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48 Hrs.
(1982)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
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Intrada Records
(January 10th, 2011)
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Limited release of 5,000 copies, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... only if you consider yourself an absolute completist of the James Horner library, because 48 Hrs. is a predictable entry in the composer's badly dated, steel drum-laden contemporary action style of the 1980's.

Avoid it... if you are among the few who still really dig Horner's blend of electronics, steel drums, saxophone, and limited orchestra in sonic wallpaper mode for action applications of that era, namely Commando and Red Heat.
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WRITTEN 3/15/11
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48 Hrs.: (James Horner) The origins of the "buddy cop" subgenre of comedy law enforcement films date back to 48 Hrs. in 1982, a maligned production that had stalled for a long time but turned into one of the year's most successful entries at the box office. Paramount was originally so dissatisfied with director Walter Hill's film that the studio initially indicated that it would never distribute one of his films again. Part of the concern was the bankability of co-star Eddie Murphy, who debuted here in a role as a convict who helps a tough San Francisco cop (played with ease by Nick Nolte) on the hunt for the gang of thugs who killed his partners. The two actors and their characters hit it off, of course, and a single hilarious scene with Murphy in a redneck bar solidified his big screen career as a regular comic lead. Despite the relatively simple chase plot and multitude of redundantly funny interactions between Nolte and Murphy, 48 Hrs. received enough critical acclaim on top of the substantial monetary returns to warrant a sequel in 1990. Hill has long been associated with Westerns and his production of the Alien franchise, and while he has rotated between an awkwardly wide variety of composers for his films through the years, his collaborations with Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner in the 1980's were among the most notable. The assignment of Horner to 48 Hrs. allowed the rising composer to branch out from his best known comfort zone in the science fiction genre, eventually yielding similarly styled sonic wallpaper of a gritty, contemporary nature for Hill's Red Heat and Another 48 Hrs. over the next eight years. Disappointingly, while yielding a competent atmospheric sound appropriate to Hill's desire for music that functions as purely a background filler element, Horner's output for these films has never attracted much appreciation when separated from its context.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 45:54
• 1. Main Title (5:09)
• 2. Jack Leaves Elaine's Apartment (1:06)
• 3. The Walden Hotel (4:10)
• 4. Aerobics (4:08)
• 5. Subway Station (5:38)
• 6. Subway Chase (1:50)
• 7. Luther's Bus (1:57)
• 8. The Alley (5:20)
• 9. The Boys Are Back in Town - performed by The BusBoys (2:35)

The Extras:
• 10. 48 Hrs. - performed by The BusBoys (3:13)
• 11. Love Songs Are For Crazies - performed by The BusBoys (3:44)
• 12. New Shoes - performed by The BusBoys (3:32)
• 13. Torchy's Boogie - written by Ira Newborn (2:55)

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The insert includes a list of performers and notes about the film, composer, score, and album assembly.
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