The Blue Box…

Arguably one of the finest soundtrack boxsets ever created, Superman: The Music is nothing less than a dream come true for everybody from completeists to the casual fan. As much has been written about the set already (go here) I need not go into detail save for the fact this comprehensive set is the standard by which everything else must surely be judged. This was reflected by the unprecedented frenzy of its release on Film Score Monthly’s website where demand had it crashing down in moments, eventually prompting a second pressing. Notable for its premiere inclusion of the hitherto unreleased complete soundtrack to Superman IV, the liner notes (a grand book worthy of its own release) even detail the track listing of the abandoned album. Credit must go to producer Mike Matessino who made the ‘Blue Box’ his baby and UK SuperFan Oliver Harper, whose enthusiasm served as a conduit for the involvement of Superman II composer Ken Thorne. Yet more proof of the power and influence of the passionate Superfan…!
From the top – Original photographs of 1st release Blue Box from my collection – Bottom pic; beautiful unused promotional art by Jim Bowers.