Detective Mitchell's Junk Drawer

The random thoughts, ideas, and experiences of the title blogger, plus other things.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Out there people look at me and they see half a person. But in here, they see what I want them to see... how I really am."

Thanks to John Hartigan, here's the score for the 1996 sci-fi flick "Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace" (aka "Lawnmower Man 2: Jobe's War" on video) which is widely considered to be a bad movie, possibly the worst ever (I enjoyed it...). Picking up from where the first movie ended, we find that Jobe Smith (Matt Frewer), a former retard that was made smarter through VR, has survived the VSI explosion (completely negating the end of the first movie) and has been rescued by the shady Virtual Light Institute. Jump to the future when the organization wants Jobe to create a chip that would link every computer in the world up to one netwrok and would give the head, Johnathan Walker (Kevin Conway) total control, using the research of disgraced scientist Dr. Benjamin Trace (Patrick Bergin). Trace stopped work based on the possibility of the chip's use for evil, and was taken to court for the license (he lost, by the way). However, Jobe has his own plans for the chip, and it's up to Trace and a group of young hackers led by Jobe's former friend Peter Parkette (Austin O'Brien) to stop Jobe, and this somehow involves a cyberspace swordfight (yes, you read me right) between Trace and Jobe.

Robert Folk's score is considered by many to be the only good thing about the movie, and it is good, especially the final track. Enjoy it, even if you hated the movie.

1. Main Title (04:16)
2. The City (02:49)
3. Kids In Cyberspace (03:36)
4. Virtual Light Tour (03:04)
5. Jobe's Memory (01:44)
6. Jobe's Realization (02:00)
7. The Train (05:54)
8. Jobe's Theme (02:04)
9. Institute Recon (05:05)
10. Stealing The Kicon Chip (06:35)
11. The Alarm (04:56)
12. Inspecting The Kiron Chip (02:11)
13. The President (02:59)
14. Jobe's War (04:01)
15. Streets of Anarchy (03:48)
16. Virtual Reality Battleground (04:57)
17. The Kiron Explosion (02:20)
18. Finale (02:41)

Monday, December 25, 2006

"Xanadu" singles that didn't make the cut. Here's your christmas present!

While looking through a box of my parents' old 45s after I got my record player a while back (that eventually had to retire due to a bad motor), I found two singles from the "Xanadu" soundtrack: "Magic" and "Suddenly," However, the other sides of both were more intriguing: "Fool Country" and "You Made Me Love You," two songs featured in the film that didn't make the cut for the album.

"Fool Country" is a combo of the punk and country songs that Newton-John sings during the medley of songs at Xanadu. She makes an admirable attempt at country singing, but we now know why she didn't bother making it a regular part of her repartee.

"You Made Me Love You" is a cover of the 40s classic played when Danny McGuire has a flashback to the 40s, his time in the armed forces and when he first met Newton-John's character. She sings this too, and does a great job.

When I got my new record player, after I ripped "Dead Heat," I decided to rip this one for all those who don't have these and want to have a somewhat more complete "Xanadu" soundtrack, and for fans of Olivia Newton-John in general. Enjoy!

"Remember the good old days when guns killed people?"

One of my Christmas presents this year was a record player that allowed you to record LPs to a blank CD. Thanks to that, I was finally able to fufill my own request for a rip of Ernest Troost's score for the 1988 buddy-cop/Zombie film "Dead Heat," which I had on vinyl but couldn't rip until this came along.

Roger Mortis (Treat Williams) and Doug Bigelow (Joe Piscopo) are a pair of cops who run into a strain of robbers who can't be killed with bullets. When a drug that acts as a preservant for corpses is found on them (along with the fact that the coroner had seen them before when she vivisected them), the trail leads to Dante Pharmaceuticals, where Doug discovers a strange machine - and an ugly biker zombie guarding it. The ensuing scuffle sends Roger into an espyhixiation room used to humanely kill dogs for testing purposes, and Roger is suffocated when a black-gloved man switches the room on. Doug and the coroner (Clare Kirkconnel), Roger's ex, discover that the machine can bring people back to life, so they throw Roger on it. When they discover that the re-animted corpses have a 12-hour lifetime before they completely decompose, Roger, Doug, and the daughter (Lindsay Frost) of a deceased billionaire (Vincent Price) who's tied up in it somehow must find out who Roger's killer is before he becomes worm food.

Troost composes a very nice score that bounces between pulse-pounding action to drama with the senses of death and resurrection. As a bonus, I included a DVD rip of the movie's theme song, "Dead Heat," which wasn't included on the LP. I know the music sounds less than CD quality, and if anyone can remaster it, you will get my thanks and credit on the ensuing re-post. Enjoy!

