Saturday, December 24, 2011

Elf Movie Suite

Elf Movie Suite
Music by John Debney

For the holiday season, we have this charming little gem of a movie suite by the prolific composer, John Debney, who has done over 100 other soundtrack scores. Taking us on a short journey into the holidays, we can listen with delight as we whistle along with the softly played strings and underscored themes. This will be the final Holiday movie suite for this season, but I really want to wish you the very best and as always, enjoy life as if each day is your last. -MJ

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Home Alone Movie Suite

Home Alone Movie Suite
Music by John Williams

Frantic pacing mixed with some familiar holiday themes highlight this movie suite from Mr. Williams. When this was released in 1990 it garnered the composer an oscar nomination for Best Original Score, in no small part due to the song "Somewhere In My Memory" which is revisited throughout the suite on mumerous occasions. With a timing of 18:01 this flies by in record time. I hope you enjoy it during your holiday season.  -MJ

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Home Alone 2 Movie Suite

Home Alone 2 Movie Suite
Music by John Williams

Although this dates from 1992, we can still enjoy the way John Williams compells us into listening to his lyrical cues that are reminiscent of Raiders or Hook with a festive holiday flair. Borrowing a little bit from his first Home Alone score, he adds some new cues here, some new riffs there and then "presto" we have a brond new movie suite that can be listened to anytime, but feels most at home during the holiday season. With a timing of 27:27, you'll probably want to add this to your library. Enjoy!  -MJ


Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Suite

Nightmare Before Christmas Suite
Music by Danny Elfman

Since it is still the holiday season, we have this quirky movie suite from Mr. Elfman that runs the gamut from scary to happy with a thorough helping of jazz thrown in to confuse us. The score was filled with vocals and dialogue, so once they were stripped away we were left with a suite that is imaginative, fun and filled with holiday spirit. With a timing of 16:49 this is over way too quickly for my tastes. Enjoy this movie suite and your holidays.  -MJ

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Suite

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Suite
Music by James Horner

Here is another holiday favorite that was penned by the prolific James Horner. The score was filled with choral cues and plenty of dialogue, but fortunately the movie suite has that holiday feel with the usual dramatic flair we expect from Mr. Horner. Certainly, once you listen to this, file it away for next year and make it a part of your Holiday music traditions. I hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Polar Express, The Suite

The Polar Express Suite
Music by Alan Silvestri

To celebrate the holiday season, we have a short movie suite from Mr. Silvestri that fills us with warm feelings and hope, just as holiday music should.  Most of the vocals have been removed and the order has been reworked to give us a flowing composition.  With a timing of only 10:19 this is a gem that passes too quickly; just like the holidays! Enjoy! -MJ

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tron Legacy Movie Suite

Tron Legacy Movie Suite
Music by Daft Punk

The long awaited sequal to Tron had to have a score that was both electronic and ground breaking, just as the original film score was. With an army of synthesizers we have a movie suite that melts the walls between orchestra and electronic sound. Each cue builds on the previous as we travel the arteries of musical roads often attempted, but rarely realized. If you can not stand synthesizer music, you may want to pass on this suite, but...since so many composers are utilizing electronic music these days, those lines become ever so blurry. Can you say Zimmer or Jablonsky? This is a monumental work that should be listened to and shared. With a timing of 31:45 you should enjoy this one.  -MJ

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Ten Commandments Movie Suite

Ten Commandments Suite, The
Music by Elmer Bernstein

This epic movie suite from 1956 has a spectacular pedigree that conveniently unfolds for the listener to take in.  Undoubtably the main themes will be familiar to you, since they have been well played concert pieces for years, but if not familiar, then you are in for a real treat. The fanfare that opens the suite is the backbone that all the other cues are built upon, yet this is a connected composition with all the qualities one would expect from a symphony or tone-poem. With a timing of 29:23, I think you should enjoy this one.  -MJ

