Music Album Review: ‘The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein’

In 2011, the San Francisco Bay area-based record label/store Intrada Records released The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein. This 3-CD set collects two versions of the score for producer-director John Sturges’ 1963 The Great Escape, the classic action-adventure film based on the biggest escape attempt byContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein’”

Digital Music Review: ‘The Great Escape Soundtrack Suite’ (Original Soundtrack Theme from ‘The Great Escape’)

Hilts:How many you taking out? Bartlett:Two hundred and fifty. Hilts:Two hundred and fifty? Bartlett:Yeah. Hilts:You’re crazy. You oughta be locked up. You, too. Two hundred and fifty guys just walkin’ down the road, just like that? Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) was one of the most prolific and respected composers of film music in the modern era.Continue reading “Digital Music Review: ‘The Great Escape Soundtrack Suite’ (Original Soundtrack Theme from ‘The Great Escape’)”

Odds & Ends for July 24, 2020

Odds and Ends: July 24, 2020 Hi, there, Constant Reader. I hope you are safe, healthy, and practicing safe social distancing on this penultimate Friday of July 2020. As I sit down to write this in my little corner of Florida, it’s almost 2 PM Eastern (not that it matters, since I can’t publish thisContinue reading “Odds & Ends for July 24, 2020”

Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

Hi, there, Constant Reader! Well, here we are on the first day of July 2020, and in my corner of Florida all is tranquil at home on a hot early summer afternoon. Presently, the temperature outside is a sizzling 94˚F; with humidity at 56% and a westerly breeze of 11 mph, the heat index isContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (Remastered)

Return of the (Original) Jedi Soundtrack On May 4, 2018 – “Star Wars Day” – Walt Disney Records and Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL) released remastered versions of the first six original soundtrack albums from the “George Lucas Era” Star Wars films on compact disc, digital, and vinyl formats. Among the sextet of albums is the reconstructedContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (Remastered)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Original Soundtrack’ (International Edition’)

On May 16, 1980, five days before the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, RSO Records released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: Original Soundtrack on vinyl, eight-track cassette, and audio cassette formats. Featuring a front cover that shows Darth Vader’s menacing mask against the backdrop of space and aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Original Soundtrack’ (International Edition’)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’

The Album In June of 1977, shortly after the May 25 limited release of writer-director George Lucas’ Star Wars, 20th Century Records released a 2-LP gatefold album titled Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. And just as the film it was derived from became both aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (Remastered)

Star Wars: A New (Reissued) Hope On May 4, 2018, Walt Disney Records and Lucasfilm released Star Wars: A New Hope (Remastered), the latest re-issue of the original 1977 soundtrack album featuring music composed and conducted by John Williams. Digitally remastered from analog sources by a team led by Shawn Murphy, Leslie Ann Jones, andContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ (Remastered)”

Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon here in my corner of Florida on this 27th day of May, 2020, and it’s quite hot and humid outside. Currently, it’s 91° F under partly cloudy skies. With humidity at 60% and a southwesterly breeze of 11 mph, it feels like it’s 102° F. Definitely not “goContinue reading “Coming Soon to ‘A Certain Point of View, Too’”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Remastered)

Return of the ‘Empire’ On May 4, 2018 (“Star Wars Day”), Walt Disney Records released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Remastered), a reissue of composer/conductor John Williams’ score for the second installment (in release order) of the Skywalker Saga. Assembled by a team of recording engineers led by Patricia Sullivan, Dann Thompson, Shawn Murphy,Continue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Remastered)”