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Calendar Girls
(2003)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
James Shearman

Co-Orchestrated by:
Lawrence Ashmore

Produced by:
Maggie Rodford
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Hollywood Records (UK)
(September 8th, 2003)

Hollywood Records (US)
(December 9th, 2003)
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Both the American and European albums are regular releases in their respective countries.
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Buy it... only if you are an avid Patrick Doyle collector and want to hear the composer work his magic on a smaller scale of comedic and upbeat attitude.

Avoid it... if you prefer your Doyle scores to be spectacular, orchestrally deep, and lengthier in their running times.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #427
WRITTEN 1/9/04, REVISED 3/14/09
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Calendar Girls: (Patrick Doyle) Imagine how the calendar and the film would have been different had it not been for all of those tastefully placed flower arrangements! The Nigel Cole film of 2003, Calendar Girls, based on the real life story of a Women's Institute gang of gals over 40 posing nude for a calendar to raise money for a local hospital, is a feel-good story produced by Touchstone/Buena Vista (indeed, the Disney folks), so everyone knew it would be innocuous. Perhaps its predictable level of fluffiness kept many visitors away from the theatre for this one, although the film did relatively well in international mainstream venues. After circulating around European cinemas for most of the latter half of 2003, the film opened in limited areas initially in the United States just before the cutoff for Academy Awards consideration. The cast of elegant British actresses of appropriate age holds the project together with snazzy one-liners and an abundance of heart that was last seen, ironically, in The Full Monty, although it should be noted that Calendar Girls is a much more tame endeavor. The filmmakers, naturally, kept the production in the sphere of British talent, hiring Patrick Doyle to write an upbeat score that is, as the composer remarked at the time, "modern and not too flowery or pastoral." Like The Full Monty, much of personality of the film is established through the use of softer or comedic rock songs, often with a jazzy tilt and coming from the era of the women's youth. Doyle's score would balance the need for source cues, jazzy rhythms, and a fair amount of basic symphonic cues for the more serious aspects of the story. He would do this at roughly the same time as he wrote Secondhand Lions, a score of heftier melodrama for a film about male bonding (as opposed to Calendar Girls, which is purely the opposite in gender). The result of Doyle's efforts for Calendar Girls is far less spectacular than Secondhand Lions, especially on album, but the music serves its purpose fairly well enough and, in many ways, is a more entertaining listening experience. It's difficult to find much fault with a score as upbeat in its personality as this, although its short length is disappointing.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
European Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 29:11
• 1. I Find Your Love - performed by Beth Nielsen Chapman (2:28)
• 2. Throwing Cakes (0:46)
• 3. The Funeral (1:02)
• 4. Fantastic Tits (2:15)
• 5. March (1:18)
• 6. Bra's Off (1:36)
• 7. Sponsorship (1:28)
• 8. The Press (1:34)
• 9. Letters (1:18)
• 10. The Cliff (1:00)
• 11. One More Hour (2:32)
• 12. The Way You Do the Things You Do - performed by The Temptations (2:41)
• 13. You Upset My Baby - performed by B.B. King (3:02)
• 14. Comin' Home Baby - performed by Quincy Jones Orchestra and Roland Kirk (2:47)
• 15. Ride Your Pony - performed by The Meters (3:18)
American Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 34:12

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