Howlin' Wolf Records SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (2CD) Score by Perry Botkin, Songs by Morgan Ames


Howlin' Wolf Records' 35th Anniversary Release for SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is a pressing of 300 CDs, featuring the unforgettable original poster art for the film, a 20-page deluxe booklet with liner notes by Co-Executive Producers Scott Schneid & Dennis Whitehead, Screenwriter Michael Hickey, and Composer Perry Botkin, all balanced against a canvas of beautiful designs and vivid imagery by graphic artist and long-time Howlin' Wolf Records Art Director Luis Miguel Rojas. [http://howlinwolfrecords.com]

We are sneaking in another score, soon after the last...
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Howlin' Wolf Records: Our 43 Release... "GANJA & HESS" music by Sam Waymon


Howlin' Wolf Records is very proud to present GANJA & HESS by award-winning composer and musician extraordinaire Sam Waymon. Dr. Sam Waymon, well-known for his collaborations with legendary screenwriter, actor, and director Bill Gunn, formed a creative partnership and brotherhood with the late director in the 60's that lasted until Bill Gunn's death in 1989. Sam Waymon is also internationally recognized for performances with his sister, Eunice Waymon, better known as the "High Priestess of Soul" Nina Simone.


As always, thrilled about this release, bringing something to the music world and glad to be part of the label "Howlin' Wolf Records.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Interview with Composer SAM WAYMON on Howlin' Wolf Records release "GANJA & HESS" [Part: One]


Welcome into the Howlin' Wolf Records family and we welcome you!

HWR: What kind of impact do you believe the film had in 1973, how it's received in today near 2020 and what would you like to see the listener to take away from the soundtrack "GANJA & HESS"? 


SAM WAYMON: In 1973 no one had ever seen a film like this.  No one had ever heard a soundtrack like this being it was not a blaxploitation film like Hollywood was making - it was different. it was original . and it was not a gangster/shoot'em up cop movie. The impact was substantial and exciting. But not in America.  It was hailed more in Europe. It took Europe by a storm.  That's why it was chosen as one of the best films of the decade at the Cannes Film Festival.  But back here in the U.S. well, that's another story. After it opened on 57th street in NYC at the Playboy theater, with a lot of famous Hollywood starts attending the Premier with fog lights on the street and police closing off 57th street.. the press didn't understand the film and most people had to see it twice to understand the seduction and metaphor of the film Bill Gunn had written.  The music however, was liked from the  beginning. I was thrilled and perplexed at the same time.  I thought and knew you could not separate the two. The black community loved it. the black music industry folks and musicians loved my music and called it "before it's time" and called it a masterpiece for a young black composer such as myself. The Black writer's and filmmaker's community hailed Bill as a genius with language. I agree. That man could write language. That also helped translate my music into sounds.


I must say for 2020 the world is different now than then.  A new generation of people with new exciting challenges and visions and dreams and opportunities before them when it comes to creativity and sounds. and music. Technology has a great deal to do with that. But most importantly, the world can now see what Bill and I went thru to make this film back then. It was a struggle and big struggle. But we had to do what our dream commanded us to do otherwise we would be ourselves. Our theme was to always be TRUE TO YOURSELF.

I'm so thrilled Jeremy that people, you, Howlin' Wolf and Wall Crumpler love and appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that went into making this film. All i wanted people to know was you must do what you can to fulfill your dream at any cost. When it comes to Art, hey, nothing should ever get in your way. I'm hoping this film and my music is an inspiration and motivation to other young composers and musicians to follow their vision as I did. Old or young. Doesn't matter your age...just stay inspired and be around other creative positive people to keep you grounded. Period. If you have a gift be true to it and respect  it as I did and still do to this day and will till I'm under the grass.
 

HWR: Please share a story or memory working on the film soundtrack for "GANJA & HESS" and do you feel the film has a "cult" status?

SAM WAYMON: I don't know the answer to that. I guess it's because the  music is "raw and acoustic" and not complicated with too much technology - i kept it simple yet spiritually connected to the script and the story.  Remember, no one has ever seen a film like this, so maybe that's why it has a "cult" following.  You tell me.

End of Part I... THANK YOU. Please find more information on "GANJA & HESS" soundtrack here at "HOWLIN' WOLF RECORDS".

