Very pleasing album overall. You can always count on John Morgan (reconstructionist) and William Stromberg (conductor) for a fine orchestral rendering of classic film scores. My only negative comment about these scores is that they just don't seem to be very musically compelling or memorable--unlike the music on other Morgan/Stromberg collaborations--e.g., House of Frankenstein, Charge of the Light Brigade, She, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Don Juan, and their Bernard Herrmann scores (Fahrenheit 451, Mysterious Island, The Kentuckian, Battle of Neretva). I'm very pleased and thankful, though, to have these scores produced by people whose passion for the music is evident in the performance.
I really like this music. It is well recorded and has some very good playing and conducting. A very good European orchestra is playing these tracks. And yes, the old Universal orchestras were astoundingly good. Hans Salter and Frank Skinner are some of my heroes. This Naxos release does not have any booklet that contains more info. But this CD suffices in spite of that minor failing. Having this music available at all in discrete audio tracks is simply and totally wonderful. We should be grateful for this. I know I am.
Ever since I started seeing the universal studios monster movies on tv I was always struck by the music soundtrack. They had all the elements to help the movie tell the story, it had passion or romance, thunderous drums or cymbals crashing in the acton scenes, flute or horn sequences to add cuteness to further emulate the story being told. When i discovered that there were actual soundtracks of the music on cd form i was skeptical but curious. My fears have been put aside, WIlliam Stromberg and company have done exteme justice to Frank Skinner and Hans J Salter's compostions and if you a fan of the music of those movies from the 30's and 40's you'll love how well they are played on these cds
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