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Outbreak
(1995)
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1995 Varèse
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Co-Programmed, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Robert Elhai
Chris Boardman

Synthesizers Co-Programmed by:
Bob Daspit
Steve Porcaro

African Choral Arrangements by:
Lebo M.

Vocals Performed by:
The L.A. Master Chorale
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 28th, 1995)

Varèse Sarabande
(June 19th, 2015)
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The 1995 album was a regular U.S. release and held little collectible value despite falling out of print. The 2015 album is a Varèse Club series entry of 3,000 copies available initially through soundtrack specialty outlets for $25.
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Buy it... if you consistently enjoy James Newton Howard's diverse percussion work and more muscular action material, both of which presented well on the 2015 expanded set of music from this film.

Avoid it... on the original 1995 album at all costs, because much of the memorable action material that compensates for the score's weak thematic stance is missing from that short commercial release.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #965
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 11/15/15
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Outbreak: (James Newton Howard) Tales about the ultimate plague have bounced around in science fiction novels for decades, for mysterious, deadly diseases remain a dark territory in which the average person can easily be scared in a story. In Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak, an all-star cast is assembled to combat the spread of a plague that is initially seen in Africa some 40 years ago. The film was inspired by the real-life Ebola scares of 1989, long before the disease was resurrected in mainstream consciousness in the 2010's, though Warner Brothers decided to ditch that well-known virus for a similar but fictional variant. By the 1990's, this new plague manifests itself in an African monkey that is being smuggled into the United States for sale as a pet, but before its inevitable escape, it manages to infect a human carrier and the disease spreads across Northern California at an alarming rate. This plague in particular is a nasty one, liquifying internal organs and killing a person in a day, and the government is inclined to destroy the outbreak areas with massive bombs. The film was a serviceable thriller despite its monumental last-minute script re-writes by a slew of well-known screenwriters, gaining respectable reviews and returns at the box office, and for composer James Newton Howard, it would follow one of his more diverse action scores of his career, Waterworld, a year prior. While Howard had never really been associated first and foremost with massive action scores, the roots of his scores such as King Kong later in his career were already well developed by the time Outbreak rolled along. And Howard holds nothing back in Outbreak, with the recording including impressive symphonic sequences merged with performances by African vocalist Lebo M., synthesizer expert Steve Porcaro, and the L.A. Master Chorale. Howard's instrumental creativity is often marked by his inflated team of orchestrators, and for this project, he extended his reputation of combining disparate sounds into a product that is interesting at the very least, and enjoyable in many parts. While he stopped a step short of providing the plague with an easily discernable melodic theme of its own, Howard does substitute strong ambient effects as a suspense motif for its effect on its victims. This tingling, high-pitched tool of suspense is most often applied with success early in the score, sometimes with a hint of primal woodwinds as an accent for the original money carrier. Some of the ambient, groaning suspense clearly foreshadows Howard's influence on Dante's Peak.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:42
• 1. Main Titles (3:19)
• 2. Motaba River Valley (1:00)
• 3. Final Authorization (2:34)
• 4. White Flags (1:44)
• 5. Casey Rips His Suit (2:20)
• 6. Finding the Ship (1:42)
• 7. Casey Goes Down (2:04)
• 8. Robbie's Bedside (2:38)
• 9. Jimbo Gets Sick (1:43)
• 10. Cedar Creek Exodus (1:07)
• 11. A Little Resistance (2:48)
• 12. They're Coming (7:14)
2015 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 100:39

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2015 album features extensive notation about both.
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