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Cobb
(1994)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Conducted by:
Jonathan Sheffer

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai

Produced by:
Matthias Gohl
Richard Martinez
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(January 3rd, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if your brain cannot get enough of Elliot Goldenthal's brilliant capability to create discord of immense torment within individual cues, for Cobb is a sentimental warm-up act for Titus.

Avoid it... if your heart simply cannot tolerate the schizophrenia that results when Goldenthal intentionally flaunts disparate musical devices in a sonic battle that inevitably leads to a maddening album experience.
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Cobb: (Elliot Goldenthal) The worst kind of movie you could have released late in 1994 was one about the American sport of baseball. A labor disagreement between the players' union and the owners of the clubs caused Major League Baseball to become the first professional sport in the country to lose an entire postseason due to a strike. Amidst intense fan discontent, Warner Brothers released a biographical movie about baseball legend Ty Cobb, one based upon the biographical work that sportswriter Al Stump did with Cobb in the last years of his life. Despite all the magnificent achievements that Cobb managed on the baseball field, he was an impossible personality to deal with, a vindictive and abusive man who had few friends by the time of his death. The Ron Shelton movie that detailed the relationship between Stump and Cobb (and told of the latter's career in retrospect) was challenged itself by a bittersweet personality, the depictions of Cobb and his legendary outbursts delivered without remorse by Tommy Lee Jones. Its release at the end of 1994 all but doomed its prospects, and generally poor reviews of the unsavory topic combined with the disdain of most towards baseball at the time to cause Cobb to become one of the year's most embarrassing fiscal disasters at the box office. Other than Jones' lead performance, one of the few enduring qualities of Cobb worth mentioning is Elliot Goldenthal's score. The composer was enjoying the most fruitful period of his career in terms of mainstream film scoring, transitioning into a series of blockbuster science-fiction and fantasy assignments noted for their wildly inventive and unconventional music. By 1994, he was a known commodity, supplying films with strikingly intelligent music that often applied instrumental techniques of unique character where unnecessary. He was developing a reputation for writing not only challenging orchestral scores, but extremely schizophrenic ones as well. While his involvement with projects like Batman Forever and Titus yielded the craziest and least consistent stylistic scores during this period, Cobb is a slightly more cohesive sibling to these works. Goldenthal has never been afraid to force disparate musical genres into a single score (and even individual cues), and this 1994 effort is clearly an instance where the composer intentionally pitted a variety of sounds against each other to cause a feeling of torment and discord. It's difficult to dismiss Cobb because of the consequent schizophrenia that it so adeptly flaunts, but the score is nevertheless a fascinatingly maddening experience on album.



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An Underappreciated Piece of Art.
Edward - September 17, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:50
• 1. Variations on an Old Baptist Hymn (3:05)
• 2. Stump Meets Cobb (1:50)
• 3. Cooperstown Aria Part I (1:43)
• 4. Nevada Nightlife (2:28)
• 5. Reno Ho! Part I (2:37)
• 6. Newsreel Mirror (3:26)
• 7. Meant Monk (2:17)
• 8. Cooperstown Aria Part II (2:00)
• 9. Winter Walk (1:11)
• 10. Hart and Hunter (1:16)
• 11. Georgia Peach Rag (2:29)
• 12. The Baptism (1:30)
• 13. Reno Ho! Part II (2:35)
• 14. The Homecoming (6:18)
• 15. Sour Mash Scherzo (1:09)
• 16. Cobb Dies (1:49)
• 17. The Beast Within (2:24)
• 18. The Ball Game - performed by Sister Wynona Carr (3:05)

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The insert includes a short note from the composer about the score.
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