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Child's Play & First Born + Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Posted by Tim Horemans

Added on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Child's Play & First Born + Captain America: The Winter Soldier

New releases by Intrada

Intrada has released this week 2 new titles in their soundtrack collection. The first is Michael Small's score to Child's Play and The First Born. The second is a CD release for Henry Jackman's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Premiere release of original soundtracks by Michael Small to pair of dramatic Paramount films. First up is intense, pulsating 1972 score from Sidney Lumet thriller Child's Play, starring James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges. Tale of gym teacher at Catholic boy's school at odds with other staff, finding himself amidst culture of violence, mysterious happenings inspires composer to create unassuming choral theme to anchor. As listener heads down quasi-religious path, composer then turns everything upside down with slashing, dissonant music for strings that unsettles, tears at the soul. Both styles of music compete throughout with edge going to aggressive, dissonant material. Second score plays under 1984 dramatics of First Born, directed by Michael Apted, starring Peter Weller, Christopher Collet, Teri Garr. Young actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert Downey, Jr. also feature. Modest family-setting is broken into intense world of drugs, violence when Teri Garr allows boyfriend Weller to move in, disrupting lives of her two sons (Collet, Corey Haim). Small anchors with meld of hip, youth flavor of the eighties and warm piano melody, then brings in dissonant electonic ideas as true character of violent Weller character unfolds. As sons finally fight back, Small joins forces with them, brings in dynamic orchestral material for powerful finish. Interestingly, Small roots much of score in his signature thriller mode by recording orchestral music straight, then adding layer of unstable electronic shadings to keep music slightly off pitch. Unusual musical approach to drama is notable. CD also features several alternates. Both scores presented in stereo from original vault elements housed at Paramount Pictures. Michael Small conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!

Track list

01. Prologue (1:31)
02. Main Title (0:46)
03. Evil Eye (0:30)
04. Reeses Old Class (1:32)
05. Theme From Childs Play (2:06)
06. Gym Ceremony (2:5)
07. Hospital (1:41)
08. Chapel (2:53)
09. Masses Cancelled (0:58)
10. Smell of Brimstone (2:43)
11. The Boys Are Here (1:00)
12. Calling All the Boys (2:13)
13. Devil, Devil (1:00)
14. Malleys Suicide (2:21)
15. Class at Night (2:57)
16. Dobbs Enters Chapel (1:08)
17. Dobbs Gets It (1:57)
18. Alternate Ending (2:02)
19. End Credits (1:06)
Total Time: 34:00

20. Finale (original version) (2:56)
21. Hug/Hug (alternate)/Wendy Waves/Dad and Wendy Talk/Dad Announces (1:53)
22. After Dinner With Dad/Picnic/Slingshot (3:19)
23. Discovers Drugs (2:33)
24. Sams Friend/Sam Leaves 1:33)
25. Dad on Phone/Brian Wants to Leave Wendy (2:22)
26. Ride to Hideaway (2:17)
27. Jeep Chase/On Foot/Closes Windows/Forces Jake (7:55)
28. No Pain No Gain (1:05)
29. Fight (original version) (1:39)
30. Fight (revised) (1:49)
31. Finale (revised) (2:57)
32. Ride to Hideaway/Tag Ending (End Credits) (1:35)
Total Time: 34:20

Original soundtrack from wildly popular second installment of Captain America franchise from Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Anthony & Joe Russo, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford. The filmmakers just keep getting these right: inter-related characters from The Avengers share both separate, linked storylines, this time focusing on Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America), Nick Fury and Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow) plus surprises. Principal stars play with sincerity, supporting actor Robert Redford brings extra gravitas to his role as Alexander Pierce, writers do the story justice and everything moves at terrific pace. Box office success indicates fans like what they see and hear. Henry Jackman tackles scoring assignment with music both traditional in orchestral color, current in electronic vibe. Highlights are many: Warm, Coplandesque Americana for strings, trumpet stand tall during early 'Project Insight' sequence with Smithsonian images, elegiac strings lead during solemn 'Fallen', lean bassoon and austere harmonies for low brass anchor 'Alexander Pierce', intense rhythms for percussion, low strings, bass trombone propel action of 'Taking A Stand'. Deserving special spotlight is moving, serious 'Time To Suit Up': strings, trumpet build to crescendo, then upper strings join as orchestra delivers the goods. Considerable action follows, melding both dizzying state-of-the-art electronic rhythms with staccato trumpet, triumphant French horn, intense trombone. Just like the picture, Jackman expertly keeps one foot in past, one foot in present. Generous 75-minute CD with dynamic sonics, terrific portraits of lead characters inside booklet add up to dynamite experience! Nick Wollage records at magnificent Air Lyndhurst Studios in London. For fans of Marvel, Disney, Jackman and great entertainment, both movie and score deliver a knockout! CD released in Hollywood Records, Marvel Studios & Intrada co-brand series. Gavin Greenaway conducts.

Track list

01. Lemurian Star
02. Project Insight
03. The Smithsonian
04. An Old Friend
05. Fury
06. The Winter Soldier
07. Fallen
08. Alexander Pierce
09. Taking A Stand
10. Frozen In Time
11. Hydra
12. Natasha
13. The Causeway
14. Time To Suit Up
15. Into The Fray
16. Countdown
17. End Of The Line
18. Captain America
19. Its Been A Long, Long Time
Performed By Harry James & His Orchestra
20. Trouble Man Performed By Marvin Gaye