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Varèse Sarabande Announces Titles for Record Store Day Black Friday 2021

Varèse Sarabande has announced the following titles will be released on Record Store Day Black Friday 2021: Blue Velvet: Deluxe Edition by Angelo Badalamenti, How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell, Ghosts of Mars by John Carpenter, and The Iron Giant by Michael Kamen.

These special limited-run LP releases will be available on Black Friday, November 26, at participating Record Store Day retailers.

BLUE VELVET (Deluxe Edition 2-LP) – Angelo Badalamenti David Lynch’s dark 1986 masterpiece has a deep and passionate relationship to music, starting with the Bobby Vinton title song that plays a central role in the story (which has been integrated into the original soundtrack for the first time). Angelo Badalamenti was hired by producer Fred Caruso to develop Isabella Rossellini’s version of the song for the film and deliver the tape to David—meeting for the first time. Picture the very moment that Alfred Hitchcock met Bernard Herrmann, or Steven Spielberg met John Williams. The story has now evolved into that kind of legend, often repeated, with the uniquely coiffed director listening to the tape through a pair of headphones and delivering one of his uniquely retro phrases: “That’s peachy keen!”  As part of the Blue Velvet scoring process, Badalamenti recorded lengthy orchestral tracks the pair called “firewood,” which Lynch could use in his distinct sound design. Numerous cues were also created—alternate versions, improvisations, and experimentations that may or may not have been written with a scene in mind, which Lynch could then apply to his film (or not) however he chose. The second LP is full of these cues, mastered from tape and heard for the first time under the title of “Lumberton Firewood.” Generally considered one of the Top 50 soundtracks of all time, the Blue Velvet deluxe edition is pressed on marbleized blue vinyl featuring Enzo Sciotti’s 1986 Italian poster art on the cover and new notes and interviews with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.   

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2-LP) – John Powell How to Train Your Dragon was composer John Powell’s first solo score for a DreamWorks animated feature and earned him his first Academy Award® nomination. Powell took the Viking milieu literally and started researching Scandinavian folk tunes and musical traditions, which he says are “wonderfully cold and warm at the same time.” Icelandic singer/songwriter Jónsi, of the celebrated band Sigur Rós, is featured on “Sticks and Stones.”  A truncated 11-track LP was part of Record Store Day in 2016, but this is the first-ever pressing of the complete original soundtrack release.  The 25-track album is expanded to two multicolored green splatter LPs and housed in a gatefold jacket. 

GHOSTS OF MARS – John Carpenter In celebration of Ghosts of Mars’ 20th anniversary, the epic soundtrack will be released on “Red Planet” vinyl.  John Carpenter recruited an unbelievable cast of musicians to record the soundtrack to this sci-fi horror film, starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge. Among the featured players are GRAMMY®-winning musician Steve Vai, most of the heavy metal band Anthrax (including Scott Ian), Elliot Easton of The Cars, Buckethead, and Robin Finck of Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. This soundtrack is apocalyptic and an important mark in John Carpenter’s unparalleled career as a director and composer.  

THE IRON GIANT (Picture Disc) – Michael Kamen This first-ever picture disc of this heartwarming 1999 animated film celebrates The Robot, his best friend, Hogarth, and a cast of characters. The music is by Academy Award®-nominated composer Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon, Die Hard), who was well known for his work with Eric Clapton, Metallica and Pink Floyd, in addition to his brilliant theatrical scores.  

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Soundtrack News: Varese Sarabande Releasing ‘Paycheck’ (The Deluxe Edition) on CD

John Powell burst into film scoring with a magnificent, emotional and modern soundtrack to John Woo’s iconic hit, Face/Off (1997). Six years later, Woo and Powell reunited for Paycheck (2003), a sci-fi techno-thriller based on a 1953 short story by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall).

Ben Affleck stars as a programming engineer who undergoes a voluntary memory wipe to protect his client’s secrets—but upon going to collect his paycheck, he is given an envelope of seemingly random trinkets and items. He must use these clues to unearth the terrible secrets of his own project.

By 2003, John Powell had already scored The Bourne Identity and had his finger on the pulse of the modern action-thriller score. Paycheck blends synth and pop-rhythms with orchestral scope and, most importantly, Powell’s impeccable sense of taste. Despite almost non-stop action and suspense, he focuses on emotion and utilizes melody to elevate the proceedings.

