Friday, November 19, 2010

Rain Main and Red Sonja Soundtrack [2010]

Preseverance Records just released two discs of Rain Main and Red Sonja. The label, which has specialized in smaller-scale soundtracks and soundtrack reissues since 2002 (most notably the score to the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers), will release expanded scores of the ’80s action epic Red Sonja (1985) and the hugely successful drama Rain Man (1989).

Red Sonja, based on the Marvel Comics character, starred Brigitte Nielsen as the titular barbarian and featured Arnold Schwarzenegger as her fighting ally Lord Kalidor (Schwarzenegger, who had just become a megastar off the back of The Terminator, was no stranger to the material, having played another Marvel barbarian, Conan, in two films). Though it was not a success, it was lauded for its symphonic score written by legendary composer Ennio Morricone. The original album featured two long symphonic suites from the soundtrack totaling a half-hour of music; that album was paired with Morricone’s score to Bloodline (1979) for a Varese Sarabande CD Club title in 1990. But this is the premiere release of the score in a proper soundtrack sequence, and features several cues never before released on disc.

The late ’80s classic Rain Man won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman’s now-iconic portrayal of a severely autistic man. The score was notable for being one of the first mainstream soundtracks by composer Hans Zimmer, now known as one of the go-to composers for thrilling (if slightly generic) action music for films such as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Both sets will ship in November and are limited to 2,000 copies apiece. You’ll definitely want to view the track lists after the jump. Definitely.

Ennio Morricone, Red Sonja: Original Motion Picture Score (Perseverance PRD035, 2010 – original film released 1985)

  1. Prologue
  2. Main Title
  3. The Talisman
  4. Temple Raid
  5. Touch It
  6. Sonja and the Sword Master
  7. Vanna’s Death
  8. The Gate of Brytag
  9. Sonja vs. Brytag
  10. Fighting the Soldiers
  11. The Chamber of Lights
  12. Sorcery
  13. Sonja Teaches Tam
  14. Treasure in the Cavern
  15. Kalidor and Sonja
  16. A Fair Fight
  17. Entering the Castle
  18. Sonja Defeats the Queen
  19. End Credits

Portions of some tracks were previously released on Varese Sarabande LP STV-81248, 1986 and Varese Sarabande CD VCL 9001.6, 1990

Hans Zimmer, Rain Man: Original MGM Motion Picture Score (Perseverance PRD037, 2010 – original film released 1988)

  1. Drive from the Country
  2. Empty House
  3. Charlie’s Memories
  4. Drive to the Bank and Wallbrook
  5. Leaving Wallbrook
  6. Traffic Accident and Aftermath
  7. Train Crossing
  8. Walk Don’t Run
  9. Farmhouse
  10. Putting Ray to Bed
  11. On the Road
  12. Las Vegas
  13. Piano Source Music
  14. Smoke Alarm
  15. Pancakes
  16. My Main Man
  17. Train Station Goodbye
  18. End Credits
  19. On the Road (Wild Panpipes)
  20. Las Vegas (Wild Vocals & Percussion)

All tracks previously unreleased except portions of Tracks 5, 11, 12 and 18, previously released on Capitol LP C1-91866, 1989


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