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Soundtrack Spotlight: Intrada Uncovers Trolls, La-La Land Goes Ape

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It’s one of those rare weeks when more than one soundtrack reissue label puts out titles within days of each other, so there are four new and expanded sets to enjoy.

Intrada has released two scores on CD for the first time. The first, Gil Melle’s score to 1980’s Borderline, is noted for its blend of traditional orchestral arrangements and mixing along with free-form, jazz-based music that took advantage of the full field of stereo sound. The film, a fictionalized account of U.S. border guards starring Charles Bronson and a young Ed Harris, has been hailed as one of the most accurate of its kind.

The other soundtrack making its debut from Intrada is Robert Folk’s underscore to Don Bluth’s A Troll in Central Park. Though the film, featuring the voice talents of Bluth veterans Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly as well as Cloris Leachman and Hayley Mills, was a major box-office failure, Folk’s whimsical score has its share of fans that get to hear the score in totality. (A rare promotional disc featured a short suite from the score.) While the handful of songs written for use in the movie by Folk and acclaimed lyricists Norman Gimbel, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil do not appear on this release, orchestral fans have a lot to enjoy on this release.

It’s on to La-La Land and more fun than a barrel of…well, you get the idea – after the jump!

A surprising entry in the canon of both director Tim Burton and longtime composer Danny Elfman, the 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes called for far different approaches for both men. Burton’s storytelling methods went head-to-head with a far less personal and less overtly Gothic tale of a spaceman (Mark Wahlberg) who crash lands on a mysterious planet ruled by sentient apes. In Elfman’s case, he developed a score that was heavy on percussion but with all the action you’d expect out of a Batman film. More than a decade later, La-La Land comes through with an impressive triple-disc presentation of the score that features not only every note as heard in the film and various alternate mixes and source cues, but the original soundtrack CD from the film’s initial release. This set is limited to 3,500 units.

Finally, a romantic treat from LLL in the form of an expanded edition of the soundtrack to A Walk in the Clouds, a 1995 post-WWII drama starring Keanu Reeves as a veteran who finds peace in a surprising place away from home. Lawrence of Arabia composer Maurice Jarre contributed a lushly romantic score that took home a Golden Globe, and La-La Land’s new presentation includes nearly double the music the original CD had. This score is limited to 2,000 units.

Read on for track lists and order links for each title – and keep your eyes peeled, as the next La-La Land title is a big one: the label’s 200th.

Gil Melle, Borderline: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 194, 2012 – original film released 1980)

  1. The First Two Thoughts
  2. Borderline Titles
  3. Seismic Sensor
  4. Tracking
  5. This is the Place
  6. News to Deliver
  7. Tijuana Bar
  8. Tijuana Trouble
  9. Fight for Survival
  10. The Big Haul Begins
  11. The Watchdog
  12. Prepare to Siege
  13. Busting Karl
  14. Find the Illegals
  15. Spotting Hotchkiss
  16. So Many
  17. Final Chase
  18. Matching Shoes
  19. Borderline Credits

Robert Folk, A Troll in Central Park: Original Motion Picture Score (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 195, 2012 – original film released 1994)

  1. Main Title and Magic Thumb
  2. Meteor Ride
  3. The N.Y.C. Experience
  4. Nuts and Butterflies
  5. That First Kiss
  6. Gus Meets Stanley
  7. Waltzing
  8. The Old Soft Petal
  9. Ride the Sail Boat
  10. Bed of Flowers
  11. Gnorga in the Park
  12. Wake Up!
  13. The Final Battle
  14. Home and Family
  15. End Credits

Danny Elfman, Planet of the Apes: Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (La-La Land Records LLLCD 1193, 2012 – original film released 2001)

Disc 1: Film score

  1. Main Titles (Film Version)
  2. Deep Space Launch/Space Station/Power Outage
  3. Thumbs Up/Trouble
  4. Pod Escape/New World/The Hunt
  5. Ape City
  6. A Look/Unloading/Thade’s Inspection/Ari Watches/The Branding
  7. Ari Buys a Pet
  8. Leo Wants Out/Dental Exam
  9. Thade’s Desire
  10. The Dirty Deed
  11. The Escape
  12. Trust/Escape
  13. In the Forest/Into the Pond/The Messenger
  14. Unused/Thade Gets His Way/Ari Connects
  15. The Story
  16. Scarecrow Stinger/The Camp/Raid
  17. Thade Goes Ape
  18. Calima
  19. The Army Approaches
  20. Thade’s Tent
  21. Discovery
  22. Preparing for Battle

Disc 2: More film score and bonus material

  1. The Charge
  2. The Final Confrontation Landing/Showdown
  3. The Aftermath/Thade’s Suite
  4. Ape Suite #1
  5. Ape Suite #2
  6. Rule the Planet (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
  7. Thumbs Up/Trouble (Alternate Mix)
  8. New World/The Hunt (Alternate Mix)
  9. Dental Exam (Alternate Mix)
  10. The Dirty Deed (Alternate Mix)
  11. The Story (Alternate Mix)
  12. Preparing for Battle (Alternate)
  13. The Final Confrontation (Alternate Mix)
  14. The Aftermath/Thade’s Suite (Unedited)
  15. Camp Raid (Percussion Only)
  16. Rule the Planet (Overlay)
  17. Source Music Montage (Band Source, Trendy Source, Jazzy Source, Calliope Source, Rave Source)
  18. Dinner Source

Disc 3: Original soundtrack album (released as Sony Classical SK 89666, 2001)

  1. Main Titles
  2. Ape Suite #1
  3. Deep Space Launch
  4. The Hunt
  5. Branding the Herd
  6. The Dirty Deed
  7. Escape from Ape City/The Legend
  8. Ape Suite #2
  9. Old Flames
  10. Thade Goes Ape
  11. Preparing for Battle
  12. The Battle Begins
  13. The Return
  14. Main Title Deconstruction
  15. Rule the Planet (Paul Oakenfold Remix)

Maurice Jarre, A Walk in the Clouds: Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (La-La Land Records LLLCD 1199, 2012 – original film released 1995)

  1. Main Title/Boat Arrival
  2. Ticket Switch/Train Flashback/Catching Bus
  3. Miracle Wish
  4. Tinfoil Rings
  5. Star Wishes
  6. No Bedtime/Teddybear Flashback
  7. Butterfly Wings
  8. Morning Walk/I’ll Stay
  9. The Harvest
  10. First Kiss
  11. Wanted Truth/Victoria’s Pain/Let ‘Em Know It
  12. Honorable Man/Whistling
  13. Las Nubes Return
  14. Angry Alberto/Vineyard Fire/Fire Aftermath
  15. Viral Vine
  16. End Title
  17. Main Title (Film Version)
  18. Tinfoil Rings (Film Version)
  19. Star Wishes (Film Version)
  20. Butterfly Wings (Film Version)
  21. First Kiss (Alternate Opening)
  22. “Spring” from “The Four Seasons” (A. Vivaldi)
  23. Betty’s Slow Fox (Source)
  24. Slow Dance
  25. Crush the Grapes
  26. Mariachi Serenade

Portions of this disc originally released as Milan 73138 35719-2, 1995.

Written by Mike Duquette

February 15, 2012 at 10:17

Posted in News, Soundtracks

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