music to dream to - soundtracks
When I accidentially 'stumbled' over Volume II CD while browsing the soundtrack section under 'C' (must have been sorted away under the wrong letter), I took it as a sign and -- bought the soundtrack despite not having seen a single episode of the series back then. And, let me tell you, it was worth it. Amazingly, Paul Gross can not only act, but also sing (see the independent musics page for details), and the songs sung by him ("(32 down on the) Robert MacKenzie" & 'Ride Forever') are undoubtedly among the best on these albums, with "Nobody's Girl" and the theme songs not far behind. Simply think of Fraser and Ray Kowalski, red serge, endless plains, snow and ice...
|1. due South Theme - Jay Semko||6. Akua Tuta - Kashtin||11. due South Theme (instrumental) - Jay Semko||16. Fraser/Inuit Soliloquy - Paul Gross|
|2. Bone of Contention - Spirit of the West||7. American Woman - The Guess Who||12. Neon Blue - Holly Cole Trio||17. Dief's in Love (Original Score)|
|3. Cabin Music (Original Score)||8. Henry Martin - Figgy Duff||13. Victoria's Secret (Original Score)|
|4. Possession (Piano Version) - Sarah McLachlan||9. Ride Forever - Paul Gross||14. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - Klaatu|
|5. Horses (Original Score)||10. Flying - Blue Rodeo||15. Eia, Mater (from Stabat Mater) - Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elmer Iseler, Roy Thomson Hall Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Andrew Davis|
|due South Volume II|
|1. Oh, what a Feeling - Junkhouse||6. Song for a Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan||11. Cubically contained - Headstones||16. Due South - Theme '97 - Jay Semko|
|2. Drunken Sailor - Captain Tractor||7. Slave to your Love - Dutch Robinson||12. Nobody's Girl - Michelle Wright|
|3. Robert MacKenzie - Paul Gross||8. From a Million Miles - Single Gun Theory||13. Sophia's Pipes - Ashley MacIsaac|
|4. Mind - Vibrolux||9. Take me out to the Ballgame - Trevor Hurst||14. Western End of the Trail (Original Score)|
|5. Mountie on the Bountie (Original Score)||10. November - Mythos||15. Holy Tears - Tara MacLean|
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
The music on this soundtrack is essentially the sound of the "Bronze", the disco in Sunnydale the Slayer and her friends always go to. Modern pieces, young voices. If you've seen the series, you know the music. And you'll like it. Especially "I Quit" from Hepburn and "The Devil you know (God is a Man)" from Face to Face. And, of course, not to forget the main title theme to the series, performed by Nerf Herder.
|1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme - Nerf Herder||6. Over my Head - Furslide||11. The Devil You know (God is a Man) - Face to Face||16. Charge - Splendid|
|2. Teenage FBI - Guided by Voices||7. Lucky - Bif Naked||12. Nothing but You - Kim Ferron||17. Transylvanian Concubine - Rasputina|
|3. Temptation waits - Garbage||8. Keep myself awake - Black Lab||13. It doesn't matter - Alison Krauss & Union Station||18. Close Your Eyes (Buffy/Angel Love Theme) - Christophe Beck|
|4. Strong - Velvet Chain||9. Virgin State of Mind - K's Choice||14. Wild Horses - The Sundays|
|5. I Quit - Hepburn||10. Already met You - Superfine||15. Pain (Slayer Mix) - Four Star Mary|
There are a lot of soundtracks out there to the 80's TV-Series 'Miami Vice', three of them from MCA Records ('Miami Vice', 'Miami Vice II' and 'Miami Vice III'). Those are the best, and especially 'Miami Vice II' is my favorite. The Jan-Hammer-themes are a definite must-have, and the rest of the songs are a good cross-section through the time when the show was at its best! "Lives in the Balance" is my all-time favorite -- you can practically see the Daytona Spyder racing along the coastal highway...
|Miami Vice II|
|1. Mercy - Steve Jones||4. The last unbroken Heart - Patti LaBelle & Bill Champlin||7. Lover - Roxy Music||10. Miami Vice: New York Theme (Instrumental) - (Jan Hammer)|
|2. Send it to me - Gladys Knight and the Pips||5. Crockett's Theme (Instrumental) - (Jan Hammer)||8. Lives in the Balance - Jackson Browne||11. The Original Miami Vice Theme (Instrumental) - (Jan Hammer)|
|3. Take me home - Phil Collins||6. When the Rain comes down - Andy Taylor||9. In Dulce Decorum - The Damned|
The music to the movie "Ladyhawke" was composed, orchestrated and conducted by Andrew Powell, produced and engineered by Alan Parson, and finally recorded by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.
Partly rock-based ("Main title"), partly orchestral ("Phillip describes Isabeau"), with pieces of Gregorian chant ("Bishop's Procession") and medieval dance music ("Wedding Music"), the soundtrack provides the perfect background for this spectacular fantasy tale. Andrew Powell varied between modern synthesizers and medieval lute ("She was sad at first") to achieve the stunning sound.
|Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|1. Main Title||9. Wedding Music||17. Wolf trapped in Ice|
|2. Phillippe's Escape||10. Navarre's Ambush||18. Navarre and Isabeau's dual Transformation|
|3. The Search for Phillippe||11. Imperius removes Arrow||19. Navarre and Marquet Duel|
|4. Tavern Fight (Phillippe)||12. Chase/Fall/Transformation||20. Marquet's Death|
|5. Tavern Fight (Navarre)||13. Cezar's Woods||21. Bishop's Death|
|6. Pitou's Woods||14. She was sad at first||22. Final Reunion/End Title|
|7. Phillippe describes Isabeau||15. Navarre returns to Aquila||23. Ladyhawke Theme (Single Version)|
|8. Bishop's Procession||16. Turret Chase/The Fall (Film Version)|
The soundtrack to the TV-comedy-series "Ally McBeal", produced by Vonda Shepard, is the heart of the series. Vonda Shepard's music speaks for Ally's heart on all occassions; whether she mourns the end of her relationship with her colleague Billy or whether she's happy to have found someone to love - even if only for a little while. Vonda Shepard's music is unmistakable; she manages to make each song her own just by using the wide range of her amazing voice.
