December 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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The Ultimate Move Album  
  DECCA RECORDS 585 712-2   2 CD SET [71:40 and 73:41]

The Ultimate Movie album

CD One: Bridget Jones Diary- Out of Reach – Gabrielle; Gladiator- Now we Are Free - Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard; Moulin Rouge- One Day I’ll fly Away - Nicole Kidman; Notting Hill- When You Say Nothing at All - Ronan Keating; American Beauty- Dead Already - Thomas Newman; Braveheart- For the Love of a Princess - James Horner; Four Weddings and a Funeral- You’re the First, the Last, My Everything - Barry White; Brother Where Art Thou- Down to the River to Pray - Alison Krauss; Hannibal- Vide Cor Meum - Hans Zimmer; The Shawshank Redemption- Che soave zeffiretto (Marriage of Figaro) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; The Thomas Crown Affair- Windmills of Your Mind – Sting; Platoon- Adagio - Samuel Barber; Ghost- Unchained Melody - Alex North; Fantasia- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (excerpt) - Paul Dukas; The Big Lebowski- Just Dropped in (to See What Condition You Was In) - Kenny Rogers; Philadelphia- La Mamma Morta - Umberto Giordano; Snatch- Hernando’s Hideaway - The Johnstone Brothers; Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels- Eighteen With a Bullet - Lewis Taylor and Carleen Anderson; A Room With a View–; O mio babbino caro – Puccini;

CD Two: Billy Elliot- Cosmic Dancer - Marc Bolan & T-Rex; Captain Corelli’sMandolin- Pelagia’s Song - Russell Watson; Four Weddings and a Funeral- Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet; Robin Hood Prince of Thieves- Maid Marian at the Waterfall/Everything I Do - Michael Kamen; Dances With Wolves- John Dunbar Theme - John Barry; American Beauty- Any Other Name - Thomas Newman; Gladiator- The Battle (excerpt) - Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard; The Silence of the Lambs- Goldberg Variations (Aria) - J.S. Bach; Notting Hill- She - Elvis Costello; Pulp Fiction- Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield; Mission Impossible- Main Theme - Lalo Schifrin; Waking Ned- Let the Draw Begin - Shaun Davey; Out of Africa- Love Theme - John Barry; Shine- Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, op.30 - Rachmaninov; The Godfather Part II- Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni; The Mexican- End Credits Medley - Alan Silvestri; Body Heat- Main Theme - John Barry; Apocalypse Now- The Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner; Star Trek V-TheFinal Frontier- Main Theme & March of the Klingons - Jerry Goldsmith

A veritable hotchpotch. Ranging from Ronan Keating singing ‘When You Say Nothing at All’ (Notting Hill) to extracts from Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard’s Gladiator score, this is a rag-tag bundle of disparate movie music that is linked by the Universal studio logo and nothing else. As to if any serious film music fan would want to own this I have my doubts and in fairness the target audience is far more likely to be the casual cinema-goer who has enjoyed some of the movies featured. In terms of highlights there are of course a few, with the aforementioned Gladiator’s two cues (‘Now We are Free’ and ‘The Battle’), Nicole Kidman performing vocals on ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’ taken from the extraordinary Moulin Rouge (2001) and James Horner’s ‘For the Love of a Princess’ from Braveheart all very worthwhile. But there are also many tracks devoted to the usual songs we have come to expect on this kind of compilation and their appeal is variable to say the least.

Entertaining after a fashion, diverse to be sure. Something for everyone perhaps.

Mark Hockley

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