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The Perfect Storm
(2000)
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Joseph Alfuso
Steven J. Bernstein
J. Eric Schmidt
J.A.C. Redford
Carl Johnson

Song Performed by:
John Mellencamp
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(June 20th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you prefer your "Hornerisms" from the career of James Horner to be inspired by a more diverse range of genres and eras than the usual late 1990's or early 2000's score from the composer.

Avoid it... if any collection of "Hornerisms," no matter how well arranged, is as unpleasant for you as swallowing seawater.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #159
WRITTEN 6/17/00, REVISED 6/22/08
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The Perfect Storm: (James Horner) Warner Brothers and director Wolfgang Petersen were betting that the story of the Andrea Gail and its fate during the "perfect storm" of October 1991 wouldn't be too much of a depressing tragedy for audiences to handle in the summer, 2000 movie season. The faithful adaptation of the bestselling 1997 novel by Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm was widely praised by critics but did indeed fail to gain traction with skeptical audiences. The famed demise of the Andrea Gail was a thrill for both meteorologists and those unfamiliar with the true story of the fishing vessel, but both the intensity and technical elements of the film's presentation, when not filling the gaps with unconvincing dialogue not featured in the book, were too much for some to handle. Returning to the genre of the unforgiving sea, composer James Horner stirs up a tumultuous and powerful effort for the score for The Perfect Storm. Employing his typical, large-scale orchestra, Horner re-establishes motifs and instrumentation from his previously well-known styles and introduces a few new sounds along the way to keep that style fresh. Ultimately, what sank this score for many listeners, however, is its inability to distinguish itself from other Horner scores, especially when heard apart from the film's imagery. Although similar complaints had been building for years, the The Perfect Storm score blew up a not-so-rogue wave of criticism from those film music fans who hear his previous works in everything new he presents. And, to an extent, The Perfect Storm deserves some of that criticism. With both Titanic and The Mask of Zorro, the composer had appeared to be expanding into new stylistic territory, though with Deep Impact and Bicentennial Man came a return to an all-too-familiar call of duty for Horner in the conductor's box. To his credit, he did attempt to insert some variety into each score during that period, but on the whole, nobody can deny that the vast majority of his material for these scores, as well as The Perfect Storm, is molded from the same template.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 79:06
• 1. Coming Home from the Sea (9:27)
• 2. "The Fog's Just Lifting..." (4:12)
• 3. "Let's Go Boys" (8:54)
• 4. To the Flemish Cap (7:18)
• 5. The Decision to Turn Around (9:21)
• 6. Small Victories (8:31)
• 7. Coast Guard Rescue (9:48)
• 8. Rogue Wave (10:04)
• 9. "There's No Goodbye... Only Love" (7:33)
• 10. Yours Forever - performed by John Mellencamp (4:02)

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The insert includes credits and lyrics for the song.
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