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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2013 | Capitol Records (CAP)

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Although the 16 performances on this collector's LP are played by orchestras listed as being led by Art Kahn, Sleepy Hall, Dan Ritchie, Cliff Martin, Ed Lloyd, Albert Taylor, Bob Causer, Todd Rollins and Ted Wilson, the personnel (other than most of the vocalists) is largely unknown and some of the bandleader's names might be fictional. These are jazz-influenced dance band performances by studio musicians from the worst years of the Depression. The record labels and studios did not always keep proper records as to who was playing what. In any case the swing-oriented dance music, even with a few sappy vocals by Chick Bullock and Dick Robertson, is generally enjoyable. ~ Scott Yanow

Pop - Released January 1, 2011 | Fantasy Records

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In some respects, Rave On Buddy Holly is a standard tribute album: it salutes a legend by rounding up classic rockers and hipsters to cover his canon, a practice that has been in place for nearly a quarter-century. In another regard, Rave On Buddy Holly is quite different. Encouraged by producer Randall Poster, the 19 artists involved do not settle for mere replications of Buddy’s hits, they play fast and loose, sometimes radically reinterpreting the original. Often, the effort is appreciated even when the rearrangement doesn’t quite work, as on Karen Elson's overly ornate “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” or Lou Reed’s turgid grind through “Peggy Sue.” Yet even if these particular cuts don’t click, they nevertheless sound faithful to both the artist and Holly, a trick that’s usually not pulled off on tribute albums yet often is here. This is as true of Nick Lowe’s casually straight-ahead “Changing All Those Changes” as it is of Florence & the Machine's “Not Fade Away,” which strips the tune of its signature Bo Diddley beat, and the pleasures of the album lie in discovering which direction an artist choose to follow: to discover Julian Casablancas turning “Rave On” into a Phrazes for the Young outtake, to hear Kid Rock try to wrestle “Well All Right” into the confines of a Stax stomper, to hear Modest Mouse work a handful of tempos into “That’ll Be the Day,” to hear Paul McCartney go inexplicably batty on his slow-grooving “It’s So Easy.” ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Film Soundtracks - Released April 14, 1978 | Polydor Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2014 | Abkco Music & Records, Inc.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1978 | Island Def Jam

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1985 | EMI - EMI Records (USA)

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Classical - Released September 11, 2015 | ECM New Series

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Jazz - Released June 16, 2017 | Universal Music Division Decca Records France

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Charlie Parker's influence on all jazz musicians has always been peerless. And it goes far beyond saxophonists... That is more or less what Larry Klein was trying to convey with his work The Passion Of Charlie Parker. The producer even describes this project as a piece of musical theatre telling the story of his life, creating a musical language that allows one to imagine what the Bird's music might sound like if he was playing it today. "Lyrically, Klein explains, I worked with David Baerwald, a songwriter with whom I have worked extensively, and known for his albums with his own group David and David, and a songwriter with the lyrical facility to write programmatic material to the unusually jagged melodic nature of Charlie Parker’s compositions. We worked together to create a narrative thread that runs through the album, and to create a tableau where the songs are delivered by a number of characters from Charlie's life, as well as three that are delivered in Charlie's own voice, played by Jeffrey Wright. " This adventure brings together Donny McCaslin, who, alongside guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Mark Giuliana, worked on David Bowie's last album, Blackstar. The trio is backed up by other demanding jazzmen like Eric Harland, Craig Taborn, Larry Grenadier and Scott Colley. In terms of vocals, Larry Klein has opted for a pleasant eclecticism, taking in some of the singers he has worked with in the past: Barbara Hannigan, Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Luciana Souza, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Elling, Kandace Springs and Camille Bertault. The originality of the Passion Of Charlie Parker means that it spares the public yet another album of polished, taxidermical Bird covers. But, above all, it is the spirit of this record and its production which makes it an interesting work, which strays far from the beaten track. © MD/Qobuz

Film Soundtracks - Released June 9, 2017 | Lo-Max - Columbia

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2008 | Virgin Catalogue

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1972 | Hip-O (UC)

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This edition of the Cabaret soundtrack, from Universal Ireland, contains 12 tracks featuring Joel Grey, Liza Minnelli, and pianist/arranger Ralph Burns. The set includes the film versions of "Maybe This Time," "If You Could See Her," "Money Money," and "Cabaret." Keep in mind that the film soundtrack contains fewer songs than the original Broadway score. ~ Al Campbell

Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 2010 | Interscope

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1982 | Capitol Records

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Like the movie it accompanies, the soundtrack to Rocky III is a pure '80s throwback, and that's not necessarily a compliment. At only ten tracks, the album still manages to seem padded. Let's face it, once you've heard the pop chestnut "Eye of the Tiger," which has aged surprisingly well (that opening guitar sting remains potent after all these years), there's really no reason to keep listening. If you do, however, you'll be treated to the unique sound of not just one, but three songs from Sly Stallone's lesser-known brother Frank. An actor as well as a crooner, Frankie contributes two versions of a little ditty called "Take You Back" and the truly hilarious (unintentionally so, of course) disco/pop number "Pushin." Chock-full of howlers like "Keep on pushin/don't give up the fight," the song sounds like a long-lost collaboration between the Bee Gees and the Village People. Considerably less amusing are the album's instrumental tunes, composed by Bill Conti; with the exception of the requisite rendition of Rocky's theme song "Gonna Fly Now, each of these tracks is painfully generic. Conti could have just recorded white noise in place of songs like "Decision" and the pointlessly long "Conquest," and no one would have known the difference. It's difficult to imagine anyone actually wanting to purchase Rocky III, but the CD does make a good gag gift if you have a friend who finds this kind of thing amusing. Just make sure you have a real present waiting in the wings. ~ Ethan Alter

Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1977 | Capitol Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released January 1, 1991 | Geffen* Records

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Film Soundtracks - Released December 9, 1997 | Maverick

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Jazz - Released August 31, 2018 | MPS

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