Sunday, October 29, 2006

New Karl Jenkins/Adiemus choral work

Who is Karl Jenkins ? Well, he wrote all of the "Adiemus" records and some classical compositions. The most famous is a short neo-classical symphony (available on CD), of which the first movement was used in the de Boers diamond commercials. In 2005 he wrote this classical work, which is also available as DVD - buy it at Amazon !
External review: Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is a departure from his Adiemus recordings into the more conventional territory of large-scale choral and orchestral writing, though his customary passion for mixing languages remains in full force with texts in English, Latin, and French. Jenkins has said that The Armed Man was inspired by the "L'Homme armé" masses that were popular in the 16th century, and he makes this debt clear with passages written in a neat pastiche of Palestrina-style renaissance polyphony. There are also echoes of earlier and later styles, including plainchant, medieval ballads, John Barry-style horn writing (think Goldfinger), and even a direct quote from Rigoletto (the choir imitates wind sounds at one point as in Act 3 of the Verdi opera). The smorgasbord manages to hold together, probably because Jenkins's obvious sincerity shines through every note. The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays beautifully, and treble Tristan Hambleton performs his solo with ethereal clarity. The National Youth Choir sings with vigor and accuracy, even if the young sopranos sound a little thin at the top of their range. If you liked the soundtrack to The Mission, this should press all the right buttons. --Warwick Thompson

Password: giopet

1. The Armed Man
2. The Call To Prayers
3. Kyrie
4. Save me From Bloody Men
5. Sanctus
6. Hymn Before Action
7. Charge!
8. Angry Flames
9. Torches
10. Agnus Dei
11. Now The Guns Have Stopped
12. Benedictus
13. Better Is Peace

Total Running Time: 67:08

Bollywood goes rap - Chal Chaiyya Chaiyya

Whoever saw the cool Jodie Foster movie :) Inside Man will not forget the Main and End End Title, which is from Bollywood flick Dil Se (1998) starring Sharuk Khan. While the song is playing, Sharuk and friends are dancing on top of a driving train waggon, so it's cool scene, too.

So go here and get Terence Blanchard's score or just track 27 (6:10 !).

And if you like to sing with Sharuk, voila:

Only on LP so far - one of Schifrin's greatest scores - Nunzio !!!

If no-one else does it, one has to do it oneself - so here is one of Schifrin's finest scores, "Nunzio" from 1978.

The story centers around mentally retarded Nunzio (David Proval) who dreams about being a superhero. Everyone in the little Italian community makes jokes about him and a lot of times his bother (Joe Spinell) has to look out for him. However, at the end of the movie Nunzio recues a little girl out of a burning house and is the hero of the day.

Schifrin's score is divided in three categories: soft piano pieces (played by Mike Lang) for the relationship between Nunzio and his brother, fantastic up-tempo action music for the adventures of Nunzio and two nice disco versions of the main themes. The "Main Title" and "Superspeed" are definitely among Schifrin's finest action writing ever. Dramatic strings over hectic snare drums punctuated by kettle drums - incredible !!!

1. Theme from Nunzio (05:31)
2. Main Title (02:27)
3. Nunzio In Love (02:58)
4. Flying Love (02:10)
5. Only A Memory (02:32)
6. No Tips For Nunzio (01:44)
7. Night Music (02:15)
8. Candy Store Frenzy (04:27)
9. Sad Nunzio (02:23)
10. Goodnight My Little One (01:45)
11. Nunzio In Danger (03:00)
12. To The Rescue (02:18)
13. Superspeed (02:29)
14. End Title/ End Cast (02:30)

Here's the mdb entry for the movie:

Friday, October 27, 2006

Blogwatch Vol. 1: "Bullseye"

A new film music blog has joined our little community, it's called "Bullseye" ( and is specialized on classic fim scores from the past.

So far Damn the Defiant (Clifton Parker), The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Guns of Navarone (including the lyrics for the main song !), The Sandpiper and Marnie are featured, all of them highly recommendable scores and a welcome diversity from the all-Goldsmith/Williams/Horner/Media Ventures show going on nowadays.

Get there and listen to Archer's great downloads !

A short history of Lalo Schifrin's film music recordings

[Titles with "LP" in brackets have not been released on CD so far]

Compared to Williams, Goldsmith and Horner Schifrin's recorded film music canon is actually rather small. If you want to have everything (even five scores as original and new recording), you need a mere 52 records, which cover a time span of 41 productive years. In this article only long-playing records are mentioned.

His published film music started with the French drama Joy House in 1964 (issued last year on Schifrin's record label "Aleph"), which he recorded in France. By then Schifrin already played jazz for about a dozen years, since 1960 mostly together with Dizzy Gillespie (most important being "Gillespiana" and "The New Continent" [LP]). At the beginning of the 60ies he was establishing himself as a composer in Hollywood, and later in 1964 he wrote the score for the surfer movie Gone With the Wave (recently issued on a Film Score Monthly CD). In the following years, one great release followed another, starting with Cincinnati Kid (1965), Once a Thief and Other Themes [LP], The Liquidator [LP], Murderer's Row [LP], Mission Impossible (1967, jazzy arrangements), More Mission: Impossible (1968, jazzy arrangements), Mission: Impossible - Then and Now (OST), Cool Hand Luke (Aleph), The Fox, Sol Madrid [LP], Mannix (jazzy arrangements) [LP], Bullitt and Che ! (also on Aleph). All of them (except "The Fox" and the OST of "Mission: Impossible) are heavily jazz-influenced, so be prepared. Outside the film music community Schifrin is liked most for these records, but the score aficionados prefer his output of the 70ies. Be aware that the LP for "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" [LP] (1968) is a classical cantata based on the TV score, therefore no real film music record. If you're fond of the two newly arranged "Mission: Impossible" records, the jazz LP "There's a Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On" is highly recommended , it's in the same style.

