This promo 2-disk compilation contains music written for films and TV by
composer Richard Band who is widely known for scoring numerous horror B-movies
such as the Re-Animator 1&2, the Puppet Master series,
The Arrival etc, as well as many successful TV series such as Buffy:
The Vampire Slayer, Walker: Texas Ranger, Dawson Creek
The two CDs are cleverly labelled 'Drama' and 'Comedy' and within each CD
many sections appear such as 'Sci-fi', 'Romantic', 'Adventure' etc. The
compilation focuses mainly on the composer's television work and surprisingly
omits almost all of his early horror-movie scores.
The first CD provides a taste of the composer's remarkable dramatic scoring
capabilities -- - from the epic, full bodied 'Overture', somehow reminiscent
of Newton-Howard's Waterworld (although I can't say which one was
written first), to the magnificent, choral 'Hyperion Bay', to the pounding,
action-packed 'Robo-Warriors' with its splendid fanfares, and 'Metalstorm'.
Dawson's Creek's light-hearted and warm melodies add a up-lifting
touch to the CD, while in Stargate SG-1, he skillfully integrates
David Arnold's original themes in his work yet contributing his own strongly
original voice. In Dragonworld, he craftily paints the music with
ethnic orchestral colours. In Castle Freak, there is Richard Band's
brand of horror with atonal string passages and distorted, metallic, synthesised
sounds assist in that! Add to that 7 superb tracks from Buffy: The
Vampire Slayer in which eerie string music is interweaved with choral
passages. Finally Waterworld (CDROM game) is a lovely theme rendered
by strings and brass mixed with chanting wordless choir.
The second CD in comprised of music from comedy features and cartoons and
it exhibits the same remarkable diversity in compositional styles as presented
in the first CD, and it certainly is a delightful compilation that contains
many highlights such as the funny 'In the Dog House', the jazzy 'Shrunken
Heads', the detailed and colourful 'Dungeon Master', influenced by the music
of Bernard Herrmann, etc. Several hilarious "Cartoon Bumpers" are interspersed
throughout the CD elevating the comic and light-hearted mood of the CD.
Not often is such craftsmanship found in a compilation like this and if you
are familiar with Richard Band's music you will be pleasantly surprised.
He demonstrates a great diversity and ability to adapt to the needs of the
drama or comedy on-screen and to produce scores that contribute significantly
and enhance the emotional impact of the show, whether this is a TV movie,
a cartoon, a film or even a CDROM game. These who are familiar with his music
will probably find the omission of his early horror scores disappointing.