UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Varèse Sarabande – THE MIST (Mark Isham, January 8th)
Movie Score Media – HACK! (Scott Glasgow, December 4th), TALES FROM BEYOND (David James Nielsen, December 18th)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


ALIEN (2 CDs) – Jerry Goldsmith (Intrada MAF 7102) – 126:20
BEOWULF – Alan Silvestri (Warner Bros 372924) – 46:34
FAHRENHEIT 451 / WALKING DISTANCE – Bernard Herrmann (TFC-1002)
GEORGE AND THE DRAGON – Gast Waltzing (MMS07013) – 59:19
JOURNEY FROM THE FALL – Christopher Wong (MMS07015)
THE KITE RUNNER – Alberto Iglesias (Deutsche Grammophon 1004602) – 62:45
MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND – Tito Arevalo (TWP-202W58ST-01)
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND – Bernard Herrmann (TFC-1001) – 71:27

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


Varèse Sarabande – CD Club, December 12: NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Bernard Herrmann, cond. Joel McNeely, 3.000 copies), NEIGHBORS (Bill Conti, 1.500 copies), BY LOVE POSESSED (Elmer Bernstein, 1.500 copies), THE TALL MEN (Victor Young, 1.500 copies), MAGIC FIRE (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
Universal Records – BLADE RUNNER TRILOGY: 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION (Vangelis, 3 CDs, December 10)

UPCOMING SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


GER Soundtracks – AIRWOLF THEMES (Silvester Levay / Udi Harpaz, download at Apple iTunes and Pinnacle-Digital, December 3rd)
Intrada – ALIEN (Jerry Goldsmith, 2 CDs, November 21st)
Lions Gate Records – 3:10 TO YUMA (Marco Beltrami, December 18th)

LATEST SOUNDTRACK RELEASES


EXTRA: IN THE BACKGROUND OF A DREAM – Bobby Johnston (Label: Citadel STC 77141) – 47:51
GOULD CONDUCTS FILM SCORE CLASSICS & RARITIES (Citadel STC 77140)
HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH – John Carpenter & Alan Howarth (AHICD 001) – 67:55
Mr. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM – Alexandre Desplat & Aaron Zigman (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 684 2)
UNE CHAMBRE EN VILE – Michel Colombier (Kritzerland KR 20011-5, 2 CDs)

AIRWOLF THEMES TAKES TO THE AIR AGAIN


GER Soundtracks are pleased to announce the highly anticipated re-release of the critically-acclaimed soundtrack for the mid-80s action/adventure TV series, ‘Airwolf’, via new, digitally re-mastered & re-mixed release from both Apple iTunes Store and Pinnacle-Digital with a launch date of 3rd December, 2007.

Containing 25 tracks based on the episodic score for the original TV series about a high-tech, covert helicopter and its reclusive pilot, the ‘Airwolf Themes’ soundtrack captures the diversity of the music on the show, from the majestic character-driven orchestral themes to the melodic synth-based themes for its exciting, aerial action sequences.

The ‘Airwolf Themes’ soundtrack has also become hugely collectible amongst television fans and the soundtrack community, in general selling for upwards of $981 (a world record for a television soundtrack) on eBay in recent years, with the majority of original 2CD sets now selling for between $300 – $600.

An interesting fact with this release is that the majority of the tracks were arranged by ear by its Northern Ireland-based creator (and Airwolf ‘SuperFan’) Mark J. Cairns. The original release’ Special Bonus CD No.2 was created by original primary composer, Sylvester Levay who revisited his orchestral pieces from the show via new recordings using the 80-piece Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Sound engineering was produced with Bernie Grundman Studios in Los Angeles (who produced Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ recordings in the 1980s). A sequel ‘Airwolf Themes’ soundtrack is currently in production and will be released in late 2008.

AIRWOLF: THE SERIES – Unlike other action/adventure shows of its day, Airwolf was unique in that the original composers, Sylvester Levay and Udi Harpaz chose to take a memorable ‘tune-of-the-week’ approach to their scoring – unlike many other shows that took a monotonous background score direction – the climax of each episode being a rendition of Levay’s memorable main theme for the star helicopter‘s aerial battle sequences, adding greatly to its blackbird of death amalgam of ‘Lone Ranger, Mighty Mouse and God’ ethos.

RELEASE DATA
Digital Downloads Release Date: 3rd December, 2007

Territory: Worldwide distribution release
Catalogue No: GERCD3
Licensed from: NBC-Universal30-sec
MP3 teasers at: www.airwolfthemes.com

WALT DISNEY RECORDS TO RELEASE ENCHANTED ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ON NOVEMBER 20


Soundtrack Features Original Songs by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz With Performances by Amy Adams, James Marsden, Jon McLaughlin. Carrie Underwood Collaborates First Single and Video, “Ever Ever After”

(Burbank, CA) – Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for the new part animated, part live-action, movie musical, Enchanted, on November 20, 2007. The recording features songs by Academy Award Winners Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz with original score by Menken. Amy Adams and James Marsden (Princess Giselle and Prince Edward in the film) perform four tracks on the CD. Recording artists Carrie Underwood and Jon McLaughlin each contribute a recording.

A classic Disney fairytale collides with modern-day New York City in a story about a fairytale princess (Amy Adams) from the past who is thrust into present-day by an evil queen (Susan Sarandon). Soon after her arrival, Princess Giselle begins to change her views on life and love after meeting a handsome lawyer (Patrick Dempsey). Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

Enchanted is in many ways an homage to classic Disney films, beginning as an animated tale then turns into a live-action musical. Director Kevin Lima turned to the team of Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) to create the musical journey for Princess Giselle.

