Cult Cuts: Music from the Modern Cinema

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the title Cult Cuts might make for a mildly amusing fractured cliché, this album, a compilation of tracks drawn from Silva Screen Records' library of re-recordings of film music, doesn't actually feature music from cult movies. The term "cult" is subjective, to be sure, but it's hard to call a film a cult picture when it has grossed upwards of $100 million and been up for, or won, a number of Academy Awards, and the selection here includes such Best Picture winners as Crash and The Departed. In fact, most of the movies are Hollywood favorites of one sort or another. A better description is the subtitle, "Music from the Modern Cinema," since, while the films ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the title Cult Cuts might make for a mildly amusing fractured cliché, this album, a compilation of tracks drawn from Silva Screen Records' library of re-recordings of film music, doesn't actually feature music from cult movies. The term "cult" is subjective, to be sure, but it's hard to call a film a cult picture when it has grossed upwards of $100 million and been up for, or won, a number of Academy Awards, and the selection here includes such Best Picture winners as Crash and The Departed. In fact, most of the movies are Hollywood favorites of one sort or another. A better description is the subtitle, "Music from the Modern Cinema," since, while the films cover the years 1968 to 2006, in fact 12 of the 16 tracks come from movies of the 1990s and 2000s. To the extent to which they can be considered typical, they suggest that film music, influenced by decades of rhythm-heavy rock, has become somewhat less orchestral. Indeed, although the back cover credits the performances on the album to the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (Silva Screen's workhorse for building its catalog) and London Music Works (whatever that is), the Prague appears on only eight of the tracks. Two cuts, the Lalo Schifrin compositions from Dirty Harry and Bullitt, are performed by National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and the rest either by London Music Works or the equally generic-sounding London Ensemble, both probably pseudonyms for people laboring over hot synthesizers and computers. This is music for thrillers and high-profile dramas, with plenty of pounding beats and unusual sounds, culminating in Tyler Bates' heavy metal effort, "Fever Dream," from the live-action cartoon 300. This is not the music of cult cinema, except to the extent that modern cinema addresses itself to several large cults of consumers, but it does give a good sense of the kind of music being made for the more popular efforts at the local multiplex in the late 20th and early 21st century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Silva America
  • UPC: 738572127022
  • Catalog Number: 1270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Twisted Nerve - Main Theme (1:28)
  2. 2 Battle Without Honor or Humanity, for orchestra (2:30)
  3. 3 To The Roof (5:19)
  4. 4 Harry's Creed (3:11)
  5. 5 Main Theme (2:38)
  6. 6 Cops or Criminals (1:59)
  7. 7 Main Theme (2:10)
  8. 8 Lux Aeterna (3:55)
  9. 9 The Last Man (6:50)
  10. 10 Plastic Bag Theme (2:54)
  11. 11 Sense Of Touch (5:05)
  12. 12 Road To Perdition (4:01)
  13. 13 The Wings (1:46)
  14. 14 Main Theme (5:52)
  15. 15 The Poet Acts (3:44)
  16. 16 You're So Cool (3:43)
  17. 17 Don't Blow It (3:31)
  18. 18 Fever Dream (2:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
National Youth Jazz Orchestra Performing Ensemble
James Fitzpatrick Conductor
London Ensemble Ensemble
London Music Works Ensemble
John Howlett Guitar
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Mark Isham Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Composer
Rick Clark Mastering
Bernard Herrmann Composer
Cliff Martinez Composer
Thomas Newman Composer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Composer
Gustavo Santaolalla Composer
Howard Shore Composer
Hans Zimmer Composer
Tomoyasu Hotei Composer
Clint Mansell Composer
Tyler Bates Composer
Unspecified Enemies Composer
Damien Doherty Art Direction
John Powell Composer
Reynold da Silva Executive Producer
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