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]

JETHRO TULL: STORMWATCH 40th ANNIVERSARY - FORCE 10 EDITION [4CD/2DVD]


Jethro Tull released Stormwatch in September 1979, completing a folk-rock trilogy the band started with Songs from the Wood in 1977 and continued the following year with Heavy Horses. Certified gold in the U.S., Stormwatch was also the final album to feature the classic late-1970s Jethro Tull lineup, which included Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, John Glascock, John Evan, David (now Dee) Palmer and Barriemore Barlow.

To celebrate the album’s upcoming anniversary, Rhino will release STORMWATCH: 40th ANNIVERSARY FORCE 10 EDITION. This new 4CD/2DVD set will be available on October 11.

Highlights include:

-Original album and associated recordings newly remixed by Steven Wilson
-Full concert from the Netherlands recorded in March 1980
-Original album and 13 associated recordings mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital
-Flat transfer of the original 1979 mix at 96/24 LPCM stereo
-15 associated recordings mixed to 96/24 LPCM stereo and five original mixes at 96/24 LPCM stereo
-Presented in a case-bound DVD book filled with an extensive history of the album, track-by-track annotations by Anderson and Palmer, rare photographs and more

The recording sessions for Stormwatch stretched from August 1978 to July 1979 as the album’s ecological and maritime themes slowly came into focus on songs like “North Sea Oil” and “Flying Dutchman.” The band recorded several tracks that were left off the album because they didn’t fit the theme. Many of those can be found on the second disc of this set, including “Man Of God,” “Crossword,” “Kelpie” and “The Lyricon Blues.” In addition to those outtakes, the disc also features early versions of the album tracks “Dark Ages” and “Dun Ringill.”

STORMWATCH: 40th ANNIVERSARY FORCE 10 EDITION also includes a previously unreleased recording of Jethro Tull’s concert at Congreßgebouw in the Netherlands on March 16, 1980. The career-spanning performance mixed new Stormwatch tracks (“Something’s On The Move,” “Home” and “Elegy”) with older hits, like “Locomotive Breath,” “Aqualung,” “Thick As A Brick” and “Minstrel In The Gallery.”

STORMWATCH: 40th ANNIVERSARY FORCE 10 EDITION concludes with two audio-only DVDs that feature various mixes of the original album along with the associated recordings featured in this set.

Stormwatch marked the end of an era for Jethro Tull. Due to his deteriorating health, bassist John Glascock missed most of the sessions for the album and only appears on three of its songs (“Flying Dutchman,” “Orion” and “Elegy.”) Tragically, Glascock died shortly after the album was released. The lineup changed even more following the tour to promote the album as Barlow, Evan and Palmer left the group.

Disc One: Steven Wilson Remix of Original Album
Disc Two: Associated Recordings
Disc Three: Live in the Netherlands (March 16. 1980) [Previously Unreleased]
Disc Four: Live in the Netherlands (March 16. 1980) [Previously Unreleased]

DVD One: Audio Only
-Stormwatch mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital
-Flat transfer of the original 1979 mix at 96/24 LPCM stereo

DVD Two: Audio Only
-Contains 13 associated recordings mixed to 5.1 DTS and AC3 Dolby Digital
-15 associated recordings mixed to 96/24 LPCM stereo
-Five original mixes at 96/24 LPCM stereo
 
Christmas came early.... this is AWESOME!
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "THE MANDALORIAN" 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+ today. The Mandalorian: Chapter 1 digital album features score by Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther, Creed) and is available.  The release will be followed by The Mandalorian: Chapter 2 digital album available on November 15, with subsequent weekly releases for each episode of the series.


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)


About Ludwig Göransson ... In a career spanning only 10 years, Ludwig Göransson has amassed an impressive resume in both the recording and motion picture industries, earning an Academy Award, multiple Grammy Awards and countless other nominations. After working as an assistant to composer Theodore Shapiro (Destroyer, Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Dodgeball), Göransson got his first big break writing music for the NBC television series, Community. This led to a friendship and collaboration with Donald Glover, who performs under the stage name Childish Gambino, on several studio albums including Because the Internet and Awaken, My Love. Göransson has been nominated for six Grammys with Childish Gambino, and won two this year for the Billboard Hot 100 Number One hit song “This Is America,” which became a cultural phenomenon and garnered world-wide acclaim. 
 
While pursuing his masters degree in film scoring at USC, Göransson met his other longtime collaborator, director Ryan Coogler, when he scored his short film, Locks. Over the next nine years, Göransson would score all three of Coogler’s feature films. Much like iconic filmmaking duos Hitchcock and Herrmann or Spielberg and Williams, Coogler’s diverse filmography has allowed Göransson to show his range as a composer, writing understated melodies for Fruitvale Station, hyping up audiences for Creed, and infusing African percussion into his themes for Black Panther.  
 
Göransson has accumulated success in a variety of other films including the box office smash Venom and Pixar’s Inner Workings. In 2018, Göransson earned multiple awards and nominations for his score for Black Panther including a Golden Globe nomination, Grammy Award and Academy Award for Best Original Score. 
 
Göransson is also working on the score for Christopher Nolan’s Tenent out July 17, 2020 and co-producing songs for DreamWorks’ Trolls World Tour, sequel to the popular animated film Trolls out April 17, 2020, alongside Justin Timberlake.

About “The Mandalorian”... After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe.  “The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.  

“The Mandalorian,” is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Star Wars Rebels”) directing the first chapter and fifth chapter and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (“Jessica Jones”), Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope)”, Bryce Dallas Howard (“Solemates”) and Taika Waititi (“Thor: Ragnarok”). ”The Mandalorian” stars Pedro Pascal (“Narcos”) in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, alongside Gina Carano (“Deadpool”), Carl Weathers (“Predator”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), Emily Swallow (“Supernatural”), Omid Abtahi (“American Gods”), Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man”), and Nick Nolte (“Warrior”). 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Hollywood Records: "WE HAVE TO GO BACK: THE LOST CONCERT" music by Michael Giacchino


Hollywood Records is pleased to present a live recording of Michael Giacchino's concert performance of his music for the hit television show LOST, in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the show's premiere.  The digital album is available today at streaming services and the Mondo/Hollywood Records vinyl version, We Have To Go Back: The Lost Concert (LIVE) 3XLP, is available at MondoTees.com.  The vinyl was mastered by Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering and is pressed on 3X 180 gram colored vinyl (SRP $50).