1. Main Titles (01:32)
2. Resurrection Room Fight (04:11)
3. The Robbery (01:00)
4. The Resurrection Room (01:48)
5. Dead Meat (01:37)
6. The Tomb (01:42)
7. Zombie Attack (02:07)
8. Roger's Ride To Freedom (01:03)
9. Roger's Resurrection (01:38)
10. Breaking The Code (00:43)
11. "I'm Not Bleeding" (01:00)
12. The Butcher Shop (02:05)
13. Finding Bigelow (01:09)
14. The Library (01:46)
15. Roger Storms Dante Labs (02:09)
16. The Jewelry Robbers (01:39)
17. Roger Emerges (01:15)
18. Resurrection Room Showdown (01:53)
19. The Shoot Out (01:57)
20. "We Need Your Help" (00:59)
21. End Titles (01:15)
22. Dead Heat (performed by Phil Settle) (03:13) (John Hartigan has completely remastered the score. Special thanks to him for the nice job on the music and the cover scan!)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Albums: Part 1 of 2

Number one in a pair of Christmas music posts.

Yes, it's the Christmas album for nostalgists like me: the 1989 album "Merry, Meery Christmas" from the only tolerable boy band there was, New Kids on the Block. Hey, at least it's not a Marilyn Manson Christmas album (you may shudder.... now.). Since this isn't a soundtrack post, this will be relatively short. The music is actually quite gopod, with only one track being noticeably dated ("Funky, Funky Xmas") but the rest is pretty good Christmas music. How does a straight guy like me know about this? My sister was a huge NKOTB fanatic back in 1990, and she got this. We listened to this every year before we lost the cassette. It was a memorable album for me, and to me, it still holds up. Spread a little Christmas cheer with this one.

1. This One's for the Children
2. Last Night I Saw Santa Claus
3. I'll Be Missin' You Come Christmas (A Letter to Santa)
4. I Still Believe in Santa Claus
5. Merry, Merry Christmas
6. Christmas Song
7. Funky, Funky, Xmas
8. White Christmas
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. This One's for the Children (Reprise)

Update: SOrry, but I won't be able to do part two, which was a compilatyion album, as I didn't have a lot of christmas music in my collection. Maybe next year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

"Okay, what did you do to this?" "Emergency repair procedure number one." "You kicked it?"

Here is the OOP Varese Sarabande limited edition CD of the late, great Elmer Bernstein's score for "Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone in 3-D." I have never seen the movie myself, but here is a plot that I've managed to scrounge up from various resources: When a group of three women (Deborah Pratt, Aleisa Shirley, and Cali Timmins) are forced to do an emergency landing on a planet ravaged with a deadly virus, they are captured by the evil dictator Overdog (Michael Ironside). Adventurer Wolff (Peter Strauss) goes to rescue them, and meets up with young Niki the Twister (Molly Ringwald?!), the survivor of an Earth expedition. Pooling their resources, Wolff and Niki set out to rescue the women and topple the evil Overdog's empire.

Even though the movie was reportedly below A-list quality, the score by Elmer Bernstein proves that he gives it his all even when the movie is below par for him. Good action score. Listen and enjoy.

1. Main Title (04:18)
2. Girls And Scavs (00:56)
3. Wolff (00:45)
4. History and Landing (04:23)
5. Vultures (00:54)
6. The Planet (03:29)
7. Niki (02:35)
8. Hot Dog (01:26)
9. Wash Up (01:38)
10. Partner (00:49)
11. Day’s End (01:24)
12. Cavern (03:05)
13. Bats (01:11)
14. Tunnel (00:58)
15. Women (01:50)
16. Desert (02:14)
17. Moving Out (01:01)
18. Graveyard (01:51)
19. Capture (02:03)
20. Into The Maze (01:02)
21. Maze (03:42)
22. Getting There (01:13)
23. Claw (01:17)
24. Rescue (01:21)
25. Niki Goes (01:02)
26. Going Home (00:30)
27. End Credits (03:51)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


John Barry (yes, THAT John Barry) composed the music for the cheeseball 1979 Italian sci-fi flick, "Starcrash." Two smugglers on the run (Marjoe Gortner and the delectable Caroline Munro) are approached, along with two policemen (Robert Tessier and Judd Hamilton [whose robot character is voiced by cartoon vet Hamilton Camp]), by the Emperor of the Universe (Christopher Plummer, who probably had to make rent) to seek out the three parts of a destroyed spaceship, as one of the planets that house a part could hide the most dangerous weapon the galaxy has ever known: it causes the mind to see monsters (or, to the casual viewer, blobs that look like what happens if you unscrewed the top of a lava lamp and the wax flew out). Constructed by the evil, scenery-chewing Count Zarth Arn (Joe Spinell), he plans to unleash it on the emeperor's planet in order to drive everyone into insanity and allow him to take over. They must also find the emperor's son, Prince Simon (David Hasselhoff), who was the captain of the ship.

