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Come See the Paradise
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Alan Parker

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Additional Music by:
Alex Parker
Jake Parker
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 13th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if you are a collector of Randy Edelman's pleasant, soft melodies and want a short, but touching piano theme to go with one extremely memorable action cue.

Avoid it... if you've heard the second cue on this album in one of many movie trailers and are hoping that the rest of the score is even remotely similar in style.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #943
WRITTEN 9/23/03, REVISED 4/6/09
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Come See the Paradise: (Randy Edelman) A 1990 film that has since been completely forgotten, Come See the Paradise tells the touching story of romance and perseverance between an American man (played by Randy Quaid) and a Japanese-American woman during the domestic turmoil of World War II. Executive Order 9066, written and implemented by President Roosevelt's wartime government, puts the pair through undue trials when the family of the Japanese woman is imprisoned in the American desert. Her husband, battling his own demons and a brush with the law, must also overcome the prejudice of the woman's Japanese-born family, slowly attempting to win over their hearts by showing his loyalty and commitment to the woman he loves. It is an intensely personal film, and it redeems itself (despite poor editing that managed to cut out the scene in which the script explains the title of the film) through its character development and masterful use of songs appropriate to the culture and time. Director Alan Parker has often allowed his sons to dabble in the scoring efforts for his films, eventually allowing them to completely handle the scoring duties for his 2003 film, The Life of David Gale, and both Alex and Jake Parker have a role in rounding out the music for Come See the Paradise. The primary scoring responsibilities, however, would fall on Randy Edelman, whose talents in heavy drama weren't well known at the time. This score came before Gettysburg and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in 1993, and it would mark Edelman's arrival on the industry scene with a single, popular, minute-long track in his score. Edelman's sensibilities for melody, naturally existing from his songwriting past, would be employed to provide the likable charm for Come See the Paradise, something he has done several times since. Compared to those efforts, Edelman's work here is not as inspiring, perhaps, with the spirit of the film calling for a very simple thematic approach rather than the grandiose one that his listeners are now accustomed to hearing.



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Average: 3.26 Stars
***** 86 5 Stars
**** 80 4 Stars
*** 79 3 Stars
** 60 2 Stars
* 49 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 33:43
• 1. Love Theme (4:44)
• 2. Fire in Brooklyn Theatre (1:20)
• 3. Shikataganai (0:26)
• 4. Love is the Sweetest Thing - performed by Mark Earley (3:13)
• 5. Lily and Mini (0:48)
• 6. Flower that Blooms in the Rain - performed by Mariko Seki (2:21)
• 7. Kawamura Family Theme* (2:49)
• 8. Jack And Lily (1:25)
• 9. Nevertheless - performed by Bart Kalmar and Harry Ruby (1:48)
• 10. You Can't Spit at Heaven (0:49)
• 11. Forget Me Not - performed by Sanae Hosaka (3:27)
• 12. Little Tokyo (0:56)
• 13. Terminal Island (0:39)
• 14. Santa Anita* (0:39)
• 15. Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree - performed by Teri Eiko Koide, Jumi Emizawa, and Cynthia Lawren (2:28)
• 16. Bad Days (0:30)
• 17. Love Birds - performed by Syoji (2:20)
• 18. Nine Tiny Seconds* (0:48)
• 19. A Little Bag of Magic (2:07)
* additional score by Jake and Alex Parker

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note from Edelman about the score.
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