Specialising in Australian Soundtrack Recordings

1M1 Records Newsletter
March, 2003

  - Welcome
  - Recent Soundtrack Additions to the Website
  - The 1M1 Records Website
  - New and Upcoming Releases
  - Awards
  - A Selection of Review Excerpts


Welcome to 1M1 Records' March 2003 newsletter.

1M1 Records' newest release is the double film score CD of Bruce Smeaton's "Eliza Fraser" and "Summerfield". We are expecting to announce our next film score release in our newsletter during the next few weeks.

1M1 Records' film soundtrack releases currently at various stages of CD-production are for the award-winning "Bliss" (Peter Best), "Tom Sawyer" and "The Last of the Mohicans" (Simon Walker), "The Irishman" (Charles Marawood) and "Grendel Grendel Grendel" (Bruce Smeaton), as well as the scores from Ruth Park's famous "Harp in the South" and "Poor Man's Orange" by Peter Best.

This month we are continuing to increase the number of non-1M1 Australian scores available through us. We are also planning to include some New Zealand film scores. Neil Finn and Lisa Germano's score for "Rain" is on the site this month in the More Soundtracks section.

During this month, we will be adding several Australian soundtracks to the site including, "Bootmen", starring Adam Garcia and Sophie Lee, scored by Cezary Skubiszewski; as well as the official television soundtrack to the Australian series, "Paradise Beach"; and the New Zealand film soundtrack for "Rain" (with music by Neil Finn and Lisa Germano).

A number of secondhand soundtrack CDs are being added to the site this month as well. See below for details.

Another feature, new this month, are quotes where available, from reviews of 1M1 Records' Australian film soundtracks, to help browsers in evaluating different scores.

Your feedback is always welcome.

That's it for this month, but we look forward to having you back here for updates in the April 2003 Newsletter.

Philip Powers

Recent Soundtrack Additions to the Website

This month we have added the Australian soundtracks for "Bootmen" (songs plus a score by Cezary Skubiszewski), for the television series "Paradise Beach", and for the New Zealand film by Christine Jeffs, "Rain" (Neil Finn and Lisa Germano).

Last month "Risk" (Don Miller-Robinson), "Cut" (Guy Gross), and the award-winning score by Peter Gabriel for "Rabbit-Proof Fence" (AFI Award for Best Score, and nominated for the 2002/2003 Golden Globe award for Best Music score for a Feature Film) were added to our catalogue.

We have copies of the lyrical orchestral score, "Silhouettes of the Desert" by Nerida Tyson-Chew, and "The Tracker", which was nominated for an AFI Award for Best Film Score for 2002. New stock is available of Paul Kelly's score for "Lantana" and Alan John's score for "The Bank" (winner of the AGSC 2002 award for Best Score). "Dirty Deeds", "One Night, the Moon" (the APRA Best Soundtrack of 2002), and "Two Hands" are also available.

Some other non-Australian new titles have also been added to the 'More Soundtracks' section and the 'Secondhand' section.

The 1M1 Records Website

Current Releases; Australian film scores which are still being manufactured and distributed.


More Soundtracks; previously released titles which are still available, including titles previously released by 1M1 Records which are no longer being manufactured, and brand new CDs of other soundtracks which 1M1 has in its stocks. Australian scores like "Lantana", "The Bank" (winner of the AGSC 2002 award for Best Score), "The Nugget", "The Tracker", "Two Hands", "Romper Stomper", "Silhouettes of the Desert", "The Dish", and a range of Brian May scores are available here. New this month are "Paradise Beach", "Rain" and "Bootmen" (which won the AFI award for Best Score 2000). Several scores by Jerry Goldsmith, Georges Delerue, Elmer Bernstein, Ennio Morricone, Leonard Rosenman and Bruce Broughton are also available here. Use our 'search the site' feature to find scores by composer names, or click on "Browse Catalogue by Composer" hyperlink.


Collectors Items;rare 1M1 CDs priced in the premium range because of the difficulty in sourcing them, containing 1M1 CDs like "Devil in the Flesh / We of the Never Never", "Roadgames / Patrick", "Race for the Yankee Zephyr / The Survivor" and "Harlequin / The Day After Halloween": items which have very few soundtracks left in stock and are quite unlikely to become available again in the foreseeable future.