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN" Music by LALO SCHIFRIN

 
Intrada returns to the Disney vaults of the '70s with Lalo Schifrin's score to the 1978 live-action sequel, Return from Witch Mountain. The film follows the further adventures of Tony and Tia, now teens, some three years after their introduction in the original 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain. A long-time Disney fan, Schifrin was thrilled at the chance to compose the score for a Disney film. While Witch Mountain was lighter fare than his earlier scores, he didn't want it to be cartoon music. It was also his first foray into electronics, his first score that allowed him to plunge into mixing orchestra with electronics, including the ondes Martenot, an instrument championed by both Maurice Jarre (used in Lawrence of Arabia) and Elmer Bernstein (Ghostbusters). The score brought a musically adult edge to the studio, making the movie a little hipper and proving to Schifrin he could meld orchestra and electronics.

The film was released in mono and the score had never been mixed into stereo until Intrada mixed the 2″ 24-track session masters graciously provided by Disney Studios. This allowed Intrada to produce and master a brand-new two-track stereo mix, perhaps for the very first time, with stunningly vibrant and detailed audio. CD 1 is a presentation of the complete original score, heard in picture sequence. CD 2 is quite simply a bonus presentation of the strongest highlights of the much longer score, unfolding as a tighter listening experience. It is not intended as a replacement for the complete score but rather as an “album” that might have been offered in 1978 had one been released. It is intended for enjoyment when listeners might not have 73 minutes to play the longer program but still desire a satisfying listening experience under 50 minutes.

Return from Witch Mountain's tone was darker than the first film, as money-hungry adults use a mind control device to turn the now teenage siblings against each other. The formidable villains appear in the personages of longtime Dracula, Christopher Lee, and screen legend, Bette Davis. Davis was cast as Letha, the heiress enabler of Lee’s mad scientist, Victor. Anthony James was cast as Letha’s nephew-henchman, Sickle.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit the[CLICK HERE]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Intrada: "DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD" Music by JOHN DEBNEY and GERMAINE FRANCO

 
Intrada presents the CD soundtrack to what is perhaps one of the most delightful films of 2019 – Paramount Pictures' Dora and the Lost City of Gold. For this colorful, vibrant and self-aware live-action version of the Dora the Explorer cartoon, John Debney (Hocus Pocus) and Germaine Franco (Tag) crafted a score that could easily keep pace with the fast-moving adventure. Scored for large orchestra, the exciting score is as exhilarating and adventurous a listening experience as the film itself, making for one of the year's best scores. Also featured on the CD is the premiere of Bret McKenzie's "Hooray, We Did It!," the celebratory musical number at the end of the film.

Dora (played to perfection by up-and-coming actor Isabela Moner) has grown up in the Peruvian jungle, having many adventures with her cousin Diego, her monkey Boots and her imaginary friends Backpack and Map, and masked villain Swiper. Diego leaves the jungle at age 6, leaving Dora alone. Ten years later, Dora's parents send her to Diego's high school in LA to protect her when they discover the location of the lost city of gold. A fish out of water in every sense, Dora has a hard time fitting in, until she and her friends are kidnapped and taken back to the jungle, where Dora discovers her parents have vanished and it's no longer clear who she can trust as she tries to evade villains and find her parents. Filled with self-referential humor, tongue firmly planted in cheek, Dora and the Lost City of Gold brings back the delight of family adventure films.

For track listing and sound samples, please visit the[CLICK HERE]

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "THE MANDALORIAN: CHAPTER 4" music by Ludwig Göransson

 
Walt Disney Records releases the digital soundtrack from “The Mandalorian,” Lucasfilm’s first-ever, live-action series, streaming exclusively on Disney+. The Mandalorian: Chapter 4 digital album features score by Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Creed) and is available HERE.

The Swedish-born composer’s approach to “The Mandalorian” score and character themes was to combine organic elements from recorders, pianos and guitars in different ways and infuse tech sounds with a cinematic orchestra. Göransson said, "Working on something so fresh and original as ‘The Mandalorian,’ I knew I had to compose something just as exciting. I wanted the score for each episode to be unique so I had to create a big sound world to draw inspiration from. I started my compositional journey away from the computer in the woods and at my small home studio playing live instruments such as recorders, piano and guitar. I took that material back into the computer and added tech elements to make the organic instruments take new shapes. Lastly, I added the cinematic sweep of an 70-piece orchestra to make my compositions breathe and come to life. Working with Jon and the entire team involved in the making of this series was incredibly humbling and collaborative. I’m so excited to share this soundtrack with fans around the world.”

