Storyteller Soundtrack - Rachel Portman - Varese Sarabande

Varese Sarabande Is Releasing Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Soundtrack!

Beginning as I do at the beginning and starting as I must at the start. Let me show you fate through the announcement that Varese Sarabande is releasing Jim Henson’s The Storyteller soundtrack at the end of this month. An epic release I will certainly add, friends. As on the 27th of April, the legendary record label will release a deluxe box set featuring not just Rachel Portman’s score for the 1987 series. In addition they have also included 1990’s The Storyteller soundtrack for The Greek Myths!

[Via] Richard Maysundo

At the beginning of this post I had a bit of fun changing a quote from the 1987 episode entitled Sapsorrow. All my silliness aside, I am indeed so very excited for this wonderful box set. Not just because I am a fan of all things Jim Henson of course. The truth is The Storyteller has certainly meant a great deal to me. I can vividly recall in fact, sitting on the living room floor, my homework spread out in front of me, when I caught my first episode. Which was Hans My Hedgehog.

[Via] Jim Henson Company

I was truly taken aback when this series of folklore stories didn’t take off. The beauty of what the Henson Company, the late and great screenwriter Anthony Minghella, as well as Rachel Portman created. Well, simply put… it was indeed astounding.

Naturally these adapted folk tales could have come across rather stale. But thanks to the writing. In addition to the astounding acting. Featuring everyone from Sir John Hurt, the titular Storyteller himself, to Jonathan Pryce (Brazil), Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game), and Jane Horrocks (The Witches) to name a few.
Storyteller Soundtrack - Derek Jacobi

We of course had Rachel Portman’s exceptional scores for improving an already memorable piece of entertainment. Who it so happens had this to say about her work in the Varese Sarabande press release:

“I felt I had real freedom to go as dark as I wanted, musically,” explained Portman. “I didn’t shy away from being really sad, or really dark, or really happy. I think that really matched the way the whole series was done, and the scripts. It always kind of ends in minor. I don’t know why. They all come back to a sad chord at the end.”

For myself, I can only say that while Rachel knowingly says she would finish off the music with a sad chord. I would offer however that it doesn’t make me think of something sorrowful. But a fitting musical chord, signifying the end of the tale itself. Although having said that, perhaps in The Soldier and Death there is indeed a bit of melancholy to the score. Although in this clip from the actual episode, you will hear some of that dark score of Portman’s.

[Via] Jim Henson Company

Friends, in a perfect world, the television series would have not only become a success. It would in addition have been picked up for many, many seasons. While of course it does have a loyal fan base, the news that Varese Sarabande was releasing The Storyteller soundtrack is an incredible thing. Fate as it were has obviously been kind to us fans of Henson and stellar soundtracks, right?
Storyteller Soundtrack - Sir John Hurt

So this is what is going to be included in that 3-CD deluxe box set:
Disc I Features:

  • Main Title (Extended Version) (0:41)
  • Hans My Hedgehog (Suite A) (4:19)
  • Hans My Hedgehog (Suite B) (6:22)
  • A Story Short (Suite A) (6:50)
  • A Story Short (Suite B) (5:19)
  • Fearnot (Suite A) (5:27)
  • Fearnot (Suite B) (6:37)
  • The Luck Child (Suite A) (6:17)
  • The Luck Child (Suite B) (5:09)
  • The Heartless Giant (Suite A) (6:50)
  • The Heartless Giant (Suite B) (6:53)
  • End Title (0:34)

Disc II Includes:

  • Main Title with Narration (featuring John Hurt) (0:41)
  • The Soldier and Death (Suite A) (5:04)
  • The Soldier and Death (Suite B) (7:59)
  • The True Bride (Suite A) (5:41)
  • The True Bride (Suite B) (6:18)
  • The Three Ravens (Suite A) (7:34)
  • The Three Ravens (Suite B) (7:59)
  • Sapsorrow (Suite A) (5:18)
  • Sapsorrow (Suite B) (6:03)
  • Main Title (Short Version) (0:37)
  • Unused Bumper A (0:12)
  • Unused Bumper B (0:10)

Disc III Contains:

  • The Storyteller: Greek Myths Main Titles (UK Version) (0:39)
  • Theseus & The Minotaur (Suite A) (7:23)
  • Theseus & The Minotaur (Suite B) (9:13)
  • Perseus & The Gorgon (Suite A) (7:00)
  • Perseus & The Gorgon (Suite B) (7:21)
  • Daedalus & Icarus (Suite A) (6:42)
  • Daedalus & Icarus (Suite B) (7:18)
  • Orpheus & Eurydice (Suite A) (8:47)
  • Orpheus & Eurydice (Suite B) (6:57)
  • Main Titles (US Version) (0:33)

Disc III Bonus Tracks:

  • Theseus (Suite) (1:34)
  • Orpheus (Suite) (1:29)

As well as a 32-page booklet featuring interviews with not just Portman. Also featured are Brian and Lisa Henson, Producer Duncan Kenworthy, Dominic Minghella (Anthony’s Brother), and Director Steve Barron. Incredible behind the scenes recollections and stories, put together thanks to NPR’s Tim Greiving.