After graduating from New York University, Menken began his career writing advertising jingles, accompanying ballet classes, and working as a musical director. He met Howard Ashman and began collaborating on several productions for the WPA Theater, ultimately achieving widespread acclaim with Little Shop of Horrors. The musical was later turned into a film, which earned Menken his first Academy Award nomination.

The success of Little Shop of Horrors led Menken to Walt Disney Studios, for whom he has shared some of his greatest accomplishments. His first two Oscars, for best original score and best song (“Under the Sea”, featuring lyrics by Ashman) would come three years later, for his work on Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The film, like Beauty and the Beast is being turned into a live action musical debuting on Broadway later thisyear. Beauty and the Beast also featured music by Menken and lyrics by Ashman and earned Menkin two more Academy Awards. To date, Menken has earned 8 Oscars and 15 nominations.

For Enchanted, Menken turned to Stephen Schwartz, his collaborator on Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Stephen Schwartz shares an Oscar with Menken for Pocahontas. He has been nominated for numerous Tony Awards for such classic musicals as Wicked, Godspell, and Pippin.

Together they would draw on their film and musical theater expertise for Enchanted. “The biggest problem with doing live-action musicals is justifying why the characters are suddenly bursting into song in the middle of very real sets and very real situations,” says Schwartz. The concept of Enchanted does so in a way that is true to the characters.

“We’re really trying to take you back to the Snow White or Cinderella era, pre-Belle, pre-Pinocchio, back to the earliest days of animation,” Menken describes. This influence is evident in “Happy Working Song”, which shows Giselle utilizing her animal-charming abilities to help straighten out a messy apartment or “True Love’s Kiss”, a duet betweenAmy Adams and James Marsden that opens with a classic Disney-style fanfare.

Singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin performs the song “So Close,” offering an outer voice that mirrors Giselle’s inner emotional journey.

Multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood collaborated with Menken and Schwartz on this version of “Ever Ever After” before going into the studio with her producer, Mark Bright, to record the song. Says Underwood, “It’s actually one of the more difficult songs I’ve sung, but it’s really cute and it’s really fun, and it fits so well with the movie.” The song also gave Underwood the opportunity to team up again with video director Roman White, who has directed 6 of her videos including “Before He Cheats,” “Jesus Take the Wheel,” and current hit “So Small.”

Though Underwood has been responsible for many memorable songs since winning American Idol, she acknowledges that there is something about recording a song for a Disney film that truly makes you timeless. She describes, “It’s really amazing to think that someday kids will know all the words to this song – just like I know the words to a lot of other Disney songs that have become classics.”

Walt Disney Pictures presents Enchanted in theaters on November 21, 2007. The Enchanted Original Soundtrack will be available November 20, 2007 at a suggested price of $18.98 wherever music is sold. All Walt Disney Records audio products also can be ordered by visiting DisneyRecords.com.

A ‘NUTTY’ LENNERTZ SCORE


(Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz is helping “Alvin & The Chipmunks” make a serious comeback. The film by producers Ross Bagdasarian, Jr., Janice Karmen, Steve Waterman stars Jason Lee (“The Incredibles,” “My Names is Earl”) as David Seville, the role originally created by Chipmunks’ creator Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. 20th Century Fox unleashes “Alvin & The Chipmunks” on an unsuspecting world Dec. 14th.

A global phenomenon to generations of fans since they first appeared on record in 1958, Alvin & The Chipmunks become a live action/CGI motion picture event with a contemporary comic sensibility. Songwriter Dave Seville transforms mischievous singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore into pop sensations while Lennertz adds a lush orchestral score including French horns, piano, strings, and flute solos to back them up. Elements of the score will bring you back to your youth with the sounds reminiscent of cartoon scores from the Golden Age by Carl Stalling. Lennertz is able to creatively incorporate subtle, technical elements, such as backwards percussion and mallets that sound like acorns falling, without compromising the organic sound of his original score performed by a 94 piece orchestra.

Emmy nominated for his score for the hit WB series “Supernatural,” Lennertz has himself made a global impact. He most recently received three nominations at the Film & TV Music Awards for his work on “Supernatural” and “Tortilla Heaven.” The USC grad was also nominated for The Don B. Ray Educational Achievement Award.

Lennertz began his musical education at the early age of nine and quickly developed what director Joshua Butler (“Saint Sinner”) calls “an incredible gift for melody.” After learning to play the trumpet and guitar, he ventured out of performance to study composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school. Soon, he made his way to the University of Southern California to continue his musical education and begin scoring films.

Lennertz has since expanded his repertoire as a composer for all types of media, from film to television and even to videogames. Among his film scores are several notable independent films, including the jazz-based gangster drama “Baby Face Nelson” featuring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, the seductive thriller “Lured Innocence” starring Dennis Hopper, and the film festival favorite, “Art House.” His television credits include the WB’s “Supernatural,” Fox’s “Brimstone,” the WB’s “The Strip,” and the theme song for the MTV series “Tough Enough,” which appeared on the album for the show and put him on the Billboard top 100 charts for weeks. His powerful, full orchestral score for the Stephen Spielberg-created videogame “Medal of Honor: Rising Sun” earned an award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences and led him to score two more “Medal of Honor” games.

Besides the Latin themed “Tortilla Heaven,” Lennertz recently scored the sports comedy “The Comebacks.” He is currently working on “Perfect Christmas,” a family romance starring Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah and Gabrielle Union.