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Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores

Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores


Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores actually covers a little less than 60 years of film music, but who's counting -- they were 60 good years. Presented primarily in chronological order (the first and last tracks are the exceptions), this disc presents both original soundtrack recordings and some re-recordings of music -- mostly main and end titles -- representing Paramount's film legacy. In so doing, the disc manages to highlight many of Hollywood's pre-eminent composers as well as present a sort of capsule overview of the changes in film music styles over the years. Starting with straight orchestral masterworks of the '40s and '50s (from composers such as Miklos Rozsa and Elmer Bernstein), the disc then moves to Henry Mancini's early-'60s pop sound with his "Moon River" and "Baby Elephant Walk." The late '60s and early '70s represented a time of great diversity in film and film music, here encapsulated in the syrupy strains of Love Story, immediately followed by the sublime "Waltz" and "Love Theme" from The Godfather. Jerry Goldsmith's triumphant Star Trek: The Motion Picture fanfare and John Williams' unforgettable Raiders of the Lost Ark usher in the post-Star Wars blockbuster sound. Synthesizer-based, pop-influenced music, such as "Axel F." from Beverly Hills Cop, threatened to take over film soundtracks in the mid-'80s, while Maurice Jarre brought an orchestral sensibility to the all-electronic score in his brilliant "Building the Barn" from Witness. By the '90s, symphonic sounds, rock rhythms, and synthesizers began to blend, while composers utilized a full palette to really open up their orchestrations. This disc covers a lot of ground, with the penultimate track from Jerry Goldsmith's score to The Sum of All Fears bringing it all together. His use of vocals with unique instrumentation amidst traditional brass and strings provide a glimpse at the power still inherent in the best film music. From the opening strains of John Williams' powerful "Hymn to the Fallen" to Mark Mothersbaugh's delightful "Baby Shower Happenings," this is an interesting and insightful collection. Some of the tracks aren't as "memorable" as Paramount's marketing department might want you to believe (the inclusion of music from Tomb Raider seems particularly gratuitous) and all of the music here has been previously available elsewhere, but as a sampler and a study of the development of film music as an art form, it's not bad at all. ~ Neil Shurley, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Paramount Records
  • UPC: 696998773622
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Hymn To The Fallen Boston Symphony Orchestra/Tanglewood Festival Chorus (From Saving Private Ryan)
  • 2. Double Indemnity, Film Score: Prelude New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (From Double Indemnity)
  • 3. Lost Weekend, Film Score: Finale, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (From The Lost Weekend)
  • 4. The Heiress, Film Score: Departure / Morris Suggests Love / The Proposal / Finale: The Heiress / Departure / Morris Suggests Love / The Proposal Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
  • 5. Sunset Boulevard, Film Score: Prelude Joel Mc Neely/Royal Scottish National Orchestra (From Sunset Boulevard)
  • 6. Ten Commandments, Film Score: Prelude Elmer Bernstein (From The Ten Commandments)
  • 7. Breakfast At Tiffany's, Film Score: Moon River Henry Mancini & His Orchestra & Chorus (From Breakfast At Tiffany's)
  • 8. Hatari!, Film Score: Baby Elephant Walk Henry Mancini (From Hatari!)
  • 9. Rosemary's Baby, Film Score: Main Title (Vocal) Dick Hazard (Vocal Version, From Rosemary's Baby)
  • 10. Romeo And Juliet, Film Score: Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (From Romeo & Juliet)
  • 11. Once Upon A Time In The West, Film Score: Once Upon A Time In The West Ned Nash Orchestra (From Once Upon A Time In The West)
  • 12. Love Story, Film Score: Theme From Love Story (From Love Story)
  • 13. Godfather, Film Score: Main Title, The Carlo Savina (From The Godfather)
  • 14. Godfather, Film Score: Love Theme From The Godfather, The Carlo Savina (From The Godfather)
  • 15. Chinatown, Film Score: Love Theme From China Town (Main Title) Jerry Goldsmith (From Chinatown)
  • 16. Godfather, Part 2, Film Score: End Title, The Carmine Coppola (From The Godfather Ii)
  • 17. Star Trek I, Film Score: End Title Jerry Goldsmith (From Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
  • 18. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score: Raiders Of The Lost Ark London Symphony Orchestra (From Raiders Of The Lost Ark)
  • 19. Terms Of Endearment, Film Score: Theme From Terms Of Endearment (From From Terms Of Endearment)
  • 20. Flashdance, Film Score: Love Theme From Flashdance Helen St. John (From Flashdance)
  • 21. Beverly Hills Cop, Film Score: Axel F Harold Faltermeyer (From Beverly Hills Cop)
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Witness, Film Score: Building The Barn (From Witness)
  • 2. Children Of A Lesser God, Film Score: Main Title Shirley Walker (From Children Of A Lesser God)
  • 3. Untouchables, Film Score: The Strength Of The Righteous, The (Main Title) (From The Untouchables)
  • 4. Fatal Attraction, Film Score: Fatal Attraction (From Fatal Attraction)
  • 5. Addams Family Values, Film Score: Main Title Hummie Mann (From The Addams Family)
  • 6. Dead Again, Film Score: Winter 1948 William Kraft (From Dead Again)
  • 7. Indecent Proposal, Film Score: Flahback & Photos John Barry (From Indecent Proposal)
  • 8. Firm, Film Score: How Could You Lose Me? End Title, The Dave Grusin (From The Firm)
  • 9. Clear And Present Danger, Film Score: Main Title/A Clear And Present Danger: A Clear And Present Danger James Horner
  • 10. Braveheart, Film Score: For The Love Of A Princess James Horner (From Braveheart)
  • 11. Primal Fear, Film Score: Courtroom Montage Artie Kane (From Primal Fear)
  • 12. Mission: Impossible, Film Score: Zoom B Artie Kane (From Mission Impossible)
  • 13. Star Trek: First Contact, Film Score: Excerpt Jerry Goldsmith (From Star Trek: First Contact)
  • 14. Titanic Suite: Hard To Starboard James Horner (From Titanic)
  • 15. Rugrats Movie, Film Score: Baby Shower Happenings, The London Metropolitan Orchestra/Allan Wilson (From The Rugrats Movie)
  • 16. Talented Mr. Ripley, Film Score: Italia, The London Metropolitan Orchestra/Harry Rabinowitz (From The Talented Mr. Ripley)
  • 17. Rules Of Engagement, Film Score: Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) London Metropolitan Orchestra (From Rules Of Engagement)
  • 18. Mission Impossible 2, Film Score: The Bait (From Mission: Impossible 2)
  • 19. Tomb Raider, Film Score: Main Titles (From Lara Croft: Tomb Raider)
  • 20. Vanilla Sky, Film Score: To The Roof (From Vanilla Sky)
  • 21. Sum Of All Fears, Film Score: The Mission, The (From The Sum Of All Fears)
  • 22. Forrest Gump, Film Score: I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump Alan Silvestri (From Forrest Gump)
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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