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2.0 out of 5 stars
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Only buy if in desperate need, 12 Jun. 2010
Summary: The recordings for Simply Soundtracks are not much good. Most of the tracks aren't originals, or recorded with lesser known orchestras/production, or worse are synth/computer music. If you do wish to buy look for a renowned orchestra compilation, or consider the 4 disc set instead, at least you get more for your money! Disc 1 is stronger in terms of quality than Disc 2.
The good: You'll have bought this disc because there are some soundtracks you just can't find anywhere else, and for that reason these sorts of compilations work. The westerns (Disc 1, tracks 1-6) come across very well and ;authentic in sound. The BBC orchestra tracks (Disc 1, tracks 9, 13, 14, 16, 16, Disc 2, track 11) are great incarnations of the scores. Platoon, Carmin Burana, Gallipoli, Blade Runner, and the cover of Mad World redeems Disc 2.
The bad: A handful of the recordings have mixed too 'close', in that the orchestra presents itself flat at the front of the listening experience, rather than creating a round, deep, landscape of sound. Particularly noticable with drums in the James Bond tracks.
The ugly: Watch out for the dreadful production of the computer/synth music, which really drags Disc 2 down: Mission Impossible (Disc 1), Saving Private Ryan (particularly synthy), Jaws, X Files, Star Trek (awful brass), Psycho, Jurrasic Park (which at 2mins is just noise).