unreleased, alternate and source tracks. As an added bonus, the original soundtrack LP, released by United Artists at the time of the film’s release, is included as well. (It boasts alternate edits and mixes, as is often the case on original score albums.) And best of all, the set is both unlimited and selling for $19.99, the price of a typical single-disc set from Intrada.

The label’s other project is a very significant one: the premiere of the score to Wolfen, composed by a young James Horner. This horror flick, featuring Albert Finney as an NYPD detective pitted against a clan of shapeshifting murderers, was one of Horner’s first major screen credits, predating the one-two punch of 48 Hrs. and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by a year. The CD features all of the music (including two alternate takes) written for the film. (It does not, however, feature all the music in the movie; some tracks from Horner’s then-most recent score, The Hand, were tracked in, to the point where they actually sounded like they could have been written for the film.) Knowing as score fans do that Horner is usually very reluctant to release early works, this is a pretty big coup for Intrada.

Speaking of coups, La-La Land didn’t disappoint with their Black Friday announcement of four major catalogue soundtracks, available to order now. The titles are a double-disc expansion of Michael Kamen’s adrenaline-fueled score to action classic Die Hard (1988), the premiere release of Danny Elfman’s score to the Bill Murray Christmas comedy Scrooged (1988), and expansions of two latter-day film adaptations of World War II events – Jerry Goldsmith’s score to the Pearl Harbor Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Ennio Morricone’s music to 1989’s Fat Man and Little Boy, about the carrying out of the Manhattan Project, the nuclear missiles which ended the Second Great War.

You can order all these sets right now, after the jump.

Jerry Goldsmith, The Great Train Robbery: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada MAF 7115, 2011 – original film released 1979)

Disc 1: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

  1. The Gold *
  2. Main Title
  3. Is He Dead? *
  4. Breakfast in Bed (Record Version)
  5. Breakfast in Bed #1 *
  6. Breakfast in Bed #2 *
  7. No Respectable Gentleman
  8. A Relentless Suitor *
  9. Clues
  10. Rotten Row
  11. The First Key
  12. Bordello Raid
  13. Kiddie Caper
  14. Casing the Station
  15. Street Attack (Record Version)
  16. Street Attack (Film Version) *
  17. Over the Wall
  18. Night Entry
  19. Night Exit *
  20. Double Wax Job
  21. The Tombstone
  22. We Go to Paris *
  23. Dead Willie *
  24. Open Casket *
  25. The Padlock *
  26. All Aboard *
  27. Departure
  28. The Gold Arrives
  29. Torn Coat
  30. End Title
  31. The Gold Arrives (Alternate) *
  32. Sonata in D for Two Pianofortes K448 (Mozart) *
  33. Source Medley *
  34. Music for the Royal Fireworks (Handel) *

Disc 2: Original soundtrack LP (released as United Artists UA-LA962-I, 1979)

  1. Main Title
  2. No Respectable Gentleman
  3. Double Wax Job
  4. Casing the Station
  5. The Gold Arrives…
  6. Kiddie Caper
  7. Clues
  8. Rotten Row
  9. Torn Coat
  10. End Title

* denotes previously unreleased track

James Horner, Wolfen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 185, 2011 – original film released 1981)

  1. Main Title
  2. Van Der Veer’s Demise
  3. In the Church
  4. Wolfen Run to Church
  5. Whittington’s Death
  6. Shape Shifting
  7. Rebecca’s Apartment
  8. Indian Bar
  9. Wall Street and the Wolves
  10. The Final Confrontation
  11. Epilogue and End Credits
  12. Rebecca’s Apartment (Original with Trumpet)
  13. Epilogue and End Credits (Original Version)

All tracks on this release previously unreleased.

Danny Elfman, Scrooged: Original Motion Picture Score (La-La Land Records LLLCD 1195, 2011 – original film released 1988)

  1. Main Titles/Terrorist Attack ++
  2. Eliot Gets Fired/Loud and Clear/Frank’s Run ++
  3. Montage: Frank’s Award and Eliot on the Street
  4. Lew’s Arrival
  5. The Hand Grab
  6. Lew’s Reprise
  7. Claire’s Theme I/Claire’s Theme II *
  8. Set Collapse *
  9. A Horror in Chez Jay/Highball/Waiter Ablaze **
  10. Wild Cab Ride
  11. Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay/Cupid’s Arrow/Change of Expression * +
  12. Eliot Gives Blood/Christmas Present *
  13. Fairy ##
  14. Toast to Frank
  15. The Big Freeze
  16. Showtime at IBC
  17. Family Portrait/Ghost on Screen
  18. Eliot Stalks Frank +
  19. Asylum/Luncheon/Crematorium/On Fire
  20. Hallelujah Chorus * (G.F. Handel)/The Romp #
  21. The Big Speech
  22. Loud and Clear (Alternate)
  23. Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay (Alternate) +
  24. Toast to Frank (Alternate)
  25. The Big Freeze (Alternate)
  26. The Big Freeze (Alternate Mix)
  27. Asylum (No Choir)
  28. Crematorium (More Percussion)
  29. The Big Speech (Alternate)
  30. Frank’s Promo (Source)
  31. Frisbee the Dog (Source)
  32. Chez Jay String Quartet (Source)
  33. composed by W.A. Mozart
  34. Joy to the World (Source – composed by G.F. Handel and F. Watts, arr. Elmer Bernstein)
  35. Jingle Bells (Source – composed by James Pierpont, arr. Danny Elfman)

* not used in film
** contains material not used in film
+ composed by Henry J. Sayers, arr. D. Elfman
++ contains “Jingle Bells” (James Pierpont, arr. D. Elfman)
# contains “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” (Haven Gillespie / J. Fred Coots)
## contains “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from “The Nutcracker” (P. Tchaikovsky, arr. D. Elfman)

All tracks on this release previously unreleased.

