Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 260
Date: 1985
Time: 1:02:25
Tracks: 22
World premiere expanded CD of early James Horner hit!

Price: $19.99

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  • Doug's Tech Talk
  • Musicians List
  • World premiere expanded CD of James Horner soundtrack from popular Ron Howard sci-fi/fantasy with legendary cast of veterans including Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy plus Brian Dennehy, Steve Guttenberg, Tahnee Welch. Group of aging friends share life together in rest home, experience fear, fun, love, loss and collectively find mysterious alien pods in the poolhouse carry secrets of a price. James Horner fashions one of his earliest blockbusters, showcases numerous signature ideas that will grace his work for decades. Magnificent score was also one of first to appear on CD in 1985 (Polydor label), adding luster to project. Horner provides numerous highlights, with spotlights shining in four directions: incredibly warm, transparent love themes, vibrant big band-era pieces for three aged best friends, incredible action cues, powerhouse climactic themes for what lies beyond. Latter music represents some of composer's most inspired writing of all time with two side-by-side action sequences "David Runs To Boat", "The Chase" both building on primary thematic material, culminating in "The Ascension" a massive, emotional tour-de-force! Special mention is due Horner's inspired climax that crescendos in magnificent musical peroration, then recedes with descending series of whole-tone chords to cadence on gently beautiful, final major chord. And true to composer's nature, end credit music ("Theme From Cocoon") is masterful, fully realized composition unlike most of today's customary "cut-and-paste" editorial cues. It is rare that composer's are given opportunities to write hour-long film scores with the luxuries of genuine musical architecture, introducing multiple ideas, developing them, bringing in new themes, parting with earlier ones, gaining momentum, stirring up the musical pot then finally leading everything towards truly magnificent finish. James Horner takes that opportunity, delivers the goods! Entire score newly mastered by Mike Matessino, with significant improvements in stereo image, clarity courtesy multi-track masters housed at 20th Century Fox. Entire production courtesy Fox and Universal Music Group. Additional source cues plus Michael Sembello's "Gravity" appear at end of CD as extras. Authoritative oversight by Nick Redman, informative liner notes by Julie Kirgo plus session photos of composer wrap up entire album with colorful bow. James Horner conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
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    01. Through The Window (2:58)
    02. Going To The Pool (1:55)
    03. Pool Is Closed (2:10)
    04. Mysterious Dive (1:54)
    05. Seduction/Let's Go (2:10)
    06. Unveiling (1:05)
    07. Discovered In The Poolhouse (2:47)
    08. A Relapse (1:27)
    09. The Lovemaking (4:24)
    10. First Tears (1:51)
    11. Rose's Death (2:14)

    12. Returning To Sea (4:16)
    13. Sad Goodbye (2:15)
    14. Sneaking Away (3:15)
    15. David Runs To The Boat (1:53)
    16. The Chase (4:30)
    17. The Ascension (6:01)
    18. Theme From Cocoon (6:05)
    19. The Boys Are Out (2:37)
    20. I Feel Great (1:05)
    21. Rock Source (1:13)
    22. Gravity (4:00)

  • Tech Talk From The CD Producer…

    James Horner’s Cocoon is a long overdue reissue, less so for its expansion than for its sonic upgrade potential. The original album released in 1985 was prepared in accordance with that era’s aesthetics, dictated largely by the specifications of the vinyl and cassette formats. The result was agreeable, yet far removed from the original dynamics captured by engineer Armin Steiner on the Fox scoring stage. Steiner’s original 3-track LCR mixes, preserved on the 2″ 24-track scoring masters, were utilized for this release, transferred at 96k 24bit for superior clarity and assembled in chronological sequence, resulting in a definitive presentation of one of the composer’s major early efforts.

    —Douglass Fake

  • Composed and Conducted by James Horner.

    Recorded on September 6 & 8, March 18-21, April 5, 10-12, 15 & 16, 1985 at Twentieth Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.

    James Horner
    Jay Gruska

    Meyer Rubin

    Stuart Canin
    Israel Baker
    Mark Baranov
    Arnold Belnick
    Dixie Blackstone
    Harry Bluestone
    Oscar Chausow
    Herman Clebanoff
    Isabell Daskoff
    Bonnie Douglas
    Assa Drori
    Bruce Dukov
    David Frisina
    Endre Granat
    Vicki Granat
    Gwen Heller
    Karen Jones
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Peter Kent
    Joy Lyle
    Rene Mandel
    Constance Myer
    Irma Neumann
    Claudia Parducci
    Robert Peterson
    Stanley Plummer
    Myron Sandler
    Sidney Sharp
    Haim Shtrum
    Paul Shure
    Jennifer Small
    Marshall Sosson
    Gerald Vinci
    Dorothy Wade
    Roger Wilkie
    Arthur Zadinsky

    Pam Goldsmith
    Holly Barnes
    Ken Burwood-Hoy
    Alan Harshman
    Peter Hatch
    Roland Kato
    Myra Kestenbaum
    Janet Lakatos
    Patricia Mathews
    Michael Nowak
    Harry Shirinian
    Linn Subotnick
    Ray Tisher

    Eleanor Slatkin
    Douglas Davis
    Robert Adcock
    Steven Erdody
    Marie Fera
    Paula Hochhalter
    Barbara Hunter
    Miguel Martinez
    Rebecca Reese
    Tina Soule
    Nancy Stein
    Gloria Strassner
    Kevan Torfeh
    John Walz

    Arni Egilsson
    Tim Barr
    Drew Dembowski
    Jay Grauer
    Scott Harper
    Bruce Morgenthaler
    Buell Neidlinger
    Susan Raney

    James Walker
    Sheridon Stokes
    Louise DiTullio
    David Shostac

    Barbara Northcutt
    Kathy Robinson

    David Shifrin
    Gary Gray

    Michael O'Donovan
    Patricia Kindel

    Ernie Watts
    Ronny Lang
    Gene Cipriano
    Gary Foster
    Gary Herbig
    Wilbur Schwartz
    Steven Tavaglione
    Robert Tricarico
    Larry Williams

    James Thatcher
    James Atkinson
    Brian Drake
    Robin Graham
    Todd Miller
    Diane Muller
    Brian O'Connor

    Malcolm McNab
    Chase Craig
    Robert Divall
    Mario Guarneri
    Uan Rasey
    Graham Young

    Richard Nash
    William Booth
    Alan Kaplan
    Charles Loper
    Robert Sanders
    Lloyd Ulyate

    John Tommy Johnson

    Larry Bunker
    Michael Fisher
    Marty Jabara
    Andy Narell
    Emil Radocchia
    Tom Raney
    Ralph Razzle
    Ken Watson
    Jerry Williams
    Mark Zimoski

    Dorothy Remsen
    Catherine Gotthoffer

    Michael Lang
    Kenneth Wannberg
    Gary Chang
    Ian Underwood
    Ralph Grierson
    Randy Kerber
    Chet Swiatkowski

    John Morell
    Thomas Tedesco

    Clare Fisher

    Billy May
    Greig McRitchie
    Don Nemitz
    Herb Spencer
    Al Woodbury

    Vincent Bartold
    Sarasue Essenpries
    Ralph Fera
    Dominick Fidelibus
    Katherine Fields
    Elizabeth Finch
    F. E. Scott Harris
    David Izzard
    JoAnn Kane
    Priscilla Nemoy
    A. Richards
    Cynthia Turner
    Aimee Vereecke