Next up on our docket of new releases is an all-new examination of the magnificent score Michael Kamen recorded in 1991 for Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. I hesitate to identify it as a reissue of our previous edition since this one comes from superior new elements, includes a wealth of important music missing from the earlier release and was produced with the generous help of the Kamen Estate. The 4-CD set is available this week. Look for artwork, complete contents and sound samples this Monday eve.
In the upcoming weeks we can happily say a number of long-stalled releases are all finally… well, un-stalled. Yep, now in manufacturing. And pretty exciting they be, too. In the meantime, this coming week’s release is a reprise of a much-earlier 2-CD set we did years ago: Mussolini: The Untold Story. Laurence Rosenthal’s epic score recalls the florid writing of Clash Of The Titans, the regal majesty of Becket and the crisp action of his Bourne Identity. All two hours of it re-mastered and ready for you to enjoy this coming Tuesday, September 8.
It’s a pleasure to be releasing a cool soundtrack release to a major studio picture, this one from Universal, composed and conducted by the ever popular fan favorite, Jerry Goldsmith. The Don Is Dead hit theaters in 1973, featuring a terrific cast led by Anthony Quinn. It also offered a story very topical at the time, one about organized-crime families, their allegiances, their conflicts and their bloody gang warfare. Perhaps this was also part of what has led to the movie’s obscurity because 1973 was also the year sandwiching 1972’s legendary epic, The Godfather, with 1974’s equally famous sequel, The Godfather Part II. Any American crime picture coming out between those two epics was destined to be overshadowed. Jerry Goldsmith’s score, however, is now finally available for the first time ever and it’s a terrific one to discover. A virtual feast of his signature seventies trademarks are fully on display here, some of them invented first with this score. Written for full orchestra with an additional synthesizer adding a solitary but prominent color in the music, Goldsmith does what he does best. Engage, move, intrigue and excite. Artwork, contents and sound samples should be available on our site this Monday eve. Orders for the CD begin shipping the following day, Tuesday the 25th. And... please stay safe!
It was sad to learn of the passing of yet another dear composer of film and tv, this time Billy Goldenberg. He died on Monday at the age of 84. He was quite possibly known most notably for having composed the score for Steven Spielberg’s first movie, the highly successful thriller, Duel, which first appeared on television in 1971 and then moved to theaters due its success. Our own relationship with him was limited but did, in fact, include producing the world premiere release of his soundtrack to that very same celebrated NBCUniversal action thriller. His output for television was prolific and his music propelled all manner of tv episodes in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. He now joins that ever-growing fraternity of talented composers who brought complex, emotional, intelligent music to the entertainment art form, a group from which the remaining talent pool grows sadly smaller each year. Rest In Peace, Billy Goldenberg.
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