Special Collection Volume ISC 248
Maurice Jarre sci-fi score gets remastered CD!
Doug's Tech Talk
Maurice Jarre score for 1984 Joseph Ruben sci-fi tale with Dennis Quaid was one of the first soundtracks to appear in then-brand new CD format. Intrada reissue carries identical contents but re-masters audio for better dynamics plus fixes an apparent indexing issue as well. Jarre creates vivid soundscape courtesy array of electronics with additional saxophone color in select passages. Intense moments balance with sensual ones. Unusually wide array of thematic material, action motifs, love theme, complex ideas all make for strong musical experience. Highlights: Richly melodic "Love Dreams", involved, aggressive "Labyrinth". Flipper cover allows both new artwork, reproduction of original album art. Take your pick! Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Just as Dennis Quaid managed
to do in the film, Maurice Jarre entered a science fiction realm of the human mind
for Dreamscape. His tools were not those of the actor on screen, however, but an
impressive array of electronic keyboards, assisted in key moments by a saxophone
adding solo color. The music is subtle, intense, lean, evocative, scary and soothing—
all in one single score.
While complete film scoring elements have not survived, happily the digital
album masters exist and allow us to present the entire original program intact. This
was one of the very first digital compact disc masters, created during the dawn of
the CD era and first released on the Sonic Atmospheres label. We have retained
this original 1984 album assembly and sequence, but have remastered the recording
both to enhance the low frequencies and to address an indexing anomaly that
placed an index point during one track rather than in the subsequent pause where
such indexing would typically be.
So sit back, clear your senses and prepare to enter the musical mind of
Maurice Jarre. It is one impressive trip.