STEINER: King Kong

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STEINER: King Kong 1:14:31 $11.98
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1 Main Title (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 2:15 $1.49 Buy
2 A Boat in the Fog (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 1:43 $1.49 Buy
3 The Island - The Railing (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 3:38 $1.49 Buy
4 Jungle Dance (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 2:40 $1.49 Buy
5 Meeting with the Black Men (punia! casco!!) (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 3:32 $1.49 Buy
6 The Little Monkey Escapes (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 1:21 $1.49 Buy
7 Sea at Night - Forgotten Island (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 3:45 $1.49 Buy
8 Aboriginal Sacrificial Dance (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 3:55 $1.49 Buy
9 Entrance of Kong - The Sailors - Stegosaurus (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 7:10 44.1/16 Album only
10 The Bronte (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 5:50 $1.49 Buy
11 Log Sequence (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 1:27 $1.49 Buy
12 Cryptic Shadows (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 1:53 $1.49 Buy
13 Stolen Love - The Cave (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 4:46 $1.49 Buy
14 The Snake - The Bird - The Swimmers (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 7:44 44.1/16 Album only
15 The Return (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 1:35 $1.49 Buy
16 'Hey Look Out! It's Kong, Kong's Coming!' (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 4:56 $1.49 Buy
17 King Kong March (arr. L. Moore) (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 3:19 $1.49 Buy
18 Fanfares Nos. 1, 2 and 3 (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 0:56 $1.49 Buy
19 Kong Escapes (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 4:33 $1.49 Buy
20 Elevated Train Sequence (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 2:10 $1.49 Buy
21 Aeroplanes (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 2:14 $1.49 Buy
22 Finale ('It was Beauty Killed the Beast') (King Kong (reconstructed J. Morgan)) 3:09 $1.49 Buy

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This was the score that, in a sense, started it all. Certainly by 1933 writing music for movies was not new, but Max Steiner's contribution for King Kong was more extensive, more colorful, and more musically integrated than virtually all previous examples. It was the music that took on the responsibility for creating not just atmosphere, but an entire world, and it's no mistake that this pioneering effort occurred in the fantasy/science fiction genre, a field that would be so kind to film music composers in future. To modern ears, Steiner's achievement inevitably pales a bit, just as, say, the thunderstorm in Beethoven's Sixth must yield to the one in Strauss' Alpine Symphony in terms of sheer graphic imagery. The music has a genuine period flavor, with lots of splashy percussion writing for the jungle music and for Kong himself, and true Golden Age strings for Ann Darrow. There's plenty to enjoy, from the Aboriginal Sacrificial Dance, to Stolen Love, and the marvelous extended sequence called Kong Escapes. An essential addition to any serious film music collection, it has all been lovingly restored by John Morgan, performed with gusto by William Stromberg and the Moscow Symphony, and vividly recorded by Naxos (formerly Marco Polo). Now reissued at budget price, this is irresistible. - David Hurwitz,, March 2005