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posted a review of John Denver - Aerie. 8 days ago
John Denver's music is so peaceful and relaxing. Free of autotune, singing on sheer talent, and unemcumbered by the one-trick of whining about a string of broken relationships, he softly sings about the Rockies, railroad tracks, and friends. even, what ... See full review
posted a review of Christopher Young - Rapid Fire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). 14 days ago
I last watched this movie in about 1994. I had a huge poster for it on my wall and I was already a fan of Christopher Young at the time. Since the movie isn't exactly fresh in my mind anymore I figured giving the score a go all these years later might be ... See full review
posted a review of Harold Faltermeyer - Beverly Hills Cop (Music From The Motion Picture). 14 days ago
I love this score. It is iconic and instantly recognizable and was hugely popular back in 1984, so why on Earth did it take so long for the score get its own album? The Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack got an immediate release, but Harold Faltermeyer's music ... See full review
posted a review of John Williams (4) - Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. 25 days ago
While I enjoy the first Home Alone I've always found the sequel to be bigger in scope and John Williams famous music expands beyond the parameters of his Oscar-nominated effort on the original. Not only does he bring back his wonderful themes but greatly ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Scrooged - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. 26 days ago
On an album of 9 tracks only two (three at a push) of these songs are about Christmas with the rest being forgettable 80s pop mostly by people you've never heard of. A huge missed opportunity. Tracks featured in the movie are still missing and even ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Screen Themes. about 1 month ago
Varese Sarabande used to put out a lot of these compilation CDs back in the day and it's nice to keep discovering them. This one is a selection of themes from 1988 movies re-recorded at CTS Studios by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by ... See full review
submitted Basil Poledouris - On Deadly Ground: The Deluxe Edition. 3 months ago
posted a comment on Robin Williams - Reality... What A Concept. 5 months ago
I don't want to speak ill of the dead, and I have no doubts that Robin Williams was a comic genius. I love Mork from Ork and many of his movies. But...this album isn't funny.

Recorded at the Copacabana Nightclub in New York (Side A) and at the Boarding ... See full review
posted a review of Charlie Clouser - Saw Anthology, Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). 8 months ago
Do NOT buy this album, it's not the score from the movies
This is not the music from the movies. These tracks have been shortened, pointlessly, to fit an album presentation. There is plenty of unused space on all four sides of the LPs contained within. ... See full review
posted a review of Randy Edelman - Dragonheart (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
I'm not really a fan of Randy Edelman. I hated his score for The Mask and his attempt at Ghostbusters II destroyed everything Elmer Bernstein accomplished in the first film. But 'Dragonheart' is the first and only time Edelman has ever impressed me.

For ... See full review
posted a review of Chris Boardman - Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood. about 1 year ago
Chris Boardman is a fully-fledged film composer but has mainly been active behind the scenes for much of his career, working as an orchestrator for Michael Kamen (who produces this album). You can definitely hear a Die Hard riff to some of the sound in ... See full review
posted a review of John Denver - I Want To Live. about 1 year ago
If you are suffering through a cold winter with bleak days off and nothing to do but sit in the house while the world outside freezes then this album is a cure for late winter misery. Filled with gentle songs with simple, yet catchy, melodies there's ... See full review
submitted Karl Jenkins - River Queen - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. about 1 year ago
posted a review of John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas. about 1 year ago
This old John Denver album has recently been reissued as a blue colored 180-gram vinyl, but it's a little bit pricey so I went for the old 1975 pressing. Virtually every solo artist who ever lived has had their own Christmas album at some point, usually ... See full review
posted a review of Danny Elfman - Scrooged (Original Motion Picture Score). about 1 year ago
In 1988, Danny Elfman was still an imminent young composer who had yet to make his name. He would blow up (not literally) a few years later and is one of the most popular composers working in movies to date (with one too many comic-book movies under his ... See full review
submitted Various - Holiday Magic: Beautiful Music for Christmas. about 1 year ago
submitted Takushi Hiyamuta - Metal Slug. about 1 year ago
posted a review of John Williams (4) - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture). about 1 year ago
John Williams has delivered a lot of workman-like scores over the past 15 years. It's a sad reflection of the times with so very, very few film scores actually being based around melodies, themes, or even orchestras. Can any of you honestly hum the ... See full review
submitted Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan - Garou: Mark Of The Wolves. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Fred Myrow And Malcolm Seagrave - Phantasm (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
Phantasm has long been the underdog of 1970s horror and has kept up it's appeal for almost 40 years across a series of five movies. A little more subversive and mysterious than simple slasher flicks it has many fine qualities and famous moments, but the ... See full review
posted a review of Tee Lopes - Sonic Mania. about 1 year ago
I was really excited for this album. Sonic the Hedgehog always has the best music and never fails to make your day feel summery and bright. Sadly...this soundtrack fails to come up with anything memorable. Exactly why the gig was given to Tee Lopes (who ... See full review
posted a review of Jerry Goldsmith - Executive Decision (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
Wanna know something weird? Whenever I am in a plane that is landing I pretend that I am Kurt Russell at the end of this movie.

