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Coming Soon: The John Beal Trailer Project
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Composed and Performed by:
John Beal

Additional Music by:
Jerry Goldsmith
Tangerine Dream

Includes Segments Inspired by the Music of:
James Horner
John Williams
Danny Elfman
Enya
Robert Folk
Ennio Morricone
Trevor Jones
David Newman
...and more

Orchestrated by:
Joel Rosenbaum
William Kidd
Michael McCuistion
Doug Timm
Jonathan Sacks
Richard Bellis
Jimmy Bryant

Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sonic Images Records
(October 6th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a distinctly fascinating glimpse into the world of original movie trailer music.

Avoid it... if the issue of plagiarism bothers you to such an extent that the process of trailer music creation interferes with your enjoyment of it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #969
WRITTEN 10/15/98, REVISED 8/12/07
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Beal
Beal
Coming Soon: The John Beal Trailer Project: (Compilation) For almost all fans of modern film music, trailers have become a source of double pleasure. Not only do we get to see a preview of the new film to be released, but we also get to hear the use of some great (and sometimes frustratingly unknown) music in the trailers. Some studios, depending on the budget of the project, will license the recording of a previously available film score theme or classical piece. Others save money by asking a composer to emulate a well-known piece of existing music with one that is just barely altered to avoid legal confrontations. And even others receive completely original music. Considering the frighteningly bloating prices of licensing fees --some of which in the hundreds of thousands of dollars-- it is no surprise that film producers are turning to artists like John Beal to produce quality original music for their frantic 2-minute creations. As these producers lean further towards largely orchestral original trailer scores (with a 90-piece orchestra or more), new challenges are placed on the shoulders of Beal and other trailer artists. For Beal, however, the job of completing the best quality trailer in this environment of lightening speed is just part of the fun. His career includes a handful of scores for mostly unknown films, only a few of which have been pressed by the Intrada label. The mass of his contribution to the trailer realm specifically was the inspiration for a 1998 Sonic Images 2-CD compilation of about 130 minutes of these ideas, taken directly from source tapes.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 129:06
CD 1: (62:04)

• 1. Black Beauty Trailer (Black Beauty) (1:20)
• 2. Angel - Almost (Almost an Angel) (2:19)
• 3. Beautician & the Beast (Beautician & the Beast) (2:14)
• 4. Alaska Trailer (Alaska) (1:57)
• 5. Black Rain Trailer (Black Rain) (1:32)
• 6. Broke Arrow (demo) (2:21)
• 7. Casualties of War (Casualties of War) (2:06)
• 8. For Sir Charlie (Chaplin) (1:59)
• 9. Beal's Con Theory (Conspiracy Theory) (2:21)
• 10. Pseudo Coll World (demo) (1:44)
• 11. Courage March (demo) (1:03)
• 12. The Cutthroat (demo) (1:17)
• 13. Dead Again (Dead Again) (2:08)
• 14. Blessed Dead (Deadly Blessing) (2:16)
• 15. Nothing to Lose (Disturbing Behavior) (1:40)
• 16. Erased (Eraser) (1:34)
• 17. Eye to Eye (demo) (2:00)
• 18. Intruder (Flight of the Intruder) (2:21)
• 19. Ghost Trailer (Ghost) (2:04)
• 20. Ham's Prologue & Epilogue (demo) (3:01)
• 21. Three Blind Elfman (Heathers) (1:51)
• 22. The Hunt (The Hunt for Red October) (1:39)
• 23. I Know What (I Know What You Did Last Summer) (0:34)
• 24. In the Line (In the Line of Fire) (2:25)
• 25. Independence 2 (demo) (1:06)
• 26. Dead Solid Perfect (Intersection) (1:51)
• 27. Sarah & Jack (Sarah & Jack) (2:15)
• 28. Hollywood Latin (demo) (2:25)
• 29. Jen 8 (Jennifer 8) (1:02)
• 30. Judge Dredd Trailer (Judge Dredd) (0:55)
• 31. Last Man (Last Man Standing) (1:02)
• 32. Last Dogman (demo) (1:41)
• 33. Tate Jazz (demo) (2:24)
• 34. Deadly Sin (TV spot) (0:34)


CD 2: (67:02)

• 1. Magic of the Theater/Strawberry & Chocolate (Strawberry & Chocolate) (2:20)
• 2. Medicine Man Trailer (Medicine Man) (1:49)
• 3. Invisible Memoirs (Memoirs of an Invisible Man) (1:54) (Mislabelled as #2 in the track listings)
• 4. Morph Men (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) (1:47)
• 5. Miracle Trailer (Miracle on 34th Street) (2:50)
• 6. Woody's Manhattan (demo) (1:50)
• 7. Manhattan Night (demo) (2:05)
• 8. Noises Offstage (Noises Off) (1:35)
• 9. Nothing Much (Nothing in Common) (1:27)
• 10. I'll Always Fall in Love with Love (demo) (1:57)
• 11. Pagemaster Trail (The Pagemaster) (2:17)
• 12. Passed (Passed Away) (1:21)
• 13. Academy March (Police Academy) (2:20)
• 14. Lyle/Ennio/I'm Not Hoffa (Quiz Show) (2:30)
• 15. Stunt Person (demo) (0:31)
• 16. School Tie (School Ties) (2:11)
• 17. Unmarried White Woman (demo) (2:21)
• 18. SkateTown USA Trailer/End Title (disco demo) (3:45)
• 19. Basic Instinct Theme (Basic Instinct) (2:21)
• 20. Solo's Solo (Solo) (1:57)
• 21. Two Billion $ Off Switch (Solo TV) (1:01)
• 22. Species Too (Species 2) (2:10)
• 23. Sweet Magnolia (Steel Magnolias TV) (1:25)
• 24. SuperCop Promo (SuperCop) (1:00)
• 25. Karen's Love Theme (by request) (1:04)
• 26. The Grift (The Grifters) (1:58)
• 27. Someone Stop Me (The Mask) (1:51)
• 28. If They Come at You (demo) (3:00)
• 29. Three Wishes Teaser (Three Wishes) (2:41)
• 30. Ocean Song (demo) (1:23)
• 31. StarNever/True Lies Overlay (True Lies) (1:37)
• 32. Under Siege Too (Under Siege 2) (1:41)
• 33. It's Warshawski! (V.I. Warshawski) (1:39)
• 34. Beal's Volcanic (Volcano) (0:56)
• 35. White Out (White Water Summer) (1:20)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains extensive notes about Beal's career and industry, including the following excerpt by Soundtrack Magazine editor Randall D. Larson:

    "The 69 musical cues featured on these CDs are among the most effective examples of 2-minute film music you're likely to hear. Within the space of those two minutes, Beal manages to capture the given mood of a scene, conveys the energy of the story, and captivates the interest of an audience using a remarkable variety of styles. Combining a veteran composer's skill with the up-to-date-iveness of someone remaining on the cutting edge of musical imagery, John Beal deftly occupies a unique niche in motion picture music. Beal understands the needs of selling a complete storyline in two minutes, and he's got years of experience writing almost exclusively for trailers."

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