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Jerry Goldsmith's LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION (2003) - 2021 2CD Varese Deluxe Edition


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Love this score! The Bad Guy theme and the Yosemite Sam/Horse Riding theme are great!    

Looney Tunes: Back in Action: The Deluxe Edition (CD) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Jerry Goldsmith UPC:888072199392 Release Date: 1/8/2021 Limited Edition Of 2000 $ 24.98  

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Christ this thing is a mess. No wonder Goldsmith arranged his album to reflect mostly only his own material. Some short bursts of previously unreleased Goldsmith material are nice to finally hear though. But then there are some itty bitties that I always thought were Goldsmith but turns out it was either Debney or someone named Cameron Patrick.

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So here's the thing about that, too -- for Disc 1 the program Bruce Botnick opted to go with was the score as it exists in the film (with the exception of Area 52 which features an alternate synth "theremin" performance instead of the vocal "theremin" by Sally Stevens which was in the film and on the original album, thankfully preserved on Disc 2). That means that some original Goldsmith cues are left out on Disc 1, including the very first score cue, "What's Up?" -- Disc 2 contains Goldsmith's original version (which was also on the original album), which introduces the main theme of the score and I think is stronger for it. Also in the Disc 2 alternates section are two cues Jerry wrote for Roadrunner/Coyote sequences later in the film, which were replaced by Cameron Patrick cues which are on Disc 1.
 

Frankly the score plays/flows/develops much better if one swaps in the Goldsmith original cues from Disc 2 into the main album program. It's an easy fix with iTunes, thankfully...

 

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44 minutes ago, Yavar Moradi said:


Fair enough, although obviously those other composers deserve credit.

 

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I get that, but maybe the back cover was the wrong place for the tracklisting and attributions in this special case. A few pages in the booklet with bigger text and attributions broken up with paragraphed spaces might have worked better.

 

I've seen Varese do this before on less likely releases like Cleopatra.

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On 2/2/2021 at 4:46 AM, Yavar Moradi said:

So here's the thing about that, too -- for Disc 1 the program Bruce Botnick opted to go with was the score as it exists in the film (with the exception of Area 52 which features an alternate synth "theremin" performance instead of the vocal "theremin" by Sally Stevens which was in the film and on the original album, thankfully preserved on Disc 2). That means that some original Goldsmith cues are left out on Disc 1, including the very first score cue, "What's Up?" -- Disc 2 contains Goldsmith's original version (which was also on the original album), which introduces the main theme of the score and I think is stronger for it. Also in the Disc 2 alternates section are two cues Jerry wrote for Roadrunner/Coyote sequences later in the film, which were replaced by Cameron Patrick cues which are on Disc 1.
 

Frankly the score plays/flows/develops much better if one swaps in the Goldsmith original cues from Disc 2 into the main album program. It's an easy fix with iTunes, thankfully...

 

Yavar

 

Hi Yavar, I was wondering if you had a playlist for creating the score as originally intended? This just arrived in the post with 'Along Came a Spider' and I have to admit I'm going a bit crosseyed trying to figure it all out from the back cover...

 

This is what i've come up with:

 

-'What's Up?', replace disc 1 track 2 with disc 2 track 1

-Replace disc 1 track 6 with disc 2 tracks 4-7

-Replace disc 1 track 18 with disc 2 tracks 10-12

-"The Launch", replace disc 1 track 19 with disc 2 track 13

Any help most appreciated!

 

 

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I've tried the above out and it doesn't work as all of the alternates feature slate numbers and stage chatter. I'm really not a fan of presenting alternates this way as it robs you of the ability to listen to them on purely musical terms. I do like this kind of thing when presented separately (as in the recent 'Along Came a Spider') or when used for context (the take numbers on the 1997 RCA Victor 'Star Wars' main title archive) but I much prefer alternate music to be presented clean.

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8 hours ago, John Chambers said:

I've tried the above out and it doesn't work as all of the alternates feature slate numbers and stage chatter. I'm really not a fan of presenting alternates this way as it robs you of the ability to listen to them on purely musical terms. I do like this kind of thing when presented separately (as in the recent 'Along Came a Spider') or when used for context (the take numbers on the 1997 RCA Victor 'Star Wars' main title archive) but I much prefer alternate music to be presented clean.


What’s Up and Area 52 you can and should just swap in from the original album program on Disc 2, IMO. Technically, it is a different mix, but personally I don’t really notice that. The only other option is to trim off the chatter. I guess for the two Roadrunner/Coyote cues Jerry wrote (only in the bonus section of Disc 2) that’s the only option.

 

It’s not my preferred presentation or order of cues but this was Bruce Botnick’s baby and his call. I’m not going to argue with the man but I’m thankful that between the two discs it’s possible to make a more satisfying presentation, even though I’ve been too busy to exactly figure out all of it as of yet. :) 

 

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Is this an essential purchase? I've sampled this album and it just seems to scattered and unfocused. The original album was a pretty great half an hour listening experience

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Well if you don't own the original it's definitly an essential but if you already have it I will say that it depends of your affinity with the score. If you don't fancy it more that this well I'm not sure it's bring more than the OST but if you're crazy about it well that's a very welcomed different listenning experience.

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