Released as an LP in almost every other country than the US, it was given a CD release by Silva Screen as bonus tracks for their release of Barry's "Until September." That release was eventually bootlegged. It's a good score that isn't cheesy like it's film source (but the film is enjoyable on it's own merits). Barry proves why he was the go-to guy for Bond scores with the action-packed score for the movie. It's worth a listen.

For more information on this cheese classic, here's the ultimate Starcrash fansite:

1. Main Title (02:37)
2. Escape Into Hyperspace (01:49)
3. Captured (02:10)
4. Launch Adrift (01:42)
5. Beach Landing (02:10)
6. The Ice Planet/Heading For Zarkon (03:04)
7. The Emperor's Speech (03:18)
8. Strange Planet/The Trogs Attack (01:00)
9. Akton Battles The Robots (02:16)
10. Red Ball Attack (01:00)
11. Space War (04:38)
12. "Goodbye Akton" (03:32)
13. End Title (02:53)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

"Show me the law on bringing a head out of the country, ah? It ain't a fruit, it ain't a vegetable, it ain't even a plant, goddamm it!"

Thanks to filmpac, I can bring you Andrew Gross' score for the 1997 dark comedy "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag." It's the story of mob bagman Tommy Spinelli (Joe Pesci), who has one last assignment before he retires: bring the heads of eight men from rival gangs to mob boss Big Sep (Howard George) as proof of their deaths. His bag winds up checked because it exceeds the legal length for bags to be stowed in the overhead compartment, and it gets switched with a Mexico-bound med student's (Andy Comeau) identical duffel bag. While the med student tries to hide the bag's horrific contents from his girlfriend (Kristy Swanson) and her parents (George Hamilton and Dyan Cannon), Tommy finds the med student's roomates (David Spade and Todd Louiso) and coerces them into helping him find replacement heads.

Gross delivers a very mabo and tango inspired score, which isn't a bad thing. For some reason, track 24 does not extract for some reason, so if filmpac can fix that it would be great. Enjoy the album, and I'll re-up it when I get the missing track.

1. Orion Logo (00:23)
2. Main Titles - Part One (00:59)
3. Main Titles - Part Two / Boarding the Plane (02:43)
4. Wrong Bag (00:53)
5. Arrival In Mexico (00:25)
6. Rico's Threat (01:02)
7. "I Didn't Really Invite You" (00:46)
8. Annette's Lost It (01:25)
9. Tommy Enters Fraternity (01:24)
10. Taking Out The Trash (00:49)
11. Hiding The Heads (01:20)
12. Annette Looks For Heads (00:41)
13. Charlie Looks For Heads (00:58)
14. Laundry Room (00:56)
15. Meet The Banditos (01:17)
16. Airport Security (01:12)
17. Charlie Packs Heads (01:02)
18. "We've Gotta Move" (01:11)
19. Laurie Bonks Annette (00:44)
20. Return Of The Banditos (01:30)
21. Desert Music (02:16)
22. Tommy Counts Heads (01:58)
23. Charlie Takes Control (01:38)
24. Ska Cha Chase (02:21)
25. Tango To The End (02:05)

Here's track 24 for bthose who need it:

Saturday, December 16, 2006

"Lyle Swann is a champion off-road racer. But to the people of 1877, he's something very, very different..."

Thanks to the dilligence of Music-Snob's LRobHubbard, I can finally post Michael Nesmith's score for the 1982 cult sci-fi film "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann." Lyle Swann (Fred Ward) is a champion off-raod motocross racer who is definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer. On a practice run for the Baja 1000 race, he winds up driving through an area where the government is testing a new time machine, codemaned "Project Timerider." When the machine is activated, it sends not only the intended object back to 1877, but Lyle as well. Armed with only a map from an Exxon station and his wits (or lack thereof), Lyle treis to find out where the hell he is, not knowing he's travelled back a century (this happens for the whole movie). When a gang of vicious thieves, led by Porter Reese (Peter Coyote), see Lyle's machine in action, they want it for themselves, and Lyle has to team with a female gunfighter (Belinda Bauer) in order to survive as the government tries to find a way to bring Lyle back to 1982.

Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees fame) not only produced and co-wrote the film with director William Dear, but also contributed the music as well. He manages to make a great synth action score (although for scenes set in the 80s, I would have used synth and for the rest of the film, set in the wild west, I would have used an orchestral score) that backs this film quite niocely. Download and enjoy!

