Friday, December 26, 2014

Godzilla


GODZILLA (Original Motion Picture Score)
Music by David Arnold

In 1998, following the success of Stargate and Independence Day, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin moved to the making of yet another blockbuster: an American take on Godzilla, the famous Japanese monster that inspired a plethora of creatures and disaster movies throughout the twentieth century. However, in the end, the American version of Godzilla ended up being one of the most hated films in 1998, both by critics and audiences. A questionable cast ensemble, a clichéd plot and even the redesign of the creature itself (and its offspring) were all major points of criticism. Nevertheless, the film reunited the filmmakers with composer David Arnold, who at the time was achieving success in the James Bond franchise.

Despite being overlapped by constant sound effects, the music for the film is an aspect that has always been praised. Arnold expanded his universe of robust action music, patriotic themes and love motifs. He even throwed in outstanding theme for the titular monster, with full brass and percussion passages that will make your room rumble!

At the time of the premiere, the score was set to receive an album treatment by Sony, but it was cancelled due to the film's poor performance. A terrible song compilation album was released instead, which included only four minutes of Arnold's music. A number of promotional and bootleg editions appeared in the black market and those were the only presentation of the score, until in 2007, La-La Land Records released a complete 2-CD set containing most of the recordings. In 2012, Arnold's Godzilla received yet another treatment, this time in the form of a 3-CD set, which included the complete score (plus several alternate cues) and the never-commercially-released album score. Now, Renovatio Records brings you its own arranged compilation that contains the best parts of the score. Arnold's effort in the franchise is surely worthy of remembrance, not only as a wonderfully addition to the Godzilla universe, but also as the completion of the Emmerich-Devlin-Arnold collaboration, which was the result of certainly some the composer's best works!

Track Listing:
1. Opening Titles (3:29)
2. The First Of Its Kind (1:52)
3. Visitor In Manhattan (4:48)
4. Evacuation (2:44)
5. The Tunnels (2:51)
6. The Bait (5:15)
7. Helicopter Chase (3:25)
8. Audrey Steals The Tape (2:47)
9. Nick Gets Fired (5:48)
10. Submarine Chase & Discovery Of The Nest (7:11)
11. The Eggs Hatch (3:53)
12. Babyzillas (1:28)
13. Nest Mayhem (2:37)
14. Live From Madison Square Garden (4:08)
15. Escape (3:00)
16. Taxi Chase (7:06)
17. Brooklyn Bridge (4:32)
18. Finale (4:05)

Total running time: 70:59






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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Independence Day



INDEPENDENCE DAY (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by David Arnold

Continuing our trend of David Arnold scores, Renovatio Records proudly presents an ultimate nineties classic: Independence Day! The science-fiction film starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Judd Hirsch, Mary McDonnell, Margaret Colin, Harry Connick, Jr. and Randy Quaid, is helmed by disaster-genre master Roland Emmerich and tells the story of a worldwide-scale alien attack that leaves small groups of people scattered throught out the Earth that must find their way to unite and fight back the menace and avoid annihilation... on July 4th...

Despite the nationalist background of its plot, the film is a masterpiece in terms of visual and special effects, which in combination depict some of the most unsettling, unique and convincing alien attacks ever to be present in a sci-fi movie. At the time of its release, it was the highest-grossing film of 1996 and even nowadays, some of its scenes, like the destruction of the White House, are considered iconic.

Independence Day also brought together the team Roland Emmerich-Dean Devlin-David Arnold, after working together in Stargate. For ID4, Arnold created what is probably the most memorable score of his entire career (so far). With an orchestra composed of 90 players and 46 choristers, the music is marvellous for its rich thematic content, patriotic fanfares, menacing passages and rumbling action sequences.

The score was originally released in 1996 by BMG Classics/RCA Victor in the form of a short album that not only lacked some of the most outstanding cues of the film but also included several alternate versions for some of the tracks. Several expanded bootlegs circulated around in the black market, until La-La Land Records released a complete 2-CD presentation of the score. Now, Renovatio Records presents you with its own personal edition of the score, into a soundtrack album that includes every single cue that you expect to hear. We hope you enjoy revising this outstanding piece of art, which certainly stands a among the classics of the digital age of film music.