The 70ies started with Kelly's Heroes (get the expanded FSM release), the both electronic/experimental THX 1138 (also on FSM) and The Hellstrom Chronicle (Aleph) and continued with nine classics: Dirty Harry (Aleph), Harry in Your Pocket (bootleg available), Magnum Force (Aleph), Enter the Dragon (one of his finest scores, get the limited expanded release with the complete score), The Planet of the Apes (TV, also on FSM), The Four Musketeers/The Eagle Has Landed/The Voyage of the Damned (all three on one CD, however, the second half of "Voyage" of the original LP is on the CD Continum Journeys Voyage together with two classical compositions) and Rollercoaster (now available on Aleph). While the two experimental scores may not be for everyone's taste and "Four/Eagle/Voyage" is fine dramatic film music, all others feature great action music which is heavily influenced by the era's funk style. The decade ended with Nunzio [LP] (forgotten, but fantastic - it definitely has one of Schifrin's finest action themes: "Superspeed"), Boulevard Nights (disco style) [LP], Escape to Athena [LP] (a great score with some Greek influences) and The Amityville Horror (by now a classic horror film score). Two jazz/funk records are also highly recommended: "Black Widow" (1976) and "Towering Toccata" (1977, featuring also some of his film music).

Up to this time Schifrin was as much respected as Goldsmith and John Williams (who got his real breakthrough with "Jaws" in 1975), but probably due to the success of the movies he scored in the 80ies his "film music" star began to sink. The scores for Brubaker (fine prison melodrama), The Competition (romantic piano score), Battle Creek Brawl [LP] (2nd class wanna-be follow-up to "Enter the Dragon"), Caveman (Ringo Starr stone age comedy), La pelle (drama, recently reissued), The Sting II [LP] (mostly ragtime compositions by Joplin and Chauvin) and The Osterman Weekend (Aleph, Sam Peckinpah's final movie, a psychological thriller) feature a diversity of styles, which -while composed competent- do not have the stringent stylistic touch Schifrin had in the 60ies and 70ies. However, the main theme of "Caveman" is one of his finest compositions ever. For A.D. - Anno Domini (1984) he went monumental, a style one wouldn't expect from him, and it worked out quite good. The 80ies close with The Fourth Protocol (a good thriller score), Berlin Blues (has lots of Julia Migenes vocals) and Don Quixote (1989, again a fine big orchestral score).

Concerning his film music work, there is now a big gap. Up to 1997, movie commitments were very few and far between, which is for three new fields of activity on which Schifrin concentrated his work. He started his "Jazz Meets the Symphony" series (which so far has six CD volumes, all on Aleph) and toured a lot with these programs, he recorded several samplers with film music by other composers and also some classical music and he arranged several medleys for the Three Tenors. Therefore it needed eight years for a new soundtrack record to appear: Tango, a great score which has the fine ballet sequence "La represion" and four tangos by him. The same year the romantic Something to Believe In followed (later published on Aleph), which contained a complete piano concerto. Also in 1997 upcoming director Brett Ratner manged to hire his music idol Schifrin for "Money Talks" (no release available), and the next year their 2nd collaboration Rush Hour got a CD release on Schifrin's newly-founded CD label Aleph.

He started this record company to release the variety of music he composed since the 50ies and up to day he produced 37 CDs of jazz, film music and classical compositions. As sometimes problems occured to get the rights to release the original recordings (unbelievable, as Schifrin composed the music he wanted to licence !) he just made new recordings of a handful, all of them issues on Aleph: Mannix, The Fox ( both 1999), Bullitt (2000), The Cincinnati Kid and The Amityville Horror (both 2002). In between we had Rush Hour 2 (Varese, 2001, again a fine action score), and his newest scores in the third millennium are After the Sunset (a melodrama available as Oscar promo and bootleg) and Abominable (Aleph, a yeti horror film directed by his son Ryan).

If we consider that as much as 10 out of this 52 releases are still only available as their original LP incarnation and that there are at least 50 complete film scores by Schifrin which haven't seen any release at all (among them such classics as "Coogan's Bluff", "The Beguiled", "Joe Kidd", "Charley Varrick", "Telefone" and "Tank"), let's hope that either the record industry gets interested in fine music or that fans will dig out tapes somewhere. Anyway, beside the other giants of film music there's a lot of Lalo Schifrin film music which is worthy to be discovered.

Password for John Williams 4-CD-box added

I'm so sorry, I just forgot. Wasn't my upload, I just copied the links. Here's the password:

Thursday, October 26, 2006

First 1.000 visits on my blog reached - many thanks !

To the right: the lucky 1.000th visitor
I wouldn't have thought that this would go so fast. O.k., probably it helps that I click myself about 50 times a day on it, but I think there are one or two others out there who visits sometimes.

