Taking Flight: A Conversation with Mike Matessino on SUPERMAN 40th Anniversary Soundtrack (Part 2)

Part 2 of the exclusive podcast featuring producer Mike Matessino on Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition, a new release from La-La Land Records of John Williams’ soaring score

Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden


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Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition is a 3-disc set available from La-La Land Records featuring a full restoration of John Williams’ score for the 1978 film directed by Richard Donner. La-La Land Records’ new release is assembled, mixed and produced by soundtrack record producer Mike Matessino from recently discovered first generation 2-inch 24-track scoring sessions master tapes, giving the score an unprecedented clarity and a brilliant, full sound.

A classic pose for the iconic superhero potrayed by the beloved Christopher Reeve (Photo courtesy of Caped Wonder Superman Imagery, used with permission)

In Part 1 of our conversation, Mike discussed all the previous incarnations of the score released through the years, while also shedding light on the painstaking process of restoration after discovering the source materials. In Part 2, Mike talks more about the historical importance of the Richard Donner film and its unforgettable score, while also reflecting on the overall legacy of John Williams and his music. He also talks about the reconstruction of the 1978 original soundtrack album program and presents an excerpt of the previously unreleased cue “Fortress of Solitude (Alternate Segment)”.

Richard Donner talking with John Williams on the set of Superman The Movie (Photo courtesy of Caped Wonder Superman Imagery Photo Archive, used with permission)

We also touch briefly upon his work on the 25th Anniversary Edition of John Williams’ Schindler’s List soundtrack, released last December on La-La Land Records. Joining us in the conversation is once again radio presenter and concert producer Tim Burden.

Finally, here’s a brief video filmed by associate record producer Neil S. Bulk in March 2018, when the newly-discovered first generation masters arrived at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank:

Superman The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition is available at lalandrecords.com

Thanks to Mike Matessino and Tim Burden. A very special thanks to La-La Land Records’ Michael V. Gerhard and Matt Verboys.

Thanks to Jim Bowers (Caped Wonder Superman Imagery) for the permission in using pictures from his Caped Wonder Superman Imagery Archive Collection. Visit his terrific website for the best experience on the internet about Christopher Reeve’s Superman films.

Music selections featured in the podcast used under authorization from La-La Land Records (promotional use).

John Williams conducting the Superman scoring sessions in 1978 (Photo courtesy of Caped Wonder Superman Imagery Photo Archive, used with permission)