Recorded live in Dublin, Ireland in the summer of 2019, Michael Giacchino conducted a performance by the world renowned RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, playing 18 selections from six seasons of music from LOST.

The vinyl album features liner notes by showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, composer Giacchino, and writer Tim Grieving.

From the liner notes, Cuse and Lindelof said, “In the scripts, we would simply write — ‘The Giacchino kicks in.’ Our not so subtle way of saying it was time for emotion. Fear. Excitement. Anger. Love. All the things that are difficult to describe with words. And so, Michael went to work, adding his magic and indelible creative mark to the show. What Michael did was nothing short of alchemy.  His music didn't just elevate LOST, it came to define it.”

Giacchino said, “LOST ended up being one of the purest versions of me musically. I was able to explore divergent feelings; there were moments of madness and fear, tempered by hope and peace. I was able to play with both melodic and atonal sounds, reacting to the characters that I had grown to love with all their flaws over the six seasons of the show.  As we recorded the episodes week to week, it became quite clear that we were part of an extraordinary global experience. This winding journey of redemption and new beginnings had touched people all over the world.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "LADY AND THE TRAMP" music by Joseph Trapanese


Walt Disney Records releases the digital soundtrack to “Lady and the Tramp,” the Disney+ original new movie available today. The album features new versions of classics such as “Bella Notte” and “He’s a Tramp,” the latter performed by multi-talented actress, singer and songwriter Janelle Monáe. The score was composed and executive produced by composer Joseph Trapanese (“The Greatest Showman,” “TRON: Legacy”).”

Filmmakers brought on composer Trapanese to create an original score that felt both nostalgic and contemporary at the same time. The music goes deeper into the time period and the beginning of jazz.  Trapanese said, “It is a true honor to be entrusted with the musical legacy of Disney's Lady and the Tramp. Charlie Bean and I worked diligently to celebrate the original film by maintaining the spirit of the classic songs, while being unafraid to explore the benefits of modern production and scoring to create an updated musical identity for today. The early 20th century American setting inspired us to incorporate Traditional New Orleans music and Americana into the fabric of the film. Alongside the artistry of Janelle Monae, trumpet soloist Nicholas Payton, and our 125-piece Hollywood orchestra, band, and choir, we aimed to create a signature sound for this generation's Lady and the Tramp that we hope will excite audiences for generations to come.”

Janelle Monáe performs one of the animated film’s most iconic songs (written and originally performed by Peggy Lee), “He’s a Tramp.” Another classic song from the film, “Bella Notte,” is performed this time around by F. Murray Abraham and Arturo Castro, as Tony and Joe, respectively.

Kiersey Clemons sings the lullaby “La La Lu,” as well as another track entitled “Peace on Earth.” “Jim Dear and Darling compose music together, and the idea is that they wrote the lullaby for their baby,” says Clemons. “There’s always music going on in their home; you hear them singing as a family and it’s really sweet.”

New songs include “That’s Enough,” also performed by Monáe, and “What a Shame,” written and performed by Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Roman GianArthur. Wonder and GianArthur—of Wondaland Productions, Monáe’s creative team—also wrote and produced “That’s Enough,” and produced and provided background vocals for “He’s a Tramp.”

The “Lady and the Tramp” digital soundtrack is available here.  For more information on Walt Disney Records releases, follow us at Facebook.com/Disney, Instagram/disneymusic, Twitter.com/disneymusic and our Disney Hits Playlist at http://disneymusic.co/DisneyHits.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: FROZEN 2 [VINYL] or DIGITAL DELUXE!


Walt Disney Animation Studios’ feature film “Frozen 2” features a stunning soundtrack, including original songs from Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, original score by Grammy nominee Christophe Beck, and end-credit artists Panic! At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves and Weezer.

The “Frozen 2” physical album, “Frozen 2” vinyl cast songs soundtrack and “Frozen 2” digital deluxe soundtrack including Christophe Beck’s score, from Walt Disney Records is out today and available HERE.  “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22.

The Academy Award®-winning team behind “Frozen” is back: “Frozen 2” is directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee; Peter Del Vecho produces, and Lee penned the screenplay with story by Lee, Buck, Marc Smith, Anderson-Lopez and Lopez. “The music of the Lopezes and Christophe Beck are part of the DNA of ‘Frozen,’” said Buck. “We couldn't imagine building ‘Frozen 2’ without them. They bring such a rich, emotional understanding of the world and characters, and through their incredible music we have been able to really deepen and expand the story.”

“The songs and score of ‘Frozen 2’ reflect the growth of the characters and the deepening of their story,” added Lee, who also serves as chief creative officer at WDAS. “The music is fun but emotional, personal yet powerful, intimate but also epic. Kristen, Bobby and Christophe have definitely outdone themselves and taken the music to brave new heights.”

ORIGINAL SONGS BY KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ & ROBERT LOPEZ
Seven all-new original songs were written for “Frozen 2.” “From the beginning of our collaboration with Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, everything we’ve created has come from big questions—what is the story that we all as artists, individually and collectively, need to tell?” said Anderson-Lopez. “Bobby and I approach the story through the lens of which moments of our story lead to big emotions—feelings so strong our characters can no longer talk but need to sing.”

Added Lopez, “Our tradition of songwriting comes from the world of musical theater, where songs must always forward the story in a fresh and surprising way. Every song has to take a character on a journey.”

The “Frozen 2” digital and physical track list follows. The vinyl soundtrack includes the first eight cast songs.

01.  “All is Found” – performed by Evan Rachel Wood
02.  “Some Things Never Change” – performed by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and    Jonathan Groff
03.  “Into the Unknown” – performed by Idina Menzel (featuring Norwegian singer AURORA)
04.  “When I Am Older” – performed by Josh Gad
05.  “Reindeer(s) are Better than People (Cont.)” – performed by Jonathan Groff
06.  “Lost in the Woods” – performed by Jonathan Groff
07.  “Show Yourself” – performed by Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood
08.   “The Next Right Thing” – performed by Kristen Bell
09.  “Into the Unknown” – performed by Panic! At The Disco (end credits)
10.  “All is Found” – performed by Kacey Musgraves (end credits)
11.  “Lost in the Woods” – performed by Weezer (end credits)

PANIC! AT THE DISCO, KACEY MUSGRAVES & WEEZER TAPPED FOR END CREDITS
According to executive music producer Tom MacDougall, who won a Grammy for the “Frozen” soundtrack, the “Frozen 2” soundtrack features a wide range of songs and an eclectic mix of artists performing the end credit versions. “While we can’t wait for the world to hear these songs, we feel like we got a sneak peek of how people will react with how quickly our end credits artists signed on,” he said. “Their excitement for this franchise and these songs is represented in their wildly creative takes on each of their versions.”