Please load down everything I offer here, you can trust me that it's all great music. My intension is to provide only music that has quality instead of quantity with hundreds of links.

So my thanks to all of you and come back soon !

The Master of the Schifrin's Music---
(new honorary title decorated by the king of the USA)

The Chieftain's Great Film Music

1. Opening theme
2. Loyals march
3. Island theme
4. Setting sail
5. French leave
6. Blind pew
7. Treasure cave
8. The Hispanola/ Silver and Loyals march
9. Love theme
10. Love theme
11. The matchmaking
12. Mountain fall/ Main theme
13. Love theme
14. March of the King of Cornwall
15. The falcon
16. Escape and chase
17. The departure
18. Main theme
19. The French march
20. Cooper's tune/ The Bolero
21. Closing theme & march

It's not well-known that the leader of the Chieftains, Paddy Moloney (, also composes marvellous film music. Here's a compilation called "Reel Music" which features the great scores for "Treasure Island" (the 1990 version starring Charlton Heston), "The Year of the French" and three others.

Isn't Mark Banning a nice guy ?

Who's Mark Banning, you might ask.

Well, he's a professional CD cover designer and made lots of soundtrack covers (for example, nearly everything for GNP Crescendo). And for us poor guys who never buy anything and only load down all the scores (therefore often have no cover art), he put everything he made so far on his homepage:

So if you search a cover, try it there - perhaps you're lucky. And thanks to Jörg for providing me the link.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Another unreleased Lalo Schifrin track

In 1966 Lalo Schifrin scored the main title and perhaps some episodes of the TV series "T.H.E. Cat" starring Robert Loggia. The series was created by Harry Julian Fink, who five years later wrote "Dirty Harry", which Schifrin scored, too.

The main title is not to be confused with the theme "The Cat" which Schifrin wrote for the film "Les felins" in 1964. It's a real cool and jazzy theme like Elmer Bernstein's "Walk on the Wild Side". A recording of it is very hard to find, but there is one on Al Hirt's TV theme collection "The Horn Meets the Hornet", which is presented here in it's glorious entirety.

Trivia to know: trumpeter Al Hirt played of course in the version of the "Green Hornet" which you can here in "Kill Bill" while The Bride is driving on her motorcycle to the Japanese club where she will meet lovely Gogo Yubari.

01 Green Hornet Theme
02 The Hornets Nest
03 Night Rumble
04 "Get Smart" Theme
05 Theme from "Run for Your Life"
06 Batman Theme
07 The King Kong Theme
08 (Theme from) The Monkees
09 Tarzan (Tarzan's March)
10 T.H.E. Cat (Theme from) [LALO SCHIFRIN !!!]
11 Run Buddy Run

Arranged by Frank Hunter

(original LP liner notes by Arnold Shaw)
At a TV rehearsal not too long ago, I listened to big Al run over September Song. He was seated in a rocker and a spotlight threw a stark, angular shadow of the chair and the bearded man on the floor. In a baritone, somewhere between Walter Huston's western gravel and Jack Tea-garden's southern molasses, Al gave an attractive reading of the sad ballad. But no matter how he tried to cool it, something of his sheer joie de vivre came through and, though the rocker was turned so that little of the good-humored face was visible, an aura of insouciant vitality emanated from the shadow itself.
Excitement and vigor—these are the man. And these are the infectious qualities of the Horn. No wonder that when Al recorded the racing, buzzing, breathless theme of "The Green Hornet" TV show, it became a fast seller. And, though another Hirt album was ready for release, there was no denying fans the opportunity of hearing Al's virtuoso treatments of some popular TV themes.
Here, then, are head-bobbing, big-band renditions, with the Hirt horn in high-flying form. Although two of the selections, The Hornets Nest and Night Rumble, are not television themes, Al believed their excitement and drama merited including them in the album. Al's feeling for melody finds lyrical play in The Hornets Nest and (Theme from) The Monkees. The seductive wa-wa trumpet of Tarzan takes on a feline ferocity in T.H.E. Cat. Running, rhythmic countermelodies modulate into appealing sneak licks in Theme from "Run for Your Life." Al even has a few moments to display his penchant for comedy in the "Get Smart" Theme. In all, arranger Frank Hunter has provided charts that effectively combine big-band drive with the teen-age sound-and-beat of electric organ and guitars.
By this time there are many elements at play in the versatile Hirt horn. The lyricism of Al's recent ruminations with the Boston Pops is in striking contrast with the high-register, bop drama of these tunes. Each is in its place, since one is relaxed, armchair listening and the other, the theater of suspense and intrigue. A master musician, Al never permits his dazzling virtuosity to degenerate into meaningless pyrotechnics. Also, the bearded man has ineradicable roots in two-beat Dixie and country music, roots that helped make fabulous sellers of his albums HONEY IN THEHORN and COTTON CANDY, and that give all his horn peregrinations an inevitable, finger-snapping earthiness.

Upcoming German actress on her rise to world fame

By now everyone of my friends knows that I'm totally crazy about upcoming German actress Christina do Rego (, who stars in the German comedy series "Pastewka"( This series is a German version of "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and the character of Larry David is played here by the well-known comedian Bastian Pastewka. For German standards it's a really funny series (and got just last week an important television award), and Christina plays the daughter of Pastewka's brother. Pastewka is a funny guy who makes lots of jokes, and she is written in the series as some sort of counterpart as she has this "Ha, ha. Very funny. Don't get on my nerves with your stupid jokes" attitude all the time.

