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Friday, November 18, 2005


The Best of Thunderbirds
Music by Barry Gray
Silva Screen SILCD1195 (U.K.)
Disc I - 29 Tracks 79:10mins. Disc II - 5 Tracks 14:34mins + CD-Rom Content

Featuring the best tracks from Silva Screen's previous Thunderbirds releases (FILMCD606 and FILMCD609), together with previously unreleased slections, this splendid double CD boxed set also features original voice cast vocals taken from various mini-albums released around the time the series first aired, as well as CD-Rom content, featuring a gallery of promotional brochures, including the first ever information booklet on Thunderbirds, produced by ITC in 1964/5. All this and a colourful 24-page booklet, with stills and info on each featured episode. FAB!

Also available from Silva Screen is Bollywood (SILCD1204), a double-disc anthology of songs from popular Indian cinema, past and present, taken from the archives of Saregama India Ltd, the sub-continent's oldest and most well-known record label. And the label have also repackaged their compilation of Geoffrey burgon TV scores, first released in 1992 as Brideshead Revisited and now entitled The Chronicles of Narnia to coincide with the DVD release of the BBC TV series, and also no doubt in readiness for the upcoming feature film version, which incidentally looks great from the clips I have seen, and which will carry a score by Harry Gregson-Williams. Other scores on the Burgon disc, apart from Brideshead and Narnia, are Testament of Youth, Bleak House (not the current BBC incarnation) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Over 58 minutes of music on 24 tracks.

Cinderella Man
Music by Thomas Newman
DECCA 988 1410 (U.K.)
25 Tracks 47:01 mins.

Thomas Newman provides a characteristically spare and understated score for this Russell Crowe boxing biopic. As usual, many of the tracks are very brief and therefore difficult to latch on to, and often feature Newman himself at the piano. There are however a couple of driving action tracks Corn Griffin and Pugilism, and the triumphant and brassy Big Right and Cinderella Man. An infectious Irish jig Turtle concludes the Newman tracks, which share the album with popular music of the time by such colourful names as Miff Mole and his Molers and Bud Freeman and his Windy City Five, together with the more famous Eddie Cantor.

Also on DECCA is the original soundtrack to the new Jim Jarmusch film Broken Flowers (DECCA 988 3781), starring Bill Murray. Three jazzy tracks with saxophone to the fore feature by Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, together with songs from such as Marvin Gaye, The Allman Brothers and The Greenhornes.


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