“I’ve always wanted to do a ballet, so I had been fascinated by choreographers and dance for quite some time. I utilized that conversation with John [Woo] as an inspiration to create the drama of a danced story,” says John Powell.

He explains, “This album has everything on it. It gives me a slight panic attack looking at how much music there is on this album. It all sounds very good to me and at the same time like utter nonsense. I’ve always tried to be better at harmony. A lot of composers I admire have this incredible sense of harmonic flow and flexibility. When I achieve that on occasion, it makes me happy.”

Paycheck was released by Varèse Sarabande at the time of the film. This 2-CD set Deluxe Edition greatly expands the playing time to over 95 minutes, and features new liner notes by Daniel Schweiger, incorporating new interview comments with Powell.

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Paycheck (The Deluxe Edition): Original Motion Picture SoundtrackMusic Composed by John PowellDisc One:

  1. Paycheck: Main Title From The Motion Picture (3:29)
  2. A Kiss Of Flexible Morality (1:10)
  3. Memory Wipe (0:54)
  4. A Good Life (1:05)
  5. Party Of Two (0:32)
  6. Portents Of Crystal Balls (2:11)
  7. Injection (0:32)
  8. A Second Chance (1:54)
  9. You’re Done (1:16)
  10. Freeze Frames (1:59)
  11. Hot Seat (7:39)
  12. The Ring (0:42)
  13. That’s You (0:31)
  14. Twenty Items (5:39)
  15. Lucky Number (2:01)
  16. Wolfe Pack (4:01)
  17. The Third Rail (3:28)
  18. Reservations (3:25)
  19. Mirror Message / Imposter (8:43)

Disc Two:

  1. Hog Chase, Part 1 (3:18)
  2. Hog Chase, Part 2 (4:06)
  3. I Don’t Remember (1:33)
  4. I Don’t Remember (Alternate Version) (1:35)
  5. Tomorrow’s Headlines (4:27)
  6. Return to Allcom (3:13)
  7. Future Tense (7:58)
  8. Bio Lab Bash (3:08)
  9. Fait Accompli (6:39)
  10. One Big Payback (5:37)
  11. Uma’s Tune (Bonus Track) (2:55)

You can check out (and purchase) the deluxe edition soundtrack for Paycheck now!

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Soundtrack News: Varese Sarabande Releasing ‘The Matrix’ (The Complete Edition) on CD

Varèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce one of its June 2021 CD Club titles: The Matrix (The Complete Edition) by Don Davis. This title is available as of June 11, exclusively on VareseSarabande.com and internationally on Intl.VareseSarabande.com.

Few blockbusters can claim to be as influential as The Matrix (1999), written and directed by the Wachowskis. From its super high concept that has wormed its way into the public’s imagination (what if we’re all just living in a computer simulation?), to Keanu Reeves’ iconic hero Neo, to the brilliant, jaw-dropping and story-based visual effects, The Matrix delivered on all fronts. Its three films grossed over $1.6 billion worldwide, and a fourth is on the way.

The Matrix demanded a score that was as unique, sophisticated and imaginative as its concept and action—and that’s exactly what composer Don Davis delivered. Davis, who scored the Wachowskis’ Bound (1996), reinvented the symphonic language of the action blockbuster by drawing on cutting-edge concert-hall minimalism and his own background as an avant-garde composer, while maintaining the energy, pace and density required of a studio action film.

From the clashing-brass “reflections,” to the racing strings, pounding percussion and flittering, repeating musical “cells,” the Matrix score fits hand-in-glove with the film’s concept of a computer-controlled reality—and offers a unique musical thumbprint that is recognizable sometimes only from a single note or chord. It is the rare commercial triumph that is also an artistic landmark.

“One thing the Wachowskis did want was something new and different. Every director will tell you they want that something new and different until they actually hear it. But I took that to heart, and it was clear that a unique approach really was right for that film. I’ve kept my hand in composing concert music from the beginning, so I was aware of what was going on in that arena. [We] were working in a style that some were calling ‘postmodern,’ which seemed to be fitting for a postmodern film like The Matrix. And I saw this as an opportunity to take it in a stylistic direction that wouldn’t work in other films but specifically did work in this film,” says composer Don Davis.