And here's a little bit of trivia which couldn't be less interesting (at least for everyone else except me): Christina played a similiar character a year before in one episode of the other great Germany comedy series nowadays, "Stromberg" (, being the German version of "The Office" - you see, we can't think of anything good ourselves, but when we copy something, we copy it fine. I'm wondering right now whether there are also Chinese versions of these series). I think Christina got the part in "Pastewka" because she played it so well in "Stromberg".

So remember, when you see her starring in "Terminator 4" and "Indy 4", I was the one who made her world-famous !

Jerry Goldsmith and "One Little Indian"

In 1973 James Garner, Vera Miles and beloved Jodie Foster made a little family western called "One Little Indian", which was scored by no other than soundtrack king Jerry Goldsmith. And what can you expect at the time of "Take a Hard Ride" and "Breakheart Pass" ? A great and rousing score which unfortunately so far got no release at all.

Someone took the effort and compiled a music-only suite of the movie (19:39, including the sound effects we all love in such endeavors), but the music is so great you will gladly bear them. So here it is, an UNRELEASED WESTERN SCORE by the master of the music:

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

200 go down, four come up

I think most of you noticed the 200 John Williams-soundtrack post in the film music board some days ago and how fast the links were destroyed.

Here's a little consolation: that nice 4-CD-Silva Screen-re-recording set "40 Years of Film Music". It has 45 themes out of 38 movies, and the rerecordings are actually quite good.

Even some lesser known tracks are included ("Sugarland Express", "Jane Eyre", "The Rare Breed" and "Family Plot").

IMPORTANT ADDITION: the passwort for these files is ""

The Cincinnati Kid is back

Jojo was so nice and posted this great Schifrin 1965 score on the film music board. It's the original recording from 1965 (the Aleph release is a re-recording).

1. The Cincinnati Kid (02:17)(Vocal by Ray Charles)
2. So Many Times (02:02)
3. New Orleans Procession (03:14)
4. Shooter (03:18)
5. The Man (02:35)
6. The Cock Fight (01:35)
7. The Cincinnati Kid (02:55)(Instumental Version)
8. Melba (03:59)
9. Dialogue In The Rain (03:59)
10. The Case (01:40)
11. All Packed (01:20)
12. The Game (02:00)
13. At The Farm (03:17)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Fist of Fury - Great Score !!!

From the original Japanese LP containing dialogue. The title song (vocal by Mike Remedios) is magnificent. Score is composed by Joseph Koo, who also scored "Way of the Dragon".

Side A:

01. Fist Of Fury (main theme)
02. The death of teacher
03. We are not sick men
04. Leave Shangaï
05. I shall be waiting here
06. Why did you kill my teacher ?

Side B:

01. I love you as much as i always did
02. Fist Of Fury
03. Finale
04. Fist Of Fury (end titles)

The Story of the Exodus

In 1981 Polish composer Wojciech Kilar wrote a classical work for orchestra and chorus called "Exodus" in one movement, running about 23 minutes. It has a Bolero structure repeating the same motive again and again, starts very silent and builds up to a monumental finale adding the chorus.

Somewhere in the 80ies a friend presented me a LP he found on a flea market, which had two compositions by Kilar, one being the "Exodus". From there on he was one of my favorite composers.

Kilar also wrote lots of film scores, most of them in Poland and European countries and was not established in the international scene like his colleagues Morricone, Sarde or Delerue. Actually, no Eastern European composer was.

The first thing that brought "Exodus" to a certain fame was that director Christoph Zanussi, for whom Kilar wrote lots of film scores, directed a new movie in 1992 called "The Silent Touch" ( that has a composer as main character. This composer gets the commission of writing a new work, and guess what this is at the end of the movie: Kilar's "Exodus" ! The composer was played by "Exorcist" Max von Sydow, and he even conducted the work at the end.

A year later Steven Spielberg heard the "Exodus" somewhere and was so fond of it that he used it as trailer music for "Schindler's List".

Next Francis Ford Coppola somehow discovered Kilar (I'm not certain on how this happened, but it might be through the "Schindler"-trailer), met him in Paris and -voila- engaged him for his "Dracula". From there on, Kilar was known in America, too, and scored the American productions "Death and the Maiden", "The Portrait of a Lady" and "The Ninth Gate". He also wrote a very short score for "The Pianist", and there is only one brief track on the CD, but this (as always with Kilar) is great.

The most important thing to say about him is that he is a real composer, not a "film music" composer. Most of his film music can be listed well without the movie for which it was written, it has (like a lot of John Williams' works) a structure that would fit in the concert hall as well.

By now he has film 162 entries in the movie database ( and is still working with 74 ! I remember him saying once that he composes "very slow", but I think his definition of "slow" does not match with mine.

Every comment by other Kilar fans would be highly appreciated !

And now your patience is honored - here's the "Exodus", certainly one on the finest works Kilar ever composed:

Sunday, October 22, 2006

One say weird, one say cool

For me it's cool, and probably the greatest thing Konrad Elfers ever composed (however, I haven't actually heard much of him). Someone has "Funeral in Berlin" ?