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Taras Bulba Movie Suite

Taras Bulba Movie Suite
Music by Franz Waxman

Although this movie suite is from 1962, it brings a well connected composition to the party that is both timeless and thoroughly enjoyable. Once you listen to this, it is virtually impossible to get the "Riding Theme" out of your head, yet my research tells me that this movie was a dramatic love story first, action flick second. Well, if the music is any indication, the historians may have it reversed. Flowing from the opening notes, there are many tender moments, but they tend to bridge the action together cohesively. Nominated for an Academy Award for best score, the timing of this movie suite is at 28:36, not too long, nor to short, it falls in that sweet spot for listening. I hope you enjoy this classic.  -MJ

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Predator Movie Suite

Predator Movie Suite
Music by Alan Silvestri

Whoa. We have an isanely intense movie suite here that delivers a one-two punch as it marches straight into the unknown. Although Mr. Silvestri delivers tension, he utilizes his tried and true formula of brass and percussion with a light mix of strings. Okay, at times this is all too familiar (can you say Back To The Future?) but it's perfect for the movie and the suite is great to listen to as you drive. With a timing of 30:15 a person could not spend their listening time much better than this. Hope you enjoy!  -MJ

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lifeforce Movie Suite

Lifeforce Movie Suite
Music by Henry Mancini and Michael Kamen

Here is a movie suite from a scary science fiction motion picture that grabs you immediately with the main theme, a cue that is both catchy and memorable as it thrusts the listener forward. Although there are some tense moments in this music, there is a feeling that this is going somewhere whether you listen or not. Almost an attitude. Most of this movie suite was penned by Mr. Mancini, yet from what I researched, Mr. Kamen also added some orchestrations, too.  With a timing of 30:20 this rarely heard music is worth a good listen. I hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Legion Movie Suite

Legion Movie Suite
Music by John Frizzell

With a generous use of synthesizers and orchestral pacing, Mr. Frizzell has delivered a relentlessly scary movie suite that rarely slows in its pursuit.  Pulsing with repetitive riffs and cues that scream for it to all end, the listener may wonder if it ever will.  Finally after a timing of  23:30 it grinds to a halt. This is dark and foreboding and it is quite different, so I hope you enjoy it.  -MJ

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Alien Movie Suite

Alien 1 Movie Suite
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

What I like about this movie suite is that it is so minimalistic. Every nuance, every string pluck, every note has a purpose to convey the terror about to happen in the next moment. Many believe that this music is some of Mr. Goldsmith's very best. Nominated for an academy award, much of the score is filled with sound effects and tense mood music. What we hear in this movie suite still represents the best of the best while retaining some measure of a composition. With a timing of 23:48, sure hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Aliens Movie Suite

Aliens Movie Suite
Music by James Horner

Nominated for an Academy Award in 1987, this is considered by very many as one of Mr. Horner's premier works. Starting out very slowly, we feel the vast expanse of outer space, that nagging feeling of the unknown. Cautiously building at a snails pace we are drawn in, our nerves tightening as we listen.  Finally after about six and a half minutes this movie suite really gets going. The orchestra responds well to the music, filling the soundstage with quick crescendos and tense repetition. It works wonderfully well before slowing down. As in any scary movie, there is a first ending to this movie suite, then suddenly there is the danger again and the music thunders on for a couple more minutes before leaving us exactly where we started.  Alone in outer space. With a timing of 29:05 this is one you should really enjoy.  -MJ

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Alien 3 Movie Suite

Alien 3 Movie Suite
Music by Elliot Goldenthal

If we could, we would wish for this movie suite to be as powerful as Aliens or as scary as Alien, but what we are left with is a loosely connected group of cues that start with a devilish female choir and eventually ends with the listener alone in space. Along the way Mr. Goldenthal serves up some unusual sounds as well as some powerful riffs. With a timing of 16:27 this is interesting. I hope you enjoy it.  -MJ

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alien Resurrection Movie Suite

