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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" for Nintendo Entertainment System - Soundtrack

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The soundtrack for this video game is amazing. The bassline follows you throughout the game; hadn't the game been so difficult, I would have danced to it.

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is one of the first video games I have ever owned. I remember the underwater level, how I would painstakingly surmount it ("Hurry! Hurry Faster!!"), and get to level 3. In the meantime, about 45 minutes passed: I had to power off and do my homework. There was no way to save progress, so the next day I would have to start from scratch (ouch).

I also remember how hard it was losing a turtle (*sob*).

I never went beyond level 3. Oh, by the way, there are six levels in total.

Only recently I've discovered how this video game ends, thanks to YouTube. Here it is (credits to MaXingTien):

This soundtrack surely brings back a memory or two.

If you like 8bit music, it's worth checking out.

Track list:

Title Screen / Opening / Cutscene

Areas 1-4 Overworld (Streets)

Areas 1-1, 3-2 & 4 Stage Theme

Mini-Boss Battle

Mini-Boss Clear

Area 2-1: Underwater

Area 2-1: Underwater (Hurry)

Area 2-1: Underwater (Hurry Faster!!)

Areas 1-2, 2-2, 3-1 & 6 Stage Theme

Boss Battle

Area Clear

Area 5: FootClan Caverns

Area 5 Overworld (FootClan Base)

Lose A Turtle


Game Over

Composer: Jun Funahashi

Developer: Konami

Release: August 17, 1990 (Europe)

Enjoy! (Credits to WiiGuy):

Wolverine: Logan

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

(4 stars/5) 

I picked this short graphic novel because of the title: Logan/Wolverine is one of my all-time favorite superheroes.

This is a three-act story about Logan retrieving his memories about a very painful episode of his life, when he was a P.O.W. in Hiroshima, Japan.

The events narrated take place one day before the atomic bomb was dropped. Logan hooks up with another prisoner, Lieutenant Warren, American.

They manage to escape, and they meet a beautiful Japanese woman. Warren wants to kill her, but Logan saves her life. This episode triggers friction between Logan and Warren.

The woman, Atsuko, welcomes Logan to her humble abode and tells him her story.

This episode ends in the worst possible way, climaxing with the drop of the bomb on their heads.

In the present, with his newfound memories, Logan is determined to settle the matter. He travels to Hiroshima to face an old enemy, and his pain...

"Wolverine: Logan" is a story about love, war among men and more generally World War II, and the search for peace.

The story is good, I liked it. The words are almost lyrical, at times.

The art can be a bit confusing. Eduardo Risso depicts Logan as a hairy, wild animal. Lt. Warren's expressions are unsettling. If Risso and Vaughan were trying to intimidate me with this villain, they succeeded.

Length: 112 pages

Story by Brian K. Vaughan

Art by Eduardo Risso

Publisher: Marvel

Published: September 3, 2008

Graeme Revell - "Daredevil" (score)

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 14, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

(4 stars/5) 

This score is dark and brooding, just like Daredevil.

I won't hide the fact that Daredevil is one of my top three favorite superheroes. I believe the 2003 movie was good, and so is this album. It captures the essence of the character.

Revell employs French horns, trumpets, trombones, voices, electric guitar and electronic instrumentation.

The music expresses the content of each scene vividly: for example, there are harmonious tracks, like "Daredevil Theme", "Elektra", "The Necklace", and dissonant tracks, like "Bullseye" and "Nachio's Assassination".

There are only two tracks that clash with the rest of the score: "The Kingpin" and "Church Battle". Revell relies heavily on electronic music for these pieces. They are too loud and spoil the whole soundtrack.

If you liked the movie, you will certainly get the score.

Track list:

1. Daredevil Theme

2. Young Matt's Father

3. Hell's Kitchen

4. Matt Becomes Daredevil

5. The Kingpin

6. The Darkest Hour

7. Bullseye

8. Elektra

9. Mistaken Identity

10. Nachio's Assassination

11. Elektra vs. Bullseye

12. Blind Justice

13. Church Battle

14. Falling Rose

15. The Necklace

Released: March 4, 2003

Length: 40:17

Label: Varèse Sarabande

Revis - "Places For Breathing"

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 13, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

(4.5 stars/5) 

This is the only studio album released by Revis, a post-grunge band of the early 2000's.

They sounded good together. I love this record, I play it quite often.

To me, Revis will be forever associated with "Daredevil" (2003), since the first track of this album, "Caught In The Rain", is also part of the motion picture's soundtrack.

I love each track of "Places For Breathing": the guitars, drums and lead vocalist, Justin Holman, sound amazing.

