May 2000 Film Music CD Reviews Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
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Collection: Essential Soundtracks FilmFour4   2CDs [78:01] and [67:19]

This is the type of collection that normally would not be in our purview. An exception is being made because of the inherent interest of a minority of this source material and because we have the greatest admiration for the work of FilmFour in boosting new film production and for its dedicated film channel on satellite TV in the UK.

The source material has been used in such hit films as Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, Shallow Grave, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Seven, Reservoir Digs, L.A. Confidential, The Full Monte and Four Weddings and a Funeral. There is surely material from this 40 piece collection to appeal to all tastes and all ages.

From CD1 the tracks I found the most appealing were: Al Green in `Let's Stay Together' from Pulp Fiction; the lovely Shirley Bassey belting out `Big Spender' (Little Voice); Orbital's take of The Saint theme; The Velvet Underground - Heroin from The Doors and Santana's `Oye Como va' from Jackie Brown.

CD2 was more to my liking and I favoured: Dusty Springfield's `Son of a Preacher Man' from Pulp Fiction; Marvin Gaye's `Trouble Man' from Seven; Lalo Schifrin's Main Theme from Bullitt and Angelo Badalamenti's `Laura Palmer's Theme' from TwinPeaks; Bobby Vinton singing Blue Velvet; Johnny Mercer's Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive from L.A. Confidential; Roger Miller's `King of the Road' from Swingers; and Barry White's seductive `You're the First, The Last and My Everything' from Four Weddings and a Funeral.

It will be recognised that this album has been in the shops for some months now. A new album has recently been released and we will be covering this next month. No rating applied.


Ian Lace



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