Track Listing:
1. We Come In Peace (2:00)
2. Radio Signal (1:52)
3. Cancelled Leave (1:43)
4. The Darkest Day (4:11)
5. Evacuation (5:48)
6. Firestorm (1:24)
7. Aftermath (3:36)
8. Base Attack(6:12)
9. Area 51 (2:19)
10. El Toro Destroyed (1:31)
11. Target Remains (4:56)
12. International Code (1:33)
13. The President's Speech (3:11)
14. Into The Mother Ship (8:28)
15. The Day We Fight Back (5:12)
16. Jolly Roger (2:17)
17. Independence Day (3:41)
18. End Credits (9:05)

Total running time: 69:59








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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stargate


STARGATE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by David Arnold

Renovatio Records presents Stargate, composed by the great David Arnold. This film (released in 1994) was the second motion picture Arnold scored and the first major blockbuster, and led to the collaboration of Arnold with producer Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich for two more large scale films, Independence Day and Godzilla. Stargate is a science fiction that merges Egpytian mythological settings and a modern interstellar travel concept. Starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, the film became an instant hit and a cult classic that inspired future productions and TV series, despite initial critics opinions. When Arnold received the project, he was working at a video store in London. Composing in a secluded hotel room, doing rewrites and improving the music, Arnold provided a score that returned to the classical roots of Hollywood music.

Performed by the Sinfonia of London, the score for Stargate is full of themes, motifs and memorable moments, with strong brass passages, choruses for the fantasy element and a complex orchestration (courtesy of Nicholas Dodd, Arnold's regular collaborator) that involves local instrumentation and vocal work for the Egyptian mood. Besides being a standout score in Arnold's career, the music foreshadowed things to come from the composer. His main theme for this film is so remarkable that it has become a signature of the entire franchise and his action music (prominent in the final half) will surely rock you floor!

The soundtrack was released in 1994 by Milan Records and received a Deluxe treatment by Varèse Sarabande in 2006, with new unreleased material. The problem with both lengthy releases is that the tracks are so short that makes the listening experience rather unbalanced, changing its style and mood from one minute to the next. Renovatio Records has managed to compile a soundtrack that it's fairly organized and that provides the best moments of the score, providing a fluent listening experience that manages to tell a musical story on its own. We hope you enjoy it!

Please note that this release is also the first of the three planned releases for the scores produced by the Emmerich/Devlin/Arnold collaboration. So stick around for more Arnold in the future!

Track listing:
1. Stargate Overture (3:01)
2. Giza, 1928 (2:11)
3. Orion (1:31)
4. The Coverstones (0:59)
5. The Stargate Opens (3:58)
6. Entering The Stargate (4:45)
7. The Other Side (1:45)
8. The Mining Pit (1:34)
9. Caravan To Nagada (2:16)
10. Daniel And Shauri (1:54)
11. Symbol Discovery (1:14)
12. The Pyramid (4:09)
13. Ra - The Sun God (3:22)
14. Procession & Slave Rebellion (2:41)
15. Against The Gods (1:54)
16. Battle At The Pyramid (5:02)
17. Countdown (3:24)
18. Kasuf Returns (3:06)
19. Going Home (3:13)
20. Stargate Theme (1:13)

Total running time: 53:12







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Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Thing



THE THING (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by Marco Beltrami

Renovatio Records brings you yet another Marco Beltrami score: The Thing (2011). The film, directed by Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. and starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Adelawe Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Eric Christian Olsen, serves as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 take and details the events that led to the destruction of the Norwegian camp (gruesome deaths, in between) that is later to be visited by Kurt Russell in the original. Filmmakers have put a lot of effort in making the prequel look just like Carpenter's film, with a touch of modernity added in; practical creature effects have been largely replaced by CGI shots in this one. Regarding the music, the original counted on Ennio Morricone's minimalist and synthetic yet effective score. For the prequel, filmmakers went into the opposite direction and hired Marco Beltrami to compose a large scale symphonic score with a melodic approach. The result is a brilliant horror score with significant thematic passages that will make the listener remember the work of Jerry Goldsmith for films like Alien and Poltergeist.

