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World premiere release of early James Horner score for hit action movie directed by Walter Hill, starring Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy. Long-awaited album features James Horner score (licensed through Paramount Pictures) mastered in dynamic sound from original 1/2" three-track stereo session masters plus all-important songs created for the film by The BusBoys (courtesy of Arista Records, licensed through Sony Music Entertainment) including signature "The Boys Are Back In Town", presented from original 1/4" two-track stereo master elements. In addition, Intrada CD also presents Ira Newborn instrumental ("Torchy's Boogie") heard during famous redneck bar sequence with Murphy posing as the "new sheriff in town". Horner scores for orchestra of strings, harp, keyboards, guitars, harmonica, solo woodwinds, large percussion section including steel drums plus sizeable ensemble of low brass... but tacets trumpets, French horns. Results are aggressive, rhythmic action music with degree of grit, edge. Dan Wallin recording captures every detail with crisp, punchy sound. Twin tubas and quartet of trombones in low register are especially solid! Interestingly, composer keeps them playing in unison & octaves at fortissimo volume throughout, creating thick wall of sound that gives score (along with steel percussion) a unique timbre. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 5000 copies! 1. Main Title 5:09 2. Jack Leaves Elaine's Apartment 1:06 3. The Walden Hotel 4:10 4. Aerobics 4:08 5. Subway Station 5:38 6. Subway Chase 1:50 7. Luther's Bus 1:57 8. The Alley 5:20 9. The Boys Are Back In Town 2:35 (The BusBoys) The Extras 10. 48 Hrs. 3:13 (The BusBoys) 11. Love Songs Are For Crazies 3:44 (The BusBoys) 12. New Shoes 3:32 (The BusBoys) 13. Torchy's Boogie 2:55 (Ira Newborn)

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  • ASIN: B004NLQZ4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darryl K Stapleton on August 14, 2013
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For the movie to be the blockbuster it was, it certainly was disappointing that there wasn't an available soundtrack for the longest of time. If ever there was a movie where the music was an integral part, this was it. The steel drums added to the suspense of the chase scenes, topped only by the dance scenes and the Busboys "Boys are back in town". Well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Kuhlman on August 19, 2013
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James Horner, who composed and conducted this score, is the same gentleman who brought us the phenomenal score to Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan this same year in 1982. His colorfully tonal steel drum-flavored score to this urban San Francisco buddy cop-con action/comedy/thriller is an extreme departure from the relatively classical Trek II, and shows Horner's extreme versatility. It also kicks ass! It's savage, vicious, rough, raucous and raw, just like the Walter Hill film.

In addition to Horner's dynamic score, all the supplemental songs but one are here, including "The Boys Are Back in Town" and "New Shoes" by the Busboys and "Torchy's Boogie" by Ira Newborn, the butt-kickin' ountry-western instrumental that is playing in the redneck bar that Eddie Murphy crashes. Sheer delight!

The only track missing is a slow bluesy piano solo that is playing in a bar after our two leads Nolte and Murphy receive a royal ass-chewing by Nolte's boss, when our boys are sitting in a bar sharing a drink and trying to figure out what happened to the killers Ganz and Billy Bear, who dumped the bus they stole in Chinatown. In the scene, Murphy, the con out of jail on a weekend pass, tries to talk Nolte, the tenacious cop, into investigating further, and Nolte says "Yeah, I am reachin'. What the hell, you got important things to do, like goin' back to jail", to which Murphy replies "Chinatown, huh?" Hilarious.

I guess, in the interest of not breaking the flow of the otherwise fast action music, the record producers chose to leave this relatively slow piano piece out. I think it would've made a nice reprieve between the action-packed "Luthor's Bus" and the creepy low thuds and percussion of "The Alley", as the tracks appeared in the film. Que sara sara...

Otherwise, top marks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By davegw78 on February 4, 2014
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The Bus Boys are the highlight of this CD. Great energy in their music. Wish they would have released this via MP3, though.
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