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Sunday, October 26, 2008


Alvin and the Chipmunks
Music by Christopher Lennertz
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1077 (US)
18 Tracks 35:49 mins

If you refer to my blog of December 12th 2007, you will see that I then covered a promotional disc of Christopher Lennertz's score for the mix of live action and animation that is Alvin And The Chipmunks. At the time I said that it would "make an enjoyable commercial release, but no news on that front as yet, I'm afraid." Well, I'm sure I can't take the credit, but somebody else was certainly listening because enterprising label La-La Land Records has now put out what is essentially the same disc as a limited edition release of 1000 units, and I couldn't be more delighted.
To my mind, Christopher Lennertz is one of the most interesting and enjoyable "new" composers out there at the moment, producing scores of equal quality for film, TV and games, and I heartily welcome any recording of his music that becomes available.
I have little to add to my original comments on this orchestral/choral score, which is a great ride, featuring some big, powerful action writing, the required amount of whimsy and slapstick, as well as sentiment, in the form of a tender guitar-lead theme.
Accompanying the disc is a colourful 8-page booklet, featuring plenty of stills from the film, notes from the composer, as well as the film's director and producer; and there are also full orchestral and music production credits. Get along to to order your copy while you can.

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THE INCREDIBLE HULIK episodic Collection Vol. 2
PROMETHEUS Parts 1 and 2 - Music by Joe Harnell presents THE INCREDIBLE HULK: PROMETHEUS PARTS 1 & 2, featuring music composed and conducted by Joe Harnell for the cult television show, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, created and developed by Kenneth Johnson (THE BIONIC MAN, THE BIONIC WOMAN, V) and starring Bill Bixby as David Bruce Banner and Lou Ferrigno as his green-skinned, purple-panted living ID, along with Jack Colvin as Banner’s nemesis, journalist Jack McGee and special guest stars Laurie Prange and Monte Markham.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK: PROMETHEUS PARTS 1 & 2 contains original music composed for the opening of the Fourth Season. Airing in November, 1980, PROMETHEUS finds Banner befriending Katie, a young woman recently blinded by an accident. While helping Katie back to her cabin in the woods, Banner is surprised to see a meteor land nearby. While he investigates the crash site, he is attacked by a swarm of bees, which causes him to change into the Hulk. While trying to fight off the bees, the Hulk touches the meteor rock. Returning to Katie’s cabin, the Hulk begins to change back into Banner but is surprised to discover that the metamorphosis stops midway, leaving him with some of the Hulk’s irradiated features and personality along with the ability to speak and a fraction of his own intellect. Captured by the military, Katie and Banner are taken to a military installation along with the meteorite, where a group of scientists working for the Prometheus Project mistakenly assume that Banner is an alien because of his current physical and mental state. Katie helps him to realize that his proximity to the meteorite is preventing him from completing his change and they must both escape from the installation if they are to survive. PROMETHEUS was a creative high water mark for the show, featuring amazingly high production values, incorporating helicopters shooting from multiple cameras. Even the orchestra was larger than usual, augmented to 40 players, far larger than the usual orchestra size for television scores produced at the time.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK: PROMETHEUS PARTS 1 & 2 is presented in loving memory of the great Joe Harnell. THE INCREDIBLE HULK: PROMETHEUS PARTS 1 & 2 is an Exclusive release, limited to 1500 units, professionally mastered by Digital Outland, factory manufactured and includes exclusive liner notes by series creator Kenneth Johnson.
Purchase either "V" or "Music from THE INCREDIBLE HULK" CDS with "PROMETHEUS PARTS 1 & 2" and you will receive a 15% Discount on these titles!
THE INCREDIBLE HULIK episodic Collection Vol. 2
is available for pre-order at and starts shipping on Oct 28, 2008.
Other recent titles released available from WWW. JOEHARNELL.COM include:
Music from the THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series -Music by Joe Harnell
THE INCREDIBLE HULK-Music From The Television Pilot Movies
THE BIONIC WOMAN Episodic Collection Vol. 2-Music by Joe Harnell
THE BIONIC WOMAN Episodic Collection Vol. 1-Music by Joe Harnell


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