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Conducted by:
Erich Kunzel

Performed by:
The Cincinnati Pops

Sound Effects by:
Michael Bishop
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
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(May 23rd, 2000)
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Buy it... if you have enjoyed other modern (post-1993) compilations from this ensemble on Telarc and have a fond place in your heart for their usual array of sound effects.

Avoid it... if synthetic choral accompaniment and an occasional "pop" sound to some cues deters you as much as the often overwhelming sound effects that could conceivably blow out smaller speaker systems.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #985
WRITTEN 6/2/00, REVISED 11/29/07
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Mega Movies: (Compilation) After several years of producing compilations of film music that were aimed at specific genres in Hollywood, Erich Kunzel and The Cincinnati Pops began mirroring Varèse Sarabande's "Hollywood '9x" series by arranging their performances based on current spans of time. First, "The Big Picture" was released in 1997 and contained music mostly from 1995 and 1996, and subsequently "Mega Movies" was released in 2000 and contained themes from 1997 to 1999. While the Telarc label had been experimenting with the inclusion of sound effects on their albums for many years (on all but their very early compilations), these late-1990's products began to take more serious stabs at them. Sound quality of the recordings was always a significant consideration for Telarc, and in the early compilations, their superior quality of sound was often the selling point for their collections. A trend has been noticed through the years by many avid collectors of these Telarc albums, and that is changing style of The Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel's direction. In their early days, they won awards for their classical recordings, and their recordings of film music were always faithfully symphonic in sound. In more recent years, however, the "pop" in The Cincinnati Pops has stepped forward far more often, with percussion sometimes too contemporary in sound for the performances at hand. This is a phenomenon that began with the group's recording of Disney musicals from 1989 to 1994 a few years later and manifested itself in several places in "The Big Picture" in 1997. Additionally, the ensemble began attempting more selections that had used a chorus in their original form, and instead of utilizing the services of a choral group, Kunzel seemed content using a synthesized chorus instead. In places, this decision works, but in others, it nearly ruins the performance.



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Average: 3.64 Stars
***** 158 5 Stars
**** 110 4 Stars
*** 76 3 Stars
** 34 2 Stars
* 56 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 73:44
The Mummy (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 1. The Sand Volcano (4:08)

The Mask of Zorro (James Horner)
2. Don't Mess with "Z" (0:15)*
• 3. Main Title (4:18)

Air Force One (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 4. Main Title/The Parachutes (4:41)

The Rock (Hans Zimmer)
5. Chopper Flyby (0:14)*
• 6. End Title (4:52)

Contact (Alan Silvestri)
• 7. End Credits (3:58)

Mighty Joe Young (James Horner)
• 8. Dedication/Windsong (5:29)

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (John Williams)
9. Day at the Races (1:06)*
• 10. Main Title/Flag Parade (4:50)

L.A. Confidential (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 11. Bade of Honor/L.A. Confidential (2:27)
The Prince of Egypt (Hans Zimmer)
• 12. When You Believe (5:21)

The X-Files: Fight the Future (Mark Snow)
13. What's that Hum? (0:14)*
• 14. Threnody in X (2:58)

A Bug's Life (Randy Newman)
• 15. Time of Your Life (4:06)

Elizabeth (David Hirschfelder)
• 16. Main Title (5:34)

Godzilla (David Arnold)
17. A Stroll in NYC (1:35)*
• 18. Main Title (3:13)

Shakespeare in Love (Stephen Warbeck)
• 19. Main Title (3:23)

Titanic (James Horner)
20. Iceberg! (0:42)*
• 21. Back to Titanic (4:23)

Armageddon (Trevor Rabin)
• 22. Main Title (3:34)
* In red: sound effects

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The insert includes quick notes about the selections of cues and lengthy commentary about the sound effects.
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