Alien 4 Resurrection Suite
Music by John Frizzell

Considered (by many) to be the final installment for this motion picture franchise, Mr. Frizzell is able to span the distance from space to horror with a rapidly paced movie suite that is filled with intense synthesizer based orchestral music that delivers what is fitting for what was to be the last Alien motion picture. Much of the score was sound effects and tension adjustments, but after stripping away those we are left with a suite that quickly gets down to business before running out of steam after the timing of 16:02. Although not my favorite of the four, this certainly belongs with the other Alien suites. Hope you enjoy.  -MJ
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Friday, October 7, 2011

A Nightmare On Elm Street Movie Suite (2010)

A Nightmare On Elm Street Suite (2010)
Music by Steve Jablonsky

When I happened on this I was not expecting much, but Mr. Jablonsky fashioned a pulsing, intensely dark movie suite that has to be listened to. Yes we do have the girls choir occasionally lilting into our expectations as well as the steadily rising percussion, but it all works well enough to make you look over your shoulder and wonder. With a timing of 19:09 it rushes by insanely. Hope you enjoy. -MJ

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Something Wicked This Way Comes Movie Suite

Something Wicked this Way Comes Suite
Music by James Horner

The month of October 2011 ends in the scariest of all the holidays, All Hollows Eve, otherwise referred to as Halloween, so we will have some movie suites that represent some of the better of the motion picture scores that scare the bejeezes out of us.  To that end, we have a rare work from 1983 by Mr. Horner that will cause you to stop and wonder as you listen. Much of the score had screeching choral voices which totally detracted from the orchestra. Most of that is now gone and we are left with an orchestral composition that has some choral high points in a suite that holds its own quite well. No, this is not Star Trek nor is it Avatar, but it is filled with a building tension that will grip you. With a timing of 22:24 I hope you enjoy this.  -MJ

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Farewell To The King Movie Suite

Farewell To The King Suite
Music by Basil Poledouris

If you visited this blog before, you probably know that in my estimation, Basil Poledouris is one of the best motion picture score composers of all time. Of course you may not agree with me, and that's okay. On the other hand it's unfortunate that this is one of his lesser known works because it really soars. This movie suite circa 1989 has sweeping strings, musical influences from the South Pacific and a main theme that comfortably carries us on our journey. With a sound that is reminiscent of John Barry's Out Of Africa, this is a lush masterwork that belongs beside the most recognized movie suites.  With a timing of 23:28, I think you'll enjoy this one as soon as it begins.  -MJ

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lawrence of Arabia Movie Suite

Lawrence of Arabia Suite
Music by Maurice Jarre

It's been awhile since we had a classic movie suite, so here is an amazing suite from 1962 from one of the all-time master composer's of motion picture soundtracks, Maurice Jarre. Utilizing the percussion section of the orchestra to get us started, the cues shift back and forth from strings to horns to drums like the shifting sands of the dessert as we are taken on a lyrical musical adventure. Although much of this becomes slightly repetitious, you can forgive Mr. Jarre because that is how it was done 50 years ago.  With a timing of 26:27, if you haven't heard this before, I think you'll enjoy. If you know this music, I know you'll enjoy it!!  -MJ

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Transformers Movie Suite

Transformers 1 Suite
Music by Steve Jablonsky

Mixing orchestral flourishes with thunderous synthesizers, Mr. Joblonsky has scored a movie suite that rarely slows a beat.  While sustaining the percussive impact, this music struts down the heroic soundscape into movie music history. The first of this successful series of blockbusters, this movie suite also has some choral moments blended into the tapestry for effect. Although this is a valiant effort, I am struck by the fact that it sounds reminiscent of so many of the other current crop of composers.  Did they all attend the same class? Or is it just flattery? With a timing of 28:26, this is another one for the archives. Hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Transformers 2 - Revenge of the Fallen Movie Suite

Transformers 2 - Revenge of the Fallen Suite
Music by Steve Jablonsky

On the second installment of this Sci-Fi series, Mr. Jablonsky decided to go the same route that many other contemporary motion picture score composers have gone by using sythesizers to produce much of the music.  Along with a mix of voices raised in choral splendor to increase the dramatic, this music runs the gamut. Fortunately for the movie suite, we have minimized the choral and concentrated on the orchestral portions of the music. Still, we have plenty of synth, percussive pounding and strange effects to retain the overall effect of the movie suite. With a timing of 21:20, I hope you enjoy listening.  -MJ

