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Hollywood '96
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Conducted by:

Performed by:
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus

Produced by:
Robert Townson
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 5th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have enjoyed previous compilations of re-recordings featuring this combination of ensemble and conductor, and the selections of scores represented interests you.

Avoid it... if you were disappointed by the "Hollywood '95" album, for "Hollywood '96" is not as strong.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,392
WRITTEN 11/1/96, REVISED 7/29/06
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Hollywood '96: (Compilation) The Royal Scottish National Orchestra has recorded hundreds of film music works for release by the Varèse Sarabande label. At the helm for most of their early recordings of the mid-1990's was conductor/composer Joel McNeely, considered at the time to be a student and possible successor for film music legend John Williams. The collaboration of the RSNO and Joel McNeely had proven moderately successful during a recording of scores from 1994 (provided on an album called, of course, "Hollywood '94"), and the enormous success of "Hollywood '95" would lead to one more similar collection of recordings the following year before the collaboration would take 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 wrong notes miserably blurt out in nearly every cue. Such is the habit of any performing group, however, especially when performing the works of a composer for the first time. The strength of the great 1995 compilation was owed mostly to the vast quantity of good music produced by Hollywood composers during that year, including a monumental year for James Horner. The 1996 season wasn't half as strong by comparison, so instead of providing a small number of scores with multiple cues from several of those works, Varèse decided to record single themes from a much wider variety of scores for 1996. This is one strike against the "Hollywood '96" album, followed by a second strike caused by the inherent nature of publishing an album that summarizes the year's best music long before the year is over. Essentially, "Hollywood '96" is left with choosing material that comes from the summer blockbusters and forcing some of the spring surprises into the mix. The end result is an album which features selections from scores that really don't sell albums, even for devoted film music collectors.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
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**** 38 4 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 54:15
• 1. Mission: Impossible (Lalo Schifrin) (1:31)
• 2. Twister (Mark Mancina) (4:40)
• 3. Fargo (Carter Burwell) (3:00)
• 4. A Time to Kill (Elliot Goldenthal) (4:19)
• 5. Sabrina (John Williams) (5:42)
• 6. Phenomenon (Thomas Newman) (2:54)
• 7. Flipper (Joel McNeely) (2:50)
• 8. Emma (Rachel Portman) (2:56)
• 9. Tin Cup (William Ross) (4:44)
• 10. Courage Under Fire (James Horner) (3:43)
• 11. Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann) (5:07)
• 12. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Alen Menken) (6:21)
• 13. Independence Day (David Arnold) (5:45)

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The insert includes detailed information about the scores and films.
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