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In Country
(1989)
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1996 Bootleg
2013 Intrada
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Vivo Music (bootleg)
(November, 1996)

Intrada Records
(February 18th, 2013)
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The 1996 Vivo Music bootleg is a professional pressing from Romania, complete with barcode, and sold for about $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets for several months before selling out. Original copies escalated to over $100 in value not long after. The same content from In Country and a 9-minute suite from Testament also appear on a 1999 Natty Gann Records bootleg that primarily features Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The 2013 Intrada album is a limited product of unspecified quantities, originally available through soundtrack specialty outlets for $20.
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Buy it... on the 2013 Intrada Records album if you desire one of James Horner's most poignant single career cues, a long, orchestral powerhouse of solemn but beautiful melodrama for this film's memorable final scene.

Avoid it... if you cannot tolerate Horner's rather stereotypical application of trumpet versus shakuhachi flute for an American veteran dealing with the Vietnam War, the solo elements of the score somewhat uninspired without the full ensemble's gravity.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #748
WRITTEN 12/2/96, REVISED 3/3/13
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In Country: (James Horner) An emotional tale about a family's discovery of inner-strength, In Country was meant as a vehicle of healing for a country seemingly obsessed with exploring closure for the Vietnam War in the 1980's. The 1989 adaptation of Bobbie Ann Mason's novel to the big screen by respected director Norman Jewison follows the growing-up experiences of a 17-year-old girl and her investigation into the person who was her father, a man who married her mother at the age of 19 and was promptly killed in Vietnam four weeks later. With that mother admitting that she barely even remembers her father, the girl relies on rehabilitating her detached couch-potato uncle (a superior role for Bruce Willis shortly after Die Hard's debut), who is also a veteran of the same war. The gravity of In Country is created through the faithful telling of a series of little stories involving the girl and the way that the overarching narrative builds up to its monumentally gripping climax as the family visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately for Jewison and the production, America had been oversaturated with such Vietnam stories in that decade, culminating in a year in 1989 that saw several similar movies (led by Born on the Fourth of July) attempting the same resolution, and In Country suffered a quick death at the box office and remains a footnote in the careers of Willis and composer James Horner. The latter was in the late stages of a triumphant period of ascendance at the time, during which the challenging topics of war were common for him. While the subject matters are different, Horner adapts some of the same solemn attitude from his obscure 1983 music for Testament and his concurrent popular work for Glory into In Country, breaking no new ground stylistically in what could be identified as a purely Horner work at every moment. While some movie critics lamented what they perceived as a distracting role of the music in the movie at its release, much of the story was left unscored, with only roughly 45 minutes of material placed in the picture. In that music, Horner alternates between very subtle explorations of his multiple themes for the various characters and troubling dissonance for some of the harrowing flashback sequences, requiring significant patience from the listener to appreciate the payoff at the end.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Vivo Music Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:56
Actual Track Listings: (translations in color)

• 1. Testament (1:41)
• 2. O Plimbare Cu Bicicleta (Riding the Bike) (1:17)
• 3. Picnic-Ul (The Picnic) (2:19)
• 4. Carol Isi Alina Copiii (Carol Comforts Her Children) (5:55)
• 5. Asta-I Casa Noastra (This is Our Home) (0:48)
• 6. Amantirile Dragostei (Love Memories) (1:28)
• 7. Boala Lui Scottie (Scottie's Illness) (2:34)
• 8. Pregatiri De Start (Ready to Start) (1:06)
• 9. Noaptea Focului (Night of the Fire) (2:17)
• 10. Reamintire (Recollection) (3:04)
• 11. Ultimul Testament (The Last Testament) (2:39)
• 12 - 19. Suita din In Country (Suite from In Country) (30:14)

Expansion of In Country Tracks:

• 12. Main Title (4:59)
• 13. Letters From Vietnam (2:31)
• 14. A Night With Tom (3:52)
• 15. Dwayne's Wishes (2:51)
• 16. Listen Sam (2:35)
• 17. Night Camp (1:32)
• 18. The Road to D.C. (2:07)
• 19. Dwayne E. Hughes/At the Vietnam Memorial/Finale and End (9:55)
2013 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:20

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1996 Vivo Music bootleg is not in English, but contains a note about the film Testament. The 2013 Intrada album's insert includes information about both that film and its score.
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