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Kiss of Death
(1995)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Geoffrey Alexander
Julian Kershaw

Produced by:
David Franco
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Milan Entertainment
(April 25th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have always appreciated Trevor Jones' knack for engaging melodies, that trademark yielding some striking orchestral and hard rock highlights in Kiss of Death.

Avoid it... if you seek interludes of unfettered awe or beauty in your Jones scores, emotional appeals not possible in this rather gloomy and gritty suspense work.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,866
WRITTEN 2/24/12
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Kiss of Death: (Trevor Jones) The legacy of the classic 1947 film noir thriller Kiss of Death was tarnished in 1995, when 20th Century Fox attempted to remake the movie under the same title. The crime story similar to both films is centered upon an unlucky ex-con who is attempting to live a normal life with his family in New York but eventually is drawn into a single crime job that fails, leading him back to a long prison sentence. In the 1995 version of Kiss of Death, David Caruso's lead takes the fall for the botched job, and after his wife (Helen Hunt) is killed, he is convinced by Samuel L. Jackson's detective to help law enforcement capture the local crime boss (Nicolas Cage) responsible in part for his ills. Allegiances are tested and characters meet unpleasant fates in this noir-like atmosphere, one that the filmmakers spent special attention in creating to pay tribute to the original 1947 movie. Unfortunately, the film's pacing betrayed its impressive ensemble cast, and with mediocre response came struggles at the box office; Fox failed to recoup even half of the production's budget from domestic returns. Director Barbet Schroeder made a career out of pursuing questionable contemporary thrillers, only a couple of them achieving notable success. For his entries in the 1990's, he alternated between Trevor Jones and Howard Shore for the composing duties, the former tackling the music for Kiss of Death and Desperate Measures three years later. Jones was already well established as a mainstream name by this point, and lost in all the hoopla about his massive and dynamic orchestral powerhouses is a side career writing music for a wide range of suspense and crime thrillers. Jones is the type of composer who seemingly excels in nearly every genre, turning even the most hopeless cinematic situations (those in which a movie is destined to receive an extremely bland, workmanlike score) into opportunities to explore interesting and often accessible ideas. In Kiss of Death, his score would have to contend with a substantial number of song placements, only about a third of which appearing on the soundtrack album. These songs range wildly in culture and tone, gravitating towards the rock genre but failing to congeal outside of context. Jones, meanwhile, took his normal approach to such assignments at the time, combining his usual London orchestral recordings with distinct synthetic lines with skillful precision. While he sometimes utilized voices in these types of assignments, he bypasses that avenue for Kiss of Death and instead references hard rock elements to open and close the score.



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Total Time: 48:01
• 1. Back in Life - performed by Joe Roberts (4:57)
• 2. Spaceman - performed by The Rosemarys (2:47)
• 3. Feeling Free - performed by Liquid City (6:28)
• 4. Porque No Unirnos - performed by Salsa Picante (4:46)
• 5. "Kiss of Death" - Main Titles (2:39)
• 6. Jimmy's Dilemma (1:35)
• 7. Illegal Convoy (3:35)
• 8. Calvin's Revenge (3:17)
• 9. Rosie and Corinna (2:52)
• 10. Junior Suspects (2:46)
• 11. Corinna is Kidnapped (2:08)
• 12. Junior's Arrest (3:28)
• 13. Jimmy's Resolve (2:38)
• 14. "Kiss of Death" - End Credits (4:05)

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The otherwise sparse insert includes a note about the composer's career.
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