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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1: Vol. 1 (US Movies)

1. Nighthawks (Main Title Theme) (2:25)
2. Mean Stalkin' (2:21)
3. The Bust (2:08)
4. Nighthawking (6:18)
5. The Chase (6:03)
6. I'm A Man (4:20)
7. The Chopper (3:04)
8. Tramway (3:26)
9. I'm Comin' In (3:04)
10. Face To Face (2:52)
11. Flight Of the Hawk (3:09)
12. Best Revenge - Orchestral Suite (15:28)
13. Playing For Keeps (4:21)
14. The Dreamer (Love Theme) (2:40)
15. Wha'dya Mean (5:04)
16. Outgoing Tide (1:49)
17. For Those Who Win (3:35)
18. The Runner (3:26)

Disc 2: Vol. 2 (Italian Movies)

1. Inferno (Main Title) (2:55)
2. Rose's Descent Into The Cellar (4:56)
3. Taxi Ride (Rome) (2:13)
4. The Library (0:55)
5. Sarah In the Library Vaults (1:15)
6. Bookbinder's Delight (1:09)
7. Rose Leaves The Apartment (3:28)
8. Rose Gets It (2:07)
9. Elisa's Story (1:07)
10. A Cat Attic Attack (3:11)
11. Kazanian's Tarantella (3:31)
12. Mark's Discovery (1:21)
13. Mater Tenebrarum (2:36)
14. Inferno Finale (2:23)
15. Cigarettes, Ices, Etc (2:49)
16. Inferno Extras (10:15)
17. La Chiesa (The Church - Main Theme) (3:56)
18. The Possession (2:28)
19. Prelude 24 (2:21)
20. La Chiesa Revisited (4:23)
21. Murderock (2:46)
22. Not So Innocent (3:32)
23. Prelude To Candice (1:45)
24. Don't Go In The Shower (1:05)
25. Coffee Time (2:32)
26. Candice (3:38)
27. New York Dash (1:32)
28. Tonight Is Not Your Night (1:12)
29. The Spillone (1:50)

Disc 3: Vol. 3 (Japanese Movies)

1. Harmagedon (Theme Of The Floi) (3:35)
2. Jo And Michiko (2:44)
3. Sonny's Skate State (4:14)
4. Zamedy Stomp (2:59)
5. Challenge Of the Psionic Fighter (4:12)
6. Children Of the Light (3:59)
7. Godzilla Vs. Gotengo (1:51)
8. Godzilla Final Wars Titles (2:59)
9. EDF Headquarters Fight (1:37)
10. EDF Museum (1:18)
11. Infant Island (2:00)
12. Rodan Attacks NYC (4:14)
13. Earth Defense Forces Theme (2:45)
14. Motorcycle Battle (2:49)
15. Godzilla Awakens (1:51)
16. Love Theme (1:28)
17. Monster Zero Theme (2:14)
18. Cruising The Cirro Stratus (2:44)
19. Godzilla Theme (1:20)
20. Godzilla Final Wars End Titles (4:41)

Line-up / Musicians

- Keith Emerson / keyboards

Releases information

3CD Castle Music CMETD1214 (2005)(UK)
3CD Castle Music 38258 (2005)

This 3-CD set is a compilation of tracks taken from Emerson's movie soundtracks.

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Review by Muzikman
4 stars At The Movies is perhaps the most interesting of the recent Emerson rereleases. They were all recorded specifically for movie soundtracks in three different countries. The approach and process for music like this is entirely different from any other that Emerson recorded in his career.

The 67 tracks are broken down in three disc and sections, U.S., Italian, and Japanese movies. Each disc is a reflection of the silver screen in each respective country. Surely, this had to be a daunting task to accomplish. Dealing with three completely different cultures and entertainment worlds had to be most challenging. It came as no surprise to me that Emerson was up for the challenge and relished the opportunity to create this music.

While all of it was good, and undeniably, the most different set of tracks I have ever heard from Emerson, they all had their own flair, style, and flavor, capturing the unique soundtrack element as needed within each entertainment culture. I have no idea how the music matched up with the corresponding films but I am sure it worked out well.

The Japanese set was the most energetic and Emerson like if you will, out of all the sets. The Japanese Godzilla themes and all the other famous B movie monsters are in need of typically eerie sci-fi like sounds, and who could be have done a better job than Emerson to provide the necessary atmospheres with his keyboard and synthesizer wizardry. The U.S. and Italian sets are less prog- like and focus on the more contemporary and classical sounds that Emerson so easily coaxes from his instruments.

Three sets of music from one of the most compelling keyboard players of our time is a lot to take in, but so very enjoyable. The thing about listening to all this music is how diverse and complex it is. Emerson is simply incredible and I am convinced there is not a style of music the man cannot make his own. The proof is right.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This 3-CD set is real gem for any Emerson fan. Three collections of movie soundtrack songs (separately for US,Italian and Japaneese movies) from very different periods - you really can find whatever you want there!

