Retroist Scoreboard: Tangerine Dreams and Space Spinach

Retroist Scoreboard fans, we’ve hit one of those lulls in releases that happens during the summer, but fear not, there’s some classic movie music on CD to get you through the end of summer vacation.

Intrada has reached into its back catalog to reissue a title that sold out quickly upon its original release in 2009 – Jerry Goldsmith‘s score from Ten Little Indians (1973).  The contents are the same as the 2009 release, so this is just an instance of a label giving collectors who missed out on the first limited release a second chance.

If you’re looking for something a bit further afield, there are also swingin’ sixties  superspy sounds aplenty on the live concert recording The Jazz From U.N.CL.E., performed by the Summit Six Sextet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Man From U.N.CL.E.  Music from the classic series is rearranged for a six-piece jazz group.  This title is also available from Intrada.

Dragon’s Domain has put Tangerine Dream‘s score from 1989’s Miracle Mile back in print for the first time in nearly 30 years, now as a 2-CD set: the first CD presents the complete score for the first time ever, as well as some isolated “music effects”, while the second CD duplicates (and remasters) the original 1989 album.

BSX Records is releasing, on CD, an album that was previously a digital-only release, Music From The Star Trek Saga.  The album consists of new re-recordings of music spanning the entire history of the franchise, from classic TV Trek through the ’80s and ’90s spinoffs, and up to the first of the new movies.

Varese Sarabande is taking pre-orders for a late-September deluxe expanded release of the music from the cult classic 1980 live-action Popeye movie starring Robin Williams.  Though scored (and featuring songs) by Harry Nilsson, Popeye was originally set to be scored by composer Thomas Pierson, and his never-before-heard rejected score will be heard on this release for the first time, along with two Nilsson-composed songs written for, but not used in, the film.

Is that all?  No, that is not all – both Intrada and La-La Land Records are having end-of-summer blowout sales, with Intrada knocking 25% off the price of such titles as 48 Hrs., Cocoon, Edward Scissorhands, Red Dawn, Silent Running, SpaceCamp, and Jason And The Argonauts.  La-La Land is offering discounts on the soundtracks from the first three seasons of the 21st century Battlestar Galactica series (which are about to be out-of-print), as well as markdowns on such titles as The Shawshank Redemption, Krull, and Creepshow.  With many of these titles officially in low quantities, these sales are excellent chances for you to get those classic soundtracks you’ve been holding out on.

Happy listening, soundtrack fans – the Retroist Scoreboard will be back in a couple of weeks with a whole new batch of releases.

Retroist Scoreboard: The Dog and Jedi and Klown Days of Summer

Now I know why the major soundtrack labels unloaded an entire vat of music on us last week: it’s getting hot enough to melt compact discs.  (If you’re hot, they’re hot – bring them inside!)  Fortunately, we’ve got a little splash of interesting classic soundtrack news to cool you off.

Composer John Massari has kicked off an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign for his orchestral re-recording of his own score from the Chiodo Brothers’ cult classic, Killer Klowns From Outer Space.  Re-recordings are wildly varying in quality, but this one is worth your attention: the original composer is behind it, and as he states in his crowdfunding pitch, he always had it in mind as an orchestral score, but the film’s budget limited him to synthesizers.  Also, one only has to pitch in at the $20 level to get an autographed CD of the new recording when it’s done.

Music Box Records has released a very small run (750 copies!) of Georges Delerue‘s score from the 1980 TV series Les Chevaux du Soleil (Horses Of The Sun).  Some music from this series has been presented on prior compilations of Delerue’s work, but this is the entire score from the original sessions, adding over 40 minutes of material not heard before.  Liner notes are included in both French and English.

Also: I missed one earlier this month.  (So many labels, so many soundtrack releases…it happens.)  Moviescoremedia, a label based in Sweden, has release George Shaw‘s score from the Star Wars fan film Way To The Rebellion.

Wait, what?  A soundtrack from a fan film?  It’s not completely unheard-of: there are CDs and/or downloads available of such fan-made projects as Starship Farragut and Star Trek: Renegades (both of them Trek spinoffs), and they’re worth a listen – some of the fan film composers have gone on to “real” projects (though I challenge you to watch Star Trek Continues and tell me that’s not a “real” project).

POW! To the moon!

Shaw, as it happens, already has several “real” projects behind him – Way To The Rebellion was just his chance to be John Williams for a day.  To fill out the CD, some of Shaw’s prior Star Wars-related scores are included, such as First Asian Jedi and Dealbreakers: She’s Never Seen Star Wars?!.  The samples you can listen to on the web site sound big-screen – this is a real orchestra, not a suitcase full of samples.  As someone once said…impressive.  Most impressive.  You can watch Way To The Rebellion in its entirety to get a taste for the music.

