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Paramount 90th Anniversary Collection: Scores Soundtrack

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Granddaddy of the Hollywood studios, Paramount Pictures is rightfully proud of its century of contributions to both American cinema and the art of film scoring. But the first disc of this 43-track double-CD anthology merely hints at the studio's musical peaks, blithely skipping through its first seven decades in just 17 tracks. Indeed, the package as a whole seems more interested in marketing its post-'70s catalog of hits and blockbusters than it does in paying real homage to history and roots. Even rarities like Double Indemnity and The Lost Weekend are served up via modern budget-line rerecordings, as is Ennio Morricone's epochal Once upon a Time in the West). Contemporary recordings of Aaron Copland's rare score to The Heiress and Franz Waxman's great Sunset Blvd. fare better, but soundtrack fans may miss the originals. The studio's rich pop-crossover successes in the '60s are documented via Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River" and excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Love Story, while successful franchises like Star Trek and Raiders also get their due. Too often the '90s-focused second disc only underscores some uncomfortable trends in contemporary scoring--orchestral nervous tics punctuated by booming crescendos, treacly piano Muzak--and makes one wonder if the music of The Rugrats Movie and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider are really film music milestones. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Saving Private Ryan 'Hymn To The Fallen' - John Williams
  2. Double Indemnity 'Prelude' - Miklos Rozsa
  3. The Lost Weekend 'Finale' - Miklos Rozsa
  4. The Heiress 'Departure/Morris Suggests Love/The Proposal/Finale' - Aaron Copland
  5. Sunset Boulevard 'Prelude' - Franz Waxman
  6. The Ten Commandments 'Prelude' - Elmer Bernstein
  7. Breakfast At Tiffany's 'Moon River' - Henry Mancini
  8. Hatari! 'Baby Elephant Walk' - Henry Mancini
  9. Rosemary's Baby 'Main Title (Vocal)' - Christopher Komeda
  10. Romeo & Juliet 'Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet' - Nino Rota
  11. Once Upon A Time In The West 'Once Upon A Time In The West' - Ennio Morricone
  12. Love Story 'Theme From Love Story' - Francis Lai
  13. The Godfather 'Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)' - Nino Rota
  14. The Godfather 'Love Theme From The Godfather' - Nino Rota
  15. Chinatown 'Love Theme From Chinatown (Main Title) - Jerry Goldsmith
  16. The Godfather - Part II 'End Title' - Nino Rota
  17. Star Trek: The Motion Picture 'End Title' - Jerry Goldsmith
  18. Raiders Of The Lost Ark 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' - John Williams
  19. Terms Of Endearment 'Theme From Terms Of Endearment' - Michael Gore
  20. Flashdance 'Love Theme From Flashdance' - Giorgio Moroder
  21. Beverly Hills Cop 'Axel F' - Harold Faltermeyer

Disc: 2

  1. Witness 'Building The Barn' - Maurice Jarre
  2. Children Of A Lesser God 'Main Title' - Michael Convertino
  3. The Untouchables 'The Strength Of The Righteous (Main Title)' - Ennio Morricone
  4. Fatal Attraction 'Fatal Attraction' - Maurice Jarre
  5. The Addams Family 'Main Title' - Marc Shaiman
  6. Dead Again 'Winter 1948' - Patrick Doyle
  7. Indecent Proposal 'Flashback & Photos' - John Barry
  8. The Firm 'How Could You Lose Me?-End Title' - Dave Grusin
  9. Clear And Present Danger 'Main Title/A Clear And Present Danger' - James Horner
  10. Braveheart 'For The Love Of A Princess' - James Horner
  11. Primal Fear 'Courtroom Montage' - James Newton Howard
  12. Mission: Impossible 'Zoom B' - Danny Elfman
  13. Star Trek: First Contact 'End Credits' - Jerry Goldsmith
  14. Titanic 'Hard To Starboard' - James Horner
  15. The Rugrats Movie 'Baby Shower Happenings' - Mark Mothersbaugh
  16. The Talented Mr. Ripley 'Italia' - Gabriel Yared
  17. Rules Of Engagement 'Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)' - Mark Isham
  18. Mission: Impossible 2 'The Bait' - Hans Zimmer
  19. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 'Main Titles' - Graeme Revell
  20. Vanilla Sky 'To The Roof' - Nancy Wilson
  21. The Sum Of All Fears 'The Mission' - Jerry Goldsmith
  22. Forest Gump 'I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump' - Alan Silvestri


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000068TN9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Normally I have a lot to say in my reviews, but not this time. The main problem with this collection is that all the most memorable film scores are just on one disc, with the second used mostly to play out stuff from the last ten years that, really, musically isn't very memorable and only includes three pieces anyone will recognize just because, like the movies they come from, they're based on old TV shows - The Addams Family, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible.

