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Dr. Strangelove: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Paul Bateman
Nic Raine

Electronics Performed and Produced by:
Mark Ayres

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(May 18th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.

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Buy it... only if you are a devoted follower of Stanley Kubrick's films and can fondly remember most of the included selections on this album in each respective film.

Avoid it... if you are a film score collector who regularly purchases Silva Screen's re-recorded compilations based on the consistency of quality in their selection of music.
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WRITTEN 7/10/99, REVISED 10/28/07
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Dr. Strangelove: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick: (Compilation) It was by total coincidence that this 1999 compilation was released within just a few weeks after the death of the controversial and popular director Stanley Kubrick. While Silva Screen may have appeared to be making an attempt to earn some quick money on the event, the label had actually been working with Kubrick for a couple of years to make this collection of music as accurate as possible in its reconstructions. Kubrick himself had the opportunity to hear many of the finale recordings within a month of his death. In the end, this single CD compilation featuring the veterans of the City of Prague Philharmonic functions as a tribute to the famed director and is reluctantly acknowledged as such by Silva's producers. As for the music itself, to say that Kubrick's choice of music for his films was bizarre is an understatement. Though he used traditional scores by the likes of Gerald Fried and Alex North early in his career, Kubrick took a sudden shift towards classical and electronic artists in the late 1960's and early 1970's, adding yet another unconventional dimension to his already strange films. Upon learning of the construction of this album by Silva, there was an understandable amount of head-scratching from film music collectors. Curiosity about what exactly would constitute the album abounded; Kubrick used such a wide variety of styles that many had doubted that a compilation of his choices could ever be made into a coherent album. And, to a large degree, those concerns were completely valid. The final product, though containing some fabulous individual tracks, is disjointed as a whole, ironically making for an album true to Kubrick's career. The best performance of the album could be for Strauss' opening piece from 2001: A Space Odyssey; Prague's rendition is among the most impressive to be heard. The track from Spartacus is short, and those who purchase the album might be left wishing for more of Alex North's music (including, perhaps, even some of the rejected score he wrote for 2001).

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Average: 2.57 Stars
***** 36 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
*** 50 3 Stars
** 58 2 Stars
* 82 1 Stars
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Total Time: 78:01
• 1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Also Sprach Zarathustra (Richard Strauss) (1:48)
• 2. Spartacus - Main Title (Alex North) (3:41)
• 3. A Clockwork Orange - Ode to Joy (Beethoven) (5:35)
• 4. Barry Lyndon - Women of Ireland (Traditional) (4:31)
• 5. Barry Lyndon - Sarabande (Traditional) (4:31)
• 6. Full Metal Jacket - Themes (Abigail Mead) (5:15)
• 7. Full Metal Jacket - "Surfin' Bird" - performed by The Trashmen (Frazier/White/Wilson/Harris) (2:22)

Suite from the Early Films of Stanley Kubrick: (Gerald Fried)
• 8. The Killing - Main Title/Robbery (4:51)
• 9. Killer's Kiss - Murder 'Mongst the Mannikins (3:30)
• 10. Fear and Desire - A Meditation on War (5:52)
• 11. Fear and Desire - Madness (3:47)
• 12. Paths of Glory - The Patrol (2:51)
• 13. Day of the Fight - March of the Gloved Gladiators (3:04)

• 14. The Shining - Theme (Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind) (2:54)
• 15. The Shining - "Midnight, The Stars and You" - performed by The Ray Noble Band & Al Bowlly (Campbell-Connelly-Woods) (3:29)
• 16. Lolita - Love Theme (Bob Harris) (4:34)
• 17. 2001: A Space Oddyssey - On the Beautiful Blue Danube (J. Strauss II) (10:05)
• 18. Dr. Strangelove - The Bomb Run (Laurie Johnson) (2:12)
• 19. Dr. Strangelove - "We'll Meet Again" - performed by Vera Lynn (Parker/Charles) (3:05)

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The insert contains extensive notes about each of the tracks, as well as thorough credits.
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