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Conducted by:

Produced by:
Shawn Murphy

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(February 11th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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All scores performed won the Academy Award for "Best Original Score" in their respective years.
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Buy it... only if you are interested in strong performances by the London Symphony Orchestra on some of the individual themes included.

Avoid it... if you expect the compilation to be a valid representation of the best score themes in the history of Hollywood.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #703
WRITTEN 3/12/97, REVISED 12/21/06
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The Hollywood Sound: (Compilation) Veteran listeners of film music have been trained through suffering and agitation about the ill fates that await superior film scores on Oscar night. Only once or twice a decade does the best score of the year truly win the appropriate Academy Award, leaving arthouse or political favorites to ride the popularity of their films to win the "Best Score" trophy. This reality rings so very true when you open the liner notes of a collection of Oscar-winning score performances and the frustrations over the awkward list of champs is actually acknowledged. Such is the case with "The Hollywood Sound," a Sony Classical compilation of Academy winners performed by the famed London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by everyone's favorite maestro, John Williams. It was not unusual for similar compilations from the wand of Williams to be released in short succession at the time; the composer's leadership of the Boston Pops (as well his obvious success in writing as well) caused him to be a hot commodity on the re-recording market. Most of the albums containing these performances were similar in feel and sound, often repackaging the same exact music and rearranging it for more profit. The difference with "The Hollywood Sound" is that Williams conducted London's finest through several themes not regularly heard on Williams' usual compilations. The selection of "Best Score" winners provided here is, at the least, an interesting and varied group of entries. Unfortunately, the choice of representation, the presentation of the themes, and a few of the performances themselves, all raise far more questions than the album answers. If you're a total film music novice, without a single score in your collection (but with a few famous themes in your head), would "The Hollywood Sound" give you an adequate idea about the history of the greatest film music? Of course not... The album never has a chance, and that's why products like this always turn out to be marginally curious and maybe enjoyable for a listen or two. But nothing more.

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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 70:00
• 1. 1962 - Lawrence of Arabia: Overture (Maurice Jarre) (3:42)
• 2. 1982 - E.T.: Flying Theme (John Williams) (3:40)
• 3. 1985 - Out of Africa: Main Titles (John Barry) (3:47)
• 4. 1939 - The Wizard of Oz: Fantasy for Orchestra (Various) (5:50)
• 5. 1975 - Jaws: Theme (John Williams) (2:51)
• 6. 1938 - The Adventure of Robin Hood: Robin Hood and His Merry Men (Erich Wolfgang Korngold) (4:27)
• 7. 1995 - Pocahontas: Colors of the Wind (Alan Menken) (4:56)
• 8. 1987 - The Last Emperor: Theme (Ryuichi Sakamoto) (4:55)
• 9. 1951 - A Place in the Sun: Suite (Franz Waxman), featuring Grover Washington, Jr. (7:58)
• 10. 1945 - Spellbound: Dream Sequence/Mountain Lodge (Miklos Rosza) (5:08)
• 11. 1974 - The Godfather, Part II: Main Title, The Immigrant (Nino Rota) (3:47)
• 12. 1990 - Dances with Wolves: John Dunbar Theme (John Barry) (2:20)
• 13. 1941 - The Devil and Daniel Webster: Mr. Scratch (Bernard Herrmann) (4:02)
• 14. 1991 - Beauty and the Beast: Theme (Alan Menken) (3:09)
• 15. 1946 - The Best Years of Our Lives: Theme (Hugo Friedhofer) (2:39)
• 16. 1977 - Star Wars: Main Title (John Williams) (5:48)

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The insert includes moderately detailed information about each film and score.
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