Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Sci-Fi Soundtrack with the Classical Experience
Donald J. Long | San Jose, Ca. United States | 04/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is an excellent reissue of the original soundtrack from the classic George Pal science fiction film DESTINATION MOON (Eagle-Lion Pictures, 1950) in Technicolor, which began the entire sci-fi movie genre of the 1950s. The film had strong competition from a cheap little black & white B-movie titled ROCKETSHIP X-M (Lippert, 1950) which was actually rushed into production and released before George Pal's movie; but Pal's is the true classic. RXM holds its own as a B-movie, but Pal's picture was a major box-office hit and is an A-picture which unfortunately did not have big-name stars because Pal wanted to spend most of his film budget on the special visual effects, which were excellent and state of the art, in Technicolor, for 1950. The music score, by talented film composer Leith Stevens, is first-calibre and is not only one of his finest film scores, but one of the best for any sci-fi film ever. Pal liked it so much he asked Stevens to score two more of his pictures: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1951) and WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953). The music actually presages John Williams' symphonic orchestral scores for STAR WARS, et al, by over a quarter century! The music is wonderful, and evokes the mysteries of outer space and the thrill of Mankind's first rocket to the moon. It also succeeds as symphonic music for a classical experience. This recording, while not the exact original recording from the film soundtrack, is excellent; originally recorded in Stereo (for the first time) in 1959 and released as Omega Records Omegadisk OSL-1003, and is conducted by Heinz Sandauer and the Omega Orchestra. The album was released in 1960 to wide acclaim, and reissued by Citadel Records for Starlog Magazine in 1979, and on CD in 1994."
Stuart M. Paine | Arlington, VA USA | 11/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There isn't much I can add to the wonderful review of the score album to DESTINATION MOON done by Mr. Long, except to point out that Leith Stevens also did scores for many of the 1960s' best loved sci-fi television programs. He did the TWILIGHT ZONE episode "Time Enough at Last" (with Burgess Meredith as a frustrated bank teller who can never find enough time to read) and episodes of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, LOST IN SPACE, TIME TUNNEL and LAND OF THE GIANTS. I myself would not compare any of this music to STAR WARS, though. DESTINATION MOON is more broad and spacious than that. It's also far more understated and disorienting - under the surface there's quite a bit of nervous motion and then there's the polytonality. I'd say this would appeal to STAR TREK, rather than STAR WARS, fans. The five movements are:
1. Earth (2:58)
2. In Outer Space (19:27)
3. On the Surface of the Moon (4:14)
4. Escape From the Moon (3:01)
5. Finale (13:01)
Destination Moon - Great!
Keith Mirenberg | www.spaceanimations.org | 10/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This program music, originally written for George Pal's "Destination Moon", has been beautifully recorded on CD providing me a magic carpet ride back in time to the late 50's. Back then I could only hear it on my brother's Grundig Majestic reel to reel tape recorder on a hard to find but commercially available recording. This beautiful score on CD sounds exactly as it resides in my memory and was a wonderful find."