The band reunited in 2010 to record a second album, "Do We Have To Beg?", but unfortunately, legal issues prevented it from being released.

The band broke up again in 2012.

What a pity, such an underrated band.

Track list:

1. "Caught In The Rain"

2. "Your Wall"

3. "Spin"

4. "Seven"

5. "Straight Jacket Labels"

6. "Living Rooms"

7. "Re Use"

8. "City Beneath"

9. "Everything After"

10. "Places For Breathing"

11. "Look Right Through Me"

12. "Family"

Released: May 20, 2003

Genre: post-grunge

Length: 40:00

Label: Epic

You can listen to "Places For Breathing" on Revis' YouTube channel:…;

Watch the music video for "Caught In The Rain":

Spread the word, if you like: perhaps they'll be back once again!

Theme Music from "The James Dean Story"

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 13, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

(5 stars/5) 

This album brings together, so to speak, two of my favorite people: James Dean and Chet Baker.

This is the soundtrack to "The James Dean Story", an American biopic released in 1957, not long after Dean's car accident and subsequent demise.

The soundtrack was composed by Leith Stevens, best known for scoring the Marlon Brando classic "The Wild One".

The stars of this album are two musicians who were at the peak of their careers, back in 1957, much like James Dean was at the time of his premature death. These musicians are Chet Baker, who plays his trumpet ans sings a song, and Bud Shank playing alto saxophone and flute.

In this richly evocative album, bebop jazz is predominant.

The tracks sum up Dean's life story in no particular order.

It is a deeply melancholic album. Jimmy's spirit comes alive whenever I play it, usually in the evening.

A must-have for every James Dean and jazz fan.

Track list:

1. "Jimmy's Theme"

2. "The Search"

3. "Lost Love"

4. "People"

5. "The Movie Star"

6. "Fairmount, Indiana"

7. "Rebel at Work"

8. "Success and Then What?"

9. "Let Me Be Loved"

10. "Hollywood"

11. "Let Me Be Loved" [Vocal Version - Chet Baker]

Recorded: November 8, 1956

Released: 1957

Genre: jazz, soundtrack

Length: 42:12

Label: World Pacific Records

Marco Beltrami - The Wolverine (soundtrack)

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 13, 2019 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

(4.5 stars/5) 

Fantastic soundtrack with lots of Asian elements, like taiko drums and Japanese flute.

This soundtrack is eerie. The overall pacing is heterogeneous. There are slow tracks, like "A Walk In The Woods", "The Offer", "Arriving At The Temple", "The Snare" and others, and fast, syncopated tracks like "Logan's Run" (one of the longest tracks, 3:58), "Funeral Fight", "Silver Samurai" and others.

Marco Beltrami had previously worked with director James Mangold on "3:10 to Yuma". This is his big break into the X-Men/Wolverine franchise, and he does not disappoint.

With a long background in horror movies ("The Thing", "Scream", "Scream 2", "Scream 3", "Scre4m", "Mimic"), his Wolverine is a brooding superhero, hurt and wandering. His tortured mind is well reflected in this album; tracks like "The Wolverine" and "Sword of Vengeance" will make you shiver. You really can feel the character's interior conflict by means of music.

It's a soundtrack meant to be played by a big orchestra, with lots of strings, brass, and percussions. In Beltrami's words, "it's sort of a hybrid of electronic and acoustical score".

Track list:

1. "A Walk in the Woods"

2. "Threnody for Nagasaki"

3. "Euthanasia"

4. "Logan's Run"

5. "The Offer"

6. "Arriving at the Temple"

7. "Funeral Fight"

8. "Two Handed"

9. "Bullet Train"

10. "The Snare"

11. "Abduction"

12. "Trusting"

13. "Ninja Quiet"

14. "Kantana Surgery"

15. "The Wolverine"

16. "The Hidden Fortress"

17. "Silver Samurai"

18. "Sword of Vengeance"

19. "Dreams"

20. "Goodbye Mariko"

21. "Where To?"

22. "Whole Step Haiku"

Released: July 23, 2013

Length: 58:30

Label: Sony Classical

Free samples on IMDb:…;

Wolverine (NES) Soundtrack

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 13, 2019 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This 8bit soundtrack is amazing. Its only defect: the length. Only 18 minutes and 22 seconds.

It is very Japanese sounding; as a matter of fact, I play this soundtrack every time I study Japanese.

The videogame was released in October 1991; not a huge success. The online community argues it was a difficult game, and not faithful to the comic books.

You be the judge. Here is the complete walkthrough, brought to you by NintendoComplete:

Wolverine's soundtrack is an easy listening. Recommended to all 8bit music fans out there.

