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Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Scores

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7/2/2002

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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.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hymn to the Fallen [From Saving Private Ryan] 6:6
  3. 2 Prelude [From Double Indemnity] New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 3:14
  4. 3 Finale [From the Lost Weekend] New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 4:12
  5. 4 Departure / Morris Suggests Love / The Proposal / Finale [From the Heiress] 2:40
  6. 5 Prelude [From Sunset Boulevard] 3:48
  7. 6 Prelude [From the Ten Commandments] Elmer Bernstein 5:6
  8. 7 Moon River [From Breakfast at Tiffany's] Henry Mancini 2:39
  9. 8 Baby Elephant Walk [From Hatari!] Henry Mancini 2:39
  10. 9 Main Title (Vocal) [Vocal Version] Dick Hazard 2:25
  11. 10 Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet [From Romeo and Juliet] Henry Mancini & His Orchestra 2:31
  12. 11 Once Upon A Time In The West [From Once Upon a Time in the West] Ned Nash Orchestra 3:53
  13. 12 Theme From Love Story [From Love Story] 3:21
  14. 13 Main Title [From The Godfather] Carlo Savina 3:7
  15. 14 Love Theme From The Godfather [From The Godfather] Carlo Savina 2:40
  16. 15 Love Theme From China Town (Main Title) [From Chinatown] Jerry Goldsmith 1:59
  17. 16 End Title [From the Godfather, Pt. II] Carmine Coppola 3:53
  18. 17 End Title [From Star Trek: the Motion Picture] Jerry Goldsmith 3:16
  19. 18 Raiders Of The Lost Ark [From Raiders of the Lost Ark] John Williams 6:0
  20. 19 Theme From Terms Of Endearment [From Terms of Endearment] 3:27
  21. 20 Love Theme From Flashdance [From Flashdance] Helen St. John 3:25
  22. 21 Axel F [From Beverly Hills Cop II] Harold Faltermeyer 2:59
  23. 1 Building the Barn [From Witness] City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 4:58
  24. 2 Main Title [From Children of a Lesser God] Shirley Walker 3:0
  25. 3 The Strength Of The Righteous (Main Title) [from The Untouchables] 2:22
  26. 4 Fatal Attraction [From Fatal Attraction] 3:47
  27. 5 Main Title [From the Addams Family] Hummie Mann 2:1
  28. 6 Winter 1948 [From Dead Again] William Kraft 2:55
  29. 7 Flahback & Photos [From Indecent Proposal] John Barry 1:42
  30. 8 How Could You Lose Me? -End Title [From The Firm] Dave Grusin 3:39
  31. 9 Main Title/A Clear And Present Danger [From Clear and Present Danger] James Horner 5:24
  32. 10 For The Love Of A Princess [From Braveheart] James Horner 4:7
  33. 11 Courtroom Montage [From Primal Fear] Artie Kane 2:14
  34. 12 Zoom B [From Misson: Impossible] Artie Kane 2:54
  35. 13 Excerpt [From Star Trek: First Contact] Jerry Goldsmith 5:27
  36. 14 Titanic Suite~Hard to Starboard [From Titanic] James Horner 6:48
  37. 15 Baby Shower Happenings [From the Rugrats Movie] 2:23
  38. 16 Italia [From the Talented Mr. Ripley] 1:39
  39. 17 Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) [From Rules of Engagement] London Metropolitan Orchestra 4:11
  40. 18 The Bait [From Misson: Impossible 2] 1:3
  41. 19 Main Titles [From Lara Croft: Tomb Raider] 2:7
  42. 20 To the Roof [From Vanilla Sky] 2:21
  43. 21 The Mission [From "The Sum of All Fears"] 5:58
  44. 22 I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump [From Forrest Gump] Alan Silvestri 2:37

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