1. The Baja 1000 (03:13)
2. Lost in the Weeds (01:44)
3. Somewhere Around 1875 (01:06)
4. Scared to Death (00:58)
5. Silks and Sixguns (00:58)
6. Dead Man's Duds (01:28)
7. Two Swanns at the Pond (02:20)
8. I Want that Machine (00:52)
9. Escape to San Marcos (02:25)
10. Claire's Cabin (02:01)
11. No Jurisdiction (00:55)
12. Murder at Swallow's Camp (02:17)
13. Claire's Rescue (01:55)
14. Up the Hill to Nowhere (03:19)
15. Out of Ammo (03:09)
16. Reprise (03:31)

"Being called a cocksucker isn't personal?" "No. It's two nouns combined to elicit a prescribed response."

Here is the soundtrack for the 1989 action flick "Road House," which has come to be known in recent years as the ultimate guy movie. Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is a bouncer with a a degree in philosophy from NYU (really putting it to good use there). The best bouncer in the business, he's hired to clean up the notorious Double Deuce bar in Jasper, Missouri. He dsicovers that local kingpin Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) has his fingers deep in the corruption of the town, including most of the elements at the Double Deuce. Wesley get jealous when Dalton starts seeing the town doctor (Kelly Lynch), an old flame, and starts sending bhis thugs to attack Dalton's friends as well as Dalton himself. With the aid of pal and mentor Wade Garrett (Sam Elliott), Dalton begins to clean up not only the bar, but the town itself.

This modern-day western has a pretty good soundtrack. Several numbers are contributed by The Jeff Healey Band, who appear in the film as the Double Deuce's house band. Swayze himself contributed a couple of tracks as well. You also get numbers by Bob Seger, Otis Reading, Little Feat, and Kris McKay. I'm sure you all will enjoy it. It may even be your new Saturday night thing.

1. Roadhouse Blues - The Jeff Healey Band
2. Blue Monday - Bob Seger
3. I'm Tore Down - The Jeff Healey Band
4. These Arms of Mine - Otis Reading
5. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky - The Jeff Healey Band
6. Red Gumbo - Little Feat
7. Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight) - Patrick Swayze
8. A Good Heart - Kris McKay
9. Hoochie Coochie Man - The Jeff Healey Band
10. Cliff's Edge - Patrick Swayze

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

"Why is it when you do something terrific, nine times out of 10 you're all alone, but when you screw up really big, the whole world is watching?"

David Newman contributed this rather nice score to the pretty damed good 1988 "what if" tale "Mr. Destiny." Larry Burrows (James Belushi) has always wondered what his life would have been like had he hit the winning home run at a high-school baseball game years earlier. When his car breaks down in front of a bar called "The Universal Joint," he meets Mike (Michael Caine), a bartende who turns out to be the man in charge of all people's destinies when he gives Larry a drink (called "The Spilt Milk") that allows him to go back and see what would have happened if he had hit that home run. Rich, powerful, and in charge of the sporting goods company that he works for, he thinks that he has it all, until he learns that he should be thankful for what he's got.

Prety good, mellow and sometimes rousing score for the film. Recommended for those times when you just want to relax. It comes reccomended. Download and enjoy.

1. Mr. Destiny (05:04)
2. Main Title (01:44)
3. Larry's Life is Changed (03:43)
4. Cindy Joe's Present (01:14)
5. Larry Sees His Office (00:50)
6. Larry Sees His House (01:56)
7. Leo Sneaks Around (00:29)
8. Larry Meets Jerry (04:16)
9. Larry Looks for Ellen (03:52)
10. Larry Punches Out Niles (01:07)
11. Going Back Home (00:48)
12. Larry is Home (05:07)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"If I let you go... do you think you could fly?"

Here is Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1993 thriller "The Good Son." Macaulay Culkin, shedding his "cute kid" image plays Henry Evans, a sick, disturbed, psychotic boy whose ideas of fun include killing the nieghbor's dog with a handmade crossbow and pushing a realistic looking dummy named "Mr. Highway" off of an overpass in busy traffic, causing a massive pileup. His parents (Wendy Crewson and Daniel Hugh Kelly) and sister (Quinn Culkin) don't suspect a thing, though, as he masks his evil behind a sweet, innocent, perfect son facade (he does it rather convincingly, let me tell you). He also may or may not have killed his baby brother in the bathtub some years prior. However, when Henry's cousin Mark (Elijah Wood) comes to stay for a little while when his recently-widowed father has to go on an important business trip, he begins to see right through Henry. Mark must try and stop Henry from haming the others in the family while trying desperately to get someone to believe that Henry is a threat.