ORIGINAL SCORE COMPOSED BY CHRISTOPHE BECK... Beck, who’s behind the score for “Frozen,” returns to Arendelle for “Frozen 2.” He ensured a cohesive musical thread throughout the film, weaving elements from the original songs into the score. Beck once again utilized traditional Norwegian instruments to showcase the unique setting of the film—“magical, but rooted in real tradition”—as well as the Norwegian female choir Cantus, who were recorded in Norway. According to the composer, the new score reflects the evolution of the characters. “Similar to how Elsa and Anna have grown up since the last film, the new score has also matured and introduces more sophisticated musical concepts and thematic elements,” he said. “The story's emotional arc is more complex and intense than the first so I wanted the score's thematic concepts and instrumentation to follow suit. I enjoyed exploring extreme dynamic contrasts, harmonic complexity, intricate textures with vibrant colors, and hugely expressive melodic moments.”

“Frozen 2” is the follow-up to 2013’s “Frozen,” which is the highest grossing animated film of all time in worldwide box office. “Frozen” won an Academy Award® for best animated feature film of the year, and the film’s iconic song, “Let It Go,” with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, also won an Oscar® for best achievement in music written for motion picture, original song.

ABOUT “FROZEN 2”... Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll face a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019.

The Frozen 2 soundtrack is now available HERE. For more information on Walt Disney Records releases, follow us at Facebook.com/Disney, Instagram/disneymusic, Twitter.com/disneymusic
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "NOELLE" music by Clyde Lawrence and Cody Fitzgerald


Walt Disney Records releases the Noelle digital soundtrack, streaming exclusively on Disney+ today.  The album features score composed by Clyde Lawrence and Cody Fitzgerald.

For the “Noelle” score, writer-director Marc Lawrence chose to keep it within the family. His son Clyde wrote the score with his scoring partner, Cody Fitzgerald from the band Stolen Jars, making them two of the youngest composers to ever score a film for Disney. His daughter Gracie and Clyde’s band, Lawrence, wrote and perform two original songs on the soundtrack and perform an additional four songs.

“Cody and I come from different backgrounds, but we realized there was this through line of vulnerability, honesty, nostalgia, and warmth that we were both really passionate about,” says Clyde Lawrence. “That big breakthrough made us realize that we were great partners for film scoring and other collaborations.”

“Clyde and I really had a vision for the score, which is a combination of both of our styles: soul, pop and indie rock plus a hip-hop vibe,” says Fitzgerald. “Then mixing it with Disney and Christmas makes it turn into something that really feels right for the movie.”

 
In Disney+’s holiday comedy “Noelle,” Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit and holiday fun, but wishes she could do something “important” like her beloved brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away...but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas. The sudden disappearance of the new Santa (Bill Hader) leads to chaos in the North Pole, so Mrs. Kringle (Julie Hagerty) must step up to rein in the hi-tech replacement Santa, Cousin Gabe (Billy Eichner). Meanwhile, Noelle and Elf Polly (Shirley MacLaine), the family’s acerbic but good-hearted nanny, are down South on a search-and-recover mission, during which Noelle (Anna Kendrick) comes to realize she has much in common with her father and begins to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Written and directed by Marc Lawrence, “Noelle” stars Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty and Shirley MacLaine. The film is produced by Suzanne Todd with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer.
 
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, together, for the first time. From The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment, Disney+ is available on any internet-connected screen and offers ad-free programming with a variety of original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action and animated series and short-form content including series “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” and “Encore!” and films “Lady and the Tramp” and “Noelle.” Alongside unprecedented access to Disney’s incredible library of film and television entertainment and 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” in the U.S, the service is the exclusive streaming home for films released by The Walt Disney Studios in 2019 and beyond, including “Captain Marvel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Frozen 2,”and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Visit DisneyPlus.com to subscribe and/or learn more about the service.
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Fox Music/Hollywood Records: "Ford v Ferrari" releases "SCORE" and "ALBUM"


Fox Music/Hollywood Records releases the digital original motion picture soundtrack to Ford v Ferrari, directed by James Mangold (Logan, Walk the Line).  Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders composed the music for Ford v Ferrari, which was recorded at the legendary Capitol Records Studio in Hollywood.   The soundtrack includes three score cues alongside classic 1960’s tracks including “Money (That's What I Want)” by The Kingsmen, “Have Love Will Travel” by the Sonics and “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone. 

The album also includes “Polk Salad Annie (Ford v Ferrari Remix),” an exclusive remix by Grammy® Award-winning producer/mixer/writer David Sardy (The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Fall Out Boy) who worked from guitarist James Burton’s original multi-track tapes to create a riveting new mix of the guitar rock classic. The Ford v Ferrari soundtrack and score album are available today, as the film opens in U.S. theaters. 

Mangold originally collaborated with composer Beltrami and his "right-hand man," audio experimental producer Sanders on 3:10 to Yuma, for which Beltrami’s score received an Academy Award® nomination. The pair then reunited with Mangold on The Wolverine and Logan.  For Ford v Ferrari, Beltrami and Sanders shared scoring duties. Their original music was inspired by the energy and grit of 1960s garage bands, which led to the choice to record with a 15-piece band including 3 guitars, keyboards/piano, organ, bass, standup bass, drums, percussion and a horn section.



Beltrami and Sanders’ collaborations span a period of more than two decades’ worth of prestige films and genre classics. They have garnered a host of accolades including both receiving Academy Award nominations for their score on The Hurt Locker.  Additionally, Beltrami recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for A Quiet Place, which included sound design by Sanders. Their numerous projects together also include Resident Evil, The Homesman, I, Robot, Warm Bodies and World War Z, working with such acclaimed filmmakers as Tommy Lee Jones, Joon-ho Bong and Roland Joffé.

