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1985 at the Movies


Composers: various
Conductor: David Newman
Performed by: Varèse Sarabande Symphony Orchestra
Label: Varèse Sarabande
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 04 December 2015

Varèse Sarabande Records takes a look back at 1985, a historic year for film music with the release of 1985 At the Movies – featuring some of the most enduring themes from films including Witness (Maurice Jarre), Brazil (Michael Kamen), Legend (Jerry Goldmith), The Color Purple (Quincy Jones/arr. by John Williams), and Agnes of God (Georges Delerue)...

In June of this year (2015) Varèse Sarabande released a 6 disc CD collection Back in Time... 1985 at the Movies. For those that couldn't afford £65 (it's the best £65 you'll ever spend, believe me) they have released the first disc, which contains 16 tracks (1 hr, 09 min, 16 sec) of some of the most impressive scores from 1985.

For casual soundtrack fans who want a compilation of music from that year, they don't come much better than this. Composer David Newman delivers pieces that are near as possible to the original soundtracks - and I know the majority of these scores very well indeed. 1985 was probably the first year that I really started to collect scores from movies I'd seen. While I didn't (and still don't) own the original scores for some of the movies here, I know Alan Silvestri's Back to the Future score inside out. David Shire's music for Return to Oz still remains one of my all time favourite scores (even though the film is a bit naff). I'm also incredibly familiar with John Barry's music for Out of Africa and A View to a Kill. And Cocoon is still one of my favourite James Horner scores.

This is a wonderfully orchestrated album with some lovingly reproduced classic themes. Well worth adding to your collection, even if you own most of the originals. It's also given me a prod to try and pick up some of the old scores I don't already have in my collection.

Track Listing

01 - Back To The Future - 'End Credits' - Music by Alan Silvestri
02 - The Goonies - 'Fratelli Chase' - Music by Dave Grusin
03 - St. Elmo’s Fire - 'Love Theme' - Music by David Foster (featuring Mike Lang, piano and Dan Higgins, alto saxophone)
04 - Legend - 'Re-United' - Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Lyrics by John Bettis (featuring Suzanne Waters, vocals)
05 - Return to Oz - 'End Credits' - Music by David Shire (featuring Bruce Dukov, violin and Steve Erdody, cello)
06 - Lifeforce - 'Theme' - Music by Henry Mancini
07 - Revolution - 'The Children's Song' - Music by John Corigliano (featuring Sara Andon, flute)
08 - Cocoon - 'Theme' - Music by James Horner
09 - A View To A Kill - 'Suite' - Music by John Barry (arranged by Nic Raine, featuring Sara Andon, flute)
10 - The Color Purple - 'Theme' - Music by Quincy Jones (arranged by John Williams, featuring Belinda Broughton, violin)
11 - Witness - 'Building The Barn' - Music by Maurice Jarre
12 - Agnes of God - 'End Titles' - Music by Georges Delerue (featuring Sara Andon, flute)
13 - Silverado - 'Theme' - Music by Bruce Broughton
14 - Out of Africa - 'Main Title' - Music by John Barry
15 - Brazil - 'Suite' - Music by Michael Kamen (arranged by Christopher Lennertz, featuring Bobbi Page, vocals and Dan Higgins, alto saxophone)
16 - Rambo: First Blood Part II - 'Home Flight' - Music by Jerry Goldsmith


Darren Rea

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