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Transformers 3 - Dark Of The Moon Movie Suite

Transformers 3 - Dark of The Moon Suite
Music by Steve Jablonsky

The latest Transformers is a sonic blockbuster, filled with aggressive themes, tweaked synthesizers, powerful percussion as well as a few dramatic moments to allow the listener to rest before the final juggernaut.  This is our first movie suite by Mr. Jablonsky, who earned his composer chops on many lesser known motion pictures since the early days of this century and some better known television scores. I promise that this will not be the final suite from him either, since we will be showcasing his work from the earlier Transformer pictures as well as a some others. With a timing of 30:40 this suite will leave you breathless, in a good way!  Hope you enjoy. -MJ

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Links For All Movie Suites

A comment of note!!

I must apologize to those of you who inadvertantly happened upon this situation, yet thank you to have brought this to my attention. Links have died. Well, it has finally happened, although I must say that it is only surprising that it took this long. Most of my Rapidshare links and MegaUpload links have been eradicated from their respective locations. Of course, this errant measure came as a complete surprise to myself, since noticing with dimished respect the serious issues at both file sites. Never worry, I will begin at once with a thorough investigation, before re-up loading each and every Movie Suite from the oldest to the newest on http://www.toucanshare.com/. This will be done as soon as possible. Stayed tuned. Thanks for listening. -Sir Malcolm James

PS - 08/2012 - Oh well, toucanshare.com barely lasted for a year and here we aare again looking for a file sharing site. Mediafire has some good reviews and the files will never be deleted. Okay, that's to be determined later. Never say never!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Captain America The First Avenger Movie Suite

Captain America The First Avenger Suite
Music by Alan Silvestri

Hang on, because even though this movie suite starts out slowly subdued, it quickly picks up steam.  The beginning reminds us of any other war picture with rising drums that build into the horns that are upbeat and tempestuous. When the main theme kicks in after a couple minutes, it slows us down for a brief moment before we suddenly surge into a driving intensity. The conclusion to this suite is "classic" Silvestri with blazing trumpets and the promise of more to come in the near future (a bit like Back To The Future).  With a timing of 27:28, you'll be certain to enjoy this one.  -MJ

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Super 8 Movie Suite

Super 8 Suite
Music by Micael Giacchino

We have a recent blockbuster with a catchy main theme that you just can't stop humming.  Add to that the foreboding cues that accompany any mysterious Alien to the screen and we have a movie suite that is newly exciting yet sounds like a throwback to the 80's.  Mr. Giacchino has become one prolific composer in the last couple of years.  With an Oscar nod for his score in Up, to his latest rendition of the Star Trek franchise, he has shown his chops over and over again. Some say he has borrowed ideas from previous composers for the Super 8 score from the likes of John Williams, Grame Revell and others, but that may be jealousy talking because the final product is entertaining, energetic as well as enlightening.  What more could anyone ask of a movie suite?  With a timing of  33:46, it seems much quicker than it is and as always, I hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Movie Suite, Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Suite, Part 2
Music by Alexandre Desplat

Here it is!  The final installment for the Harry Potter franchise.  Utilizing some of the familiar motifs and themes from earlier versions with plenty of new cues, we are presented with a relentless movie suite of power and conflict.  Mr. Desplat does not disappoint as he takes us on a journey that eventually brings the conclusion of good versus evil into the listeners ears and head.  I found that after multiple sessions, this really grows on you in so many ways.  Whether or not you are an H.P. fan, you should give this a listen.  With a timing of 32:06, I think you'll enjoy this one.  -MJ

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pirates Of The Caribbean IV - On Stranger Tides Movie Suite

