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Fly Away Home
(1996)
Album Cover Art
1997 Promotional
1997 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Ken Kugler
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Promotional
(1997)

Fly Away Records (Bootleg)
(1997)
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Neither album is commercially available. The promo is more difficult to find than the bootleg, which continues to float around the secondary market at elevated prices.
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Buy it... if you seek arguably Mark Isham's best career achievement, a gorgeously pretty, pastoral effort of unashamed harmony that is one of the most effective scores of the 1990's.

Avoid it... if the score's rarity in album form isn't worth music that is more loveable than it is technically impressive.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #406
WRITTEN 7/12/03, REVISED 3/30/09
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Fly Away Home: (Mark Isham) Every once in a while, you get a combination of director, cinematographer, and composer that works so splendidly that the resulting beauty on screen captivates audiences of all ages. Fly Away Home is one such production, with the 1996 film offering the rewarding tale of a girl who has lost her mother and regains her vitality by adopting a flock of geese at her estranged father's large property. With the geese refusing to migrate properly (because of course, the little girl doesn't get up and fly south herself), the girl and her father use an ultralight plane to teach the young birds how to fly and begin their migration. It's a semi-true tale that culminates in the exhilarating journey through a flight at the end of the film that is saturated with wholesome sentimentality (in the days before American homeland security would chase them out of the air). It's an ultimate feel-good story, and composer Mark Isham plays his role in extending the warm and fuzzy feelings throughout his music. The orchestral score, rich with the pastoral styles of small-town Americana, utilizes instrumentation that plays straight to the expected tones of nature and the birds themselves. Woodwinds creatively chirp out the sounds of young birds, specialty string instruments and a harmonica bring back memories of the farm, and tapping percussion present the adversity that the birds face along their course of maturation. Heightening the score more than anything, of course, is the melodic heart of Isham's effort. The opening and closing titles, along with the momentous flying scene, are scored with a gorgeous solo string theme backed by a spirited symphonic ensemble. The performance, which features the familiar strings of a usual orchestra, has the feel of a fiddle, further accentuating (along with a solo flute) the picturesque beauty of the landscape. Isham spares no dramatic element in Fly Away Home, with even a solo voice inserted for a poignant, mournful cue of remembrance. The score could, at its outset, possibly espouse the kind of falsely positive Americana spirit that, in its deeper moments, fails to inspire the majority of modern score collectors. But although Isham is criticized for sometimes failing to produce a strong theme when one is really needed, there is no such flaw in this work.



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Average: 3.85 Stars
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* 60 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Consideration Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:49
• 1. First Flight (3:16)
• 2. Fly Away Home (4:01)
• 3. Igor's Big Adventure (5:49)
• 4. 16 Eggs (3:46)
• 5. If At First You Don't Succeed (3:39)
• 6. The Great Escape (6:38)
• 7. Halls of Glass (2:50)
• 8. Remembrance of Things Past (2:14)
• 9. Homecoming (3:45)
1997 Fly Away Records Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:44

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Neither album includes any information about the score or film.
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