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Aw, Rats: La-La Land Preps Score to “Willard” Remake Plus Goldsmith Reissue

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WillardFrom four-legged critters to gun-blazing Westerns, La-La Land’s release slate this week features some great, little heard soundtrack material coming out of the vaults.

Outside of horror circles, the 1971 film Willard – about a misfit with an affinity for rats – is best known for its 1972 sequel, Ben, which featured an oddly sweet, wildly successful theme song sung by Michael Jackson (his first solo No. 1 hit). The films themselves were considerably less cuddly, a point driven home by a 2003 remake of Willard. The titular loner, stuck with an overbearing mother and money-hungry boss, was played by Crispin Glover in the film. It was perfect casting for the quirky actor/musician, who in fact covered Jackson’s “Ben” for the film.

Throughout the suspenseful adaptation of Willard was a great score by Shirley Walker, whose work on the animated adaptations of Batman earned her critical acclaim, including a Daytime Emmy. Willard was one of Walker’s last scores before her untimely passing in 2006, and its belated CD release (limited to 3,000 units) is sure to be a hit with her fans. (Alas, Glover’s “Ben” was not available to license for this disc.)

BandoleroLa-La Land also offers up a new edition of Bandolero!, a James Stewart-Dean Martin Western scored by Jerry Goldsmith with his usual flair for such action-packed genres. It’s not the first release – Intrada released first an unused album mix on CD in 1993, and paired it with the complete score in 2004 some weeks after Goldsmith’s passing – but it’s back in print for new audiences to discover, and features one new bonus track in the form of the main title cue, sans whistle. Remastered by Mike Matessino, who co-produced with Nick Redman, Bandolero! is limited to 2,000 copies.

Order links and track lists for the new titles are after the jump. (LLL also has corrected copies of Goldsmith’s score to The Challenge back in stock this week.)

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Written by Mike Duquette

May 9, 2013 at 10:57

Soundtrack Watch: La-La Land Issues a “Challenge,” Intrada Premieres Goldsmith, Bernstein, Jarre Classics

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Here’s some recent soundtrack news from the last month to keep you up to date on two of our favorite score labels: La-La Land and Intrada.

  • La-La Land’s released several archival scores in the past few weeks. First there was The Challenge, a film written by John Sayles and directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Scott Glenn and Toshirō Mifune as two unlikely partners tasked to obtain a rare sword in Japan. Jerry Goldsmith provided a fine action score for the flick; first released on Prometheus Records in 2000, this release features one bonus track, the original film version of the end credits (Goldsmith requested an alternate take be used on the last release; that track closes out this CD program). The disc is available for sale, although fan requests about the initial pressing’s sound quality have prompted LLL to work on replacement discs, the details of which will be formally announced next month.
  • La-La Land also released a pair of Elmer Bernstein Western scores on one CD, including The Shootist (1976), the final film of John Wayne, and a CD release of the original soundtrack LP from The Sons of Katie Elder, featuring a song by Johnny Cash. In that same batch, they also expanded James Newton Howard’s score to Grand Canyon, a 1991 drama by Lawrence Kasdan (writer/director of The Big Chill).
  • And Intrada’s been busy as well: their second most-recent batch also featured Bernstein (The Carpetbaggers (1964), based on the Harold Robbins novel – featuring both original film score and re-recorded album debuting on CD) and Goldsmith (the brief but fascinating score to the political thriller Seven Days in May (1964)). Seven Days was paired with a Maurice Jarre score for Warner Bros., The Mackintosh Man (1973), a John Huston thriller starring Paul Newman.
  • Intrada’s most recent batch, announced Monday, features an expanded edition of Bill Conti’s score to Five Days from Home (1979), starring The A-Team‘s George Peppard (who also directed) as an escaped prisoner. The label also prepped more Goldsmith: the premiere of the complete score to the WWII action film Von Ryan’s Express starring Frank Sinatra, as well as a remaster of the jazzy score to The Detective, another Sinatra vehicle. (Fun fact: Sinatra’s character in this film was sourced from a novel by Roderick Thorp; a sequel to that novel, Nothing Lasts Forever, featured the same protagonist taking on terrorists in a skyscraper. It was later heavily adapted as Die Hard in 1988.)

