Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hold Your Breath

The first English-language film from director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita), 1988's The Big Blue, had a notoriously troubled release history around the world. Intended as an eye-popping ode to the ocean as seen through the eyes of two "free divers" who push each other to dangerous extremes, it was released in the U.S. in a drastically edited, PG-rated version with a happy ending and a new score by Bill Conti, replacing the original one by Eric Serra. Eventually the original cut surfaced in theaters and on DVD, while Serra's score has been issued countless times in numerous variations on CD. However, the beautiful Conti score is actually one of his very best (with an unforgettable main theme) but sadly never got a commercial release anywhere; a few samples have turned up on compilations, but here's the whole thing for listening pleasure. Dive in...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Track titles are as follows:

1. Main Theme
2. Call Of The Deep
3. Danger Below
4. Caribbean
5. Plans
6. A Tender Moment
7. Love In The Moonlight
8. Don't Worry
9. Interlude
10. Sadness
11. Love Theme
12. Fun In The Sun
13. The Dive
14. Under The Sea
15. The Next Day
16. Playful Love
17. Serious Love
18. Love On The Piano
19. Choral Love
20. Back To The Sea
21. Last Dive
22. Finale

4:44 PM  
Blogger attax said...

Thanks a lot :) and a happy new year to you

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Honored General said...

Truly a beautiful score. Thank You for releasing this one!

2:13 PM  
Blogger ISBUM said...

Agree with the above, it's a beautiful score.
Many thanks.:)

1:28 PM  
Anonymous bunka said...

The most trivial music I have heard in a long time.

5:29 PM  
Blogger John Eje Thelin said...

Sadly gone now, but surely it couldn't possibly be any more trivial than Serra's DX 7 wankfest.

And to think he was briefly considered as a Bond composer... Thank God someone came to their senses.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Nick S. (Gonvik) said...

Beautiful score. Love listening to it over Serra's score.

10:30 PM  
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