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An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
(1991)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
Greig McRitchie

Songs Lyrics by:
Will Jennings

Songs Performed by:
Linda Ronstadt
Cathy Cavadini
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(November 19th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2004.
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The song "Dreams to Dream" was nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you've ever been curious about what playful mayhem James Horner could stir up when combining the animated and Western genres into one wild score.

Avoid it... if you'd rather not hear Horner adapt Aaron Copland, along with a few others, in extremely obvious fashion.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #261
WRITTEN 7/13/98, REVISED 1/1/08
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An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: (James Horner) By 1991, the writing had to be on the wall for Universal; Disney's The Little Mermaid and impending Beauty and the Beast were displacing the Steven Spielberg-produced animation films that had dominated the genre in the 1980's. That didn't stop the studio from finishing production on a sequel to 1986's highly successful and lovable An American Tail. While the 1991 follow-up took a position behind Disney on the back burner, it was a strong entry in and of itself, aided by an anomalous but entertaining score by the returning James Horner. Among the composer's most memorable works for the mainstream public was the song and score combination for An American Tail, and he would touch upon most of his ideas from that score while seeking new musical adventures himself in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West. Horner has ventured into every genre of music over his long career, though the Western is by far the most rare. Among those few visits to the Old West, Fievel Goes West is perhaps the most obvious, and unfortunately for Horner, his reliance on the music of Aaron Copland for inspiration is equally as obvious. Copland's well-established styles for the era are pervasive in several major cues in Horner's score, which is a shame because the remaining music that he provides for the film is highly entertaining. One of Horner's more interesting traits is his ability to build upon his previous ideas in a sequel score (this habit extends all the way through the outstanding The Legend of Zorro) and, for Fievel Goes West, his reminders of the themes from An American Tail are intelligently manipulated and well-placed. The Russian-slanted title theme, as well as the obvious tune from "Somewhere Out There," make frequent appearances in the first half of the score, including a smart connection in the "Overture" for the film. Snippets of themes from other songs in the first film also make short appearances in Fievel Goes West, sometimes in quirky forms and/or hidden in surrounding material.



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Orchestra
N.R.Q. - December 24, 2007, at 5:59 a.m.
1 comment  (1877 views)
Feivel Goes West (complete score)
Jordan Lockhart - April 12, 2006, at 10:49 a.m.
1 comment  (3317 views)
Poop on Filmtracks!!
angry man - March 19, 2006, at 9:22 p.m.
1 comment  (2361 views)
Very good soundtrack
Gorjan - November 28, 2004, at 11:10 a.m.
1 comment  (2667 views)
This film
Peter Andre - July 30, 2004, at 4:06 p.m.
1 comment  (2370 views)
*insert something here*
Jennifer - June 26, 2004, at 8:54 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:38
• 1. Dreams to Dream (Finale Version)* (4:42)
• 2. American Tail Overture* (7:09)
• 3. Cat Rumble (7:28)
• 4. Headin' Out West (2:35)
• 5. Way Out West* (1:47)
• 6. Green River/Trek Through the Desert (5:43)
• 7. Dreams to Dream (Tanya's Version)* (2:34)
• 8. Building a New Town (2:43)
• 9. Sacred Mountain (2:22)
• 10. Reminiscing (2:12)
• 11. The Girl You Left Behind* (1:42)
• 12. In Training (1:49)
• 13. The Shoot-Out (5:29)
• 14. A New Land - The Future (8:16)
* contains whole or partial segments of vocal song performances

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