Featuring music from Stanley Kubrick's films including 2001:
A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining
and Eyes Wide Shut, this album is an updated version
of Silva Screen's 1999 release...
funny thing about compilation albums is that I never really
know who their intended market is. As a soundtrack fan I normally
try and get hold of the complete soundtrack to a film if I
like it and if it is available. But I'm very rarely drawn
to compilation albums unless it is a collection of a composer
I am fond of.
this release re-emphasises why I don't particularly enjoy
compilation albums on the whole. The music chosen is usually
selected on the basis of copyright issues (which films are
available to take the music from) and an individual, or small
group of people, who decides which tracks actually make it
to the finished cut.
this album had to include music from 2001: A Space Odyssey...
but why on earth do we get the same old themes trotted out
yet again? Richard Strauss's Sprach Zarathustra and
On the Beautiful Blue Danube are so common place that
most people will probably skip these tracks. I must have at
least half a dozen albums with these compositions on.
the worst inclusion has to be the butchering of Beethoven's
Ode to Joy from A Clockwork Orange. Sure it
works in the movie, but as a stand alone track it is awful.
Sarabande from Barry Lyndon is about the best track
on this collection - but Levi also borrowed it recently for
one of their advertising campaigns, so most people (sadly)
will associate the music with jeans rather than the movie.
we end up with is a mix of dull and mediocre music that you've
either heard a million times before, or will find instantly
forgettable. One for Kubrick fanatics only.
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