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Friday, July 13, 2007

CD REVIEWS - Shrek the Third = Rapporto Fuller Base Stoccolma

Shrek the Third
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Varese Sarabande VSD 6826 (EU)
18 Tracks 40:41 mins

This third outing for the big green ogre, his princess and their sidekicks has not been particularly well received by the critics, so make the most of it, as it may be the last.
Harry Gregson-Williams is the regular composer for the series and he again steps up to the plate, writing another charming score, incorporating themes from the previous films, including the princess' delightful theme and the usual comic capers motif. Added to these are a new mystical, theremin-styled theme for Merlin, suitable nobility for King Arthur and silent movie-styled villainy for Captain Hook.
Typically for films of this kind, the cues are fairly short and cover many changes of mood in their brief existence, so it's hard to really latch on to anything, but all the tracks on this CD have something good to offer and it flows along very nicely - at times charming and magical, and at others adventurous and exciting.

Rapporto Fuller Base Stoccolma
Music by Armando Trovaioli
Beat Records CDCR 74 (Italy)
24 Tracks 45:04 mins

This is a fabulous score for a 1967 James Bond-styled adventure, starring Ken Clark and Beba Loncar. It mainly consists of two themes, with the opening track intoruducing the first, in vocal form as "The Touch of a Kiss," a very Bond-like ballad, featuring the talents of Lara Saint Paul.
The second theme first appears in the following track "She, Dangerous Stuff" and is a jazzy, rhythmic mover. Both themes appear repeatedly in variations throughout the subsequent score, with "The Touch of a Kiss" sometimes played lushly on the strings, on solo sax, or dreamily with wordless female vocals.
Another element of the score is the suspenseful bass flute, occasionally supplemented with bongos when allied to the jazzy secondary theme.
Two bonus tracks, an alternate instrumental finale, and a fine sax-lead instrumental version of "The Touch of a Kiss," close the album, which is accompanied by a colourful foldout, with notes on the music and a synopsis of the film's plot, in Italian and English, doublign as a poster.


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