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City Slickers
(1991)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Hummie Mann
Mark McKenzie

Co-Orchestrated by:
Frank Bennett
Thom Sharp
Brad Dechter
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 11th, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release. Despite going out of print, the album has been consistently available for only $2.
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Buy it... if you desire a competent companion album for the film, reflecting the same schizophrenic balance between familiar Western stereotypes, contemporary tones, and wildly frenetic comedy that defines the story.

Avoid it... if you seek the best incarnation of Marc Shaiman's catchy music for the franchise, in which case the 1994 sequel score's album is a better place to start.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,696
WRITTEN 6/24/10
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Shaiman
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City Slickers: (Marc Shaiman) Occupying a place on many top 100 lists of the funniest films ever made, Billy Crystal's City Slickers was a monumental fiscal success and spawned an inferior sequel a few years later. The 1991 original is a midlife crisis story in which three New York City friends feeling their age sign up for a dude ranch cattle drive in New Mexico. Along their journey to Colorado, they overcome their initial city slicker limitations and deliver the livestock to the right destination despite the death of their old cowboy guide and several other mishaps. It's a redeeming tale of friendship and family with a priceless series of hilarious conversations and one-liners between the three leads early in the picture. Arguably stealing the show is veteran Western actor Jack Palance, whose resurgence in Hollywood at the time led to an unlikely Academy Award win for City Slickers. The 73-year-old became a pop culture icon upon accepting the Oscar with an arguably foul speech that included one-armed push-ups, references to sex and defecation, and an intimidating demeanor that recalled fond memories of his memorable role in Shane forty years earlier. It remains one of the most controversial and entertaining acceptance speeches in major awards history. Not yet achieving the same level of fame in the early 1990's was composer Marc Shaiman, though he had already been a regular collaborator with Bette Midler and Billy Crystal in the writing and production of song numbers. The always affable Shaiman was just a few years from five Oscar nominations later in the 1990's, and he continued to arrange the AMPAS shows' musical performances throughout the 2000's. His association with Crystal is what brought him the assignment on City Slickers, and he responded with a score every bit as vibrant as the comedy on screen. The film's plot presented Shaiman with a few obstacles, the most severe of which being the need for parody Western music opposite tender melodic material to accompany the main characters' growth. The composer has always been extremely talented at merging and adapting incongruous genres of music, and perhaps no better examples of this capability exist than the main titles sequences for City Slickers and its sequel. As effective as Shaiman was in achieving the right balance of Western flavor, wild orchestral comedy, and wholesome personality for City Slickers, however, the score remains a step or two behind its sibling in the franchise.



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Average: 2.97 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 20 4 Stars
*** 22 3 Stars
** 17 2 Stars
* 23 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:59
• 1. Main Title (2:42)
• 2. Career End (2:11)
• 3. Find Your Smile (6:07)
• 4. Walking Funny (1:25)
• 5. Cowabunga (2:29)
• 6. Young at Heart - performed by Jimmy Durante (2:48)
• 7. Birth of a Norman (5:23)
• 8. The River (5:48)
• 9. Mitchy the Kid (4:19)
• 10. Where Did My Heart Go? - performed by James Ingram (3:52)

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