We’re pretty excited to be announcing our newest release as it’s our debut association with the official Star Wars franchise. While a single CD of highlights was released by Disney for Solo: A Star Wars Story, we are bringing out the 2-CD premiere of the full length program that Disney and John Powell prepared for digital downloads. Our set includes the masterful John Williams composition “The Adventures Of Han”, the rousing new theme that serves as a springboard for the exciting score John Powell fashioned for the film. And of course you’ll enjoy much more of Powell’s fantastic score than what is on the single CD. We enjoyed working with LucasFilm and Disney on our 2-CD presentation of James Horner’s soundtrack for Willow and we are now even more tickled to be entering the same space that Han Solo occupies… so to speak. Anyway, it should be available to order just in time for Halloween, October 31. It took a lot of negotiations with the powers that be to make this one happen so hopefully you’ll support our efforts.
Speaking of supporting efforts, please also get behind Leigh Phillip’s latest new recording of music from The General Electric Theater by Jerry Goldsmith. This will feature volumes 6 & 7. Already pretty much funded, this should be the final release of these Goldsmith scores for episodes of the famous GE Theater tv series. Previous volumes included the outstanding “chamber-sized” scores written for “Hitler’s Secret”, “The Legend That Walks Like A Man”, “Sarah’s Laughter”, “The Bar Mitzvah Of Major Orlovsky” and “The Last Dance”. Leigh is an undisputed master at reconstructing music by Goldsmith for brand new recordings, such as we did together with him for our release of Goldsmith’s Black Patch and The Man, conducted by William T. Stromberg for our label. Leigh conducts these GE Theater scores himself for digital release with members of the City Of Prague Philharmonic. Yavar Moradi offers insightful notes and Joe Sikoryak creates artwork. And for those of you who may not be on top of all things Jerry Goldsmith, tune in to The Goldsmith Odyssey podcasts that Yavar co-hosts and you’ll enjoy incredibly detailed and thorough conversations about this amazing composer and all of his work… by true authorities!
Some more attention for James Horner with our next CD release. And it’s a winner. His popular and oft-released score for Roger Corman’s grisly horror presentation, Humanoids From The Deep, comes to you from all-newly discovered master elements, allowing for a premiere presentation of the complete score in crisp and detailed sound! It’s at the beginning of Horner’s illustrious career, but remains one of his more popular freshman efforts. Complete contents and audio samples will be available here shortly. Dive in!
Giving James Horner the spotlight this coming week. Early 1981 Wes Craven horror film. Deadly Blessing makes a premiere release. It’s a complex and intricate score for such an early effort. It’s yours to order for release this Tuesday. I’m happy to add this is just one of several Horner scores I’m currently working on so his fans have some stuff to look forward to. And I’m also mixing and editing one of my own all-time favorite Jerry Goldsmith scores for an upcoming premiere release. This one should please his fans. And there are exciting scores from Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard and John Powell on my plate, too. Yep. It’s a really big plate!
If you are a Jerry Goldsmith fan like us (and most everyone else!) this is a fabulous time to be enjoying the gifts of film music he left for us to enjoy, study and just appreciate. In between working on albums here in the studio, I do try to keep up (if not a few steps behind!) with all this music activity from so many fine organizations and labels. So I simply must give a shout-out to a pair of sensational projects from other folks happening out there.
The multi-gifted Leigh Phillips, who we worked with on several recordings, most recently our album premieres for Jerry Goldsmith’s Black Patch (his first feature film score) and The Man, has spearheaded a magnificent series of re-recordings to Goldsmith’s early TV work on The General Electric Theater. Restoring the scores from extant materials as well as using his expertise in orchestral reconstructions, he has to date produced four individual recordings of episodes such as “The Bar Mitzvah Of Major Orlovsky” and “Hitler’s Secret”, faithfully recorded in Smecky Music Studios, with the players conducted by Leigh himself. Bravissimo! These are gems showcasing so much of that early Goldsmith sound, and Leigh has done them loving justice!
Leigh runs a modest Kickstarter campaign every few months to fund these recordings and rumor has it more are to come. The four episodes recorded so far can be downloaded at the usual sites, but if and when they are collected onto a physical CD, we will be proud to carry it here in the store. Here is the link taking you to him:
And speaking of Kickstarter campaigns about Jerry Goldsmith, there is another one you should also be aware of. Jeff Bond is, of course, the busy author of numerous booklet essays for Intrada over the past couple of decades, as well as informative notes for the wonderful FSM label and other esteemed labels. Over those years we have spent many hours discussing Goldsmith’s music. Anyway, Jeff has just authored a massive two-volume (!) book on the composer, in a definitive essay about this man’s work. Over 900 pages, with hundreds of illustrations and photos (including a few from our archives!), it is now in the works through another dear friend and supporter, Taylor White, and his publishing arms of CF Publishing and the Monolith Collective. This book is being offered through a Kickstarter campaign, direct to fans. Pre-ordering now will get you the two volumes at a discount. (You can even buy a second copy for a bit less, because collectors love to have a backup.)
I can’t wait to read it, so I made sure to order a copy myself. You can check it out at:
But don’t wait too long. The campaign ends June 15.
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