“The Mandalorian” album titles and episode release dates follow:

The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 from #101- November 12 (season premiere)
The Mandalorian: Chapter 2 from #102- November 15
The Mandalorian: Chapter 3 from #103- November 22
The Mandalorian: Chapter 4 from #104- November 29
The Mandalorian: Chapter 5 from #105- December 6
The Mandalorian: Chapter 6 from #106- December 13
The Mandalorian: Chapter 7 from #107- December 18
The Mandalorian: Chapter 8 from #108- December 27 (season finale)

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "SERVANT" music by Trevor Gureckis


Lakeshore Records is set to release the soundtrack for Servant, a new Apple Original series from Academy Award-nominated director and executive producer M. Night Shyamalan, and created and executive produced by Tony Basgallop, which will premiere November 28th exclusively on Apple TV+. The soundtrack features music by composer Trevor Gureckis (The Goldfinch, Bloodline) and will be released exclusively on Apple Music on November 28th, followed by a digital release on iTunes January 3rd, and all other digital platforms on March 6, 2020. 

Beginning November 28th, the first three episodes of Servant will be available to watch exclusively on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions around the world. New episodes will continue to roll out weekly every Friday.

Servant is a new psychological thriller that follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

Says Gureckis: “The Servant’s musical sonic palate of clanging percussion, prepared piano, wailing bowed instruments, and detuned strings and winds came about from M. Night and I having the unified willingness to take the time to explore as many ideas as possible, in search of the right sound for the series. I started with a rather full orchestral concept but we soon realized that with the whole show taking place in a single house, almost like a play, it needed an intimate sound with small objects. As the series progresses, existential threats develop and likewise the score expands. Hearing one of the early tracks like ‘Welcome’ or ‘Monitor’ with its austere brutalism and then the textural complexity of the final track 'The Servant,’ will give you a sense of the journey we go through within these 10 episodes.”

Apple TV+ is now available in over 100 countries and regions, and is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for just $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.
Trevor Gureckis is an award-winning composer and producer based in NYC. His work spans film, pop and concert genres. His music often draws on his production experience and classical background, fusing electronics and live instruments in unique ways.

Trevor recently scored the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch, directed by John Crowley. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  The score was critically acclaimed; described as "exceptionally fresh and disarmingly different" by The Hollywood Reporter, "stunning" by Paste Magazine, and "elegant as a work of art" by PopSugar.

He is currently scoring Neil Burger’s latest film Voyagers, to be released by Lionsgate. Other notable works include; the Blumhouse thriller Bloodline, HBO’s Vice: Raised by the System, and the EPIX's documentary Election Day. In April, Trevor’s solo album of instrumental and electronic music entitled ‘Corte’ was released on SUPERTRAIN Records.

He produced the electro-pop band My Great Ghost which is featured on the Philip Glass remix album ‘REWORK_’ along with Beck, Cornelius, and Amon Tobin. He has also done remixes and arrangements for artists like Niia, Mr Little Jeans, Mark Ronson and more.

Trevor is a co-owner and ECD of Found Objects, an NYC based artist collective.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "LITTLE WOMEN" music by Alexandre Desplat


Sony Music today releases a new track from the forthcoming LITTLE WOMEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) by Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY® Award-winning composer ALEXANDRE DESPLAT – listen to “Plumfield” here.  Recorded in New York City under the leadership of Desplat, who conducted a chamber orchestra to perform his original compositions, the score will be available in digital, CD and vinyl formats beginning Friday, December 13 – preorder now.  Written for the screen and directed by Greta Gerwig, Sony Pictures’ Little Women will make its highly-anticipated theatrical debut on Wednesday, December 25. 

Of the soundtrack, composer Alexandre Desplat says, “To capture the life of these four young girls on their path to adulthood, I have called in the four hands of two pianists. They are surrounded by a chamber orchestra, which keeps us in the intimate world of these ‘little women.’  We recorded the score in New York City with the most wonderful musicians whose musicality and virtuosity went beyond my expectations.”

“Working with him has been a dream,” adds Greta Gerwig of working with Desplat on the score.  “From the first sketches he sent me to listening to him record the glorious score with an orchestra in New York, every step of the process has been a joy. He has taught me how to work with a composer: how to listen, how to give notes, how to wait for it to develop, how to step away, how to dive in. I am a better filmmaker for having worked with him, and I sincerely hope that it is not the last time.”

“For Little Women, Greta envisioned a musical without lyrics. From the beginning, Alexandre had to be the musical voice of the film,” says Spring Aspers, President of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, Music. "The resulting score is both dynamic and intimate making it the perfect complement to this exquisite retelling. I can’t wait for audiences to come together to experience this film.”

