Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 254
Date: 1993
Time: 1:14:25
Tracks: 32
Complete John Debney masterpiece to Disney film on CD at last!

Price: $19.99

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  • Track List
  • Doug's Tech Talk
  • Musicians List
  • At last! Oft-requested complete soundtrack by John Debney for popular Walt Disney Halloween tale, directed by Kenny Ortega, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. Upon resurrection of 300 year-old trio of wicked witches, modern-day teenagers plus ageless immortal cat help finally bring witches reign of terror to end. John Debney gets then-first really big scoring break, writes for massive orchestra with female chorus in tow. Themes are rousing, tuneful. Highlights abound but action sequences often take center stage. Complete score appears in dynamic stereo from 48-channel digital scoring session elements housed at Walt Disney studios. James Horner was originally slated to score 1993 film, became unavailable, but did write haunting theme for Sarah, aka Garden Of Magic, beautifully sung by Sarah Jessica Parker. Debney also adapts gently sad Horner melody in portions of his own original score. Intrada CD offers all of those sequences plus alternate scoring segments including delicate never-before-heard alternate end credits (track 32 in "the extras" section of CD) that provides lovely contrast to rousing fortissimo end credits (track 27.) Colorful packaging compliments sensational "razzle dazzle" score! John Debney conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
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    01. Main Title (1:29)
    02. Garden Of Magic/Thackery Follows Emily (2:25)
    03. Witches' Lair (5:41)
    04. To The Stake (0:25)
    05. Death To The Witches (1:10)
    06. Meeting Allison (2:02)
    07. Max Loses Shoes (0:35)
    08. Hallowe'en (1:10)
    09. Max And Dani (1:20)
    10. Divertimento #17 In D, K. 334 (Mozart) (3:42)
    11. To The Witches' House We Go (2:23)
    12. The Black Candle (2:22)
    13. Witches On A Rampage (4:24)
    14. Graveyard Attack (3:54)
    15. The Calming Circle (3:00)
    16. The Master (0:15)
    17. Fingers (1:08)
    18. Springing The Trap (4:37)

    19. Winnie's Lament 3:05
    20. Witches Flight (3:15)
    21. Sarah's Theme (2:08)
    22. Max Fools The Witches (2:57)
    23. Winnie Catches Up (0:47)
    24. Billy Speaks (1:30)
    25. Witches Capture Dani (4:52)
    26. Witches Demise/Resurrection (4:50)
    27. End Credits (3:10)

    The Extras
    28. Witches' Lair Pt. 3 (Original Version) (0:29)
    29. Witches Take Dani (Alternate) (1:33)
    30. Winnie Catches Up (Alternate) (0:37)
    31. String Tremolo (0:19)
    32. End Credits (Alternate) (1:50)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    John Debney wrote his score to Hocus Pocus for large orchestra and chorus in April and May of 1993 and recorded the entire work in just five days during the first week of June. It is an unusually busy score, both involved and complex, and packed with dazzling color and excitement.

    The Walt Disney production crew captured the score on then state-of-theart 48-track digital recorders with veteran recording engineer John Richards in the booth. The result was a crisply played-and-recorded work full of technical craft and musical wizardry.

    To present this world premiere release of the score, Intrada was given access to the original 48-track digital scoring session elements vaulted at the Disney studios. Besides the appropriate instrumental positions of the various sections of the orchestra on the various tracks, engineer Richards had assigned an additional three separate tracks for the variety of percussion colors, another three tracks for the room ambience and three more tracks for the all-female chorus. The final spread of our newly-created two-track digital mix offers every instrumental and choral detail in dynamic sound.

    James Horner was originally associated with the scoring of Hocus Pocus and penned both the instrumental and vocal versions of the haunting "Garden Of Magic" as well as "Thackeray Follows Emily" and "Winnie Wants Children.” All four cues were arranged and conducted by John Debney during his scoring sessions. Sarah Jessica Parker sings the haunting vocal line for the second appearance of "Garden Of Magic," also known as "Sarah's Theme" in the credits.

    Explore now the wondrous magic and excitement of the Hocus Pocus musical score on CD at last, courtesy John Debney and all of his wonderful musicians.

