Thursday, November 19, 2015

Waterworld


Waterworld (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by James Newton Howard


Renovatio Records presents you the score for Waterworld composed by James Newton Howard. This sci-fi adventure directed by Kevin Reynolds and starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper and Jeanne Tripplehorn was one of the most expensive movies ever made and takes place in a distant future, in which polar ice caps have melted and the land masses of the world have been swallowed up by the rising seas. Human beings have seen themselves force to live on boats and manmade atolls, unaware of the remnants of the civilizations resting at the bottom of the ocean. Costner plays the "Mariner", a mutant drifter that has developed gills (thus being able to breathe underwater) and that is participating in the search of legendary dry lands. Hopper plays the leader of the Smokers who pillage and break havoc on the high seas. Though at the time of its release, the film was a box office bomb and received overwhelming negative reviews, recent appreciation for it has grown from critics praising its editing, sound, cinematography and music.

Composer Mark Isham was signed to composed the music, but his work was dismissed and James Newton Howard was brought on board to write an emergency score, one that would become one of his signature works of the nineties, earning him the reputation of a solid action film music composer. Howard expanded several ideas already introduced in Outbreak, a score that many consider it to be Waterworld's baby brother. The result is a bombastic action score with powerful passages from beginning to end. Howard introduces two main themes: a heroic breathtaking piece for the mariner and a humble and soft motif for the mystical elements of film. The score is mainly orchestral, but Howard also manages to make use of the magnificent L.A. Master Chorale to great extent and engaging synthesizers, resulting in an incredibly enjoyable piece of work, filled with numerous highlights.

The score was released in 1995 by MCA Records in the form of an album that contains virtually all the greatest moments from the score, but its length and misplaced order of certain tracks make it a rather flimsy presentation of Howard's work. Now, Renovatio Records has stepped in and arranged a new compilation that hopefully will elevate your listening experience and remind you of some of the best cues Howard has composed in his entire career. Guaranteed, once you've finished listening to Waterworld, you won't be able to stop humming that incredible main theme!!

Track Listing:
1. Main Title (4:42)
2. Escaping The Smokers (3:48)
3. Prodigal Child (1:54)
4. Smokers Sighted (2:08)
5. Helen Frees The Mariner (3:28)
6. The Skyboat (3:56)
7. Drifter (4:34)
8. Swimming (4:13)
9. The Diving Bell (3:22)
10. National Geographics (1:45)
11. Arriving At Deez (4:27)
12. Deacon's Speech (3:52)
13. Slide For Life (4:51)
14. Mariner Saves Enola (2:31)
15. Dryland (1:47)
16. Mariner's Goodbye (3:14)
17. Main Credits (2:17)

Running time: 56:49






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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Outbreak


Outbreak (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by James Newton Howard

Renovatio Records presents the score for Outbreak, composed by the great James Newton Howard in 1995. The film, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Patrick Dempsey, Donald Sutherland and Kevin Spacey, involves an outbreak of a fictional deadly virus called Motaba that originates in Zaire and finds its way in the form of a smuggled monkey to Cedar Creek, a small town deep in the United States. The plot focuses on the efforts of a group of doctors (led by Hoffman) in trying to find a cure to the disease, while the military is willing to go as far as necessary in order to contain the spread of a deadly contagion.

The film score landed on James Newton Howard, who had already proved to be able to provide music for action thrillers, having scored The Fugitive two years earlier. For Outbreak, Howard merged a robust symphonic ensemble along with performances by African vocalist Lebo M., synthesized sequences, and the L.A. Master Chorale, resulting in a enjoyable and interesting score, highlighted by its instrumental creativity and thematic progression. In Outbreak, you'll hear a tender and hopeful passage for the two main characters' love arc, cool and eerie suspense cues, African percussion backed by robust brass and choral overlays, frenetic action sequences and dissonant crescendos in which strings whine resembling the cries of monkeys. Furthermore, Howard manages to provide a solid main theme which he adapts to different scene requirements, as well as a frightening motif for the virus itself. And that's not all! Howard also introduces a magnificent yet heart-breaking choral performance in "Casey Rips His Suit" that will make you shiver!

