May 2001Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Suites & Themes

Percepto Records   PERCEPTO-003   [77:17]

If the composer's name immediately says The Addams Family to you, but little else, then this collection is essential. There are 27 other projects represented from both film and TV, and what's very apparent is how gifted the man is for melody. Highlights include The Ghost and Mr. Chicken which has a suite and bonus track on "Haunted Organ", and The Shakiest Gun In the West. In many ways the TV theme format suited his jazzy sensibilities perfectly, but even with a couple of extended suites here, you'll be left wishing for more. It's amazing to think someone so colourful and humorous in style has been almost completely unavailable on disc. Seek out at once.

Paul Tonks

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