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Mark McKenzie: Orchestral Film Music, Volume 1
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(1996)
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Promotional release by the composer. Copies occasionally appear on the secondary online auction market.
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Buy it... if you own little or none of Mark McKenzie's music from the early 1990's or, conversely, if you're interested in his unreleased music for Mi Familia and Down Periscope.

Avoid it... if you already own Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde, Frank and Jesse and McKenzie's later 'Con Passione' compilation, for there's not much else to make this previous collection worth the search.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,157
WRITTEN 1/26/00, REVISED 2/17/08
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Mark McKenzie: Orchestral Film Music - Volume One: (Mark McKenzie) While far from a household name, Mark McKenzie has been active through the 1990's and 2000's as both an orchestrator for major scores and a composer himself for small projects. His music is generally melodic in structure and lyrical in movement, often made intimate by the restraints of recording with small ensembles (or the need for such music for the family style of films to which he has been typecast in the 2000's). Although many of his scores have been released due to the support of Intrada Records, McKenzie has used a couple of promotional compilations through the years to help promote some of his work that is too obscure to even merit an album release from Intrada. In 1996, the first of his compilations took the form of a lengthy album with selections from five of his early scores. For a more balanced collection of both this music and his entries from the late 1990's and early 2000's, a subsequent promotional compilation called "Con Passione" would feature additional suites from The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca, Durango, The Lost Child, and Dragonheart 2: A New Beginning. Most of the material on "Orchestral Film Music - Volume One" comes from Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde and Frank and Jesse, both released in full by Intrada. The highlights for film music fans, however, include music from the mid-1990's films Mi Familia (My Family) and Down Periscope. The 1995 score for Mi Familia is slightly flavored with a Spanish influence, but mainly delves into the romanticism of the topic. For this Francis Ford Coppola epic, McKenzie provides a classically based main theme to a slow, waltz-like movement and a secondary woodwind theme of allure. The brass in the title theme may exhibit a bit too much pomp for repeated enjoyment, but the woodwind theme is hauntingly beautiful and its performances in several tracks would foreshadow similar recorder sequences in Durango. A small portion of McKenzie's music for Mi Familia was released by Elektra Records at the time of the film's release, but only on an album heavy with songs. A significant amount of extra material, roughly 15 minutes, is available here.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:51
• 1. My Family: My Family/Mi Familia Suite (5:29)
• 2. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Overture (6:07)
• 3. Frank and Jesse: Frank and Jesse Suite (5:24)
• 4. My Family: Train Deportation (1:22)
• 5. Down Periscope: First Victory (1:13)
• 6. My Family: Jimmy Remembers (0:45)
• 7. Frank and Jesse: Family Moments (2:27)
• 8. Frank and Jesse: Civil War Montage (2:47)
• 9. Down Periscope: Crew of Misfits (3:34)
• 10. My Family: The River (3:09)
• 11. Frank and Jesse: Marauding (1:51)
• 12. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Off to Work (2:19)
• 13. My Family: Mi Familia Main Title (2:24)
• 14. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Narrow Escape (2:16)
• 15. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: A Little Surprise (1:45)
• 16. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Something Electrical (2:17)
• 17. Frank and Jesse: The Peace Ranch (1:18)
• 18. Frank and Jesse: Northfield Battle (2:16)
• 19. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Old Movie Music (2:20)
• 20. Down Periscope: Delusions of Mutiny (1:17)
• 21. Frank and Jesse: Good-Bye Jesse (2:12)
• 22. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Breakfast for Two (2:32)
• 23. Warlock: The Armageddon: Love Theme (2:10)
• 24. Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde: Final Transformations (2:45)
• 25. My Family: I Know You (0:45)
• 26. My Family: Chucho's Nightmare (4:16)

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The insert contains some quick information (now outdated) about McKenzie's career.
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