Thursday, June 30, 2011

Steve Jablonsky writes this blog about TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON score CD!!!

When it comes to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon's orchestral score, you can't get much more authoritative a source than the man who composed it! A short while ago Steve Jablonsky sent me an e-mail about the current state of the score album's CD. In it he not only explains what's going on with it, he also provides a fascinating insight into the makings of a major summer blockbuster!

So without further ado, here is Mr. Jablonsky...

Hi Chris

Nice to hear from you. As you probably know the score is now up on iTunes. The physical CD situation has been more complicated. I finished the album weeks ago, but we didn't actually finalize it until a few days ago. Michael Bay is really happy with the score and he wanted to check out the album before it went out. As you might imagine, he's a busy dude. He's been flying all over the world promoting TF3, making it difficult to get approval. But I was happy that he wanted to be a part of the soundtrack and I did not want to release anything before he had his say. The record company tells me they need 4-6 weeks to get the album produced and into stores, which would put us into August at this point. A lot of discussion went into this, but the decision was made to wait on the physical CD, and release some kind of special edition alongside the blu-ray release (maybe autographed copies or other goodies, we don't know yet).

I know people are probably disappointed. Believe me I wish I could get physical CD's out there tomorrow. But it's just the way things went this time around. I can see why Paramount would rather not release a score CD almost 2 months after the movie release. To them it makes more sense to do something special around the blu-ray/DVD. I understand that.

So anyone interested in a CD should rest assured that it WILL happen. It just won't happen until later in the year unfortunately.

These big movies are so complex sometimes!! I hope you've been well!

Steve

In the past 24 hours a wazoo-load of folks have written in, wondering if there was going to be a CD at all, based on a number of indicators. But there it is from the man himself: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon: The Score WILL be coming out on nice and shiny physical media... and in comparatively the same amount of time that we had to wait for Transformers: The Score. Which in retrospect wasn't too awfully long a wait. It's just that too many of us wanted Steve Jablonsky's beautiful work to get the respect that it deserved... as it indeed it is getting this time, without a doubt :-)

In the meantime however, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon: The Score is already available on iTunes! I purchased it last night and have been listening to it like crazy all day!! This whole album is amazing and there are some positively powerful tracks on here. "Sentinel Prime" is particularly haunting (but that's all I'm gonna say, for sake of those who haven't seen the movie yet but who no doubt wil be doing so soon ;-)

So there y'all have it: the score CD is gonna be rolling out soon! Thank you Steve, for passing along the word :-)

21 comments:

Mike C. said...

Steve,

You Rock.

Mike Casteel

Anonymous said...

Yes, the Sentinel Prime track is in my main rotation.

It sounds retrospective in its approach, yet regal and forlorn at the same time. Reminds me a bit of the track that played over Optimus' opening narration in the 2007 film.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, as a french guy, I'm not able to purchase the album on the US iTunes store because it hasn't been released on the french store... So I'm compelled to listen to it on youtube... BUT as soon as it will be released on the french store I'll definitely buy it, maybe one more time even in its physical version once it'll be out. This score is amazing and I can't stop listening the track "the fight will be your own" which is amazingly powerful and conveys so much emotion... At the time I was huuuge fan of the "All Spark" and "Optimus" tracks from the first album but I must say this one is even more powerful. Thank you Mr Jablonsky, and Thank you Chris for taking part in the release of the score of the first film ^^.

Victor Debaere

Freyabeads said...

Great News! As always simply awesome work by Mr. Jablonsky. Thanks Steve! I think your music is the one thing fans don't argue over. It is simply fantastic.
Marsha

D A R T H said...

for mr jablonsky : do you expect to release one day the completes scores of all 3 movie ( limited or digital version)

thx so much

best regards

P.S. sorry for my english, i'm french

Chris Knight said...

I would give up my left kidney, burn down Old Lady Marple's house and betray my Scoutmaster if that's what it took to get a complete set of ALL of Jablonsky's Transformers music!! :-)

D A R T H said...

(Note : steve, please dont read this ^_^)
I have TF1 complete score and TF2 with unreleased tracks (all in chronological order...)

T-Mann036 said...

Please tell Steve that I truly enjoy his film scores from the TF trilogy. I was disappointed about the Revenge of the Fallen LP being 40 minutes and wanting more. However, he have been giving me high hopes and looking forward to more of his scores. When TF3 is released on DVD and Blu-Ray, I'll look forward to more of Steve's expanded (if not complete) scores!

Bobby said...

Man, the Dark of the Moon score is so amazing. You're right about "Sentinel Prime". It's brought me to tears numerous times.

Thank you, Chris, and thank you, Mr Jablonsky.

Leo said...

THANKS!!!!!!!!
I could understand nothing in Taiwan until I changed the language on Google= =
And that had bothered me almost a month!!!= =
Thanks again XD

Anonymous said...

Any further word on a disc? There is a "new" trilogy box set coming out next week (Dec 13 2011) but no mention of anything other than movies included. Anything? Even just a tentative crumb of hope?

Chris Knight said...

Unfortunately I haven't heard anything else. And believe you me, I have been looking for news about this :-/

Anonymous said...

It is time to write him back and get the final word on what is happening with the cd.

Anonymous said...

Agrees wholeheartedly with the previous comment...

Michael said...

Any news about the cd? This affair becomes a desaster...

samson@the dark of the moon said...

Jablonsky is a legend; and it showed in transformers dark of the moon. The Autobot triumphant score is my favorite of all movies last year - even though transformers 3 itself wasn't very good lol. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Have you written him for an update on the release date? Recently saw the special edition 3-D release for Transformers 3 in stores...but no score CD.

Anonymous said...

Please, is there any way you could write him again and find out what the situation is on the CD's release? I've tried looking everywhere online for a means fo contacting him myself (without success), and it's been months with no news on this...

Fage Diet said...

The amazing Mr. Jablonsky. My Name is Lincoln may very well be my fav score of all time. Transformers too.

Anonymous said...

I suppose, after all this time, a CD is a moot point. Shame, really.

Don J. Long said...

So after 2 years, what happened to the CD release of T3: DARK OF THE MOON - the complete score by Steve Jablonsky, is it not forthcoming?

There are those of us who only purchase CDs and don't do itunes or digital downloads, who want an original release copy of this outstanding score. The filmmakers and Mr. Jablonsky are missing some good revenue in royalties here.