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Hollywood '95
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Performed by:
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Conducted by:
Joel McNeely
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 24th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print.
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Buy it... if you are exploring compilations of modern film music for the first time, for this product remains among the best collections of re-recorded performances available.

Avoid it... only if you have no interest in the particular selections (or composers) that make up this presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,188
WRITTEN 11/1/96, REVISED 8/29/08
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Hollywood '95: (Compilation) Through the years, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has recorded hundreds of film music works, most of which commissioned for release by the Varèse Sarabande label. At the helm for most of their early recordings of the mid-1990's was conductor and composer Joel McNeely, considered at the time to be a promising pupil of (and possible successor for) film music legend John Williams. The collaboration between McNeely and the RSNO had proven moderately successful during a recording of the previous year's scores (provided on an album called, of course, "Hollywood '94"), and the enormous success of "Hollywood '95" led to one more similar collection of recordings the following year before the collaboration took a few years off. The RSNO would continue to re-record entire scores to be released by Varèse Sarabande and, like any performing group, they have their days when they excel and days when off-pitch notes miserably blurt out in nearly every cue. Such is the habit of any performing group, however, especially when tackling the works of a composer for the first time. To the benefit of all film music fans, though, "Hollywood '95" is an exhibit of the RSNO, McNeely, and Varèse all at their finest, with stunning recordings from beginning to end. Part of the success of the "Hollywood '95" compilation over those from the previous and following years is due simply to the vast quantity of good music produced by Hollywood composers during that year. Many soundtrack collectors remember 1995 more fondly than any other year during the Digital Age of film music. While most people will remember it as the year that James Horner dominated the charts, many other composers wrote high caliber music that often exceeded the quality of the films they were inspired by. Another major reason for the success of "Hollywood '95" is the pinpoint accuracy with which the RSNO nailed many, if not nearly all of the performances, capturing the spirit of the original compositions while taking some subtle, though impressive liberties with the material at hand.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:17
Batman Forever: (Elliot Goldenthal)
• 1. Main Title (1:43)
• 2. Chase Noir (1:54)
• 3. Nygma Variations (2:38)
• 4. Mouth to Mouth Nocturne (2:18)
• 5. Victory (2:28)

Apollo 13: (James Horner)
• 6. The Launch (9:53)

Judge Dredd
• 7. Suite (4:57) (Alan Silvestri)
• 8. Trailer (0:49) (Jerry Goldsmith)
Casper: (James Horner)
• 9. Casper's Lullaby (5:52)

Waterworld: (James Newton Howard)
• 10. Main Titles (2:16)

First Knight: (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 11. Arthur's Fanfare (0:46)
• 12. End Credits (4:12)

Braveheart: (James Horner)
• 13. End Title (7:42)

That Hamilton Woman (Miklos Rozsa)
• 14. Love Theme (4:25)

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The insert includes extensive notes about the selected scores and films.
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