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.  In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms --  is both timeless and timely.  Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music/Masterworks: "THE TURNING"


KRO Records / Sony Music Masterworks today announce the January 24 release of the official soundtrack for THE TURNING (DreamWorks Pictures).  Produced by Los Angeles singer/songwriter Lawrence Rothman and producer Yves Rothman, the soundtrack features a dumbfounding amount of revered artists, including Courtney Love, Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Empress Of, Vagabon, Warpaint, Cherry Glazerr, Kali Uchis, Alice Glass, girl in red, MUNA, The Aubreys (Finn Wolfhard’s new band) and more (full tracklisting below). Directed by Floria Sigismondi (The Runaways, Handmaid’s Tale) and starring Finn Wolfhard, Mackenzie Davis and Brooklynn Prince, the film will be released in theaters on January 24.

Of the track, Courtney Love says, “I read ‘The Turn of the Screw’ as a kid, so it’s a genuine privilege to have had the opportunity to work with the genius that is Floria Sigismondi and Lawrence Rothman on this soundtrack – especially as I’m alongside so many other fantastic female artists I respect. I’ve long admired her work, particularly The Runaways and the Marilyn Manson videos. Floria and Lawrence had a clear vision on what they wanted to achieve and it was an honor to be invited into their studio and to become a part of it.”

To help create a completely original soundtrack, Lawrence Rothman called in producer Yves Rothman and they went on to approach all their favorite artists and things fell into place. The majority of the soundtrack was written and recorded at Lawrence’s Los Angeles studio, House of Lux.

Lawrence Rothman explains, “We were both inspired by the classic 90’s soundtracks – Romeo and Juliet, Lost Highway, The Crow, the sessions were chaotic and inspired, it was a fever dream for months. Yves and I are beyond ecstatic to have worked with so many of our favorite artists.”  Lawrence too had a strong connection to the short story that inspired the movie, adding, “‘The Turn of the Screw’ was a seminal piece of literature for me when I was a teen, so when Floria Sigismondi approached me to produce all new and original music for her film, curated like the classic 90s soundtracks, it was a dream come true. I had just started my new record label KRO Records with Yves Rothman and Justin Raisen. I already had a compilation project much like the soundtrack in the works with multiple artists, so the timing was serendipitous.

Sony Music: "A HIDDEN LIFE" music by James Newton Howard


Sony Music announces the release of A HIDDEN LIFE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by GRAMMY® and EMMY®-award winning composer, conductor and producer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (The Dark Knight, Blood Diamond, I Am Legend).  Available Friday, December 6, the album features music from the Terrence Malick-directed film, which makes its theatrical debut Friday, December 13 via Fox Searchlight.

Of the soundtrack, composer JAMES NEWTON HOWARD says, “A Hidden Life is a deeply affecting, meditative, and relevant story about love and the moral struggle between a conscientious objector and his wife in a small village in Austria during World War II. The emotional complexity Terrence Malick explores in the film provided a moving and artistically inspiring canvas on which to work. I am deeply grateful to have been able to work again with the extraordinary violinist and my dear friend, James Ehnes, whose profound musicianship transformed each piece that he played on. I would also like to thank Andrew Armstrong for his intimate and beautiful work with all the solo piano on the album.”

Based on real events, from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

James Newton Howard is an eight time Oscar nominee and one of the industry’s most versatile and in-demand composers. Credited with over 140 motion picture and television scores, Howard’s success reflects the experiences of a rich musical past. Beginning his classical training as a pianist at age four, it was his early work in the pop/rock arena that allowed him to hone his talents as a musician, arranger, songwriter and producer with some of pop’s biggest names including Elton John, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Chicago, Toto and Chaka Khan among many others. When he was offered his first film, Head Office in 1985, he knew he had found his calling. Howard’s long list of credits include both Fantastic Beasts films, all four installments of The Hunger Games, Maleficent, The Dark Knight (for which he won the 2009 Grammy Award along with Hans Zimmer), I Am Legend, Blood Diamond, King Kong, Batman Begins, Signs, The Sixth Sense and Pretty Woman.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE" 2LP SET


Music.Film Recordings has announced that the Netflix Original Series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, will get a special album release on vinyl. Fans of The Jim Henson Company’s fantasy series can purchase a 2-LP set in a gatefold jacket, which includes highlights from both the Volume 1 soundtrack, featuring music by composer Daniel Pemberton, and Volume 2 soundtrack with melodies by Pemberton and Samuel Sim, across four sides. The vinyl album is now available for pre-order and releases on February 7th, 2020.

Critical reception for the series has been immensely positive, especially for the original music.  Consequence of Sound reviews how “Pemberton and Sim craft a dark, Celtic-inspired score that … fits the show’s more intricate emotional grace notes.” Collider adds how “composers Daniel Pemberton and Samuel Sim do a bang-up job of establishing atmosphere and mood in a dynamic way.”

