Track Listing

1. The Mummy - The Sand Volcano 4:08
2. The Mask of Zorro - Don't Mess With "Z" (sfx) 0:15
3. The Mask of Zorro - Main Title 4:18
4. Air Force One - Main Title / The Parachutes 4:41
5. The Rock - Chopper Flyby (sfx) 0:14
6. The Rock - End Title 4:52
7. Contact - End Credits 3:58
8. Mighty Joe Young - Dedication and Windsong 5:29
9. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Day at the Races (sfx) 1:06
10. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Main Title from Star Wars / The Flag Parade 4:54
11. L.A. Confidential - Badge of Honor / L.A. Confidential 2:27
12. The Prince of Egypt - When You Believe 5:21
13. The X-Files - What's That Hum? (sfx) 0:44
14. The X-Files - Threnody in X 2:58
15. A Bug's Life - The Time of Your Life 4:06
16. Elizabeth - Main Title 5:34
17. Godzilla - A Stroll in New York City (sfx) 1:35
18. Godzilla - Main Title 3:13
19. Shakespeare in Love - Main Title 3:23
20. Titanic - Iceberg! (sfx) 0:42
21. Titanic - Back to Titanic 4:53
22. Armageddon - Main Title 3:34
  Total Album Time: 72:25

Audio Samples

Review

by David A. Koran
on June 3rd, 2000
[3.5 / 5]
It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to review a Telarc release from Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops. I say opportunity, due to the fact that I'm a hometown boy of Cincinnati, and have had the chance, on several occasions, to hear the Pops' alter ego, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra perform classics from the greats, such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mozart. It's also been a learning experience for both the Pops and myself from their first Star Tracks recording up until the present day release here, Mega Movies. This is not just another compilation album, but this is a compilation album from the kings of re-recording movie suites, long before Silva and the Prague Philharmonic got into the game, and a bit after Mr. Gerhardt did his for Reader's Digest and RCA.

For most, a "pops" treatment of a film music suite isn't a blow-by-blow recreation of the original cue as heard in a particular film. The Cincinnati Pops are no exception to this rule, and often in their earlier recordings, there were definite, and almost nerverackingly different arrangements of well known pieces of music. On this album, most of the arrangements are stock suites, since more and more big films get concert arrangements written for them by the original composer or other arranger. Most of the differences noticeable are with the actual orchestrations and instrumentation of the selected suites. For a few, such as L.A. Confidential and Elizabeth, I was taken aback by how truly different they were from the soundtrack recordings. I also felt that The Mask Of Zorro "Main Title" was missing a lot without the over-zealous Spanish guitar found in the film version, even though the percussionist gave the original musicians a run for their money. The introductory piece from The Mummy only starts to pick up around the march segment of the cue, where the Cincinnati Pops cranks up their volume and adds some zeal to their playing. One of the odder works on the album is actually the large orchestra rendition of "The Time of Your Life" from A Bug's Life, which just seemed way out of place being played by that many musicians.

One of the underlying traits of any Cincinnati Pops recording of movie themes is the addition of digitally enhanced surround sound-effects elements between certain tracks. For a few albums it seemed like an interesting way to transition, but here it just gets to be too "show-offy". In the liner notes, more page space is spent detailing each sound effect than the actual pieces of music that appear on the album… what a disappointment. However, I did like their Jurassic Park SFX pieces on The Great Fantasy Adventure Album, which also was one of their better compilation efforts all around (It got me hooked on Clash Of The Titans). However, if you're a fan of the CPO, by all means pick the album up. Their renditions of Air Force One, The Rock, and Shakespeare In Love aren’t half bad and their rendition of Silvestri's Contact is almost "dead-on" to the original. I think the CPO and Kunzel suffer most from trying to have every instrument in the orchestra play at one time or another on every track. It's kind of like high school concert band in that extent. I can now see how these CDs can be used to give band directors ideas of how to plan their school concert series. But, for serious soundtrack enthusiasts, I think this time around this CPO and Telarc CD will leave most of them pretty flat.


