FSCT Playlist #4 – I Am the Law!

It was yet another slow week of soundtrack listening, which mainly consisted of listening to certain scores over and over again for reviews (hopefully) later on. Thankfully, the week was full of wonderful music, old and new. How about you?

  • LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (1959, Dimitri Tiomkin)—Not top-tier Tiomkin (though a typically memorable main theme), but it always amazes me how well Tiomkin’s Russian sensibilities meshed with those of the American West.
  • THE TREE OF LIFE (2011, Alexandre Desplat)—I don’t think any more needs to be said.
  • TARAS BULBA (1962, Dimitri Tiomkin)—Review coming soon.
  • SUPER 8 (2011, Michael Giacchino)—Review coming soon.
  • BURNT OFFERINGS (1976, Robert Cobert)—Mediocre, unfrightening flick with a surprisingly effective and melodic horror score.
  • CARS 2 (2011, Michael Giacchino)—Review still coming soon.
  • KING KONG (1933, Max Steiner)—The one that basically started it all.
  • GAME OF THRONES (2011, Ramin Djawadi)—Haven’t watched the series, but the music makes the perfect aural backdrop to my reading of the book.
  • METROPOLIS (1927, Gottfried Huppertz)—Review coming soon.
  • GRACE QUIGLEY (1985, John Addison)—Though he occasionally lapses into those awful ’80s synth sounds, Addison still manages to keep his distinctive quirky voice for this unfortunate swan song for the great Katharine Hepburn.


  1. Every time you say you had a slow week of listening I look back at how few I listened to; Ghost Rider – Christopher Young, The Great Train Robbery – The Shadow – Star Trek Nemesis – STTMP – Jerry Goldsmith, Raiders of the Lost Ark – Superman the Movie – John Williams, Iron Man – Ramin Djawadi, Live Free or Die Hard – Terminator 3 – Marco Beltrami, The Living Daylights – OHMS – John Barry, Stripes – Elmer Bernstein, Van Helsing – Alan Silvestri (and I wish I could find the complete score for that one).

    1. Hey, you listened to more than me this week! :) And it’s not about the quantity (unless you’re some freak like me trying to get through everything he owns), it’s about quality…and enjoying and learning. That’s what I believe anyway.

  2. A couple of new CDs this week:
    MARCO POLO by Les Baxter is robust and melodic; thank goodness the score survived the minor AIP matinee movie that inspired it.

    DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS and TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH by Alfred Newman – a pleasant surprise listening to stereo mixes for these scores.

    Music and a Movie:
    PRIEST OF LOVE by Joseph James – This was the first digitally recorded film score, although it was converted to analog for the film mix. The movie is a D.H. LAWRENCE biopic with Ian McKellan in his first film role, available on a new blu-ray in stereophonic sound.

    RIO CONCHOS – I listened to the Goldsmith suite recording before watching the new widescreen dvd of the film. It’s a double-feature disc paired with another Goldsmith-scored western, TAKE A HARD RIDE.

    MATINEE – A charming score by Jerry Goldsmith, and now there is a terrific, English-friendly, French blu-ray (region-B only) of this wonderful film, with the title: PANIC SUR FLORIDA BEACH.

    FELLINI’S CITY OF WOMAN – Luis Bacalov does his darndest to keep Nino Rota’s spirit alive. The CD is from CAM Roma, and now there is a new, very-nice blu-ray from France that is English friendly and all-region compatible.

    1. I love that you’re matching your listening to your Blu-ray/DVD watching. You also come up with some titles that I’m totally unfamiliar with. I just keep a running list of things that I “must get to.” When? Well, that’s another story…

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