Daniel Pemberton remarks how “one of the biggest challenges was trying to create themes that could all work together with one another across so many overlapping stories. So many different characters, places, emotions. It was important to have music that highlighted the differences but could also bring them together.”  He then continues, “The world Jim Henson created all that time ago feels unlike anything else and it has been such an honor to be a part of that story. It has been an immense amount of work - we created just under 8 hours of music for the entire series over almost two years - but such a privilege to work alongside such an immense array of talents and be a part of something so wonderfully unique and special as this new story from The Dark Crystal.”

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is now streaming only on Netflix.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra, with an all new adventure. When three young Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

ABOUT DANIEL PEMBERTON... He is a multi-Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA Award-nominated composer who has been regularly cited as one of the most exciting and original new voices working in modern film scoring today. Constantly working with some of the most renowned names in the industry, Pemberton has already scored projects for the likes of Danny Boyle (Yesterday, Steve Jobs), Ridley Scott (All The Money In The World, The Counsellor), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Darren Aronofsky (One Strange Rock) and Guy Ritchie (The Man From UNCLE, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). Pemberton’s most recent project is the mystery adventure TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which is now available on Netflix.

His bold writing and unusual and innovative arrangements on scores for movies has seen the soundtracks constantly singled out for critical acclaim whether they are studio films such as such as the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Oceans 8 or smaller independent features such as the Cannes Palm D’Or nominee Mal De Pierres or the feature Motherless Brooklyn from director Edward Norton. 

He has received Golden Globe nominations for his mix of opera and electronics in the score to Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs as well as one for Best Original Song – performed and co-written by Iggy Pop - for the Stephen Gaghan film Gold. He was recently nominated for an Emmy for his work on the groundbreaking ‘USS Callister’ episode of ‘Black Mirror’ for Netflix, and was previously honored as Discovery of The Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2014 and nominated as Composer Of The Year in 2016.

ABOUT SAMUEL SIM... BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning composer Samuel Sim is widely considered to be one of the most exceptional musical talents of his generation. Early in his career, Samuel quickly stood out from the crowd with his award-winning score for the BBC’s Dunkirk. A whirlwind success followed which soon saw him composing for the Hollywood feature film Awake for the Weinstein Company.

Samuel’s most recent projects include two major upcoming series: 10-part Netflix drama The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance (co-scored with Daniel Pemberton) and The Spanish Princess for New Pictures, four ITV feature films based on Georges Simoneson’s Maigret novels starring Rowan Atkinson, ITV and Left Bank Pictures’ major eight-part drama The Halcyon, BBC’s dark and gritty drama Paula directed by Alex Holmes and ITV’s hugely successful Homefires.

Other recent projects include C4’s drama The Mill (for which Sam’s score received an Ivor Novello nomination), ITV’s Chasing Shadows, and the Charlie Brooker/Daniel Maier comedy creation Touch Of Cloth. He also composed a wonderfully evocative score for the riveting Stop At Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

VARESE SARABANDE and FYE... Brings Out All New VINYL!


Varèse Sarabande Records announces the release of four exclusive vinyl color variants to some of their most famous soundtracks in a partnership with FYE. Available today at FYE stores and online is The Goonies – Original Motion Picture Score from composer Dave Grusin. The LP’s, which are pressed on canary yellow vinyl matched from The Goonies signature logo, are limited to 1000 copies. Releasing over the next month and available now for pre-order on FYE.com are:

Nov 8: The Crow – Original Motion Picture Score on Black/White Warpaint vinyl, (500 pieces)

Nov 22: The Star Wars Trilogy on either Red, Green or Blue Lightsaber vinyl (500 of each, 1500 total)

Nov 22: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure – Original Motion Picture Score on Red/White Swirl vinyl (500 pieces)

THE GOONIES... From the imagination of Steven Spielberg and propelled by David Grusin’s score, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling surprise-around-every corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys…and a mild- mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.

Dave Grusin has won an Academy Award along with multiple Grammys and is the founder of GRP records. Grusin’s lasting musical imprint in film comes from composing memorable scores for The Graduate, On Golden Pond, Tootsie?and The Goonies. In 1988, he won the Oscar?for best original score for The Milagro Beanfield War.  

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THE CROW... The Crow is one of Graeme Revell's most iconic scores. A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However, their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante's invincibility. Revell’s score is chilling, beautiful and elegant.

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THE STAR WARS TRILOGY... The Star Wars Trilogy is one of the best-selling albums ever released by Varèse Sarabande Records, selling almost 500,000 albums since its 1983 release. Officially endorsed by Lucasfilm and composer John Williams, the outer packaging contains actual stills from each of the three original Star Wars films and a personal letter from John Williams on the back of the album.

