Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

The Monster Movie Music Album

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Some never quite could get into the various giant monster movies such as Godzilla that regularly appeared from Japan (most often, it seemed, from Toho Studios). The music, on the other hand, is something else again, as the first six tracks on this album demonstrate -- the COPP, under the batons of Nic Raine and Paul Bateman, does great justice to the music of Akira Fukabe. The combination of music and performance is so impressive that it's almost downhill from there. Almost. Following in Godzilla's footsteps comes King Kong, with cues by Max Steiner, John Barry (from the remake), and John Scott (from the awful King Kong Lives), and then it's off for a spell on Mysterious Island with wonderful music from Bernard Herrmann. Extra thrills are provided by Jerry Goldsmith with Baby - Secret of the Lost Legend, and Robert Folk, here with a cue from the abominable Theodore Rex. Mario Nascimbene takes us into the deep past with music from Hammer's caveman and dinosaur films, with concluding dino-bits from James Horner (The Land Before Time and We're Back - A Dinosaur Story) and David Newman, who, in conjunction with Hoyt Curtin, is found providing music for The Flinstones. A somewhat odd mixture at times, but a lot of fun to listen to. The disc itself sounds terrific. The music has been encoded for dolby surround and HDCD format.