The score was issued twice by Varèse Sarabande. First, in the form of a rather short 1995 album containing a few of the best moments of Howard's work, but also lacking many others, and later, in 2015, as a Deluxe Edition, containing the complete score along with alternate tracks. Though this edition was better received than the regular release, it contains several cues that act as a filler; this results in a lengthy 2 CD album that fails in providing an enjoyable and fluent listening experience. Renovatio Records proudly presents a new edition of the score, with the best highlights of the score and improved sound, in an effort to offer the listener one of the most influential scores James Newton Howard has written in the 90s.


Track Listing:
1. Main Titles (3:22)
2. Motaba River Valley (1:02)
3. Examining The Virus (3:13)
4. Sam & Robbie (2:51)
5. Jimbo Gets Sick (1:43)
6. Cedar Creek ER (1:28)
7. Military Arrives (2:35)
8. White Flags (2:41)
9. Cedar Creek Exodus (2:02)
10. Casey Rips His Suit (2:21)
11. Finding The Ship (1:42)
12. Final Authorization (2:54)
13. A Little Resistance (2:54)
14. They're Coming (7:51)
15. Robbie's Cured (2:13)

Running Time: 40:46







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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Hans Zimmer

Renovatio Records proudly presents the score for the third entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: At World's End. The film brings together the same cast and crew from the previous installments and follows the events of Dead Man's Chest. The plot has  Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, a resurrected Captain Barbossa and the crew of the Black Pearl joining forces to free Jack Sparrow from the underworld to battle East India Trading Company chairman Lord Cutler Beckett as he uses Davy Jones and his vessel, the Flying Dutchman, to wreak havoc on the Seven Seas of the world and extinguish piracy for once and for all.

For this entry, Zimmer and his Remote Control team returned and provided one of his most solid works to date, in which he incorporated new motifs, while experimenting with older ones, and using a wider orchestra and chorus, taking the music to a whole new level. While both previous entries stand in the "guilty pleasure" ground, At World's End definitely stands out as the most intelligent score in the series, as it has Zimmer and co. moving away from their comfort zone and introducing fresh ideas and new sound palettes, most notably for the Singapore and Brethern Court sequences. Throw in some magnificent and thematic crescendos for heroism, some cutting-edge synthesizer works, awe cues for magical beauty, a notable collection of instruments such as woodwinds, accordions, dulcimers and mandolins for cultural color, incredible intricate action sequences, and an outstanding new love theme that will definitely send shivers down the listener's spine, and you have Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End!!

Walt Disney Records issued an album release for the score in 2007, which was an improvement over the two previous disastrous album scores, though it still failed to fully represent the music as heard in the film, leaving many outstanding tracks out of the package, most notably an incredible amount of excellent music for the final battle sequence. Renovatio Records stands in and brings you a new presentation of Zimmer's score, including a lot of previously unreleased music and a new arrangement that will surely make the listener's experience more fruitful and pleasurable. Enjoy it over and over again, lads!

Track Listing:
1. Singapore (2:58)
2. At World's End (8:51)
3. Jack In The Locker (5:14)
4. The Pearl Returns (1:46)
5. Up Is Down (2:42)
6. Souls At Sea (5:28)
7. Escape From Beckett (6:12)
8. The Brethren Court (2:37)
9. Parlay (2:12)
10. Calypso (4:22)
11. What Shall We Die For (2:09)
12. Maelstrom (5:22)
13. I Don't Think Now Is The Best Time (5:51)
14. The Dutchman Must Have A Captain (2:19)
15. It's Just Good Business (5:04)
16. One Day (4:11)
17. Drink Up Me Hearties (4:41)

Running Time: 72:10






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Friday, June 26, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Hans Zimmer

Renovatio Records goes into open waters once again and brings you the original score for the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The film reunites the cast and crew from the first film and follows the new adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and co., while incorporating new characters, most notably the amazing CGI character Davy Jones, new story arcs and new and astounding action sequences.

The score was once again helmed by Hans Zimmer (this time actually being listed as the composer) and his regular team of collaborators, who together produced a much more experimental score than the music for the first film. With the help of pipe organs, musical boxes and electronic beats, Zimmer introduces entirely new motifs and visits old ones, expanding the thematic content for the franchise. While many film music critics blame the score for its apparent lack of originality, it cannot be argued that it is even far more enjoyable than the previous one and a success in terms of blockbuster entertainment.

