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Following the great success of the previous releases in our series of Limited Edition albums, Movie Wave Records is proud to announce its newest album, bound to be flying off shelves around the world.  Our advice – order early to avoid disappointment.

Renowned office worker James Southall offers brand new interpretations of a number of the greatest television themes in history.  In order to achieve the purest possible recording, the album was made using the built-in microphone on his iPhone.  Southall says “this offers the greatest opportunity for listeners to hear the power of the music as originally intended by the composers.”  He goes on to say that “I remember the great album of television themes made with an orchestra, Great Television Themes With Orchestra, but I didn’t listen to that before recording this album – I have not used an orchestra.”

The decision to not use an orchestra was an easy one.  “I saw the campaign to keep orchestral recording in Los Angeles.  Unfortunately I don’t live in Los Angeles but I felt terribly guilty about all those recordings being made with musicians in those nasty Communist cities like Prague and London and I decided it was important to show my solidarity with the impoverished performers eking out an honest living in Southern California.  I tried to contact one of them but he was shopping in Beverly Hills at the time.  I decided I would rather record with no orchestra at all than record with one somewhere other than Los Angeles.”

In a generous move, Southall has agreed to donate some of the proceeds of the album to charity.  “It is well known that goats make good cheese, but few people realise how many goats are injured in the process,” said the 35-year-old.  “Once sales of the album exceed one million, I will donate 3% of all proceeds to the Goats’ Foundation.”

The album features most of the greatest television themes from times past, including The Cosby Show and Eat That Bread Before Your Mom Gets Home, the hilarious new comedy from ABC.  The full tracklisting is as follows (audio clips are available for three tracks by clicking on the track names):

1: The Cosby Show (rejected theme, composed by Brian Kilkline)
2: Cheers (composed by Craig Safan)
3: Rawhide (composed by Dimitri Tiomkin)
4: The Paul Daniels Magic Show (composed by Paul Daniels)
5: The Waltons (composed by Jerry Goldsmith)
6: Eat That read Before Your Mom Gets Home (composed by Brian Kilkline)
7: Match of the Day (composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold)
8: Cambodia’s Funniest Mass Graves! (composed by Brian Kilkline)

Copies will go on sale soon.  The first 500 orders placed will receive an exclusive, unsigned edition of the CD.  The remaining copies will all be signed by performer James Southall and composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise:

“Listening to this album is more exciting than brushing my teeth!” – Cosmo Landesman, The Sunday Times
“I think there was probably a worse album released at some point” – Rusty Nails, NME
“It has its moments but could do with a few tracks trimming to make the best listening experience” – James Southall, Movie Wave

  1. christopher (Reply) on Saturday 2 February, 2013 at 20:52

    Ordered! Those sound clips are amazing!

  2. ChrK (Reply) on Saturday 2 February, 2013 at 20:53

    Brilliant. I’m dead.

  3. Richard Reese-Laird (Rick) (Reply) on Saturday 2 February, 2013 at 20:56

    I really appreciate up-to-the-minute updates like this (You scooped ALL the other Film Score sites).
    But my big pet-peeve is when otherwise dependable journalists such as yourself NEGLECT to include ordering information!
    How many copies will be issued? Is there an option to pay a premium for an Autograph? What is the project retail price (US, or Euros is fine. No pounds, please. No one even knows what those are). Is vinyl available?
    Once again, I DO appreciate your efforts, but as far as professional journalism goes-
    us lay-persons shouldn’t have to tell you to include the important details.

    Tsk, tsk.

  4. Solaris (Reply) on Saturday 2 February, 2013 at 22:35

    That reminds me for some reason: What happened to the hilarious Review for “The Reasonable Horniculturist” anyway? XD

  5. MacmIllan Flakes (Reply) on Saturday 2 February, 2013 at 23:23

    Here are my thoughts:

    Grrrrr…hissssss…grumble…unfathomable negativity.

    Basil Rathbone

  6. Martijn (Reply) on Sunday 3 February, 2013 at 01:05

    A true epiphany of aesthetic zeniths. A landmark in sensual experience that borders on rending the veil between the physical and metaphyiscal, that transports one from the plain, the ordinary, the common onto the unfathomable reached, the unknowable enlightened, the incomprehensible understood.

    Lo! For I out of dust have been exhaulted. My soul, bare before thee, has sipped of the well of succour, and thirsts no more. My eyes have beheld the light ecstatic. My ears the sound of the spheres dancing in eternity.

    Seriously, it was the best bottle of port EVER.

    Now about this release, then. If it ain’t got Alan Fivehouse, I say it’s shit.

  7. mastadge (Reply) on Sunday 3 February, 2013 at 03:33

    And in a scandalous turn of events, careful analysis of the youtube editions reveals that Southall was, in fact, lip-synching. 🙁

  8. Mankind (Reply) on Sunday 3 February, 2013 at 09:48

    Are you have having a laugh? You CANNOT be SERIOUS?! The selection is terrible! Where is James Horner’s Family Ties? Maurice Jarre’s Growing Pains? The recording is terrible. Your car is far too small to produce the proper acoustic environment. Surely, you could have hired a Transit van for a day or so? The arrangements are childish. A singing voice that would make Rylan cringe and a whistle that nearly killed my dog! (My lawyer will be in touch later to discuss the vet bill.) Surely you could have mixed a few audio channels together – surely there’s an app for that? I am so appaled I forgot how to spell the damn word! But, having said all that… at least it’s not another Remote Control production. And I admire your resilience to not use the same old MRI machine. For your dedication to filmmusic, your enthusiasm and your blantant lack of craftmanship, I rate this album ***1/2.

  9. Kalman (Reply) on Monday 4 February, 2013 at 11:14

    I have a serious problem with the album cover art. I recall this picture of the artist was made when he realised a huge truck was coming towards him and the brake of his car didn’t work – not while singing.
    Please correct this mistake urgently!

  10. orion_mk3 (Reply) on Monday 4 February, 2013 at 19:03

    Looks like copies of “The Reasonable Horticulturist” are still available:

    Perhaps MW records should offer a special price reduction on the former in celebration of this important new archival release!

  11. Hector (Reply) on Wednesday 6 February, 2013 at 15:11

    Is this from a lossless source?

  12. elfenthalsmith (Reply) on Wednesday 6 February, 2013 at 18:05

    I think this album could have been trimmed to a powerful 30 seconds for better enjoyment…