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Dave
(1993)
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1993 Big Screen
2013 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Marty Paich

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Chris Boardman
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Big Screen Records
(May 25th, 1993)

La-La Land Records
(January 15th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1993 Big Screen Records album was a regular U.S. release, readily available for a long time despite being out of print. The expanded 2013 La-La Land Records product 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 have fond memories of the film's charming wit and seek the translation of that likeable personality into James Newton Howard's thematically rich orchestral score.

Avoid it... if you require something other than just a more comedic and outwardly playful sibling to Marc Shaiman's The American President.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,606
WRITTEN 2/6/12, REVISED 3/2/13
Howard
Howard
Dave: (James Newton Howard) If you're a liberal and love the gamesmanship of America's national politics, then Dave is the kind of fantasy that brings a smile to your face every time you see it. At the top of his game at the time, Kevin Kline plays the owner of a temporary employment agency who looks exactly like the president of the United States, and when the real president suffers a stroke during sex with a White House staffer at a local event, the Secret Service employs this everyday guy to stand in temporarily. The closest advisors to the president actually hatch a plan to disrupt the line of succession by discrediting the vice president and setting up the impostor to be replaced when the real president dies. Along the way, though, the impostor proves wildly successful with the public and even rekindles a relationship with the first lady (who had despised her real husband), eventually foiling the attempts by his own staff to gain power and wrapping up the hoax in perfect fashion. The 1993 Ivan Reitman movie was both a critical and popular success, its plethora of cameo appearances by politicians and media personalities a funny snapshot of the era, and it is often considered the companion film to the equally loved dramatic comedy The American President a few years later. Similar is the music for the two pictures, Dave featuring a score by James Newton Howard that builds upon his own, growing experience in the genre and The American President handled very similarly by Marc Shaiman. The close relationship between the two scores is understandable given that the common sound employed by the composers for the general topic is successful in both applications. Shaiman built his career upon this affable, fluffy orchestral sound, however, and because this tone is more of his dominant trademark, it's easy to say that Dave is an example of Howard channeling Shaiman. Also at play, however, is a touch of James Horner's equivalent work at the time in the most serious passages and Howard's previous music for The Prince of Tides, Pretty Woman, Grand Canyon, and several others. This period was rich with comedic dramas for Howard, and while many of these scores exhibit the same saccharine tone, pretty piano solos, and flowing string melodies backed by noble brass, Dave is an exception in that it also contains a dose of militaristic movement to represent the awe and stature of the office of the president. The demeanor of the result is predictably sappy in a traditional, orchestral manner, utilizing no contemporary tones while beefing up the percussion section for the purposes of grandeur and a tingling sense of magic.

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120 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.75 Stars
***** 52 5 Stars
**** 22 4 Stars
*** 22 3 Stars
** 12 2 Stars
* 12 1 Stars
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Mediocre score, foolish review
Mark Powers - August 17, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Big Screen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:20
• 1. Main Titles (2:58)
• 2. The Picnic (4:13)
• 3. To the White House (3:04)
• 4. You're On (2:02)
• 5. Are You Threatening Me? (3:25)
• 6. She Hates Me (3:12)
• 7. The Teaching Montage (1:07)
• 8. Do You Like Magic? (2:24)
• 9. Dave Passes Out (1:11)
• 10. The Tunnel (1:49)
• 11. How'd You Get Started? (2:01)
• 12. Into the Fog (3:40)
• 13. End Titles (4:14)
2013 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 67:51

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1993 Big Screen album unfolds into a poster and includes biographical notes about the director and composer. That of the 2013 product features detailed information about the film and score.
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