The best track on this album, hands down, is the beautiful and haunting main title track. That's not to say that the rest of the album isn't good, too. Give it a download and see what you think.

1. The Good Son (02:28)
2. Hospital (00:52)
3. Mark Arrives (02:50)
4. Evil (02:21)
5. Goodbye (01:42)
6. Treehouse (02:01)
7. Rocks & Rails (01:35)
8. Dog Chase (02:44)
9. Mom (01:48)
10. Killing The Dog (01:57)
11. Mr. Highway (02:15)
12. Dark (02:57)
13. Skating & Drowning (03:27)
14. Funeral (01:49)
15. Susan (02:29)
16. Richard's Duck (01:20)
17. Threat (01:19)
18. The Cliff (04:27)
19. End Credits (04:34)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

"Nobody takes potshots at Lubic!"

Here is the expanded score for the 1987 action-adventure film "Masters of the Universe." Bill Conti (taking a rare departure from the world of inspiriational sports films like "Rocky") scores this tale of He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) and his friends Man-at-Arms (Jon Cypher), Teela (Chelsea Field), and Gwildor (the late Billy Barty) who, with the help of Earth teens Julie Winston (Courteney Cox-Arquette) and Kevin Corrigan (Robert Duncan McNeill), must retrieve a device called the Cosmic Key, an invention that allows you to open a portal to anywhere in the universe or universes, before Skeletor (Frank Langella) and his band of villiains including Evil-Lyn (Meg Foster), find it and use it to storm Castle Greyskull and take it over.

A prettyy nice, rousing action score that is pretty hard to find (even the original Varese LP and CD release is subject to price gouging like this one), pick it up now instead of paying high prices for the CD.

1. Main Title / Eternia Besieged (07:25)
2. Gwildor's Quadrille (01:51)
3. Quiet Escape (02:39)
4. Earthly Encounter (04:23)
5. Battle At The Gym (06:29)
6. Procession Of The Mercenaries (02:50)
7. Evilyn's Deception (02:43)
8. Centurion Attack (05:52)
9. Skeletor The Destroyer (03:11)
10. He-Man Enslaved (04:42)
11. Transformation Of Skeletor (02:30)
12. Kevin's Plight / After Them (09:13)
13. Julie's Muzak (01:47)
14. The Power Of Greyskull (03:33)
15. Good Journey (04:40)
16. He-Man Victorious / End Titles (05:13)

Friday, December 08, 2006

"Well, let's see, that's natives: 8, oil workers: 0. Anyone else wanna play with Cupcake?"

In honor of the late, great Basil Poledouris, here's one of his more unknown scores. This he did for the 1994 Steven Seagal movie "On Deadly Ground." This was a strange attempt to make an action film with a pro-enviroment message. Steve-O (also doing his only credit as a director) is Forrest Taft, an oil rig troubleshooter and enviromental agent working for the Aegis Oil Compay, headed by (say this in your best Mermaid Man voice) EEEEVILLL C.E.O. Michael Jennings (Michael Caine at his hammy best). Jennings is building a new, state of the art rig called AEGIS-1 in the Alaskan wilderness. However, he has to finish building it in 13 days, or the land rights will go back to the Eskimos. Thus, Jennings uses defective equipment in order to cut corners and costs to build it by deadline. When Forrest's best friend is murdered because he has a computer disk that contains the crippling information, he tries to intervene, but Jennings tries to have him killed. Forrest is taken by Eskimo activist Masu (Joan Chen) to see her Eskimo chief father, and he claims that Forrest is the one that will save his people. Now, Forrest has to destroy AEIGS-1 before it goes online, as well as dispatch any of Jennings' goons that get in the way.

Not the greatest action film ever made, but it's pretty (unintentionally) funny in spots, and there are some great fights. Poledouris' score is b othe beautiful and exciting in spots, especially during the opening credits, where his music underscores the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. Get it and enjoy.

1. Main Titles (02:19)
2. Aegis Flameout (01:43)
3. Forrest Found (01:35)
4. The Journey (07:57)
5. Forrest Decides/Horse Chase (03:54)
6. Jennings Goes Down (04:45)
7. The Warning/End Credits (07:18)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

"He couldn't have walked very far." "Why's that?" "Because I cut off his legs... and his arms... and his head. And I'm going to do the same to you."

