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The Jungle Book
(1994)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(December 13th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 1999.
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Buy it... if Basil Poledouris' anonymous but massive action cues are pleasing to you despite the lack of much coherent organization or dominant theme to define the score's personality.

Avoid it... if you prefer Poledouris' more texturally creative orchestral and synthetic adventures featuring engagingly memorable themes.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #813
WRITTEN 6/23/03, REVISED 4/2/09
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The Jungle Book: (Basil Poledouris) There have been several film and video adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's original story of "The Jungle Book," and on film you can go back all the way to the 1940 rendition of the tale (which utilized a diverse Miklos Rozsa score). Most casual viewers, though, are familiar with the 1967 Walt Disney animated version and its Academy-Award recognized song, "The Bare Necessities." The 1994 live-action version, starring Jason Scott Lee, Sam Neill, Cary Elwes, and John Cleese offered a similar Tarzan-themed story with additional challenges for the forest-dwelling young man to conquer. Despite featuring newly revamped action sequences, this revival of The Jungle Book didn't click well with audiences, falling out of mainstream attention with surprising haste. Composing the score for this adventure was Basil Poledouris, who had been an established veteran for ten years as an A-list composer in Hollywood. He was in between his popular and successful Free Willy assignments and was going through a phase much like James Horner in the early 1990's. Both composers experimented considerably with the children's film genre despite their original appearances on the scoring scene in the greater fantasy and adventure genres during the early 1980's. Poledouris' work for the Free Willy franchise represented his best in the genre, with his scores for Lassie and White Fang often correctly remembered as functional though not terribly memorable. For the composer, The Jungle Book was a project for which an orchestral ensemble was essential, and he would leave behind the usual electronic elements that were a trademark of his scores at the time. Perhaps not surprisingly, there are moments of playful underscore in The Jungle Book that will very much remind the listener of Horner's similarly veined efforts of 1993 and 1994. The sound was becoming almost an unmistakable cliche, especially given Horner's tendency to re-use the same motifs over and over again. Ultimately, Poledouris' effort would match that of his other lesser known children's scores, defining The Jungle Book as a decent score but not a particularly memorable one when compared to its peers.



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Average: 3.38 Stars
***** 42 5 Stars
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*** 49 3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:06 - 53:57
• 1. Two Different Worlds* - performed by Kenny Loggins (5:51)
• 2. Main Titles - The Caravan (4:23)
• 3. Shere Kahn Attacks (4:48)
• 4. Mowgli (3:40)
• 5. Monkey City (4:39)
• 6. Kitty (5:22)
• 7. Treasure Room (4:11)
• 8. Civilization (5:33)
• 9. Baloo (2:51)
• 10. Spoils (9:11)
• 11. Finale (3:29)
* track does not appear on some pressings of the album

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The insert includes a short note about Poledouris' career up to 1994.
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