And that brings up another problem. With all due respect to the late Jerry Goldsmith, who has provided some truly great classic movie scores, was it REALLY necessary to include TWO versions of the SAME Star Trek march in this collection? This seems evocative of the milk-it-for-all-its-worth attitude Paramount has had lately toward its now-tarnished crown-jewel franchise. Where's James Horner's theme music from Star Trek II and III? If they're gonna put Star Trek on here twice, they should have provided a little diversity. It wouldn't have taken much, I'm sure.

I'm sure that Paramount's had other films with far more memorable music (even Harold Faltermeyer's Top Gun Anthem could have helped on Disc 2). This just seems like a lazy attempt at something that really could have been great.
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There are some really great songs on this 2 CD set. However, those really great songs seem to be lightly interspersed amongst a large number of forgettable songs whose main purpose seems to be to remind you of those movies you enjoy(ed) so much.
It seems a little odd to me that out of 90 years of film making the most memorable scores have been largely released within the last few years. I was pleased to find themes from the Godfather, Indiana Jones and Witness. I was perplexed with the inclusion of songs from Rugrats, both Mission Impossible movies (one would have been more than enough) and Tomb Raider (memorable???).
This is my own personal bias, but I do prefer movie soundtracks that evoke a feeling of excitement. With this collection I just couldn't get excited. I kept finding myself being let down by songs that didn't in some way complement the preceeding song.
There are certainly some great tracks here, but overall I was disappointed. My advise would be to look elsewhere.
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This is a great album concept, but I really wish Paramount had re-recorded these scores as they deserve to be heard. The tracks range from 1944 to the present, and the older recordings sound just like the cleaned-up older recordings that they are.
I would also personally have enjoyed more "secondary" music themes (otherwise it becomes like reading book summaries that always only quote the opening paragraph), and I could easily have done without the "pop" tunes (like Baby Elephant Walk and the Rugrats theme). In fact, it would have been very nice to listen to an album comprised of tracks chosen for their strong musical value rather than apparently for their box office and/or hit song popularity. But, to be fair, that may be precisely what draws some people to this CD set.
Film score music constitutes the single most significant body of classical music of our time. I hope some of these tracks will entice listeners to buy entire soundtracks and listen to some of these works as a whole.
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These are good renditions by the great John Williams. However, these are not the original scores from the movies. I kept noticing differences in tempo, orchestration, and singing voices. It's still good, just not the original renditions that made them popular.
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Several of the pieces were either digital midi versions or not orchestral pieces. Quite disappointed despite the title being "memorable".
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The double-CD offers a generous look back to remarkable scores composed for that studio. LOST WEEKEND and DOUBLE INDEM-NITY are both re-recordings which probably sound much better than the original recordings might have. The only disappointment is a cover version of Nino Rota's love theme from ROMEO AND JULIET. I think this exquisit music deserves a better presentation. But all in all the album is a strong rival to LION'S ROAR (MGM Soundtrack compilation on Rhino) and the triple CD from Varese Sara-bande with film music for 20th Century Fox.
Highly recommended to those who do not dig into complete scores but rather listen to main or love themes.
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This might be my favorite, or at least one of top five, soundtracks. Bought 2 copies in case it would no longer be available. This has the ORIGINAL themes to many movies--check the song-list. My favorites, "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" and a good dozen others are hard--if not impossible--to find. Many movies I only want the main theme and not the entire soundtrack. This is an excellent collection. If you love soundtracks or movie themes, this is an excellent addition to your collection. You won't be disappointed, I promise.
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This one was a pleasant surprise! I thought- how could any CD that had "Baby Elephant Walk" be all that good? This one is. Lots of great scores- classics and a few hidden treasures. After hearing the beautiful title score for "Children of a Lesser God", I had to buy the entire soundtrack - very soothing. There are a few that may seem too overplayed ("Love Story", "Raiders of the Lost Ark",), but most are a welcome addition to any compilation. Try NOT loving "Building the Barn" from "Witness" or the "Hymn to the Fallen" from "Saving Private Ryan". Hours of great listening.
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