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Reel Chill: The Cinematic Chillout Album
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic
Crouch End Festival Courus

Album Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(August 10th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your film score collection is limited and you could use fine samplers such as Silva Screen's themed compilations to expand upon your enjoyment and knowledge of the genre.

Avoid it... if you're seeking a replacement for your blood pressure medication (because the set probably won't chill you out) or if you already own a significant number of these recordings on other compilations from the same label.
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WRITTEN 9/12/04, REVISED 10/17/11
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Reel Chill: The Cinematic Chillout Album: (Compilation) By 2004, it had been several years since Silva Screen's collaboration with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus yielded the original "Cinema Choral Classics" albums and many other highly successful ventures. Despite the efforts of Silva Screen producer James Fitzpatrick, which yielded several magnificent albums during that time, one had to begin wondering in the mid-2000's if the magic was starting to run out for the label's offerings, especially given that most of the sellable material worth re-recording was already existing in their library of previous offerings. While their production together had slowed since those glorious days of the late 1990's, that didn't mean that this extensive library of recordings couldn't be plucked for yet another new combination of these renditions along a new, common theme. Some of these compilations of the 2000's have been suspicious in their inclusion of some recordings while they omit others, and perhaps it's not surprising that many of their most effective products are those devoted to a single score (such as the fantastic Raise the Titanic) or a very specific theme (such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy set or the James Bond-related albums). The 2004 "Reel Chill" album from Silva Screen looks to have the ice cube philosophy at work, with the selection of cues this time seemingly centered on those soundtrack themes deemed soothing and relaxing. You used to see redundant compilations arranged along a similar theme in the "Various" area of music stores' soundtrack sections all the time, but the good thing about Silva Screen albums is that there is actually a real (and often a very good) orchestral and choral ensemble behind those recordings. Seeing one of these Silva Screen compilations sitting next to "Classics Performed by Neil Norman and His Cosmic Orchestra" does put the situation into perspective. Even so, albums like "Reel Chill" are aimed at film music novices more than hardened critics of the genre, and the label's honorable intent with this album is to get people either hooked on film music or hooked on their re-recordings of it, and either is a positive goal. Whether it actually chills you out is an entirely other matter. Learned film music collectors are often driven nuts by these compilations, because they could argue for hours about the merits of the inclusion of music on them. With two CDs in the case of "Reel Chill," there's plenty to consider.

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Average: 3.27 Stars
***** 67 5 Stars
**** 73 4 Stars
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I already have a cinematic chillout album.. The Italian Job *NM*
greg - September 19, 2004, at 11:11 a.m.
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Total Time: 149:01
CD 1: (74:12)
• 1. Barry Lyndon: Sarabande (Handel) (4:02)
• 2. Midnight Cowboy: Main Theme (John Barry) (3:56)
• 3. Diva: Promenade Sentimentale (Vladimir Cosma) (2:30)
• 4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: May It Be (Enya/Nicky Ryan) (4:42)
• 5. Barry Lyndon: Women of Ireland (Sean O'Riorda) (4:27)
• 6. Gallipoli: Adagio for Strings & Organ (Albinoni) (8:01)
• 7. Romeo & Juliet: Romeo / Love Theme (Nino Rota) (6:26)
• 8. Romeo + Juliet: Balcony Scene (Craig Armstrong) (5:36)
• 9. Chariots of Fire: Main Theme (Vangelis) (3:29)
• 10. Bilitis: Main Theme (Francis Lai) (3:23)
• 11. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence: Main Theme (Ryuichi Sakamoto) (4:40)
• 12. Cinema Paradiso: Main Theme (Ennio Morricone) (3:28)
• 13. Once Upon a Time in the West: Maria's Theme (Ennio Morricone) (6:01)
• 14. Once Upon a Time in America: Deborah's Theme (Ennio Morricone) (4:35)
• 15. The Mission: Suite (Ennio Morricone) (8:47)

CD 2: (74:39)
• 1. You Only Live Twice: Suite (John Barry) (5:21)
• 2. The Piano: The Heart Asks Pleasure First (Michael Nyman) (3:40)
• 3. Platoon: Agnus Dei (Samuel Barber) (6:09)
• 4. Hannibal: Vide Cor Meum (Patrick Cassidy) (2:57)
• 5. Death in Venice: Adagietto from Symphony No.5 (Mahler) (10:28)
• 6. American Beauty: Any Other Name/Dead Already (Thomas Newman) (7:01)
• 7. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: Into the West (Howard Shore) (4:33)
• 8. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence: Where Dreams are Made (John Williams) (3:43)
• 9. Somewhere in Time: Main Theme (John Barry) (6:09)
• 10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service: We Have All the Time in the World (John Barry) (3:28)
• 11. Patriot Games: Electronic Battlefield (James Horner) (3:37)
• 12. Gladiator: Now We Are Free (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard) (6:32)
• 13. Raging Bull: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) (3:17)
• 14. The Deerhunter: Cavatina (Stanley Myers) (3:11)
• 15. Out of Africa: Main Theme (John Barry) (4:31)

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