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Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Classic FM Movies
Various Composers
UCJ Classic FM 4800680 (EU)
Disc 1 - 12 Tracks 54:35 mins
Disc 2 - 13 Tracks 50:39 mins
Disc 3 - 12 Tracks 42:39 mins

This third compilation of film themes from Classic FM, following their Classic FM At The Movies and Classic FM At The Movies - The Sequel in 2006 and 2007 respectively, brings together largely faithful, well-performed versions of film themes old and new, from early fare like Walton's Henry V, Shostakovich's The Gadfly, the Warsaw Concerto from Dangerous Moonlight and Steiner's Gone With The Wind, to modern offerings likes Shore's Lord of the Rings, Warbeck's Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Badelt & co.'s Pirates of the Caribbean, Williams' Harry Potter, Hess' Ladies in Lavender and Marianelli's Pride and Prejudice, passing through classics like Moross' The Big Country, Bernstein's The Great Escape, Williams' E.T., Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and Star Wars, Vangelis' Chariots of Fire and the James Bond Theme.
There are a few original versions scattered here and there, but it is mostly a collection of cover versions from the likes of the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
A bonus track on each disc feature performances of music from Braveheart by Myleene Klass, The Godfather by Jonathan Ansell and The Merchant of Venice by Hayley Westenra.
A nice compilation for the film fan, with a passing interest in the music, but die-hard soundtrack collectors will already have all the originals.

Music by Various Artists
Decca 4780441 (EU)
14 Tracks 57:29 mins

This latest Will Ferrell comedy sees him play a '70s one-hit wonder, who uses the profits from his "Love Me Sexy," (which incidentally opens the album) to buy a basketball team, which is in danger of folding and attempts to lead it to winning ways.
The soundtrack album disappointingly neglects Theodore Shapiro's underscore in favour of groovin' hits from the period and otherwise by the likes of Ronnie Laws, Chairman of the Board, War, Sly and the Family Stone and Curtis Mayfield. It's an undeniably cool and funky listening experience, but not for the likes of us film score fans.
The film reaches UK screens on 29th February, with the album being released on the 25th.


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