FALLING DOWN

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 265
Date: 1993
Time: 1:10:18
Tracks: 28
World premiere release of oft-requested James Newton Howard score to Joel Schumacher's Falling Down. Dark, violent urban thriller stars Michael Douglas as tragic protagonist on rampage, heading inexorably towards final showdown with retiring cop Robert DuVall.

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  • At long last! World premiere release of oft-requested James Newton Howard score to Joel Schumacher's Falling Down. Dark, violent urban thriller stars Michael Douglas as tragic protagonist on rampage, heading inexorably towards final showdown with retiring cop Robert DuVall. As confrontations grow in intensity, Douglas becomes increasingly unhinged. Howard follows in tow, with initially sparse score growing increasingly dense, clustered as film progresses. Dark ideas, intense action all have their say. Highlights are many, including riveting chase cues, pulsating conflict music, but one standout motif deserves spotlight: Howard writes moving minor-key trumpet solo that plays just once during "not economically viable" scene ("Miracle Mile"), then disappears completely until conclusion ("Falling Down"), where composer now brings film and score together in brilliant, powerful fashion. Sensational writing! Also worthy of attention: haunting series of string chords shifting between minor, major, playing for estranged relationship between everyman Douglas and wife Barbara Hershey. Howard even quotes nursery rhyme "London Bridge", which subtly relates to cop Duvall's own wife Tuesday Weld, who needs the tune to help calm her troubled nerves. It is difficult to overstate dramatic complexities and thematic subtleties of this important music. Howard's score is followed by several alternates. Entire CD presented in stunning stereo audio from digital session masters vaulted in pristine condition at Warner Bros. Marty Paich conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
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    The Album
    01. Main Title (4:28)
    02. First Phone Call (0:48)
    03. Second Phone (Call 0:32)
    04. Hole In Shoe (4:10)
    05. Drive-By Shooting (4:24)
    06. Bus Stop (1:24)
    07. MacArthur Park (2:47)
    08. Miracle Mile (2:40)
    09. To Surplus Store (1:06)
    10. Police Car Sting (0:27)
    11. Fitting Room (2:45)
    12. Back Room (4:46)
    13. Other Side Of The Moon (4:08)
    14. Under Construction (2:09)
    15. Golf Course (1:18)

    16. Mother’s House (1:09)
    17. Caretaker’s Family (7:09)
    18. Til Death Do Us Part (5:44)
    19. Beth Kicks Gun (0:39)
    20. Falling Down (Revised) (3:40)
    21. Still A Cop (Revised Alternate) (0:56)
    22. End Titles (3:52)

    The Extras
    23. I’m The Bad Guy? (2:42)
    24. Falling Down (Revised Alternate) (0:59)
    25. Still A Cop (Revised) (0:55)
    26. Wild Pulse Guitar 1 (1:12)
    27. Wild Pulse Guitar 2 (1:12)
    28. Wild Pulse Guitar 3 (1:13


  • Composed and Conducted by James Newton Howard.

    Recorded October 19 and 20, 1992, at the Todd-Ao, Scoring Stage, Studio City, California.

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


    Conductor
    Martin Paich

    Contractor
    Sandy DeCrescent

    Violin
    Stuart Canin
    Richard Altenbach
    Rebecca Barr
    Mari Botnick
    Jacqueline Brand
    Darius Campo
    Tamara Chang
    Ron Clark
    Bruce Dukov
    David Ewart
    Ronald Folsom
    Armen Garabedian
    Berj Garabedian
    Julie Gigante
    Harris Goldman
    Alan Grunfeld
    Clayton Haslop
    Lisa Johnson
    Patricia Johnson
    Karen Jones
    Igor Kiskatchi
    Miran Kojian
    Dimitrie Leivici
    Kathleen Lenski
    Brian Leonard
    Yoko Matsuda
    Dennis Molchan
    Frances Moore
    Irma Neumann
    Robin Olson
    Barbara Porter
    Anatoly Rosinsky
    Sheldon Sanov
    Daniel Shindaryov
    Haim Shtrum
    Eve Sprecher
    Polly Sweeney
    Roger Wilkie
    Kenneth Yerke

    Viola
    Pamela Goldsmith
    Sam Boghossian
    Denyse Buffum
    Kenneth Burwood-Hoy
    Brian Dembow
    Alan DeVeritch
    Valerie Dimond
    Marlow Fisher
    Janet Lakatos
    Victoria Miskolczy
    Dan Neufeld
    Maria Newman
    Michael Nowak
    Linn Subotnick
    Mihail Zinovyev


    Cello
    Dennis Karmazyn
    Ronald Leonard
    J. Antony Cooke
    Douglas Davis
    Todd Hemmenway
    Barbara Hunter
    Dennis Karmazyn
    Raymond Kelley
    Jerome Kessler
    Armen Ksajikian
    Dane Little
    Earl Madison
    David Speltz
    Sebastian Toettcher

    Bass
    Buell Neidlinger
    Timothy Barr
    Drew Dembowski
    Charles Domanico
    Arni Egilsson
    Richard Feves
    Edward Meares
    Bruce Morgenthaler
    Susan Ranney

    Flute
    Louise DiTullio
    James Walker

    Oboe
    Thomas Boyd
    Barbara Northcutt

    Clarinet
    James Kanter
    Gary Gray

    Bassoon
    Michael O'Donovan
    Patricia Kindel
    Barbara Northcutt

    French Horn
    James Thatcher
    Mark Adams
    Steven Becknell
    David A. Duke
    Todd Miller
    Brian O'Connor
    John Reynolds
    Kurt Snyder
    Richard Todd


    Trumpet
    Charles Findley
    Malcolm McNab

    Trombone
    Charles Loper
    Lew McCreary
    William Reichenbach
    Phillip Teele

    Tuba
    James Self

    Drums/Percussion
    Larry Bunker
    Michael Fisher
    Lee Mastelotto
    Joe Porcaro
    Emil Radocchia
    Jerry Williams

    Harp
    Gayle Levant

    Keyboard
    Michael Lang

    Guitar
    Marc Bonilla

    Programming, Booth
    Michael Mason
    Chris Boardman
    Bradley Dechter

    Orchestrator
    Chris Boardman
    Bradley Dechter

    Copyist
    Wayne Costner
    Barbara Franklin
    Dan Franklin
    Joel Franklin
    Mark Frisbie
    Kirby Furlong
    Harold Garrett
    Leonard Graves
    Sam Krachmalnick
    Robert Manriqui
    Don McGinnis
    Joe McGuire
    Eric Stonerook
    Jim Surell
    Jeremy Thale