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Avalon
(1990)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Hayes

Produced by:
James Flamberg
Frank Wolf
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Reprise Records
(December 8th, 1990)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. Out of print, but still readily available for about $10.
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Nominated for an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe.




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Buy it... if you enjoy intimate period scores for solo instruments on top of small, whimsical ensembles.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Randy Newman music to strike you with personality and rhythmic flair.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,159
WRITTEN 3/15/97, REVISED 3/12/06
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Avalon: (Randy Newman) The third installment in director Barry Levinson's 1980's series of films about the heritage and people of the city of Baltimore, Avalon was the most widely acclaimed of the three. Born from the director's own memories of his grandfather, the story tells the 50-year history of the Krichinsky family, from their arrival in July of 1914 all the way through the family's first television set and beyond. Levinson's film gained attention through the awards season for its unapologetically nostalgic and positive viewpoints, with the texture of America on display just as much as the family who is adapting to it. As a close-knit familial version of an epic, Avalon celebrates the side of life that shines on perfection rather than delving into hardships, and the script relies on a hearty sense of comedy to provide relief from its nonstop sappiness. One common criticism of Avalon is its narrowly focused lens on the positive, with Levinson attempting too hard to polish every aspect of the historical depiction into a bright, friendly object. The same criticism has been leveled against Randy Newman's score for the film, with a highly symmetrical and fluffy score that matched the character of the film well enough to earn the composer a somewhat rare Academy Award nomination for 'Best Score' in a year of stiff competition. It was yet another controversial nomination for film score fans, because it was further evidence that the nominating members of the Academy favored arthouse scores of lesser size and effectiveness over popular mainstream blockbusters simply because of the fact that the arthouse film was in style at the moment. Rather than providing a score with any true character, distinct identity, or ethnic flavor, Newman wrote a very conservative, light-hearted Americana score for the equally heart-warming film.



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Average: 2.9 Stars
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* 31 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:51
• 1. 1914 (3:42)
• 2. Weekend Musicians (1:34)
• 3. Avalon/Moving Day (2:35)
• 4. Jules and Michael (2:39)
• 5. Television, Television, Television (0:45)
• 6. Circus (3:43)
• 7. Wedding (1:53)
• 8. The Family (5:00)
• 9. The Fire (3:35)
• 10. No More Television (0:44)
• 11. Funeral (3:21)
• 12. End Titles (7:19)

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