World premiere release of emotional James Horner score!
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World premiere release of emotionally rich James Horner soundtrack for Norman Jewison film about soldier's reconciliation with Vietnam war and himself, starring Bruce Willis, Emily Lloyd. Dramatic, moving tale inspires Horner to write music with great melodic depth. Haunting minor-key trumpet solo often gets deserved spotlight. Line remains one of Horner's finest. Military backdrop plus tender friendship in story also inspire ideas both reflective, dramatic. "Three Generations" (both as piano solo & piano with orchestra) is incredibly tender piece. Another highlight is elegiac 10-minute "Fallen Friends". Beautiful music! Intrada presents complete score from original two-track stereo session mixes, courtesy Warner Bros. and Watertower Music. "The Album" offers 39-minute program originally produced by composer in 1989 for possible release on Warner Bros. label. "The Extras" feature additional cues not included on album. James Horner conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain! SOLD OUT!
The Extras 10. First Flashback (0:54) 11. Finding Photo (0:46) 12. Just A Country Boy (1:12) 13. The Vietnam Memorial (1:03) 14. Three Generations (Piano with Orchestra) (2:48) 15. Family Supper (1:14) 16. Family Supper (1:15) 17. The Storm (2:33) Total Extras Time: 12:04
Tech Talk From The Producer…
This premiere release of
James Horner’s elegiac score to In Country is being presented in stereo from the original
two-track mixes made by Shawn Murphy with the composer in 1989. Interestingly, what
Warner Bros. produced from their vaults were two rolls of high speed tape already assembled
and produced by Horner for a potential 39-minute LP (sides A & B) and CD
release back in the day (including the longer than standard pauses between tracks that he
favors when presenting music of reflection and emotion).
At the end of the B roll, we discovered 12 minutes of additional music consisting
of the remaining cues in the film that Horner didn’t include on the planned album, but
that he and engineer Murphy nonetheless mixed and assembled for posterity. We were
happily able to gain his approval for the complete master, extras and all.
Enjoy now one of James Horner’s most personal scores, written for full orchestra but
very delicately scored, with several haunting trumpet solos played by virtuoso Malcolm
McNab getting the spotlight. Mirroring the film’s Vietnam vet storyline featuring Bruce
Willis, James Horner’s music is a richly emotional journey indeed.
Composed and Conducted by James Horner
Recorded on March 29, 30, 31 and April 1, 1989, at CBS Studio Center, Studio City, California, and on
April 5, 6, 7, 15 and 17, 1989, at The Burbank Stage #1, Burbank, California.
Mari Tsumura Botnick
VIOLA continued... Dan Neufeld
Raymond J. Tischer