Track Listing

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


by David A. Koran
June 3, 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.


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 Mummy - Expanded>

The Mummy - Expanded
Intrada Special Collection Vol. 402

Released: July 17, 2018

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Remastered>

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Remastered
Walt Disney Records

Released: May 4, 2018

Titanic - 20th Anniversary Edition>

Titanic - 20th Anniversary Edition
Limited Edition of 5,000 Units
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1446

Released: November 28, 2017

Titanic - Vinyl Edition>

Titanic - Vinyl Edition
First Pressing Limited Edition of 1,500 Copies
Music On Vinyl / At the Movies MOVATM100

Released: November 28, 2016

The X-Files: Volume Three>

The X-Files: Volume Three
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1370

Released: October 25, 2016


Audio Fidelity AFZLP2 239

Released: May 20, 2016

The X-Files: Volume One>

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

Released: February 9, 2016

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

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


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: November 14, 2000

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace>

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

Released: May 4, 1999

The Mummy>

The Mummy
Decca Records 289 466 458-2

Released: May 4, 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


London 289 460 796-2

Released: November 3, 1998

A Bug's Life>

A Bug's Life
Walt Disney Records 60634-7

Released: October 27, 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


Columbia Records CK 69440

Released: June 23, 1998

The X-Files - Original Score>

The X-Files - Original Score
Elektra 62217-2

Released: June 2, 1998

The X-Files: The Album>

The X-Files: The Album
Rhino / Elektra

Released: June 2, 1998



Released: May 19, 1998

Armageddon - Original Score>

Armageddon - Original Score
Columbia Records CK 69689

Released: February 1, 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


Sony Classical SK 63213

Released: November 18, 1997

L.A. Confidential - Original Score>

L.A. Confidential - Original Score
Varese Sarabande VSD 5885

Released: August 26, 1997


Warner Bros. Records 9 46811-2

Released: August 19, 1997

Air Force One>

Air Force One
Varese Sarabande VSD 5825

Released: July 29, 1997

L.A. Confidential>

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

Released: 1997

The Truth and the Light: Music From The X-Files>

The Truth and the Light: Music From The X-Files
Warner Bros. Records 9 46279-2

Released: October 8, 1996

The Rock>

The Rock
Hollywood Records

Released: June 7, 1996

Songs in the Key of X>

Songs in the Key of X
Warner Bros. Records

Released: March 22, 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


Agency Promo
Promotional Release

Released: 1998


Bootleg Album

Released: 1998