A new album compilation of unreleased orchestral tracks composed and conducted by Beatles-producer George Martin has been announced for release on Nov. 10 with a limited double-vinyl edition available in early 2018.
“George Martin: the Film Scores and Original Orchestral Compositions” will feature previously unreleased and unrecorded scores from films like “Pulp,” “The Mission,” as well as The Beatles’ own “Yellow Submarine” and James Bond film “Live and Let Die.” That film’s theme song was also composed by Paul McCartney and Wings with orchestral arrangements provided by Martin.
The tracks are performed by the Berlin Music Ensemble and the album will be released on Craig Leon’s Atlas Realisations label with Leon acting as conductor. Like Martin, the classically trained conductor and producer had previously also produced rock acts such as Blondie, Suicide and The Ramones.
Leon stated that he decided to produce the album after he had come across Martin’s own original composition notes. “I was just struck by the elegance of the composition,” Leon said, “[It] made me think how much I wouldn’t have even had the life that I had if George Martin hadn’t done what he did.”
The legendary producer passed away in 2016 at the age of 90, with his son, Giles Martin, taking up the mantle of producing recent Beatles projects such as the music game “Beatles: Rock Band” in 2009 and the soundtrack of the Cirque du Soleil show “LOVE” in 2006.
In an interview with grammy.com, Leon spoke of Martin’s legacy as a producer: “He bridged the gap between an interpretive producer and a creative producer, which was the thing that I wanted to do.”