basil2We regret to inform that one of the most beloved contemporary film composer, Basil Poledouris, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, November 8th, at the age of 61. Much of the music Basil created defined each genre in which he worked for many years to follow. His talent was widely recognized by his fans and applauded by his peers in the composing community. Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He studied directing, cinematography, editing, sound and music at USC. Some of his film and TV works included Big Wednesday, Blue Lagoon, Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn, Flesh and Blood, The Twilight Zone, Iron Eagle, Amerika, RoboCop, Lonesome Dove, Farewell to the King, Wired, The Hunt for Red October, Quigley Down Under, White Fang, Flight of the Intruder, Free Willy, It’s My Party, The War at Home, Starship Troopers, For the Love of the Game, Cecil B. Demented, and The Legend of Butch & Sundance.


ADDIO FRATELLO CRUDELE – Ennio Morricone (Digitmovies CDDM 065) – 67:38
E RIDENDO L’UCCISE – Ennio Morricone (Beat CDCR 73)
THE GRUDGE 2 – Christopher Young (Varèse Sarabande 302 066 771 2)
IL GATTO A NOVE CODE (Cat O’ Nine Tails) – Ennio Morricone (GDM CD Club 7037)
KLAUS KINSKI HORROR TRILOGY – Berto Pisano / Elio Maestosi & Stefano Liberati (Digitmovies CDDM 066, 2 CDs)
LA PIOVRA (The Octopus) – Ennio Morricone (Rai Trade FRT 420, 2 CDs) – 143:18
LA SCONOSCIUTA – Ennio Morricone (RCA 88697027922)
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (Complete) – Howard Shore (Reprise 44376)
MURPH THE SURF – Phillip Lambro (Perseverance PRD 014)
UMA VERGINE TRA I MORTI VIVENTI – Bruno Nicolai (Digitmovies CDDM 067)
ZENABEL – Bruno Nicolai (Saimel 3997610)


Concord – BABEL (Gustavo Santaolalla, November 21th)
Dutton Vocalion – QUO VADIS / BEN HUR (Miklos Rozsa, re-recording conducted by the composer, December)
Varèse Sarabande – December 19th: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (Alan Silvestri), WE ARE MARSHALL (Christophe Beck), BLOOD DIAMOND (James Newton Howard)
CD Club, November: CAREFUL, HE MIGHT HEAR YOU (Ray Cook, limited edition of 1000 copies), LUCAS (Dave Grusin, limited edition of 2000 copies), SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD / THE RAINS OF RANCHIPUR (Hugo Friedhofer, limited edition of 1000 copies), BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (Elmer Bernstein, limited edition of 3000 copies), RUNAWAY (Jerry Goldsmith, limited edition of 2000 copies)
Moviescore Media – CHASING GHOSTS (Scott Glasgow, November)
Silva Screen Records – THE DEPARTED (Howard Shore, November 13th)

Silva America – THE NATIVITY (Mychael Danna, December 5th)


DEAD RINGER (1964) – Andre Previn (FSMCD Vol.9 No.15)
ELOISE AT THE PLAZA / ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME – Bruce Broughton (Intrada Signature Edition ISE1009, 2 CDs) – 101:30
THE LIQUIDATOR – Lalo Schifrin (FSMCD Vol.9 No.16)


Tommy Johnson, the studio musician who performed the tuba solos for the original recording of John Williams’s classic score for Jaws, died on October 16th in Los Angeles. Other musician’s credits include such classic scores as The Godfather, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Titanic.


Film score Monthly – November: DEAD RINGER (André Previn), THE LIQUIDATOR (Lalo Schifrin)
New Line Records – THE DEPARTED (Howard Shore, December 5th)


Pianist Starr Parodi, perhaps most well known as being the pianist on the ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ in the US, re-interprets the James Bond theme on her new album ‘Common Places’, to be released November 14th. The piece was featured in the trailers for Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day and was also released on the ‘Best of Bond’ album.


CARNIVAL OF SOULS – Gene Moore (Citadel STC 77138)
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS – Clint Eastwood (Milan 36203) – 59:41
GUNS FOR SAN SEBASTIAN (Expanded) – Ennio Morricone (FSMCD Vol.9 No.14)
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Special Edition) – Danny Elfman (Disney 61636)
THE PROPHECY II – David Williams (Perseverance PRD 015)
RANDOM HARVEST / THE YEARLING – Herbert Stothart (FSMCD Vol.9 No.13)

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