Will there be “new” classic film music to talk about next week?  Stay tuned.

Retroist Scoreboard: Silent Stranger Starstuff

Brace yourselves, soundtrack fans, because this summer’s going to get just a little bit expensive if you’re into vinyl.  If you’re not into vinyl…sorry, it’s still going to be expensive.  There’s good stuff on the way.  Starstuff.

Even though it had a digital release shortly after the series premiered, Intrada Records is releasing the first volume of Alan Silvestri‘s astronomically awesome music from Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.  Best of all, even if you’ve already done the download thing, Intrada’s CDs contain bonus tracks not included in the digital edition.

Slightly more down-to-earth are a couple of new Tadlow releases, Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (the last film scored by the late, great Elmer Bernstein of Ghostbusters fame), and a fresh new re-recording of Dmitri Tiomkin‘s score from Duel In The Sun, getting an epic 2-CD treatment.

Like Tadlow’s recent re-recording of Jerry Goldsmith’s music from the classic Thriller TV series, Duel In The Sun was painstakingly recreated and digitally re-recorded by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine.

Now, while you’re listening to the rousing notes of Tiomkin’s masterpiece brought back to life, prepare your wallet for an epic July.  I’m giving you a heads-up so you can start saving a few bucks now for what’s to come.

July will see the release of Walt Disney Records’ Legacy Collection release of Robin Hood, scored by George Bruns.  Something tells me, however, that you can probably expect to hear Roger Miller sing a song here or there as well.

For decades, the only way to get Silent Running was to track down the original vinyl LP, consisting of Peter “P.D.Q. Bach” Schickele‘s moody score and Joan Baez‘s folksy contributions; late last year, Intrada made many a Silent Running fan happy by finally giving this soundtrack an official CD release after more than 40 years (and by the way, the CD’s still available).  But now Silent Running is headed back to vinyl, with Varese Sarabande pressing a new run of green LPs befitting the movie’s environmental themes.

Is that all?  Grab some Pop Tarts and brace yourself, for that is not all.

Lakeshore Records is rolling out deluxe LP pressings of both volumes of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein‘s moody, Moogy music from Netflix’s Stranger Things.  Now, if you’ve been visiting the Retroist for the past year or so, you know we love us some Stranger Things around here, and I think we’re in agreement that this package does not disappoint.  Volume 1 and Volume 2 can both be pre-ordered from Amazon ahead of their July 14th release, but be prepared for a Demogorgon-sized price tag for the sheer amount of Stranger Things goodness you’ll be getting.

Want an even stranger blast from the past?

July will also see (sadly, no pre-order links available at press time) a cassette release of music from Stranger Things, complete with a cardboard sleeve and inner artwork mimicking the look of a  VHS tape.  This release will be exclusive to Urban Outfitters, and might come in a little bit cheaper than the LPs.  If you’ve been wanting your Stranger Things soundtrack in a more novel format, this is your summer – remember to crank it up to Eleven.

On that note, let’s have a little more Duel In The Sun, courtesy of Tadlow Records and the City of Prague Philharmonic.  The summer of soundtrack music is here, and it’s only going to get stranger.

Retroist Scoreboard: Quake of the Living Dead(ites)

This summer is already showing signs of being a scorcher, to the point that even the soundtrack shelf is heating up – especially if you like big slabs of freshly pressed vinyl.

I try not to leave any new soundtrack release unannounced here if I can help it, but I will admit to completely fumbling the play from time to time. Case in point: Lunaris Records‘ CD release of Carlo Maria Cordio‘s score from the infamous Troll 2 snuck right past me…you know, as horror movie trolls and goblins often do, just before they strike. I thought it was only fair that I circle back and let fans of classic horror scores know that this one exists. Is it better as a solo listening experience than it is saddled with the visual and narrative aspects of the movie in question (often said to be one of the worst films ever made)? You, brave listeners, will have to discover that for yourselves.

Troll 2

Varese Sarabande is taking pre-orders for a CD release later this month of Dave Grusin‘s score from the 1974 Robert Mitchum movie The Yakuza. Like the movie itself, the score represents the clash of east and west, and Grusin had an able assist from legendary jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour. Varese is pressing only 1,500 copies of The Yakuza.

The Yakuza

Quartet Records is putting fans of Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone in a state of bliss with its remastered, 2-CD re-release of 1990’s State Of Grace, now complete for the first time ever. The second disc remasters the original soundtrack album release assembled and mixed by Morricone in 1990, which featured roughly half of the score, while the first disc collects the complete score in chronological film order, which received a distinctly different mix. Only 1,000 copies of this soundtrack are being pressed.

