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I'll Do Anything
(1994)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
Suzette Moriarty

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 15th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you need to improve your mood by filling your environment with a safely conservative, mainstream blend of soft rock, subtle blues, and heartfelt woodwind performances.

Avoid it... if you require your scores to move with a distinct narrative progression during the listening experience, because I'll Do Anything tends to harmlessly sink into the background during its pleasant exploration of those genres.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,708
WRITTEN 3/18/10
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I'll Do Anything: (Hans Zimmer) It had always been the dream of writer, director, and producer James L. Brooks to bring a musical to the big screen, and buoyed by his success with Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News in the 1980's, he attempted his song and dance drama titled I'll Do Anything in 1994. The topic of familial reconciliation between a struggling actor and his young, estranged daughter carried the heart of Brooks' narrative, but his knack for a touch of satire in his work (evident in his decades of affiliation with "The Simpsons" on TV and film) caused the better half of I'll Do Anything to take aim at the movie industry itself. Jabs at the behind-the-scenes melodrama in Hollywood were greeted with enthusiasm due to Brooks' intelligent packaging of the industry's less glamorous machinations, though the father/daughter story with Nick Nolte in the lead was largely panned. Several musical numbers littered the first cuts of the picture, with the actors performing their own singing parts to varying levels of embarrassment. The songs were provided by the unlikely combination of Prince, Sinead O'Connor, and Carole King, with Hans Zimmer's underscore serving as a somewhat anonymous bridge between the numbers. The style of the songs was safely generic in the light rock genre, bordering at times on the children's genre as well. Zimmer was in the process of getting much practice in the art of adapting the melodies and tone of musical numbers into his underscores, though the extent of his efforts to incorporate the specific melodies and style of the songs originally slated to be heard in I'll Do Anything remains unknown. That's because test audiences were less than thrilled with early edits of the film, and in order to save the $40 million production, Brooks was forced to remove all but one of the songs. Problems with the flow of the story and an incapability of some of the actors to sing were cited as possible reasons. The director had to reassemble the crew and re-shoot a handful of scenes to cover the removed songs, turning almost all of I'll Do Anything into a standard drama. While the original recordings of the discarded songs were never released to the public, most of them were eventually repackaged by the individual artists for subsequent albums of their own. The fate of Brooks' film wasn't much brighter after the edits, though, failing to win any of the widespread acclaim that his other major projects tended to receive.

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Total Time: 42:03
• 1. Matt (7:17)
• 2. Burke (9:48)
• 3. Cathy (8:33)
• 4. Jeannie (13:58)
• 5. You Are the Best - performed by Whittni Wright (2:27)

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The insert includes a note from Zimmer about his collaboration with the director. He dedicates the score to his late mentor, Stanley Myers.
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