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Judas Kiss: The Film Music of Christopher Young
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(October 17th, 2000)
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Buy it... only if you consider yourself a truly avid fan of Christopher Young's works, for this odd compilation is nevertheless interesting testimony in support of his diverse talents.

Avoid it... if you can't imagine anything worse than hearing Young's writing for Hammond organ and accordion for half an hour before a collection of well-meaning but poor performances of his classic works by a college ensemble ensues.
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WRITTEN 9/5/01, REVISED 7/20/08
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Judas Kiss: The Film Music of Christopher Young: (Christopher Young) By 2000, Christopher Young was in the process of reinventing his career. When he first blasted onto the scoring scene in the 1980's, he stunned audiences with his magical and robust horror scores, many of which produced the kind of massive orchestral terror not ever heard in film. His Hellraiser scores alone put him on the map in Hollywood, leading to several years of producing quality horror and suspense scores for such films as Copycat and Species. The year 2000 saw confirmation that Young was branching out into new realms, including a number of comedies and light dramas that required a far different style of music. The 1999 disaster Judas Kiss was among these films. Shot in 1998 but orphaned without a distributor, the Sebastian Gutierrez film was eventually picked up by a television company in Britain in 1999 before making an obscure, direct video release in America later the same year. It had star power, surprisingly, in the form of Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, who play New Orleans police (is that strange or what?) on the hunt for murderers and kidnappers that lead all the way up to the Governor of Louisiana. Young decided to tackle the project with an extension of the jazzy sound that he had provided for Rounders and The Big Kahuna, which is interesting because while there are significant similarities in instrumentation and attitude between this score and Wonder Boys, the bluegrass score for Wonder Boys seems as though it would be a better match for this Deep South film (and, vice versa, the mostly jazz score for Judas Kiss might have worked in the Pennsylvania setting better). In any case, Young once again incorporated a Hammond organ and accordion into the mix, which will immediately (and appropriately) turn off a fair share of potential listeners. The light, foot-tapping jazz is consistently well meaning, though it doesn't compete with the two mambo cues that are far more memorable. Simply put, if you appreciate the stylish small ensemble sound that Young employed for Wonder Boys and other similar entries, then you'll find pleasure in the short Judas Kiss score.



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Total Time: 67:49
Judas Kiss:

• 1. Judas Kiss (2:20)
• 2. Indiglo (2:34)
• 3. Mod Mango (1:27)
• 4. Coco-La-Mambo (3:32)
• 5. Lizard Meditations (1:16)
• 6. Ameliorate (2:11)
• 7. Beef Orgasms (1:48)
• 8. Sebastiana (2:40)
• 9. Missed Kiss (4:03)
• 10. Elevate to Heaven (3:45)
• 11. Patty Who? (2:35)
• 12. Lucky Charmed (2:56)
• 13. Borkum Riff (2:57)
• 14. Bee Wax Menthol (3:20)
• 15. Coco-La-Mas-Mambo (3:32)
The Butler Symphony Orchestra & Chorus:

• 16. Getting Even: Helicopter Chase (3:17)
• 17. Copycat: End Title (5:06)
• 18. Species: Suite (5:29)
• 19. Hellraiser & Hellbound: Suite (11:55)

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The insert contains extensive notes written by Vance Brawley and Nathaniel Thompson (who ran the composer's official site at the time). As usual for a private Young release, the track titles are quite humorous.
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