SID-6509 New Music For Films Vol. 1
Produced by Richard E. Roth
Released on 1993
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E no and Tangerine Dream come to mind, but best to put them out of your mind for the time being. These are not short, ambient pieces (they are short) but snippets from soundtracks. Not the avant-garde electronic soundtracks that Tangerine Dream used to write, but a traditional blending of orchestra and synthesizer. Of all the ex-Dreamers, Frankeís solo career may be the least interesting. Since splitting Tangerine, heís split his time between new age albums and film scores, neither rich avenues of music. And not even scores to good films, but to bustblockers like McBain and Universal Soldier. So here you are: music you wouldnít remember from films you never saw (She Woke Up, Eye of the Storm). Volume one. While Iím all for the historical preservation of music, repackaging these twenty-four tidbits into a new release is unnecessary. Franke presumably got paid the first time for writing them, and you donít need to pay fifteen dollars to hear them again. However, if youíre a Tangerine Dream fan, thereís bound to be a little tugging at your conscience for not buying a Christopher Franke disc, so let me tug a little harder on my end. He writes very professional film music. If you snatch up James Horner soundtracks convinced that theyíre classical opi, then by all means whip that money out of your wallet for Franke. But if you came here to catch a glimpse of the tangerine titan spinning new worlds from his imagination, keep dreaming. His solo career is by far the most business-like of the band, which is (I hope) financially rewarding for him, but not if you need to kick fifteen bucks into the kitty every third soundtrack. Aqua, Romance í76, Dune, World Without Rules. Donít even think of Franke until you own these albums. Thereís also an old review of this disc on All Music Guide. I didnít like it then either.

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SID 6509 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. MAIN TITLE    2:28
  2. BIG COUNTRY    (Christopher Franke/Leor Hod)    2:55
  3. DRAMATIC RIDE    2:07
  4. THE RUN    0:34
  5. GETTING READY TO ATTACK    2:21
  6. MEMORIES OF MARIA    1:40
  7. THE ATTACK    2:25
  8. WILL HE RETURN    1:34
  9. QUIET OCEAN    1:10
  10. THE BATTLE BEGINS    0:30
  11. THE VICTORY    2:10
  12. HIDDEN TEARS    1:22
  13. THE FIGHT    1:16
  14. ROMANCE BECOMES PAIN    4:00
  15. THE BATTLE CONTINUES    2:20
  16. MYSTERIOUS DISCOVERY    1:23
  17. LURKING SHADOW    6:05
  18. THE SHOCK    7:36
  19. DREAM SEQUENCE    0:58
  20. DOOMED    4:00
  21. THREATENING    3:17
  22. QUIET OCEAN REPRISE    1:10
  23. CREEPY    3:26
  24. STEVEN STOLE IT    1:55

    All music composed by Christopher Franke unless noted

CREDITS

CHRISTOPHER FRANKE -- orchestration, additional performance, mixing
BERLIN SYMPHONIC FILM ORCHESTRA -- performance
BRYNMOR JONES -- conductor
Richard E. Roth -- engineer, mixing
Robert Townson -- executive producer
Doerte Lau and Darwin Foye -- graphic design

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1993 Varese Sarabande CD VSD5393  
US 1996 Sonic Images CD SID-6509  
US February 24, 1998 Sonic Images CD SI-8509  

 

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