The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 3


Colosseum (4005939540128)
Varèse Sarabande (0030206540123)
TV Series/TV film | Release date: 06/22/1993 | Format: CD
 

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920
1.Rhapsody in Blue - Travelling to New York Joel McNeely2:40
2.Scandal Walk George Gershwin1:28
3.Kate the Poet Joel McNeely4:01
4.Rehearsal Montage Joel McNeely1:05
5.Harlem Dance, Beachball Dance, Clamshell Ballet and the Tap Dance Finale Joel McNeely1:12
6.Meeting Peggy - New York Arrival Joel McNeely3:06
7.Somebody Loves Me Joel McNeely1:14
8.Sounds Like Perfection to Me Joel McNeely0:57
9.Gloria's Grand Entrance - The Penthouse Tango - Rhapsody in Blue Joel McNeely2:32
10.Tum on and Tiss Me George Gershwin2:25
11.Backstage at the Scandals Joel McNeely1:05
12.A Poem for Indy Joel McNeely1:51
13.Swanee George Gershwin & Irving Ceasar1:38
14.The Tap Dance Rehearsal Joel McNeely0:44
15.She's Wonderful, Too Joel McNeely0:44
 
Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues
16.Sweetie Dear Joe Jordan2:33
17.My Handy Man Ethal Walters & James P Johnson3:02
18.Warehouse Battle Joel McNeely6:33
19.12th Street Rag Euday Bowman & Andy Razaf3:02
20.Blue Horizon Sidney Bechet3:00
21.Corrupt Police Joel McNeely1:41
22.I'm a Little Blackbird George Meyer, Arthur Johnson, Roy Turk & Grant Clark3:21
23.I Can'e Believe You're in Love with Me C Gaskill & W McHugh1:25
24.Tiger Rag Harry DaCosta & The Original Dixieland Jazz Band2:27
25.Twinkle Dixie Traditional0:53
 
Princeton 1916
26.Princeton Days Laurence Rosenthal5:07
27.Tom Swift and His Electric Runabout Laurence Rosenthal7:01
28.The Senior Prom Laurence Rosenthal2:46
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The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 3 - 08/10 - Review of Tom Daish, submitted at
This third album of Young Indiana Jones scores is rather different to the others. Although apparently weighted heavily toward Joel McNeely, closer inspection reveals that The Scandal of 1920 contains generous helpings of Gershwin and The Mystery of the Blues features various ragtime & Dixie jazz tunes, all of which is arranged by McNeely and woven into his score. Your enjoyment of this album therefore depends on your enjoyment of American musical theatre and ragtime.

I am a great fan of Gershwin's orchestral music which probably stems from my love of Woody Allen films; Allen of course forever associated Rhapsody in Blue with New York when he used it and many other Gershwin tracks to underscore Manhatten. Obviously the producers of Young Indy didn't want to do anything too unexpected and so we start off with that famous clarinet opening and then various parts of the piece are fitted in and around the rest of the score. Sadly my expertise of Gershwin's music is still rather limited and so most of the songs featured are rather unfamiliar. They are very much period songs that quite perfectly capture the spirit of the era probably better than McNeely could have done on his own. There are a few moments of original underscore such as in Kate the Poet which bring back fond memories of Randy Newman's gorgeous Avalon. The melody and arrangement being quite close to the piano and strings original. Its understatement nicely balances the exuberance of Gershwin's music and provides more dramatic weight to the story.

The Mystery of the Blues features an even greater proportion of arranged rather than original music. There are period bluesy songs as well as lively ragtime tracks. In this case McNeely's own score is more like the period pieces with tracks such as Warehouse Battle starting with a bustling orchestral rag although this soon gives way to something a little more serious and dramatic on occasion. I do happen to be rather fond of ragtime although this mainly extends to the king of ragtime Scott Joplin, but the arrangements of ragtime pieces are very enjoyable and the performance of some difficult music is top rate.

Even though there is probably more original music composed by Rosenthal than McNeely, it does seem that Rosenthal got the thin end of the wedge here. His score to Princeton 1916 is a pleasing New England pastoral effort. However, after the often frenetic and attention grabbing music of what comes before it comes along as a bit of an afterthought. On any other of the albums it would have made for a nice change in between two very dramatic scores as a nice change in pace, but here it is so different in pace and style that it simply doesn't work. I wonder whether it might have been best programmed in the middle where it could have provided a change of pace midway and separate the two period scores.

This was the first Young Indy album that I purchased and my feeling is that it is not a good one to start with! The extensive inclusion of traditional music whether used as source music or underscore means that your enjoyment will be basically gauged on your enjoyment of either 1920's American musicals or Dixie and associated blues and ragtime styles. If you do, then the mixture in both cases is very pleasing and as mentioned, the performances are first rate. It is just a shame that Rosenthal's effort doesn't fit in terribly well; otherwise another fine album.

Soundtracks from the collection: Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones Trilogy, The (2003)
Indy Jones Story, The (2008)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985)
Film Music by Ennio Morricone (1993)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1995)
Story of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The (1984)
Indiana Jones: The Soundtracks Collection (2008)
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 3, The (1993)
Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - Volume 1, The (1992)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2018)

Soundtracks from the collection: Series

Superman: The Animated Series (2014)
Thibaud Chevalier des Croisades (1988)
Amour en Héritage, L' (1984)
Very Best TV Themes, The (1987)
Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows (1998)
Sherlock Holmes (1987)
Doctor Who: Series 6 (2011)
Beverly Hills 90201 (1992)
Music of ITC Vol. 2, The (2010)
Merlin: Series Two (2009)


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