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in Ford v Ferrari, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.   Ford v Ferrari is directed by James Mangold with a screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller.  Producers are Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold. 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Lakeshore Records: "THE REPORT" music by David Wingo


Lakeshore Records announces the release of The Report—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack which is now available digitally. Composed by Emmy-nominated David Wingo (Barry, Midnight Special), the score is redolent with atmospheric electronics providing a subtly intense backdrop to the thriller. The Amazon Original, directed by Scott Z. Burns and starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm, is in select theaters today, November 15 and streaming on Amazon Prime Video November 29.

The Report is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public. The Report is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and features outstanding performances by a powerful cast led by Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm. Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, and Maura Tierney complete the powerful ensemble that brings this essential story to life.

Says Wingo: “In some ways, I feel like I'd been preparing my whole career to do the score for The Report. I've always been so drawn to the kind of tightly-wound investigative thrillers like All the President's Men and The Conversation, which this film feels like a descendant of, and the way David Shire's scores create an atmosphere of such claustrophobia, anxiety and nervous anticipation over what are essentially scenes of people talking and exchanging information, has always been such a subtly impressive and inspiring feat to me. Along with that, Cliff Martinez's work on Steven Soderbergh's films, including of course Contagion (which Scott Z. Burns wrote), have always provided a real guiding light for me in terms of his approach to composing non-traditional film music for these same kinds of intelligent, tightly-wound films. So, when I got the call about The Report and learned what the subject matter was, who was behind it, and saw a cut of the film – I really did feel like all the work I'd done led me to this point where hopefully, I had learned enough to be able to adequately write the kind of score for the type of film that has always been so important and inspiring to me both as a composer as well as a film-lover. I am endlessly thankful to Scott and the team for trusting me to provide the music for such an important and timely film as this. Having the opportunity to work on it with them was most certainly a creative and career highlight up to this point for me.” 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "21 BRIDGES" music by HENRY JACKMAN and ALEX BELCHER


Sony Music announces the release of 21 BRIDGES (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by HENRY JACKMAN and ALEX BELCHER, whose previous collaborations together include Captain America: Civil War, Jack Reacher and Io. Available everywhere now, the album features music from the Chadwick Boseman-led action film, which makes its theatrical debut Friday, November 22 via STXfilms.

Of the soundtrack, composer HENRY JACKMAN says, “Writing the score for 21 Bridges in collaboration with Alex was immensely fun and creatively rewarding.  The fact that we, along with Brian Kirk and Joe Russo, had such a specific aesthetic in mind, made it all the more interesting.  The idea was respectfully to derive some influence from the Bernard Herrman-era of film scoring and fuse that influence with contemporary composition and recording techniques.  I think we ended up with quite a brave and musically opinionated result.  Working with Brian and Joe was a pleasure and collaborating with Alex was also fantastic since not only was he a keen student of the original’s Herrman scores, but also he is a great guitarist and bass player, with an ear for an authentic tone, all of which contributed greatly to the score.”

“Writing music for film is a uniquely rewarding artistic expression,” adds composer ALEX BELCHER.  “As the composer, you act as a guide for the audience, leading them through the story and giving them information they aren’t necessarily seeing on screen.  Writing the score for 21 Bridges was even more rewarding because the film offered us the chance to do this sort of storytelling in a way that payed homage to some of the great film scores of the 1970’s. It was, truly, a wonderful endeavor.”

21 BRIDGES follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 BRIDGES to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.  STXfilms, MWM STUDIOS and HUAYI BROTHERS PICTURES present 21 BRIDGES, starring Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, with Taylor Kitsch and J.K. Simmons. Brian Kirk directs from a script written by Adam Mervis and Matthew Michael Carnahan. The producers are Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Gigi Pritzker, Chadwick Boseman and Logan Coles.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD"


Sony Music today releases A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) with music by NATE HELLER (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?).  Available everywhere now, the album includes music composed by Heller for TriStar Pictures’ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood out in in theaters on Friday, November 22.   Also included in the 20-track collection are both newly-recorded and previously-released feature tracks from TOM HANKS, NICK DRAKE, CHRIS COOPER, THE UPTOWN STRING QUARTET and FRED ROGERS himself.

“I’m so excited for people to hear the music created for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” says composer NATE HELLER.  “The score includes interpretations of the timeless Fred Rogers music from the original show, and expands out from jazz combo feel into a rich orchestral score. Piano, splashy drums, flute and cello lines punctuate the music, with layers of delicate strings on top. The score moves us from sentimental moments, through jagged nervous breakdowns. It’s such a thrill to work with my sister Marielle Heller on our third feature together, and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy-winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

ABOUT NATE HELLER: The path to becoming a composer for film scores is not standard by any means, and Nate Heller took an interesting journey. While studying music production techniques and interning at University of California, San Diego in his 20s, he started touring the country nationally with his band Wendy Darling, and soon the group landed a record deal. From there, the band's music was used in both film and television, and Heller seized the opportunity to carve out a new musical career...his work can be heard in the critically acclaimed, Sundance and Berlin winning The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, his first credited film score.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Varese Sarabande: "JOHN WICK 1 to 3" Scores on VINYL... music by Tyler Bates!


The soundtrack albums to Chad Stahelski’s John Wick trilogy with scores by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard, have been released for the first time as 2LP sets in gatefold jackets, exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records and Music.Film Recordings. The vinyl editions are available at VareseSarabande.com and other retailers.

"While his fight, stunt, and weapon work is second to none, Chad [Stahelski] embraces original music with equal passion - setting the table for Joel Richard and I to experiment and create a distinct "sound" for the John Wick world. Five years ago, we cranked "Killing Strangers" at concert volume in my studio. And now John Wick is a trilogy. Working with Chad has been a truly amazing experience." – Tyler Bates.

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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Music.Film Recordings is the new soundtrack label launched by music services specialist Cutting Edge Group, a Grammy Award-winning music company for film, television, advertising, and games, and owner of the world’s preeminent independent film music catalog, including Academy Award winners The King’s Speech, Whiplash, the John Wick franchise, and Academy Award-nominated Sicario. Music.Film Recordings provides its partners with a full suite of creative, marketing, promotional, licensing, and distribution services. Music.Film Recordings is distributed worldwide by Universal Music Distribution, in partnership with iconic soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande Records, wherever music is sold, downloaded, or streamed. Recent Music.Film Recordings titles include Sicario: Day of the Soldado composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Daniel Hart’s The Old Man & The Gun, and A Private War featuring Golden Globe-nominated original song "Requiem For A Private War" by Annie Lennox.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Kronos Records and 10 Years!


