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City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
(1994)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Frank Bennett
Larry Blank
Brad Dechter
Jerry Hey

Additional Music by:
Max Steiner
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Columbia Records
(August, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 1998.
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Buy it... if you seek a score with the same themes and humor of City Slickers, but with a far more boisterous, dramatic, and muscular orchestral and choral presence.

Avoid it... if no amount of dramatic elegance in this score can counter Marc Shaiman's usual shamelessly upbeat and overly-enthusiastic attitude.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #880
WRITTEN 12/14/99, REVISED 4/22/07
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City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold: (Marc Shaiman) When the first City Slickers film stormed into theatres in 1991, it unexpectedly earned massive returns for Columbia. And when Jack Palance infamously followed his Oscar win for his role in the film with some manly one-armed pushups and alluded to his knowledge of the ladies while on stage, the studio was inevitably headed towards sequel territory. With mostly the same cast, City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold throws Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, and Palance back in the saddle and this time on a quest for hidden gold. Like the first film, the sequel has its more serious moments of bonding and identity crisis, and in the somewhat mishandled balance between these moments and the action scenes, most of the humor was missed by critics and audiences. The screenplay for City Slickers II is far more cliched than that of the first film, and it's no surprise therefore that Marc Shaiman tips his hat some famous Western film music in his sequel score. When he scored City Slickers in 1991, he was fresh on the scene, with only a feature project or two under his belt. His Western parody score pushed all the right buttons, however, and showed his talents for writing in several genres of music that were humorously incorporated throughout the film (and most of which previewed in the rowdy title sequence). The problems that the original City Slickers score suffered from were related partly to the erratic style shifts, but mostly to a sparse recording quality. Those problems are nearly solved in City Slickers II, with the inclusion of non-Western stylized music held to only two cues of note and the recording quality improved to the top limits of the era. Also working in Shaiman's favor with City Slickers II is a more diverse performing group and an obvious increase in the confidence with which he handles them. When you compare the two scores back to back, you can literally hear the composer transcend from being a newbie to an accomplished artist in the field, and it is with great enthusiasm that Shaiman revises his sound from City Slickers for a far superior, rousing sequel run.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:40
• 1. Mitch's Dream (2:35)
• 2. Main Title (2:50)
• 3. Found: One Smile (1:14)
• 4. Discovering the Map (1:53)
• 5. Oh! Brother (1:26)
• 6. Gold Diggers of 1994 (0:46)
• 7. The Map is Real... And On Fire! (1:31)
• 8. One The Trail (0:48)
• 9. Real Men (0:48)
• 10. Let's Get That Gold! (1:51)
• 11. Duke Saves The Day (2:46)
• 12. Come And Get Me! (2:21)
• 13. The Stampede (7:23)
• 14. Look Who's Bonding Too (1:57)
• 15. Over the Buffalo's Back, Under the Frozen People (2:28)
• 16. To The Bat Cave! (2:48)
• 17. There's Gold in Them Thar Hills (4:58)
• 18. A Box Full of Lead (5:38)
• 19. Jackpot (3:40)
(track times not listed on packaging)

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