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Heartbeeps
(1981)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert W. Spencer

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 1st, 2001)
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A limited Varèse Sarabande CD Club release of only 3,000 unnumbered copies. This album was the first of three to begin a resurrection of an earlier CD Club that existed in the late 80's and early 90's. Its initial cost was $20, but it eventually sold out at soundtrack specialty outlets and escalated in price. Full index: VCL 1101-1001
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Buy it... only if you consider yourself one of the most avid John Williams collectors, because Heartbeeps is among the composer's most unconventional works.

Avoid it... if the sound of early MIDI-like synthesizers in comedy duty gives you an instant headache.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,126
WRITTEN 11/7/01, REVISED 10/22/08
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Heartbeeps: (John Williams) The lovable 1981 Allan Arkush film Heartbeeps was a rare opportunity to see Andy Kaufman on the big screen. He and Bernadette Peters star as obsolete robots in the future, awaiting their demise in a company warehouse until they decide to break loose by stealing a van and searching for a life on their own. Other malfunctioning robots go in pursuit, though a happy ending awaits as the two primary robots discover the concept a love and, after building a child out of spare parts, retire to a blissful existence together in a junk yard. The film, despite having some star power in its cast and crew, went nowhere. When an average movie-goer (or even a film music collector) thinks about John Williams soundtracks of the early 1980's, Heartbeeps isn't exactly what comes to mind. But as is the case with every established composer, a successful collaboration with a director or producer for a major film will often lead to a subsequent collaboration on a smaller, more personal project. Such was the case with Heartbeeps. Williams had worked with the producer, Michael Phillips, on Close Encounters of a Third Kind, and when this lighthearted Phillips comedy was being assembled in 1981, Williams accepted the scoring job. It was perhaps awkward for such a score to be written and recorded by the maestro in between The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the mystery is deepened upon hearing its very unconventional instrumental style. For the reason of a lack of interest from an ambivalent population of fans, Heartbeeps was never released into the digital medium until long after all of Williams' other post-Star Wars era scores had debuted on CD. With the resurrection of the once popular Varèse Sarabande CD Club in 2001, the score was finally pressed onto CD to, quite frankly, the praise of only a few Williams collectors. Unfortunately, as noted by more than a few film score experts, soundtracks such as Heartbeeps don't go un-pressed on CD without good reason. In fact, the overriding reason that this score was absent on album for so long was because it has very little that resembles the John Williams known to the world. Nor is it particularly listenable.

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300 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.98 Stars
***** 55 5 Stars
**** 57 4 Stars
*** 70 3 Stars
** 65 2 Stars
* 53 1 Stars
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What a nice little motif at
JB - January 29, 2007, at 4:26 a.m.
1 comment  (1658 views)
Heartbeeps
Alice Keymer - December 15, 2006, at 11:48 a.m.
1 comment  (1642 views)
My Heart Will Beep On
Ken S - December 26, 2001, at 12:39 p.m.
1 comment  (2271 views)
Fascinating score, but worth the price?
H.J. Carter - November 15, 2001, at 10:42 a.m.
1 comment  (2136 views)
My Heart Is Beeping Wildly   Expand >>
Ken S - November 14, 2001, at 2:13 p.m.
2 comments  (2598 views)
Newest: September 7, 2005, at 11:05 a.m.by PDQ
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:19
• 1. Main Title (3:10)
• 2. Beautiful, Isn't It? (4:25)
• 3. Thunderstorm (0:39)
• 4. Seeing the Rainbow (1:09)
• 5. Projected Trip (1:43)
• 6. Sneaking Out (0:35)
• 7. Val's First Drive (2:43)
• 8. Crimebuster (3:25)
• 9. Phil is Born (1:50)
• 10. In the Woods (2:00)
• 11. Come Phil! (0:52)
• 12. It's a Camel (2:27)
• 13. The Love Scene (2:04)
• 14. Crimebuster Follows (2:24)
• 15. Crimebuster Breaks Up Party (1:05)
• 16. Domestic Spat (1:38)
• 17. The Junkyard (1:57)
• 18. Raccoon Chasing (0:41)
• 19. Crimebuster's Shadow (0:34)
• 20. To the Factory (1:49)
• 21. Val and Phil (4:22)
• 22. Catskill Rests (1:04)
• 23. Going to Sleep (3:30)
• 24. Domestic Bliss (1:18)
• 25. Crimebuster Always Gets His Man (1:56)
• 26. End Credits (4:12)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a lengthy note from album producer Robert Townson, for whom it is customary to include lengthy analysis of both the film and score in the Varèse Sarabande CD Club releases.
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