Glad to be back after a short gap. This show offers tracks from current film releases and video game soundtracks together with vintage movie music including a superb Eric Darmasan title track from the 70’s – click below to listen>
The Titans In Training/Fil Eisler/The Titan
Shinto Shrine/Alexandre Desplat/Isle Of Dogs
Synthetic Core 88 Awakens [Cybernetic Jungle]/Equip/None
Meet Han/John Powell/Solo A Star Wars Story
The March of the Siamese Children/Rodgers & Hammerstein/The King And I
Diamonds and Magnets/Daniel Pemberton/Oceans 8
Diamonds Are Forever/John Barry/Don Black/Diamonds Are Forever
Fallout Lorne Balfe/Mission Impossible/Fallout
Steps Ahead/Lorne Balfe/Mission Impossible Fallout
A Tony Perspective/Michael Giachinno/The Incredible 2
A Matter Of Perception/Michael Giachinno/The Incredibles 2
Le Cercle Rouge/Eric Darmarsan/Le Cercle Rouge
The Talmberg Theme/Jan Valta & Adam Sporka/Kingdom Come: Deliverance
The River Sasau Theme/Jan Valta & Adam Sporka/Kingdom Come: Deliverance
I Can’t Go Back/Debbie Wiseman/Eddie
Begint U Nou Maar Eens Bij Het Begin/Merlijn Snitker/Bankier Van Het Verzet
Een Knoop van 30 Miljoen/Merlijn Snitker/Bankier Van Het Verzet
Mary Shelley/Amelia Warner/Mary Shelley
Mary’s Decision Amelia Warner Mary Shelley
Into The Woods/Dan Jones/On Chesil Beach
Walk From Henley/Dan Jones/On Chesil Beach
The Heart Asks Pleasure First/Michael Nyman/The Paino
Marauders Arrive/John Powell/Solo A Star Wars Story
Despite having read that the soundtrack is released sometime in November it is now on Spotify and the only reason I can think why is because today is the official UK premier of the much anticipated 007 film.
Not wanting to be too negative, and even though I am a fan of Newman’s scores, I was perplexed when he was given Skyfall and whilst Spectre does the job, it’s not that memorable. Maybe because Skyfall gave us the thunderous theme song by Adele to build on and if so we can’t use Sam Smith’s title song for Spectre as the same excuse [yes, I am in ‘the not so sure/don’t really like’ camp regarding this song.] Not that we need an excuse as it’s a perfectly sound score in parts.
It open’s with a wonderful re-working [or to use modern parlance – deconstruction] of the 007 theme featuring award winning Tambuco who are a Mexican contemporary classical percusssion group.I loved this track have to say, so it was a good start to the soundtrack and stayed that way for the early tracks.
Of course locations are key to a 007 movie’s and The Eternal City is the haunting cue for our introduction to Rome. We arrive at Tangier to the sound of L’Americaine with a hint of danger together with ethnic strains. The 2 strongest cue’s highlight the romantic interest, Donna Lucia has very lush strings whilst Madeleine, who has a complicated background, also has luscious strings but the cue is a little more questioning.
There is also an instrumental version of The Writing’s On the Wall which doesn’t make the actual song anymore attractive but it has a strong Bond sound in it’s orchestration. The lively Tambuco re-appear on Day of The Dead, strikingly different to the rest of the soundtrack but it fits so well.
As for the action cues they are somewhat derivative but do an OK job. We have been somewhat spoilt by Mr Barry and David Arnold, particularly John Barry who made every cue count but here Newman adopts the present day driving force of action cues when I feel the film deserved better.
The score IS a Bond score and after hearing it within the film it works well but it’s not going to be a soundtrack that you listen to a lot and with the rich 007 music heritage we have this is almost a crime.
1. Los Muertos Vivos Estan (featuring Tambuco)
2. Vauxhall Bridge
3. The Eternal City
4. Donna Lucia
5. A Place Without Mercy
7. Crows Klinik
8. The Pale King
10. Kite In A Hurricane
11. Snow Plane
13. Secret Room
15. Writing’s On The Wall (Instrumental)
16. Silver Wraith
17. A Reunion
18. Day Of The Dead (featuring Tambuco)
19. Tempus Fugit
20. Safe House
24. Westminster Bridge
25. Out Of Bullets
26. Spectre (End Title)