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Black Beauty
(1994)
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1994 Giant
2013 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Giant Records
(August 24th, 1994)

La-La Land Records
(October 9th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 Giant Records album was a regular U.S. release, though it fell out of print in 1995 and its lack of re-pressing caused it to become a moderate collectible. The expanded 2013 La-La Land Records album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you are entranced by Danny Elfman's early scores of intense tragedy and orchestral beauty, this one classically lyrical and containing a few noteworthy action diversions.

Avoid it... if you object to Celtic undertones in inappropriate contexts or expect the music to brood with as much melodramatic weight as Elfman's closely related score for Sommersby.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #297
WRITTEN 12/14/00, REVISED 12/26/13
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Elfman
Black Beauty: (Danny Elfman) No more faithful adaptation of Anna Sewell's 1877 novel Black Beauty had been made when director and screenwriter Caroline Thompson brought the children's story to the screen in the summer of 1994. That story is narrated by Black Beauty himself, anthropomorphically using the voice of Alan Cumming to tell of the horse's various owners, romances, cruelty, and relocation throughout its lifetime in 1870's England. The original novel was considered an important factor in raising awareness about animal cruelty issues at the time, and after numerous adaptations of its basic premise to inferior variations throughout the 20th Century, Thompson, who was well-versed in horsemanship and had written a number of highly emotional scripts at the time (including Edward Scissorhands), was certain to bring authenticity to the project at last. Thompson didn't have to look far for a good composer for Black Beauty; she happened to be dating fellow Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman at the time. The project unfortunately would be the last of the composer's early ventures into the realm of blatant sentimentality and orchestral classicism, choosing to return to his rock roots for a while in the 1990's. It was one final opportunity to jerk the tears before venturing out into more experimental genres of film music thereafter. As he said in his 1996 memoirs, the score is "happy and sad to the extreme. Finally a chance to really turn on the sentimental vale up to maximum..." That statement is interesting in its seeming disregard of Edward Scissorhands and Sommersby as both superior expressions of tragedy, but you have to take Elfman at his word that Black Beauty was intended to be the most emotionally charged score from that period of his career. For fans, it would be a bittersweet goodbye to the dark and heavy melodrama of Elfman's developing career, only touched upon in The Family Man in 2000 and absent for upwards of a decade after even that. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of Elfman's choice to steer towards electronic or minimalist works thereafter, while still intelligent in places, is that by 1994 the composer had achieved the kind of experience to produce truly gripping orchestral works with regularity, scores that often could tell the compelling stories by themselves.



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1,453 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.86 Stars
***** 570 5 Stars
**** 399 4 Stars
*** 278 3 Stars
** 125 2 Stars
* 81 1 Stars
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Don't bother buying.
embeck - January 19, 2009, at 6:10 p.m.
1 comment  (2030 views)
Amazing
Caitlyn - January 13, 2009, at 7:24 p.m.
1 comment  (1616 views)
A beauty!!
Audrey Mealiff - February 22, 2007, at 5:51 a.m.
1 comment  (2392 views)
Excellent music
Sheridan - September 15, 2006, at 5:06 a.m.
1 comment  (2407 views)
Gorgeous Music
Marilee - August 1, 2006, at 9:10 p.m.
1 comment  (2420 views)
I got the soundtrack and its amazing
Kat - June 28, 2006, at 11:52 a.m.
1 comment  (2330 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Giant Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:27
• 1. Main Title (2:28)
• 2. Baby Beauty (4:37)
• 3. Gang on the Run (2:16)
• 4. Mommy (0:53)
• 5. Jump for Joy (1:01)
• 6. Kicking Up a Storm (1:34)
• 7. The Dance/Bye Merrylegs (2:50)
• 8. Sick (3:16)
• 9. He's Back (Revival) (1:17)
• 10. Frolic (2:33)
• 11. Ginger Snaps (3:18)
• 12. Goodbye Joe (1:28)
• 13. Wild Ride/Dream (2:12)
• 14. Is it Joe? (1:20)
• 15. In the Country (2:37)
• 16. Poor Ginger (3:49)
• 17. Bye Bye Jerry/Hard Times (4:56)
• 18. Memories (1:29)
• 19. End Credits (1:52)
2013 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 78:44

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1994 Giant album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2013 La-La Land album contains extensive notation about both.
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