Next month, Real Gone is debuting two films scores on vinyl. Both hail from 1999 and feature the work of brothers David and Thomas Newman. The siblings are also famously the sons of noted film composer Alfred Newman and cousins to Randy Newman.
First up, coming out on May 3, is David Newman’s score to Galaxy Quest. Directed by Dean Parisot, the film is an affectionate send-up of the original Star Trek series (both on and off-screen). Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, and Sam Rockwell, the movie centers around the cast of a 1960s science-fiction television show who get kidnapped into outer space to help an alien race who mistake them for their onscreen roles. Released in December, 1999, Galaxy Quest did respectable business at the box office and has become a cult classic over the last 20 years. While definitely a comedy, the film mixes in action and dramatic elements and garnered several awards including a Hugo and Saturn Award. It even ranked in a poll among fans as the 7th best Star Trek film ever made.
David Newman’s first score was to the 1984 Tim Burton short film Frankenweenie. His first full-length score came two years later with Critters. Since then, he has scored dozens of films including Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Other People’s Money, The Mighty Ducks, The Nutty Professor, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Heathers, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas, Ice Age, and Girls Trip, among numerous others. His most recent score was last year’s Night School. Galaxy Quest was his fourth score in 1999 alone, after Never Been Kissed, Bowfinger and Brokedown Palace. The score did not receive a commercial release at the time and was finally put on CD in 2012 by La-La Land Records. LLL’s presentation is reprised on Real Gone’s vinyl release. The LP is housed in a gatefold jacket featuring production stills and comes in two versions: a blue “Galaxy” vinyl limited to 1,400 copies, available at general retail and a glow-in-the-dark vinyl, limited to just 100 copies, available directly from Real Gone’s website.
Then, on May 10, Real Gone is issuing a vinyl edition of Thomas Newman’s score to American Beauty. The film, directed by Sam Mendes, stars Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Allison Janey, Peter Gallagher, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley, and Chris Cooper was released in September, 1999. Its plot revolves around unhappy couple Lester and Carolyn Burnham (Spacey and Bening) and the problems which ensue when Lester becomes obsessed with his daughter’s friend Angela (Suvari). The film became the best-reviewed film of 1999 and won numerous awards including three Golden Globes, six BAFTAs and five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor, Director, Original Screenplay and Cinematography).
Thomas Newman’s first film work came in the same year as his brother’s debut with 1984’s Reckless. Like his brother, he has also scored dozens of films including The Shawshank Redemption, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Saving Mr. Banks, Erin Brokovich, The Help, and The Road to Perdition. He has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards and three Golden Globes and has won two BAFTAs, six Grammys and an Emmy. The almost entirely percussion-based American Beauty score was Newman’s first of two scores in 1999 (the other being The Green Mile) and it earned him a BAFTA and a Grammy. He has already scored The Highwaymen this year and has three more films scheduled including 1917, his seventh collaboration with Sam Mendes. The American Beauty soundtrack was first released on CD by Dreamworks Records in 1999. For their vinyl version, Real Gone has commissioned illustrator Matt Ryan Tobin to create new artwork for the gatefold inspired by the video camera lens of character Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley). The “Red and Black Haze” colored vinyl is limited to 1,500 copies.
If you would like to revisit either of these scores celebrating their 20th anniversary and making their vinyl debuts, we’ve got the pre-order links below.
David Newman, Galaxy Quest (Original Motion Picture Score) (“Blue Galaxy” Limited Vinyl Edition) (Originally released on La-La Land Records CD LLLCD 1208, 2012 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2019) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Galaxy Quest: The Classic TV Theme
- TV Clip
- Pathetic Nesmith
- Galaxy Quest: TV Clip #3/ Introducing Sarris/Revealing the Universe
- Transporting the Crew/Meet the Thermians
- The N.S.E.A. Protector
- Crew Quarters & The Bridge/The Launch
- Jason Takes Action/Sarris Tortures Captain
- Red Thingie, Green Thingie… Run!
- Shuttle to Planet/Trek Across Planet
- Rolling the Sphere/Pig Lizard/ Rock Monster
- “Digitize Me Fred”
- “I’m So Sorry”
- Fight, Episode 17
- The Hallway Sneak/Alex Finds Quellek
- Angry Sarris/Into the Ducts/ Omega 13/Heroic Guy/Reveal Chompers/Opening the Airlock
- Big Kiss/Happy Rock Monster/ Dying Thermians/Quellek’s Death/Into Reactor Room/Push the Button/A Hug Before Dying
- Sarris Orders Attack/The Battle
- Mathesar Takes Command/ Sarris Kills Everybody
- Mathesar, Hero/Goodbye My Friends/Crash Landing
- Goodbye Sarris/Happy Ending
- The New Galaxy Quest
Thomas Newman, American Beauty (Original Motion Picture Score) (“Red and Black Haze” Limited Vinyl Edition) (Originally released on Dreamworks Records CD 0044-50233-2, 1999 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2019) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Dead Already
- Power of Denial
- Lunch w/ the King
- Mental Boy
- Mr. Smarty-Man
- Root Beer
- American Beauty
- Bloodless Freak
- Choking the Bishop
- Weirdest Home Videos
- Structure & Discipline
- Angela Undress
- Walk Home
- Blood Red
- Any Other Name
- Still Dead