The German version with the solo voice is much more distinctive than the mostly children chorus' English one, but decide for yourself:

It sounds like Inger Nilsson sang all language versions by herself, can anyone confirm this ?

I would not have thought that Mrs. Nilsson is only 3 years older than me... saw her in a TV show some years ago and she is quite a nice person. But what else can you expect from and adult Pippi ? "Peter" and "Annika" were also present but they were as boring as they were 35 years ago.

Again, many thanks to Johannes for sending me the link.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Day Time Ended

As an answer to my mail concerning video game scores "the_ram" was so kind and posted in the film music forum ( a link to the following site:

It takes a little time loading for a very good reason: listed are no less than 5.917 game scores which you can all download. Unfortunately you can also only download them track-by-track, so this will take some time.

Now, let us assume that each score is 45 minutes and that you can download one score in the time you are listening to one. As you have to go to work, you will perhaps have 4 hours a day to listen to the stuff. Well my calculator says that it will take exactly 3,04 years for hearing them all. Of course, in the meantime new scores will be uploaded, so it will take a little longer to be up to date.

And let's not forget: you only listened to game scores. Normal film music is also available everywhere else, so let's face it: we all are hopelessly doomed. Should I start with the "Doom" soundtrack ? Game or movie soundtrack ? If movie soundtrack, song or score ? And lets not forget, we have to look the movies, too.

We are sick, we are sick, we are sick sick sick...

Die langen Reiter

One of Ry Cooder's finest records is the score of Walter Hill's "The Long Riders", which you will like especially if you have a faible for Civil War music.

Any links to records of traditional Civil War music would be highly appreciated !!!

for the advanced taste only

By now everyone will know that Indian films are all musicals. In 1990 Channel Four produced a 49-part series called "Movie Mahal", which presented the history of India's cinema with hundreds of film excerpts and interviews.

The best songs presented in the series were collected on three CDs, of which we here have vol. 1.

Listen to classic Indian film music, of course starring the voices of Asha Bosle and Mohammed Rafi. If you like, I can also give you the link to vol. 2. I would appreciate it if someone could upload vol. 3.


lots of game score

Here's a directory with lots of game scores. You have to download them file by file, but it may be worth the effort.

Kate Moss has nothing to do with it, but we can safely assume that at least once in her life she also played a video game and may have actually listed to one of the scores you can download here:

Could be... who knows... there's some scores due any day, I will know right away, soon as them show...

Sven is coming

some new Morricone for you

Ennio MORRICONE - Guardians Of The Clouds (2006)

Artists: Dulce Pontes, Carel Kraayenhof, Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra, e.a. Dirigent: Ennio Morricone Componist: Ennio Morricone

01. Gabriel's Oboe (from the Mission) (6:12)02. La Tragedia Di Un Uomo Ridicolo (3:25)03. Mercato (2:38)04. Liricamente (3:57)05. I Gelsomini (4:08)06. Antiga Palavra (with Dulce Pontes) (4:52)07. C' Era Una Volta Il Trenino (3:27)08. La Commozione Dell' Addio (3:50)09. I Figli Di Pan (4:32)10. Family of the Poor (from City of Joy) (2:17)11. Guardians of the Clouds (3:56)12. Teneramente Amore (3:38)13. Liricamente (Solo) (1:54)

External review: 2006 Issued Concept Album that Brings Together the Legendary Italian Soundtrack Composer and the Netherlands "King of Tango". The Pieces were Arranged to Feature Mr. Kraayenhof's Instrument, the Bandoneon, a 142 Note Accordion that is a Staple of Tango Recordings and the Sessions Recorded in 2005. Morricone First Met Kraayenhof While Recording the Album for "Dulce Pontes" in 2003. Other Instruments Heard Here Include Uilleann Pipes, Irish Low Whistle and the Pan Flute. But It's the Six Fully Orchestrated Pieces of this Album that have the Potential to Simply Take Your Breath Away! It's Classic Morricone and Essential for Any Fan of the Maestro!

Secret of Media Ventures discovered !!!

Sony - Cinescore ver. 1.0a
Professional Soundtrack Creation

Precise Control, Profound ResultsCinescore software introduces new levels of customization, performance, and accuracy to the world of professional soundtrack creation. Automatically generate an unlimited number of musical compositions using royalty-free Theme Packs in a wide array of popular styles. Discover the true potential of your video by taking full control over your soundtrack.Unlimited ResultsCinescore generates an unlimited number of fully orchestrated compositions that custom fit to your video by precisely matching the time duration you specify. Adjust parameters such as mood, tempo, and intensity to create anything from complex songs to short and sweet stinger tracks. Cinescore software gives you the tools and flexibility to create highly customizable songs every time for full control over your soundtrack.

Life is a conspiracy

PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER
ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER
THE EYES: When you rearrange the letters: THEY SEE
THE MORSE CODE: When you rearrange the letters: HERE COME DOTS
SLOT MACHINES: When you rearrange the letters: CASH LOST IN ME
ANIMOSITY: When you rearrange the letters: IS NO AMITY
ELECTION RESULTS: When you rearrange the letters: LIES - LET'S RECOUNT
SNOOZE ALARMS: When you rearrange the letters: ALAS! NO MORE Z 'S
A DECIMAL POINT: When you rearrange the letters: IM A DOT IN PLACE
THE EARTHQUAKES: When you rearrange the letters: THAT QUEER SHAKE
ELEVEN PLUS TWO: When you rearrange the letters: TWELVE PLUS ONE
MOTHER-IN-LAW: When you rearrange the letters: WOMAN HITLER

Super unreleased Lalo Schifrin track !

