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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story/Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn
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The Homecoming Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

The Homecoming Co-Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton

Rascals and Robbers Composed, Orchestrated, and Conducted by:
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Film Score Monthly
(March, 2011)
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Limited release of 3,000 copies, available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if pleasant and predictable extensions of familiar trademarks from Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner are interesting enough to warrant curiosity in this compilation of two of their obscure television works.

Avoid it... if you have no need to hear stripped-down siblings to half a dozen larger scores from each composer.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,703
WRITTEN 4/20/11
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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story/Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn: (Jerry Goldsmith/James Horner) While known for their diverse, award-winning careers writing music for feature films, Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner both experienced periods during which they relied upon television productions to maintain their income. For Horner, this stretch was understandably a vital part of his early years, but for Goldsmith, there were a few years in the early 1970's when the composer had written music for films that had failed at the box office. Despite his previous awards nominations and association with major projects, Goldsmith was left toiling away in the television genre from 1971 to 1973, producing music often as effective as his feature film scores, but obviously in more obscurity. In late 1971, he helped kick off the popular series "The Waltons" by scoring "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story," the film that performed well enough for CBS to spin it off into the family's well known 9-year run. Goldsmith's music for that film would be adapted by the composer into the subsequent series, though a return to an emphasis on major feature assignments caused "The Waltons" to use rearranged Goldsmith ideas by Arthur Morton and Alexander Courage after just a couple of years. The music for the concept was always folksy, responding to the rural but character-based aspect of the overarching plot. The redemptive tale of a large family's bond in a 1933 countryside setting was the topic at hand, and the film separated itself from the succeeding series with the Emmy-nominated performance of Patricia Neal as the mother of the Walton clan, returning from a long absence on screen due to a stroke. There was nothing particularly original about the story outside of the multitude of cute interactions between the many children. The score's ensemble for "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" was minimal in size but countered with its focus on colorful specialty instruments.



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Average: 2.78 Stars
***** 10 5 Stars
**** 14 4 Stars
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Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - May 8, 2011, at 2:55 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:36
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story: (Jerry Goldsmith) (20:16)

• 1. Promo (0:46)
• 2. Waltons Mountain (1:06)
• 3. Main Title (1:02)
• 4. The Hayloft (1:13)
• 5. The Christmas Tree (1:53)
• 6. Growing Pains (2:40)
• 7. The Broken Doll (1:15)
• 8. A Serious Matter (1:18)
• 9. A Man's Job (1:54)
• 10. The Sisters (1:30)
• 11. More Help (0:46)
• 12. A Late Visit (1:21)
• 13. A Miracle (1:46)
• 14. End Title (0:50)
• 15. Showcard #1/Showcard #2 (0:13)


Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn: (James Horner) (34:29)

• 16. Main Titles (2:26)
• 17. Tom Sees Scree for the First Time/Following the Spies (4:15)
• 18. Tom and Huck Discovered/Running Into the Stable (2:15)
• 19. Running From Scree (1:55)
• 20. Huck in the Tavern/Gallery of Rogues (1:39)
• 21. Captured by Scree (2:25)
• 22. Carnival Music/Turn in Your Noses (0:51)
• 23. Huck Shows Off/Riding to Town (3:03)
• 24. King Gasparbeltazar/Procession to Paradise Plantation (1:45)
• 25. Scree Comes to Beton's Landing (0:35)
• 26. Scree's Ride (0:22)
• 27. Reba's Escape (1:39)
• 28. Running to the Cave/Wild Drum Hits (2:22)
• 29. In the Cave (1:38)
• 30. Den of Snakes/Den of Snakes, Part II (1:57)
• 31. Wicked Surprise/Trapped/Scree's Surprise/Fight in the Graveyard (3:09)
• 32. End Titles (1:10)
• 33. Bumper #1/Bumper #2 (0:17)

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The insert includes detailed information about both television movies and their scores.
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