LAST COPY !
Rousing early-ish Michael Giacchino score from popular Disney action/fantasy finally available at last! 2005 super-hero tale features Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston with Mike Mitchell directing, Michael Giacchino scoring, Walt Disney Pictures presenting. Will Stronghold, son of legendary crime fighters Commander and Jetstream, has no particular superpowers of his own. Or does he? Time to enter Sky High, the high-tech school for young heroes-to-be and find out. Action takes front and center throughout with Giacchino flying into the excitement right alongside. His score launches in requisite super-hero manner but rhythmic activity adds unusual cadences courtesy orchestral hits just out of kilter with expected harmonic vernacular. Neat idea! Unrelenting musical action sequences offer busy, tour-de-force fanfares and flourishes that propel music forward. There is brief respite: "Lollipopless/The Secret Sanctum" adds series of moving major chords and elements of mystery while "Power Placement" brings in teen-pop sensibility. But dynamic big orchestral razzle dazzle clearly is the name of the game! The action includes elements of serious intensity but solid, tuneful main theme keeps everything in super-hero territory. Brass get a workout! Giacchino began career with plethora of game scores, television music, then landed plumb Disney assignment to score The Incredibles in 2004. Just one year later, Sky High helped his career truly soar. He hasn't looked back since and is today one of the leading film composers in the entire film industry: Star Trek, Jurassic World, Star Wars are just three of the major franchises he now inhabits. He took home an Academy Award for his nostalgic and tuneful score for Disney-Pixar's animated hit, Up. More awards are sure to follow. Sky High presented in stereo from two-track digital scoring session elements courtesy Disney and the composer. Tim Grieving provides informative notes, Kay Marshall designs the colorful flipper-style booklet. Tim Simonec, Jack Hayes lead orchestration team, Tim Simonec conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!