Here however is what you need to do. Hop on over to Varese Sarabande, right this very second and pre-order your copy today. It is naturally a limited run so do not wait too long, okay?

Now then, how about a chance to listen to Rachel Portman yourself? She does not mention her work on The Storyteller soundtrack. But the Academy Award winning composer shares delightful insights on her work nonetheless!

[Via] CMusic TV

Singin' Sixties

Retroist Scoreboard: The Singin’ Sixties

A bit of a light week here at the Retroist Scoreboard, but there’s still music in the air. And pollen. Maybe more pollen than music this week, admittedly, but there’s still music.

Intrada has unearthed Frank Perkins’ combination score-and-songs album from the 1963 Warner Bros. all-star summer flick Palm Springs Weekend, featuring vocal contributions from the likes of Troy Donahue, Robert Conrad, and Connie Stevens. The album, restored from the original master tapes from the 1960s LP release, weighs in at just a little over half an hour, but if you need a fresh (and rarely-heard) fix from the Beach Blanket Bingo era, this is your ticket back to those times.
Singin' Sixties

Varese Sarabande will begin shipping the first-ever official CD release of the soundtrack from 1968’s Barbarella this Friday, featuring Charles Fox’s score with vocals and performances by Bob Crewe and the Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra. Pre-orders are still being taken, and the price on this one is definitely right.

And you may be able to score this score for even less! Due to upgrades of their shipping systems, Varese is offering a 10% discount on all orders placed between May 8th and 21st, the catch being that shipping may be a little bit on the slow side during that period.

Is that all? That is not all.

Occasionally I might point out new or upcoming releases that tickle our ears the way a good soundtrack does, and it just so happens that my picks in that category this week feature some of the pioneer originators of electronic music, and some of its best current practitioners. Full disclosure: both parties include friends of mine, so forgive me for being a little less impartial than usual.

The Radiophonic Workshop is a live, touring, recording amalgamation of original members of the now-defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop and newer members. Members Dick Mills and Roger Limb were there in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when the Workshop’s pioneering works included the original iteration of the Doctor Who theme music, while later recruits Peter Howell and Paddy Kingsland helped define that show’s sound in the 1980s, Howell in particular having arranged the Peter Davison / Colin Baker era version of the Doctor Who theme.

Mark Ayres, who joined the Workshop in its twilight years partly as an archivist of its classic material, and Kieron Pepper, round out the current incarnation of the Workshop, and they’ve assembled a new album using vintage synthesizers and radiophonic recording techniques, Burials In Several Earths, now available for pre-order both as a download and on CD or vinyl. The album drops on May 19th.

[Via] The Radiophonic Workshop

The Radiophonic Workshop originated in the late 1950s, creating electronic wizardry out of tape loops and oscillators on a shoestring budget in a tiny studio in the BBC’s Maida Vale facility. They’ve done a lot more than just Doctor Who – Kingsland single-handedly scored the BBC’s radio and TV incarnations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – though their live shows feature callbacks to their past glories aplenty.

On the slightly more modern side of things, 8 Bit Weapon is releasing an experimental concept EP on May 8th under the title DLC: The OST. Renowned for crafting amazingly multi-layered music from the sound chips of classic video game consoles and computers, the electronic duo consisting of Seth and Michelle Sternberger is taking satirical aim at the industry that made their instruments this time around…or, at least, that industry’s modern tendency to foist incomplete games upon the buying public. The press blurb for DLC: The OST asks: “What IF the music industry followed this business model? How much of a song would you hear before you purchased the rest of it as DLC?“

Next week: get ready for the Lasso of Truth to snatch your wallet, because La-La Land Records is finally releasing a 3-CD box set of music from the 1970s Wonder Woman series, including music from the pilot movie, and even more music from the second and third seasons. Tune in next week for the details!


Retroist Scoreboard: Untouchables And Labyrinth – Goblins And Gangsters

Two Retroist Scoreboards in one week? Well…I thought these two releases might be worthy of note for you retro-fixated collectors and listeners out there.