Secondhand Titles;soundtrack releases from anywhere in the world which 1M1 currently has in stock, containing quite a few bargain-priced excellent condition soundtrack CDs for sale, including a few Australian film soundtracks. CDs available this month include "In Love and War" (George Fenton), "Casper" (James Horner), "Don Juan de Marco" (a Michael Kamen gem) and "Charlotte Gray" (Stephen Warbeck), and the underrated "Some Mother's Sons" (Bill Whelan), to name just a few.


New and Upcoming Releases

Our latest release is the double film score pairing of "Eliza Fraser" and "Summerfield" by Bruce Smeaton. The first is an often energetic orchestral score, while the latter is a lyrical instrumental score, alternately gentle and tense.


Never-before-released scores coming soon from 1M1 Records: "Bliss" (Peter Best), "Tom Sawyer" and "The Last of the Mohicans" (Simon Walker), "The Irishman" (Charles Marawood), "The Naked Country" and "Grendel Grendel Grendel" (Bruce Smeaton) and the scores from Ruth Park's famous "Harp in the South" and "Poor Man's Orange" (Peter Best).

In progress: "The Last of the Knucklemen", "Maybe This Time", "Departure", "Double Deal", "Five Mile Creek", "Eureka Stockade" and "The Trespassers".


Academy Awards 2002/2003 Best Music, Original Score Nominations:

Catch Me If You Can - John Williams
Far From Heaven - Elmer Bernstein
Frida - Elliot Goldenthal
The Hours - Philip Glass
Road to Perdition - Thomas Newman

British Film and Television 2002/2003 Best Score Award and Nominations:

The Hours - Philip Glass
Catch Me If You Can - John Williams
Chicago - Danny Elfman, John Kander, Fred Ebb
Gangs of New York - Howard Shore
The Pianist - Wojciech Kilar

Australian Film Institute Awards for 2002: Best Original Score was awarded to Peter Gabriel for "Rabbit-Proof Fence".

Golden Globe Awards 2002/2003: Elliot Goldenthal won Best Music score for "Frida".

A Selection of Review Excerpts

1M1 Records' Australian Soundtrack Releases

THE COOLANGATTA GOLD (Music by Bill Conti)

"I was, in short, knocked out... If you love what the composer did for such films as the ROCKY series, THE RIGHT STUFF and ESCAPE TO VICTORY, you're going to lap this score up, as it's full of heroic and exciting music, lead by the triumphant main theme... Unquestionably one of the film music releases of the year."

- Jeff Hall, Film Music Bulletin (London), Issue No .19, January 2003

THE MISSING (Music by Bruce Smeaton)

"Throughout the album, the main thematic idea provides something to anchor the listener and offers nice contrast with the fascinating aleatoric outbursts in tracks like "Nightmare and Visions." Other highlights include the "Opening Titles," where a theremin teams with an organ, and "A Killing Ground," a truncated orchestral scherzo.

The Missing recalls some of the best orchestral writing of the 1970s while adding contemporary ideas and strange combinations of instruments. It's not often one finds a score that makes fluent use of everything from full orchestra to theremin, and piano to didgeridoo. This album is a fine representation of Smeaton's work, alternating between the slower, sometimes dissonant but often gorgeous thematic materials and the more exciting action cues. The beautiful waltz, "Dancing on the Sand," is a fine take on the form, in the same league as the great waltz from Murder on the Orient Express. In fact, if you are a fan of that score, you're sure to appreciate The Missing."

- Steven A. Kennedy, Film Score Monthly, 2002


"Up first is the late Brian May's THE TRUE STORY OF ESKIMO NELL, a film about the gold rush in colonial Australia. May's music is all very lighthearted and suitably comical in style, but does boast some catchy pseudo-western tunes; some lush-stringed romance; and even a dash of Arabian for the "Camel Trek" sequence."

- Jeff Hall, Film Music Bulletin (London), Issue No .19, January 2003

THE GREAT MACARTHY (Music by Bruce Smeaton)

"The standout score on the disc though is Bruce Smeaton's Ennio Morricone-influenced THE GREAT MACARTHY. Any Morricone fan will enjoy this score, which is full of the maestro's trademark touches for thrillers and comedies of the period. The main theme is a splendid honky-tonk piano tune."

- Jeff Hall, Film Music Bulletin (London), Issue No .19, January 2003

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