Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. The Lego Batman Movie
2. Fifty Shades Darker
3. Hidden Figures
4. La La Land
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for June, 2000:





6/22/00 - Still waiting for U-571... Questions are still spilling in about the status of U-571 on album. Richard Marvin's score for the submarine thriller is largely orchestral, will bold brass themes and a melodic style similar to that of Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek: First Contact. The score fits well in the film, with extended sequences of riviting percussion and brass. As for an album release, monetary complications prohibited a commercial release, and with every passing week, a widespread album is less and less likely. However, given the scope of the effort and the popularity of the film, don't be surprised if a promotional release of U-571 appears someday. We'll keep an eye out for one if that should occur.

6/21/00 - When will it sink? As much as people might try to put the whole fiasco behind them, James Horner's Titanic continues to sail on. Despite a backlash against that score in the past year, the original Titanic album from Sony Classical has now sold over 28 million times (not including used-CD transfers), and the subsequent sequel album Back to Titanic has sold over 4 million times. Although there may be a significant drop-off between the first and second albums, keep in mind that the typical soundtrack score release sells less than 20,000 copies worldwide.

6/17/00 - Emerging as the hottest soundtrack of the year so far, the positive comments about Hans Zimmer's Gladiator keep rolling in. One fan wrote, "I am always inspired greatly by film music - but I have to say, since Horner's Braveheart and Zimmer's The Prince of Egypt scores, this has a record for the amount of times listened to a CD in one day!" Another fan wrote: "Not everybody likes the electronic styles he uses, but that's just what makes his music special. Gladiator doesn't match the genious of The Prince of Egypt, but it is still a must have soundtrack for any soundtrack collector." And the quote of the day is definitely this: "I am so enthralled with the soundtrack of Gladiator that I purchased two copies, fearing I might wear out my original from overuse." Read the expanded reviews of Gladiator...

6/16/00 - This week's ScoreBoard Forum topics include some debate about soundtrack CD albums which feature part score and part song compilation; what combination of song and score is best (if any)? Also, what are the best ten individual tracks of film music from the 1990s? And, of course, the merits of the Academy Awards has come into question once again, and more specifically, John Williams' position with them.

6/15/00 - Filmtracks is moving its street address from Seattle to Missoula, Montana, today and tomorrow (and most likely for a very long time). If there is a pending transaction you have with Filmtracks, or if you are attempting to supply promotional materials, be sure to send an e-mail to verify the new address -- Otherwise, Filmtracks will be in contact with you over the weekend to alert you of the change. We'll have no phone for a week or so, but e-mail will work normally.

6/12/00 - On the horizon! Starting tomorrow, the next six weeks will yield major releases by Hollywood's hottest four composers. Tomorrow, Mission: Impossible 2 by Hans Zimmer will be released by Hollywood Records. On June 20th, Sony Classical will release James Horner's The Perfect Storm. A week later, Hollywood Records will also release John Williams' The Patriot. In July, Decca will debut Williams' expanded Jaws on the 11th, and Varese Sarabande will release Jerry Goldsmith's The Hollow Man on the 25th.

6/11/00 - Gladiator: (Hanz Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard) "The digital influence adds a much needed edge to the string and french horn dominated orchestration that would otherwise be just so much lush-mush music. Having said that the score is, from a musical perspective, undermined by it's highly derivative nature. The main theme of the Mars section in Holst's The Planets makes one to many appearances for comfort. The contributions of Gerrard are, for the most part, totally uninspired melisma ramblings that could just have well been lifted from any new age contribution. The orchestrations in these pieces show as certain apathy...." Read the entire donated review.

6/10/00 - Keeping the Faith: (Elmer Bernstein) "Extending his career into yet another decade, Elmer Bernstein continues to produce scores saturated with his well-known, jazzy styles. Bernstein's music has a distinct, 1970s loungey appeal to it. The majority of score is performed by a small jazz ensemble, and Bernstein's themes are a very lazy throwback. Galloping along at softly vibrant pace, his piano performances are the heart and soul of the score. Bernstein's music only occupies 20+ minutes of time, and the style of the songs is noticeably different..." Read the entire review. ** Available at Amazon.com.

6/9/00 - Electric Shadows - Film Music by Zhao Jiping: (Conducted by Hu Bing Xu) "It is rare that I enjoy a film music compilation to the degree that I enjoy Zhao Jiping's music. There is a certain quiet beauty within all the tracks. Many are quiet and contemplative; others may soar to enormous heights of orchestral beauty as the whole orchestra performs lyrical, haunting themes. Zhao Jiping has written scores for many acclaimed Chinese films... He was the only composer from an Asian country to attend the Second International Discussion Forum on Film Music in 1995. Listen to this CD and you will be moved." Read the entire donated review.

