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A soundtrack is the music that accompanies the images of a film or a television program; it also commonly refers to the album that contains that music. In the genre of soundtracks, the music can include only the songs that were used in a musical film or TV program; on the other hand, it can also include background music from non-musicals as well as the songs heard in that background. Soundtrack albums are released commercially either as a collection that incorporates music recorded from the soundtrack of a film or TV program, or a collection spotlighting individual composers. Among the most popular and most critically-acclaimed soundtracks from movies through the years are: Bodyguard, Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing, Titanic, Lion King, Grease, The Sound of Music, Purple Rain, Star Wars, and West Side Story. Top soundtrack albums from recent years, meanwhile, include Zac Efron, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, and The New Rocky Horror Show.
The Beginnings of Soundtracks and Soundtrack AlbumsThe practice of releasing recordings of songs used in films began in the 1930s. It was in the early 1950s, however, that movie companies tried to conceive of a new way to promote new films. They commercially released and advertised “music from the original motion picture soundtrack” – recordings that usually consisted of isolated music from a film.
Types of Soundtracks and Soundtrack RecordsSoundtracks from musical films, TV programs, and Broadway shows concentrate primarily on the songs used in the film, program, or show. The soundtrack can be a cast album that represents the film or show cast, but not necessarily so. Notable musical soundtracks include Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Singin’ in the Rain, Till the Clouds Roll By, Lion King, and The Sound of Music.
Film scores, meanwhile, are soundtracks that collect music that is separated from the songs used within a non-musical film or TV show. Sometimes, scores are written to specifically accompany a film, but there are also film score soundtracks that include or compile previously written musical compositions. Famous film score soundtrack albums include: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Jaws, Psycho, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Gone With The Wind.
Lastly, soundtrack albums can contain songs that are heard in whole or in part in the background of non-musical shows or films. Usually, these are soundtracks of pop songs, or of re-recordings or covers made specifically for a film or show. Notable examples include the soundtrack albums of Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, Bodyguard, City of Angels, and Footloose.
Top Soundtrack ComposersWhile people may think that music written for film or TV is simply incidental, the truth is that soundtrack is more than mere background music. Individual orchestral and non-orchestral composers have made hugely successful careers out of composing soundtracks. Among them are: Danny Elfman, Jack Elliott, Bernard Herrman, Maurice Jarre, James Horner, James Newton Howard, John Williams, Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein, and Henry Mancini.
Soundtrack Record LabelsRecord labels known for producing soundtracks and soundtrack albums include: Walt Disney, for Lion King, High School Musical, and Hannah Montana; ”Silva Screen” Records, for Lord of The Rings, Road to Perdition, and Star Wars; and Sony Classical, for composers such as Thomas Newman, James Newton Howard, and James Horner.
Soundtrack Records and Soundtrack CDsIf you like what you heard from what you have just seen, chances are that we here at MusicStack have the soundtrack album that you’re looking for. Bodyguard CDs, Saturday Night Fever CDs, Dirty Dancing CDs, Titanic CDs, Lion King CDs, Grease CDs, Danny Elfman CDs, Jack Elliott CDs, Bernard Herrman CDs, Maurice Jarre CDs, James Horner CDs, James Newton Howard CDs, John Williams CDs, Zac Efron CDs, High School Musical CDs, and Hannah Montana CDs, among other soundtrack albums, records, scores and CDs for musicals and non-musicals, are all available, as are soundtracks in vinyl LPs.
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