Being a regular horror film composer, Beltrami is clearly in his comfort zone here and he manages to introduce interesting concepts into the genre. Such ideas involve a few electronic pulsing rhythms and an original motif for the creature itself that involves an orchestral wail that moves up and down, like if it were a actual living breathing "thing"! The score was officially released in 2011 by Varèse Sarabande, providing a lengthy album that contained several long suspense material, which made the listening experience rather unimpressive. Renovatio Records brings you this new release, with previously unreleased material and a fair balance between horror elements and thematic content. The Thing definitely stands out in Beltrami's career and is a score that horror film music collectors cannot miss!

Track listing:
1. Overture (1:29)
2. Journey To Antarctica (2:58)
3. Eye of the Survivor (2:57)
4. First Night (2:02)
5. Breakout (1:38)
6. First Attack (2:51)
7. Fillings (3:35)
8. Juliette (4:07)
9. Burning Corpses (2:21)
10. Not All Of Us Are Human (5:00)
11. Following Sander (3:41)
12. In The Ship (2:41)
13. Can't Stand The Heat (2:32)
14. Safe (2:35)
15. Final Immolation (2:34)
16. Who Goes There?* (3:41)

*Bonus track not featured in film

Total running time: 46:42









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Friday, September 12, 2014

Mimic


MIMIC (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed and Conducted by Marco Beltrami

Renovatio Records presents the score for 1997 horror flick Mimic, composed by Marco Beltrami. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, the film stars Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Giancarlo Giannini, Josh Brolin, Charles S. Dutton and F. Murray Abraham, and revolves around a group of scientists that discover a miraculous cure that stops the spread of a deadly disease. However, three years later, their creation has evolved into a horrifying lifeform, able to mimic and hunt down its prey: man. With dark muddy sets and hideous insect-like creatures, the B-rate movie stands as one of Del Toro's most characteristic works. The same could be said about Beltrami's score, one that definitely set the composer in the horror genre mainstream.

The score's most characterizing feature is that it is quite accessible within this genre, which usually provides dissonant and cliched scores. Beltrami achieves in offering a strong thematic content, empowered by a large orchestra and a lot of intricate percussive passages. Most importantly, the score virtually lacks post-production work, as it was written and recorded with old-school techniques. What you hear is exactly what the orchestra performed!

Varèse Sarabande issued an album at the time of the movie release that was quite short, missing a considerable amount of good music. In 2011, the same label produced a Deluxe edition that included the complete score, with many short tracks resulting in a rather slow listening experience. Now, Renovatio Records brings you a new arrangement of this score, a clear tribute to the works of Christopher Young and Jerry Goldsmith in the horror genre. Mimic is definitely a must-have in a Beltrami collection!!

Track listing:
1. Main Titles (2:52)
2. Children's Hospital (1:27)
3. Release the Judas (2:29)
4. The Alley (2:52)
5. Delancey St. Station (1:17)
6. Susan Meets Chuy (1:09)
7. Problems in the Lab (5:18)
8. Pregnancy Test (2:55)
9. Chuy Steps Out (3:19)
10. Manny's Search (1:50)
11. In The Den (4:19)
12. Chased by a Bug (1:17)
13. Josh's Dead End (4:22)
14. Race To The Subway (2:15)
15. I'll Go (1:04)
16. Fleeing Terror (4:51)
17. The Leucistic's Alive (1:28)
18. Reunited (2:51)
19. End Credits (2:04)

Total running time: 49:59






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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Priest


PRIEST (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by Christopher Young


Renovatio Records is pleased to present the original motion picture soundtrack for Priest, composed by horror master Christopher Young. The film directed by Scott Stewart and starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Cam Gigandet and Christopher Plummer is a dystopian post-apocalyptic science fiction story about a long-time war between humans and vampires. Bettany plays the title character, who hunts down the vampires after realizing that they are planning to release a final attacking horde against the last remnants of mankind. The film was panned by critics and audiences to such an extent that the making of potential sequels was cancelled. Despite these opinions, the film has a lot of visual delights to offer, with a characteristic stylish design and well-orchestrated action scenes. Another aspect that cannot be missed is Christopher Young's bombastic score.

Young is a versatile composer, having composed music in many different genres. However, he is mostly known for his horror scores, which choral and orchestral bursts of pure thematic passages. Priest is not the exception! Furthermore, listeners will find plenty of gothic themes, grandiose action sequences, tender and inspiring motifs, chilling creepiness and majestic choral beauty to quench their thirst for everything they should expect from a Young score.