It's the time now to visit our friends at "KRONOS RECORDS" [http://www.kronosrecords.com/

Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Jake Speed" [1986] (Blu-Ray)


MORE THAN A MYTH, LESS THAN A LEGEND... AND A BIT TOO BIG FOR HIS BOOTS. When her sister is taken by a gang of white slavers, Margaret (Karen Kopins, Troop Beverly Hills) knows she needs a hero with a difference to bring her home. Enter Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford, Barracuda), leaping from the pages of pulp thriller novels and into the real world. With Margaret and his trusty sidekick Desmond Floyd (Dennis Christopher Chariots of Fire), Jake arrives hot on the heels of the kidnappers in a southern African country gripped by civil war. But it soon turns out Jake got more than he bargained for when he discovers that the ringleader of the slavers is none other than his own arch-nemesis: the wicked, criminally insane Sid (John Hurt, Alien, The Osterman Weekend)... A ripe slice of '80s action cheese in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone, Jake Speed has it all: romance, death-defying stunts, spellbinding scenery shot on location in Zimbabwe... and best of all, a wickedly off-the-wall performance by the late John Hurt, proving the old adage that a hero is nothing without a worthy foe.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MVD Entertainment Group: "Slaughterhouse-Five" (1972) [Blu-ray]


BILLY PILGRIM LIVES - FROM TIME TO TIME TO TIME... Past, present and future collide in darkly satirical fashion in Slaughterhouse-Five! Based on Kurt Vonnegut's classic 1969 novel, this tale of time travel and alien abduction emerged as part of a wave of more cerebral science-fiction films in the late 60s to early 70s, elevating the genre beyond the B-movie fare of previous decades. Upstate New York, 1968. Mild-mannered Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks, The Sugarland Express) finds himself "unstuck in time". Traveling back and forth across the entire span of his existence, he experiences key events of his life in a random order, including his formative years, the firebombing of Dresden and finally, at some undefined point in the future, his surreal adventures on a distant planet. Praised by Vonnegut himself for its fidelity to his novel, Slaughterhouse-Five boasts assured direction by George Roy Hill (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and a memorable score by renowned concert pianist Glenn Gould. Now exclusively restored in 4K, Slaughterhouse-Five shines like never before, reinforcing its timeless appeal.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Wellgo USA Entertainment: "SAVAGE" [BLU-RAY]


Writer/director Cui Siwei (The Island) makes his directorial debut with the acclaimed action-thriller SAVAGE, debuting on Blu-ray™ and Digital December 3 from Well Go USA Entertainment. An action-packed heist thriller set on a remote mountain in northeastern China, the film follows a dogged detective as he squares off against a trio of violent crooks.  Winner of the “New Currents Award” for Best Film at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival, SAVAGE stars Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Ni Ni (The Thousand Faces of Dunjia), Liao Fan (Let the Bullets Fly), Huang Jue (Long Day's Journey Into Night), Liu Hua (The Monkey King), newcomer Zhang Yicong and Li Guangjie (Drug War). 


Buried by treacherous conditions at the top of Mt. Baekdu, a policeman must brave the extreme conditions until he's relieved from his post. When a group of thieves stumbles into the station in search of safe shelter, the night turns into a fight for survival as the two sides must put aside their differences to outlast the night.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S – OLIVE SIGNATURE [BLU-RAY]


America’s favorite entertainer, Bing Crosby, shares the screen with the lovely and talented Ingrid Bergman in Leo McCarey's beloved classic. This follow-up to Going My Way, which introduced Crosby’s Father O’Malley character, co-stars Bergman as Sister Benedict, the strong-willed nun whose efforts to save the St. Mary’s school clash with O’Malley’s. An enduring audience favorite, The Bells of St. Mary's is presented in a new 4K restoration for this Olive Signature edition.
 
Witty and heartwarming, The Bells of St. Mary’s features the unforgettable pairing of Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, in a timeless classic from Leo McCarey. Reprising his Academy Award winning role in Going My Way, Crosby stars as Father O’Malley – a priest on a mission to help revitalize the financially-strapped parochial school St. Mary’s. O’Malley’s assignment, to determine if St. Mary’s should be abandoned due to its decline, soon has him butting heads with the school’s headstrong manager, Sister Benedict (Bergman). But their squabbles are rendered inconsequential with the arrival of Horace P. Bogardus (Henry Travers), a skin-flint businessman set on seeing St. Mary’s condemned to make way for a parking lot. With tremendous warmth, this tale of a devoted pair fighting against the odds has been delighting audiences for generations.  [MORE INFORMATION - CLICK HERE]


Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress, The Bells of St. Mary’s features memorable supporting performances by Una O’Connor, Joan Carroll, William Gargan, Rhys Williams, and Dickie Tyler. Written for the screen by Dudley Nichols (Bringing Up Baby) from a story by McCarey, the film’s impressive technical credits include costume design by Edith Head, cinematography by George Barnes, and art direction by William Flannery. 
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Breaking Glass Pictures: "BARE KNUCKLE BRAWLER" [DVD]


While investigating the mysterious deaths of two fighters, undercover police officer Joey Calderon is murdered. His loose cannon brother Steve returns home, desperate for answers and hungry for revenge. As he makes his way through the underground world of no-holds-barred bare-knuckle fighting run by the Mereta crime family, Steve learns there is only one rule to find his brother’s killer and stay alive: there are no rules.

“We are proud to be in the fighter’s corner for Bare Knuckle Brawler”, said Wolff. This is a fight fan film - the acting is great, especially from Danny Trejo and Martin Kove, and the fight scenes are even better.” 
 

An exciting action crime film that revolves around the world of martial arts is a throwback to the action movies of the 80's are early 90's, BARE KNUCKLE BRAWLER stars genre veteran Danny Trejo (“Machete”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”) alongside martial arts film legend Martin Kove (“The Karate Kid”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) alongside his son Jesse Kove, two-time martial arts Hall of Famer Peter Passaro, and Deborah Twiss (“A Cry from Within”) to complete the compelling cast of characters.