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PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE... In 1985, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Elfman was apprehensive at first, because of his lack of formal training, but with orchestration assistance from Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek, he achieved his goal of emulating the mood of such composers as Nino Rota and Bernard Hermann.

Danny Elfman is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Elfman first became known for being the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo from 1974 to 1995. He is well known for scoring films and television shows, particularly his frequent collaborations with director Tim Burton with their latest project being Dumbo. Among his many notable projects are the scores of all the 50 Shades film, The Simpsons theme song, The original Spiderman and Batman film series scores and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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ABOUT VARÈSE SARABANDE RECORDS
Founded in 1978, Varèse Sarabande is the most prolific producer of film music in the world, releasing the highest quality soundtracks from the world’s greatest composers. From current box office hits and top television series to the classics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Varèse Sarabande’s catalog includes albums from practically every composer in every era, covering all of film history; from Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith to Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino and Brian Tyler. Varèse Sarabande is a part of Concord.

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Vinyl from Varese is always top notch, gotta remember... they started with the LP's and it has come back .
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "THE MANDALORIAN: CHAPTER 3" music by Ludwig Göransson

 
Walt Disney Records releases the digital soundtrack from “The Mandalorian,” Lucasfilm’s first-ever, live-action series, streaming exclusively on Disney+. The Mandalorian: Chapter 3 digital album features score by Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Creed) and is available HERE.
 
The Swedish-born composer’s approach to “The Mandalorian” score and character themes was to combine organic elements from recorders, pianos and guitars in different ways and infuse tech sounds with a cinematic orchestra. Göransson said, "Working on something so fresh and original as ‘The Mandalorian,’ I knew I had to compose something just as exciting. I wanted the score for each episode to be unique so I had to create a big sound world to draw inspiration from. I started my compositional journey away from the computer in the woods and at my small home studio playing live instruments such as recorders, piano and guitar. I took that material back into the computer and added tech elements to make the organic instruments take new shapes. Lastly, I added the cinematic sweep of an 70-piece orchestra to make my compositions breathe and come to life. Working with Jon and the entire team involved in the making of this series was incredibly humbling and collaborative. I’m so excited to share this soundtrack with fans around the world.” 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "THE TWO POPES" (NETFLIX FILM) music by Bryce Dessner


Milan Records announces the December 6 release of THE TWO POPES (MUSIC FROM THE NETFLIX FILM) by composer, guitarist, arranger and co-principal songwriter of The National BRYCE DESSNER.  Available for preorder now, the soundtrack features music written by Dessner for Netflix’s forthcoming film starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, which makes its US theatrical debut Wednesday, November 27 and will be available on Netflix beginning Friday, December 20.  Making its debut yesterday via Rolling Stone and available now alongside preorder is a new track from the album entitled “Pope Francis” – listen here.

From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God, and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.  Produced by Dan Lin, Jonathan Eirich, and Tracey Seaward. *Inspired by true events

ABOUT BRYCE DESSNER.. is a vital and rare force in new music. He has won Grammy Awards as a classical composer and with the band The National, of which he is founding member, guitarist, arranger and co-principal song-writer. He is commissioned to write for the world’s leading ensembles, from Orchestre de Paris to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Meanwhile he is a high-profile presence in film score composition, with credits including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant - for which he was Grammy and Golden Globe nominated. The breadth and level of Dessner’s creative output is remarkable.

Dessner collaborates with some of today’s most creative and respected artists, including Philip Glass, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Johnny Greenwood, Bon Iver, Kelley O’Connor, Nico Muhly and Steve Reich, who named Dessner “a major voice of his generation.” His orchestrations can be heard on the new albums of Paul Simon and Bon Iver.

Bryce Dessner was named one of a collective of eight "extraordinary artists, thinkers and doers" to help steer the artistic leadership of Esa-Pekka Salonen as San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director from September 2020.

Recent major works include Concerto for Two Pianos for Katia and Marielle Labèque, premiered by London Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon; Voy a Dormir for Kelley O’Connor and St. Luke’s Orchestra; Skrik Trio for Steve Reich and Carnegie Hall; the ballet No Tomorrow co-written with Ragnar Kjartansson; and Wires for Ensemble Intercontemporain. In 2019, Gautier Capuçon premiered a new work by Dessner commissioned by Fondation Louis Vuitton, and Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered Triptych (Eyes for One on Another), a major theatre piece integrating the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe. New York’s Metropolitan Museum featured a song by Dessner in one of its first contemporary installations. Further film score credits include The Kitchen for Warner Bros. (2019) as well as The Two Popes by Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (2019).

