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Days of Thunder
(1990)
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1996 Bootleg
2013 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler

Co-Produced by:
Paul Staveley O'Duffy
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
First Born Records (Bootleg)
(1996)

La-La Land Records
(November 5th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Although the First Born Records albums of the mid-1990's were professionally pressed, they were still bootlegs. Some did filter through soundtrack specialty outlets at that time. Subsequent fan-made bootlegs appended additional material from other Zimmer scores. The 2013 La-La Land Records album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you desire a cross between Hans Zimmer's later bad-ass attitude and electric guitar-dominated style of Drop Zone and the easy-going romantic sensibilities of Green Card.

Avoid it... if the composer's somewhat dated, early hard rock material leaves you as cold as Days of Thunder does for those not interested in moody hunks and ridiculous cars.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,435
WRITTEN 3/19/10, REVISED 1/30/14
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Days of Thunder: (Hans Zimmer) Capitalizing on the runaway success of Top Gun several years earlier, director Tony Scott and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer placed actor Tom Cruise in race cars rather than jets and enjoyed a solid but lesser degree of the same attraction from mainstream audiences. Similar character confrontations based on generic stereotypes plague both films, the depth of the narrative shallow enough to avoid interfering with the main features: hunks and machines. Cruise plays an upstart racer seeking to break into NASCAR and, in so doing, makes expected enemies and unexpected friends. A surprisingly deep cast floats the picture despite its obvious flaws in the screenplay, though such issues were typically ignored by the throngs of auto racing enthusiasts who loved Days of Thunder because of its only marginally masked connections to real life racers and events in the sport. The project was an opening volley in the eventually fruitful collaboration between the director (and producers) and composer Hans Zimmer; in subsequent years, it became customary for Zimmer and then his assistant, Harry Gregson-Williams, to write the music for Scott's movies. The balance between score and songs in Days of Thunder was more favorable towards the score than had been in Top Gun, with upwards of an hour of original material written to intermingle with the predictable pop songs that eventually comprised the commercial album release for the 1990 venture (Zimmer co-wrote one of them, "The Last Note of Freedom," with Billy Idol). Collectors of the composer's music long maintained an interest in hearing an official score-only offering on album for Days of Thunder, though the composer always stated that if he had his way, such an album for the score would never happen. Zimmer, who sometimes finds himself arguing against album releases of his own music, is particularly harsh on his output for this film. In 1998, he stated, "I've done some truly bad scores and Days of Thunder is one of them," and when pressed about why there was no album for that score, he reprised those sentiments by saying, "...because there wasn't any good music in it."



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Average: 3.01 Stars
***** 31 5 Stars
**** 37 4 Stars
*** 42 3 Stars
** 35 2 Stars
* 31 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 First Born Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 79:24
• 1. Main Title (3:08)
• 2. Test Drive (1:17)
• 3. A New Driver (0:47)
• 4. Introduction (1:35)
• 5. Cole's Round (0:59)
• 6. Car Building (2:41)
• 7. Darlington/First Victory (4:50)
• 8. Kamikaze Drivers (2:08)
• 9. The Crash (1:29)
• 10. Casualty Ward/Talk to Me (2:18)
• 11. Wheelchair Race (0:38)
• 12. Cole & Claire/Rental Car Chase (3:50)
• 13. Cole's Call/Dating Claire (1:50)
• 14. See Me Drive (0:50)
• 15. Drafting (0:41)
• 16. Atlanta/Burning Car (1:12)
• 17. Cole vs. Russ (2:26)
• 18. Reflections (1:00)
• 19. Drive My Car/Rowdy's Wish (1:21)
• 20. Scared (1:01)
• 21. Harry's Speech/Daytona (1:58)
• 22. Dawn (4:01)
• 23. Victory Lane (1:19)
• 24. End Titles (3:26)
• 25-27. (three tracks from Radio Flyer)
(46:51 from Days of Thunder)
2013 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 71:00

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The insert of the original 1996 bootleg includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2013 La-La Land album's insert contains notation about both.
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