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As Good As It Gets
(1997)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Suzette Moriarty

Conducted by:
Harry Gregson-Williams
Lucas Richmond

Co-Produced by:
Adam Smalley
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Music Soundtrax
(January 13th, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek the tender, romantic side of Hans Zimmer's writing, confined here mostly to lovely string, piano, and woodwind melodies.

Avoid it... if hearing Zimmer write essentially a Rachel Portman score is a twisted reality too horrific for your masculine ears to handle.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #122
WRITTEN 1/17/98, REVISED 1/9/07
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As Good As It Gets: (Hans Zimmer) While true veteran collectors of Hans Zimmer's early work had heard the "Jim Brooks side" of the composer's writing, most people were only familiar with the "Jerry Bruckheimer side" of his career. In fact, his early works included a substantial amount of material similar to the delightful As Good As It Gets, but perhaps not in as effective or popular of a package. The Brooks film of 1997 was a showcase of fine acting, placing Jack Nicholson's obsessive character against Helen Hunt's witty one, with topics of racism and homophobia also touched upon in this ultimate feel-good character drama. While beaten soundly by Titanic at the Oscars, it brought home the lead acting trophies and gained a fourth nomination for Zimmer. Brooks was obviously the first and foremost fan of Hans Zimmer in the world at the time, as his orgasmic interviews about the collaboration and liner notes to the album all clearly indicate. At a time when Zimmer and the Media Ventures clones following him were all starting to sound one-dimensional, As Good As It Gets was a very refreshing score, even though it's still a lightweight in the overall scheme. Comparatively, the score is a more developed variation on the same sound that was heard in I'll Do Anything and Younger & Younger, with references made to Nine Months and A League of Their Own. If this doesn't give you an immediate idea about the aim of the score, then the rest of this review is simply going to sound like an analysis of a typical 1990's Rachel Portman light comedy/romance score. If Zimmer has ever stepped on the toes of Portman or Patrick Doyle, it would be with As Good As It Gets, and the genuinely innocent and upbeat attitude and swing of Zimmer's work here is especially reminiscent of Portman. The ensemble for As Good As It Gets is tiny; just a dozen or two orchestral players from the string and woodwind sections are joined by a pianist and a handful of very slight electronic effects that are barely noticeable. While this group may sound sparse, their output at times is considerably lush.

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song on the road trip scene
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:21
• 1. As Good As It Gets (1:25)
• 2. A Better Man (5:36)
• 3. Humanity (6:26)
• 4. Too Much Reality (6:07)
• 5. 1.2.3.4.5 (3:55)
• 6. Greatest Woman on Earth (7:46)
• 7. Everything My Heart Desires - performed by Danielle Brisebois (4:00)
• 8. Under Stars - performed by Phil Roy (3:33)
• 9. My Only - performed by Danielle Brisebois (1:47)
• 10. For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You) - performed by Nat King Cole (3:06)
• 11. Hand on My Heart - performed by Judith Owen (3:45)
• 12. Climb On (A Back That's Strong) - performed by Shawn Colvin (4:15)
• 13. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - performed by Art Garfunkel (2:39)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a lengthy, funny, and informal note from director Jim Brooks (was he sober when writing that?), as well as a list of performers. For a very detailed analysis of this score, view the old archives of Yumbo's site (the original online Zimmer site from the mid-1990's).
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