Every time I hear "Searchin' my Soul", the title credits of "Ally" play behind my closed eyes...
|Songs from Ally McBeal|
|1. Searchin' my Soul||5. You belong to Me||9. Tell Him||13. I only want to be with You|
|2. Ask the Lonely||6. The wildest Times of the World||10. Neighborhood||14. Maryland|
|3. Walk away Renée||7. Someone You use||11. Will You marry Me?|
|4. Hooked on a Feeling||8. The End of the World||12. It's in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)|
|Heart and Soul - New Songs from Ally McBeal|
|1. Read Your Mind||6. Crying||11. Baby, don't You break my Heart slow (Duet with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls)|
|2. 100 Tears away||7. Vincent (Starry starry Night)||12. This is crazy now|
|3. Someday We'll be together||8. What becomes of the Brokenhearted||13. This old Heart of mine (Is weak for You)|
|4. To Sir, with Love (Duet with Al Green)||9. World without Love||14. I know Him by Heart|
|5. Sweet Inspiration||10. Confetti|
The soundtrack to the TV-series "Forever Knight" is an interesting mixture of suites (from different episodes), the music of the "Raven" (the bar owned by Nick Knight's friend Janette) and quotes by Nigel Bennett, that is, Lucien deLacroix.
Above all, I love the songs sung by Lori Yates - how did they describe it in the booklet? "Her voice graces the laser etchings"? That's certainly true. "The Hunger" and "Touch the Night" are an apt description of Nick's life caught between the night and his dream of redemption.
|Original Television Soundtrack|
|1. Forever Knight Theme||9. Suite from 'Amateur Night'||17. Curiouser and Curiouser|
|2. The Hunger (Vocals: Lori Yates)||10. "If You love Something..."||18. Suite from 'Undue Process'|
|3. "What a wonderful Thing Humanity is..."||11. Suite from 'Be my Valentine'||19. Suite from 'A more permanent Hell'|
|4. Dark Knight/Cherry Blossoms||12. Father Figure||20. Baby, Baby|
|5. Suite from 'Queen of Harps'||13. Suite from 'Dark Knight'||21. "Only one Thing is truly permanent..."|
|6. Suite from 'The Hunted'||14. "You would do well to avoid Me..."||22. Dark Side of the Glass (Vocals: Lori Yates)|
|7. Nick's Piano Theme/Suite from 'Forward into the Past'||15. Touch the Night (Vocals: Lori Yates)|
|8. Black Rose (Vocals: Lori Yates)||16. Avenging Angel|
John Carpenter's Vampires
The music on the "John Carpenter's Vampires" soundtrack is a mixture of typical western music and hard rock. For most of the songs, John Carpenter used the specially formed formation 'Texas Toad Lickers' and played the keyboard, piano, guitar and bass himself.
The sound is fitting for a road movie, mostly instrumental, but highlighting the horror elements (for example "Valek attacks"). Many of the other songs have the same ground theme, accompanying Jack Crow's team through the Mexican desert. Especially "Slavers" and later "Padre's Wood" are just the perfect pieces for kicking some vampire butt!
|1. Teaser||6. Night Attack||11. Valek attacks||16. Padre's Wood|
|2. Slavers||7. Santiago||12. Vampire Vision|
|3. New Mexico||8. Stake and burn||13. Farewell Slaver|
|4. Headless Priest||9. Valek's Portrait||14. Cruel Highway|
|5. Motel Sex||10. Sunrise Death||15. Katrina bites|
Xena, Warrior Princess
TThis soundtrack contains virtually all the lyrics of the musical-like "Xena"-episode "The Bitter Suite". From Xena's anguished cry of loss (over the death of her son Soran) to the end titles when Xena and Gabrielle find themselves half-drowned on the shore.
Rob Tapert has proven that it is possible to do a whole episode in form of a musical, with the same amount of drama and action as the 'normal' episodes. Joseph LoDuca did a wonderful job in writing the lyrics; and you can only admire "Xena"-actress Lucy Lawless and "Ares" Kevin Smith for singing their parts themselves! And you're not even spared Ted Raimi's "Joxer the Mighty"...
Xena's and Gabrielle's pain is palpable through the whole score, and the 'Warriors' and 'Villagers' choirs are simply wonderful when they try to drown out the other group with either "You and me love war, doesn't matter what it's for." or "You and me love peace with the ducks and goats and geese."
|The Bitter Suite - A Musical Odyssey|
|1.1. The Sweat Hut||3.1. What's still unwritten... (Song of Illusia)||4.2. Gab is stabbed||8.1. Hate is the Star (Song of the Torment)|
|1.2. Slapped out of It||3.2. Little Ditties||5.1. Melt into Me||8.2. Hearts are hurting (Part 2)|
|1.3. Xena's in Town||3.3. Into the Chandra||5.2. Let go||9.1. The Way out|
|2.1. Horrible Drag||3.4. Joxer the Mighty||6.1. Dead?||9.2. The Love of Your Love|
|2.2. On the Edge||3.5. Prepping Gabby||6.2. Hearts are hurting (Part 1)||9.3. Passing through|
|2.3. Song of the Fool||4.1. War and Peace||7. The Deliverer|
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