The score received an soundtrack release in 2006 by Walt Disney Records. This album proved to be a frustrating listening experience caused not only by the same volume issues that were detrimental for the first film soundtrack, but also by the inclusion of a misplaced and unbearable trance remix track and suite rearrangements, moving away from actually presenting many cues as they were heard in the film. Therefore, Renovatio Records aims at presenting Zimmer's score in the form of an album that includes several previously unreleased cues and in chronological order. Hopefully, this album will provide the listeners (even those who rejected the score from the beginning) a chance to appreciate Zimmer's work as it should have been presented from the start. Enjoy!

Track Listing:
1. Jack Sparrow (Captain!) (6:04)
2. Beckett's Arrival (1:57)
3. Jack In The Box (2:29)
4. A Ship With Black Sails (2:09)
5. Isla De Pelegostos (3:00)
6. Escape From Cannibals (3:06)
7. Tia Dalma (5:43)
8. Tortuga (2:19)
9. Davy Jones (4:32)
10. The Kraken (5:01)
11. To Isla Cruces (2:41)
12. Three-Way Swordfight (4:06)
13. Wheel Of Fortune (6:44)
14. Attack On Black Pearl (3:49)
15. Hello, Beastie (6:30)
16. Fetch Back Witty Jack (4:01)

Running time: 64:13






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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl


Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Klaus Badelt
Themes by Hans Zimmer

Renovatio Records has set sail into the the high seas and presents you with the score for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, composed by Klaus Badelt, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer. The swashbuckler fantasy film is based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name and quickly became an instant hit, providing a solid ground for one the most successful film franchises of the latest years. Directed by Gore Verbinski, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and starring the talents of Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orland Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Jonathan Pryce, among others, the film tells the story of Captain Jack Sparrow, blacksmith Will Turner and the latter's love interest, Elizabeth Swann, who are forced to deal with Captain Hector Barbossa and his Black Pearl, a cursed ship whose crew become undead skeletons at night.

At an early stage, Alan Silvestri was attached to compose the score, but he was dismissed by Bruckheimer (a decision some fans will never forgive) in favor of hiring his fellow frequent collaborator Hans Zimmer, who brought Klaus Badelt aboard along with his team of young aspiring composers (almost fifteen people in total). Zimmer took credit of the themes for the film, which he would expand in the following sequels, and Badelt and co. did the rest of the work. The score was considered simplistic and uninspired by many critics, who also found in the music a guilty pleasure, having enjoyed its cliched motifs and techniques. The main theme would later become an iconic feature of the franchise, making its way into live performances from many school bands and film music concerts.

The score was released in 2003 by Walt Disney Records in the form of an album that was badly arranged and mixed, with many tracks sounding extremely loud, causing an almost intolerable dissonance at times, that could even hurt your ears! This, along with most of the tracks incorrectly labelled, made the listening experience quite a challenge. Now, Renovatio Records brings forward a new arrangement of this highly enjoyable score in a better balanced representation, that also incorporates previously unreleased material. Enjoy it, lads!!

Track Listing:
1. Fog Bound (4:21)
2. Captain Jack Sparrow (2:30)
3. The Worst Pirate I've Ever Seen (2:32)
4. The Black Pearl Arrives (4:29)
5. Swordfight (2:18)
6. Under The Command Of A Pirate (1:33)
7. Leaving Port Royal (2:25)
8. Moonlight Serenade (5:19)
9. Blood Ritual (3:56)
10. Bring Out The Oars (4:07)
11. A Ship Is Freedom (1:19)
12. Underwater March (5:30)
13. Bloody Pirates! (7:06)
14. One Last shot (3:19)
15. He's A Pirate (4:51)
16. Pirates Of The Caribbean (1:31)

Total Running Time: 57:06






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Monday, March 23, 2015

Aliens



Aliens (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed and Conducted by James Horner

To accompany Renovatio Records previous release, we present you the score for 1986 sci-fi action film Aliens by James Horner. The film is the second installment in the Alien franchise and has Sigourney Weaver returning as Ellen Ripley, who joins a group of marines with the mission of surveying the now colonized planet of the first film. They not only find that everyone is missing, but also that the place is filled with a vicious and hostile horde of Xenomorphs building up their own hive. Directed by James Cameron and featuring an ensemble that includes Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser and Bill Paxton, the movie quickly became a critical and commercial success and is currently considered one of the best action films ever made.

