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Hollywood Stars: Music from the Films of Sean Connery
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Nic Raine
Paul Bateman

Synthesizers Programmed and Performed by:
Mark Ayres

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Silva Screen Records
(June 16th, 1998)
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Music from the Films of Sean Connery

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Buy it... if you don't own any of the "Cinema Choral Classics" or "Bond and Beyond" albums from Silva and enjoy the selection of scores provided.

Avoid it... if you already own a majority of the performances on other Silva compilations (which is bound to happen for score collectors).
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #981
WRITTEN 7/17/98, REVISED 7/23/06
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Hollywood Stars: Music from the Films of Sean Connery: (Compilation) By the late 1990's, Silva Screen had hit their stride in their production of large-scale symphonic re-recordings of film music featuring The City of Prague Philharmonic. As they had done before and would do again in the future, they released several actor-specific compilations in the summer of 1998. Under the common title of "Hollywood Stars," the three concurrent releases of the series were devoted to films starring Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, and Mel Gibson. Compilations related to Connery in particular were common in the 1990's, as the actor continued his success in the action genre and a new generation of popular composers provided their services for his films. Silva had released a "Music from the Films of Sean Connery" album in 1993 with some of the same selections (identical performances) as the expanded 1998 "Hollywood Stars" album. Interestingly, the other two "Hollywood Stars" albums released concurrently were both HDCDs, whereas the Connery one was not. The likely reason for this difference was the re-use of the old recordings that had not taken advantage of the current recording technologies. The only significant difference in the sound of the 1993 and 1998 albums is the change in the synth programmers used for the albums. By the 1998 albums, Silva Screen had acquired the services of Mark Ayres to provide the necessary synthetic music, so tracks like The Name of the Rose will sound different in the newer generation of Silva albums. The quality of performances by The City of Prague Philharmonic had also improved in general over the five years, though they were still capable of recording some painful interpretations at times. Two of the more ambitious cues to be added to the 1998 album included The Great Train Robbery and The Man Who Would Be King, both of which received strong and enthusiastic performances by the ensemble. The most recent score represented at the time had been The Rock, which is a bizarre recording; anytime you have John Barry-enthusiast Nic Raine arranging a Media Ventures score, you're likely to get a strange result. Ayres' synthetic blend with the orchestra is competent, but the overall mix is inaccurately light on bass elements.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 68:17
The Great Train Robbery (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 1. Overture (4:57)

The Rock (Hans Zimmer/Nick Glennie-Smith)
• 2. Main Title (5:08)

The Russia House (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 3. Love Theme (5:15)

Name of the Rose (James Horner)
• 4. End Title (3:15)

The Hunt for Red October (Basil Poledouris)
• 5. Hymn to Red October (5:39) -- performed in English

Medicine Man (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 6. The Trees (4:17)

The Man Who Would be King (Maurice Jarre)
• 7. Main Theme (4:26)

First Knight (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 8. Arthur's Fanfare/Arthur's Farewell (5:47)

The Untouchables (Ennio Morricone)
• 9. Main Theme (2:22)

Marnie (Bernard Herrmann)
• 10. Prelude (3:01)

Robin & Marian (John Barry)
• 11. The End (3:10)


James Bond Suite

• 12. Dr. No -- The James Bond Theme (John Barry) (1:11)
• 13. Goldfinger (John Barry/Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley) (2:36)
• 14. From Russia With Love (John Barry/Lionel Bart)
• 15. 007 (John Barry)
• 16. You Only Live Twice (John Barry/Leslie Bricusse) (2:53)
• 17. Diamonds Are Forever (John Barry/Don Black) (3:04)
• 18. Never Say Never Again -- Tango to the Death* (Michel Legrand) (2:25)
• 19. Dr. No -- The James Bond Theme (Reprise) (John Barry) (2:35)
* original soundtrack recording

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The insert includes detailed notes about the scores and films.
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