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(June 9th, 1998)
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Bootleg release only (listed as 'private'). Only some of the soundtrack specialty outlets sold it initially for about $30 in June, 1998. A very limited number of copies exist.
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Buy it... if you are a die-hard James Horner collector and seek a surprisingly competent bootlegged compilation of the composer's mostly non-released works.

Avoid it... if you expect to use the album for anything other than an educational experience, for many of the cues are intolerable and there is no flow the wildly varying selections.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #471
WRITTEN 6/19/98, REVISED 8/9/07
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James Horner: Suites and Themes: (compilation) While a significant number of scores have been bootlegged through the years since the invention of household CDr technology, there remain surprisingly few professional quality bootleg compilations of a single composer's work. Even fewer of these were so impressive in their production quality that official soundtrack specialty outlets sold them specifically as a top-notch bootleg. Such was the case with a 1998 compilation of unreleased music from the first dozen years of James Horner's career called "James Horner: Suites and Themes." This album featured a more professional pressing than most bootlegs, with a full color insert accompanying a well-burned CD. Sound quality of the product is generally acceptable, with only a couple of exceptions. There's nothing as atrocious as the muffled sound of the Project X bootleg that had been pressed just prior. The selection of original recordings is a treat for any Horner collector, even the veteran one, for the compilation offers pieces that would rarely see subsequent official or bootleg expansion in the following decade. As you might expect, the album serves as more of a curiosity than a consistent stand-alone listening experience. Many of the scores featured on the bootleg are from the first three years of Horner's active career, and along with the synthetic side of his writing in the 80's, there will be selections unrecognizable when compared to the rest of his music. Very few of the cues provided will actually give listeners the itchy feeling that Horner's self-rip-off techniques can cause. The one cue that actually pulls more inspiration from another composer rather than himself is the title music from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, a showtune extravaganza that owes significantly to Nino Rota and Danny Elfman. Bordering on the insane, this cue fortunately offers the album's best sound quality.



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Average: 2.9 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 71:23
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
• 1. Main Title (1:59)

48 Hours
• 2. Jail Break (5:07)
• 3. Hotel Shootout (2:53)
• 4. Following Luther (2:53)
• 5. Subway Escape (4:42)
• 6. End of the Line (2:00)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper
• 7. Main Title (5:50)

The Journey of Natty Gann
• 8. End Credits (3:16)

House of Cards
• 9. End Credits (3:04)
Something Wicked This Way Comes
• 10. Main Title (6:46)

Tales from the Crypt
• 11. Cutting Cards (3:48)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
• 12. In Training (2:18)
• 13. Going Home (5:36)

I Love You to Death
• 14. Happy Ending (6:52)

Jack the Bear
• 15. End Credits (3:30)

Uncommon Valor
• 16. Stealing the Choppers (5:03)
• 17. Mission Accomplished (5:42)

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