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Cliffhanger
(1993)
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1993 Scotti Bros.
2011 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic

2011 Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Scotti Bros./BMG
(May 25th, 1993)

Intrada Records
(February 21st, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1993 Scotti Bros. album was a regular U.S. release, but out of print as of the late 1990's. The expanded 2011 Intrada album was limited to 2,000 copies and sold out within two weeks after its release, immediately fetching resale prices of $50 or more.
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Buy it... if you, like most film score fans, are mesmerized by Trevor Jones' most majestic title themes of noble brass and high strings and seek a robust action score to go with that identity.

Avoid it... if you found nothing attractive in Jones' dominant title theme for Last of the Mohicans, a very close cousin to that of Cliffhanger, and be careful with the 2011 Intrada album unless you can satisfy yourself with an occasionally awkward re-mixing of the score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #522
WRITTEN 6/2/97, REVISED 3/15/11
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Jones
Cliffhanger: (Trevor Jones) One of those guilty pleasures that you often see on late night television with regularity, Cliffhanger showcases the vein-popping Sylvester Stallone as a reluctant, mountain climbing hero who thwarts a stereotypical plot of terrorist hijacking gone awry in a spectacular remote setting. For Stallone, the film represented a return to blockbuster stardom desperately needed at that point in his career. For viewers, the film's campy characteristics and fallacies of logic are more than compensated for by a few key positives; first is John Lithgow's delightfully wicked performance as the treacherous ringleader of the terrorists. Second is the remarkable photography of the peaks on which the story unfolds (shot in the Italian Alps under very challenging circumstances). Finally, Trevor Jones' soaring orchestral score is a prominent aspect of the film's soundscape, standing alone the overall audio mix for extended sequences. Still, while the film landed with a splash in 1993, insurmountable competition from Jurassic Park simultaneously in the theatres caused Cliffhanger to fade somewhat into the ranks of lesser known action blockbusters. And though it was difficult to compete with John Williams' adventurous score as well, Jones was hot at the time. He had just emerged from a disjointed project with Randy Edelman, Last of the Mohicans, which had ironically turned into an incredible success in sales of the album for that score. In fact, the award-nominated Last of the Mohicans would continue to sell so well on CD in the subsequent decade (and almost completely due to Jones' music and not Edelman's) that the immediately following Cliffhanger has been further forced into relative obscurity. Interestingly, with Cliffhanger would come a title theme strikingly similar to that of Last of the Mohicans, possibly too reminiscent in fact for some listeners to tolerate.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Scotti Bros. Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:50
• 1. Cliffhanger Theme (3:52)
• 2. Sarah's Farewell (2:14)
• 3. Sarah Falls (3:53)
• 4. Gabe Returns (3:11)
• 5. I Understand (1:40)
• 6. Sunset Searching (1:19)
• 7. Tolerated Help (2:55)
• 8. Base Jump (4:10)
• 9. Bats (2:25)
• 10. Two Man Job (2:08)
• 11. Kynette is Impaled (4:00)
• 12. Fireside Chat (0:33)
• 13. Frank's Demise (2:37)
• 14. Rabbit Hole (1:33)
• 15. Icy Stream (1:39)
• 16. Jessie's Release (3:42)
• 17. Helicopter Fight (1:30)
• 18. End Credits (7:23)
2011 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 92:52

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1993 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2011 album provides details about both, as well as some technical explanation of the score's mix on that product.
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