Enjoy! (Credits to WiiGuy)

Track list:

Title Screen / The End

Levels 1, 3, 5 & 7 / Level 8 Cutscene

Level Clear

Cutscene (Sabertooth's Message)

Levels 2, 4, 6, 8 & 9

Bonus Room / High Score

Game Over

SFX - Life Up

SFX - Health

Life Lost

Composer: Geoff Follin

The Mirror Has Two Faces - Music From The Motion Picture

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 12, 2019 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

(4 stars/5) 

Fantastic score composed and adapted by Marvin Hamlisch. His usage of strings and harmonica is majestic.

There are four songs in this soundtrack: "Try A Little Tenderness", "The Power Inside of Me", "I Finally Found Someone", and "All of My Life", in addition to Hamlisch's score. The last song is a bonus track, not featured in the motion picture.

"I Finally Found Someone", written by Barbra Streisand, Marvin Hamlisch, R.J. Lange and Bryan Adams, was a hit single, back in 1996/97. I have the sheet music and can't wait to play it on my piano. I found two versions: one is 4-pages, the other 7-pages long.

Streisand also wrote "Love theme" (conducted by Hamlisch) for this album.

It's a great album. If you enjoyed the movie, you can't miss it.

Produced by Barbra Streisand.

Track list:

1. Main Title / In Questa Reggia

2. Got Any Scotch?

3. An Ad?

4. In a Sentimental Mood

5. Rose Sees Greg

6. Alex Hurts Rose

7. The Dating Montage

8. My Intentions?

9. You Picked Me!

10. A Funny Kind of Proposal

11. Picnic in the Park

12. Greg Falls For Rose

13. Try a Little Tenderness - David Sanborn

14. The Mirror

15. Going Back to Mom

16. Rocking in the Chair

17. The Power Inside of Me - Richard Marx

18. Rose Leaves Greg

19. Ruby

20. Rose Dumps Alex

21. Greg Claims Rose

22. The Apology / Nessun Dorma - Luciano Pavarotti

23. I Finally Found Someone - Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams

24. All of My Life - Barbra Streisand

Issued: November 12, 1996

Length: 48:24

Genre: film soundtrack, jazz, pop

Label: Columbia

Watch the music video for "I Finally Found Someone":


Posted by Chiara Calò on January 12, 2019 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

(5 stars/5) 

This must be *the best* speed metal album ever issued in the history of music.

Painkiller is the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, released in September 1990.

Incredibly intense from start to finish, you will find yourself unable to catch your breath (with the exception of "A Touch Of Evil", which is a bit slower).

The drummer, Scott Travis, joins the band for this album. Thanks to "Painkiller", he gets the chance to exhibit his artistic value. His sound reminds me of a tank platoon.

Rob Halford's voice is incredible. This is his last album with Judas Priest. He'll be back in 2005 for the recording of "Angel of Retribution".

The guitar riffs are amazing. There are many solos in this album.

I like the whole album, but "Metal Meltdown" and "Nightcrawler" are not an easy listening. I usually skip them to listen to my favorite track, "Between the Hammer & the Anvil".

"Painkiller" is a comeback album. After the lukewarm reception of "Turbo" (1986) and "Ram It Down" (1988), Judas Priest reappear in style, adding an important piece to the heavy metal landscape.

Track list:

1. "Painkiller"

2. "Hell Patrol"

3. "All Guns Blazing"

4. "Leather Rebel"

5. "Metal Meltdown"

6. "Night Crawler"

7. "Between the Hammer & the Anvil"

8. "A Touch of Evil"

9. "Battle Hymn"

10. "One Shot at Glory"

Length: 46:08

Genre: Heavy metal, speed metal

Label: Columbia


Listen to "Hell Patrol":

One Of The Best...

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 11, 2019 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

(5 stars/5) 

I loved the movie, and I love the soundtrack.

The peculiarity of this album is that it is entirely electronically generated, using the Synclavier, an early digital synthesizer.

This album is so 80's. A powerful soundtrack, it certainly contributed to the success of the movie.

I get so nostalgic it still moves me to tears.

Track list:

1. Theme from Flight of the Navigator

2. Main Title

3. The Ship Beckons

4. David in the Woods

5. Robot Romp

6. Transporting the Ship

7. Ship Drop

8. Have To Help A Friend

9. The Shadow Universe

10. Flight

11. Finale

12. Star Dancing

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Year: 1986

Length: 28min

Genre: Electronic, Film Score

Playlist on YouTube:

Empire Jazz

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 11, 2019 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

(5 stars/5) 

In this album, Star Wars meets jazz... Couldn't ask for more!

