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Sunday, October 19, 2008


Body of Lies
Music by Marc Streitenfeld
Vares Sarabande VSD 6923 (EU)
22 Tracks 45:18 mins

Ridley Scott's new CIA thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. The director again turns to Marc Streitenfeld for the music, the two having previously collaborated on A Good Year and American Gangster.
As the film deals with a middle-eastern terrorist threat, as one would expect, the music reflects this, and can probably be most likened to something like Harry Gregson'Williams' Spy Game; with much ethnic colouring alongside the standard orchestra. Often ticking along rhythmically and percussively in tense and suspenseful manner, the score eventually kicks into action mode in tracks like "Rabid Dogs" and "Lost Vision;" but there are also quieter moments, like the guitar musings of "Aisha" and "Dead Sea;" the tragedy of "Burning Safehouse;" and the anguished strings of "Tortured; whilst "No Touch" moves along surprisingly lightly, compared with what goes on around it. A serviceable effort.

American Gangsters
Silva Screen SILCD1271 (UK)
17 Tracks 56:21 mins

Just released is this compilation of music from gangster-orientated films, commencing with Earl Scruggs' classic "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" from Bonnie and Clyde and bringing things right up to date with Marc Streitenfield's "Caskets" from American Gangster." In between we have classics like "The Godfather Waltz," "Speak Softly Love" and "The Immigrant/Love Theme" all from the Godfather trilogy of course; Ennio Morricone's classic music from The Untouchables and Once Upon a Time in America; Carter Burwell's "End Titles" from Millers Crossing; Giorgio Moroder's "Tony's Theme" from Scarface; two offerings from Howard Shore, his "Brooklyn Heights" piece, used in Gangs of New York, and his guitar theme for "The Departed;" Mikis Theodorakis' theme from Serpico; "Hans Zimmer's "You're So Cool" from True Romance; and Thomas Newman's theme from Road To Perdition. Featured also are Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci - Vesti La Giubba," voiced by Tito Beltran, and featured in The Untouchables; plus the "Prelude From Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, used in The Godfather Part III.
All together just under an hour of fine music, capably performed, mainly by the label's usual orchestra of choice, the City of Prague Philharmonic, with credits also for the London and Michigan Music Works on the non-orchestral tracks. Go to


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