This is huge amount of music, but because of very different melodies,styles nothing is boring. I must to say, that between so many compositions there are just few weak things, or just a few.

So, you can listen all that starting from classic retro-movie soundtracks to very jazzy pieces, mixed in unpossible mix, and you will hear plenty of different Emerson sides.

Can be recommended even for regular listeners ( not Emerson fans), because in total is just a collection of classy easy listening.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I have about half of these soundtrack albums stowed away in my vinyl collection, and I don't remember them being this good. Maybe my tastes have changed over the years. I really like Emerson's orchestral arrangements a lot now. You can hear the influence of the twentieth century orchestral compsers on his work, most notably, his old favorites, Ginastera and Bartok.

As for the rock songs peppered around this collection, they are hit or miss. Some are very good, like Playing For Keeps from the film Best Revenge, with Boston's singer Brad Delp, which sounds like it could have come from any of Cairo's albums. Some are so-so, like the cover of Spencer Davis' I'm A Man, played in a kunk style, with Emerson himself straining through the vocals. And some are just plain bad, like the insipid Not So Innocent, from Harmagedon.

If you are looking for the most ELP-like tracks, them go for the soundtrack from Inferno, it's easily the best of all of Emerson's soundtracks. The worst have to be the disco and electronica from Godzilla Final Wars.

But despite the up and down nature of the selections. This is a nice collection to own.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Playing for keeps

Keith Emerson At The Movies is a three disc compilation featuring tracks that Emerson recorded for various films between 1980 and 2004. Rather than opting for a chronological presentation, the music is ordered geographically with each disc holding music from American, Italian, and Japanese films respectively.

I will start from the back and discuss disc three first as I think that is by far the most valuable of the three discs. This disc is primarily devoted to music from the 2004 film Godzilla Final Wars which, as far as I am aware, is not available in this form as a standalone release but can only be found on this compilation (an "official soundtrack" is available but, as far as I understand, that one also has music by others interspersed with Keith's music). The Godzilla album occupies tracks 7-20 of the disc and my advice is to separate out these tracks and listen to them in isolation from the rest. Here Keith is in good form and this music is generally enjoyable and at moments even fairly ELP-like despite the programmed drums and absence of vocals.

The first six tracks of the third disc is from an animated Japanese film from 1987 called Harmagedon. These tracks are, I suppose, also hard to get hold of outside this compilation. The original vinyl release had one side of Emerson's music (while the other side was devoted to music by someone called Derek Austin). These tunes are generally great, perhaps the best being Challenge Of The Psionic Fighter which features a killer synth solo. Children Of Light is a vocal track but the rest is instrumental.

Moving on to the second disc which features music from Italian movies, we have music from the films Murderock, La Chiesa, and Inferno. In the case of the latter, the entire album is featured including the bonus track from the standalone CD release. Inferno occupies tracks 1-16 of disc two. The Inferno music is predominantly orchestral in nature (similar in style to Keith's Piano Concerto from ELP's Works Vol. 1.) and as such it is not my cup of tea. There are however some non-orchestral tracks like Taxi Ride which is pretty good. The following four tracks are from La Chiesa which means "the church", and not surprisingly it includes church organ. This music too is available on a separate release but that one features music by other people in addition to Keith's contributions. It is nice to have just Emerson's music concentrated. Murderock is almost complete here but a few tracks are omitted compared to the standalone release (which I have reviewed separately).

The first disc of At The Movies is devoted to music from films coming out of the USA. The soundtrack to Nighthawks, which is also available separately, is included in its entirety and occupies tracks 1-11. This music is towards the jazzier side and is not very impressive to my ears. Tracks 12-15 and track 18 of this disc are from a film called Best Revenge. The latter soundtrack too was released separately, but it is very hard to find. Comparing to the standalone release the running order is different and one track from the original release seems to be missing (I say "seems" because I'm only comparing with the entry for that album here on Prog Archives, I have never heard the original). I don't know why the running order was altered but I recommend reproducing the original track order when you listen (even though one track is, as I said, not included). In particular I think you should listen to The Dreamer and The Runner in that order as these two tracks seem to be made for each other. Together with Wha'dya Mean these three instrumentals are pretty good. The origin of tracks 16 and 17 is unknown to me but I presume they come from the same sessions as the Best Revenge material.

Strangely, nothing at all is included from Keith's soundtrack for Iron Man.

Overall, this is a rather nice collection to have with lots of good music on it as well as some less good music. However, I think that reproducing the stuff that is already available separately was unnecessary. Perhaps it would have been better if they had focused on making the standalone releases of these various soundtrack albums more widely available in their original and complete from on CD. The Godzilla music too would have deserved a standalone release with just Keith's music.

Deciding on a rating for this collection isn't easy, but discounting those inclusions that can be rated separately I think that three stars is appropriate here primarily on the basis of the material on the third disc.

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