Here is the Mark Isham score for the 1986 cult horror film "The Hitcher." Despite negative reviews from the mainstream critics at the time (Roger Ebert gave the film no stars), it's gotten the reviews and reputation it so rightfully deserves. C. Thomas Howell is Jim Halsey, your average teenager who has a job with a car delivery service. During a run to deliver a car to a place I've forgotten at the moment, he picks up a hitchhiker to relieve the monotony of the road. Unfortunately, he picks up John Ryder (Rutger Hauer, in a show-stealing performance). Ryder soon turns out to be a psycho, so Jim manages to kick him out of the car. However, this isn't the last we'll see of the hitcher. He starts a game of cat-and-mouse with Jim, getting him framed for a series of murders that Ryder has committed. The only person who believes Jim is truck-stop waitress Nash (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and even she may not survive Ryder's wrath.

Mark Isham delivers a score that is as creepy and involving as the filmmitself, with the standout (to me) being his somber end credits track. Unfortunately, hack-for-hire Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes has gotten a holf of this film and is remaking it, turning it into just another gross-out-gory horror film like their Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. They have some music video hack directinga and one of the guys who wrote the "When a Stranger Calls" remake contrbuting a screenplay. It'll suck to all hell. I urge everyone not to see it, and to instead enjoy the superior 1986 version. Enjoy the soundtrack, and there will be a special place for Michael Bay in Filmmaker Hell.

1. Headlights - Main Title (04:01)
2. The Chosen (02:24)
3. Keys (04:12)
4. Dust And Gasoline (03:00)
5. Dream (01:24)
6. Dogs (03:31)
7. Suicide (01:20)
8. Gun (01:44)
9. Cars And Helicopters (05:34)
10. Motel (02:46)
11. Transfer (01:44)
12. Endgame (02:48)
13. Guards And Cards (03:45)
14. The Hitcher - End Credits (04:11)

"Ninety years ago I was a freak. Today I'm an amateur."

Here is Miklos Rosza's score for the 1979 cult sci-fi film "Time After Time." It's 1893 London. H.G. Wells (Malcom McDowell) has actually created the time machine that he would later write about in "The Time Machine." When a man in his social circle, John Leslie Stevenson (the legendary David Warner) turns out to be Jack the Ripper, he escapes in Wells' machine to 1979 San Francisco to avoid police capture.

"What... have... I... done? I've turned that bloody maniac loose upon Utopia!"

Wells is in luck: the anti-theft device that brings the machine back to the last time and location visited kicks in, sending the machine back to London. Wells hops in, and pursues the Ripper. With the aid of bank clerk Amy Robbins (Mary Steenburgen), Wells must track the Ripper down and drag him back to 1893 and a police trial.

What can I say about Mikos Rosza's score? It's Rosza, that's a mark of quality. Download it and enjoy, it's as good as the movie it's from and better than the Scottish place Wells breakfasted in. It's a place called MacDougall's or something like that....

1. W.B. Fanfare* & Prelude (02:07) (*Composed by Max Steiner)
2. Search For The Rippe; Decision (02:04)
3. Vaporising Equalizer; The Time Machine (02:10)
4. Time Travel (01:31)
5. Bank Montage (01:10)
6. Utopia (02:03)
7. The Ripper; Pursuit (03:26)
8. Time Machine Waltz** (03:58) (** Eric Parkin, Piano)
9. Man Before His Time (01:55)
10. Redwoods (02:30)
11. Frightened (01:43)
12. Murder (01:43)
13. The Fifth Victim (01:34)
14. The Last Victim (01:45)
15. Nocturnal Visitor (01:38)
16. Dangerous Drive (03:06)
17. Journey's End & Finale (03:58)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"You're going to nothing me to death?"

The 60s produced a lot of bizarre films, but none as wild, random, trippy, or downright bizarre and incoherent as the first spy spoof, "Casino Royale." "Inspired" by the Ian Fleming novel (and originally inteneded for s straight adaptation with Eon Productions which didn't happen until 2006), we have five directors who each did their own segments (and all were kept incommunicado): John Huston, Val Guest, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, and Joe McGrath. We have nine screenwriters (six of whom went uncredited). You had a boatload of star power (with a few being in there for a small fraction of the running time): David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Barbara Bouchet, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, Joanna Pettet, Daliah Lavi, George Raft, Deboarah Kerr, William Holden, Charles Boyer, John Huston, Jean Paul Belmondo, and Terence Cooper, among others.

How could it all go so incredibly wrong? Well, producer Charles K. Feldman believed that a "psychedelic" movie didn't have to make sense or have any coherence. The result ws a "comedy" with no laughs because you didn't understand the punchlines to many of the gags. However, it's a movie I reccomend seeing just once in your lives, just so you can say you saw it.

