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Film Music (Mrs. Soffel / The Times Of Harvey Milk & Never Cry Wolf) Soundtrack


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Audio, Cassette, Soundtrack, July 7, 1987
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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (July 7, 1987)
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B000000NGC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mrs. Soffel - Mark Isham
2. The Times of Harvey Milk - Mark Isham
3. Never Cry Wolf - Mark Isham

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I love really movie theme music and film scores.
Olukayode Balogun
Other equally qualified composers have written sound tracts, i.e. Aaron Copeland and his protege, Leonard Berstein.
Manuel A. Mendoza
This album has a certain magic that draws me back to it again and again.
Steven Kerry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David on May 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
After scoring many, many films... I always seem to come back to this c.d which compiles three movies scores onto one and each distiguishably different from one another and it's refreshing to listen to a soundtrack that doesn't repeat the same theme over and over which is quite common. If I had to be stranded on a desert island and had a choice of c.d's to come with me, I can not be without "FILM MUSIC"... That's saying a lot of high praise for a musician that was little more than just a session trumpet player playing with the likes of The Beach Boys, Van Morrison. Van Morrison always demanded the best from his musicians or quite simply they didn't play for him at all.
If you haven't seen the movie Mrs. Soffel, don't bother the music clearly out shines the movie...Lyle Mays on piano is amazing and expect lots of penny whistle, synthesizers and being that the setting takes place in Pittsburgh, the industrial sounds of a steel mill. The "Times Of Harvey Milk" is just under 9 minutes, it never gets a chance to mold into anything other than sounding alright. What ever fault there may be with "Times Of Harvey Milk" it was an important score for him to score because of him growing up in the San Francisco area, the main focally point in the documentary...Times Of Harvey Milk went on to win a Academy Award for best documentary. And lastly "Never Cry Wolf"...wow, thats what made me run out to buy the c.d in the first place. You could not ask for a better score to compliament the wintery terrain of Alaska. Although very somber through out the most part, there is a brief moment that will raise a few hairs on the back of your neck...my favorite part of the score, lots and lots of drumming.
What more can I say, just run out and buy it...highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
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Mark Isham has continued to be my favorite composer ever since I first discovered this album (back when vinyl was all we had). I have since watched Mr. Isham's music develop with baited anticipation. Although I find it hard to find a "favorite" in his pantheon of music, his work titled "Tibet" is still one of his most haunting pieces yet composed. I find it unique when a composer can leave you with not just a catchy melody, but an fully developed emotion.... these seem to stay longer. This album, along with "Tibert" are special to me because I can distinctly remember "feeling" several passages when I first held my newborn twin girls in my arms. Thank you Mark.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Randall Wallace on November 21, 1999
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along with peter gabriel's "last temptation of christ" and john barry's work, this is the pinnacle of movie music that can also be used for driving, working hard, playing hard, or just listening. most record stores don't carry this gem because they don't know exactly where to file it. this has been in my top ten (with shawn clovin's fat city, sarah mclachlan's fumbling, peter gabriel's so and john hiatt's slow turning) for years. unless you're only into gothic metal or german accordion music, buy this cd immediately.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Manuel A. Mendoza on September 30, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is the first CD of Mark Isham's that I ever purchased. I first heard it a number of years ago when my girlfriend fell in love with it and insisted that I get it for her.
Other equally qualified composers have written sound tracts, i.e. Aaron Copeland and his protege, Leonard Berstein. Mark Isham is without a doubt in this league.
Hopefully, in time, this artist will get the recognition he deserves. Do your friends a favor. Spread the word.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on June 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Judging by my own experience and other reviews here, I suspect that in the 1990s Windham Hill were handing out copies of their more tranquil tapes and CDs to the maternity suites of hospitals around the world. My daughter Erika was born to the sounds of 'The Shape of the Land', which was much the most interesting tape hanging around at Kingston Hospital. That tape led me to purchase the Windham Hill double-CD compilation, which contained an extract from 'Mrs Soffel', and that led me to purchase this CD.
The CD was a revelation, for two reasons. First, there was much more 'Mrs Soffel' music than the extract had led me to expect. And second, the compilation never mentioned the fact that the pianist behind the glorious playing was none other than my favourite, Lyle Mays. (Unfortunately the CD notes misspell his name as 'Mayes'.) The piano is beautifully simple, but it is among the best Lyle has done, inside or outside the Pat Metheny Group.
I have subsequently seen the 'Mrs Soffel' movie (starring Diane Keaton), and to be frank, it was a disappointment. My expectations had been raised sky-high by this CD, which is marvellous. The elements of the Isham music are spread across the movie, perhaps too thinly, and Isham does a great job of bringing them altogether into a 14-minute symphony.
'Harvey Milk' does nothing for me, but track #3, 'Never Cry Wolf', just leaves me pining to see the Disney film. It sounds arctic, wintry, sparse, and menacing.
All three tracks show that Isham is not just a top-flight musician but also a fine composer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Kerry on October 14, 2012
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I'm on my second copy of this one, as I wore the first out, (a cassette!) I will not repeat what others have already said quite eloquently. This album has a certain magic that draws me back to it again and again. My favorite is Mrs. Soffel, but I disagree with those who found The Times of Harvey Milk of little interest. Should you ever watch the Oscar winning documentary,you will see how powerfully his music expressed the inspiration and heartbreak of this unforgettable film. The music Mark created that accompanies footage of the candlelight vigil for Harvy is so moving it brings tears to one's eyes. There is also a Pied Piper type musical interlude that suggests the charisma this man had in his time and place, and,of course, ultimately, the creeping encroachment of a jealous, bitter murderer is captured as well.I agree with those who said Mrs. Soffel was an inconsequential movie,but the same can hardly be said about The Times of Harvey Milk, which provided powerful inspiration for the more recent movie Milk.I have bought other soundtrack albums by Mark Isham, but this is still my favorite, a Windham Hill classic that endures on my stereo year after year.This is wonderful work.
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