Everything described above is available now, with full track lists and artwork, after the jump.

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 17, 2013 at 11:49

Kritzerland Expands Scores by Goldsmith and Newman

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KL_Breakheart_Cov600x600Kritzerland strikes gold with another pair of archival soundtracks, released earlier today. One is a resurrected reissue of a Jerry Goldsmith score – the label’s first – and the other pairs two scores by Alfred Newman on one disc, one expanded and the other never before released.

Breakheart Pass was a hearty Western adventure starring Charles Bronson as an undercover agent attempting to uncover a villainous plot aboard a steam train hurtling toward an Army post. Alistair MacLean of The Guns of Navarone fame adapted his own novel for the screenplay, and Goldsmith, reuniting with 100 Rifles director Tom Gries, was in typical fine form, creating a kinetic, richly thematic score. It’s one that sold out once before for La-La Land Records in 2006, and this pressing, featuring some unreleased material including a film edit of one cue and an action piece sourced from the film’s music and effects track, will be as sure to please.

KL_LeaveHeaven_600x600Bruce Kimmel and company also present two of Alfred Newman’s many soundtracks for 20th Century-Fox on one disc. 1945’s Leave Her to Heaven, based on the best-selling novel by Ben Ames Williams, was a smash for Fox, the studio’s highest-grossing picture of the decade. Gene Tierney earned an Oscar nomination for her turn as a femme fatale who’ll do anything to keep her husband’s attention focused solely on her. Featuring Oscar-winning Technicolor cinematography, Leave Her to Heaven benefits from a beautiful underscore by Newman, which was partially released by Film Score Monthly in 2000 alongside Newman’s Oscar-nominated music to All About Eve. The Kritzerland presentation uses newly-discovered first generation elements for nearly every track for the best possible sound quality, and pairs the score with a decidedly lighter, unreleased one, 1951’s Take Care of My Little Girl. (The films do possess some common ground, with a co-starring turn by Jeanne Crain and a shared source cue, “Marie (in the Middle of a Night in June).”)

The discs will ship the third week of May, but preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early. Both sets are limited to 1,000 copies at $19.98 apiece plus shipping, and are selling at Kritzerland now! Hit the jump to get yours!

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Written by Mike Duquette

April 15, 2013 at 17:52

Intrada Showcases Unheard Treasures from Goldsmith, Steiner, Conti

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isc237booklet1.inddFour never-before-released scores by three veritable legends of film music are the latest releases from Intrada over the past three weeks. Works by Jerry Goldsmith, Bill Conti and Max Steiner (with some help from a pair of Disney Legends!) are the order of the day!

Jerry Goldsmith perhaps enjoyed no greater relationship at one film studio than at 20th Century-Fox, where he composed some of his greatest works, from Planet of the Apes to Alien. Intrada’s latest title showcases two scores from 1964: first it’s Shock Treatment, a soundtrack full of typical Goldsmith-esque suspense and some early electronic work. The film, starring Roddy MacDowall and Lauren Bacall on either side of an insane asylum, anticipates some of Goldsmith’s great strengths; ironically, some passages anticipate his work for Planet of the Apes. Meanwhile, Fate is the Hunter (sharing only a name and a hazy theme with the Ernest K. Gann novel of the same name) sees Rod Taylor as a disgraced airline pilot whose last flight left few survivors and Glenn Ford as his old friend who seeks to clear him of any guilt in the process. Goldsmith’s trumpet-based themes and haunting arrangements were among the film’s high points.

Excerpts from both scores were released on a long-out-of-print 2004 box set by Varese Sarabande detailing Goldsmith’s time at Fox, but this new release greatly expands upon both titles, as well as sourcing each from even better-sounding elements.

After the jump, Intrada unleashes another Disney treasure and a premiere score by Bill Conti!

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Written by Mike Duquette

March 25, 2013 at 14:24

Soundtrack Watch: Intrada Debuts Unreleased Goldsmith, Horner Scores, La-La Land Has “The Fury”

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isc230booklet.inddThe past week has been a boon to fans of A-list composers of the Silver Age of film scoring. Intrada has unearthed two unreleased scores (one entirely unused) by two of the most beloved composers of recent memory, while La-La Land has put back into print one of the most underrated scores by another genius of the same vintage.

