The Roots Of Heaven (33:59) / David Copperfield (28:04)
Marco Polo 8.225167 (Cond Stromberg) $14.99
(62:06) Magnificent restoration of powerhouse score (33:59) for 1958 Errol Flynn adventure "The Roots Of Heaven". Theme for elephants a knockout! Includes two cues scored by Alfred Newman. CD also has rich, moving score (28:07) for 1970 Richard Attenborough/Laurence Olivier version of "David Copperfield". Gorgeous, pastorale English music. William Stromberg leads Moscow Symphony Orchestra in triumphant performances. Wow!
The Dove Artemis 006 (UK) $19.99
Dracula 2000 MBCD 01 (Promo) $19.99
RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT
Nicholas & Alexandria / Lady Caroline Lamb Artemis 007 (UK) $19.99
A Knight's Tale Sony 85648 (1 score track w/ dialogue) $17.99
(48:53) New costume movie with Heath Ledger sports album of loud rock music and one score track. Warning: Burwell's contribution is destroyed by dialog. For classic rock fans, it's a good album. For Burwell fans, this one blows.
JERRY GOLDSMITH / BRUCE BROUGHTON / VARIOUS
Disney's California Adventure Disney 60044 $29.99
(51:20) New Disney attraction has album of symphonic music, songs, related stuff. Two highlights are obvious: "Soarin' Over California" by Jerry Goldsmith (4:43) is rich, majestic, tuneful music for "flight" over California landmarks. "Seasons Of The Vine" by Bruce Broughton (4:32) is melodic, zesty score for "Golden Vine Winery" attraction. Other tracks include songs and music for "Hollywood Pictures Backlot" and "Paradise Pier" presentations.
HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS / JOHN POWELL
Shrek Dreamworks 50305 (1 score track) $17.99
(39:55) New animated movie has album of songs and two tracks by the composers (one vocal track, one score track) with upbeat sounds. Enough said.
Princess Mononoke: Symphonic Suite Milan 35944 $15.99
(47:26) Epic 1998 Japan animation project has lush symphonic music by pianist Hisaishi. Version recorded here is his own "symphonic suite" of 8 movements. Thematic, powerful. Played by Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Mario Klemens
JOHN MURPHY / VARIOUS
Shooters SANCD 080 (UK) $24.99
Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles Silva 1130 $16.99
Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows (Promo) $19.99
High Noon: 25 Artists One Song Bear 16395 (Germany) $24.99
The song "High Noon" performed by 25 artists, including Tex Ritter, Frankie Laine, Henry Mancini, Johnnie Spence, Ray Conniff, Ferrante & Teicher, Chet Atkins, Robert Horton, etc.