In 2003 Schifrin scored the main title for his first video game: it was the sequel for "Splinter Cell" called "Pandora Tomorrow". Included is the the main theme (probably the only thing he composed for the game) and a brief interview.

Pandora Tomorrow

World premiere: Lalo Schifrin mystery track

In 1996, Germany's Delta music issued a crappy 3 CD collection of TV themes called "TV Hits", played by "Orchestra Bruno Bertone", who actually played all instruments on his synthesizer.

However, there was one track that caught my attention: "Cobra", credited to Lalo Schifrin. Now, one could assume that this is the well-known "Mission: Impossible" theme, as this series was alled in Germany "Kobra, übernehmen Sie" (translated "Cobra, take the assignment"). But as this a very recognizable theme you will find yourself that the track is definitely NOT from this score:


So where is it from ? It sounds like Schifrin in the 80ies (for example, "Sudden Impact"), but as all the tracks on the 3 CDs are from TV it has probably to be a series. Or perhaps there was just a wrong composer listed ?

Please help !

My obsession with Lalo Schifrin

I think I'm actually Germany's biggest fan of Lalo's music. Today he has lots of fans because of his funky stuff and is perhaps the most respected film composer for younger people outside the film music community, but in the 70ies and 80ies here nobody cared for his music. You see, film music fans who like Miklós Rózsa normally don't care much for Schifrin...

It all started way back in the 70ies when I saw "Enter the Dragon" in the cinema more than a dozen times. I think I was about 13 at the time and thought Bruce Lee was so cool... but you know who else was cool!

At the same time "Mission: Impossible", "Starsky and Hutch" and "Petrocelli" were running on German TV and I started noticing this strange name, this person who composes always such great music. In 1977 I started buying his records (the first ones being "Towering Toccata", "Rollercoaster", "Cincinnati Kid" and "Marquis de Sade"), and from there on I was stuck to every record that even had remotely his name on (for instance, should I buy this "Best of Hugo Montenegro" record because it had this cover version of "The Fox"? I did, but only because I didn't have the OST at that time).

But the biggest moment was the following: I really thought the "Enter the Dragon" score was incredible and would have loved to hear this score at home, but unfortunately in Germany... there was only the single with the main title and "The Big Battle" available. Somewhere I read that there was a LP, but I couldn't buy or order it in Germany. Then, after half a year or so of desperate longing, I went into town and to a record store I visited regularly. As always I looked through the complete soundtrack bin (believe me, in my country they have 10% of the size than in the U.S.) and suddenly as a gift from God or a telephatic record dealer here it was: the OST LP of "Enter the Dragon". This moment was so intense that even after 25 years I can recall details.

The first thing I did (after buying it, of course) was taping it at home so I wouldn't have to play it a second time. O.k., there was a little bit of disappointment that it was so short and instead of the cool drum sequences (like the arrival at Han's island) I got "The gentle softness" which I didn't even recalled from the movie, but still, at that time this LP was the Holy Grail of my rapidly growing soundtrack collection. (Today, with a very large number of CDs at home, the expanded CD of "Enter the Dragon" is still something very special)

I started ordering records from the U.S. in the time the first Varèse and Citadel LPs came up (remember the green "Silent Running"?), at this time you could get stuff like "Murderer's Row" relatively cheap. Of course every new Schifrin record was ordered immediately. At this time I really loved "Escape to Athena"!

Another funny thing happened: of course Lalo gave a lot of concerts, but not in Germany, and -unthinkable- in my home town Duesseldorf. At that time Lalo was touring around with these poems of the Pope he arranged. One day, another soundtrack collector told me that he had heard that Lalo would come to my town with this program! Unbelievable, I thought, but of course I informed myself - only to discover that this concert was ONE DAY AGO !!! Here is Doug Payne's entry: Live at Tonhalle; Dusseldorf, West Germany: June 30, 1984

But finally I got rewarded: Lalo gave a concert near my home town in Cologne (only 40 km away, "Gillespiana in Cologne, Live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall; Cologne, Germany: November 20, 1996), which I also missed, but apparently Lalo liked the playing of the WDR Big Band and returned for another concert, and this time I was informed in time.
This was "Jazz Mass in Concert", Live at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall; Cologne, Germany: February 7, 1998, and after about 23 years of listening to his music from records it was the first time I saw Lalo live. Of course I tried to get an autograph, and I got one, standing right beside the master!

Another anecdote: Lalo returned another 4 times for public concerts to Cologne, and -of course- everytime I was there. One evening I was phoning with the girl with whom I attended the first two concerts, knowing that he would return sometime. During the call I mentioned that it was quite a time since he was last in Cologne, and because it was a good opportunity I looked up in Lalo's homepage whether there would be another appearance in Cologne. It was 6:30 p.m. then, and what I read pushed my adrenaline to the max: a LALO SCHIFRIN ALL-FILM MUSIC CONCERT was set for this evening, only 90 minutes from then! You can imagine how I hasted, but all went well and as always I sat in the first row during the concert.