    —Douglass Fake


    Hocus Pocus
    Composed by John Debney
    Recorded on November 17, 1992 at Signet Sound Stage, Hollywood, California, and on June 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7, 1993, at Todd-AO Scoring Stage, Studio City, California, and on June 7, 1993 at Capitol Studio "B," Hollywood, California.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

    John Debney
    Donald R. Davis
    Marc Shaiman

    Reggie Wilson
    Sandy DeCrescent

    Sid Page
    Richard L. Altenbach
    Arnold Belnick
    Charles Bisharat
    Mari Botnick
    Jacqueline I. Brand
    Robert L. Brosseau
    Darius Campo
    Ron Clark
    Joel Derouin
    Yvette M. Devereaux
    Assa Drori
    Bruce Dukov
    Charles H. Everett
    David W. Ewart
    Henry Ferber
    Ronald Folsom
    Armen Garabedian
    Berj Garabedian
    Harris Goldman
    Endre G. Granat
    Alan H. Grunfeld
    Tiffany Yi Hu
    Jean S. Hugo
    Pat Johnson
    Lisa Johnson
    Peter Kent
    Miran H. Kojian
    Dimitrie J. Leivici
    Kathleen Lenski
    Brian Leonard
    Robin C. Lorentz
    Rene M. Mandel
    Edith J. Markman
    Michael Markman
    Ralph D. Morrison III
    Robin J. Olson
    Claudia Parducci
    Vladimir Polimatidi
    Barbra Porter
    Debra L. Price
    Christopher Reutinger
    Michelle Y. Richards
    Guillermo R. Romero
    Jay A. Rosen
    Robert Sanov
    Sheldon Sanov
    Marc Sazer
    Haim Shtrum
    David T. Stenske
    Pamela L. Tompkins
    Alexander Treger
    Kenneth Yerke

    Dennis Karmazyn
    Robert L. Adcock
    J. Antony Cooke
    Larry Corbett
    Douglas L. Davis
    Christine Ermacoff
    Paula Hochhalter
    Barbara Jane Hunter
    Judith Johnson
    Suzie Katayama
    Raymond J. Kelley
    Jerome A. Kessler
    Armen Ksajikian
    Timothy E. Landauer
    Dane Little
    David J. Low
    Steven K. Richards
    David H. Speltz

    Arni Egilsson
    Annette C. Atkinson
    Timothy Barr
    Richard Feves
    Jay R. Grauer
    Christian Kollgaard
    Stephens LaFever
    Edward Meares
    Bruce P. Morgenthaler
    Buell Neidlinger
    Susan A. Ranney
    David R. Stone
    Frances Liu Wu

    Louise DiTullio
    Stephen R. Kujala
    Glen Garrett
    Susan Greenberg
    Sheridon W. Stokes
    Angela Ruth Wiegand

    Tenor Sax
    Daniel Higgins

    Gary Herbig

    Phillip W. Ayling
    Thomas G. Boyd
    Barbara Northcutt

    Gary Gray
    James M. Kanter
    Emily J. Bernstein
    Charles Boito
    Dominick Fera
    Marty Krystall
    Joel C. Peskin

    Kenneth E. Munday
    Beverly Dahlke-Smith
    Ronald A. Jannelli
    Leslie N. Lashinsky
    Michael O'Donovan
    John A. Steinmetz

    Brian D. A. O'Connor
    Jeffrey J. DeRosa
    David A. Duke
    Joseph G. Meyer
    Calvin Smith
    Richard J. Todd
    Chris Van Steenbergen
    Brad Warnaar
    Robert L. Watt

    Warren H. Luening Jr.
    Charles L. Davis
    Jon L. Lewis
    Rick Baptist
    Gary E. Grant
    Jerome R. Hey
    Daniel F. Savant

    William C. Booth
    Bruce L. Fowler
    David S. Hillburg
    Steven M. Holtman
    Alan L. Kaplan
    Richard Nash
    Lloyd E. Ulyate

    John T. Johnson
    James M. Self
    Donald G. Waldrop

    Curt M. Bisquera
    Daniel L. Greco
    Peter Limonick
    Steven Schaeffer
    Terrence L. Schonig
    Donald J. Williams

    Gregory Goodall

    Thomas D. Raney

    Robert J. Zimmitti

    Gayle Levant
    Amy Shulman
    Ann M. Stockton

    Michael A. Lang
    David L. Loeb
    Randy M. Kerber

    George J. Doering

    Neil Stubenhaus

    Evan N. Vidar
    Michael C. Watts

    David L. Loeb
    Frank Bennett
    Donald R. Davis
    Bradley G. Dechter
    Jerome R. Hey

    JoAnn Kane
    C. Marsha Bowen III
    Russell W. Bartmus
    Vincent Bartold
    Mauro A. Bruno
    Tom S. Calderaro
    Robert M. Calderwood
    Ernest Carlson
    Lars Clutterham
    Josephine N. Dapar
    Camillo Fidelibus
    Dominic Fidelibus
    Jim Hoffman
    Margaret J. Maryatt
    Deborah S. Mitchell
    Barbara A. Nahlik
    Newcomb Rath
    Steven Lee Smith
    Ricardo Vettraino
    Booker T. White