The Matrix was released by Varèse Sarabande at the time of the film, and then in a Deluxe Edition that fit as much of the score as possible on one CD. By popular demand, this new 2-CD set presents the complete score. This version is also available through Record Store Day 2021 as a 3-LP set releasing on July 17. Visit RecordStoreDay.com to find a participating retailer. Liner notes feature a new interview with Don Davis conducted by Kaya Savas.

*Standard CD limited to 2,000 copies *SACD limited to 1,000 copiesPURCHASE

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The Matrix: The Complete Edition (Regular and SACD): Original Motion Picture Score Music Composed, Orchestrated & Conducted by Don Davis

Disc One:
Logos / The Matrix Main Title (0:55)
Trinity Infinity (6:00)
Neo Con Brio (0:32)
Follow The White Rabbit (0:15)
Neo On The Edge (3:24)
Through The Surveillance Monitor (0:59)
Unable To Speak (1:14)
Bait And Switch (3:16)
Switched For Life (3:36)
Switched At Birth (2:43)
Switches Brew (2:27)
Cold Hearted Switch (1:40)
Nascent Nauseous Neo (4:00)
A Morpheus Moment (1:39)
Bow Whisk Orchestra (1:23)
Domo Showdown (1:13)
Switch Or Break Show (1:05)
Shake, Borrow, Switch (0:39)
Switch Works Her Boa (0:56)
Bring Me Dinner (0:39)
The System (0:37)
Freeze Face (1:52)
Switch Woks Her Boar (2:07)
Cypher Cybernetic (0:59)
Ignorance Is Bliss / Cyber Cyphernetic (1:51)
See Who? (0:26)

Disc Two:
Switch Out (3:01)
Boon Spoy (1:08)
Oracle Cookies (1:30)
Threat Mix (6:05)
Exit Mr. Hat (2:57)
On Your Knees, Switch (4:43)
Mix The Art (2:10)
Whoa, Switch Brokers (4:01)
The Cure (1:35)
It’s The Smell (1:57)
The Lobby (0:27)
No More Spoons (1:02)
Dodge This (1:08)
Fast Learning (0:44)
Ontological Shock (4:16)
That’s Gotta Hurt (5:17)
Surprise (4:06)
He’s The One Alright (6:56)

Enjoy experiencing the complete score of The Matrix courtesy of Varese Sarabande Records!

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Soundtrack News: Varèse Sarabande Records to Release ‘The Empire Strikes Back Symphonic Suite’ on LP on 7/23

In Celebration of Star Wars Day 2021, Varèse Sarabande Records is re-issuing the long out-of-print LP The Empire Strikes Back – Symphonic Suite from the Original Motion Picture Score by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams. Out of print since 1980, the record is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket featuring the original Star Wars paintings and notes.

Available now for pre-order along with two limited exclusive versions: “Ice Planet Hoth Blue” (Vinyl Me Please) and “Imperial Grey Marble” (Newbury Comics). A Canadian exclusive on “Cloud City Orange” will be available only at Sunrise retail shops as of July 23rd.

Originally released to supplement and not compete with the 2-LP Motion Picture Soundtrack, this 1-LP release skillfully combines a “Symphonic Suite” that John Williams created for concert performance with new arrangements of other cues from the film score. The Empire Strikes Back has become not only one of Williams’ most iconic scores, but one of the most iconic film scores of all time. The LP comes in a gatefold jacket with the original iconic Star Wars paintings by William Stout, images of John Williams, and notes from author Ray Bradbury, composer and critic Christopher Palmer, and from the maestro himself.