6/9/00 - The newest Star Trek album is here! The GNP Crescendo label has releasing the second of its "Best of Star Trek" CDs of music from the famed TV shows. Highlights include "Way of the Warrior" from Deep Space Nine, "All Good Things" from The Next Generation, "Bride of Chaotica" from Voyager, and various suites from The Original Series. You can order the album directly from GNP Crescendo's site for a reasonable price. Comments about the CD are beginning to roll in at the ScoreBoard Forum.

6/8/00 - Today's ScoreBoard Forum topics include a variety of discussion about upcoming album releases and some opinions on what scores need a "complete" album release. The first sound clip is available for James Horner's The Perfect Storm. There's talk about expanded albums includes Jerry Goldsmith's Papillon and Basil Poledouris' Starship Troopers. Also: who should score the upcoming Spider-Man?

6/7/00 - Kikujiro: (Joe Hisaishi) Winning the Japan Academy Award for the second year in a row with Kikujiro, Joe Hisaishi has no doubt become the most prominent Japanese composer of today. Milan's album for the score, released today, provides 40 minutes of Hisaishi's music for the delicate and family-oriented film. The score consists of rumbling piano solos with strong string accompaniment. Its title theme is adorable, and as with Princess Mononoke last year, the theme repeats almost constantly for the duration of the album. Mixed in various interludes, however, are a number of electronic sound effects which conflict with the otherwise pleasant nature of the album. A very mellow, if not too repetitive, listening experience. Hisaishi fans will be most delighted. *** Available at Amazon.com.

6/6/00 - Filmtracks has received two queries this week about where a copy of James Horner's Pelican Brief can be found. After a rush of decent film score releases in the early 1990s, the Big Screen Records label (on which many Horner scores appeared) is gone and its CDs are difficult to find on the market. If you're interested in finding them, try soundtrack collectors' outlets such as Moby Disc, which currently stocks Pelican Brief for about $20.

6/6/00 - So which Zimmer scores are his very best? Should Gladiator be included on the list? See what others say and tell us what you think. Also, what scores are currently the highest on your "want list"? These topics and more on the Filmtracks ScoreBoard.

6/5/00 - Filmtracks announces its newest feature: "On Cue." Located right here on the Filmtracks homepage, On Cue is a area in which soundtrack enthusiasts can quickly and reliably read about what's new in the film music world, as well as this site. Included in On Cue are capsule reviews of score albums, updates about the newest donated reviews, links to the hottest new topics at the ScoreBoard Forum, selected and insightful feedback from soundtrack enthusiasts, and news and announcements in our genre of the music industry. Read more about On Cue and how it will be featured and archived in the future.

6/5/00 - The Thin Red Line: (Hans Zimmer) "As a whole, I feel this score represents Zimmer's best work to date, it is both emotionally compelling and brilliant in its structure... For a long time Hans Zimmer has done what is best for the films he works on, creating a score that flows in sequence with what has been presented before him, showing off and making the films, sometimes better than they actually are. The Thin Red Line, for me, is a perfect example of doing what is in the ideals of the film, its director and its presentation on screen." Read the entire donated review.

6/5/00 - Chapter III is preparing to release the first four albums of their upcoming series of classic film music scores, named "Double Features" and "Main Events." The first four albums will be double features, released on July 11th, containing The Dirty Dozen/Dirty Dingus Magee, Guns for San Sebastian/Dark of the Sun, Logan's Run/Coma, The Last Run/Wild Rovers. The latter two all-Goldsmith albums are a great treat for his fans; Logan's Run especially, because of its previously rare status. Wild Rovers consists of one of Goldsmith's very best Western themes. The Chapter III label is excited about these CDs, and so is Filmtracks. Their sound quality is superb, and the albums are very attractive. Full reviews will appear in early July. In the meantime, visit Chapter III Records.

6/4/00 - For Your Eyes Only: (Bill Conti) Released in late April, the Ryko series of Bond scores continues (and concludes?). Certainly one of the most disappointing Bond scores of the past two decades, Conti's music makes me scratch desperately through my shelves looking for an 80s Bond score by John Barry. Conti's soft, loungey electronic music simply isn't a good fit with the Bond genre, and with exception to the fugelhorn solos and decent title song, For Your Eyes Only is an unfortunate mishap. As usual, though, Ryko's album treatment of the score is top rate, and some of the better score material is that which appears here for the first time. ** Available at Amazon.com.

6/4/00 - Debate about Bicentennial Man and its relation to previous works by James Horner continues... In recent feedback: "When I saw Bicentennial Man in the theater, I started whistling along with the music playing in the movie, and went perfectly with what was being played. My friends I was with asked how I knew the music already. I was whistling the theme I knew from Braveheart. This was the exact same melody and theme. Most of the times people say Horner is doing a rip-off of himself, it is slightly different, and has at least a little new texture to it. Not this one." More on Bicentennial Man.



6/4/00 -- On Cue is born!





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