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Hollywood Stars: Music from the Films of Mel Gibson
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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 Mel Gibson

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Buy it... if you're attracted to the diversity of selections on this Silva Screen album compared to the label's other, more predictable offerings.

Avoid it... if you're deterred by the obviously schizophrenic nature of the selections on the product.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,045
WRITTEN 7/17/98, REVISED 7/23/06
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Hollywood Stars: Music from the Films of Mel Gibson: (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. Of the three compilations, this one suffers the most from the awkward combination of completely different scores spanning several genres being shoved together onto one album. While softer on the whole than the other two albums, it has a tendency to become dull at certain points. As with all compilations, though, there are individual standout tracks that are very enjoyable, and it's your job to decide whether they're worth the trouble of buying the entire album for those performances alone. If you never cared much for Brian May's brass and percussion heavy music for the first two Mad Max films, then the bleak and tinny sound here will be just as disturbing to you. The 1981 disappointment Gallipoli is represented by a depressing adagio for organ that drags on almost interminably until Vangelis' track from The Year of Living Dangerously finally picks up the beat. As with The Bounty later on the album, it's easy to be impressed by Mark Ayres' synthesized performances of Vangelis' work here... the accuracy is commendable. The previously-existing Vangelis piece adapted by director Peter Weir as the theme for The Year of Living Dangerously is far more interesting than Maurice Jarre's original score cue for the same film, despite Jarre's like-minded electronic style. Forever Young has a classic love theme from Jerry Goldsmith which is powerful in its simplicity; it's difficult to perform incorrectly, and is enjoyable here.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 65:31
Mad Max I & II (Brian May)
• 1. Suite (6:31)

Gallipoli (Tomaso Albinoni/Remo Giazotto)
• 2. Albinoni's Adagio (8:08)

The Year of Living Dangerously
• 3. "L'Enfant" (5:02) (Vangelis)
• 4. Kwan's Sacrifice (4:01) (Maurice Jarre)

Forever Young (Jerry Goldsmith)
• 5. Love Theme (5:14)

Maverick (Randy Newman)
• 6. "Run Down by a Stagecoach" (3:47)

Hamlet (Ennio Morricone)
• 7. Main Theme (2:38)
Man Without a Face (James Horner)
• 8. "Lookout Point"/End Titles (9:56)

The River (John Williams)
• 9. Main Title/Love Theme (5:03)

Ransom (James Horner)
• 10. End Title (5:14)

The Bounty (Vangelis)
• 11. Closing Title (5:02)

Lethal Weapon (Eric Clapton/Michael Kamen)
• 12. "Meet Martin Riggs" (3:16)

Conspiracy Theory (Carter Burwell)
• 13. Overture (4:32)

Braveheart (James Horner)
• 14. End Titles (7:05)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes detailed notes about the scores and films.
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