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Varèse Sarabande: A 25th Anniversary Celebration
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Volume One
Volume Two
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Produced by:
Robert Townson

Mastered by:
Erick Labson
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Varèse Sarabande
(Volume One)
(April 22nd, 2003)

Varèse Sarabande
(Volume Two)
(July, 2003)
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The first set was a regular U.S. release. The second set (Volume Two) is an entry in the Varèse Sarabande Club series, and was available from July, 2003 through December, 2003. There was no set limit on the production number of the second volume. Both sets have 4 CDs.
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A 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Buy it... if you want the ultimate taste sampling of a huge quantity of film music that you probably haven't heard before.

Avoid it... if you prefer to hear scores in their entirety (or at least in some logical arrangement) so that you can set a consistent atmosphere.
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WRITTEN 5/6/03, REVISED 3/22/09
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Volume One

Varèse Sarabande: A 25th Anniversary Celebration: (Compilations) The Varèse Sarabande record label began producing LP records in 1978 and, after over 1,000 albums, became the most prolific soundtrack label in the world (though, unknown to many film score collectors, they make a significant share of their grosses from non-soundtrack offerings). Its original focus in the 1970's was on classical music as well as film scores, but with their movie music releases by Golden Age film composers leading their sales charts, the label quickly established itself as the leader in pressing film score recordings. After producing LPs in the late 1970's and early 1980's, Varèse Sarabande offered LPs and CDs (and cassettes, of course) concurrently for a short time in the mid-80's before CDs became their sole focus. Fans who stumble upon very early Varèse Sarabande CDs will know they have one of the label's original few pressings by the little ring of removable foam that was used to keep the CD in place within the case at the time. Despite criticism about short album running times in the 1990's (an argument that was based mostly on fans' ignorance of how the music industry works), the label delighted in producing albums that no other label would, taking chances on young composers and often resulting in a combination of hidden gems and obscure disappointments. By taking those chances, Varèse has shed light on countless young careers, single-handedly pushing several of those careers on to mainstream success. The label also provides a wealth of material from the career of Jerry Goldsmith specifically, offering fans of modern film music the opportunity to seek a nearly complete collection of Goldsmith's work from the 1980's through his death.

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Average: 4.09 Stars
***** 756 5 Stars
**** 322 4 Stars
*** 179 3 Stars
** 76 2 Stars
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Needs to include "To Kill a Mockingbird"
byro - November 12, 2003, at 12:23 p.m.
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Patricio Lopez - June 3, 2003, at 11:34 a.m.
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Can You Find this is Stores? I have not seen it physically anywhere....:( *NM*   Expand >>
person - May 16, 2003, at 6:19 a.m.
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Well done...and happy Anniversary
Bill Harnsberger - May 14, 2003, at 5:49 p.m.
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First One - May 10, 2003, at 10:08 a.m.
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Volume One: Tracks   ▼Total Time: 303:07
CD 1: (75:49)

• 1. The Man from Snowy River - End Title (Bruce Rowland) (3:54)
• 2. The Winds of War - Main Title (Bob Cobert) (2:22)
• 3. Blue Velvet - Mysteries of Love (Angelo Badalamenti) (2:09)
• 4. Witness - Building the Barn (Maurice Jarre) (4:57)
• 5. Raising Arizona - Way Out There (Carter Burwell) (1:54)
• 6. Pee Wee's Big Adventure - Breakfast Machine - re-recording (Danny Elfman) (2:36)
• 7. Halloween - Theme (John Carpenter) (2:54)
• 8. A Nightmare on Elm Street - Main Title (Charles Bernstein) (3:33)
• 9. The Fly - Finale (Howard Shore) (2:49)
• 10. RoboCop - Rock Shop (Basil Poledouris) (3:42)
• 11. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The Imperial March - re-recording (John Williams) (3:20)
• 12. The Right Stuff - Yeager's Triumph - re-recording (Bill Conti) (5:11)
• 13. The Final Conflict - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:26)
• 14. The Abyss - Bud on the Ledge (Alan Silvestri) (3:13)
• 15. Brainstorm - Michael's Gift to Karen (James Horner) (6:48)
• 16. Peggy Sue Got Married - Peggy Sue's Homecoming (John Barry) (3:25)
• 17. My Left Foot - Mother (Elmer Bernstein) (3:37)
• 18. The Dead - The Story of Michael Fury (Alex North) (2:58)
• 19. Stanley & Iris - Stanley & Iris (John Williams) (3:25)
• 20. The Milagro Beanfield War - Theme - re-recording (Dave Grusin) (3:57)
• 21. Driving Miss Daisy - End Titles (Hans Zimmer) (4:51)

