When it comes to collaboration between filmmaker and composer, the relationship between Steven Spielberg and John Williams is about as solid as it gets. Starting in 1974 with Sugarland Express, Williams has scored all but two of Spielberg's films, most recently providing the music for 2016's The BFG, and already on-deck for 2018's Ready Player One. Over the years, the music from their collaborative efforts has been issued in a couple of different collections, but the ever-expanding library hasn't had an updated "greatest hits" in quite awhile. That changes on March 17, 2017, when Sony Masterworks releases John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection. Check out the tracklisting and details below.
When it comes to film soundtracks, the one that accompanied Cameron Crowe's 1992 film, Singles, ranks among my personal all-time favorites. Capturing the front-end of the growing "grunge" movement of the era, the original soundtrack featured music by Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and others. Now, for the film's 25th Anniversary, Epic Soundtrax and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Deluxe Edition on Friday, May 19. Remastered and expanded, the set will be available in 2CD, 2LP and digital configurations and is available for pre-order now.
On November 11, Sony's Legacy Recordings will release DAVID BOWIE LEGACY, a collection of Bowie's finest singles from his first hit, 1969's 'Space Oddity' through to the final singles 'Lazarus' and 'I Can't Give Everything Away' from his final album, BLACKSTAR, released earlier this year. All formats of DAVID BOWIE LEGACY feature a previously unreleased version of the classic 1971 single 'Life On Mars?' mixed by its original producer Ken Scott. While many Bowie fans will find this to be just skimming the surface, it's a fantastic collection particularly for newer generations to discover as a starting point. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below...
On July 15, Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS hits theaters, and as the film picks up steam, more GB-goodness has been oozing out like Ectoplasm upon the masses. Today comes another piece of the film's original soundtrack, "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)" - an update to Ray Parker Jr.'s classic GHOSTBUSTERS theme, this time performed by FALL OUT BOY featuring MISSY ELLIOTT. While I dig the tune, I'm partial to some other GHOSTBUSTERS covers out there (to be fair, this is more "inspired-by" than a direct cover), many of which I've written about in the past - including those from the likes of MELO-M, HOOBASTANK and LEO MORACCHIOLI. With #GhostbustersWeek coming to THE ROCK FATHER Magazine next month, you can bet we'll have a playlist in order. Check out FALL OUT BOY's new jam below!
Announced back in February, Hasbro Studios and Sony Music have officially released TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT, an alternative rock tribute to the mighty TRANSFORMERS franchise. Available now at all digital retailers and for streaming on Spotify, TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT features 10 original songs from a mix of established acts such as BUSH, and up-and-comers like MOUNT HOLLY - all inspired by the everlasting battle between Autobots and Decepticons. For the hardcore TRANSFORMERS fan, a physical CD and limited-edition vinyl picture disc (shown below) are being offered exclusively at F.Y.E. stores.
There was a time not terribly long ago when "inspired-by" compilations brought forth some interesting new takes on some pop culture classics - with albums like 1995's SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS' GREATEST HITS, or 2006's SOUND OF SUPERMAN coming to mind. Today, some unexpected news hit my inbox about not one, but two (!) albums that are inspired-by some pop culture icons. The first is a collaboration between Hasbro Studios and Sony Music Entertainment entitled TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT. The 11-song album features BUSH, alongside up-and-coming artists like CRASH KINGS and MOUNT HOLLY, all paying tribute to all things Cybertronian. Available digitally on April 15, two singles arrived for streaming today, just as iTunes pre-orders went live. Additionally, F.Y.E. Stores will be the exclusive destination for CD and Vinyl editions.