TRACK LISTING

Side A

  1. 20th Century-Fox Fanfare (0:21)
  2. Main Title/The Imperial Probe (5:25)
  3. Luke’s First Crash (2:29)
  4. Han Solo And The Princess (4:26)
  5. The Asteroid Field (4:12)
  6. The Training Of A Jedi Knight and “May The Force Be With You” (1:56)
  7. The Battle In The Snow (3:06)

Side B

  1. The Imperial March (3:21)
  2. The Magic Tree (3:38)
  3. Yoda’s Theme (3:34)
  4. The Rebels Escape Again (3:01)
  5. Lando’s Palace, The Duel (Through The Window) (5:01)
  6. Finale (4:39)

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Soundtrack News: ‘Looney Tunes: Back in Action’ and ‘Babe’ Soundtracks Available Exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records

Varèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to unveil its January 2021 CD Club titles: Looney Tunes: Back in Action (The Deluxe Edition) by Jerry Goldsmith and Babe (The Deluxe Edition) by Nigel Westlake, which are now available exclusively on VareseSarabande.com.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (The Deluxe Edition):

The final film score of Jerry Goldsmith’s legendary career gets a long-awaited CD Club treatment: Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) reunited Goldsmith with director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace, Matinee) for an insane musical journey befitting Warner Bros.’ classic cartoon characters, with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck starring in a live-action/animation hybrid alongside human characters played by Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Timothy Dalton and Steve Martin.

The globetrotting adventure demanded one of Goldsmith’s zaniest scores ever, a sort of indescribable combination of slapstick, action and whimsy that lurches from high-energy symphonic chases to pop-influenced flourishes to Carl Stalling-styled “Mickey Mousing.” All of it has Goldsmith’s effortlessly melodic touch, with the special brand of left-field inspiration that always accompanied his work for Dante.

Previously released by Varèse Sarabande at the time of the movie, this comprehensive 2-CD set features not only Goldsmith’s vastly expanded score, but rewrites and additional music by John Debney, Cameron Patrick and a handful of others—as well as alternates and outtakes by Goldsmith and the complete 2003 album program. Packaging features new liner notes by Daniel Schweiger (incorporating new interviews with Dante, Debney and Patrick) and Goldsmith’s longtime friend and recording engineer, Bruce Botnick.

TRACK LISTING

DISC 1:

  1. Looney Tunes Opening (What’s Up Doc?) / Rabbit Fire (1:09)
  2. What’s Up? (1:25)
  3. Another Take (:48)
  4. Dead Duck Walking (3:14)
  5. She Likes You (:46)
  6. The Shimmy / Out Of The Bag / Save Dad / The Car (3:53)
  7. Not A Billion (:45)
  8. Blue Monkey (:58)
  9. Extra Crispy (:36)
  10. The Shower / Psycho Parody (1:15)
  11. In Style (1:10)
  12. The Bad Guys (2:57)
  13. Hit Me (:30)
  14. Car Trouble / Flying High (3:46)
  15. Hurry Up (:25)
  16. Nice Hair / Burning Tail (:55)
  17. A Visit To Walmart / Free Drinks (:36)
  18. Wrong Turn Coyote (:54)
  19. The Launch (:27)
  20. Thin Air (1:26)
  21. Area 52 (Take 54) (1:29)
  22. You’re Next (:25)
  23. Wacky Marvin In The Jar (:49)
  24. Hot Pursuit (2:26)
  25. We’ve Got Company / Man And A Woman / I’ll Take That (3:21)
  26. The Painting / The Scream / It Is Spring / Bugs with Mandolin (3:20)
  27. The Red Balloon (:26)
  28. Paris Street (1:22)
  29. Free Fall (1:17)
  30. The Hook / Africa (:33)
  31. Tasmanian Devil (1:09)
  32. Jungle Scene (1:42)
  33. Pressed Duck (3:26)
  34. Re-Assembled (:51)
  35. Waiting For A Train (2:49)
  36. A New Puppy (3:06)
  37. To The Rescue (4:24)
  38. Heroes (2:39)
  39. Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (That’s All Folks!) (:16)
  40. End Title Suite (5:17)

DISC 2:

  1. What’s Up? (1:29)
  2. Another Take #9 (:53)
  3. Trumpet Wa-Wa (:07)
  4. The Shimmy (:12)
  5. Out Of The Bag (1:17)
  6. The Car, Part 1 (:15)
  7. The Car, Part 2 (:12)
  8. Psycho (:37)
  9. Car Trouble (3:22)
  10. Wrong Turn, Part 1 (1:14)
  11. Wrong Turn, Part 2 (:25)
  12. Wrong Turn, Part 3 (1:08)
  13. The Launch (:30)
  14. The Blue Danube / The Barber of Seville / Can Can (:36)
    15 Vivaldi Concerto (:15)
  15. The Hook (:29)
  16. Pressed Duck (3:39)
  17. Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (That’s All Folks!) (:23)

