Stage & Screen

Tyler Bates - Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 [Score] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

The hotly anticipated to sequel to 2014's sci-fi/superhero blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, the aptly named Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 sees composer Tyler Bates working once again with director James Gunn, delivering another rousing score that's worthy of term "space opera." Just like th...

D'Oyly Carte Opera Company - Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance [1968 Recording]

This is a reissue of a very well-performed and fun-filled recording from 1968 by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which includes the dialog. The cast and chorus bring out the humor of the operetta by taking their parts seriously. The dialog is not delivered with the singsong, exaggerated sentiment...

Original Soundtrack - Mama's Boy

There are film directors -- Woody Allen comes to mind -- who score their movies simply by rooting around in their record collections for some of their favorite tunes. It's what one might suspect of director Tim Hamilton upon listening to the soundtrack album for his movie Mama's Boy. The tracks h...

Alan Silvestri - Volcano

Volcano is a typical Alan Silvestri action score -- all brawn and no brains. While the film's basic conceit -- a volcano explodes, so look out below! -- would seem to lend itself to myriad motifs of eruptions and carnage, Silvestri delivers a simple, straightforward effort interchangeable with do...

Original Soundtrack - Wild Orchid [Original Soundtrack]

Soundtracks are often uneven, disjointed affairs that don't mean much if you've never seen a particular film. There are many exceptions, of course -- the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, for example, is great whether or not you've seen the movie. But the soundtrack to the 1990 film Wild Orchid (s...

Mike Figgis - Leaving Las Vegas [Original Soundtrack]

Trumpeter and keyboard player Mike Figgis composed a number one jazz album with his score to the film Leaving Las Vegas, most of which consisted of low-key, moody jazz pieces, along with five vocal numbers, three standards ("Angel Eyes," "My One and Only Love," and "It's a Lonesome Old Town") sun...

Original Soundtrack - A Knight's Tale

Bachman Turner Overdrive. Thin Lizzy. Heart. Just screams 14th century right? Well, they promised a summer blockbuster, not a history lesson. Aside from that, director Brian Helgeland's decision to pair medieval heroics with rock standards from the '70s actually makes a little sense. True, this i...

Original Broadway Cast - Dance a Little Closer [Original Broadway Cast]

The shortest running music ever co-authored by Alan Jay Lerner, Dance a Little Closer closed the night it opened (and was referred to derisively by Broadway wags as "Close a Little Faster").

That was probably a bit unfair, as the cast album reveals -- perhaps it was a bit ahead of its time...

John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

From the fanfare of the opening crawl to the abrupt cutaway zing of the closing credits, John Williams' soundtrack to The Force Awakens does not disappoint. Williams has always been an integral part of the Star Wars experience, as familiar as the movies themselves, comforting and nostalgic. The f...

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