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INTRADA Announces



Music Composed and Conducted by JOHN SCOTT

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 214

For the sequel to the 1976 remake King Kong, composer John Scott was brought in to give both Kong and his new love musical life, capturing both the romance, the adventure, and the thrills of having two apes in love and on the loose. Contrary to direction film composers get nowadays, Scott was told to provide melody and emotion. Today's filmmakers run to the hills when they hear those two word associated with music. As John Scott notes in the original album liner notes:

The resultant score is basically two themes,“Kong, The Noble Beast” and “Kong’s Nemeses” (Colonel Nemit and the Army). Kong’s theme takes on different shapes as it traces its way through the film and even mirrors the relationship between Mitch and Amy as their relationship mirrors the romance of Kong and Lady Kong. This theme reaches its full glory in the cue “Kong’s Final Battle.”

At the time of the film's release, Scott had produced a 47-minute MCA LP that captured most of the score, providing the perfect presentation. While no CD was released in the US, a Japanese CD emerged, with some additional Gorilla grunts added for good measure. Now Intrada has released the first US release of the score on CD (without the gorilla editorials). One of John Scott's finest hours deservedly brought back into print.

Ten years after the events in King Kong, Kong is still alive—albeit in a coma and surviving on life support—waiting for a heart transplant in a secret medical institute. The plan is to provide him with a computer-monitored artificial heart by surgeon Amy Mitchell (Linda Hamilton). Massive amounts of matching blood will be needed for the operation, so earnest adventurer Hank Mitchell (Brian Kerwin) is assigned to find a blood donor. He travels to Borneo, where he comes upon a huge female gorilla and brings her back. Kong’s operation proves difficult, but all goes well. When Kong is revived, it is love at first scent, and the big gorilla goes bananas, escaping the institute and running off with his new girlfriend in his arms.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 214

Retail Price: $19.99

Available Now

For track listing and sound samples, please visit



Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 214

Date: 1986

Tracks: 17

Time = 47:13

Much belated U.S. premiere on CD of dynamic, thrilling John Scott score for John Guillerman film about the big ape's new love... and his rampage when things don't go well. Scott creates rich overall theme for Kong and his lady and powerful edgier theme for arch enemy Col. Nemit. Both play throughout score in dramatic manner. Highlights are many but "Lady Kong Gets Gassed" merits spotlight. Scott also does courtesy of ending what he starts with stirring, fortissimo coda in major key. Powerful! Scott produced album in 1987, representing every major sequence of his score for terrific a record. CD did happen in Japan but only with intrusive ape roars. Happily, UMG vault masters of original U.S. album were available in perfect condition... without the grunts. Flipper cover offers two slightly different takes on original album cover art. John Scott conducts Graunke Symphony Orchestra. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!

01. Prelude 1:44

02. King Kong Lives - Main Title 2:31

03. Discovery Of Lady Kong 1:21

04. Back To Life 2:10

05. Kong Meets Lady Kong 4:00

06. Honeymoon Ridge 0:18

07. Footbridge Incident 0:30

08. Night Camp 2:46

09. Lady Kong Gets Gassed 4:13

10. Leap Into The Rapids 2:31

11. Alligator Swamp 2:18

12. Chaos In A Small Town 2:29

13. Revenge On The Hunters 3:28

14. Kong Rescues His Lady 2:33

15. Kong's Final Battle 1:11

16. Birth Of Baby Kong And Death Of Kong 5:47

17. Return To Borneo And End Credits 4:25

John Scott

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I will be sure to pick this up, in due time. I came across the Japanese album years ago and enjoyed it very much, even with the gorilla growls all over the place. That album then had a sampler of other John Scott tracks tacked onto the end, which is why this score is so short.

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Intrada's site always says that for other label's releases until they are actually in their warehouse. There's tons of copies to go around. You can order both King Kong Lives and Kong Kong Deluxe Edition from any soundtrack retailer you like, you don't have to order from Intrada

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