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K2
(1991)
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European Score Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

European Score Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Fiachra Trench

European Score Guitar Solos by:
Pete Haycock

European Score Ethnic Woodwind Solos by:
Richard Harvey

European Score Co-Produced by:
Franc Roddam

American Score Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Chaz Jankel
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(Zimmer Score)
(September 15th, 1992)
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The Varèse Sarabande album with the Zimmer score is a regular U.S. release but features different cover art in its pressings. The Jankel score has bever been commercially released and is very difficult to find in bootleg form.
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Buy it... if you long for the days when Hans Zimmer could conjure a compelling mix of symphonic grandeur, contemporary rock tones, and stylish electric guitar solos without compromising on attention to details or depth of empathy.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in hearing the guitar performances of Thelma & Louise accompanied by thematic structures of Backdraft and instrumental brooding similar to The House of the Spirits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,558
WRITTEN 4/7/10
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K2: (Hans Zimmer/Chaz Jankel) The fact that the 1991 film K2 is an adaptation of a stage play should tell you that it is primarily a character story and not a cheap adventure flick. Unfortunately, people expecting to see raw mountain climbing without all the character fluff were left with film that filled most of its 104 minutes with forced, shallow dialogue. Only $3 million in grosses awaited K2 at the box office, its release in America delayed until 1992. The plot tells of two friends with opposite lifestyles sharing a passion for mountain climbing. They become part of an expedition to climb K2, the second highest mountain in the world, and not only succeed but also are the only two to survive the ordeal. Along their journey, however, the script slows to a crawl as the two leads (Michael Biehn and Matt Craven) endlessly contemplate life and death issues in extended scenes. Still, K2 contains a worthy collection of outstanding helicopter shots of the expedition and landscape, a redeeming element for some viewers. To accompany these glorious shots of the snowy, wind-blown mountains in brilliant sunlight, director Franc Roddam obviously sought a contemporary musical sound defined by ballsy electric guitar wailing and drum pad pounding. The original composer for the project was Chaz Jankel, a British keyboard and guitar player who contributed songs and performances for the funk and new wave band Ian Dury and the Blockheads in the late 1970's. At some point in the film's troubled post-production process, and likely in part due to Paramount, Roddam approached Hans Zimmer to write a replacement score. Despite the fact that the European version of the film came out six months prior to the American cut, Zimmer's work (augmented by a few minutes of material from Nick-Glennie Smith not available on commercial album) was only heard in the first release. Thus, in the messy period of rearrangement in between, Jankel's score must have been re-inserted into the film. Perhaps not surprisingly, the amount of Jankel music in that American version is very limited; extended sequences of both dialogue and transitional climbing contain no score whatsoever, yielding to the sound effects of blowing wind in many cases. His music badly underachieves anyway, failing to generate much excitement with its sparse, simplistic constructs. It seemingly consists of only keyboarding, guitar, and percussion loops, repeating the same general ideas over and over again with little effective variance for the emotional swings on screen. The long scenes of dialogue are typically absent his music altogether.

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Total Time: 41:20
• 1. The Ascent (27:39)
• 2. The Descent (13:41)

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