This month's Club releases are headlined by the first-ever score soundtrack release to Elmer Bernstein's classic score to GHOSTBUSTERS (1984). An epic score by any measure (and containing over 70 minutes of music), Bernstein's massive orchestral work far exceeded the call of duty.
Ironically, in spite of the film's enormous success, the acclaim that greeted the score, and the eminence of its composer, the score for GHOSTBUSTERS went unreleased at the time (a song soundtrack was released in 1984; a theme or two appeared on a compilation CD, hardly representative of the film's true musical score.
Finally, just three years shy of the film's 25th anniversary, Elmer Bernstein's wondrously fun score for GHOSTBUSTERS makes its long overdue premiere. In absolutely glorious sound, and featuring cues not heard since they were recorded, this release allows the full scope of Bernstein's work for the picture to be heard and appreciated for the very first time. This disc includes music from the film, music composed for the film but not used, and music composed for the album but not used.
The second release is a 3-in-one recording of Bill Conti's unreleased scores to ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (1993), a heroic sports score (not unlike Conti's ROCKY), complete with Conti fanfares and loads of orchestral fireworks; A NIGHT IN THE LIFE OF JIMMY REARDON (1988), a light and very charming score for this coming of age love story from the 80s; and BUSHWHACKED (1995), a wonderfully spirited Conti score that features some adventurous music for the great outdoors.
Third in line this month is a classic score, never before released in the 45 years since the film came out, from one of Hollywood's finest film composers, honoring what would be his 100th birthday: Franz Waxman. Waxman's many classic scores include SUNSET BOULEVARD, REBECCA, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, A PLACE IN THE SUN, REAR WINDOW and PEYTON PLACE. In 1961 Twentieth Century-Fox released RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE, the sequel to the motion picture that inspired one of the most beautiful scores ever written for a film. Though virtually none of the original cast returned for the sequel, Waxman did, revisiting some of his loveliest melodies and further exploring them in an all-new score. Also featured in the film was the vocal arrangement of the main theme that became such an enormous hit, "The Wonderful Season of Love," performed by Rosemary Clooney.
Finally, we have George Delerue's rapturous score for the 1979 romance, AN ALMOST PERFECT AFFAIR, a score in the genre that Delerue redefined. A love story set at the Cannes Film Festival was ideal for the Frenchman, the film would gain Delerue an Academy Award for best score.
Limited from 1,000 to 3,000 copies, the Varese Club CDs some of which (especially the 1,000 copy editions) have been known to sell out on the same day they are announced.