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3:10 to Yuma
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2007 Lionsgate
2015 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Buill Boston
Dana Niu
Rossano Gallante

Co-Produced by:
Buck Sanders
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(December 18th, 2007)

La-La Land Records
(April 21st, 2015)
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The 2007 Lionsgate album was a regular U.S. release; the same music was released on iTunes prior to the CD release. The 2015 La-La Land album was limited to 3,000 copies and sold at soundtrack specialty outlets for a retail price of $20.
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... on any of its albums if you are intellectually prepared for a very smart modernization of Ennio Morricone's famous style for the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1970's, one that will leave an impression on you with its distinct textures, processing, and rhythms.

Avoid it... if you demand flowing romanticism, obvious thematic consistency, or a gracious attitude from your Western scores, none of which even remotely conveyed in this edgy triumph of grit.
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WRITTEN 1/21/08, REVISED 1/7/16
3:10 to Yuma: (Marco Beltrami) With an appropriately violent storyline by Elmore Leonard, 3:10 to Yuma shoots its way to respectability with a dark sense of humor and believable characters, a rare success story in the post-2000 Western genre despite its relative obscurity. Director James Mangold revives much of the spirit of the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1970's while also improving upon the original concept already adapted to the screen. The modest success of the remake was a relative surprise, confirming that the genre could still succeed when characters like stagecoach-robbing gangs and earnest frontier family men could have the morality of their worlds flipped on end. Sometimes intense in its violence, 3:10 to Yuma is a pleasure of pure style, and its inherent "coolness" is extended significantly by Marco Beltrami's Oscar-nominated score. As Mangold admits, Beltrami's assignment to 3:10 to Yuma was one giant trap just waiting to snap on any slight move by the composer that might define his music as cliched. There is no doubt that Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western style was the primary target here, but how would Beltrami adapt that sound for a new generation while also touching upon the romanticism more conventional to the genre? Both American and Italian sensibilities were in play, and Beltrami's direction was to take the best from both aspects of the seemingly incongruous Western sounds and pay slight homage to them while also invoking his own hip, stylistic mannerisms from the atmospheric and unconventional instrumental manipulation standpoint. Whether or not you can tolerate listening to the resulting score, no film music collector can deny that he succeeded admirably in his task. It's so rare that a composer nails an assignment so thoroughly in such difficult circumstances, the composition and creative recording finished over six weeks in this case. This is undoubtedly the sound that Ry Cooder was trying to achieve with 1996's Last Man Standing, but he miserably failed in his attempt. The reason Beltrami triumphs with 3:10 to Yuma is because he strikes the perfect balance between rhythm, texture, and theme, all of which well-explored. The first two elements should come as no surprise, for Beltrami has often produced outstandingly enjoyable results when rolling a decent rhythm on acoustic or electric guitar (or any other bass element), and his employment of non-traditional percussion and other specialty instruments had already defined several of his more effective scores at the time.

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Average: 3.44 Stars
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Audio Samples   ▼
2007 Lionsgate Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 47:01
• 1. Main Title (1:07)
• 2. Ben Takes the Stage/Dan's Burden (5:46)
• 3. Man of His Word (0:59)
• 4. Bisbygliando (1:23)
• 5. Barn Burn (2:03)
• 6. Chinatown (1:39)
• 7. Indian Grounds (2:50)
• 8. Chinese Democracy (2:52)
• 9. One for the Road/Storm Clouds (4:12)
• 10. Trial by Fire (1:58)
• 11. Flight of the Princess (1:59)
• 12. Ben There Done That (1:36)
• 13. Gang Arrives (1:42)
• 14. Ben Arrested (4:00)
• 15. It's Time (1:02)
• 16. Hotel (0:41)
• 17. One Man Left (3:07)
• 18. William Escapes (1:45)
• 19. Bible Study (2:35)
• 20. Who Let the Cows Out? (1:32)
• 21. The 3:10 to Yuma (2:07)
2015 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 62:30

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The insert of the 2007 album includes a note from the director about the score. That of the 2015 product contains extensive notation about the score and film.
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