CD 2: (74:55)

• 1. Steel Magnolias - Suite (Georges Delerue) (8:06)
• 2. Unforgiven - Claudia's Theme (Lennie Niehaus and Clint Eastwood) (5:41)
• 3. Raggedy Man - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:34)
• 4. The Grifters - The City (Elmer Bernstein) (3:34)
• 5. Green Card - Silence (Hans Zimmer) (4:03)
• 6. City Slickers - Main Title (Marc Shaiman) (2:40)
• 7. Father of the Bride - Main Title (Alan Silvestri) (2:27)
• 8. While You Were Sleeping - A Happy Ending (Randy Edelman) (2:20)
• 9. Babe - This is a Tale... (Nigel Westlake) (1:47)
• 10. The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective - Main Title (Henry Mancini) (1:38)
• 11. The Adventures of Robin Hood - Main Title/Coronation Procession - re-recording (Erich Wolfgang Korngold) (4:42)
• 12. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Peking 1910: American Thanksgiving... (Laurence Rosenthal) (5:56)
• 13. The Secret Garden - Colin Opens his Eyes (Zbigniew Preisner) (2:00)
• 14. A Little Princess - The Good-bye (Patrick Doyle) (4:19)
• 15. Rudy - Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:34)
• 16. Iron Will - Main Title (Joel McNeely) (2:57)
• 17. Memphis Belle - The Final Mission (George Fenton) (3:53)
• 18. Eye of the Needle - Finale and Epilogue - re-recording (Miklós Rózsa) (3:19)
• 19. Total Recall - The Dream (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:33)
• 20. Back to the Future Part III - End Credits (Alan Silvestri) (4:02)

CD 3: (75:58)

• 1. To Die For - Main Titles (Danny Elfman) (4:10)
• 2. The Player - The Player (Thomas Newman) (3:06)
• 3. Black Robe - Suite (Georges Delerue) (4:49)
• 4. Medicine Man - The Trees (Jerry Goldsmith) (6:01)
• 5. 2001 - Space Station Docking - re-recording (Alex North) (2:21)
• 6. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - Xizor's Theme (Joel McNeely) (4:37)
• 7. The Crow - Birth of a Legend (Graeme Revell) (6:17)
• 8. Blade - Intruder (Mark Isham) (4:50)
• 9. The Omen - Ave Satani (Jerry Goldsmith) (2:31)
• 10. Vertigo - Prelude and Rooftop (Bernard Herrmann) (4:39)
• 11. Scream - Sydney's Lement (Marco Beltrami) (1:37)
• 12. The Sixth Sense - De Profundis (James Newton Howard) (2:21)
• 13. Xena: Warrior Princess - Main Title (Joseph LoDuca) (1:15)
• 14. Air Force One - The Parachutes (Jerry Goldsmith) (5:21)
• 15. Starship Troopers - Klendathu Drop (Basil Poledouris) (4:29)
• 16. The Matrix - Main Title/Trinity Infinity (Don Davis) (3:53)
• 17. The Iron Giant - The Eye of the Storm (Michael Kamen) (2:27)
• 18. You've Got Mail - Empty Store (George Fenton) (2:49)
• 19. A Little Romance - Main Title (Georges Delerue) (3:12)
• 20. Pleasantville - Real Rain (Randy Newman) (4:31)

CD 4: (76:25)

