CHILD'S PLAY / FIRST BORN

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 275
Date: 1972 / 1984
Time: 1:08:27
Tracks: 32
Premiere release of original soundtracks by Michael Small to pair of dramatic Paramount films. First up is intense, pulsating 1972 score from Sidney Lumet thriller Child's Play, starring James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges. Second score plays under 1984 dramatics of First Born, directed by Michael Apted, starring Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Teri Garr.

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  • Premiere release of original soundtracks by Michael Small to pair of dramatic Paramount films. First up is intense, pulsating 1972 score from Sidney Lumet thriller Child's Play, starring James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges. Tale of gym teacher at Catholic boy's school at odds with other staff, finding himself amidst culture of violence, mysterious happenings inspires composer to create unassuming choral theme to anchor. As listener heads down quasi-religious path, composer then turns everything upside down with slashing, dissonant music for strings that unsettles, tears at the soul. Both styles of music compete throughout with edge going to aggressive, dissonant material. Second score plays under 1984 dramatics of First Born, directed by Michael Apted, starring Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Teri Garr. Young actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey, Jr. also feature. Modest family-setting is broken into intense world of drugs, violence when Teri Garr allows boyfriend Weller to move in, disrupting lives of her two sons (Collet, Corey Haim). Small anchors with meld of hip, youth flavor of the eighties and warm piano melody, then brings in dissonant electonic ideas as true character of violent Weller character unfolds. As sons finally fight back, Small joins forces with them, brings in dynamic orchestral material for powerful finish. Interestingly, Small roots much of score in his signature thriller mode by recording orchestral music straight, then adding layer of unstable electronic shadings to keep music slightly off pitch. Unusual musical approach to drama is notable. CD also features several alternates. Both scores presented in stereo from original vault elements housed at Paramount Pictures. Michael Small conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
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    CHILD’S PLAY
    01. Prologue (1:31)
    02. Main Title (0:46)
    03. Evil Eye (0:30)
    04. Reese’s Old Class (1:32)
    05. Theme From Child’s Play (2:06)
    06. Gym Ceremony (2:5)
    07. Hospital (1:41)
    08. Chapel (2:53)
    09. Masses Cancelled (0:58)
    10. Smell of Brimstone (2:43)
    11. The Boys Are Here (1:00)
    12. Calling All the Boys (2:13)
    13. Devil, Devil (1:00)
    14. Malley’s Suicide (2:21)
    15. Class at Night (2:57)
    16. Dobbs Enters Chapel (1:08)
    17. Dobbs Gets It (1:57)
    18. Alternate Ending (2:02)
    19. End Credits (1:06)
    Total Time: 34:00

    F I R S T B O R N
    20. Finale (original version) (2:56)
    21. Hug/Hug (alternate)/Wendy Waves/Dad and Wendy Talk/Dad Announces (1:53)
    22. After Dinner With Dad/Picnic/Slingshot (3:19)
    23. Discovers Drugs (2:33)
    24. Sam’s Friend/Sam Leaves 1:33)
    25. Dad on Phone/Brian Wants to Leave Wendy (2:22)
    26. Ride to Hideaway (2:17)
    27. Jeep Chase/On Foot/Closes Windows/Forces Jake (7:55)
    28. No Pain No Gain (1:05)
    29. Fight (original version) (1:39)
    30. Fight (revised) (1:49)
    31. Finale (revised) (2:57)
    32. Ride to Hideaway/Tag Ending (End Credits) (1:35)
    Total Time: 34:20


  • Composed and Conducted by Michael Small.

    Recorded on August 4, 21, 23, and September 5, 20, and 21, 1984, at Paramount Pictures Scoring Stages M and C, Hollywood, Caifornia.

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


    Contractor:
    Carl Fortina

    Violins:
    James Getzoff
    Murray Ader
    Arnold Belnick
    Harry Bluestone
    Norman Carr
    Henry Ferber
    Ronald Folsom
    Frank Foster
    David Frisina
    Harris Goldman
    Edward Green III
    Robert Levine
    David Montagu
    Erno Neufeld
    Stanley Plummer
    Jay Rosen
    Sheldon Sanov
    Marshall Sosson
    Joseph Stepansky
    Robert Sushel
    Polly Sweeney
    David Turner
    John Wittenberg

    Violas:
    David Schwartz
    Denyse Buffum
    Carol Landon
    Joel Soultanian
    Linn Subotnick
    Herschel Wise


    Celli:
    Raphael Kramer
    Ronald Cooper
    Christine Ermacoff
    Harry Shlutz

    String Basses:
    Meyer Rubin
    John Hornschuch
    Stephens LaFever
    Robert Stone

    Flutes:
    Sheridon Stokes
    Joseph Soldo

    Sax:
    Gary Foster

    Oboes:
    Thomas G. Boyd

    Clarinets:
    Roy D'Antonio
    Gary Gray

    Bassoons:
    Norman Herzberg
    Fowler Friedlander


    French Horns:
    Vince DeRosa
    Art Maebe
    Richard Perissi
    Henry Sigismonti

    Trumpets:
    Malcolm McNab

    Trombones:
    William Booth

    Drums/Percussion:
    Larry Bunker

    Harp:
    Catherine Gotthoffer

    Keyboards:
    Michael Boddicker
    Ralph Grierson
    Randy Kerber
    Ian Underwood

    Guitar:
    Joseph DiBlasi
    Robert F. Mann
    Tim May
    Thomas Tedesco

    Fender Bass:
    Charles Berghofer
    Neil Stubenhaus