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MusicHound soundtracks : the essential album guide to film, television and stage music
Deutsch, Didier C., 1937-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Visible Ink, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 872 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML156.9 .M87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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From "Rent" to "The Lion King, " modern soundtracks offer some of the more memorable music of the century. With more than 125 photos and hundreds of entries, this collection covers a wide variety of music from film, TV and stage.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

There are enough soundtrack albums--more than 3,000 in fact--to warrant their own hefty MusicHound guide. World is even bigger, embracing performers from Ricky Martin to the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Library Journal Review

First published in 1997 under the "VideoHound" series imprint, this completely revised and expanded edition has 1000 new entries and 100 photographs. Functioning only as a buyer's guide, it discusses CDs currently available in America. One quickly learns that CD technology has resurrected many soundtracks from bygone years, such as Death Wish (1974). The succinct and generally well-written reviews offer very little comment on the productions themselves, concentrating appropriately on the music in question. In addition to the massive A-to-Z coverage, there is an interesting essay by Capitol Records Soundtracks director Julia Michaels on how songs were picked, as well as MusicHound's usual comprehensive indexing and useful appendixes. It is a little disconcerting, however, to find TV series like The Wonder Years dismissed as "infantile" though the tunes that framed the show get four dog bones (one short of the best MusicHound rating). Overall, however, like MusicHound's rock and other music CD-album rating guides, this is a fun, useful, and reasonably priced addition to any pop music reference collection.--David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

MusicHound's series of album guides continues with this collector's directory of some 3,000 film, television, and stage music soundtracks currently available on compact disc in the US. Alphabetically arranged by show title, each entry includes CD release year, label, film production studio, year of production's release, "bone rating," credits, and a highly subjective one-paragraph review. The editors sprinkle black-and-white photos throughout, along with lists of "Ten Essential Scores" by select composers, quotes from working professionals, and a closing section of compilation discs on composers (e.g., "Mark Isham Film Music"). Brief resource guides to thematic compilation discs (e.g., film noir), print sources, Web sites, and record labels appear just before separate indexes of composers, conductors, lyricists, series, and "five-bone albums." Unfortunately, entries do not list all songs or performers, but usually significant pieces and performers. For pure breadth and depth, Soundtracks is unmatched for the price, although serious collectors will also want to explore Jerry Osborne's The Official Price Guide to Movie/TV Soundtracks & Original Cast Albums (2nd ed., 1997). Highly recommended for all public and academic library entertainment collections. A. J. Adam; Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University