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Ed Wood
(1994)
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1994 Hollywood Records
2013 Howe Records
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Hollywood Records
(October 18th, 1994)

Howe Records
(October 29th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 Hollywood Records album was a regular U.S. release. The 2013 Howe Records product is "Volume 3" of the composer's "Collector's Edition" series, commercially available for about $20.
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Buy it... only if you are familiar with the film and seek an outstanding companion piece to the Ed Wood experience, in which case Howard Shore's music (along with dialogue from the film) will be equally entertaining.

Avoid it... if you're investigating the score blindly, because even enthusiasts of B-rate 1950's sci-fi and horror schlock may find this throwback score too challenging in its often grating authenticity for casual enjoyment.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,609
WRITTEN 7/20/10, REVISED 5/4/18
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Shore
Ed Wood: (Howard Shore) It's fitting that a somewhat fictionalized biopic of the life of cult filmmaker Ed Wood would run into its own kind of production misery. The director of 1950's B-rate science fiction movies has long been popular in the industry (and especially its aspiring younger generations) because of his bizarre persona, his unwillingness to let studios squash his dreams, the truly awful quality of his films, and, of course, the angora sweaters he was so fond of wearing. The troubled production of the 1994 story of Ed Wood experienced scheduling delays and studio conflicts over the fact that director Tim Burton, who had to step in late during the process to lead the project, insisted that the film be shot in black and white. While Touchstone swept in to rescue the film from Columbia, the box office performance of Ed Wood didn't merit the risk. Despite positive reviews that led to several Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, including wins of both by Martin Landau in an outstanding performance as Bela Lugosi, audiences found no interest in rehashing the bittersweet tale of the transvestite filmmaker. Another oddity of Ed Wood was the temporary departure of composer Danny Elfman from his otherwise enduring collaboration with Burton. The two had experienced a petty argument at the conclusion of The Nightmare Before Christmas not long before and took a few years before they would meet and (rather easily) patch things up. The lone entry during the interim for Burton was Ed Wood, for which he turned to accomplished suspense and horror composer Howard Shore. While Shore was still many years away from true mainstream recognition for his work on The Lord of the Rings, he had already demonstrated a versatility and intelligence in his typically morbid suspense and drama music that matched the style of Burton and parts of this particular assignment quite snugly.



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188 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.18 Stars
***** 32 5 Stars
**** 43 4 Stars
*** 59 3 Stars
** 36 2 Stars
* 18 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Hollywood Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:58
• 1. Main Title (5:04)
• 2. Backlot (1:06)
• 3. Mr. Lugosi/Hypno Theme (1:56)
• 4. Beware (0:56)
• 5. Glen or Glenda (1:18)
• 6. Eddie, Help Me (1:56)
• 7. Elmogambo (3:20)
• 8. Bride of the Monster (1:17)
• 9. I Have No Home (1:20)
• 10. Kuba Mambo (source music) (1:53)
• 11. Nautch Dance (source music) (1:27)
• 12. Angora (1:23)
• 13. Sanitarium (3:42)
• 14. Ed & Kathy (1:28)
• 15. Elysium (2:16)
• 16. "Grave Robbers" Begins (1:16)
• 17. Lurk Him (1:04)
• 18. Ed Takes Control (4:06)
• 19. Eddie Takes a Bow (1:00)
• 20. This is the One (1:58)
• 21. Ed Wood (Video) (3:22)
2013 Howe Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:51

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The insert of the 1994 Hollywood album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2013 Howe album contains notes about both, as well as a list of performers.
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