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Volume 12

Number 3

Summer 2010

 

Managing Editor:

Roger L. Hall


Contributing Writers:

Steven A. Kennedy

Steve Vertlieb


 

Member

IFMCA: the International Film Music Critics Association

 


 

 

Recent Themes

An Interview with Album Producer, James Fitzpatrick

 

 

12th Anniversary FMR Special!

 

 

 

Main Titles

Ratings and List of FMR Issues

Essential Film Scores

Film Focus

Editor's Choice - Best of the Month CDs

Soundtrack and Compilation CD Reviews

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

End Titles

Film Music Links and Tune Week Surveys

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Recent Themes

A GUIDE TO FILM MUSIC: Songs and Scores
(4th edition, PineTree Press)

The revised and expanded edition of this useful guide
is now available as an eBook on DVD,
with the complete book, 25 audio clips with interviews
and music from vintage film scores and songs,
plus an extensive image gallery, past reviews from Film Music Review (1998-2005),
and a cable television program with the author, Roger Hall.

Read all about this informative reference guide at this link:


Film Composers and Soundtracks

 

 

 


The 12th Annual Best Film Music Releases of 2009 based on our reviewers choices:

Best Film Music CDs of 2009

 

See these past choices:

Best Film Music CDs of 2008

Best Film Music CDs of 2007

Best Film Music CDs of 2006

Best Film Music CDs of 2005

 

 


 


The 22nd Annual Sammy Awards

for film musicc CDs released in 2009

have been announced

here

 

See the previous lists at

21st Annual Sammy Awards

20th Annual Sammy Awards

19th Annual Sammy Awards

18th Annual Sammy Awards


 

Main Titles

 

 

 

FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:

**** = Superlative (Highest Recommendation)

***1/2 = Very Good

*** = Good

**1/2 = Okay

** = Barely Passable

* = Poor

The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during a month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.

The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.

2010 (Volume 12)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

2009 (Volume 11)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)


2008
(Volume 10)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (Winter)

Number 2 (Spring)

Number 3 (Summer)

Number 4 (Fall)

2007 (Volume 9)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 

2006 (Volume 8)

Index to All Reviews (January - December)

Number 1 (January - February)

Number 2 (March - April)

Number 3 (May - June)

Number 4 (July - August)

Number 5 (September - October)

Number 6 (November - December)

 


Volumes 1 - 7

These reviews no longer available online.
Here is a link to the complete list of


CD Reviews (1999-2005)

Almost all of these reviews are included in

A Guide to Film Music (4th edition)

 


 

 

Essential Film Scores of the 20th Century

 

See the list at

100 Essential Film Scores

 

 

 

 


 

Film Focus

 

The series devoted to a composer and one major film score

 

No. 1: Hugo Friedhofer and
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

 

 

 

 

No. 2: Miklós Rózsa and
PLYMOUTH ADVENTURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 3: Max Steiner and
KING KONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 4: Elmer Bernstein and
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 5: Bernard Herrmann and
VERTIGO

 

 

 

 

No. 6: Dimitri Tiomkin and
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 7: Alfred Newman and
THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

 

 

 

NEW!

The best known score from a Hitchcock film...

No. 8: Bernard Herrmann
and 50th anniversary of PSYCHO

 


 

Editor's Choice -

Best of the Month for 2010

 

Best Of The Month For January:

BLACK SUNDAY
music by John Williams (Film Score Monthly CD)

 

 

Best Of The Month For February:

ISLANDS IN THE STREAM
music by Jerry Goldsmith (Film Score Monthly CD)

 

 

Best Of The Month For March:

CITIZEN KANE and HANGOVER SQUARE
music by Bernard Herrmannn (Chandos CD)

 

 

Best Of The Month For April:

ELMER GANTRY
music by Andre Previn (Kritzerland CD)

 

No Best Of The Month For May

 

 

Best Of The Month For June:

Miklós Rózsa Treasury (1949-1968) (15 CD Box Set)

 

 

Best Of The Month For July:

THE ALAMO - Complete Score (Prometheus 3 CD Box Set)
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

 

Best Of The Month For August

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA -
Complete Score and other film music
by Maurice Jarre (Tadlow, 2 CDs)

 


2010 Soundtrack and Compilation Reviews


 

DRAGONSLAYER -- music by Alex North (La-La Land Records)

THE EDGE -- music by Jerry Goldsmith (La-La Land Records ) New!

ERASER -- music by Alan Silvestri (La-La Land Records)


THE GOONIES -- music by Dave Grusin (Varese Sarbande)

GRACE -- music by Austin Wintory (BSX Records)

HIGH ROAD TO CHINA -- music by John Barry (BSX Records)

NAPOLEON -- music by Carl Davis (Carl Davis Collection0

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE -- music by John Williams (La-La Land Records)

ROBOCOP -- music by Basil Poledouris (Intrada)

THE SPIRAL ROAD -- music by Jerry Goldsmith (Varese Sarabande)

THEATER OF BLOOD -- music by Michael J. Lewis (La-La Land Records) New!

WIND and A WHALE FOR THE KILLING -- music by Basil Poledouris (BSX Records)

WINTERHAWK -- music by Lee Holdridge (BSX Records)\

 

 

 

 


 

Recommended DVDs and Books

 

DVDs

CAPTAIN ABU RAED

Rating: ****

 

 

THE FORD AT FOX COLLECTION:
THE ESSENTIAL JOHN FORD


DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
FRONTIER MARSHAL
BECOMING JOHN FORD

Rating: ***1/2

 

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
2 Disc Deluxe Edition --
music by Dimitri Tiomkin

Rating: ****

 

 

THE JOHNNY CARSON SHOW
(Guests: Dimitri Tiomkin & Dr. Samuel Hoffmann)

Rating: ***1/2

 

 

Recommended DVDs with Isolated Scores

 

The Day the Earth Stood Still (Two-Disc Special Edition)

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
(2 Disc Special Edition)

Music by Bernard Herrmann
Commentary by film & music historians John Morgan,
Steven Smith, William Stromberg, and Nick Redman


 

GARDEN OF EVIL (1954)
(Included in Fox WESTERN CLASSICS box set)


Music by Bernard Herrmann
Commentary by John Morgan, Nick Redman, Steven Smith, William Stromberg

 

The Robe


THE ROBE (1953)
(Special Edition)


music by Alfred Newman
Commentary by
film composer David Newman,
film historians Jon Burlingame, Julie Kirgo, and Nick Redman


 

 

 

RecoRRecommended Books

mmended Books

THE SONGS OF HOLLYWOOD
by Philip Furia and Laurie Patterson

 

FILM MUSIC: A Very Short Introduction
by Kathryn Kalinak

 

 

 

A HISTORY OF FILM MUSIC
by Mervyn Cooke

 

 

 

 

 

Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire: A Film Score Guide (Scarecrow Film Score Guides)

Alex North's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE:
A Film Score Guide
by Annette Davison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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