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Emerson, Keith: At The Movies

At The Movies is perhaps the most interesting of the three sets recently released by Keith Emerson. Each CD in this 3 disc set were all recorded specifically for movie soundtracks in three different countries. The approach and process for music like this is entirely different from any other that Emerson recorded in his career.

The 67 tracks are broken down in three discs and sections, U.S., Italian, and Japanese movies. Each disc is a reflection of the silver screen in each respective country. Surely, this had to be a daunting task to accomplish. Dealing with three completely different cultures and entertainment worlds had to be most challenging. It came as no surprise to me that Emerson was up for the challenge and relished the opportunity to create this music.

While all of it was good, and undeniably, the most different set of tracks I have ever heard from Emerson, they all had their own flair, style, and flavor, capturing the unique soundtrack element as needed within each entertainment culture. I have no idea how the music matched up with the corresponding films but I am sure it worked out well.

The Japanese set was the most energetic and Emerson like if you will, out of all the sets. The Japanese Godzilla themes and all the other famous B movie monsters are in need of typically eerie sci-fi like sounds and who could be have done a better job than Emerson, to provide the necessary atmospheres with his keyboard and synthesizer wizardry. The U.S. and Italian sets are less prog-like and focus on the more contemporary and classical sounds that Emerson so easily coaxes from his instruments.

Three sets of music from one of the most compelling keyboard players of our time is a lot to take in, but so very enjoyable. The thing about listening to all this music is how diverse and complex it is. Emerson is simply incredible and I am convinced there is not a style of music the man cannot make his own. The proof is right here in all three titles recently released by Sanctuary Music.

Track Listing
Disc: 1
1. Nighthawks (Main Title Theme)
2. Mean Stalkin'
3. Bust
4. Nighthawking
5. Chase
6. I'm a Man
7. Chopper
8. Tramway
9. I'm Comin' In
10. Face to Face
11. Flight of the Hawk
12. Best Revenge [Orchestral Suite]
13. Playing for Keeps
14. Dreamer (Love Theme)
15. Wha'dya Mean
16. Outgoing Tide
17. For Those Who Win
18. Runner
Disc: 2
1. Inferno (Main Title)
2. Rose's Descent into the Cellar
3. Taxi Ride (Rome)
4. Library
5. Sarah in the Library Vaults
6. Bookbinder's Delight
7. Rose Leaves the Apartment
8. Rose Gets It
9. Elisa's Story
10. Cat Attic Attack
11. Kazanian's Tarantella
12. Mark's Discovery
13. Mater Tenebrarum
14. Inferno Finale
15. Cigarettes, Ices, Etc.
16. Inferno Extras
17. Chiesa (The Church) (Main Theme)
18. Possession
19. Prelude 24
20. Chiesa Revisited
21. Murderock
22. Not So Innocent
23. Prelude to Candice
24. Don't Go in the Shower
25. Coffee Time
26. Candice
27. New York Dash
28. Tonight Is Not Your Night
29. Spillone
Disc: 3
1. Harmagedon (Theme of the Floi)
2. Jo and Michiko
3. Sonny's Skate State
4. Zamedy Stomp
5. Challenge of the Psionic Fighters
6. Children of the Light
7. Godzilla vs. Gotengo
8. Godzilla Final Wars Titles
9. Edf Headquarters Fight
10. Edf Museum
11. Infant Island
12. Rodan Attacks NYC
13. Earth Defense Forces Theme
14. Motorcycle Battle
15. Godzilla Awakens
16. Love Theme
17. Monster Zero Theme
18. Cruising the Cirro Stratus
19. Godzilla Theme I. Itukube
20. Godzilla Final Wars End Titles

Added: May 20th 2006
Reviewer: Keith Hannaleck
Related Link: Keith Emerson Website
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Language: english

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