Dessner’s albums include St. Carolyn by the Sea on Deutsche Grammophon; Aheym commissioned by Kronos Quartet; Tenebre performed by Ensemble Resonanz (2019); plus When we are inhuman by Dessner, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Eighth Blackbird (2019).

Dessner is active as a curator and is regularly requested to programme festivals and residencies around the world, such as at Barbican, Philharmonie de Paris and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. He co-founded and curates the festivals MusicNOW in Cincinnati, HAVEN in Copenhagen, Sounds from a Safe Harbour and PEOPLE.

Dessner is principal songwriter for The National with his brother Aaron, in collaboration with singer/lyricist Matthew Berninger. In spring 2019 the band released its latest album, I am Easy to Find. Bryce Dessner lives in Paris.

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Milan Records: "PROXIMA" music by RYUICHI SAKAMOTO


Milan Records today releases PROXIMA (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by Academy Award-, Golden Globe- and GRAMMY-Award winning composer and musician RYUICHI SAKAMOTO.  Available everywhere now, the album features music from the French film directed by Alice Winocour, which made its award-winning debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Proxima tells the story of Sarah, a French astronaut training at the European Space Agency in Cologne. She is the only woman in the arduous program. She lives alone with Stella, her seven-year-old daughter. Sarah feels guilty about not being able to spend more time with her child. Her love is overpowering, unsettling. When Sarah is chosen to join the crew of a year-long space mission called Proxima, it creates chaos in the mother-daughter relationship.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "THE DRAGON PRINCE" SEASON 3 music by Frederik Wiedmann


Lakeshore Records is pleased to announce the release of the Season 3 soundtrack to the Netflix Original Series The Dragon Prince composed by Frederik Wiedmann (Batman: Hush, Green Lantern: The Animated Series).  The Dragon Prince is an original animated series produced by Wonderstorm for Netflix. The first two seasons were both critically acclaimed, and each received perfect scores of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans of every age have embraced the series for its deep world-building, dynamic and representative characters, as well as an engaging storyline full of magic, intense action, and unpredictable twists and turns. Lakeshore Records will release The Dragon Prince Season 3 – A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack digitally on November 22. The Dragon Prince Season 3 premieres on Netflix November 22nd.

The Dragon Prince Season 3 continues the stories of aspiring mage Callum, crown prince Ezran, the Moonshadow Elf assassin Rayla, and Zym – the infant sky dragon and titular “Dragon Prince.” Having been split apart after the huge events of Season 2, the young heroes continue their separate journeys: Ezran returning to Katolis to assume the throne, and Callum and Rayla taking Zym deeper into the unknown wilds of Xadia. The Dragon Prince is co-created and led by the visionary team of Aaron Ehasz (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Justin Richmond (Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception).

Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond were ecstatic about collaborating with Frederik Wiedmann for Season 3 praising, “Without question Freddie’s epic and emotional score is what elevates the Dragon Prince storytelling into something that soars and swells our hearts.”

For Season 3, in approaching how best to build upon the story arcs and emotional threads of the first two chapters of The Dragon Prince, Frederik Wiedmann said, "The third season of The Dragon Prince offered an amazing opportunity to work with all of our established themes for the characters from Seasons 1 & 2, to take them further, and also to expand them into new ideas as this incredible story continues to unfold. We pushed hard to really dig deep into all the emotional threads in Season 3, as well as amplify the imminent threat and impending darkness that our heroes face during their quest. Once again, we put our best foot forward and recorded a beautiful orchestra for some of the most pivotal scenes in this season to deliver the most emotional impact possible. We also feature again the amazingly unique solo instrumentalists that we introduced in the first two seasons. It was difficult for us to narrow down which tracks deserve to be on the soundtrack, so we decided to make the Season 3 soundtrack a full 1 hour and 40 minutes of music. We hope the fans will enjoy it!”

It's amazing... get this and the first two releases [LISTEN TO THIS: CLICK HERE]
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "THE CROWN (NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES)" Season 3 music by MARTIN PHIPPS


Sony Music today releases THE CROWN (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES) with music by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer MARTIN PHIPPS (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders).  Available everywhere now, the album features music from the third season of the critically-acclaimed Original Series, which is available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

Of the soundtrack, composer MARTIN PHIPPS says, “It was a great honour to pick up the musical reigns on this pitch-perfect show, and so rewarding to collaborate with Peter Morgan and the team of directors. The genius of The Crown is its ability to find the human stories inside the heightened world of the monarchy. In Season 3 we tried to connect the score less with the grandeur and pomp of our characters surroundings, and more with the emotion of their personal journeys. This translated, musically, into a shift away from thick, pulsing orchestral textures, and more towards minimal, singular sounds. The score still needed to have depth and gravitas though, and I hope we feel the suppressed power of the establishment lurking beneath these more personal melodies.”

