JOHN DANKWORTH / SIMON FISHER-TURNER
Gangster Number One Film Four 00032 (UK) $26.99
Funeral In Berlin RCA 81752 (Spain) $15.99
(36:55) 1967 sequel to Michael Caine hit "The Ipcress File" carries good thriller score with "Russian defector in Berlin" suspense, flavor. Sixties-style music with solid orchestral sounds, plus harpsichord, piano, sax, percussion. Same contents as original RCA stereo LP.
The French Connection / The French Connection II FSM $24.99
(74:56) Landmark 1971 police thriller with Gene Hackman gets jazzy, avante-garde-ish score for orchestra (37:48). Incredible trumpet work! Has numerous cues deleted from final movie. CD also has score (37:08) from 1975 sequel, "French Connection II" featuring similar music with darker edges.
The Gauntlet WB 47884 (France) $19.99
(31:10) Finally available on CD! 1977 Clint Eastwood action movie boasts "in-your-face" orchestral jazz, dissonant clusters of brass, anchored by lonely trumpet theme. Miles Davis-influenced "Gauntlet" cue a highlight. Same contents as original Warner Brothers LP.
Vip, Mio Fratello Superuomo CAM 498797 (Italy) $14.99
Raintree County RCA 81732 (2 CDs - Spain) $29.99
BERNARD HERRMANN / ALFRED NEWMAN
The Egyptian FSM (Original soundtrack - 72 minutes) $24.99
(72:02) 1954 CinemaScope costume epic has magnificent score by two giants. Stirring music with rich themes, action music, florid choral stuff. Once presumed lost, over two thirds of this important score has survived, mastered from original stereo tapes in reasonably good condition. Impressive album.
Dollars WB 47879 (France) $19.99
(37:17) 1971 Warren Beatty/Goldie Hawn comedy/thriller has hip seventies flavor. Sometimes gritty, often funny score also features vocals by Roberta Flack, Little Richard. CD premier with same contents as original Reprise LP.
Big Screen Little Screen RCA 29262 (Spain) $15.99
-Nicholas And Alexandria / Summer Of 42 / Kotch / Ironside / Mystery Movie Theme / Tonight Show / Shaft / etc-
Exorcist II: The Heretic WB 46992 (France) $19.99
(35:05) Weak 1977 sequel to original horror classic none-the-less carries superb, atmospheric score by Morricone. Moves effortlessly between beautiful, haunting melodies and aggressive, scary music. Still one of Morricone's best albums. Same contents as original Warner Bros. LP.
Lumumba CAM 498263 (Italy) $14.99
(41:04) 1999 movie about legendary prime minister of the Congo during Belgian colonialism carries strong score for orchestra and chorus. Numerous choral chants amidst the score add color, power. A couple of source cues take up space.
Martin (1978 George A. Romero film) LevelGreen 22006 $14.99
Cool Hand Luke Aleph 022 (Expanded) $15.99
(57:26) Terrific 1967 Southern prison movie with Paul Newman carries flavorful, dramatic music to match. Haunting "loner" theme. Energetic outdoor stuff includes classic "Tar Sequence". Stereo cues on original soundtrack album plus previously unreleased cues in mono.
Sayonara RCA 81742 (Spain) $15.99
(42:28) Original RCA stereo album from 1957 Marlon Brando classic finally makes it to CD. Irving Berlin theme, rhapsodic Waxman score are treasures. Sound quality is modest, as was original album. Same contents as original LP.
JOHN WILLIAMS / STANLEY WILSON
M Squad COL-CD 2809 $14.99
-Also: Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (Skip Martin)- (66:20) 1959 Lee Marvin TV series carries crisp, "dirty" jazz score composed by John Williams, Benny Carter, Stanley Wilson, themed by Count Basie. Same contents as original RCA album, now in stereo (previous CD was mono) with terrific sound! Also has complete stereo album to "Mike Hammer", featuring mellower, moody jazz music for the Mickey Spillane TV series composed by Dave Kahn & Melvyn Lenard.
Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales Teldec 81506 (UK) $26.99
-Narration by Vanessa Redgrave & Stephen Fry-
Tom's Midnight Garden ReelCD 103 (UK) $26.99
FILM SCORE MONTHLY Vol 6 #3 (March 01) $4.95
-Master Of Disaster (Irwin Allen Part II)/Don Ellis & The French Connection/ The art and business of being an L.A. session musician/etc-