Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Last Of The Mohicans Movie Suite

Last of the Mohicans, The Suite
Music by Randy Edelman, Orchestrated by Trevor Jones

Bridging the gap between the Celtic sounds of colonial America and the sweeping strings of Randy Edelman comes a movie suite unlike any other.  Emotionally charged and filled with magnificant vistas of sound this movie suite promises to fill you with undying devotion to all things Celtic.  Okay, first some orchestral vision; okay, now some Celtic vision; okay, now some orchestral; now some Celtic and so on and so forth.  It really works.  It comes together so well that it causes some to wonder if this is what the composers really expected to happen.  With a timing of just under 20 minutes, it is over too soon, so enjoy it while you can.  -MJ



Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mission Impossible The Trilogy Movie Suite

Mission Impossible Trilogy Suite
Music by Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer
and Michael Giacchino

Okay, this breaks from the norm, but after all it's Mission Impossible and I did not want to have (3) very short suites of 7-8 minutes each, so I merged the edited music into one suite with a timing of 25:45, which is just about right. As for the music, each of the three composers went at this with very different approaches, but when you hear the finished product, you'll probably wonder, because they each embraced the original TV theme, before spinning off into their own worlds of sound.  So, what we end up with is an interesting mix that is fun, lively and certainly enjoyable from start to finish.  At least I hope you enjoy.  Until next time... MJ.



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Indepenence Day Movie Suite

Independence Day Suite
Music by David Arnold

Look out for this one.  Just when you thought it was safe to live on this planet, Mr. Arnold decided to compose a movie score that is filled with horns a plenty and themes that build from a whisper before ending with an exaulted shout.  Without rating the movie, if you took away the score, you'd be left with very little.  It works that well.  As for the movie suite, with a timing of 22:34 it rarely pauses once it gets started, which is a good thing. Hope you enjoy this one.  -MJ



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Last Starfighter Movie Suite

Last Starfighter, The Suite
Music by Craig Safan

Another fantasy, another science fiction yarn and another motion picture score filled with horns, marches and tender moments of yearning. Sounds like another one by John Williams, but if you think so, you would be wrong. Craig Safan has penned many movie scores, as well as many TV themes and he's well-known for also writing the Cheer's TV Sitcom theme. When this music was released in 1984, we were still discovering computers and stretching our yuppie muscles. This movie suite is lively, filled with fun and it seems to work. With a timing of 23:37, it really is just what we need. I hope you enjoy this rarity. -MJ



Saturday, February 13, 2010

Superman Movie Suite

Superman Suite
Music by John Williams

Have you heard this amazing music yet? OMG! It's the heart pounding, ground breaking, sweeping motion picture score by the Master of Music, John Williams. Okay, okay. Seriously, this brassy movie suite never fails to excite, but it's the slower themes that warm the heart and reminds us that some music will live on forever. With a timing of 19:35 it will give you a reason to enjoy this music once more. -MJ



Thursday, February 11, 2010

Star Trek 2009 Movie Suite

Star Trek 2009 Suite
Music by Michael Giacchino

With the re-resurection of the Star Trek franchise firmly in hand, we find Mr. Giacchino penning the excellent score. Taking a single theme and offering it up in multiple guises, we are often reminded of the fact that this is Star Trek as we hear the familiar original theme intertwined with the new theme to give a complete performance that is certainly not lacking. This movie suite has a timing of just 24:16. Others have taken it upon themselves to edit the earlier Star Trek movie scores into suites, but this is the first one that I have involved myself with. Maybe in a parallel dimension when my alter ego can garner enough mojo, somewhere in the near future, I'll tackle that beast when I have the extra time, but for now I hope you enjoy this movie suite! -MJ



Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Chronicles of Riddick Movie Suite

Chronicles of Riddick, The Suite
Music by Graeme Revell

Swooping in on us like a hawk to its nightly meal, Mr. Revell has given us an interesting masterwork of orchestra and voices raised in euphoric acclaim. Someone would be hard-pressed to guess that this music came from a science fiction work of fantasy. In all seriousness, this movie suite is enthrallingly catchy as it builds from the slow beginning to a fitting climax. With a timing of just under 19 minutes, you'll wonder where the time went. Hope you enjoy! -MJ