Pirates of the Caribbean IV - On Stranger Tides
Music by Hans Zimmer

With a nod to the previous versions, this movie suite from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean brings us back to the powerful themes and repetitious action cues that we've learned to expect from Mr. Zimmer.  At this point in his career, the composer still uses synthesizers while adding a complete orchestra as well as a choir of voices to give us a sonic experience unlike most other composers. With many thematic cues written by Rodrigo y Gabriela, there is a distinctively Spanish feel to this music, with the use of Spanish guitars and yet we have elected to keep his participation in the movie suite to a minimum.  With a timing of just 17:54, this fits in nicely with the previous Pirates' movie suites. Until Pirates of the Caribbean number five is released, I hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Bridge Too Far Movie Suite

A Bridge Too Far Suite
Music by John Addison

It seems fitting that this movie suite reminds me of John Philip Sousa, with blazing horns, thunderous background percussion and an upbeat attitude that is infectious. This is our first suite by Mr. Addison, and it will be the last War Picture suite for awhile.  Likeable, would be a great description of this movie suite as it smoothly spins toward the fitting conclusion.  With a timing of 20:15 we can only wish it were longer.  At the very least you should enjoy this one.  -MJ

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Band Of Brothers Movie Suite

Band of Brothers Suites I/II
Music by Michael Kamen

This 2001 HBO mini-series was scored by Michael Kamen, a composer well known for his work on Highlander and other respected scores. The enormous amount of music he wrote for this project spans orchestral cues, choral cues as well as title themes that carry the weight of this production. Due to this, we are fortunate to have two distinctive suites for your enjoyment. The first movie suite only slightly reminds us of other War Picture suites with a full orchestra and strong military themes rushing toward a quick conclusion. The timing for this suite is 17:41. Much different than the usual War Picture Suite, the second movie suite is a solemn yet lush orchestral arrangement mixed with a touch of voices at the beginning and ending. It is quite beautiful and very touching to hear. The timing for this suite is 22:02.  Although titled Part I and Part II, they are separate works of pleasure that complement one another. These should keep you busy for some time, but as always, I hope you enjoy them.  -MJ

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Battle Of Britain Movie Suite

Battle of Britain Suite
Music by Ron Goodwin
Music also by Sir William Walton

This high flying motion picture from 1968 is filled with marches, fanfares and constantly building cues that just can't be missed.  The score was originally penned by Sir William Walton, but the studio dropped his score in favor of Ron Goodwin's more upbeat version only retaining the main theme and a battle sequence.  Fortunately, Mr. Goodwin was able to merge the music admirably, offering us a movie suite that delivers a stirring performance and heroic sound that is unmatched.  With a timing of 25:01 this may be my favorite War Picture Suite.  I know you'll enjoy this one!  -MJ

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dirty Dozen, The Movie Suite

The Dirty Dozen Suite
Music by Frank De Vol

Distinctively different from any of the other War Picture Suites, there is a strained note of seriousness in this music that can't be ignored as the opening drums mark the beginning of this movie suite from 1967. Utilizing plenty of percussion thoughout, we are never able to forget that this is the music of a war picture, even when things lighten up for a a few cues, when we hear the familiar tune, "In The Army Now", as it weaves in and out of the suite. About half way through the drums return to signal the final phase of the suite when we are reminded that the results of war are never quite as we hope.  With a timing of 25:24, this passes by before you even realize it. Hope you enjoy!  -MJ

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Great Escape, The Suite

Great Escape, The Suite
Music by Elmer Bernstein

Talk about well-known!  The march from this 1963 movie suite helped define exactly what the music from a War picture should sound like.  No doubt, you will probably recognize the march instantly, but listen to the entire suite so you can enjoy the different versions as Mr. Bernstein teases us with bits and pieces of the march throughout the suite. Taking us along with the starts and stops of escaping WWII prisoners of war, there is an ever increasing level of tension that concludes with the final installment of the march.  With a timing of 33:27, this is longer than expected, but well worth the time. I hope you enjoy.  MJ

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Guns of Navarone, The Movie Suite

The Guns of Navarone Suite
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin

