Various Artists

In Session: A Film Music Celebration

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In Session is subtitled "A Film Music Celebration," but what it celebrates is not so much original soundtrack recordings as commercial re-recordings and releases of music written for the silver screen. Many of the 36 tracks on this two-CD compilation never made it onto film. For example, the collection begins with Alex North's theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey -- a composition that was rejected by Stanley Kubrick and replaced with famous classical pieces. North's work lacks the power of the final version, but it has some of the same sense of mystery and grandeur. It has historical value, but let the buyer beware: anyone who picks up this album in her local record store expecting the familiar theme from 2001 will be sorely disappointed. And so it goes throughout the set: "Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire" is not an excerpt from John Williams' score, it is an experimental attempt by Joel McNeely to write a score for one of the many Star Wars novels that have little to do with the movies. The excerpts from Superman: The Movie and Star Trek: The Motion Picture are taken from the final score for those films (by Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, respectively) but they are presented in new recordings that sound little like the familiar soundtrack versions. Producer Robert Townson provides detailed liner notes that reveal the intricate histories of each track, and for some film buffs those notes may be treasure trove. But the music itself is generally much less interesting. Don't let the ambiguous and misleading packaging fool you. In Session is for serious film music junkies only.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
2001, a Space Odyssey, film score
1 1:39
Rebecca, film score
2 4:41 Spotify
Citizen Kane, film score
3 4:14 Spotify
That Hamilton Woman, film score
4 4:27 Spotify
Anna and the King of Siam, film score
5 4:27 Spotify
Captain from Castile, film score
6 3:22 Spotify
Streetcar Named Desire, film score
7 3:06 Spotify
Viva Zapata!, film score
8 3:51
The Trouble with Harry, film score
9 2:20 Spotify
Peyton Place, film score
10 5:41 Spotify
Vertigo, film score
11 4:55
Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, film score
12
2:07
13 2:52
Psycho, film score
14 4:11
The Three Worlds of Gulliver, film score
15 2:50 Spotify
Breakfast at Tiffany's, film score
16 5:42 Spotify
To Kill a Mockingbird, film score
17 3:27 Spotify
Marnie, film score
18 4:20
Hamlet, suite from the film score, Op.116a (assembled by Atovmyan)
19 2:58

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Agony and the Ecstasy, film score
1 2:59 Spotify
The Sand Pebbles, film score
2 2:30 Spotify
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, film score
3 3:57 Spotify
Born Free, film score
4 3:23
Fahrenheit 451, film score
5 3:45
Patton, film score
6 2:18
Tora! Tora! Tora!, film score
7 3:19
Jaws, film score
8 5:17
Midway, film score
9 5:18 Spotify
Superman, film score
10 5:04 Spotify
Star Trek I, film score
11 6:11
Somewhere in Time, film score
12 3:40
Body Heat, film score
13 3:53
Out of Africa, film score
14 3:16 Spotify
Platoon, film score
15 6:57
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, video game music
16 4:39 Spotify
Taras Bulba, film score
17 4:50 Spotify
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