“We’re very excited to have the team at Breaking Glass releasing Bare Knuckle Brawler this November”, said Scrivano. “Bare Knuckle Brawler is more than just a fight film, although it will definitely satisfy any martial arts or MMA fan, it also holds a strong family story of family unit, loss and loyalty that brings it all together.”

"We are excited to bring this throwback action thriller across North America”, said director  Joe Gawalis. “We hope to give audiences the type of experience they would have had watching the classic fight films of the 80's and early 90s."

 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Breaking Glass Pictures: "ART OF DECEPTION" [DD]


Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Jason Bourne-esque CIA thriller ART OF DECEPTION. Breaking Glass acquired rights to the film in August in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass Pictures CEO Rich Wolff and Sophie Tilson from Cardinal XD. The film will arrive on DVD & VOD on October 8, platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.

From writer/director Richard Ryan and producer Jackie Nova, ART OF DECEPTION held its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Awards, and went on to play the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival, Milan’s International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, and has competed in numerous awards competitions including the International Independent Film Awards and the Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition, taking home awards for Best Original Score at both.


“Writer/Director Richard Ryan has crafted a taut entertaining thriller” said Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass Pictures. “This CIA infused "man vs. world domination" story delivers kick-ass action with a cool and satisfying retro-tinged finale.”

After uncovering the CIA’s ruthless master plan for world domination by gaining complete mind control over the entire population, top scientist Joseph Markham is ultimately left with a choice: save the lives of billions…or the life of his wife, who has been kidnapped, interrogated, and brutally tortured as she viciously fights for her life. As a nationwide manhunt ensues, deadly assassins pursue, and one man’s decision will determine the fate of the world, Art of Deception is about a fight for life, love and world dominance.

“Jackie Nova and I are very appreciative that our movie is being played all over the world, and will soon be available to everyone in the US this Fall”, said Ryan. “We, along with the rest of our team, have worked diligently and persistently over long hours to get "Art of Deception" where it is today. We are grateful for everyone who has contributed and showed support for our movie, and we are very happy to continue to share the journey with every single one of them. We send our love to our family, friends, fans and everyone across the globe.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Tor Books: "Sabbath" Nick Mamatas


Highlander meets Seven in Nick Mamatas's Sabbath... The infamous eleventh-century warrior Hexen Sabbath is plucked from death and certain damnation by a being claiming to be an angel of the Lord, and finds himself dropped into contemporary Manhattan with no clothes, no weapons, no resources, and one mission—to track down and kill the living personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins before they bring about Armageddon.

With time running out and his only ally a destitute art gallery owner, Sabbath must fight his way through New York's elite and challenge the world's most powerful man, or an eternity of suffering will be his, and our, only reward.

Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including the instant cult classic Move Under Ground and the Lovecraftian crime novel I Am Providence. His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, Tor.com and dozens of other anthologies and magazines—much of it was recently collected in The People's Republic of Everything. Nick is also an award-winning editor and anthologist: his books include the Bram Stoker Award winner Haunted Legends (co-edited w/ Ellen Datlow), the Locus Award nominees The Future is Japanese and Hanzai Japan (both w/ Masumi Washington) and the hybrid cocktail/flash fiction title Mixed Up (w/ Molly Tanzer).
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Walt Disney Records: "THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE!"


In honor of the 30th anniversary of the beloved original animated classic and its timeless music,  The Little Mermaid Live!  took viewers on a magical adventure under the sea as live musical performances by a star-studded cast were interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film. This never-before-seen hybrid format featured beautifully intricate sets and costumes, with music from the original animated film and the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway stage version, originally composed by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer, Alan Menken. Howard Ashman's iconic film lyrics were also showcased, while lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, Glenn Slater, contributed to the star-studded spectacular. The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live! aired Tuesday, Nov. 5 live on ABC.

The Cast of The Little Mermaid Live!:
Following her breakout role as the voice of Moana in the Walt Disney Pictures film Moana, Auli'i Cravalho made a splash as Ariel in the live studio production of The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!  Oscar®-nominated, and GRAMMY®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning R&B artist, actor and producer Queen Latifah is played Ursula. Renowned reggae musician, singer, DJ, actor and GRAMMY-winning artist Shaggy voiced the beloved crustacean, Sebastian.  Following his performance as Chef Louis in the Hollywood Bowl production of The Little Mermaid, two-time Emmy® Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos reprised his role as the eccentric French cook and Graham Phillips most known for his work on The Good Wife, returned to his live theater roots in the role of Prince Eric.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Music.Film Recordings: "MIDWAY" music by Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser


The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Roland Emmerich’s World War II epic MIDWAY with music by Thomas Wander and Harald Kloser has been released digitally today and will be available on CD on November 22nd, exclusively from Music.Film Recordings.

“We agreed that the music for Midway should not be a traditional wall-to-wall orchestral score, with sweeping action cues where every change in mood and sentiment will be followed musically. We also set ourselves the goal that the orchestral pieces should be limited to the emotional moments of the film. Early on we asked our long-time collaborator Tommy Schobel to create some sort of musically driven sound design, using synth-based versions of sounds old war planes would make, but in a way so they make sense within the bigger picture of the score. When you hear these cues in the film, married with all the sound effects, it all becomes — quoting our re-recording mixer Greg P. Russel — ‘A Thing.’” – Thomas Wander & Harald Kloser, Composers

The highly anticipated action drama, starring Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Nick Jonas, and Mandy Moore, premiered in US theaters today via Lionsgate, alongside the soundtrack release. The compelling 23-track album features two songs by singer Annie Trousseau, who gives the film set in 1942 a unique vintage note.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Silva Screen Records: "HIS DARK MATERIALS" music by Lorne Balfe


In this introduction to the music from the television series, composer Lorne Balfe delves into the story and character themes from His Dark Materials, the new adaptation of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy. Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the soundtrack album has attracted a stellar cast of additional contributing recording artists. The series will have its global premiere on Sunday, November 3rd on BBC One and on Monday, November 4th on HBO. The first soundtrack album – one of two soundtrack releases for the series – will release digitally on November 3rd followed by CD and vinyl releases later.

For His Dark Materials, Lorne Balfe has assembled a superb, diverse, and devoted cast of performing artists to present the exquisitely crafted new musical themes. Already fans of the book and wanting to contribute to the show, the album connects singer KT Tunstall, drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), cellist Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer Live and The World of Hans Zimmer), post-modern composer-cellist Peter Gregson, steam punk influenced violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling, classical horn player Sarah Willis, BAFTA award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey and Vanya Moneva’s Ethnic Bulgarian Choir.