In keeping with our War Picture genre theme, we have a movie suite from 1961 that takes us to the isles of Greece to witness the destruction of an enemy stronghold.  Mr. Tiomkin who is best known for his scores for High Noon, The Alamo and It's A Wonderful Life, approached the Oscar-nominated music for Guns of Navarone more like a tone poem; the different themes winding in and out of the fabric of the movie suite. From the expected drums of any war picture to the lyrical Greek sounding Yassua, he managed to take us, his listeners on a magical tour that still holds up well after all these years.  With a timing of 29:11, this suite is leisurely but delivers on a grand scale. I hope you enjoy!  -MJ

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kelly's Heroes Movie Suite

Kelly's Heroes Suite
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Without a doubt, when this movie was released in 1970, it was apparent to everyone that we were watching an offbeat Vietnam movie that was set during WWII.  Huh?  Well, this movie suite is certainly a product of the late 60's and early 70's. We have drums. We have a short "pop" cue. When the main theme kicks in, a chorus of whistling opens up before we hear the drums that remind us this is a War Picture after all. The remainder of the suite visits some tense themes and a stirring march before ending with another round of whistlers.  This is our first visit by Mr. Schifrin, and it is all in good fun. Certainly not an oscar nomination here, but with a timing of 19:42, you'll probably enjoy this little gem for what it is.  -MJ

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MacArthur Movie Suite

MacArthur Movie Suite
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

It may seem like Jerry Goldsmith was the go-to composer for the War Picture genre. It also may be that his work is easier to get access to since he was so well liked. When performed today, the highlights of this motion picture score is often played hand in hand with the Patton score because of the similarity of the theme, but this music is much different than the Patton music in so many ways.  Starting with the expected drums, we quickly experience the horns of the main theme, known as the MacArthur march that infrequently winds in and out of the suite to our delight. Early on we experience a sense of foreboding, but it is exuberantly replaced with more percussion and horns to carry us towards the fitting conclusion. With a timing of 18:53 we present to you the MacArthur movie suite in it's entirety. I hope you enjoy it.  -MJ

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Patton Movie Suite

Patton Suite
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

Okay, we should say this at the outset; Jerry Goldsmith did himself proud with this motion picture score.  With the signature, fading trumpet fanfare that starts and ends this movie suite we know instantly that this is serious music.  The movie was nominated for 10 Oscars in 1971, winning 7, but not for Best Musical Score.  We will not debate this omission, but instead we present to you a movie suite that is arguably one of Mr. Goldsmith's best works.  With a timing of 19:57, I know that you'll enjoy this one alot.  -MJ

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Von Ryan's Express Movie Suite

Von Ryan's Express Suite
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

Starting out just as you would expect a movie suite from a WWII war picture, we are quickly taken down roads less trodden by most composers of this genre.  Although underlying with seriousness, Mr. Goldsmith had fun with this music; using a lighter hand, yet having all the prerequisites such as plenty of percussion, flutes and blaring horns that we always seem to find in this style of music.  With a timing of only 15:37, this is over way to quickly. Fitting in with our current theme, I hope you'll enjoy this one.  -MJ

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

We Were Soldiers Movie Suite

We Were Soldiers Suite
Music by Nick Glennie-Smith

This movie suite comes to us from a motion picture that has a much different attitude than the earlier glorious War pictures from the 60's, 70's, or 80's. This music has the requisite drums and stirring strings that tell a longing story of great loss and the horrible choices of war.  In his first visit to Movie Suites, Mr. Glennie-Smith carries us along on this solemn journey, yet instills us to look for hope as life goes on. With a timing of 28:04, you may want to enjoy this one with others.  -MJ

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Where Eagles Dare Movie Suite

Where Eagles Dare Suite
Music by Ron Goodwin

Made near the middle of Hollywood's thirty year run with glorious WWII motion pictures, we have a movie suite from a 1968 classic that has all the requisite elements: plenty of percussion, horns, flutes and the corresponding tension builders of repetitious crescendos.  Don't let all that turn you away because this music is filled with a main theme that is presented in unique ways that move the music along at a quick pace that grows on you with multiple samples.  Is it too repetitious? You decide. With a timing of 21:58, this is our first movie suite from Ron Goodwin and it is worth a listen. I hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Exodus Movie Suite

