Stanley Kubrick made his own musical choices for his films, many of them existing pieces that were forever redefined by their use. (Remember "Thus Spake Zarathustra" in 2001: A Space Odyssey?) For his final work, Eyes Wide Shut, he employed composer Jocelyn Pook to compose some evocative string-filled music (including one track, "Masked Ball," eerily featuring backwards vocals), but his score also included works by Liszt and Shostakovich, syrupy versions of "When I Fall in Love," "If I Had You," and "Strangers in the Night," a jazzy rendition of "Blame It on My Youth" by Brad Mehldau, Chris Isaak's cross between John Lee Hooker and Roy Orbison on his 1995 song "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," and, opening and closing the disc, a simple but intense solo piano piece by Gyogy Ligeti, whose work also had been used in 2001 and another Kubrick film, The Shining. The result was an eclectic soundtrack album that primarily was of interest to fans of the film who were in need of an aural souvenir.
The final work of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, who died within a week of completing the edit, stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, at the time Hollywood's most bankable celebrity couple, and was shot on a open-ended schedule (finally totaling over 400 days), with closed sets in London standing in for New York City. Cruise and Kidman play William and Alice Harford, a physician and a gallery manager who are wealthy, successful, and travel in a sophisticated social circle; however, a certain amount of decadence crosses their paths on occasion, and a visit to a formal-dress party leads them into sexual temptation when William is drafted into helping a beautiful girl who has overdosed on drugs while Alice is charmed by a man bent on seduction. While neither William and Alice act on their adulterous impulses, once the issue has been brought into the open, it begins a dangerous season of erotic gamesmanship for the couple, with William in particular openly confronting his desire for new sexual experiences.
Filmed & recorded at the final two shows of Wayne’s last autumn 50+ date tour at Leeds Trinity and Workington Carnegie the release sees two DVD’s, one each from both shows, along with an audio CD. All in all a massive 50+ songs (more than 5 hours!) along with interviews and other extra’s too! Included are such faves as: Wither On The Vine, Severina, Swan Song, The Bouquets & The Bows, Butterfly On A Wheel, & Wasteland, as well as a selection of Wayne’s suitably maverick cover versions such as Careless Whisper, Martha’s Harbour, & All Along The Watchtower!
The Mission are finally calling it quits and have been doing a "Farewell Tour" of Europe. The tour culminates at London's Shepherds Bush Empire end of february 2008 with four nights in succession, each night promising to deliver an entire performance of one the band's first four albums in turn. There was released 5 discs from this 4 days event, one is a bonus disc. The Mission where playing an exclusive four-show event at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London UK between 27th February and 1st March. Each show sees the band dedicate an entire album (covering the band's first four albums 'First Chapter', God's Own Medicine', 'Children' and 'Carved in Sand') plus favourite tracks from that era for that show.
This album is absolutely stunning. Hussey's song writing has matured over the years so that now I find I prefer this and the last Mission album more than the original stuff I grew up with and loved. (Maybe I get old to and mature). If you are looking for something dark, romantic and chilled then this is perfect. I've long felt Wayne is one of the greatest but most overlooked songwriters of his (or any) generation. His best lyrical work stands up with the greats and this album has plenty of examples. Forget your preconceptions about what you think you might know about him and give this a listen. Truly a great album and it's get better every time you listen to it. Hopefully more will come from Mr Hussey as a solo performer.
The Mission to mark 25th anniversary reunion tour with Silver 3-disc CD/DVD set. Goth-rock figureheads The Mission will document their ongoing 25th anniversary reunion this fall with a limited-edition 3-disc CD/DVD set called Silver that features two full concerts recorded last year and part of a third on either DVD or Blu-ray, plus a bonus CD featuring near-complete audio from one of the gigs as well.