Presented on this soundtrack album are the opening title theme, together with key character themes for the young protagonists Lyra, Roger and Will and the adults Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel and Lee Scoresby. Other themes present the majestic locations of Oxford and Svalbard, the people that Lyra encounters on her epic journey, the Gyptians, the Witches of Lake Enara, the machinations of The Magisterium, and The Alethiometer, the device that helps set all the events in motion.

“Since the beginning, myself and the rest of the music team knew we wanted a mixture and a hybrid,” says Lorne. “What I wanted people to feel when listening to the music is they don’t necessarily know if it’s real or not or whether it’s in the present or in the past. There are no rules and musically, it’s constantly evolving. Another crucial element we strived to accomplish was to always have a clear journey of each character’s theme. I wrote their themes separately as a journey, so that we knew musically what would happen throughout the series.”
The leading cast for His Dark Materials includes Dafne Keen as Lyra, Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father McPhail and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal.

Lorne Balfe (Mission Impossible: Fallout, The Lego Batman Movie, Churchill) is a Grammy Award-winning, EMMY and BAFTA nominated composer. Whether on an impossible mission, the heartbreak of the Queen, the perils of the cape crusade or the soul of a genius, Lorne Balfe creates a musical voice that reflects the characters and the stories that embody them. Originally from Inverness, Scotland, Balfe has created music in virtually all genres and for all visual media with projects ranging from major studio to independent films, tent-pole video game franchises, beloved animated feature films, critically acclaimed television series, and documentary features.

His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WaterTower Music: "GOOD LIAR" music by Carter Burwell


WaterTower Music is excited to announce today’s digital release of the soundtrack to The Good Liar, a thriller from New Line Cinema about the secrets people keep and the lies they live. The film stars legendary actors Helen Mirren (Oscar winner, The Queen) and Ian McKellen (two-time Oscar nominee, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gods and Monsters), together on the big screen for the first time. Directed by Bill Condon and based on the widely acclaimed novel by Nicholas Searle, The Good Liar hits theaters nationwide November 15. The music from the film is composed by Emmy Award winning and two-time Oscar nominated composer Carter Burwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carol).

Condon, who won an Oscar as screenwriter of Gods and Monsters, glowingly discussed his frequent creative collaborator and what the composer brings to the music of The Good Liar. “Carter is a master of bringing out emotions that may exist under the surface and, if you go back and know what you’re looking for, he has a wonderful way of dropping little musical clues throughout. The scoring is the final element that ties all the pieces together.”

Burwell further elaborated on the film and its music. “The Good Liar opens with a classic overture, during which the main characters and their musical themes are introduced.  The characters meet and we see that, like most people, they are not completely honest with each other.  But five minutes into the film you know the level of deceit is much more serious than that.”

“As is obvious from its title,” the composer continued, “The Good Liar is about untruth, so early on I asked Bill how much lying the music should do.  He felt the most important role for the score was to keep drawing us in, weaving its own web to tangle us enjoyably in the misdeeds we’re watching.  Not so much lying to the audience as making them co-conspirators.”

Carter Burwell has composed the music for more than 90 feature films, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Rob Roy, Fargo, The Spanish Prisoner, Gods and Monsters “Velvet Goldmine, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (BAFTA Award nominee for Film Music), Before Night Falls, A Knight’s Tale, The Rookie, Adaptation., Intolerable Cruelty, No Country for Old Men, In Bruges, Burn After Reading, Twilight, Where the Wild Things Are (Golden Globe nominee for Best Original Score), A Serious Man, The Blind Side, The Kids Are All Right, True Grit, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2, Mr. Holmes, Legend Anomalisa, Hail, Caesar!, The Founder and Goodbye Christopher Robin.

Burwell wrote the music for 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell and written and directed by Martin McDonagh.  He received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination and won the British Independent Film Award for Best Music for his work on the film. His other recent films include Wonderstruck, which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was Burwell’s fourth collaboration with director Haynes; and the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a six-part Western anthology film for Netflix which marked their 17th project together and premiered in November 2018.  His original score for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was named to the 2019 Oscar shortlist.  He also wrote the music for the animated feature Missing Link directed by Chris Butler.  Among his recent credits, Burwell wrote the music for The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup and Steve Carell.

Burwell wrote the music for the drama Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and directed by Todd Haynes, which premiered in Cannes and was released in theatres in November 2015. He received his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Score for Carol, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Movie Award. He won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Award for Best Music Score for Carol and Anomalisa. Burwell previously worked with Haynes on Velvet Goldmine and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, starring Kate Winslet, for which he was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score).

His theater work includes the chamber opera The Celestial Alphabet Event and the Mabou Mines productions of Mother and Lucia’s Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. In 2005 he developed a concert work for text and music titled Theater of the New Ear, presented in New York, London and Los Angeles. The text, by Joel and Ethan Coen and Charlie Kaufman, was performed by a dozen actors, including Meryl Streep, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Hope Davis, Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The music was performed by the eight-member Parabola Ensemble, conducted by Burwell.

Burwell’s dance compositions include the pieces The Return of Lot’s Wife, choreographed by Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, and RABL, choreographed by Patrice Regnier.  He has performed around the world with his own ensembles as well as others, such as The Harmonic Choir. His writing includes the essay "Music at Six: Scoring the News Then and Now," published in the inaugural issue of Esopus magazine in 2003 and reprinted in Harper's Magazine in 2004, and the essay “No Country for Old Music” in the 2013 Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics. Burwell has taught and lectured at The Sundance Institute, New York University, Columbia University, and Harvard University.  His website is carterburwell.com.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

WaterTower Music: "Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP" music by The Newton Brothers


WaterTower Music is proud to announce the digital release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the fall horror event that continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game), the highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s continuation of his beloved classic novel The Shining releases November 8th worldwide from Warner Bros. Pictures, and the soundtrack releases today November 1st.

Flanagan chose The Newton Brothers (The Haunting of Hill House, Extinction), the composing duo of Andy Grush and Taylor Newton Stewart, to create the film’s score. The writer/director states, “It was important for Doctor Sleep to have its own identity, but we also wanted to call back to some of the feelings Kubrick created in The Shining. He utilized score and sound design in a way that created an impenetrable sense of dread.”

