Special Collection Volume ISC 267
Reissue of dynamic, powerhouse soundtrack by Laurence Rosenthal for thrilling disaster tale from American International, directed by Ronald Neame, starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Martin Landau, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda.
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Reissue of dynamic, powerhouse soundtrack by Laurence Rosenthal for thrilling disaster tale from American International, directed by Ronald Neame (who also helmed The Poseidon Adventure), starring Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Martin Landau, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda. Laurence Rosenthal takes initial cue from meteor hurtling towards earth, creates massive chords for orchestra augmented by sparkling electronics plus imposing sound of "blaster beam", before instrument achieved recognition in subsequent Star Trek - The Motion Picture released shortly after Meteor. Rosenthal also creates music for Project Hercules missile system designed by Nasa engineer (Connery) to defend earth from meteor attacks, plus Russian theme for Soviet missile system in balance. Dynamic fanfare/march in major-key brings compelling score to rousing finish. Rosenthal actually brought into project at suggestion of John Williams, who was set to score picture but had scheduling challenges. Intrada reissue contains same musical content as pervious La-La Land release albeit slightly different assembly as per composer's supervision. 1/4" two-track stereo tape (later transferred by Intrada to DAT) containing most of score remains all that was ever vaulted of this music. All previous issues (including Japan vinyl edition released in 1979) were prepared from this one precious roll of tape, now presented by Intrada courtesy MGM. If you own LLL release, you have every cue present here. Some changes to actual titles, as per review of composer's manuscripts, clear up minor anomalies on track lists to prior releases. Laurence Rosenthal conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
b>Tech Talk From The Co-Producer…
The powerful and exciting music that
Laurence Rosenthal wrote for Meteor
has had a colorful history with regard to
soundtrack albums. It was first released in
1979 on a not-fully-authorized Japanese LP,
then as a promotional CD produced in 1997
by the composer for his agent at that time,
and still later in an excellent 2008 commercial
CD release from La-La Land Records.
Now, Intrada (courtesy MGM) is happy to
bring back this score which demands to be
available to yet another generation of fans.
Interestingly, every previous release
was prepared from the same identical
source: an incomplete first generation ¼˝
two-track stereo tape mixed by engineer
Aaron Rochin for the composer, featuring
all of the major cues but omitting a handful
of short segments and repetitious cues. A copy of that tape made its way to the Seven Seas label in Japan and became
part of the composer’s own archive in 1979. This ¼˝ master was transferred to DAT
in the early 1990s as part of the composer’s attempt to locate and preserve in the
then-new digital audio tape format as much of his output as could be found among
his family members, agents, engineers and music editors that he had worked
with—as well as what was readily available from various studios. No complete
elements survived, so that lone ¼˝ tape and subsequent DAT transfer have come
in handy time and time again.
It is also interesting to
note that every previous release has
had slightly different anomalies in their
track listings with respect to the MGM
cue sheet paperwork and the sequence
in which the music appears in the film.
Since the music editing process during
post-production of the film involved numerous
cuts and changes to the cues as
recorded by the composer, the anomalies
are understandable. Wherever possible for this new Intrada presentation, we
have gone back to the ¼˝ master to hear the remaining slates and to the composer’s
hand-written score to identify the reel and part numbers as well as the titles originally
So the magnificent music of Meteor by Laurence Rosenthal is once again available
to excite new listeners. While the film may have enjoyed less attention over the
years, the music surely deserves all the praise it continues to receive.
Composed and Conducted by Laurence Rosenthal.
Recorded on May 21, 22, 24, June 14, and August 3, 7, 9, 1979, at MGM Studios Scoring Stage 1 in Culver City, California.
This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
Harry V. Lojewski
Mark G. Kovacs
Gordon H. Marron
David L. Newman
Paul C. Shure
Ronald P. Strauss
Dorothy M. Wade
Ronald A. Leonard
Kathleen Lustgarten (Hougesen)
Mary Louise Zeyen
James B. Campbell
David Allan Duke
William E. Lane
Chase E. Craig
George M. Roberts
John T. Johnson
James M. Self
Donald G. Waldrop
Frank T. Messina
Dorothy B. Remsen
Ann Marie Stockton
Jack J. Hayes
Herbert W. Spencer
Willard W. Jones, Jr.
Donald J. Midgley