I remember opening night for Executive Decision in the UK - Friday, May 10th, 1996. I was there in a packed theatre and I ... See full review
posted a review of John Denver & The Muppets - Rocky Mountain Holiday. about 1 year ago
Released to coincide with the TV special of the same name (itself now OOP), this album has never been re-released since it debuted on vinyl in 1983. It's never been on CD, digital download, or even second print vinyl. I guess it's a forgotten gem, which ... See full review
posted a review of Alan Silvestri - Eraser (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
Alan Silvestri has delivered some amazing scores over the years, but a few of them have gone under the radar for some reason. His work on the Summer '96 Arnie action extravaganza Eraser is one of them (Blown Away being another). When I first saw it at ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Double Dragon (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
There are many parallels between the 1994 Double Dragon movie and the famous 1995 Mortal Kombat. Both movies have a similar budget, production design, hokey sense of humor, a silly, over-the-top villain, and are full of fun adventure. I'm never bored by ... See full review
submitted Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa - Kirby no Kirakira Kids Original CD Masters. about 1 year ago
posted a review of The Simpsons - The Simpsons Sing The Blues. about 1 year ago
I remember seeing this in music store windows when I was 10-years-old and wishing I had the funds to buy it. The Simpsons were still an elusive property back than with few channels in the UK broadcasting regularly. If you wanted to see any episodes you ... See full review
submitted Hideaki Miyamoto, Kaoru Ohori, Fumio Itoh - Scud Race Sound Tracks. about 1 year ago
posted a review of Marco Beltrami - A Good Day To Die Hard (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
Kittens, cats, sacks, and wives...Die Hard ended in '95.

After his feeble effort on DHINO1 (Die Hard In Name Only) Marco Beltrami returns for DHINO2 to give us more of the same chaotic, non-melodic, auto-pilot action trash. His attempt at scoring DHINO1 ... See full review
posted a review of John Williams (4) - Theme From "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind". about 1 year ago
This smelly old record was one of the first I bought back in 2015, it only cost me 50p but it's not worth even that. One Side A you have the awful "disco pop" remix of the spacecraft theme that pops on lots of "Best of" compilation/cheapo albums from ... See full review
posted a review of Mark McKenzie - Dragonheart: A New Beginning. about 1 year ago
I first reviewed this score back in July 2003 and I think I was overly hard on it. Mark McKenzie actually does a better overall job than Randy Edelman (a composer I've never been impressed by) when it comes to the overall mood and tone of the music, ... See full review
submitted すぎやまこういち* - Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest III Into The Legend.... about 1 year ago
posted a review of Glasvegas - Daddy's Gone. about 1 year ago
Daddy's Gone came and went in 2008 and only left a passing impression on me. I never gave it much thought after that.

