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Buffalo Girls
(1995)
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CBS Promo
Prometheus Promo
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearchen

Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
CBS Promo
(March, 1995)

Prometheus Records (Promo)
(September, 1995)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
No commercial release exists for either Buffalo Girls or Gunfighter's Moon. Both the 1995 CBS and Prometheus/Holdridge promos were only available through soundtrack specialty outlets at the time. While the CBS album is considered more scarce, both are valued at $30 or above.
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AWARDS
Part I of Buffalo Girls was nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Buy it... if you're interested in hearing a derivative, but enjoyable Lee Holdridge Western score for a large scale mini-series and, more intriguingly, a electronically creative alternative for a low-budget film.

Avoid it... if you're tired of Western scores that take a piece or two (or many) from Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith classics.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #991
WRITTEN 10/19/97, REVISED 3/5/06
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Buffalo Girls/Gunfighter's Moon: (Lee Holdridge) Among one of the more well known television mini-series of composer Lee Holdridge's career is Buffalo Girls, a 1995 Western production of immense size by CBS Entertainment for debut on its network. Larry McMurtry's novel was brought to life by an all-star cast including Anjelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Reba McEntire, Gabriel Byrne, and Western perennials Sam Elliott and Jack Palance, and along with considerable money spent on its technical aspects, Buffalo Girls received countless Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. The story takes place in the waning days of the Wild West, as lead lady and mule skinner Calamity Jane crosses the path of Bill Hickok and travels to London as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show to reclaim her daughter. Numerous subplots abound, and all are given the kind of lengthy treatment that only a mini-series can provide. Without a doubt, CBS knew the potential of the series come time for awards, and before the film was even shown on the network, they pressed a promotional album of Lee Holdridge's score. With an abundance of energy and enthusiasm, Holdridge provides a score highly derivative of old Western cliches (especially borrowing a bit here and there from Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith), but like John Debney (another modern master of adapting temp tracks and imitation music), Holdridge does an exemplary job of breathing new life into the older ideas. He doesn't attempt to tackle every character and location with unique ideas, although he does lose the Western styles for a more faux-classically inclined cue or two in London. His instrumentation does most of the work, with a harmonica and acoustic guitar that expand greatly on the short performances of those elements heard in The Giant of Thunder Mountain. Some comedy is thrown in, with a honky tonk cue that is masterfully overtaken by an orchestral crescendo in "Buffalo Girls Finale." A notable use of a woodwind (perhaps synthesized?) in "Sad Migration" echoes an eerie wolf call.



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192 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.41 Stars
***** 50 5 Stars
**** 59 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 19 2 Stars
* 30 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
CBS Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:22
• 1. Main Title (1:18)
• 2. The Great Ride (1:42)
• 3. Hickock Doesn't Understand (0:47)
• 4. Massacre (2:27)
• 5. Going Back to the Mountains/Remembering the Beavers (1:36)
• 6. Blue and Dora's Theme (1:08)
• 7. Jane's Baby (2:03)
• 8. Sad Migration (1:21)
• 9. Giving up the Baby (2:49)
• 10. The Storm (2:32)
• 11. Sitting With No Ears (0:39)
• 12. Buffalo Bill Leaves (1:44)
• 13. Buffalo Girls Finale (1:06)
• 14. Going to England (2:31)
• 15. Seeing the Whales (1:17)
• 16. London (0:49)
• 17. Finding the Beavers at the Zoo (2:09)
• 18. The Shooting Match (3:08)
• 19. Good Bet (1:25)
• 20. Riding With Janey (1:48)
• 21. Going Home/Jim Dies/Goodbye to Bartle (3:44)
• 22. Dora's Not Well (1:12)
• 23. Telling Blue/Finale (1:49)
Holdridge/Prometheus Promo Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:10

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Neither insert includes extra information about the score or film.
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