La Symphonie Pastorale Marco Polo 8225136 (Cond Adriano) $14.99 -Macao, L'Enfer Du Jeu / Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes / etc-
John Barry: The Collection 40 Years Of Film Music Silva 349 (UK) $24.99 (4 CD set compilation from various Silva Screen albums) -Zulu/Ipcress File/The Knack/Born Free/Quiller Memorandum/Last Valley/ Mary Queen Of Scots/King Kong/The Specialist/Deep/Black Hole/etc-
Bridget Jones's Diary Universal 548797 (1 score track) $17.99 (58:58) Song collection with one brief orchestral suite of tuneful music (4:25) by Doyle. Just not enough score to engage interest.
DANNY ELFMAN / JOHN DEBNEY / etc.
Spy Kids Chapter III 30002 $16.99 -Score by Danny Elfman, John Debney, Gavin Greenaway, Harry Gregson-Williams, Chris Boardman and Heitor Pereira-(31:36) Popular new Robert Rodriguez family movie has energetic orchestral score, Spanish style. Somehow at least 14 writers contribute tunes and everything comes out cohesive! A modest winner.
In The Mood For Love Omtown 50542 $17.99 (48:26) New Wong Kar-wai movie features violin waltz theme by Umebayashi Shigeru, string-led score by Galasso. Numerous source songs, snippets of dialog add clutter to sometimes strong music.
Medal Of Honor: Underground (Video Game) Dreamworks 40014 $19.99 (66:48) Rousing, intense orchestral music for game sequel created by Steven Spielberg. Quality is assured.
Beautiful Creatures Jell 5044 (2 score tracks) $15.99 (55:34) New movie with yet another song album. This one has two (count 'em two!) score tracks (6:43). It doesn't really matter, unless you're completing Murray Gold...
Cul-De-Sac / Knife In The Water Polonia 159 (Poland) $29.99
Love And Treason Intrada 7092 $14.99
(34:26) New CBS movie/pilot from producer of Hunt For Red October sports exciting action/suspense score. Symphonically composed, electronically realized. Certainly some of the most ambitious, full-sounding music ever had from synthesizers. http://www.intrada.com/7092.htm
Jean De Florette Silva 328 (UK) $15.99
Manon Des Sources (Jean De Florette Part 2) Silva 329 (UK) $15.99
Just Visiting Varese 66239 $15.99 (36:16) New comedy crossing past with present carries manic orchestral score by no less than six composers. Powell takes main credit, Nick Glennie-Smith and Gavin Greenaway amongst the others. Okay if not memorable stuff.
Voyous Voyelles SMC 155072 (France) $29.99
LALO SCHIFRIN / SCHULLER / SHARPIRO
Piano Trios Naxos 8559062 $5.99 -Hommage A Ravel (Schifrin)/Piano Trio (Schuller)/Piano Trio (Shapiro)-
One Night At McCool's Universal 013743 (1 score track) $17.99 (47:22) New Matt Dillon movie with just another song album carrying a lone score track (5:25). Unless you're completing Shaiman skip this one.
Untamed FSM $24.99 (65:42) 1955 Cinemascope adventure from Fox gets rousing music. Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Zulu battles, widescreen splendor - with music to match. Complete score in stunning stereo. Virtuoso French horn fanfare and main title a spectacular highlight.