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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Since his first recording of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" early in the digital era, Erich Kunzel and his engineers have been determined to blow out even the most durable speaker systems. This batch of extracts from the bumper crop of action films of the mid-'90s might be their most fevered attempt yet, as it is loaded with special-effects tracks and bottom-heavy orchestrations designed to make your subwoofer earn its keep. The real superhero of this CD may well be Telarc's bass-happy engineer Michael Bishop, whose practiced sound-effects wizardry thoroughly steals the show. The buildup to James Horner's "Apollo 13" is pretty dramatic, with the realistically crackling...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Since his first recording of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" early in the digital era, Erich Kunzel and his engineers have been determined to blow out even the most durable speaker systems. This batch of extracts from the bumper crop of action films of the mid-'90s might be their most fevered attempt yet, as it is loaded with special-effects tracks and bottom-heavy orchestrations designed to make your subwoofer earn its keep. The real superhero of this CD may well be Telarc's bass-happy engineer Michael Bishop, whose practiced sound-effects wizardry thoroughly steals the show. The buildup to James Horner's "Apollo 13" is pretty dramatic, with the realistically crackling sounds of an Apollo launch and the ominously laconic radio transmission, "Houston, we have a problem." Later on, Telarc throws in the sounds of an F-16 fighter squadron streaking across the sky Independence Day; a Los Angeles freeway Speed; a vicious tornado Twister; a stampede of elephants, gorillas, and other critters Jumanji; and finally, for no apparent reason, another gut-churning tornado as a coda. As for the music, Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops bravely make their way through this inflated, cinematic fun house like accomplished pros, doing their best to mask the patchworks of fashionable filmland clichés that make up much of these excerpts. True, after a tub-thumping rendition of Lalo Schifrin's Mission: Impossible theme kicks things off, Elliot Goldenthal's "Batman Forever" is full of interesting deep brass and percussion writing that plays right into Bishop's hands. But the level of musical interest trails off from there. After sitting through things like the blatant imitation-John Williams rhetoric of "Independence Day" and recycled main/end title gestures of Randy Edelman's "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Dragonheart," you're ready for some more distracting sound effects.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408043727
  • Catalog Number: 80437
  • Sales rank: 126,921

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Theme (1:37)
  2. 2 Main Title (1:43)
  3. 3 Fanfare (0:46)
  4. 4 Fledremausmarschmusik (1:53)
  5. 5 Gotham City Boogie (1:30)
  6. 6 Batterdämmerung (1:35)
  7. 7 Apollo 13 Mission (4:37)
  8. 8 Re-entry and Splashdown (0:29)
  9. 9 Express Bus to L.A. (3:42)
  10. 10 Main Title (4:56)
  11. 11 Roll Tide (0:40)
  12. 12 F-16 Fighter Squadron - Into the Battle (5:47)
  13. 13 Suite (4:51)
  14. 14 End credits (5:14)
  15. 15 End credits (1:34)
  16. 16 Torando Terror (5:22)
  17. 17 The House Visit (3:06)
  18. 18 Main Title (6:02)
  19. 19 Finale (2:26)
  20. 20 The Remora (3:29)
  21. 21 Going Home (1:28)
  22. 22 Library Stampede (7:13)
  23. 23 Suite (4:02)
  24. 24 Main Theme (1:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist, Conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bill Duncan Synthesizer
Eric Rigler uillean pipes
New Company Singers Ensemble
Timothy Berens Guitar
Technical Credits
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Composer
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
Randy Edelman Composer
Nicholas Dodd Orchestration
James Horner Composer
Michael Bishop Sound Effects, Engineer, Liner Notes, Illustrations
Alexander Courage Orchestration
Trevor Jones Contributor
Mark Mancina Composer
Joe Price Arranger
Alan Silvestri Arranger
David Snyder Arranger
Robert Woods Producer
Hans Zimmer Composer
Bill Duncan Synthesizer Producer
Elliot Goldenthal Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Artwork
Brad Dechter Arranger
John Debney Composer
Richard E. Rodda Liner Notes
Steven R. Reineke Arranger
Steve Reineke Arranger
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