The same can be said about Horner's terrific music. The composer, despite dealing with tight schedules, managed to produce a score that merged action with sci-fi horror, highlighted by the magnificent performances of The London Symphony Orchestra. It never made it to the film as it was originally conceived, though, since Horner saw his music being replaced, moved to other scenes and chopped into unrecognisable shorter cues. The score, however, made it to receive proper recognition as it gave Horner his first Academy Award nomination and continues to inspire many composers that tackle the genre nowadays.

The score received two album releases, both by Varèse Sarabande, one in 1986 and the other in 2001, in the form of Deluxe edition that includes all the music written by Horner. Both album compilations proved to be quite troublesome: the first one for being way too short and not following a chronological order of tracks, and the second one for being way too long, a trait that affects fluidity and the proper enjoyment of the listener. Now, Renovatio Records brings you this new arrangement, for you to enjoy Horner's thrilling ride once more!

Track Listing:
1. Main Title (5:20)
2. The Sulaco (1:15)
3. Combat Drop (3:31)
4. Sub-Level 3 (5:52)
5. The Aliens Attack (2:25)
6. Ripley's Rescue (3:20)
7. Facehuggers (4:28)
8. Approaching Aliens (3:09)
9. Futile Escape (5:17)
10. Dark Discovery (2:07)
11. Going After Newt (3:18)
12. Bishop's Countdown (2:52)
13. Resolution And Hypersleep (6:38)

Total Running Time: 51:48








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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alien


Alien (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith

Renovatio Records goes all the way back to 1979 for you to revisit Jerry Goldsmith's terrific score for Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien. The widely known and highly praised film stars younger versions of Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto and John Hurt, and sees them as a crew of a spaceship who are stalked by a very aggressive extraterrestrial creature. Since its initial release, the film has been regarded as one of the best science fiction films ever made and became the starter of a very successful saga that is still being revisited by not only filmmakers but also game producers and creators. The film owes much of its success to the magnificent otherwordly sets and landscapes and to the vicious yet erotic design of the creature itself, envisioned by the late H.R. Giger.

For the score, Scott was using some Goldsmith's previous works as temp tracks. This ultimately led to the director hiring the composer to produce one of the most characteric scores of the maestro's career. Despite many production issues concering Scott ordering new alternate cues of several pivotal scenes and even dropping almost entirely a fantasy romantic title theme, Goldsmith managed to develop one of his most visceral scores. Instead of focusing on themes, the composer went for atmosphere and created an array of disturbing stingers along with an exotic instrumentation in order to build an intense and dissonant soundscape that considerably elevates many of the most frightening scenes of the film.

The score was first released in 1979 and later re-printed in CD in 1988 by Silva Screen Records, in an issue containing roughly 30 minutes of music. In 2007, the score received a new treatment by Intrada Records in the form of a long 2-CD album presentation that includes the complete score, plus the alternate takes recorded by Goldsmith. Now, Renovatio Records brings its own arrangement of the score and presents it for you to musically revisit and explore those dark metal corridors, vast cold inhabited landscapes and cavernous derelict ship interiors, along with the occasional Xenomorph bursts of terror, that Goldsmith's music evokes so well. Enjoy it!!

Track Listing:
1. Main Title (4:11)
2. The Landing (4:31)
3. Derelict Ship (5:45)
4. Facehugger (3:39)
5. Nothing To Say (1:51)
6. Here Kitty (2:07)
7. Dallas In The Shaft (4:30)
8. Parker's Death (1:51)
9. Blockade (2:54)
10. No Time (3:12)
11. Alien On Board (3:05)
12. Ripley Confronts Terror (3:02)
13. End Title (4:25)

Total running time: 45:03







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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Skyfall



Skyfall (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Thomas Newman

Renovatio Records presents the score composed by Thomas Newman for 2012 James Bond adventure: Skyfall. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring once again Daniel Craig as Agent 007, alongside an ensemble cast featuring Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Albert Finney, Naomi Harris, Bérénice Marlohe and Ralph Fiennes, the film is the twenty-third in the franchise and focuses on Bond investigating an attack on MI6, led by an eccentric former agent who intends to fulfill a personal vendetta against M.

