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Greatest Sci-Fi Hits IV
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Performed by:
Neil Norman and His Cosmic Orchestra

Conducted by:
Jack Smalley
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GNP Crescendo Records
(October 27th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you dig the fascinating perversion of hearing electric guitars and keyboards perform your favorite orchestral science-fiction themes.

Avoid it... if any album containing a rock song named after soundtrack record producer Ford A. Thaxton throws up a red flag for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,304
WRITTEN 9/7/99, REVISED 4/7/07
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Greatest Science Fiction Hits IV: (Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra) Why exactly do most people in mainstream society consider science fiction entertainment the realm of nerds? How come Starfleet uniforms are always mentioned in Wield Al song parodies about nerds? Could you point to any specific part of the sci-fi world and declare it responsible for the lack of perceived coolness of the genre? Yes... the answer is Neil Norman. The colorful Norman and his traveling band called the Cosmic Orchestra are a group with a loyal following of enthusiasts, and their live shows often consist of a spectacle of lights, costumes, and futuristic sets. Their music is a bastardized combination of rock and orchestral film music, blurring the lines with often horrifying results. The key to looking at their contribution to society is to determine how seriously you consider their intent. If you're looking for some openly dumb, unashamed fun, the Norman fits an amusing, comical role in the universe. If you hate hearing your favorite film scores translated for electric guitar, then you're among the larger contingency of more sophisticated sci-fi geeks who would rather consider the genre's themes just one step away from classical music. Even if you can make this determination as a fan, however, Norman suffers from one significant problem; he can't seem to decide himself if he's going to stay true to the outlandish, rock performances that define his uniqueness or, conversely, try on occasion to actually produce legitimately orchestral renditions of famous themes. It's this waffling, among other head-scratching aspects, that ruins the fourth album installment of his band's recordings. Obviously, someone must be buying these things, for the fact that there were four of them to begin with shows how prolific Norman is. There are apparently people out there who don't seem to mind hearing Star Trek music performed by keyboards and electric guitars. More amazing are pictures all over the packaging with Norman hanging out with the likes of Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams, causing anybody to wonder what exactly was going through the composers' minds at the moment of the snapshots. The word 'fanboy' comes to mind.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 76:58
• 1. Amazing Stories (1:12)
• 2. Men Into Space (1:11)
• 3. The Outer Limits II (1:01)
• 4. Conquest of The Thaxton Nebula (3:07)
• 5. Escape from The Planet of the Apes (2:31)
• 6. The Wild Wild West (3:42)
• 7. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2:26)
• 8. Reanimator (3:26)
• 9. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (3:29)
• 10. Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1:38)
• 11. Stargate SG-1 Main Title (1:02)
• 12. Stargate SG-1 End Title (1:05)
• 13. Alien Autopsy (2:11)
• 14. Xena: Warrior Princess (1:26)
• 15. Saturn 3 (4:04)
• 16. The Saint (1:40)
• 17. Predator (3:45)
• 18. Predator II (3:45)
• 19. Universes(1:50)
• 20. Star Trek Encounters (6:41)
• 21. Airwolf (2:52)
• 22. Godzilla's Interlude (0:52)
• 23. Monster Zero March (3:05)
• 24. The X Files (4:03)
• 25. Babylon 5 (3:24)
• 26. Escape from New York (5:23)
• 27. The James Bond Theme (4:09)
• 28. Men in Black (4:18)

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The insert is very colorful and contains a wealth of information about the recordings.
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