9 Purple Cows of Film Music

In his excellent 2002 book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, Seth Godin tells the story of a trip he took to France with his family. He describes driving around the French countryside, “enchanted by the hundreds of storybook cows grazing on picturesque pastures…For dozens of kilometers, we all gazed out the windows, marveling… More

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9 Favorite FSM CDs

With the release of Jerry Fielding’s THE WILD BUNCH last month, it’s the end of the line for the Film Score Monthly label. With a roster of 250 releases since 1996, FSM filled a very important void in the soundtrack business. With its primary concentration on the MGM library (which later incorporated other studios), producer… More

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 2: #40–31

Yesterday, I began a week-long look at 50 of my favorite film scores. If you want to read about the background behind the project, check out the earlier post. The remaining scores will be covered throughout the rest of the week. Now, on with the next installment of 50 of my favorite film scores… 40…. More


9 Favorite Comedy Scores

Because everyone’s sense of humor is different, everyone’s taste in comedy films is also different. (Duh!) I’m not usually a big fan of obvious, slapstick humor. I prefer comedy that has a human element, some darkness to it, and wit and sophistication (he types oh so snobbishly). You likely won’t find me at the latest… More


Viva Bombolini!

Ah, the joys of guilty pleasures. And the joys are many in Stanley Kramer’s THE SECRET OF SANTA VITTORIA. Based on Robert Crichton’s bestselling novel, the 1969 film stars Anthony Quinn as the bumbling wine maker Bombolini, who is elected mayor of his small Italian town as a joke and then must hide one million bottles of… More

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

CD Review: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

There’s only one word to describe IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD…”mad.” Thankfully for us film score fans, Ernest Gold‘s wonderful score ties together all the loose threads of this bombastic film. This loud comedy (and I do mean LOUD, as evidenced by its Oscar for Best Sound Editing) about a group of strangers who follow… More

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CD Review: Exodus

There are innumerable issues that can crop up with with re-recordings of old scores. Sure, we can expect the sound quality to significantly improve, but will it match the intensity and quality of the original performance? What about the tempos? The timbres? Will it sound too stuffy or too bright? So many things can go… More


A Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

This week heralds the long-awaited arrival of Tadlow’s complete recording of Ernest Gold‘s score for EXODUS (1960). The Oscar-winning score has been a favorite of mine since my early days of Oscar-related film score discoveries. The sound quality of the score in the film and on subsequent issues of the soundtrack, while vibrantly conducted, has… More