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Mighty Joe Young
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
J.A.C. Redford

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes

"Windsong" Lyrics by:
Will Jennings
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(December 8th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if a Swahili choir, distinctive wood-struck percussion, and synthetic ape sounds can compensate for an otherwise standard James Horner action score.

Avoid it... if you expect the ethnic accents in the music for Mighty Joe Young to feature anywhere near the same attractive flair as those in the just previous The Mask of Zorro.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #349
WRITTEN 12/16/98, REVISED 3/16/08
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Mighty Joe Young: (James Horner) The 1949 version of Mighty Joe Young failed because it was a shameless rip-off of the classic King Kong made by many of the same crew members. The 1998 resurrection of the concept by Disney maintains most of the original outline of the 1949 story, though it too borrows heavily from King Kong (but this time, the 1976 remake, from which Mighty Joe Young also carries over some crew). The studio had originally advertised the 1998 film as a summer monster flick, but the utter failure of Godzilla earlier in the year caused the studio to scale back the fright and market the film as a heartfelt Christmas affair. Indeed, despite the inclusion of a prominent villain in the new version, the Disney take on Mighty Joe Young better explores the humanitarian aspect of the tale. Bill Paxton and a young Charlize Theron are the protectors of the 2,000-pound gorilla Joe, who is offered sanctuary from poachers but whose transfer to Los Angeles leads to the mandatory romp through the city. Composer James Horner had been on a romp of his own through 1998, enjoying the immense popularity of Titanic (and the two Oscars that came with it) and writing for the high profile films Deep Impact and The Mask of Zorro. The latter film's score was particularly striking, earning Horner increased respect from a soundtrack collecting crowd weary of the composer's tendency in recent years to base most of his new scores on his previous ones. Both The Mask of Zorro and Mighty Joe Young are defined by their mixture of ethnically rich solo performances with an orchestral ensemble. Horner trades in the flamenco elements for a Swahili choir, distinctive wood-struck percussion, and synthetic ape sounds. The resulting multicultural score from Horner seems to pull inspiration more from John Williams' Oscar-nominated Amistad rather than from his own career, though nothing that Horner produces in Mighty Joe Young can compete in authenticity or class with Amistad. Still, the ethnic accents in the Mighty Joe Young score make it somewhat unique for Horner. While the instrumental colors may be new, the themes and mass of action underscore, however, are very typical to Horner's career.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:04
• 1. Sacred Guardian of the Mountain (3:57)
• 2. Poachers (7:52)
• 3. Attempted Capture (6:00)
• 4. The Trees (6:04)
• 5. Our Last Chance - A New World (3:48)
• 6. A Broken Promise (4:31)
• 7. Leaving by Night (5:15)
• 8. Hollywood Boulevard (7:45)
• 9. Freeway Crossing (4:09)
• 10. The Carnival (6:22)
• 11. The Burning Ferris Wheel (7:36)
• 12. Dedication/Windsong (9:44)

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