The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain. From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age – the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s – Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world. Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.  The Crown is produced by Left Bank Pictures, in association with Sony Pictures Television, for Netflix.  Season 3 released globally on November 17, 2019.

ABOUT MARTIN PHIPPS... Coming from a musical background (he is Benjamin Britten’s godson), Martin read drama at Manchester University. Fortunately for the acting profession, he decided to concentrate his energies on writing music. Since scoring his first TV drama, Eureka Street, in 2002, he has won 2 BAFTAs and 5 Ivor Novello Awards, and gone on to write music for many of the most interesting series of recent years, including the BBC's War and Peace, Hugo Blick’s Black Earth Rising, Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror. Martin most recently scored season 3 of the Left Bank Pictures/Netflix series, The Crown.

Having recently moved into film, Martin’s credits include the Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds movie Woman In Gold (scored with Hans Zimmer), Fox Searchlight’s The Aftermath, starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård, Harry Brown and Brighton Rock.

Martin recently set up Mearl, a project to facilitate collaborating with other artists and composers, as well as a platform for developing his own material. Peaky Blinders was the first soundtrack written under this name, scored with a band of musicians from Radiohead’s new Laundry Studios in London Fields. Two recent feature films were also written under this title.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "You Let Me In" written by Camilla Bruce


You Let Me In delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects with the otherworldly thrills of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Cassandra Tipp is dead...or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy--everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie's infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body--just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript. Then again, there are enough bodies in her past--her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.  Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story--but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods--and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare...

CAMILLA BRUCE is a Norwegian writer and sometimes editor, passionate about storytelling, coffee and cats. Her debut novel with Tor is coming out in 2020.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Gravitas Ventures... SANTA FAKE [DVD]


A classic Christmas movie full of holiday music, sentimental romance, family-friendly comedy, and colorful holiday spirit, SANTA FAKE brings holiday cheer with top-notch musical numbers and brilliant performances by a delightful cast that will enchant the whole family.

Pat Keeley (Damian McGinty, “Glee;” Celtic Thunder), an undocumented Northern Irish immigrant has made his way to NYC where he is taken in, unwittingly, by a crime boss (John Rhys-Davies). Asked to deliver two mysterious briefcases, nai¨ve Pat in a panic ends up in the wrong destination: Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe gives him a home and a job as the shopping mall Santa Claus, allowing him to hide in plain sight from both the authorities and the gangsters he is trying to evade. As Pat gets wrapped up deeper into the spirit of Christmas and his role as Santa Claus, he finds that the phony white beard and big red suit are more than just a handy disguise, but instead his real destiny.
 


SANTA FAKE features an all-star cast including Damian McGinty (“Glee;” Celtic Thunder), Heather Morris (“Glee”), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones), Judd Nelson (“Empire;” The Breakfast Club; St. Elmo’s Fire), Jeff Fahey (“Lost;” Alita: Battle Angel, Machete), Tony Amendola (The Legend of Zorro; “Stargate;” Blow; Annabelle), Gary Farmer (Dead Man; “Longmire;” “The Red Road”), Soledad Saint Hilaire (Real Women Have Curves; Ocean’s Thirteen), and Pancho Moler (“Ray Donovan;” “American Horror Story”).

Also on its way in Santa’s sleigh, as companions to the film, are the EP “Songs of SANTA FAKE” by Damian McGinty, “SANTA FAKE: The Movie Soundtrack,” and the children’s picture book: SANTA FAKE: You Are Never Alone at Christmas, which will be available in e-book and print.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

RLJ Entertainment... MARY [DVD/BLU-RAY]


RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, will release MARY on November 26, 2019 on DVD and Blu-ray. MARY stars Academy Award winner Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour, The Dark Knight), Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns, Lars and the Real Girl), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Murder on the Orient Express, The Magnificent Seven), Stefanie Scott (Beautiful Boy, Insidious: Chapter 3), Chloe Perrin (“Single Parents,” The Diabolical), Douglas Urbanski (RoboCop, The Social Network), with Jennifer Esposito (“The Boys,” “NCIS”) and Owen Teague (It, It Chapter 2). The film was directed by Michael Goi (“American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens”) and was written by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows, “Kristy”). RLJE Films will release MARY on DVD  and Blu-ray.


In MARY, David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea. [TRAILER, CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]