The score from Burt Bacharach is what many people say is the finest thing about the movie. With a memorable main title theme (played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass), the wounderful make-out song "The Look of Love" sung by Dusty Springfield, and the rest consisting of campy spy-spoofery music, it's a nice, lighthearted listen. Enjoy!

And also, here's the trailer:

1. Casino Royale Theme (Main Title) (performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass)
2. The Look of Love (performed by Dusty Springfield)
3. Moneypenny Goes for Broke
4. Le Chiffre's Torture of the Mind
5. Home, James, Don't Spare the Horses
6. Sir James' Trip to Find Mata
7. The Look of Love (Instrumental)
8. Hi There, Miss Goodthighs
9. Little French Boy
10. Flying Saucer/First Stop, Berlin
11. The Venerable Sir James Bond
12. Dream On, James, You're Winning
13. The Big Cowboys and Indians Fight at Casino Royale
14. Casino Royale Theme (Reprise with Vocals) (performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"Who are you?" "Your worst nightmare."

Here is the complete score for the 1988 film "Rambo III." This is the point in the series where the transition from somewhat earthbound action-drama with "First Blood" to completely and unbelievably OTT batshit insane action film completed, making this the worst film in the series.

John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is back, this time having become Buddhist and is now stick-fighting to raise money for the monastery. Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) approaches Rambo for another mission, this time to sneak weapons to the Afghani Mujahedeen rebels who are trying to free their people from the tyranny of the Russian army, who have invaded (ironically, the movie came out two or three days AFTER the Russians had pulled out). Rambo declines, and Trautman goes instead. When his convoy is ambushed, Trautman is captured by the psychotic Col. Zaysen (Marc de Jonge), who tortures him. When Rambo hears of this, he suits up, equips himself with his trusty bow and explosive arrows, and heads to Afghanistan. Joining the Mujahedeen, he decideds to help them free Afghanistan and rescue Trautman in the process.

Jerry Goldsmith dlivers yet another good action score. Anything that I have said about the two previous score applies here. Listen and enjoy (this is the Intrada release of the original score. If I find the material that was used in the Scotti Brothers album release, it will be posted as bonus material).


1. Another Time (03:58)
2. Preparations (06:21)
3. The Money (00:52)
4. I'm Used to It (01:00)
5. Pesha War (01:12)
6. Afghanistan (02:38)
7. Questions (03:37)
8. Then I'll Die (03:34)
9. The Game (02:25)
10. Flaming Village (04:07)
11. The Aftermath (02:44)
12. Night Entry (03:58)
13. Under and Over (02:55)
14. Night Fight (06:50)
15. First Aid (02:46)
16. The Long Climb (03:25)
17. Going Down (01:52)
18. The Cave (03:31)
19. The Boot (01:53)
20. You Did It, John (01:08)
21. The Show Down (01:26)
22. Final Battle (04:50)
23. I'll Stay (09:00)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

"How will you live, John?" "Day by day."

Following up on my word, here ios the score for the classic 1985 action film, "Rambo: First Blood Part II." Following the events of "First Blood," John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) has been arrested and sent to jail for the destruction he caused to Hope, Oregon. Col. Trautman (Richard Crenna) arrives with a signed release for Rambo... but there's a catch. Rambo must agree to a mission set up by the government. With nothing left to lose, Rambo agrees and meets Marshall Murdock (Charles Napier), a governmenmt bueraucrat who who briefs him. Seems that the government wants to see if there really are P.O.Ws left in Vietnam. Rambo is told that if he finds prisoners, that he must snap pictures of the prisoners and must not, under any circumstances, engage the enemy. Both objectives are impossible for the guy, but he agrees to make his freedom permanent.

With the aid of Co Bao (Julia Nickson), a female Vietnamese soldier that the government has hired to assist him, Rambo actually rescues a P.O.W. However, this provides proof that there are still P.O.Ws, an issue that the government hoped to sweep under the rug with this mission. Murdock orders the extraction chopper to abandon Rambo, and this triggers a series of events that leads to Rambo taking on the entire North Vietnamese army single handed in an attempt to rescue the other P.O.Ws and gain revenge on the spineless Murdock.

More action-oriented than the previous entry in the series, Jerry Goldsmith provides a soldi action score, cleverly inserting bits of his "First Blood" theme from time to time. Also, Frank Stallone appears again on the blog with the (undeservedly) Golden Raspberry-winning song "Peace in Our Life." Enjoy the soundtrack (by the way, this is the original Varese Sarabande release. If I find the extra material added for the Silva release, I will post it here).


