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Gnomeo & Juliet
(2011)
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Songs Composed and Album Co-Produced by:
Elton John

Song Lyrics by:
Bernie Taupin

Score Composed by:
James Newton Howard
Chris Bacon

Score Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Score Produced by:
Jim Weidman
Stuart Michael Thomas
Ali Dee Theodore

Album Co-Produced by:
David Furnish
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Buena Vista Records
(February 8th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're an avid Elton John enthusiast and seek two new songs and a selection of four score tracks that, at least in two of them, provide very alluring instrumental versions of his most famous melodies.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear the film version of "Hello Hello" with Lady Gaga or anything beyond what's described above, because the album offers very little for film score collectors or those seeking an abundance of new material from John.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,538
WRITTEN 2/28/11
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Gnomeo & Juliet: (Elton John/James Newton Howard/Chris Bacon) William Shakespeare not only inspired the 2011 animated comedy Gnomeo & Juliet in name and concept, but he also appears as a character in the story who cautions of inevitable tragedy in the plot. As expected, however, a sour ending is not in the cards for the garden gnomes in the CGI-animated film, one that bounced around between several Disney-affiliated studios before oddly landing at Touchstone. Despite several years of production stops and starts that rotated through multiple directing candidates, Gnomeo & Juliet eventually landed on its feet and reached the expected $100 million mark at the box office within only a couple of weeks. The story pits the garden gnomes of two unfriendly neighbors against each in a state of open warfare that involves the use of lawnmowers to attack each others' home turf. The wars stop when humans walk by, of course, following the most basic rule of the Toy Story universe. In the midst of this war, the leader of one of the yards of gnomes, Gnomeo, accidentally comes across the beautiful "daughter" gnome of another nearby yard, Juliet, and the two navigate the adventure of the larger battle on their way to realizing the "happily ever after" destiny that alluded Shakespeare's original duo of lovers. Mixed reviews may foreshadow Gnomeo & Juliet's unlikelihood of earning the respect and money of its Disney/Pixar counterparts, though such outcome probably wouldn't be the fault of the throngs of Elton John fans out there. The legendary knighted performer served as one of the producers on the project and basically saturates the movie with his music. His involvement within the realm of animation is most commonly associated with The Lion King and, to a lesser extent, The Road to El Dorado, both situations in which composer Hans Zimmer provided the adaptations of John's melodies into the original scores. For Gnomeo & Juliet, John seems to have retained even more control over the usage of music, utilizing a balance of both old and new songs of his and applying those ideas directly to the score in such a way that the strictly instrumental portions really have no identity of their own.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 60:24
• 1. Hello Hello - performed by Elton John (3:44)
• 2. Crocodile Rock - performed by Nelly Furtado and Elton John (3:26)
• 3. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) - performed by Elton John (4:54)
• 4. Don't Go Breaking My Heart - performed by Elton John (4:33)
• 5. Love Builds a Garden - performed by Elton John (3:34)
• 6. Your Song - performed by Elton John (4:01)
• 7. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time) - performed by Elton John (4:42)
• 8. Tiny Dancer - performed by Elton John (6:14)
• 9. Bennie and the Jets - performed by Elton John (5:20)
• 10. Gnomeo and Juliet* (4:22)
• 11. Dandelions* (4:24)
• 12. Bennie and the Bunnies* (2:52)
• 13. Terrafirminator* (5:24)
• 14. The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room - performed by Wally Boag, Fulton Burley, Thurl Ravenscroft, and the Mellomen (2:37)
* Original score suite track

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The insert includes extensive credits and lyrics to the two new songs, but no extra information about the score or film. Inserting the CD into a computer will yield a link to a location at Disney's website with additional consumer-grade material.
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