Exodus Suite
Music by Ernest Gold

This classic movie suite comes to us from the motion picture score that won the Oscar for best score in 1960, the Golden Globe for best score in 1961 and the Grammy in 1961 for the best soundtrack.  With all that pedigree, one would expect there must be a gem hidden here and there is.  The rousing main theme sounds with horns a-blazing at the opening and this theme is carried throughout the suite in a variety of ways. That is great since the theme is so memorable as it weaves its way towards the final conclusion. With a timing of 16:47, you might want to give this classic a listen.  If you do, you may just enjoy it.  MJ

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Monday, May 9, 2011

1941 Movie Suite

1941 Suite
Music by John Williams

When this motion picture burst on the scene in 1979, John Williams was already well known for his Superman, Jaws, Star Wars and Indiana Jones scores. Naturally, the score for a comedy about an invasion of Hollywood, was not considered in the same class by most soundtrack lovers. That's too bad, because Mr. Williams borrowed from some of his previous scores, in a tongue-in-cheek way and also scored a fantastic main theme that is a stirring march (which he has said many times was his favorite). He even borrowed the brawl theme from the classic motion picture The Quiet Man, originally scored by Victor Young, which pushes this movie suite along at a fantastic pace. With a timing of  33:57, once you give this a listen, you'll really enjoy it.  -MJ

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

King Kong Movie Suite (1933)

King Kong Movie Suite (1933)
Music by Max Steiner

When you take into account that this motion picture has spawned countless remakes and the score was ground breaking in so many ways, that it is amazing how fresh and fitting this movie suite actually is. So many of the cues build from simple themes into crescendos that have been copied so many times since, but remember that this music is the original. Mr. Steiner held to his vision by giving us a composition that is still listenable and reflective even after all these years. This is powerful orchestral music that stands the test of time and you have to give it a listen to appreciate the two movie suites that follow this. With a timing of 32:50, it simply is a "Classic" in every sense of the word. Please enjoy.  -MJ

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/2zn5hqtdptawo4h/KngKngMoSte%281933%29.zip

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/wwameqv5q6xbw82/KingKongMovieSuite%281933%29.mp3

King Kong Movie Suite (1976)

King Kong Movie Suite (1976)
Music Composed and Conducted by John Barry

We have a lyrical movie suite for this 1976 remake of an original classic motion picture. John Barry, who is best known for his work on the James Bond franchise as well as Out Of Africa, penned us a moving and lasting tribute that transcends the heart wrenching story graciously. With the limited use of piano and early synthesizer to acompany the orchestra, we are taken on a journey that is very different from the other composer's who tackled this same subject yet this is no less fitting. Although the main theme is used sparingly throughout, we are reminded of it enough to welcome the simple motif. With a timing of 25:02, this is worth a listen. Hope you enjoy. -MJ

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/b9nw9iax9zcymzs/KngKngMoSte%281976%29.zip

MP3 FILES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bpqqy8rmatx7ox2/KingKongMovieSuite%281976%29.mp3

Friday, April 29, 2011

King Kong Suite (2006)

King Kong Suite (2006)
Music by James Newton Howard

This remake of a remake comes to us with a classic feel that sounds more like a tone poem than a motion picture suite. Listening to this on it's own seems to tell a story that takes us from melancholy to sadness, to hope.  Mr. Howard's limited usage of a mixed choral has been blended in with the other instruments so well that it was often difficult to tell if it was voices or the subtle introduction of a synthesizer. There was plenty of music to sift through, but with a final timing of 34:10, it seems to pass much too quickly. In case you wondered, at first I did not care for this, but after successive listening, I am now an ardent fan. I hope that you enjoy this.  -MJ