James Horner had one of the best years of his career in 1989, scoring Field of Dreams and Glory that year and earning an Oscar and Golden Globe nod, respectively, for those works. He also lent his talents to In Country, a drama by Norman Jewison based on Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel. It tells the story of a Kentucky teenager (Emily Lloyd, a recent breakout performer from the film Wish You Were Here) who uncovers the mystery of her father, who died in the Vietnam War, with the help of his brother (a Golden Globe-nominated Bruce Willis), a fellow veteran with whom she lives. A tender score with some military undertones, Horner’s In Country was never released, an LP program having been scuttled in post-production. Now, Intrada and Warner release that album with another eight tracks, presenting the complete score in its entirety.

isc231booklet.inddNot to be confused with the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe film, 1992’s Gladiator was a little seen sports drama about the friendship between two young men (James Marshall and Cuba Gooding, Jr.) trapped by circumstances in an underground boxing circuit. While the released film’s music wasn’t much to write home about (a solid electronic score by Terminator composer Brad Fiedel, a strange compilation album on CBS Records featuring tracks by C+C Music Factory, 3rd Bass and Warrant), the original plan featured a score by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith. Featuring full orchestra with synthesizers and percussion on display, the results were classic Jerry – and perplexing that the cues are only making their debut now. But it’s the full score, direct from the original session mixes and produced by longtime collaborator Bruce Botnick – and it’s yours to order from Intrada.

After the jump, John Williams scares the daylights out of you with the sound of The Fury!

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 27, 2013 at 10:10

In Case You Missed It: Stand Up and Cheer! Intrada Releases “Hoosiers” Soundtrack and More

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LastHardMenWe begin our first day of catalogue coverage for 2013 by…keeping up with some titles that came out last year that slipped through our wires. (I know, I know. Really, it just sat in drafts for a week or two while I kept wrapping presents instead of finalizing it. -Ed.) Rest assured, though, that these – the final three catalogue soundtrack releases from Intrada Records – are worth your time in any year.

First up is one of Intrada’s most intriguing releases in awhile, in that it’s two scores for the same movie, neither of which were really used! Based on the novel of the same name, The Last Hard Men (1976) featured Charlton Heston and James Coburn as bitter, aging rivals on either side of the law in early 20th century Arizona. The film’s original score by Leonard Rosenman was deemed too bleakly reflective of the picture by 20th Century-Fox, and Fox musical scion Lionel Newman was hired for an unusual task: he would re-record various pieces written for Fox Westerns by Jerry Goldsmith, including selections from 100 RiflesRio Conchos and Stagecoach for use in the final film. In one final, bizarre twist, those re-recordings were also scrapped in favor of Goldsmith’s original recordings, which were considered favorable enough when temped into the final mix. So, for the first time ever, Rosenman’s unused original music and Newman’s unused re-recordings are presented in their entirety.

Keep reading after the jump for a look at two Golden Age scores on one release and another long-awaited expansion from one of the 20th century’s most famous film composers!

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Written by Mike Duquette

January 2, 2013 at 10:31

The Year in Reissues: The 2012 Gold Bonus Disc Awards

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Gold CDWow!  Was it just over a year ago when a rather dubious report began circulating (that, shockingly, was picked up by many otherwise-reputable publications) that proclaimed the death of the CD was secretly scheduled by the major labels for 2012?  Well, 2012 has come and (almost) gone, and it might have been the most super-sized year in recent memory for reissues, deluxe and otherwise, from labels new and old.  Here at the Second Disc, we consider our annual Gold Bonus Disc Awards a companion piece to Mike’s own round-up over at Popdose, and we endeavor to recognize as many of the year’s most amazing reissues as possible – over 80 worthy, unique titles.  We also hope to celebrate those labels, producers and artists who have raised the bar for great music throughout 2012. As we’re literally deluged with news around these parts, these ladies and gentlemen prove, week after week, the strength and health of the catalogue corner of the music world.  We dedicate The Gold Bonus Disc Awards to them, and to you, the readers.  After all, your interest is ultimately what keeps great music of the past alive and well.

With that in mind, don’t forget to share your own thoughts and comments below. What made your must-have list in 2012? Without further ado, let’s celebrate 2012′s best of the best. Welcome to the Gold Bonus Disc Awards!

