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Arachnophobia
(1990)
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Hollywood (American)
Hollywood (European)
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore
Guy Dagul
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(July, 1990)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular international release, with the European product from the same label containing more score and fewer songs than the American version.
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Buy it... on only the European album containing more score, fewer songs, and no dialogue if you seek a solid taste of an entertainingly eclectic Trevor Jones score that contains one of his most infectious title themes.

Avoid it... on the American album if you have no interest in beholding one of the most misguided and irritating soundtrack products in the history of the genre.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,753
WRITTEN 1/26/12
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Jones
Arachnophobia: (Trevor Jones) With the guidance of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and his usual set of collaborators, Arachnophobia became the first release of the Hollywood Pictures studio. The famed director's usual production partner, Frank Marshall, used the opportunity to helm a movie for the first time, receiving more acclaim for this project than his subsequent directorial efforts. The 1990 movie was a marketing conundrum for the fledgling studio, striking chords in both the horror and comedy genres, but critics and audiences responded positively to its throwback monster-movie style and cast of likeable comic actors. The fear of spiders is obviously the hook in Arachnophobia, which makes fun of the chaos caused by a deadly new species of spider from the Amazon that is accidentally transported to a sleepy Northern California town. Once there, it spawns an army of little killers that indiscriminately wipes out portions of the population all the while ineptitude and character conflicts harm the efforts to identify and exterminate the problem. By the film's end, a family transplanted from San Francisco has to save itself by finding creative methods of dispatching the naughty creatures, succeeding but ultimately preferring the earthquakes of the big city over the environment of the wild. In an effort to appeal to the mainstream, Arachnophobia employs a soundtrack that includes several prominent song placements meant to add humor to certain scenes. In between these generally badly dated entries is an energetic score by Trevor Jones, who was already a veteran of the fantasy genre but who had not yet struck gold with Last of the Mohicans. This assignment represented a rare collaboration between Jones and a Spielberg crowd more content utilizing the services of the highest A-list composers. Although eventually known for his grandiose themes, Jones tackled Arachnophobia with a more eclectic and stylish balancing of the film's many emotional needs, successfully navigating a fair amount of parody territory without becoming trite. The exotic origins of the arachnids provide unconventional tones to the orchestral palette while a collection of guitar, saxophone, and harmonica address the folksy atmosphere of the town invaded by the menace. Synthesizers assist in creating design elements in the music that accentuate the horror element. It's quite a diverse score overall, and it does memorably feature one of the composer's most rowdy and entertaining primary themes (even if it never attempts to achieve the grand scope of the composer's best known works).



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Average: 3 Stars
***** 16 5 Stars
**** 17 4 Stars
*** 18 3 Stars
** 13 2 Stars
* 18 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
American Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 57:46
• 1. Blue Eyes Are Sensitive to the Light - performed by Sara Hickman (5:11)
• 2. Atherton's Terrarium (0:21)
• 3. Arachnophobia - performed by Brent Hutchins (4:53)
• 4. Miller's Demise (0:37)
• 5. Spiders and Snakes - performed by The Party (3:40)
• 6. Offspring (0:51)
• 7. Boris the Spider - performed by Pleasure Thieves (2:59)
• 8. Delbert Squishes the Spider (0:49)
• 9. Spider and the Fly - performed by The Poorboys (2:52)
• 10. Web Photo (0:26)
• 11. Caught in Your Web (Swear to Your Heart) - performed by Russell Hitchcock (4:28)
• 12. Main Title (5:36)
• 13. Don't Bug Me - performed by Jimmy Buffett (3:27)
• 14. The Casket Arrives (1:55)
• 15. Delbert's Theme (2:04)
• 16. Canaima Nightmare (6:21)
• 17. Along Came a Spider (2:37)
• 18. Cellar Theme (1:20)
• 19. End Title (3:54)
• 20. I Left My Heart in San Francisco - performed by Tony Bennett (3:02)
European Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:53

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