Monday, April 27, 2009
01. Main Title & Argo City (Film Version)
02. Argo City Mall
03. The Butterfly
04. The Journey Begins
05. Arrival On Earth & Flying Ballet
06. Chicago Lights & Street Attack
07. A New School
08. The Superman Poster
09. The Map
10. Ethan Spellbound
11. The Monster Tractor
12. First Kiss & The Monster Storm (Film Version)
13. The Bracelet
14. Where Is She & The Monster Bumper Cars
15. The Flying Bumper Car
16. Where's Linda
17. Black Magic
18. The Phantom Zone
19. The Vortex & The End of Zaltar
20. Final Showdown and Victory & End Title (Long Version)
21. Main Title & Argo City (Alternate Version)
22. Flying Ballet (Alternate Version)
23. The Map (Alternate Version)
24. First Kiss & The Monster Storm (Alternate Version)
25. The Flying Bumper Car (Alternate Version)
26. Final Showdown and Victory & End Title (Long Alternate Version)
27. Final Showdown and Victory & End Title (Short Version)
This version of the soundtrack differs slightly from the version pictured because it contains a few bonus tracks, basically alternate versions of music already existing on the original release itself...
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Sunday, April 26, 2009
I used love this show as a child....but even then, I didn't buy David Carradine as a half-Chinese guy...
1 - Caine's Theme
2 - The Shaolin Temple - The New Student - Ten Times Ten
3 - The Ancient Warrior - Shawn's Theme
4 - A Children's Game - Divine Strength
5 - Alethea - Su Yen
6 - Grasshopper
7 - Power Of The Other - The Lotus Pond - One with Nature
8 - Dark Angel (Hymn)
9 - On Evil - The Peaceful Path - Time Of The Soul
10 - King of The Mountain - An Eye For An Eye
11 - The Search
12 - Sign Of The Dragon
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Monday, April 13, 2009
First off, a bit of history via our ol' friend, Wikipedia:
"The Lone Ranger is an American, long-running, old-time radio and early television show created by George W. Trendle and developed by writer Fran Striker.
The eponymous character is a masked Texas Ranger in the American Old West, originally played by Paul Halliwell, who gallops about righting injustices with the aid of his clever, laconic Potawatomi Native American assistant, Tonto. Departing on his white horse Silver, the Ranger would famously say "Hi-yo, Silver, away!" as the horse galloped toward the setting sun.
The first of 2,956 episodes of The Lone Ranger premiered on radio January 30, 1933 on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and later on the Mutual Broadcasting System radio network and then on NBC's Blue Network (which became ABC, which broadcast the show's last new episode on September 3, 1954). Elements of the Lone Ranger story were first used in an earlier series Fran Striker wrote for a station in Buffalo, New York. Originally, the character's true identity was not revealed, though it was hinted that behind the mask he might be a historical Western hero (such as Wild Bill Hickok). Then, after a preliminary version of the character's now-standard origin appeared in the Republic movie serial of 1938 and elements of that story were worked into the radio series, the hero was revealed to be a Texas Ranger named Reid, who was one of six Texas Rangers chasing the Cavendish Gang. After entering a canyon known as "Bryant's Gap," the party finds itself in a murderous ambush arranged by Butch Cavendish, leader of the "Hole in the Wall Gang" and a man named Collins, who has infiltrated the Rangers for the gang as a scout, that seemingly leaves every ranger dead. Then Cavendish shoots Collins in the back, reasoning that someone who would betray the Rangers could also betray his gang.
Reid's childhood friend, a Native American known as Tonto (his tribe was seldom specified, but some books say he was probably supposed to be an Apache, while the radio programs identified him as a Potawatomi), comes upon the massacre and discovers Reid is still alive. Tonto takes him to safety and nurses him back to health. Tonto reminds Reid of when they were young, and Reid had rescued Tonto after renegade Indians had murdered his mother and sister and left him for dead. Reid gave him a horse, and Tonto insisted that Reid accept a ring. It is by this ring that Tonto recognizes Reid.
Okay, now that the long-winded part is over with, let's get to a real oddity....
I can vaguely remember the HUGE push Columbia Pictures made to try and make the film that the following soundtrack/original score belongs to (I even own a few of the action figures released from the period), 1981's The Legend of the Lone Ranger, again with the Wikipedia:"The film was released to massive publicity in 1981 and did poorly. Box office receipts were far short of the amount needed to recoup the costs of the film, and critical reviews were almost unanimously negative. Despite the presence of renowned actors in supporting roles, including Christopher Lloyd as villain Butch Cavendish and Jason Robards as President Ulysses S. Grant, the film vanished from theaters rapidly. The actor playing the Ranger (Klinton Spilsbury) has never appeared in another film, while the actor portraying Tonto, Michael H orse, has done somewhat better, appearing in many minor films and as a regular on the Canadian television series North of 60 as well as the American series Twin Peaks."
01- Man In The Mask (Main Title)
02- The Legend Begins
03- John and Amy Meet
04- The Valley Chase
06- The Cavendish Gang Strikes
07- Man In The Mask (Instrumental)
08- The Breaking of Silver
11- The Final Attack
12- William Tell Overture
13- Man In The Mask (End Titles)
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Friday, April 10, 2009
01- Dracula Speaks
02- The Thoughts of Frankenstein's Creation
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
I was bored, so I figured it was time for another compilation EP, this time centering on tunes of a country and western bent that have subtle science fiction undertones or just outright connections to the genre....
Contained on this disc are the following:
- The 1978 Tom T. Hall oddity (a favorite of mine), "May the Force Be With You Always"
- "The Ballad of Serenity", the opening theme to Firefly
- "Guitar, Cadillacs, etc.," by Dwight Yoakam, which appeared in the barroom scene (containing a nekkid Ah-nold) from Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- "The Cave", a tune near and dear to my heart, whose lyrics play out like some oddball country and western version of a "Twilight Zone" episode. Plus, it was performed by a relative of mine, second cousin Johnny Paycheck (of "Take This Job and Shove It" fame).
- "Benson, Arizona", a tight little ditty penned by director John Carpenter for his debut film, Dark Star.
- and, finally..."That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine", performed by Gene Autry, from the Mascot cliffhanger serial, The Phantom Empire (1936).
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Much to my astonishment, I came to discover that Columbia never issued a soundtrack album for this flick....so, after a little research on the ol' IMDB, I was able to compile one myself. It's a wealth of late 1960s/1970s "classic" country music.....I've always been fond of the Loretta Lynn and Ronnie Milsap tracks found here, and for years I've always thought that the Statler Brothers' "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott" belonged on a film soundtrack somewheres...
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