The Original 2003 Soundtrack Album:

  1. Life Story (:19)
  2. What’s Up? (1:25)
  3. Another Take (:48)
  4. Dead Duck Walking (3:14)
  5. Out Of The Bag (3:44)
  6. Blue Monkey (:54)
  7. In Style (1:09)
  8. The Bad Guys (2:56)
  9. Car Trouble (3:46)
  10. Thin Air (1:26)
  11. Area 52 (1:29)
  12. Hot Pursuit (2:26)
  13. We’ve Got Company (1:50)
  14. I’ll Take That (1:22)
  15. Paris Street (1:21)
  16. Free Fall (1:15)
  17. Tasmanian Devil (1:09)
  18. Jungle Scene (1:40)
  19. Pressed Duck (3:22)
  20. Re-Assembled (:52)
  21. Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (That’s All Folks!) (:55)

Music Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, Additional Music by John Debney • Produced by Jerry Goldsmith • Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Babe (The Deluxe Edition):

Babe was a massive surprise hit in 1995. A children’s film starring a talking pig seemed to be the last thing anybody expected from visionary filmmaker George Miller (Mad Max). Writer-producer Miller adapted the 1983 book with director and cowriter Chris Noonan, and created a universally praised, moving film about a farm pig (a combination of animatronics and computer graphics) who longs to be a sheepdog. With a memorable lead performance by James Cromwell as Babe’s farmer-owner, Babe received glowing reviews and seven OSCAR® nominations, winning for Best Visual Effects.

A major part of Babe’s exquisite, perfectly pitched storybook tone is the charming, resonant symphonic score by Australian composer Nigel Westlake. Westlake interpolated a tapestry of classical works, most notably the maestoso section of Saint-Saëns’ third (Organ) symphony, to perfectly capture the human emotions of the film’s animal characters, while ironically treating the humans with an animal-like comedy and whimsy. (The Saint-Saëns melody had been adapted into the British reggae pop hit “If I Had Words” by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley; a sped-up version is used in Babe’s end credits.)

Babe was released as a music-and-dialogue album at the time of the film. This CD Club edition features the expanded score as music only, packaged with a new essay by Tim Greiving featuring insights from Miller, Noonan, Cromwell and Westlake.

TRACK LISTING

  1. Opening Titles (From The Motion Picture Babe) – Piggery (4:02)
  2. Fairground (Extended Version) (3:16)
  3. I Want My Mum / The Way Things Are (4:40)
  4. Fly Would Never / Crime And Punishment (3:50)
  5. Anorexic Duck Pizzicati (Extended Version) (3:21)
  6. Repercussions / Into The Knackery (2:23)
  7. Pig, Pig, Piggy / Mother And Son (2:28)
  8. Pork Is A Nice Sweet Meat (3:26)
  9. Christmas Morning (Extended Version) (5:08)
  10. Separate The Chickens / Round Up (2:37)
  11. Babe’s Round Up (Extended Version) (3:59)
  12. Mad Dog Rex (1:14)
  13. The Sheep Pig (Extended Version) (1:47)
  14. Dog Tragedy (1:36)
  15. Hoggett Shows Babe / Maa’s Death (2:58)
  16. Home Pig / Hoggett With Gun (2:48)
  17. Pig Of Destiny / Up To Trouble (3:29)
  18. The Cat / What Are Pigs For (2:26)
  19. Where’s Babe / Hoggett’s Song (3:23)
  20. Babe In The Kitchen / Help For Babe (4:32)
  21. Baa Ram Ewe / Rex On Truck (1:46)
  22. The Gauntlet / Moment Of Truth (Extended Version) (1:45)
  23. Finale – That’ll Do, Pig, That’ll Do (1:39)
  24. If I Had Words (2:54)
  25. Toreador Aria (Excerpt) (:22)
  26. Pork Is A Nice Sweet Meat (With Vocals) (3:51)
  27. Blue Moon (Excerpt) (:40)
  28. Cantique de Jean Racine (Excerpt) (:41)
  29. If I Had Words (Hoggett’s Song) (1:52)

Music Composed and Produced by Nigel Westlake
Performed by the Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra

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