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Home Alone
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1990 CBS
2010 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert W. Spencer
John Neufeld
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CBS Records
(December 8th, 1990)

La-La Land Records
(November 30th, 2010)
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The 1990 CBS album was a regular U.S. release, but it was out of print as of the mid-1990's. It was re-issued in identical form in the late 2000's. The expanded 2010 La-La Land product is limited to 3,500 copies and was initially made available at a price of $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
The song "Somewhere in my Memory" and the score were nominated for Academy Awards. That song was also nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... on any of its albums if you seek one of the most memorable, purely innocent Christmas scores in the history of film music.

Avoid it... if the hopelessly optimistic, spiritually seasonal nature of John Williams' first cheery children's score reduces it to a once-a-year kind of listening experience.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 1/15/11
Home Alone: (John Williams) This highly popular and likely overrated children's story written by John Hughes and shot by Chris Columbus in 1990 tests every limit of plausibility. By the end of Home Alone, any adult who has raised a child will wonder if an 8-year-old with the wit and composure of Macaulay Culkin's character actually exists. In the film, he plays a boy mistakenly left at his upscale home in the Chicago suburbs while his frantic family packs and departs for Paris, and in the time it takes for the neglectful parents to realize their error and return home, the boy comically foils a pair of burglars who attempt to invade the home. The depictions of violence are as ridiculously dumb and unbelievable as they could possibly be, and the film attempts to redeem itself with a solid message of Holiday forgiveness involving an initially frightening but ultimately friendly neighbor who saves the boy. Despite negative reviews, Home Alone became the third most successful film in box office grosses in the history of cinema, though its only Oscar nominations both came for John Williams' memorable original score and embedded primary song. The composer had a relatively slow period in his schedule late in 1990 and had not intended to write another score that year, but he by chance attended a screening of Home Alone that Columbus had provided to other Steven Spielberg associates. His enthusiasm for the film caused him to actively seek the assignment after the production's original composer, Bruce Broughton, had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict. It had been a while since John Williams had composed a score specifically aimed at children (if ever, really) and after raving about the initial cut of the film to his own circle of associates, he tackled the new genre with so much zeal that the resulting fruitful friendship with Columbus would lead to several subsequent endeavors in that genre (including the Harry Potter films). Not only were the ramifications exciting for Williams' fans, but the composer approached the project with a refreshing new enthusiasm that carried over into the tone of his composition. After a year which included the dramatic, often tense scores for Presumed Innocent, Stanley & Iris, and Always, Williams shed all of that weight and provided what essentially amounts to a perfect comedic Christmas score.

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Average: 3.95 Stars
***** 1,207 5 Stars
**** 844 4 Stars
*** 396 3 Stars
** 218 2 Stars
* 170 1 Stars
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5 STARS !!!
tommy - May 24, 2010, at 7:06 a.m.
1 comment  (1106 views)
john williams was first hans zimmer   Expand >>
sam - April 25, 2007, at 11:29 a.m.
2 comments  (3146 views)
Newest: April 7, 2008, at 9:06 S.Venkatnarayanan
What about the contributions from Torme, Drifters, etc?
Chris - December 16, 2005, at 12:25 p.m.
1 comment  (2185 views)
Additional Orchestrations
N.R.Q. - November 13, 2005, at 10:43 a.m.
1 comment  (1657 views)
Brilliant score, but tainted with time   Expand >>
Julio Gomez - April 26, 2005, at 6:02 a.m.
4 comments  (4287 views)
Newest: June 12, 2006, at 7:17 blah
Setting the Traps cue is stolen...   Expand >>
tim - December 22, 2004, at 7:47 p.m.
7 comments  (5602 views)
Newest: January 18, 2011, at 10:20 Richard Kleiner

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1990 CBS Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 57:01
• 1. Main Titles/Somewhere in my Memory (4:53)
• 2. Holiday Flight (0:59)
• 3. The House (2:27)
• 4. Star of Bethlehem - orchestral version (2:51)
• 5. Man of the House (4:33)
• 6. White Christmas - performed by The Drifters (2:40)
• 7. Scammed by a Kindergartener (3:55)
• 8. Please Come Home for Christmas - performed by Southside Johnny Lyon (2:41)
• 9. Follow that Kid! (2:03)
• 10. Making the Plane (0:52)
• 11. O Holy Night - written by Adolphe Adam (2:48)
• 12. Carol of the Bells - written by Peter Wilhousky (1:25)
• 13. Star of Bethlehem - choral version (2:59)
• 14. Setting the Trap (2:16)
• 15. Somewhere in my Memory (1:04)
• 16. The Attack on the House (6:53)
• 17. Mom Returns/Finale (4:19)
• 18. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - performed by Mel Torme (3:05)
• 19. We Wish You a Merry Christmas/End Titles (4:15)
2010 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 78:48

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The sparse insert of the 1990 album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2010 album's insert contains detailed notes about both.
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