Released in 1980 and out of print, "Empire Jazz" will delight jazz fans who also happen to be Star Wars fans.

"Empire Jazz" saw the light thanks to an idea by bassist Ron Carter, who also arranged the pieces. If you like them, it's him you have to thank.

So, get yourself a drink and relax: "Empire Jazz", with its mellow melodies and exotic aftertaste, will send you to outer space, quite literally!

Track list:

"The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)"

"The Asteroid Field"

"Han Solo and the Princess (Love Theme)"

"Lando's Palace"

"Yoda's Theme"

Length: 40:19

Label: RSO

Recorded at Aura Recording Studios, New York City

I have a surprise for you: "Empire Jazz" is available on YouTube! Enjoy!

To Be A Child Again...

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 10, 2019 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

Great cartoon for preschoolers. If I were three years old, this is what I would want to watch all the time.

It's fun, educational, and the narrating voice for the English version is lent by Stephen Fry. It doesn't get any better than this!

Two series have been made, each consisting of 52 episodes. An additional season, called "Let's Go Pocoyo!", was created to teach English to Spanish kids. Three more seasons were released between 2016 and 2018. Each episode is 7 minutes long.

I like "Pocoyo" for its original format: made entirely using 3D technology, the background is white, and the narrator interacts with Pocoyo and the viewers. Each story teaches a word or value. The sound effects are very funny and the stories are smart and fresh.

Pocoyo's channel on YouTube is very popular. It offers a wide variety of videos in no less than 13 languages. A fun way for your kid to learn new languages!

(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Too Funny!!

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 9, 2019 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

This cartoon makes me laugh so hard!

So far, this is one of the best Xilam productions, in my opinion. I was amazed to discover it's a French cartoon. I'm not too fond of French productions, but "Zig & Sharko" is an exception. I can easily "get" this type of humor (slapstick), even if I'm used to American and British comedies.

The inventiveness of the team working on this cartoon is so impressive: they always come up with incredible ideas. In addition, I really like this type of animation, it's more similar to what I was used to in my childhood (e.g. Wile E. Coyote). I love the visuals, the sound effects, the narration and directing style.

Two seasons of "Zig & Sharko" have been released, each season consisting of 26 episodes.

Due to the nature of the stories, I would recommend it to kids ages 7+.

(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Great Concert!

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 9, 2019 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

This concert took place in Central Park (New York) in June 1967. Filmed in color.

The DVD edition is introduced by an older Barbra Streisand, who fills us in on the details of its production.

Streisand managed to gather 135,000 people for this concert. No accidents occurred, and the weather was clement.

Always gracious and funny, Streisand sang the following songs:

"The Nearness Of You"

"Down With Love"

"Love Is Like A New Born Child"

"Cry Me A River"

"Folk Monologue/Value"

"Can See It"

"The Sound Of Music"

"Mississippi Mud"

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

"Love Is Bore"

"He Touched Me"

"English Folk Song"

"I'm All Smiles"

"Marty The Martian"

"Natural Sounds"

"Second Hand Rose"


"Silent Night (Sleep In Heavenly Peace)"

"Happy Days Are Here Again"

An album, entitled "A Happening In Central Park", was released the following year. It is the first live album by Barbra Streisand.

Length: 53min

(this review has also been published on IMDb)


Posted by Chiara Calò on January 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

(7 stars/10) 

Perhaps it's because I belong to another generation, or perhaps it's just my not bearing black and white video (but I find it unlikely because I love old movies from the 30's). I loved "Color Me Barbra" (1966) for its original directing style and scenography, and I have to say that "My Name Is Barbra" disappointed me. I thought I was going to view a different show. Perhaps more money was available the following year, hence the huge difference between the two television specials.
If you are going to view "My Name Is Barbra" for the first time, expect to attend a concert.
Barbra Streisand is phenomenal, as always. She is a great entertainer with a lovely sense of humor.

An album was released the same year this television special aired (1965); it was certified gold and peaked at #2 on the US charts.

Length: 60min (55min Netflix)

(this review has also been published on IMDb)


Posted by Chiara Calò on January 8, 2019 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

This is Barbra Streisand's second CBS television special, released in 1966. This show was revolutionary at that time, as it was in color.

The program, as seen on DVD (or on Netflix), is introduced by an older Streisand. It is divided into three parts. The first part is shot inside the Philadelphia Art Museum. Beautiful art valorized by a brilliant directing style. The camera follows Streisand as she admires the surrounding paintings and sculptures, and sometimes she becomes a painting and sings a song for the viewer. Brilliant.

