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Themes from The Phantom Menace and Other Film Hits
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Conducted by:
Frederic Talgorn

Produced by:
Robert Townson

Performed by:
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 16th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a taste of many of Varèse Sarabande's major 1999 albums without being forced to purchase each original score in its entirety.

Avoid it... if you prefer Varèse's mid-90's compilations that were comprised of re-recordings almost in their entirety.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,236
WRITTEN 11/22/99, REVISED 11/2/07
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Themes from The Phantom Menace and Other Film Hits: (Compilation) In the mid-1990's, the Varèse Sarabande label released a yearly compilation of performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and other notable performing groups. These recordings, featuring the conducting of Joel McNeely, were offered from 1994 through 1996 and titled "Hollywood '94" and upward. With an unfortunate break from the series in 1997 and 1998, Varèse offered "Themes from The Phantom Menace and Other Film Hits" in late 1999 and, in reality, the album essentially could have been called "Hollywood '99." For this entry, though, the album has been constructed with a slightly new approach; replacing McNeely as conductor is European composer Frederic Talgorn, who is the popular cult composer of such scores as Fortress and Robotjox. Also, unlike some of the previous compilations that featured mainly re-recordings of the cues provided, this album contains mostly original selections from scores that Varèse released over the previous spring and summer. Though using Star Wars: The Phantom Menace as its shelf appeal due to the resurrection of the famed saga at the time, the album might be better called "The Varèse Sarabande 1999 sampler." It shows, at the very least, just how strong Varèse's line-up of score albums for major pictures was that year. Although some fans' reactions to these regurgitations of original cues might initially strike a negative chord, producer Robert Townson must be given credit for choosing some excellent material from his label's earlier albums for inclusion here. Townson would compile other collections of music owned by the label in the following years, often with great success (which is really no surprise given how massive the Varèse library is). Of those original cues, many of them represent the best material available from the complete soundtrack albums. With the most noteworthy tracks taken from Deep Blue Sea, Bowfinger, The Iron Giant, Instinct, and The Haunting, film music fans will be served well if they choose to purchase this album instead of the complete originals.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 70:38
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: (John Williams)
  • 1. Star Wars Main Title and Arrival at Naboo* (3:20)
  • 2. The Flag Parade* (3:29)
  • 3. Anakin's Theme* (3:42)
  • 4. The Adventures of Jar Jar* (3:43)
  • 5. Duel of the Fates* (4:21)

    The Mummy: (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • 6. The Sand Volcano* (5:25)

    The Sixth Sense: (James Newton Howard)
  • 7. De Profundis (2:21)

    Instinct: (Danny Elfman)
  • 8. Main Title (3:16)

    Wild Wild West: (Elmer Bernstein)
  • 9. Main Title (2:29)

    The 13th Warrior: (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • 10. Old Bagdad (2:04)
  • Saving Private Ryan: (John Williams)
  • 11. Hymn to the Fallen* (6:41)

    Deep Blue Sea: (Trevor Rabin)
  • 12. Aftermath (2:46)

    The Iron Giant: (Michael Kamen)
  • 13. The Eye of the Storm (2:27)

    The Haunting: (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • 14. Home Safe (3:16)

    The Matrix: (Don Davis)
  • 15. Main Title/Trinity Infinity (3:54)

    Payback: (Chris Boardman)
  • 16. Main Title (5:20)

    Shakespeare in Love: (Stephen Warbeck)
  • 17. Suite* (7:20)

    Bowfinger: (David Newman)
  • 18. Finale/Fed-Ex Delivers (2:50)
  • * performed by the RSNO and conducted by Frederic Talgorn

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    NOTES AND QUOTES
    The insert includes short notes about each track, but little about the recording process for the album or Frederic Talgorn's involvement with the project.
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