One morning I woke up all confused in a hotel room in Las Vegas (rather fitting) and thought about asking my dad some crucial ... See full review
posted a review of Cast - Walkaway. about 1 year ago
Walkaway is a song for a wonderful day in early summer, driving through the country with the windows all the way down and forgetting all of your troubles in another life. A song for moving on and starting again. It's so easy-going and good-natured, I ... See full review
posted a review of Cyndi Lauper - A Night To Remember. about 1 year ago
Lauper's last album of the 1980s does nothing to innovate or anticipate the forthcoming styles of the 1990s and, as a result, feels a little bit tired and derivative. Lauper likes to refer to the album as "A Night to Forget" thanks to lackluster sales. ... See full review
posted a review of Jerry Goldsmith - Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
One could argue that the stark minimalism of Alien, the horns of Patton or Planet Of The Apes are more iconic but I say that Gremlins is easily Goldsmith's most identifiable score. Spielberg has Williams. Zemeckis has Silvestri. Dante's man was Goldsmith ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Innerspace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
Many 80s soundtracks end up being dated and embarrassing, thankfully, InnerSpace is actually a rather fun and bouncy soundtrack with really not much in the way to date it at all. Five pop songs are on Side A, including Cupid by Sam Cooke. The sounds here ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Innerspace (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
Haha, funny comment. I just bought this today for £4.
posted a review of Mark Mancina And Trevor Rabin - Con Air (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
It was Summer 1997, I was fresh out of high school, it was a glorious morning in early June when Con Air rocked my world. I was thrilled in so many ways, not the least of which was the thumping score by Mark Mancina and Trevor Rabin.

A week later the ... See full review
posted a review of John Barry - The Living Daylights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
For his last Bond score John Barry decided to modernize his technique and delivers an exciting final note (pun intended) that perfectly blends classical and synth. Even 30 years on The Living Daylights still sounds fresh and new. Even a few cues of David ... See full review
posted a review of David Arnold - Die Another Day (Music From The MGM Motion Picture). about 1 year ago
Though it's hated by many I believe that Die Another Day is perfectly fine as a Bond movie and certainly better than many instalments in the series. David Arnold's music takes a huge nosedive though, I don't know why but he went too electronic with this ... See full review
posted a review of Yuzo Koshiro / Motohiro Kawashima - Bare Knuckle III. about 1 year ago
Whoa! What happened?

This was my first though upon playing five seconds of Streets of Rage 3 eleven years after its summer 1994 release. The gameplay was lacking, the "story" was a mess, the character pallets had been messed with, and the "music" was an ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Cable Guy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
It's interesting looking back at these soundtracks from two generations past. I still think of anything with a Y2K aesthetic to be recent history but that was over 17 years ago already. Cable guy was even further back, longer than I want to believe. In ... See full review
posted a review of Haruhiko Kuroiwa, Eisaku Nambu, Hirosi Ebihara, Keiji Ueki - R-Type Δ. about 1 year ago
Launching 11 years after R-Type first hit the arcades the PS1 exclusive, R-Type Δ, was the first venture into 3D for the series. Gone were the pleasing sprites and, for better or worse, polygons took their place. The music also had a notable upgrade. The ... See full review
submitted Haruhiko Kuroiwa, Eisaku Nambu, Hirosi Ebihara, Keiji Ueki - R-Type Δ. about 1 year ago
posted a review of 久石 譲* - ハウルの動く城 サウンドトラック. about 1 year ago
The works of Joe Hisaishi when partnering with Hayao Miyazaki are usually memorable affairs, not so much with this score. Howl's Moving Castle, while a fine film, is far too whimsical and superficial to have any real lasting effect. Hisaishi seems to be ... See full review
posted a review of John Themis - Atmospheric Conditions. about 1 year ago
This is the kind of muzak that you often found being played over "pages from Ceefax" in the wee hours of the morning on BBC1. Why did I purchase it then? Well, I liked the music video for Atmospheric Conditions from the "Art of Landscape" project when I ... See full review
posted a review of James Newton Howard, John Frizzell - Dante's Peak (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). about 1 year ago
This score album is typical of Varese Sarabande's 90s output. Many, if not most, of their albums were far from comprehensive and missed much of the score featured in the movie, often with different instrumentation and arrangement. Dante's Peak is, sadly, ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Ghostbusters (Original Soundtrack Album). about 1 year ago
I feel that a lot of 80s soundtrack albums have dated quite badly. Many of them were funky and fresh when the accompanying movie was released but feel kinda lost and obscure now. Cobra is a good example of this. The songs work in the movie but you'd be ... See full review
submitted Motoaki Furukawa - Sunset Riders. about 1 year ago