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On the Fourth Day of Second Discmas…

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Here at The Second Disc, the holiday season is the perfect time to do what we love to do best: share the gift of music. For the second year in a row, we have we reached out to some of our favorite reissue labels and we’ve teamed with them to play Santa Claus to our awesome and faithful readers. It’s called – what else? – Second Discmas, and it’s going on now through Christmas!

The fourth day of Second Discmas is a real treat for all you soundtrack fans out there! For2012, their tenth year in business, La-La Land Records reissued and unearthed some of the most exciting and collectible titles of the genre. The prize pack from one of our favorite labels of the year includes expanded editions of Hook by John Williams, the triple-disc edition of Jerry Goldsmith’s score to Star Trek: The Motion Picture and even more surprises!

How can you make this prize yours? Click on the graphic up top to head over to Contest Central for the complete rules! And there’s still more great free music coming your way, only at The Second Disc!

Written by Mike Duquette

December 20, 2012 at 08:38

“Die Hard 2,” “Enemy Mine” Lead Off New Varese Batch

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Like a sleeping giant, soundtrack reissue Varese Sarabande wakes only periodically and deliberately to release film and television scores from the vaults through their famed Soundtrack Club. In recent years, fans have bemoaned the lack of “Silver Age” scores – that is, more recent music from blockbuster films. That trend looks to change with the latest solid batch of limited edition reissues from Varese.

First up, following Varese’s own limited edition of Michael Kamen’s score to Die Hard in 2002 (and a subsequent further expansion by La-La Land last holiday season), the label expands Kamen’s score to the first sequel in the franchise. Die Hard 2: Die Harder had the improbable task of continuing the unlikely saga of hard-nosed hero John McClane; the New York detective this time found himself not in Los Angeles’ Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper, but Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport, where he has to battle another group of terrorists while his wife is stranded on a plane circling the air above. Though it was a critical and commercial success, outpacing even the first film financially, it’s easily the silliest in the series (soon to continue with a fifth installment next February). But Kamen’s score, which sees him reprising old themes and adapting classical compositions – in this case, Sibelius’ “Finlandia” – to great effect. This two-disc presentation is limited to 3,000 units.

Next, Varese premieres the score to The Red Pony, a television film scored by the legendary Jerry Goldsmith. The composer would win his first Emmy for the project, based on John Steinbeck’s short story collection of the same name. Clint Howard (Ron’s little brother) played a boy on a California ranch whose experiences with a young horse shapes his formative years. Maureen O’Hara and Henry Fonda (no stranger to Steinbeck on film, of course) played the parents; Fonda in particular had declared The Red Pony to be his favorite of Steinbeck’s words, and a diverse group of famous fans from Eric Clapton to Barack Obama have made themselves known over the years. Being a Goldsmith title, this set is also capped at 3,000 copies.

After the jump, one more expanded title and two reissues from the Varese catalogue – all from the 1980s – await you!

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Written by Mike Duquette

October 22, 2012 at 19:50

Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts of Men? Only “The Shadow” Knows! Soundtrack Features Goldsmith Score, Steinman Song

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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  Indeed, only The Shadow knows.  And who knows the way to the hearts of film buffs everywhere?  Certainly Intrada knows!  The soundtrack specialist label has just announced its two latest limited editions: a deluxe double-CD expansion of the 1994 film The Shadow including Jerry Goldsmith’s complete score as well as the original Arista LP with songs by Jim Steinman (Bat Out of Hell), plus Craig Safan’s discarded score to Wolfen, the 1981 horror flick from Woodstock director Michael Wadleigh.

1981’s Wolfen is notable for featuring one of the earliest scores from James Horner (Titanic, The Amazing Spider-Man).  But before Horner got the job, a score had been written by Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins).  Although Safan composed an orchestral score described by Intrada as “incredibly intense [and] complex,” it wasn’t gelling with Wadleigh’s film starring Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos and Gregory Hines.  Intrada has already released the final Horner score on CD, and has now turned its attention to a first-time release of Safan’s original.  The new, hour-long soundtrack is presented in stereo from Warner Bros.’ original three-channel stereo masters.  This Intrada Special Collection release will be available as long as “quantities and interest remains,” per the label.

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 25, 2012 at 09:25