Comments



E-mail Newsletter

Enter your e-mail address to receive weekly soundtrack and film score news:


Missing Information?

If any information appears to be missing from this page, contact us and let us know!


Related Soundtracks

The X-Files: 20th Anniversary Celebration>

The X-Files: 20th Anniversary Celebration
Limited Edition of 1,000 Units
BSX Records BSXCD-8932

Released: September 11, 2013

The X-Files: Volume Two>

The X-Files: Volume Two
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1270

Released: September 10, 2013

The Prince of Egypt>

The Prince of Egypt
Planet V Records

Released: April 30, 2013

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace Limited LP Edition>

Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace Limited LP Edition
I Am Shark

Released: March 4, 2013

Godzilla: The Ultimate Edition>

Godzilla: The Ultimate Edition
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units
BSX Records BSXCD-8916

Released: October 17, 2012

Titanic - Collector's Anniversary Edition>

Titanic - Collector's Anniversary Edition
Sony Masterworks

Released: March 26, 2012

The X-Files: Volume One>

The X-Files: Volume One
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1170

Released: May 10, 2011

Godzilla>

Godzilla
Limited Edition
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1058

Released: July 10, 2007

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
The Ultimate Edition
Sony Classical SK 89460

Released: 2000

The Mummy>

The Mummy
Decca Records 289 466 458-2

Released: May 4, 1999

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace>

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Sony Classical SK 61816

Released: 1999

Mighty Joe Young>

Mighty Joe Young
Hollywood Records HR-62172-2

Released: December 8, 1998

The Prince of Egypt>

The Prince of Egypt
DreamWorks Records DRMD-A-50041

Released: November 17, 1998

Elizabeth>

Elizabeth
London 289 460 796-2

Released: October 5, 1998

Back to Titanic>

Back to Titanic
Sony Classical SK 60691

Released: August 25, 1998

The Mask of Zorro>

The Mask of Zorro
Sony Classical ASK 60627

Released: July 7, 1998

The X-Files>

The X-Files
Elektra 62217-2

Released: June 2, 1998

The X-Files: The Album>

The X-Files: The Album
Rhino / Elektra

Released: June 2, 1998

Armageddon - Original Score>

Armageddon - Original Score
Columbia Records CK 69689

Released: February 1, 1998

A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life
Walt Disney Records 60634-7

Released: 1998

Armageddon

Armageddon
Columbia Records CK 69440

Released: 1998

Shakespeare In Love

Shakespeare In Love
Sony Classical SK 63387

Released: 1998

The Prince of Egypt: Inspirational

The Prince of Egypt: Inspirational
DreamWorks Records DRMD-A-50050

Released: 1998

The Prince of Egypt: Nashville

The Prince of Egypt: Nashville
DreamWorks Records DRMD-A-50045

Released: 1998

Titanic>

Titanic
Sony Classical SK 63213

Released: November 18, 1997

Air Force One>

Air Force One
Varese Sarabande VSD 5825

Released: July 29, 1997

Contact

Contact
Warner Brothers Records 9 46811-2

Released: 1997

L.A. Confidential>

L.A. Confidential
Restless Records 0187-72946-2

Released: 1997

L.A. Confidential (score)>

L.A. Confidential (score)
Varese Sarabande VSD 5885

Released: 1997

The Rock>

The Rock
Hollywood Records

Released: June 7, 1996

The Truth And The Light: Music From The X-Files

The Truth And The Light: Music From The X-Files
Warner Brothers Records 9 46279-2

Released: 1996

Air Force One

Air Force One
Expanded Bootleg
Bootleg AlbumAFO-CD 97111

Released: 1999

Air Force One - Rejected Score

Air Force One - Rejected Score
Bootleg AlbumCD-023

Released: 1999

Armageddon

Armageddon
Agency Promo
Promotional Release

Released: 1998

Godzilla

Godzilla
Bootleg Album

Released: 1998