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Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Saving Private Ryan, film score: Hymn to the Fallen
    2. Double Indemnity, film score: Prelude
    3. Lost Weekend, film score: Finale, The
    4. Heiress, film score: Departure / Morris Suggests Love / The Proposal / Finale, The
    5. Sunset Boulevard, film score: Prelude
    6. Ten Commandments, film score: Prelude
    7. Breakfast at Tiffany's, film score: Moon River
    8. Hatari!, film score: Baby Elephant Walk
    9. Rosemary's Baby, film score: Main Title (Vocal)
    10. Romeo and Juliet, film score: Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet
    11. Once Upon a Time in the West, film score: Once Upon A Time In The West
    12. Love Story, film score: Theme From Love Story
    13. Godfather, film score: Main Title, The
    14. Godfather, film score: Love Theme From The Godfather, The
    15. Chinatown, film score: Love Theme From China Town (Main Title)
    16. Godfather, Part 2, film score: End Title, The
    17. Star Trek I, film score: End Title
    18. Raiders of the Lost Ark, film score: Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    19. Terms of Endearment, film score: Theme From Terms Of Endearment
    20. Flashdance, film score: Love Theme From Flashdance
    21. Beverly Hills Cop, film score: Axel F
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Witness, film score: Building the Barn
    2. Children of a Lesser God, film score: Main Title
    3. Untouchables, film score: The Strength Of The Righteous, The (Main Title)
    4. Fatal Attraction, film score: Fatal Attraction
    5. Addams Family Values, film score: Main Title
    6. Dead Again, film score: Winter 1948
    7. Indecent Proposal, film score: Flahback & Photos
    8. Firm, film score: How Could You Lose Me? -End Title, The
    9. Clear and Present Danger, film score: Main Title/A Clear And Present Danger
    10. Braveheart, film score: For The Love Of A Princess
    11. Primal Fear, film score: Courtroom Montage
    12. Mission: Impossible, film score: Zoom B
    13. Star Trek: First Contact, film score: Excerpt
    14. Titanic Suite: Hard to Starboard
    15. Rugrats Movie, film score: Baby Shower Happenings, The
    16. Talented Mr. Ripley, film score: Italia, The
    17. Rules of Engagement, film score: Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)
    18. Mission Impossible 2, film score: The Bait
    19. Tomb Raider, film score: Main Titles
    20. Vanilla Sky, film score: To the Roof
    21. Sum of All Fears, film score: The Mission, The
    22. Forrest Gump, film score: I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 87736

  • Credits
    ProducerDanny Elfman; Dave Grusin; Ennio Morricone; Anthony Minghella; Walter Murch; John Williams; Gabriel Yared; Giorgio Moroder; Graeme Revell; Harold Faltermeyer; James Horner; James Newton Howard; Jerry Goldsmith; Alan Silvestri; Marc Shaiman; Mark Isham; Mark Mothersbaugh; Maurice Jarre; Michael Convertino; Michael Gore; Hans Zimmer; Bob Casale; John Barry

    Includes liner notes by Burt Berman.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Thomas Rolfs, Jr., Terence Blanchard, Tim Morrison (trumpet).
    Liner Note Author: Burt Berman.
    Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores actually covers a little less than 60 years of film music, but who's counting -- they were 60 good years. Presented primarily in chronological order (the first and last tracks are the exceptions), this disc presents both original soundtrack recordings and some re-recordings of music -- mostly main and end titles -- representing Paramount's film legacy. In so doing, the disc manages to highlight many of Hollywood's pre-eminent composers as well as present a sort of capsule overview of the changes in film music styles over the years. Starting with straight orchestral masterworks of the '40s and '50s (from composers such as Miklos Rozsa and Elmer Bernstein), the disc then moves to Henry Mancini's early-'60s pop sound with his "Moon River" and "Baby Elephant Walk." The late '60s and early '70s represented a time of great diversity in film and film music, here encapsulated in the syrupy strains of Love Story, immediately followed by the sublime "Waltz" and "Love Theme" from The Godfather. Jerry Goldsmith's triumphant Star Trek: The Motion Picture fanfare and John Williams' unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark usher in the post-Star Wars blockbuster sound. Synthesizer-based, pop-influenced music, such as "Axel F." from Beverly Hills Cop, threatened to take over film soundtracks in the mid-'80s, while Maurice Jarre brought an orchestral sensibility to the all-electronic score in his brilliant "Building the Barn" from Witness. By the '90s, symphonic sounds, rock rhythms, and synthesizers began to blend, while composers utilized a full palette to really open up their orchestrations. This disc covers a lot of ground, with the penultimate track from Jerry Goldsmith's score to The Sum of All Fears bringing it all together. His use of vocals with unique instrumentation amidst traditional brass and strings provide a glimpse at the power still inherent in the best film music. From the opening strains of John Williams' powerful "Hymn to the Fallen" to Mark Mothersbaugh's delightful "Baby Shower Happenings," this is an interesting and insightful collection. Some of the tracks aren't as "memorable" as Paramount's marketing department might want you to believe (the inclusion of music from Tomb Raider seems particularly gratuitous) and all of the music here has been previously available elsewhere, but as a sampler and a study of the development of film music as an art form, it's not bad at all. ~ Neil Shurley

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