The music was released by Lakeshore Records at the time the film was premiered. Though the album was very well-balanced and offered a great presentation of Young's work, the label left out a lot of considerably good music. With the appearance of expanded and complete bootlegs, here at Renovatio Records, we decided to put together our own take on this one, with new unreleased material and a whole different track arrangement. Be sure to rock your walls (and possibly, your neighbours') with this terrific and explosive score, includes some of the best music that Young has composed in his entire career!

Track listing:
1. Prologue (3:22)
2. Cathedral City (2:10)
3. Priest Fights Guards (3:32)
4. Family Photo (2:45)
5. Leaving City (3:12)
6. Priest Remembers (2:05)
7. Blackhat (4:01)
8. Killing Vamps (3:11)
9. Finding The Hive (3:40)
10. Eclipsed Heart (4:28)
11. Boarding The Vampire Train (4:58)
12. Blackhat Confrontation (4:21)
13. Aftermath (2:31)
14. Finale (4:57)
15. A World Without End (7:38)

Total running time: 56:51








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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rogue



ROGUE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by François Tetaz


Continuing our trend of man vs. man-eating creatures film scores, Renovatio Records presents Rogue, by composer François Tetaz. The 2007 Australian independent horror film is directed by Greg McNeal and is about a group of tourists that get caught in a small island in the Northern Territory of Australia. Soon they come to realize that they are being hunted by a massive and nasty crocodile. The film is probably the best 'crocodile genre' film ever made, with strong performances by Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington John Jarrat and the rest of cast, beautiful landscape shots, memorable scenes of pure suspense à la Jaws, and an outstanding and realistic CGI croc!!

The film is also heightened by its accompanying score, which relies heavily on a powerful string ensemble. In Rogue, you will hear almost everything that can be done with a group of strings: from soft and dramatic themes, to melodic ostinatos, to frenzied and dissonant shrieks, to a low and aggressive motif that emulates the growling of an actual crocodile! This is not all the music has to offer; you will also get to enjoy an impressive vocal work for the locale and the delightful "River Suite" track, a true standout of the soundtrack. For these reasons, this score can be considered a prominent entry in the genre for its originality and experimental choices.

The score never received an official commercial release. It's been only available in the form a promotional treament containing all the music from the film, with most of the tracks meshed together. Since the film is full of intense scenes, the music sometimes may become quite hard for a pleasing listening experience. This is why Renovatio Records has made a selection of the best parts of the score and developed an album that will let the listener enjoy the magnificent work Tetaz has done for a film that should receive more attention. This score is a truly masterpiece from a barely known composer that cannot be missed!!

Track listing:
1. Violence Of Nature (1:23)
2. Welcome To The Terrortory (1:25)
3. River Suite (6:10)
4. Katherine Gorge (2:00)
5. Stranger Come Here (2:41)
6. The Island (4:03)
7. The Rope (3:14)
8. I'm Not Gonna Leave You (2:07)
9. Swimming (2:09)
10. Alone In The Forest (2:02)
11. The Lair (3:38)
12. Requiem (4:40)
13. Nature Of Violence (1:54)

Total running time: 37:26








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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Relic


THE RELIC (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed and Conducted by John Debney


New from Renovation Records: the original score for 1997 horror film The Relic, composed by John Debney. The film is based on a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child about a group of people forced to struggle for survival, as they find themselves trapped inside a museum with the company of the stalking Kothoga, a vicious monster hungry for human heads. Starring Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore in the lead roles, The Relic is often remembered for its terrific special effects, which were produced by none other than Stan Winston, the man behind the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, among others.

For film music fans, the film is also remembered for its distinctive score by John Debney, his first one in the horror genre. Despite being played by a rather small ensemble, the score manages to provide some remarkable moments of pure adrenaline and thrilling suspense. Many critics have commented that Debney's music stands on clichéd ground, but it cannot be denied that the score has its own identity, with memorable motifs on strings and lengthy and robust orchestral action passages.

The score was first introduced in 1997 as a limited 'Composer's Promo' edition, and in 2013, La-La Land Records released an expanded treatment with over an hour music. The problem with both releases was that they were badly balanced: the former with poor track arrangement and bad sound quality, and the latter with really lousy editing and mixing. This has led to many critics to disregard the score with unfavorable reviews. Now, Renovatio Records dares to bring this score together into a coherently arranged album that will make the listeners enjoy those moments of pure orchestral terror with a sound palette that hits like a powerful locomotive! Hopefully, they will appreciate this underrated score.

