The Salton Sea

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Thomas Newman's patient score for the revenge drama The Salton Sea is filled with such an honest sense of noir that one can't help wondering if the man moonlights as a P.I. As a whole, the soft pianos and long string cues resonate like a chillier version of his excellent work on 1994's The Shawshank Redemption. His deep understanding of the human condition is evident during the dreamy "Gun Cemetery." With it's atonal piano notes falling like misled raindrops, it resembles an instrumental rendering of the image-laden "9th and Hennepin" off of Tom Waits' Rain Dogs album. The spooky solo trumpet on the atmospheric "First Wife" and "Saeta" closely mirrors the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Thomas Newman's patient score for the revenge drama The Salton Sea is filled with such an honest sense of noir that one can't help wondering if the man moonlights as a P.I. As a whole, the soft pianos and long string cues resonate like a chillier version of his excellent work on 1994's The Shawshank Redemption. His deep understanding of the human condition is evident during the dreamy "Gun Cemetery." With it's atonal piano notes falling like misled raindrops, it resembles an instrumental rendering of the image-laden "9th and Hennepin" off of Tom Waits' Rain Dogs album. The spooky solo trumpet on the atmospheric "First Wife" and "Saeta" closely mirrors the protagonist's lonely vigilantism, causing the sultry Rhodes-led groove on "Glock Semi-Automatic" to sound like an out of control freight train. Newman's mastery of the organic and the processed world of sounds has a great deal to do with his talent for seamlessness -- the gritty backwards guitar loop that opens "Palmdale Monty" simply sounds like an instrument in the composers repertoire -- and his otherworldly restraint. By refusing to fill the space between each breath, car chase, and gunfight, he unleashes a much more effective beast, a quiet and elegant bombast.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206635126
  • Catalog Number: 066351

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perpetual Night Party - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:02)
  2. 2 Tweaker Crash - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:44)
  3. 3 Undress Revised - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:11)
  4. 4 First Wife - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:54)
  5. 5 Iforgiv - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:22)
  6. 6 Glock Semi-Automatic - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:19)
  7. 7 Gun Cemetery - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:17)
  8. 8 Queen Elizabeth - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:26)
  9. 9 School Teacher - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:55)
  10. 10 Palmdale Monty - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:51)
  11. 11 Night Vision - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:00)
  12. 12 Salton Sea - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:25)
  13. 13 One Red Hair - Hollywood Studio Symphony (5:12)
  14. 14 Dead Bobby - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:44)
  15. 15 Saeta - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:01)
  16. 16 Colombian Necktie - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:23)
  17. 17 Badger - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:07)
  18. 18 Undress Original - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:08)
  19. 19 Hole in the Head - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:35)
  20. 20 Last Wife - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:49)
  21. 21 Gutshot - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:35)
  22. 22 Linoleum/Walk to Black - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:40)
  23. 23 Learn to Yodel - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Newman Primary Artist
Steve Kujala Flute, Soloist, Drones
John Beasley Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer, Soloist
Sue Raney Bass
Marilyn Baker Viola
Sid Page Violin
Bob Adcock Cello
Terence Blanchard Trumpet, Soloist
Mari Tsumura Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Denyse Buffum Viola
Darius Campo Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Ronald Clark Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
George Doering Guitar, Mandolin, Sitar, Soloist
Stephen Erdody Cello
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Richard Feves Bass
Michael Fisher Drums, Tabla, Tamboura, Timpani, Drum Loop, Soloist
Berj Garabedian Violin
Harris Goldman Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Janet Lakatos Viola
Kathleen Lenski Violin
Brian Leonard Violin
Linda Lipsett Viola
Earl Madison Cello
Michael Markman Violin
Edward Meares Bass
Jorge Moraga Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Dan Neufeld Viola
Robin Olson Violin
Simon Oswell Viola
Katia Popov Violin
Barbara Porter Violin
Karie Prescott Viola
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Danny Seidenberg Violin
Harry Shirinian Viola
Haim Shtrum Violin
Tina Soule Cello
Steve Tavaglione Baritone Saxophone, EWI, Soloist, Sample Voices
Richard Treat Cello
Ian Walker Bass
Roger Wilkie Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
John Scanlon Viola
Dave Stone Bass
Ann Atkinson Bass
Dmitri Boviard Viola
George Budd Gong, Soloist
Rick Cox Electric Guitar, Soloist, Mouthpiece
Chas Smith Pedal Steel Guitar, Soloist, Resonator
Suzie Katayama Cello
Bill Bernstein Piano, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Norm Hughes Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Carolyn Osborn Violin
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Norman Ludwin Bass
Rafael Rishik Violin
Nico Abondolo Bass
Al Hershberger Violin
Gary Kuo Violin
Frances Liu Wu Bass
Rachel Purkin Violin
Susan Rishik Violin
Guillermo Romero Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Tiffiany Yi Hu Violin
Eve Butler Violin
Robert Gerry Violin
Robert Decker Viola
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Horia Moroaica Violin
Liane Mautner Violin
Frances Moore Violin
Vahe Hayrikyan Cello
Aimee Kreston Violin
Robert Matsuda Violin
Becky Bunnell Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Phillip Levy Violin
Marc Sazer Violin
Karen Jones Violin
Mario de León Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
David H. Speltz Cello
Raymond Tischer Viola
Technical Credits
John Beasley drum programming
George Doering Contributor
Joel Iwataki Engineer, Remixing
Thomas Pasatieri Orchestration
Robert Townson Executive Producer
George Budd Amplifiers
Bill Bernstein Producer, Contributor
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
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