APE FILES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1otftrxbqec9w4m/KngKngMoSte%282006%29.zip

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/isdezkm9rv3m27v/KingKongMovieSuite%282006%29.mp3

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia 1 - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Movie Suite

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams

With aplomb we are discussing the movie suite from the first of the Chronicles of Narnia motion pictures, composed by Harry Gregson-Williams, best known for his other fine work on the Shrek movies and Kingdom of Heaven.  Right from the outset, we are filled with an ominous feel; yet with a deft lightness the music does not falter as the main theme is presented and re-worked throughout.  There is a little choral section near the middle of the piece that reminds us of the battle between good and evil before we rush on to the conclusion. We end with the main theme, quietly questioning whether any of this ever really happened. With a timing of 26:01, this movie suite is a great introduction to the Narnia legacy. Hope you enjoy.  -MJ

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/sysuipk8e4mwk5d/ChrnclsofNrn1%3BThLn%2CWtch%26WrdrbeSte.zip

MP3 FILES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r11sfkuj40281n9/ChroniclesofNarnia1%3BTheLion%2CWitch%26WardrobeSuite.mp3

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chronicles of Narnia 2 - Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams

The second installment of the Chronicles of Narnia has Mr. Gregson-Williams again penning the music for our enjoyment. Building quickly, right from the openning notes this movie suite is regal and powerful. Sprinkling in numerous themes and with some added choral motifs to strengthen the impact of the sound, we can hear that this music could be used for some imaginary royal event. The themes are reminiscent of the first movie suite, yet they are more in-your-face.  With a timing of 28:08 this should get you going. Enjoy!  -MJ

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/f2p2zgio45e7ffu/ChrnclsofNrn2%3BPrnceCspnSte.zip

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/rs21nbpoodljr6x/ChroniclesofNarnia2%3BPrinceCaspianSuite.mp3

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Chronicles of Narnia 3 - Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Suite

The Chronicles of Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Music by David Arnold

For the third installment of the Narnia Chronicles, we are visited by Mr. Arnold, who has taken the baton from Henry Gregson Williams and given us a stupendous movie suite that refuses to falter. Starting with mellow phrasing, we are transported to sea aboard a large sailing vessel, the lyrical sound of the waves and the wind filling the billowy sails. Constantly picking up the pace as we go along, Mr. Arnold throws in some choral support to take us to the subdued finale. This has a much different feel than the previous Narnia movie suites by Harry Gregson-Williams, but of course, that is not a bad thing.  With a timing of 29:12, you should check this out. I hope you enjoy...MJ.

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/l7riwsqao8qppfg/ChrnclsofNrn3VygofthDwnTrdrSte.zip

MP3 FILES:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/y0zyf1doy86517c/ChroniclesOfNarnia3VoyageoftheDawnTreaderSuite.mp3

Friday, February 25, 2011

Backdraft Movie Suite

Backdraft Suite
Music by Hans Zimmer

We have a rare work by the prolific composer of note, Mr. Hans Zimmer.  This one was on the list to find for awhile, then it appeared to my delight.  This movie suite is powerful and plays with fire as the listener must hang onto something to enjoy the ride. Mr. Zimmer's earlier work is filled with synthesizers that melt into the orchestra for a seamless, yet very accessable work. With a timing of  25:26, I hope you enjoy!  Just don't get too close or you'll be burned.  -MJ

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/4s3b4azpkn3zrrg/BckdrftM0Ste.zip

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/k1vyo11no27so6s/BackdraftSuite.mp3

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Elizabeth The Movie Suite

Elizabeth Suite
Music by David Hirschfelder

Starting out with a blasting chorus and ending with a similar chorus, this movie suite delivers a period sounding work that is at once interesting as well as enjoyable. This is our first movie suite by David Hirschfelder, one of the premier composers from Australia.  Notably he is best kinown for the scores for Shine, Australia and this motion picture which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1998. With a timing of 23:26, if you can get past the vocals at the beginning and the end, you'll no doubt enjoy this one.  At least, I do hope so.  -MJ

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