Tracklist:
1. The Ritual (3:49)
2. Boarding Ship (2:06)
3. Discovery of the Bodies (2:24)
4. Lab Analysis (1:52)
5. The Museum At Night (2:34)
6. The Gala (1:14)
7. Searching Below (2:11)
8. System Alert (2:52)
9. The Callisto Effect (1:48)
10. Kothoga Attacks (1:39)
11. S.W.A.T. Team Attack (3:07)
12. Tunnels (2:09)
13. the Trap (2:18)
14. Face To Face (6:17)
15. Lucky Bullet (0:58)
16. The Relic (4:58)

Total running time: 42:16








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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Ring


 THE RING (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Hans Zimmer
Additional Music by Martin Tillman, Henning Lohner and James Dooley




Renovatio Records presents the original score for horror motion picture The Ring, composed by Hans Zimmer. The film is a remake of Japanese horror movie Ring and focuses on a cursed videotape. Those who watch it receive a phone call and supposedly die seven days later. After watching the mysterious tape, leads Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson must find the secret that lies within it before their countdown to death is over. The film also marked the beginning of a collaboration between director Gore Verbinski and composer Hans Zimmer, which would continue throughout a number of movies, including the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.

For The Ring, Zimmer put together a small orchestral ensemble consisting primarily of a piano, a violin and two cellos to create an eerie and dissonant minimalistic score with a strong melodic baseline. In addition to bringing many intriguing and disturbing ideas into the horror genre, Zimmer explores many motifs and themes that evoke a melancholic atmosphere.

The first official album presentation for this score was three years after the film release. That soundtrack was presented by Decca/Universal with music from the original 2002 film and from the 2005 sequel, combined into lengthy suites. The Ring, as a stand-alone score, never received a proper treatment until now. Renovatio Records offers you the possibility to enjoy this small and haunting score, which represents a rarity within Zimmer's vast repertoire of blockbuster action and epic scores. WARNING: Music may be disturbing for some listeners. Lights on during listening experience is highly recommended.

Tracklist:
1. The Funeral (2:09)
2. Seven Days (2:18)
3. Before You Die You See The Ring (1:08)
4. Rachel (1:29)
5. Moesko Island (3:36)
6. She Never Sleeps (1:55)
7. The Farm (2:23)
8. Samara's Home (2:31)
9. Home Sweet Home (5:13)
10. The Well (3:00)
11. The Ring (8:10)

Total running time: 33:52









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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Dark City


DARK CITY (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Trevor Jones


New from Renovatio Records: the score for Alex Proyas' 1998 sci-fi thriller Dark City, composed by Trevor Jones. The film has an all-star ensemble cast that includes Rufus Sewell, Keifer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt in the main roles, and has a dark and twisted plot surrounding the concept of dreams versus the awful truth, with a remarkable visual style and plenty of film noir elements. At the time of the release, the film received critical acclaim but was quickly cast aside and completely forgotten. The same could be said about Trevor Jones' splendid score, which counts on several themes and motifs, along with an intricate instrumentation that includes a robust orchestra over accompanying synthesizers.

The score was released in 1998 by TVT Soundtrax in an album compilation that included as many songs as music by Jones, resulting in a soundtrack that would not satisfy the composer's avid listeners. As expected, many expanded or complete bootlegs compilations surfaced years later. Renovatio Records brings you a new edition of this score, with a far better arrangement of tracks, previously unreleased material and Anita Kelsey's delightful take on "Sway", which we couldn't let out! Enjoy!

Tracklist:
1. Sway (3:17) - Performed by Anita Kelsey
2. Into The City (7:01)
3. Schreber Meets Emma (2:29)
4. No Way Out (1:16)
5. No More Mr. Quick (3:27)
6. Emma & John (3:39)
7. Postcards From Uncle Karl (3:01)
8. Shell Beach (4:37)
9. Edge Of The City (4:45)
10. Final Conflict (4:49)
11. I Have The Power (3:31)
12. Would You Like To Join Me? (4:17)

Total running time: 46:35








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