My final Schifrin story I personally like most: for the 6th and last Schifrin concert in Cologne so far (Intersections, JMTS 5, Live at Klaus-von-Bismark-Saal; Cologne, Germany: November 24 and 25, 2000), the big Philharmonic Hall was somehow not available and the concert was placed in the much smaller Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal. Therefore I couldn't get a ticket anymore! What now? I went to Cologne anyhow, knowing that I had to get in there somehow. Schifrin only meters away and me not being able to hear his music? Impossible.

I tried to get in as a journalist, but only could speak to a lady of the management in the floor of the concert hall. She told me that also all press tickets were given away. At this moment, when all hope was gone, Schifrin came out of a door, HE SAW ME, RECOGNIZED ME (as I said, I was always sitting in the first row) AND CAME OVER TO SHAKE MY HAND. I even remember him saying that he was pleased to see me again. That the master knew me impressed the management lady so much that after Schifrin went away she let me stay for the concert.

What I can say in general about Mr. Schifrin is that whenever I saw him in person (I also attended one Big Band rehearsal with him), he is a very friendly and gentle man, absolutely not hectic and has always a understanding minute for his fans.

If you like to know more about Schifrin, please go to Douglas Payne's absolutely fantastic discography:
He also has a review page and tells his Schifrin story also in an article:

Rollercoaster ride for you

ScoresOfScores was so nice and posted the Aleph release of "Rollercoaster":

This is one of Schifrin's finest scores of the 70ies and was one of the earliest records I had of him. Remember "Sensurround" in the cinemas ? I saw this movie with this effect here in Germany at the time.

The best track is no. 3, and also very interesting is track 6 (Movement from "String Quartet"). This string quartet was supposed to be released by Entrac'te (it's announced on the LP of "The Eagle Has Landed/The Four Musketeers"), but it never came up. If anyone should have a recording of it, a share would be some sort of world premiere !!!

Friday, October 20, 2006

some more fine comic books

Wojciech Kilar fans out there ?

I just tried finding some rapidshare links for his music, but unfortunately there seems to be nothing out there. A small label re-released his magnificent score to "König der letzten Tage", so go there and buy it: (some short samples of the score also there).

While searching I stranded on a page which hast this nice picture (did Madonna do a Kilar cover ???? Couldn't be ???), however, no Kilar.

Some weeks ago there was the "The Ninth Gate" on a soundtrack blog and that score seems to be the only one there is.

Horror soundtracks for you

If you go here and scroll down to "The Sound of Music" you find several horror soundtracks.

These links were compiled of the homepages of the usual suspects (many thanks to them), but here you have them very converniable together.

Even more horror music is here:

They can only be downloaded track by track, so decide whether this is worth the effort.

Psychological test: which image do you like most ?

a) the left one: consult your shrink or find a guy that suits your needs

b) the upper one right: it's a great idea to save on haircuts, but only if you stay inside for the rest of your life

the third one: stop dreaming and get a life.

Schifrin's Black Widow

Schifrin's music always reflected the current "pop" style of the era. So in the 70ies, when disco was all around, his score and jazz music were heavily influenced by this rhythms.

The best examples for this are his jazz records "Black Widow", "Towering Toccata" and "Gypsies" (the last one still not available on CD). Some tracks might seem a little dated today, however there are real killer tracks like his arrangement "Jaws" on them.

So here we go with the first of the three:

Lalo Schifrin - Black Widow

MP3 Rip 320Kb

1 Black Widow (4:11)
2 Flamingo (4:31)
3 Quiet Village (5:45)
4 Moonglow & Theme From Picnic (6:13)
5 Jaws (6:01)
6 Baia (4:49)
7 Turning Point (3:29)
8 Dragonfly (5:45)
9 Frenesi (3:53)
10 Tabu (4:33)
11 Baia (Alt. Take) (7:44)
12 Con Alma (6:30)

Arranged By - Lalo Schifrin
Bass - Anthony Jackson
Conductor - Lalo Schifrin
Drums - Andy Newmark
Guitar - Eric Gale , John Tropea
Keyboards - Lalo Schifrin
Percussion - Don Alias
Producer - Creed Taylor
Saxophone [Alto] - Joe Farrell
Saxophone [Baritone] - Pepper Adams
Trumpet - Jon Faddis
Vocals - Patti Austin

I was told that unfortunately the "Jaws" track is defect. I uploaded this single track now at Filesend, so get it here:

Schifrin's "Latin Jazz Suite"

Here we go with another fine Schifrin record, this time of a live concert:

It's also available as a DVD, so go get and buy it !

Fantastic Four 1 to 92 (1960ies comic books)

Frank Miller's limited Daredevil-miniseries

Christmas is near, so here are some Peanuts

Well, I like Snoopy and comrades a lot, and when I discovered the DVDs of season one (2 original DVDs) I was happy to download them. However, these are 81 files and need some time to download.

While they were running, I discovered the 200 John Williams rapidshare links and thought "should I get them right now and stop the Peanuts ?". I hesitated, let them run and put in Williams in queue after them for the next day. Well, as the story goes, the third of the Williams was running and after that all were gone. Such is life.

So be aware that these Peanuts videos equal 197 John Williams scores (o.k., the "Linus and Lucy" theme by Guaraldi is fine, but not soooooo fine):


Black Moon Rising

"Sounds of movie scores, libraries (and more)..." ( was so kind of posting a previously unreleased suite of Schifrin's "Black Moon Rising":

Get this and all the other fine stuff he offers.

Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - The Ultimate Movie Music Collection


For some easy listing, here's Erich Kunzel with his guys.

Many thanks to Johannes for sending me the link.

1. The Imperial March: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Main Theme: Jurassic Park
3. Main Title: Shakespeare In Love
4. Themes: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
5. Main Title: The Last Of The Mohicans
6. Theme: The Godfather
7. Unchained Melody: Ghost
8. Theme: Goldfinger
9. We're Losing Him: Somewhere In Time
10. Space Camp
11. Opening And Closing Titles: Henry V
12. Theme: The Thorn Birds
13. Suite: Moonwalker
14. The Time Of Your Life: A Bugs Life

MP3, 320 kbps:

1. Batman Theme: Batman
2. Bicycle Chase: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
3. Suite: Independance Day
4. Love Theme: Romeo & Juliet
5. Theme: Back To The Future
6. End Credits: Contact
7. Theme: Breakfast At Tiffany's
8. Main Theme: Star Trek
9. May It Be And Themes: Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Ring
10. Love Theme: Cousins
11. Sean's Theme: Minority Report
12. I Will Wait From You: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
13. Theme: Rocky
14. The Sand Volcano: The Mummy
15. The Raider's March: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

MP3, 320 kbps:

1. Theme: Mission Impossible
2. Casablanca Suite
3. Book Of Days: Far And Away
4. Love Theme: Superman
5. Tara's Theme: Gone With The Wind
6. Don't Mess With: Z
7. Main Title: The Mask Of Zorro
8. Finale: Victor / Victoria
9. Carol Ann's Theme: Poltergeist
10. Love Theme: Star Wars: Episode ll: Attack Of The Clones
11. Main Theme: Willow
12. Main Title: Star Trek ll: The Wrath Of Kahn
13. MAin Theme: On Golden Pond
14. Theme: A Summer Place
15. Theme: Chariots Of Fire

MP3, 320 kbps:

1. Iceberg!
2. Back To Titanic
3. Main Themes: Hook
4. Theme: Pink Panther
5. Lara's: Doctor Zhivago
6. Theme: Love Story
7. Right Stuff
8. Theme: Jaws
9. When You Believe: The Prince Of Egypt
10. Smile: Modern Times
11. The Apollo 13 Mission
12. Re-Entry And Splashdown: Apollo 13
13. Main Title: Beetlejuice
14. War: Pearl Harbor
15. Cavatina: The Deer Hunter
16. Throne Room And End Title: Star Wars: Episode lV: A New Hope

MP3, 320 kbps:

Michael Kamen's Saxophone Concerto

Concerto For Sanborn & Orchestra:
1st Movement
2nd Movement
3rd Movement

4. Helen-Claire
5. Sasha (Solo Guitar by David Gilmor)
6. Zoe
7. Sandra (Solo Guitar by Eric Clapton)
8. Waiting For Daddy

Michael Kamen was born in New York City in 1948. He began studying piano at age two and progressed to guitar, clarinet, and oboe. After attending the High School of Music and Art, he attended the Julliard School Of Music.He enjoyed a diverse musical career. In 1974, Michael toured with David Bowie on the Diamond Dogs Tour (along with David Sanborn). In 1979, he created and recorded the orchestra arrangements for Pink Floyd’s double album, The Wall. He would continue to work with Pink Floyd and both David Gilmour and Roger Waters solo projects, including their appearance at Knebworth 1990 and the orchestra arrangements for The Division Bell.
Michael first worked with Eric Clapton on Roger Waters’ Pros And Cons of Hitch Hiking Tour in the mid-1980s. With Eric, he collaborated on the soundtracks for Edge of Darkness, Homeboy, and Lethal Weapon He conducted the orchestra during Eric’s Orchestra Nights at the Royal Albert Hall in 1990 and 1991 and wrote “Concerto For Electric Guitar” for Eric.He wrote the soundtrack for hit films including The Next Man, Mr. Holland’s Opus, X-Men, Frequency, Don Juan DeMarco, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He wrote “Concerto for Saxophone” for David Sanborn. The recording session for this featured Eric and Ray Cooper. On 29 November 2002, Michael conducted the orchestra for “The Concert For George” (a tribute concert in George Harrison’s memory) for which Eric acted as musical director.Michael passed away on 18 November 2003.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Liquidator

Scorebabyannex was so kind of posting this so-far-on-CD-unreleased LP by Schifrin, so for all you fans here it is again:

The title song is quite comparable with Barry's "Goldfinger", alone this track is worth the record.

Can't believe it myself ! I've got a blog !!!

So isn't that cool ?

Together with millions of others who sit in front of a tiny screen hacking words in their PC just to entertain sophisticated readers like you are.

Well, many thanks for the attention.

And in case you should like good music, here's a link for one of the first film scores in my childhood that I was really mad about - Lalo Schifrin's "Enter the Dragon" (many thanks to the original uploader - contact me and I credit you):

In 1973 there was only the 25min-LP, I would have killed to have this expanded release. Good I didn't because I probably would have ended in jail and could not bring this wonderful music to your attention.

I'm a big Lalo Schifrin fan since then, so you probably can await some more of him. Also, I'm seeking contacts to other Schifrin fans, so if you like his music, drop a comment on this blog.