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The Jungle Book
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Kevin Kaska
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Walt Disney Records
(April 15th, 2016)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you love the soundtrack for the 1967 Disney version of this tale and are ready to trust John Debney to honor its legacy with incredibly intelligent interpolations throughout his fantastic original material for the concept.

Avoid it... if you are still awaiting the revelation of Debney's own stylistic voice, this score a blatant and potentially distracting combination of mannerisms from John Barry, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Newton Howard.
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WRITTEN 5/8/16
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The Jungle Book: (John Debney) Tread lightly, you must, when remaking any classic Disney animation tale into a live-action alternative, and extremely deliberate care was exercised by director Jon Favreau upon undertaking that process for 2016's retelling of the 1967 favorite, The Jungle Book. Perhaps the biggest risk of the production came with the decision to film the entirety of the jungle movie in downtown Los Angeles, utilizing the newest technologies in motion capture and realistic computer renderings to produce an environment that looks as real as if it were shot on location. Despite still looking disturbingly fake in some circumstances, for most viewers the end result was a success, the remake a fantastic fiscal triumph that, unfortunately, led immediately to studio talk of sequels. The original story remains largely intact, though much of the humorous, light-heartedness of the cartoon has been necessarily diminished in favor of a more serious take on Rudyard Kipling's original concepts. An abandoned baby boy, Mowgli, is raised in the Indian jungle by wild beasts and, during an intense period of drought that brings all the animals together to available water, becomes the target of a tiger and is forced on a prolonged chase towards humanity before ultimately confronting his nemesis and resuming his life among the wild creatures. For Favreau, one of his first production moves was to bring aboard composer John Debney, with whom he had traversed several genres, including the Marvel universe, and who has proven himself a master at adapting previous music into a new application. Undoubtedly, the pair made the determination not to try to best the music for the original The Jungle Book, which featured a score by George Bruns and songs by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, and Terry Gilkyson, but rather freely incorporate those famous identities into the new picture, all the while infusing new themes and revising the orchestration to meet modern expectations. For Debney, this assignment was intensely personal. His father a 40-year Disney veteran, the composer literally grew up on the Disney lot and had already established a friendship with the Sherman brothers and others influential to the 1967 film. Debney clearly approached The Jungle Book with respect and dignity, ultimately contributing to the best combination of score and songs that anyone could have expected for this remake.

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Total Time: 74:06
• 1. The Bare Necessities - performed by Dr. John & The Nite Trippers (3:34)
• 2. Trust in Me - performed by Scarlett Johansson (2:54)
• 3. Main Titles - Jungle Run (2:25)
• 4. Wolves - Law of the Jungle (2:15)
• 5. Water Truce (3:38)
• 6. The Rains Return (1:44)
• 7. Mowgli's Leaving - Elephant Theme (3:27)
• 8. Shere Khan Attacks - Stampede (2:05)
• 9. Kaa - Baloo to the Rescue (5:20)
• 10. Honeycomb Climb (3:29)
• 11. The Man Village (2:57)
• 12. Mowgli and the Pit (3:24)
• 13. Monkeys Kidnap Mowgli (1:50)
• 14. Arrival at King Louie's Temple (4:34)
• 15. Cold Lair Chase (4:00)
• 16. The Red Flower (3:15)
• 17. To the River (3:04)
• 18. Shere Khan's War Theme (2:35)
• 19. Shere Khan and the Fire (4:50)
• 20. Elephant Waterfall (3:26)
• 21. Mowgli Wins the Race (0:40)
• 22. The Jungle Book Closes (2:13)
• 23. I Wan'na Be Like You - performed by Christopher Walken (3:01)
• 24. The Bare Necessities - performed by Bill Murray & Kermit Ruffins (3:00)

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The insert includes a partial list of performers and lengthy notes from the composer and director about the score and film.
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