Michael Kamen, Die Hard: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (La-La Land Records LLLCD 1188, 2011 – original film released 1988)

Disc 1

  1. Main Title (Mono)
  2. Terrorist Entrance
  3. The Phone Goes Dead/Party Crashers
  4. John’s Escape/You Want Money
  5. Wiring the Roof
  6. Fire Alarm
  7. Tony Approaches
  8. Tony and John Fight
  9. Santa
  10. He Won’t Be Joining Us
  11. And If He Alters It
  12. Going After John
  13. Have a Few Laughs/Al Powell Approaches
  14. Under the Table
  15. Welcome to the Party
  16. TV Station
  17. Holly Meets Hans
  18. Assault on the Tower

Disc 2

  1. John is Found Out
  2. Attention Police
  3. Bill Clay
  4. Shooting the Glass
  5. I Had an Accident
  6. The Vault
  7. Message for Holly
  8. The Battle/Freeing the Hostages
  9. Helicopter Explosion and Showdown
  10. Happy Trails
  11. We’ve Got Each Other (written by John Scott)
  12. Let It Snow – Vaughn Monroe
  13. Beethoven’s 9th (End Credits Excerpt)
  14. The Nakatomi Plaza (1:45)
  15. Message for Holly (Film Version) (Mono)
  16. Gun in Cheek (Mono)
  17. Fire Hose (Mono)
  18. Ode to Joy (Alternate)
  19. Let It Snow (Source)
  20. Winter Wonderland (Source)
  21. Christmas in Hollis – Run-D.M.C.

Portions of this set originally released on Varese Sarabande VCL 0202 1004-2, 2002.

Ennio Morricone, Fat Man and Little Boy: Music from the Paramount Motion Picture (La-La Land Records LLLCD 1196, 2011 – original film released 1989)

Disc 1: Original score

  1. Above the Clouds (Theme from “Fat Man and Little Boy”)
  2. Fat Man Logo*/Main Titles/Mysterious Meeting/A Faustian Bargain*/Arrival at Camp
  3. Fat Man and Little Boy/We Are People, Not Numbers **
  4. 2 A.M. News/Groves’ Advantage/First Accident
  5. No Options/Madness and Suspicion/Oppie’s Reflections
  6. One Thousand Times Love/Love is Ended
  7. Icy Fusion Fizzles *
  8. Groves’ Madness
  9. Implosion Test/Bad News/In the Tank
  10. Human Indecision
  11. Give ‘Em Dignity/Secret File */Guillotine
  12. Second Explosion/Pressure Oppie/Oppie’s Indecision/Against the Test
  13. In the Train *
  14. Critical Mass/Innocent Love *
  15. Merriman’s Accident
  16. Will to Survive
  17. Why Me?
  18. Do It!/It’s a Go!/Kathleen’s Goodbye
  19. Hiroshima and Nagasaki **
  20. Finale/End Title (Film Version)

Disc 2: Source cues and alternates

  1. First Expectation
  2. Piano Source
  3. Celebration
  4. Fireworks
  5. Slow Dancing
  6. Go Dancing
  7. Radiation Blues *
  8. Sonata #17 in D minor (Op. 31, No. 2 “Tempest”) (Beethoven)
  9. Danse Villageoise from “Dix Pieces Pittoresques” (E. Chabrier)
  10. We Must Not Forget
  11. Mysterious Meeting (Alternate)
  12. A Faustian Bargain (Alternate)
  13. Icy Fusion Fizzles (Alternate)
  14. Final Celebration (Unused Finale)
  15. Higher and Higher
  16. Innocent Love (Two Alternates)
  17. Why Me? (Alternate)
  18. Final Celebration (Alternate)
  19. One Hope

All tracks on this release are previously unreleased.

Jerry Goldsmith, Tora! Tora! Tora! Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (originally released as Film Score Monthly Vol. 3, No. 4, 2000 – reissued La-La Land Records LLLCD 1197, 2011 – original film released 1970)

  1. Main Title
  2. The Chancellery
  3. Little Hope
  4. Predictions
  5. Disagreement
  6. Imperial Palace
  7. Mt. Niitaka
  8. The Waiting Game
  9. Sunday Morning
  10. The 14th Part
  11. Entr’Acte
  12. Pre-Flight Countdown
  13. On the Way
  14. The Final Message
  15. Japanese Military
  16. American Military
  17. Big Band Source
  18. Hawaiian Radio
  19. The Waiting Game (with Overlay)
  20. Tora Theme (Piano)
  21. Tora Theme (Orchestra)

Written by Mike Duquette

November 29, 2011 at 13:08

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