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Joel McNeely - composer and conductor

Joel McNeely - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire soundtrack CD cover Joel McNeely worked as a composer on television for a number of years including a long stint on the series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles". It was for one of these episodes that he won an Emmy. The episode was called "Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920" and featured the composer George Gershwin, allowing McNeely to demonstrate his flair for Jazz with his adaptations of Gershwin's music. Some of the later "Young Indiana Jones" stories were straight to video feature-length productions, which McNeely also scored. He has also scored a significant number of Disney animation videos "Return to Never Land", "The Jungle Book 2", "Mulan 2", various "Tinkerbell" features, and "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" which saw a theatrical release.

Joel McNeely - I Know Who Killed Me soundtrack CD cover McNeely has since scored a number of feature films, such as "Terminal Velocity" and "The Avengers" (if you don't mind seeing a movie with such poor reviews). He is also building a reputation for conducting and promoting classic film scores of other composers in particular he has specialised in the work of Bernard Herrmann, having conducted many of his classic film scores. In these recording projects he has worked with The Seattle Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (or RSNO), two orchestras who have also been associated with film music recordings for a number of years. McNeely also conducted a concert of music by Herrmann at London's Barbican Centre in March 2006, including music from Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver.

Although A Million Ways to Die in the West has had something of a luke warm reception even from fans of Seth MacFarlane and his own unique brand of humour, the film score by Joel McNeely is excellent. The music plays largely as a traditional old-fashioned Western score, referencing composers such as Elmer Bernstein to great effect.

Films by Joel McNeely:

    Joel McNeely - Terminal Velocity soundtrack CD cover
  • Iron Will - Disney movie with dog sled racing
  • Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
  • Radioland Murders
  • Terminal Velocity
  • Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain
  • Flipper - the 1996 film version
  • Supercop
  • Vegas Vacation
  • Wild America
  • Air Force One - additional music
  • The Avengers - the not particularly well-regarded film based on the TV series, but the music is good and features the original theme by Laurie Johnson
  • Joel McNeely - Soldier soundtrack CD cover
  • Soldier
  • Virus
  • Lover's Prayer
  • Return to Neverland
  • The Jungle Book 2 - some new songs and arrangements of songs from the original animation
  • Ghosts of the Abyss - a documentary short
  • Holes
  • Uptown Girls
  • The Stepford Wives - additional music for the David Arnold score
  • Joel McNeely: A Million Ways to Die in the West - film score soundtrack CD cover
  • Mulan II
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie
  • Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch - video
  • The Fox and the Hound 2 - video
  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time - video
  • Tinkerbell - a series of Disney videos with some delightful celtic-inspired music
  • Hitchcock - credited as "performer" in certain tracks of this Danny Elfman score
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West - this is a great fun score in the traditional Western style of composers such as Elmer Bernstein

TV music by Joel McNeely:

    Laurence Rosenthal & Joel McNeely - The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Volume 2 soundtrack CD cover
  • Our House - TV series
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles - sharing composing duties on this series with Laurence Rosenthal, McNeely's episodes including "Young Indiana and the Scandal of 1920" which involved the composer George Gershwin, and some straight-to-video film-length stories
  • The Parent Trap - the US mini-series based on the film
  • Sally Hemings: An American Scandal - TV movie
  • Dark Angel - the James Cameron series
  • The Court
  • American Dad! - McNeely is one of several composers working on this comedy animation series, along with Walter Murphy and Ron Jones (who is also know for his work on Star Trek)
  • The Orville - sharing scoring duties mostly with John Debney

Joel McNeely Recommendations:

See recordings conducted by McNeely of Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo, Farenheit 451, Psycho, Citizen Kane, and the unused Torn Curtain, as well as John Barry's Out of Africa. With the RSNO, he has produced the Batman Trilogy CD (with music by Danny Elfman and Elliot Goldenthal) and also "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire". This started life as a Stars Wars book, which then became a Video Game. The music from the video game was then expanded into this CD which also features adapted versions of the familiar themes composed by John Williams for the movies.

There are also some CDs of music from the TV series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles", each generally including episodes scored by McNeely and episodes by Laurence Rosenthal:

Joel McNeely - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Joel McNeely. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to show his collection of autographed CDs. Click any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Joel McNeely: Ghosts of the Abyss - signed CD Joel McNeely - Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain - signed CD Joel McNeely: Iron Will - signed CD Joel McNeely: Lover's Prayer - signed CD Joel McNeely: Mulan 2 - signed CD Joel McNeely: Return to Neverland - signed CD Joel McNeely - Sally Hemings: An American Scandal - signed CD Joel McNeely - Squanto: A Warrior's Tale - signed CD Joel McNeely - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire - signed CD