Mendes brought Newman, his usual collaborator, for the composing duties, who replaced David Arnold and became the ninth composer in the series. Newman managed to conceive a score that nurtures from classic Bond action techniques, mixed with modern approaches and Newman's own distinctive style. The result is a successful and intriguing score that differentiates from past works of John Barry and David Arnold, the two most regular composers in the franchise. Newman has brought fresh ideas and moody passages as he adheres to the classic theme by Monty Norman and even Adele's original song, which clearly pays tribute to the famous tones of Barry and Shirley Bassey songs.

The score was released by Sony Classical in the form of a messy album which presents the tracks out of chronological order and even fails to include Adele's song. This problem, along with a lengthy unbalanced duration, has made the final album product a terrible disappointment. Therefore, Renovatio Records has rearranged it in a new form that includes the title song (conveniently placed at the beginning) and a selection of the best cues in its original order. Hopefully, this new release will make for a solid album representation that can be easily enjoyed by Newman's fans, as well as anybody willing to take a look at the composer's innovative approach to such a successful film and franchise! Enjoy!

Track Listing:
1. Skyfall (4:48)
   Performed by Adele
2. Grand Bazaar Bike Chase (5:14)
3. The Bloody Shot (4:46)
4. Voluntary Retirement (2:22)
5. New Digs (2:32)
6. Shanghai (2:01)
7. Tracking Patrice (6:23)
8. Severine (1:24)
9. Macau Casino (3:20)
10. Dead City (1:58)
11. Silva Escapes (5:16)
12. Tennyson (2:22)
13. Enquiry Shootout (2:56)
14. Drive To Skyfall (3:42)
15. Manor Siege (3:49)
16. The Moors (2:37)
17. Mother (1:48)
18. Adrenaline (2.17)

Total running time: 59:35







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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Congo


CONGO (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith

To welcome the year 2015, Renovatio Records gives you the chance to revisit some of the classic works from the nineties of the great composer Jerry Goldsmith. Despite being a poorly executed film that didn't earn much in terms of critical and audience appeal, the score Goldsmith composed for Congo has always been considered a highlight of the aforementioned decade. The movie, based on a novel by Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton, directed by Frank Marshall and starred by Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson and Tim Curry, tells the story of an expedition that ventures into deep Congo in search of rare and valuable diamonds hidden in the lost city of Zinj. Guided by Amy, a gorilla that has been trained to speak in sign language, the expedition makes their way into the African rain forest and not only discover the ruins of the city but also find that the coveted riches are guarded by deadly albino apes, bred by the ancient civilization to kill anyone who dares to trespass on their lands.

A regular collaborator of Crichton in past projects, Goldsmith was brought aboard the film after James Newton Howard had to step out due to scheduling conflicts. Goldsmith, as expected, provided a solid and robust action score, and also teamed up with South African composer and singer Lebo M to develop "Spirit of Africa", a memorable and gorgeous theme song that became the primary musical identity of the score, and that appears repeatedly throughout the film while we see the expedition trekking through the magnificent landscapes of Africa. Goldsmith assembled a percussion-heavy orchestral ensemble to provide terrific passages such as those heard in tracks like "Deep Jungle", "Crash Site" and "Gates of Zinj". The composer also adds an adventurous vibe mixed with powerful rhythms as he makes his way into the climax of the film, in which he lets loose his robust action material, reminiscent of his much earlier works.

The score was released by Epic Soundtrax in 1995 in the form of an extremely short album soundtrack that lacked many of the best parts of the score (mainly the action-packed track "Munro"). In 2013, Intrada Records re-issued the score in its complete form and provided all the missing highlights and much more. However, as in any complete score album, Intrada's release tends to become quite repetitive, which makes for a difficult listening experience, mainly during its middle part. Renovatio Records brings you its own arranged edition and offers you the possibility to enjoy this energetic score, which is already almost 20 years old and will always stand out as one of the most significant entries in the nineties by the maestro.

Track Listing:
1. Spirit Of Africa * (2:45)
2. The Ghost Tribe (2:05)
3. Amy (2:11)
4. Munro (1:40)
5. Bail Out (2:55)
6. Crossing The Border (1:30)
7. The Other Side (1:19)
8. Deep Jungle (2:35)
9. Hippo Attack (2:28)
10. Crash Site (2:01)
11. Gates Of Zinj (4:05)
12. Amy's Nightmare (2:13)
13. Kahega (2:19)
14. Amy's Farewell/Spirit Of Africa * (10:34)
* Performed by Lebo M

Total running time: 40:40








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