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Collection: Mega Movies (with sound effects!) : Film Music CD Reviews- January 2001

January 2001 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Collection: Mega Movies (with sound effects!)
Music from: Armageddon; Godzilla; Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Titanic The Mummy; The X-Files; Shakespeare in Love; The Mask of Zorro; L.A. Confidential; The Prince of Egypt; Elizabeth; A Bug's Life; Mighty Jo Young; Contact; The Rock.  
  Eric Kunzel conducting the Cincinnati pops Orchestra
  TELARC CD-80535   [73:44]
 Amazon US

What you hear:-
The Mummy 'The Sand Volcano' by Jerry Goldsmith
The Mask of Zorro 'Don't Mess with Z' SFX; 'Main Title' by James Horner
Air Force One 'Main Title/The Parachutes' by Jerry Goldsmith
The Rock 'Chopper Flyby' SFX; 'End Title' by Hans Zimmer, Bob Badami, Nick Glennie-Smith and Steve Reieneke
Contact 'End Credits' by Alan Silvestri
Mighty Joe Young 'Dedication and Windsong' by James Horner
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace 'Day at the Races' SFX; 'Main Title from Star Wars'/The Flag Parade' By John Williams
L.A. Confidential 'Badge of Honor/L.A. Confidential' by Jerry Goldsmith
The Prince of Egypt 'When you Believe' by Hans Zimmer, Stephen Schwartz
The X-Files 'What's that Hum?' SFX; 'Threnody in X' by Mark Snow
A Bug's Life 'The Time of your Life' by Randy Newman
Elizabeth 'Main Title' by David Hirschfelder
Godzilla 'A Stroll in New York City' SFX; 'Main Title' by David Arnold
Shakespeare in Love 'Main Title' by Stephen Warbeck
Titanic 'Iceberg' SFX; 'Back to Titanic' by James Horner
Armageddon 'Main Title' by Trevor Rabin

An attractive collection of modern film music with the added novelty of sound effects to supplement certain selections, courtesy of SFX designer Michael Bishop.

Among the highlights here are 'Dedication and Windsong' from Mighty Joe Young, with its engaging choral work (performed by Winton Woods High School Chorus), the truly moving, beautiful melody of 'When you Believe' from The Prince of Egypt, a particularly strong rendition of the 'Main Title' from Godzilla and a nice arrangement (by Joe Price) of the 'Main Title' from Shakespeare in Love.

In fact, overall there is not too much to complain about as this is a rather enjoyable, fun collection with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra giving a good account of themselves under the accomplished direction of Erich Kunzel. And although I'm sceptical about the value of the SFX tracks, they are certainly well mounted and may provide some amusement for those in the right mood.

Mark Hockley


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