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Body Heat
(1981)
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1989 SCSE
1998 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
2012 FSM
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted,and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Al Woodbury

Varèse Re-recording Conducted by:
Joel McNeely

Varèse Re-recording Produced by:
Robert Townson

Varèse Re-recording Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Soundtrack Collector's Special Editions, SCSE CD-1
(1989)

Varèse Sarabande
(July 28th, 1998)

Film Score Monthly
(August 20th, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The original 1989 SCSE release was limited to 2,000 printed copies; for its first ten years, it was a top collectible with an estimated value of $250 or more. The perpetually in-print 1998 Varèse re-recording alleviated a small portion of the enormous demand for the SCSE album, however that release still fetched decent numbers in auctions until the debut of the 2012 Film Score Monthly set, which was not limited in quantities and was available at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $25.
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Buy it... if you seek John Barry's highly acclaimed, seductively jazzy tribute to film noir history while also hearing him pivot towards his romantic tendencies of the 1980's.

Avoid it... if the predictable instrumental techniques and underlying structures of Barry's music, no matter how effectively matched with the particular film, cannot be outweighed by the score's obvious sex appeal.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #509
WRITTEN 6/27/97, REVISED 9/2/12
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McNeely
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Body Heat: (John Barry) In his first directorial effort after contributing scripts for such popular movies as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lawrence Kasdan ventured into the realm of film noir imitation and critics and audiences generally considered his efforts to have been a great success. For viewers who can't handle films that try too hard to saturate themselves in the dark sets, cigarette smoke, identity intrigue, and jazzy scores of the 1940's, Body Heat floated its appeal with a few remarkable plot twists and an element not allowed in the movies of the earlier era: gratuitous nudity and sex. Despite whatever tired elements were squeezed into the project to accompany (or justify) the erotic displays of flesh, Body Heat would launch the names of lead actors Kathleen Turner and William Hurt, not to mention Kasdan himself, into stardom. The story of the film isn't particularly clever until you reach it's latter half, where all the nasty twists occur. Essentially, Turner's rich, lonely housewife uses her allure to tempt Hurt's sleazy lawyer into a lustful and deceitful series of acts that inevitably leads the man into a plot to kill Turner's husband. Despite knowing that there's probably a bleak outcome for all of this, Hurt goes forward with the manipulation, never revealing just how much he knows about what he's getting into. If there's any doubt that Turner will win in the end, then you don't know your noir well enough. After consulting with four composers about the project, Kasdan settled upon John Barry for the assignment based upon their common stylistic goals for the plot. Coming at a transitional phase in Barry's career, Body Heat would require a score overtly faithful to the genre, drawing upon some of the skills from the composer's jazzy roots in the 1950's while also straying into the weightier dramatic tones already beginning to redefine his evolving personal style in Somewhere in Time and Raise the Titanic. Because of the influence of his 1980's string melodramatics, the end result from Barry in this case wouldn't sound like any of his early 50's recordings, though, for the Body Heat score is ultimately weighed heavily by the film's more contemporary sexuality and suspense, aided by not only the string section but also hints of synthetic accompaniment.



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Body Heat Formula
Bruno Costa - December 1, 2010, at 9:30 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1989 SCSE Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 32:29
• 1. Ladd Company Logo*/Main Title (3:39)
• 2. I'm Weak (3:15)
• 3. Chapteau Gratis (1:12)
• 4. Heather (1:58)
• 5. I'm Frightened (2:33)
• 6. Kill for Pussy (2:48)
• 7. Us and Oscar (1:18)
• 8. Surprise: Explosion (2:30)
• 9. Heather and Roz (1:36)
• 10. Glasses (0:46)
• 11. Better Get Him (6:05)
• 12. Matty was Mary Ann (4:16)
* composed by John Williams
1998 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:34
2012 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 139:35

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All copies of the 1989 SCSE album are numbered. The 1998 Varèse and 2012 FSM albums both contain extensive information about the score and film in their inserts.
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