Passengers is a collaboration between U2 and Brian Eno, so it should come as no surprise that the music on Original Soundtracks 1 is an extension of U2's last album, Zooropa. Under Eno's influence, the group incorporates more ambient electronic soundscapes, which unravel over the course of the album. In fact, Original Soundtracks 1 sounds more like a Brian Eno album than a U2 release, except when the band's knack for anthemic pop songwriting shines through every once and a while.
Egisto Macchi has written two very good musical scores for two movies telling events of human history, filled with big drama and pain: “THE TROTSKY ASSASSINATION” directed by Joseph Losey in 1972 and “THE MATTEOTTI MURDER” directed by Florestano Vancini in 1973. All the Contemporary side of Egisto Macchi’s music powerfully explodes in these two scores, as complex and effective results of his work as a member of NUOVA CONSONANZA, a musical school touching the roots of “TROTSKY” and “MATTEOTTI” Both scores are recorded here for the first time. It gives Soundtracks collectors and music buffs a chance to enter a new and fascinating world, where orchestra and extraordinary electronic sounds are joined.
Reissue of eight film scores composed by Georges Delerue who was one of France's most successful soundtrack composers. This compilation features music from film and TV, including Police Python 357 (1975), L'important (1974), Paul Gauguin (1975), Quelque Part, Quelqu'un (1972), Jamais Plus Toujours (1975), Malpertuis (1975), Les Aveux Les Plus Doux (1971) and Paul Et Virginie (1974). The fascinating sleeve notes give a deep insight into the composer's life and times.
The Rat Pack was a group of actors originally centered on Humphrey Bogart. In the mid-1960s it was the name used by the press and the general public to refer to a later variation of the group, after Bogart's death, that called itself "the summit" or "the clan," featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, who appeared together on stage and in films in the early-1960s, including the movie Ocean's Eleven.
In collaboration with Ramona Music and Colette Delerue, Music Box Records presents the expanded version of To Kill a Priest (also known as Le Complot in its native France). Starring Christopher Lambert and Ed Harris, the 1988 drama film is based on the true story of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Catholic priest and Solidarity supporter who was kidnapped and murdered by three agents of the Polish secret police. Written and directed by exiled Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (The Secret Garden, Total Eclipse), To Kill a Priest was a passionate, but still even-handed presentation of the political scandal, showing the story to a wider audience a few years before the fall of Communism. The music by Georges Delerue centers around a main title song, performed by American folk legend / human rights activist Joan Baez. Her song "The Crimes of Cain" is featured both in the beginning and the end of the film, the instrumental variations appear in several cues throughout the score.
In 1986, despite his good fortune in Hollywood, Georges Delerue would never turn his back to French cinema. Two years after Le Bon Plaisir, he responded to the film director Francis Girod's call for Descente aux Enfers (Descent Into Hell), a psychological thriller set under the sun and heat of the Caribbean and dealing with a married couple at the breaking point - an alcoholic husband (Claude Brasseur) and his 20 years younger wife (Sophie Marceau) - who will unexpectedly manage to get reunited through tragedies and secrets, despite the guilt and sorrow involved.
Music Box Records is pleased to present on the same CD two original motion picture soundtracks composed and conducted by Georges Delerue: The Conformist (1970) directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1900, La Luna, Last Tango in Paris) and La Petite Fille en velours bleu (Little Girl in Blue Velvet) (1978) directed by Alan Bridges (The Hireling, The Shooting Party).