Dragon’s Domain Records is giving us a 2-CD set of music from an early ‘90s TV series whose scores have never seen the light of day before: the syndicated revival of The Untouchables, a series that followed Eliot Ness, a federal agent who has to push the boundaries of the law to try to bring down Al Capone’s gang operation in the era of Prohibition. Obviously the success of the then-recent 1987 film had a lot to do with The Untouchables’ return to our screens, and a big-screen musical treatment was sought, courtesy of Joel Goldsmith, who composed music for the show’s entire run after the studio was swayed by the quality of his score for the pilot episode. For the recording session involving the series’ main theme, Joel’s dad, Jerry Goldsmith, dropped by to conduct the orchestra. The younger Goldsmith would go on to score Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, the live-action Witchblade TV series, and would collaborate with his father on the music for Star Trek: First Contact. Joel Goldsmith died in 2012. There will be only 1000 copies of The Untouchables TV music pressed, which is a good reason to do a special Scoreboard column – you’d better snap this up before Capone and his gang snatch them all.

That’s the Chicago way.

[Via] The Rap Sheet

Amazon.Com is taking pre-orders for the May 12th vinyl re-release of the soundtrack from Labyrinth, scored by Trevor Jones and featuring David Bowie. This is the first vinyl pressing of Labyrinth since the LP was released alongside the movie itself, and the contents of the album are exactly the same. If your attempts to get Labyrinth on vinyl have been stymied by the steady increase in the price of the original pressing on the secondary market, the arrival of a new pressing that can be had for under $20 will be a welcome development.

Okay, now I think we’ve covered all of this week’s releases and pre-orders. Tune in next time to see how the soundtrack labels decide to make my life interesting in the weeks ahead!
P.S. Mr. Nitti is waiting in the car.

Tune - X Files

Retroist Scoreboard: The Tune Is Out There


“The Tune is out there, Scully.”

As promised last week, this week is for the X-Files fans among you, as La-La Land rolls out a 2-disc compilation of highlights from Mark Snow’s scores for the most recent “event season” of The X-Files, and the track list is a pretty tempting one:

Disc One
1. Prologue (2:59)
2. THE X-FILES Main Title (Season 9) (0:36)
3. Ride to Roswell (2:09)
4. Call to Mulder (1:49)
5. Sveta (4:31)
6. Sveta Exam (1:47)
7. Alien Replica Vehicle/Element 115 (3:09)
8. Lab Labors (2:16)
9. Sveta’s Story (3:17)
10. Mulder’s Office (1:58)
11. Deep Throat (2:35)
12. Home Fire (1:55)
13. Conspiracy Montage (5:14)
14. Sveta Confesses (1:48)
15. Parking Garage (2:26)
16. Sveta Gets Zapped (1:18)
17. Smoking Man (0:44)

18. Insecure Insecurity (2:30)
19. Hand Message (3:33)
20. Pull the Thread/Semi-Alien Boy (10:04)
21. Capsules (5:01)
22. Aquaiescent (1:46)
23. A Mother Never Forgets (2:23)
24. The Farm House/Catching Kyle (3:32)
25. The Real Molly (2:46)
26. Mulder’s Memories (2:47)
Disc One Total Time: 75:55

Disc Two
1. City Shower Services (1:15)
2. No Prints/The Call (2:17)
3. Extubation (0:37)
4. Remorse (1:41)
5. Sub-Urban (3:05)
6. Tulku (3:33)
7. More Remorse (2:20)

8. Prayer (1:13)
9. Einstein/Miller (2:01)
10. Mugwump (5:02)
11. Evacuation (3:25)
12. Ummu (2:48)
13. Motel (1:35)
14. Walk With Me (1:24)

15. Recap (1:31)
16. Scully’s Story (2:27)
17. Fed Ford/Alien American DNA (4:35)
18. Vaccine Alienation/One-Class Infection (2:27)
19. Smokin’ God (6:58)
20. The Spartan Virus (7:48)
21. Crispr Cas9 (6:33)
22. William Is Out There (4:32)
23. THE X-FILES End Credits (New Orbit) (0:35)
24. I Made This/20th Century Fox Fanfare (0:08)

25. Bonus Track: Suite (4:32)

Disc Two Total Time: 79.14
Total Set Running Time: 154.69

If you haven’t picked up any of La-La Land’s X-Files box sets from the original series run, there are two things you should know: they’re fantastic, and they’re on sale! The four-disc Volume One, still in stock, has been marked down to $30, and the second and third volumes, also four discs each, have been reduced to $40 each through May 8th. If you want to believe, that’s fine – if you want to listen, even better!

Varese Sarabande is taking pre-orders for the May 19th release of Angelo Badalamenti’s Blue Velvet soundtrack on vinyl, with side one consisting of selections from the score, and side two featuring songs from Roy Orbison, Julee Cruise, and others. This LP reprint is being offered exclusively through Amazon.

And just when you thought it was safe and there were only a couple of releases to talk about, a wild label appears! Notefornote Music is reprinting an early Hans Zimmer score, Thelma & Louise, previously issued as a limited editing by Kritzerland Records in 2011. If you missed that earlier release, this is your chance to fill that gap in your collection.

The hits, as a wise man once said, just keep on coming – watch this space next week for more of the latest soundtrack news.
[Via] JoBlo TV Show Trailer