The soundtrack to Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep features an eclectic and visceral original score by The Newton Brothers which does indeed conjure terrifying images upon playback. The astute listener will recognize occasional musical call backs to the iconic theme from the 1980 adaptation of The Shining. The 36-track album leads with the track “Dies Irae / Violet (incorporating The Shining Main Title).” Interestingly, this will be the first time in quite some time that music from the original film will be included in a widely available album release, as that soundtrack is long out of print.

The composers took a distinct approach to instrumentation, inspired by their passion for rare instruments. One of the world’s largest aeolian wind harps, located in Northern California, was recorded, then manipulated through modular synthesizers to play in tandem with other score elements. Additionally, they recorded Paul Dresher performing his hurdy grandé (a massive, uniquely modified version of a hurdy gurdy) to contribute innovative soundscapes for the film’s atmosphere. The orchestra was recorded and set up to include natural panning and movement between sections. The chanting choirs, textural vocals, and synthesizers play in conjunction with the orchestra.

Reflecting on the experience, the Newton Brothers explained “It’s an exceptional honor to have been part of “Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep.” The Shining is a film that haunted us both as kids and as adults. Both the film and the novel tell such a deep story at the core. Being able to support that story through score has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our careers. Combining the orchestra, a unique choir, modular synths, rare instruments and a mangling of live recordings was essential in creating the sonic palette to support the film. We are grateful to Mike Flanagan and (film producer) Trevor Macy, for entrusting us and guiding us creatively in this endeavor.”
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music Masterworks: "THE IRISHMAN"


Of the soundtrack, director MARTIN SCORSESE says, “For me, music is always essential. When I hear the music, I start seeing the images and the world of the movie starts coming together for me. In the case of this movie, it was “In the Still of the Night” by The Five Satins: as we started developing the script I started to hear the song in my head, and it became a key inspiration.

Because music is so essential for me, Robbie and Randy are each close collaborators. I’ve worked with both of them for many years on many pictures, and there’s only one rule that we follow: there are no rules. At a certain point, I went to a piece of music from a French film of the 50s called Touchez pas au Grisbi, a harmonica theme that felt right. And Robbie built his score from that mood, that instrumentation. He started with the harmonica, and then he added the double bass, percussion, and guitar riffs and that was just the right mood. That was it.

Randy and I discussed so much music for this picture. We always do. It’s never a matter of just finding music from the time period of the story—I always want to go deeper than that. It’s a whole process, an adventure, and Randy’s always up for it.”

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.

01. In the Still of the Night – The Five Satins
02. Tuxedo Junction – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
03. I Hear You Knockin’ – Smiley Lewis
04. The Fat Man – Fats Domino
05. El Negro Zumbon – Flo Sandon’s
06. Le Grisbi – Jean Wetzel
07. Delicado – Percy Faith & His Orchestra
08. Have I Sinned – Donnie Elbert
09. Theme for The Irishman – Robbie Robertson
10. Song of the Barefoot Contessa – Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra
11. A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation) – Marty Robbins with Ray Conni?
12. Canadian Sunset (Single Version) – Eddie Heywood
13. Honky Tonk, Pt. 1 – Bill Doggett
14. Melancholy Serenade – Jackie Gleason
15. Qué Rico el Mambo – Pérez Prado Orchestra
16. Cry – Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads
17. Sleep Walk – Santo & Johnny
18. The Time Is Now – The Golddiggers
19. Al Di La – Jerry Vale featuring The Latin Casino All Stars
20. Pretend You Don’t See Her – The Latin Casino All Stars 

Jeremy [Six Strings]

Sony Music: "DEATH STRANDING" (SCORE) music by LUDVIG FORSSELL


Sony Music today releases DEATH STRANDING (ORIGINAL SCORE) with music by LUDVIG FORSSELL.  Available everywhere now, the album features music from Sony Interactive Entertainment’s all-new, genre-defying action-adventure game starring Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux and Lindsay Wagner.  From legendary game creator Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding is now available for the PlayStation® 4 (PS4™) system.

After the collapse of civilization, Sam Bridges must journey across a ravaged landscape crawling with otherworldly threats to save mankind from the brink of extinction.  In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the planet, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and the planet on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Bridges to journey across the ravaged wasteland and save mankind from impending annihilation.
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]

MovieScore Media: "Barcelona 1714" music by Gerard Pastor


MovieScore Media continues its exploration of the best of film music with Gerard Pastor’s highly thematic, epic historical score for Anna M. Bofarull’s Barcelona 1714. Taking place at the end of the War of Spanish Succession, the film tells the story of Agnés (Alba Brunet), a young woman who only wants to escape from the horrors of the war and live somewhere else freely. But Jan, (Bernat Quintana), a young officer devoted to the defence of his city, refuses to leave with her. As forty thousand enemy soldiers are preparing to assault the city against a defense of six thousand soldiers, Agnés must choose between her heart and her homeland in the last siege of Barcelona.

"Barcelona 1714 is my very first epic movie,” says composer Gerard Pastor about the picture. “Its magnitude, orchestration and complexity have all been a challenge for me, mostly because the music is so full of leitmotivs for the different characters and musical references. In this film, the instrumentation plays a key role as the clarinet sings the theme of love, the trumpet is used for the theme of Barcelona while the violoncelli represent the theme of the children. These themes are very self-contained and clear, unlike the music written for the villains, which all show a strong element of confusion. Bassoons, trombones and horns are mixed together with much more ambiguous themes so that the audience doubts who the traitor is till the end."

Born in Barcelona in 1984, Gerard Pastor studied piano at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya. Together with Armando Merino, in 2005 he founded the Martinu Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to the recovery of lost and rarely-performed repertories. He composed music for different short and long films with Anna M. Bofarull, including Notes al peu (2009) and Sonata per a violoncel (2015), which won Best Music at Idyllwild International Film Festival. In 2011, he worked with the composer Michael Nyman and director Trisha Ziff on The Mexican Suitcase. More recently he was won the Best Music Gaudí Award for Jean-François and the Meaning of Life (2018). [http://moviescoremedia.com/]
 
On the link below, you can view a video, featuring a suite from the score: [CLICK HERE]
 
Jeremy [Six Strings]