1. Main Title (02:12)
2. Preparations (01:16)
3. The Jump (03:18)
4. The Snake (01:48)
5. Stories (03:26)
6. The Cage (03:55)
7. Betrayed (04:22)
8. Escape from the Torture (03:39)
9. Ambush (02:45)
10. Revenge (06:14)
11. Bowed Down (01:04)
12. Pilot Over (01:52)
13. Home Flight (03:01)
14. Day by Day (02:06)
15. Peace in Our Life (performed by Frank Stallone) (03:18)

Saturday, December 02, 2006

"NOTHING IS OVER! NOTHING! YOU JUST DON'T TURN IT OFF! It wasn't my war! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win!"

Here is the excellent score for the 1982 Sylvester Stallone action film FIRST BLOOD, which led to two sequels (the soundtracks of both will be posted soon). Based on the 1972 novel by David Morrell (who, in a very nice touch, novelized the two sequels), Stallone is John Rambo, a Vietnam vet who became a drifter after coming home and being unable to readjust to civillian life. Passing through the small town of Hope, Oregon, he runs afoul of Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy), a Korean War vet. Teasle arrests Rambo and dumps him in jail, where the deputies torture him. When one tries to shave him (dry) with a straight razor, it triggers a memory of being slashed across the chest with a knife in a Viet Cong POW camp. Rambo flips out, beats up the deputies, and escapes into the woods of Oregon. Rambo's former commanding officer and mentor Col. Sam Truatman (the late Richard Crenna), is brought in to try and futilely talk some sense into him as Rambo outwits bloodhounds, a posse, and the National Guard in an attempt to hunt down Teasle and take his revenge.

The score for this classic action film was provided by Jerry Goldsmith (who did the other two entries ion the series), this proves why he was the go-to guy for rousing action scores. Opening with a somber main title track ("Home Coming"), we get some nice action cues as well as the classic end credits song by Dan Hill. Reccomended for everyone. For those wondering if this is the Varese or Intrada release, they are basically the same (the Varese is a reissue), so I went with the cooler cover art.


1. Home Coming (02:21)
2. Escape Route (02:39)
3. First Blood (04:36)
4. The Tunnel (04:02)
5. Hanging Out (03:29)
6. Mountain Hunt (06:06)
7. My Town (01:55)
8. The Razor (03:08)
9. No Power (02:51)
10. Over The Cliff (02:03)
11. It's A Long Road (Instrumental) (02:52)
12. It's A Long Road (Theme from "First Blood") (performed by Dan Hill)(03:19)

Compilation album link fixed!

Due to either someone complaining or something random, the file link was taken off of Megaupload. I've re-upped it. Thanks to Omega for pointing out that the link no longer worked. I've checked all the other links and they work fine.

Friday, December 01, 2006

"Billy was a kid who got pushed around. Then he found the power..."

This is the score to the 1978 snorefest of a sci-fi film, "Laserblast." Despite it's title, there really isn't that much laserblasting going on and the movie gets bogged down by confusing sublots that have no payoff, as well as carboard characters and a wasted (not in the drunk sense) Roddy McDowall, who gets precious little screen time. The only good things are the stop motion aliens by Dave Allen, and the score by Joel Goldsmith (son of Jerry) and Richard Band. The score was only released in a limited edition of 1,000 copies (and is more than likely OOP), so those who didin't get their copy can download it here. The score is a mixture of orchestral instruments and 70s synthesizers that create a pretty cool sound (much like Joel's father Jerry did later in his career). Unless you're a bad movie fanatic (like I am), stay the hell away from the movie at all costs, but the score comes highly reccomended.


1. Laserblast Main Title (01:55)
2. Mom’s Leaving (00:21)
3. Billy’s Radio #1 (2:06) (02:06)
4. Grandpa And Kathy (00:47)
5. Billy’s Radio #2 (03:14)
6. Deputy Chase (01:16)
7. Chuck’s Radio #1 (02:21)
8. Alien Blasted / Billy Finds Gun / First Laserblasting (01:46)
9. Billy And Kathy (01:14)
10. Aliens In Ship / Alien Boss On Screen (00:47)
11. Tony Discovers Black Spot (01:01)
12. Party Music (04:25)
13. Love Theme After Fight (00:46)
14. Billy In Mirror / Chuck Goes To Car (01:04)
15. Chuck’s Car Gets Blasted (01:06)
16. Tony Arrives At Police Station (00:34)
17. Operation Montage / Dr. Mellon Examines Billy (01:07)
18. Lab Montage (01:11)
19. Billy At Gas Station (01:39)
20. Billy And Kathy Make Love (00:45)
21. More Laserblasting (00:59)
22. Chuck’s Radio #2 (03:59)
23. Billy Battles Plane (2:54) (02:54)
24. Billy Blows Town Up (05:22)
25. Laserblast End Title (02:29)