State Of Grace

Now, friends, let’s discuss the dead coming to life anew on vinyl. Waxwork Records is a label dedicated to releasing a few high-quality LPs of classic horror scores each year, and their latest is the positively beautiful new vinyl release of Joseph LoDuca’s soundtrack from 1987’s Evil Dead 2.

Evil Dead 2

Featuring both original movie artwork and brand new pieces created just for the LP release by Justin Erickson, Waxwork’s Evil Dead 2 LP comes in two flavors – at least where the record inside is concerned. Customers have their choice of the bloodied “Ash” vinyl…

Evil Dead 2

…or, honoring Ash’s trusty Oldsmobile, the “Delta 88” vinyl. Let’s face it, the car is more of a beloved steed than a vehicle, and it’s earned this shout-out in vinyl form.

Evil Dead 2

Whichever you choose, because it’s an LP, this Evil Dead 2 release is guaranteed to be…groovy.

Evil Dead 2Ash sees what I did there

Is that all? That is not all. Sharp-eyed Trent Reznor fans sat up and took note when a vinyl release of Reznor’s soundtrack from the 1996 video game Quake appeared as a pre-order – with no release date as of the time of this writing – in the store on the official Nine Inch Nails website.

Quake

For an entirely different type of Quake why not check out this vintage commerical for Quake cereal?

With no information other than “coming soon”, consider this a preview of things to come. Needless to say, if you were worried that the soundtrack releases might start to taper off in the summer months…we’re just getting started.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Retroist Scoreboard: Beware the Ides of May – From Raiders To Reynolds

Mid-May has been crazy, so apologies for the Retroist Scoreboard taking an unscheduled break. But hey, there’s some seriously good stuff to talk about now that we’re back.

Intrada Records has released a new 3-CD edition of the late, great Jerry Goldsmith’s score from Poltergeist II. Now, you may well be asking yourself how one squeezes a 3-CD set out of a single movie that doesn’t even last three hours, but this set is a real treat for Goldsmith afficionados.

Poltergeist II

The three-disc set presents, across two discs, the distinctly different digital and analog mixes of the complete score, along with a bonus third disc presenting several key cues from the film as Goldsmith originally scored them, featuring hair-raisingly unearthly choral performances that were frequently left off the sound mix in the final movie. Best of all, Intrada isn’t charging an arm and a leg just because of the disc count, so even if you have a previous release of this soundtrack, your wallet will not be forever haunted by upgrading to this release.

Poltergeist II

Quartet Records has released a very limited edition (1,000 copies) of Frank de Vol’s scores from two ’70s Burt Reynolds movies, Hustle and The Longest Yard, on a single disc. The Hustle score, among its other selling points, has the best track title this author has ever seen on a compact disc of any genre, “Phychedelicatessen”.

Hustle

In a rare instance of what’s normally thought of as a soundtrack label dipping its toes into the mainstream, Varese Sarabande has released The Very Best Of Peter Cetera, decidedly not a soundtrack release…or is it? Crowded with tracks such as “The Glory Of Love”, “Daddy’s Girl”, “After All” and “Stay With Me”, all of which were prominently featured in hit movies, this isn’t such an “out of left field” release for Varese after all – late ’80s Hollywood saw Cetera as a soundtrack (and publicity) goldmine.

Peter Cetera

June 2nd will see the release of a new vinyl pressing of John Williams’ legendary Raiders of the Lost Ark score, this time with additional material that wasn’t featured on the 1981 LP. If you have the 2008 CD box set, there isn’t anything you haven’t already heard here, but this 2-record set from Concord is an eye-catching addition to your vinyl collection. Support for “Indy” music, indeed!

Raiders of the Lost Ark - CD Release

Track List from the CD release.

Looking even further ahead, word has hit the internet, by way of composer W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, that we might be getting a long, long overdue release of music from The West Wing this summer, while September will see the release of one, if not two, albums of music from Showtime’s revival of Twin Peaks. And La-La Land Records, almost the de facto label for Star Trek music these days, is apparently in early negotiations with CBS to discuss a soundtrack release for Star Trek: Discovery…even though it’s not known who will be doing the music. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for fans of TV soundtrack music…

…and we’re not even halfway through the year yet. Buckle up, because there may be even more soundtrack news very soon.

Speaking of the legendary score by John Williams for Raiders of the Lost Ark – why not listen to the composer discuss his work?

[Via] Maestro Sanaboti