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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Varèse Sarabande: 40 Years of Great Film Music'
Artist - Various

For those not in the know, Varèse Sarabande: 40 Years of Great Film Music 1978-2018 is a rather splendid celebratory collection of the biggest composers and albums to grace the Varèse catalog during an unparalleled 40 year history as the preeminent soundtrack label.

The greatest composers; Bernard Herrmann, Alex North and Jerry Goldsmith of Hollywood's Golden Age to the Modern Age of Hans Zimmer, James Horner and Brian Tyler all feature here, as well they should after their collective outputs for the label.

Indeed, these composers, and more, are represented with some of their finest compositions; Vertigo, Spartacus, Aliens, Driving Miss Daisy, The Matrix, The Omen, Whiplash and Star Trek, et al.

CD 1:
1. The Adventures Of Robin Hood: Main Title / Coronation Procession (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
2. Witness: Building The Barn (Maurice Jarre)
3. Raising Arizona: Way Out There (Carter Burwell)
4. The Right Stuff: Yeagers Triumph (Bill Conti)
5. Aliens: Futile Escape (James Horner)
6. The Milagro Beanfield War: Theme (from Screen Themes) (Dave Grusin)
7. Peggy Sue Got Married: Peggy Sues Homecoming (John Barry)
8. My Left Foot: Mother (Elmer Bernstein)
9. The Secret Garden: Colin Opens His Eyes (Zbigniew Preisner)
10. A Little Princess: The Good - Bye (Patrick Doyle)
11. The Player: The Player (Thomas Newman)
12. Pee-wees Big Adventure: Breakfast Machine (Danny Elfman)
13. Back To The Future, Part III: End Credits (Alan Silvestri)
14. Agnes Of God: End Credits (Georges Delerue)
15. Driving Miss Daisy: End Titles (Hans Zimmer)
16. Father Of The Bride: Main Title (Alan Silvestri)
17. Emma: Theme (Rachel Portman)
18. Unfaithful (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek)
19. Elf: Buddys Journey (John Debney)
20. Pleasantville: Real Rain (Randy Newman)
21. Rudy: Main Title (Jerry Goldsmith)

CD 2:
1. Spartacus: Main Title (Alex North)
2. Vertigo: Prelude And Rooftop (Bernard Herrmann)
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey: Space Station Docking (Alex North)
4. The Matrix: Main Title / Trinity Infinity (Don Davis)
5. The Omen: Ave Satani (Jerry Goldsmith)
6. The Crow: Birth Of A Legend (Graeme Revell)
7. Scream: Sydneys Lament (Marco Beltrami)
8. The Sixth Sense: De Profundis (James Newton Howard)
9. The Last Of The Mohicans: Main Title (Trevor Jones)
10. Nanny McPhee: Snow In August (Patrick Doyle)
11. Million Dollar Baby: Blue Morgan (Clint Eastwood)
12. Cast Away: End Credits (Alan Silvestri)
13. Lost: Season 4: Theres No Place Like Home (Michael Giacchino)
14. L.A. Confidential: Bloody Christmas (Jerry Goldsmith)
15. Rush Hour 2: Main Title (Lalo Schifrin)
16. Fast Five: Fast Five (Brian Tyler)
17. The Bourne Supremacy: Bim Bam Smash (John Powell)
18. House Of Cards: Theme (Jeff Beal)
19. Sicario: The Beast (Johann Johannsson)
20. Whiplash: Overture (Justin Hurwitz)
21. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Mildred Goes To War (Carter Burwell)
22. Shrek: Transformation and The End (Harry Gregson - Williams and John Powell)
23. How To Train Your Dragon: This Is Berk (John Powell)
24. Star Trek: Enterprising Young Men (Michael Giacchino)

In truth, and as much as all the tracks on these two CDs have been unveiled via previous other anniversary releases, the 45 track set is still an incredible double album to have in your collections.

And as much as, unlike the 4CD sets of yesteryear, they don't have the same apparent organization - where material with similar styles is grouped on each disc - you can still manage to enjoy the free flowing musical beauty of each composer and their works.

Indeed, and with that said, the opening track, 'Coronation Procession' from The Adventures of Robin Hood is a delightfully right royal way to introduce us to the tracks, and that's followed by some of my other favorites, such as the stirring, building, 'Futile Escape' (Aliens), the frenetic wonderment of 'Breakfast Machine' (Pee-wees Big Adventure), and both the high flying festive beauty of 'Buddy's Journey' ('Elf') and Randy Newman's dulcet piano work on 'Real Rain' from Pleasantville.

The second CD also has some gems, of course, and for me, they include the wonderment of 'Space Station Docking' ('2001: A Space Odyssey'), the wondrous crescendo-esque 'Main Titles' from Last of The Mohicans, and also 'Blue Morgan (End Credits)' (by Clint Eastwood, from Million Dollar Baby), and one of my all-time favorites pieces, the massively uplifting 'Enterprising Young Men' from Star Trek.

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