The costumes, jewelry and make-up worn by Streisand are as beautiful as the art itself.

The second part is more comedic. Streisand talks a bit about animals, then takes the viewer on a journey to a *pink* circus. In the company of animals like penguins, pigs, a horse, and a tiger, she sings bits from 14 songs.

In the third part, Streisand, elegant as always, sings five more songs at the bottom of a long, wide staircase that seems to stretch directly from Heaven.

The music is fantastic. A studio album (Streisand's seventh) was issued in 1966. It reached number 3 in the US albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA.

The track list for the CD is slightly different. Here are the songs sung in the show:

"Draw Me a Circle"


"One Kiss"

"The Minute Waltz"

"Gotta Move"

"Non c'est Rien"

"Where or When"


"Animal Crackers in My Soup"

"Funny Face"

"The Face"

"They Didn't Believe Me"

"Were Thine That Special Face"

"I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"

"Let's Face the Music and Dance"

"Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long"

"What's New Pussycat?"

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

"Small World"

"Try to Remember"

"Spring Again"

"I Stayed Too Long at the Fair"

"Look at That Face"

"Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home"

"It Had To Be You"

"C'est si bon"

"Where Am I Going?"

"Starting Here, Starting Now"

I had never heard these songs before. I like them all, but my absolute favorites are "Draw Me a Circle", "Gotta Move", and "Non c'est Rien".

Length: 60min

(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Wonderful Concert!

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 8, 2019 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

This concert is divided into two parts. At the beginning of each part, fans from the US (part 1) and the UK (part 2) are interviewed. Their clothes are so 90's, it's a dive into the past.

Many celebrities attended the concert. Some back stage shots are included, as well.

The orchestra was directed by Marvin Hamlisch. The concert was interspersed with excerpts from Barbra Streisand's movies, as well as intimate details about her life (the latter especially in part one).

A live album, entitled "The Concert", was released following the tour, in September 1994, through Columbia Records.

Track Listing:

Act I


"As If We Never Said Goodbye"

Opening Remarks

"I'm Still Here/Everybody Says Don't/Don't Rain on My Parade"

"Can't Help Lovin' That Man"

"I'll Know" (with Marlon Brando)


"Lover Man"

Therapist Dialogue #1

"Will He Like Me?"

Therapist Dialogue #2

"He Touched Me"


Therapist Dialogue #3

"The Man That Got Away"

"On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)"

Act II


"The Way We Were"

"You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

"Lazy Afternoon"

Disney Medley: "Once Upon a Dream/When You Wish Upon a Star/Someday My Prince Will Come"

"Not While I'm Around"

"Ordinary Miracles"

Yentl Medley: "Where Is It Written/Papa, Can You Hear Me/Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way/A Piece of Sky"

"Happy Days Are Here Again"

"My Man"

"For All We Know"


(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Original Show!

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 7, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

This is an award-winning live television special from 1973. Barbra Streisand sings with music from several different countries, including India, Africa, Japan, and Germany. It also features a duet with Ray Charles.

Entertaining show. The musics, the scenography, and the directing style are very enjoyable. It has its funny moments, too.

An album (Streisand's fourteenth) was released the same year, but it wasn't very successful.

Length: 51min

(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Good for new fans.

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 7, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

(6 stars/10) 

The story of Frank Sinatra through the decades, from the 30's all the way to the 90's. Quite an accurate (but not exhaustive) documentary that features pictures, video and audio footage, interviews with friends, fans and music celebrities.

Historical information is also provided. I would have avoided it in order to add more information about Sinatra.

In addition, I would have loved to hear more about his professional career, I'm not interested in gossip.

I have issues with the format of this documentary: the interviews can be viewed in full screen mode, while the video footage is displayed within an itsy-bitsy balloon in the middle of the screen against a black background filled with specks of dust. Why?

The editing is good enough, but not excellent.

A good start for new fans.

Length: 1hr 21min

(this review has also been published on IMDb)

Great Documentary.

Posted by Chiara Calò on January 7, 2019 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

(8 stars/10) 

Beautiful portrait of John Coltrane. Written and directed by John Scheinfeld and released in 2017, this documentary describes Coltrane's life from childhood until his premature death, at age 40. It also deals with Trane's heroin and alcohol addictions, and how he rebounded by sheer willpower. His life was spared and his music improved.

The documentary features many interviews of friends, fans and family members. Wonderful pictures and exclusive footage are shown. Denzel Washington lends his voice reading excerpts from interviews.

Jazz fans will enjoy this documentary, very informative.

Length: 1hr 39min

(this review has also been published on IMDb)


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