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In Too Deep
(1999)
Album Cover Art
1999 Varèse
2008 Promotional
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Produced by:
Konstantinos Christides
Flavio Motalla
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(September 21st, 1999)

Promotional
(April, 2008)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1999 Varèse Sarabande album is a regular U.S. release. The 2008 promotional album is an extremely limited pressing, offered free by one soundtrack specialty outlet on orders over $100. It was no longer advertised as being available two weeks later.
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Buy it... on the rare 2008 promotional album if you originally enjoyed the R&B and noir elements of the score and are open to hearing Christopher Young's own rearrangement of the material to better reflect them.

Avoid it... on the same promo album if you seek a true representation of the music actually used in the film (including the orchestral portions), which the 1999 Varèse Sarabande product more accurately reflects.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,173
WRITTEN 10/18/99, REVISED 5/5/08
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In Too Deep: (Christopher Young) As a fragmented tribute to several cop and organized crime thrillers of the past, In Too Deep didn't really present any new concepts with which to draw audience interest. Decent performances by Omar Epps and LL Cool J were wasted by a derivative script and poor pacing. Epps plays an undercover cop assigned to infiltrate LL Cool J's drug distribution business in Cincinnati, and the (often tense and violent) interaction between the two is the central focus of the story. Australian director Michael Rymer was unsuccessful in reaching out to black pop culture audiences with In Too Deep, despite the heavy influence of rap and R&B sounds in the songs and score for the production. Composer Christopher Young had proven his ability to provide convincing scores for black culture films with such noteworthy efforts as Tales from the Hood and Set It Off, and In Too Deep is an intelligent extension of some of the same ideas. At the time, the project reportedly represented the first in a set of three films that Young was signed to write for Miramax arthouse ventures. He was thrilled to not only have the opportunity to write the score, but also contribute the melody to one of the film's songs. The assignment required Young to infuse an orchestral base of urban suspense and drama with an R&B sound representative of the culture in the story. Not only did he accomplish this, but he even managed to incorporate a slightly noir style of classic street thriller origin with the use of muted trumpets and saxophones as counterpoint to the score's more fluid R&B movements.



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510 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.7 Stars
***** 103 5 Stars
**** 62 4 Stars
*** 78 3 Stars
** 113 2 Stars
* 154 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:44
• 1. In Too Deep (3:09)
• 2. Cool J (2:15)
• 3. Slam Guru (3:27)
• 4. Hair Wind Child (3:56)
• 5. Thank Not (1:53)
• 6. Wild Life (1:52)
• 7. Suite 201 (2:49)
• 8. Bust (2:30)
• 9. God's Alive (Inside a Movie) (2:30)
• 10. Ant Heel Blues (2:58)
• 11. Tank Trips (1:38)
• 12. Jay Ball Sweat (2:55)
• 13. Frisco in the Trash (2:34)
• 14. Missing Vocal (3:14)
2008 Promotional Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:54

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The Varèse album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The promo's insert contains a lengthy note from Young about his frustrations with the score and the Varèse album.
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