• 1. Sunset Boulevard - Prelude - re-recording (Franz Waxman) (3:50)
• 2. L.A. Confidential - Bloody Christmas (Jerry Goldsmith) (2:51)
• 3. Rounders - Rounders (Christopher Young) (3:46)
• 4. The Score - Main Title (Howard Shore) (3:49)
• 5. The Replacements - The Replacements Remix (John Debney) (5:48)
• 6. Gone in 60 Seconds - The Last Car (Trevor Rabin) (4:47)
• 7. The Bourne Identity - Drum and Bass Remix (John Powell) (2:14)
• 8. Rush Hour 2 - Main Title (Lalo Schifrin) (2:21)
• 9. XXX - Prague Arrival (Randy Edelman) (1:52)
• 10. Die Hard - Gruber's Arrival (Michael Kamen) (3:47)
• 11. The Last of the Mohicans - Main Title - re-recording (Trevor Jones) (1:51)
• 12. Moby Dick - Moby Dick Theme (Christopher Gordon) (2:05)
• 13. The Mists of Avalon - Morgaine's Journey (Lee Holdridge) (6:25)
• 14. Cleopatra - Main Title (Alex North) (2:51)
• 15. Life as a House - If I Could Kiss You (Mark Isham) (3:37)
• 16. Emma - Emma - re-recording (Rachel Portman) (2:55)
• 17. In the Bedroom - End Title (Thomas Newman) (4:21)
• 18. Cast Away - End Credits (Alan Silvestri) (3:44)
• 19. One True Thing - One True Thing (Cliff Eidelman) (2:18)
• 20. Unfaithful - Unfaithful (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek) (2:35)
• 21. Far from Heaven - Autumn in Connecticut (Elmer Bernstein) (3:08)
• 22. Ice Age - Opening Travel Music (David Newman) (1:15)
• 23. Shrek - Transformation/The End (Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell) (3:26)
Volume Two: Tracks   ▼Total Time: 306:27

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The first volume insert includes a note by Robert Townson about the record label and the general field of film music, as well pictures of several composers from past and present. The second volume contains composer pictures as well, with the following note from Townson:

    "First, a confession: this Volume Two to the Varèse Sarabande 25th Anniversary CD is much less about continuing to celebrate Varèse's anniversary and is more directed to taking advantage of Varèse's anniversary in order to present a selection of music that explores our archives even more deeply. While pouring through the volumes of scores to select the eighty-four tracks that would make up our official anniversary celebration, I found myself having to leave off some of my favorite cues from many of my favorite scores. To make the cut of the first set, a great or successful score generally required the accompaniment of a great or particularly successful film. After all, celebrating our history by compiling themes from a bunch of films that no one has ever heard of (regardless of how wonderful the music may be) wouldn't exactly show either ourselves or the composers in the best light. I certainly made a few exceptions Š bent the rules here and there, but, by and large, the anniversary set featured an extraordinary number of great scores from extremely successful films. And it was an absolute joy to put it together, looking back on all of those productions and, in some cases, listening to music that I hadn't heard in many years.

    At any rate, after completing the first set I knew that I couldn't stop there. There was just too much good music. So, here we are again Š the continuing voyage, so to speak! Here's the big difference between the sets: when selecting music to fill these four CDs I gave absolutely zero consideration to either the quality or the popularity of the films for which it was written. That's not to say that there aren't some great films represented here, but it wasn't a requirement. And what a liberating experience that was! All of a sudden, Elmer Bernstein's wonderful score for Amazing Grace and Chuck, which didn't even make the cut for the Elmer Bernstein CD in our Great Composers series, was fair game. So was the remarkable End Title from Alex North's final film score, The Last Butterfly. From Cliff Eidelman's Free Willy 3, to Basil Poledouris' It's My Party, from Christopher Gordon's On the Beach, to David Shire's Bed and Breakfast, the one thing that ties all of these scores together is that they all deserve more attention and deserve to be heard again. For all but the most die hard film and film music fans, I think there are bound to be a great number of films represented here that most people have never even heard of. There is certain to be a musical discovery contained herein for just about everyone.

    Together, the two volumes of our 25th anniversary CDs present over ten hours of music. While I could certainly fill another four CDs, and then another four after that and still not come anywhere near a shortage of material, I think we'll stop here. Once again, it was, amidst all the work, a whole lot of fun compiling this music and I am very excited about the prospect of introducing these scores to anyone who may discover among them some of the best film music they've never heard."
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