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Last Man Standing
(1996)
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Cooder Album
Bernstein Album
Album 2 Cover Art
Final Score Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Ry Cooder

Rejected Score Composed and Conducted by:

Rejected Score Orchestrated and Produced by:
Emilie Bernstein
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Verve Records
(September 17th, 1996)

Varèse Sarabande (Rejected)
(October 15th, 1996)
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Both albums are regular U.S. releases, though both are also out of print. The Cooder score on the Verve label is much more difficult to find.
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Buy it... on the Ry Cooder album only if you are a collector of his works; the Bernstein album will likewise only appeal to collectors of the composer's modern scores.

Avoid it... on the Ry Cooder album at all costs if you are a traditional film score collector.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #753
WRITTEN 9/28/96, REVISED 5/21/06
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Last Man Standing: (Elmer Bernstein/Ry Cooder) Sergio Leone's 1964 A Fistful of Dollars with Clint Eastwood was an adequate American interpretation of Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo from three years prior, though for some reason, director Walter Hill decided to make the same adaptation once again in the 1990's. Hill moves the setting up by another few decades into the prohibition era and, of course, inserts his usual excessive glorification of violence. The "no name man" who walks into 1920's Jericho this time is Bruce Willis, who may very have been perfect for the part, but in the process of destabilizing the truce between two Chicago bootlegging crime organizations in the small town (which leaves a whole lot of logical questions by itself), Willis takes advantage of his independent gunslinger skills to maim and kill people who obviously deserve such an end. And unless you're a fan of Hill's notion that it takes 40 bullets from tommy guns (shown very explicitly) to kill a man, then there's really no redeeming value in the film. Shunned by audiences in 1996, the film also suffered the wrath of critics, who easily exposed problems including the conflicting costume and set design for the period, Hill's bleaching of color from the film so that everything exists in a hazy yellow dust, and Ry Cooder's completely out-of-place electronic score that lets rip with some nasty rock sequences that the 57 people of Jericho could never have conceived of. Before Cooder's contribution, however, came a vibrant orchestral score from veteran Western composer Elmer Bernstein, who had transitioned from comedies in the 1980's to light dramas in the early 1990's. For Bernstein, Last Man Standing would be among the last opportunities to score a significant action picture on serious levels (Wild Wild West is much closer to his parody period than this), and for collectors of the composer weary of his minimal output at the time, Last Man Standing was an impressive orchestral explosion for that era in his career.



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Last Man Standing
Rick Lapin - January 29, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.
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Which score is better?
Mark C - August 17, 2009, at 3:25 p.m.
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LMS/Cooder
rlm - August 6, 2009, at 1:01 p.m.
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One more thing...
Stranger - May 9, 2008, at 5:22 a.m.
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I'm glad to be "untraditional"
stranger - May 2, 2008, at 5:27 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Ry Cooder Score Tracks   ▼Total Time: 70:57
• 1. Last Man Standing (3:42)
• 2. Wanda (3:36)
• 3. Jericho Blues (2:44)
• 4. Mexican Highjack (1:56)
• 5. Just Between You and Me (Smith & Lucy) (3:16)
• 6. Hickey's Back (1:30)
• 7. Gorgio Leaves Town (1:01)
• 8. Felina (4:59)
• 9. We're Quits/This is Hickey (3:28)
• 10. Church/Ranger Tom Pickett (4:39)
• 11. Five Mile Road (3:06)
• 12. Jericho Two-Step (2:52)
• 13. Smoke Bath/Girl Upstairs? (1:57)
• 14. Felina Drives (1:25)
• 15. Gotta Get Her Back (2:07)
• 16. Lucy's Ear (3:20)
• 17. Bathtub (1:05)
• 18. Where's the Girl? (2:13)
• 19. Find Him (2:53)
• 20. Icebox/Drive to Slim's/Slim's on Fire (3:17)
• 21. Hideout (0:54)
• 22. This Town is Finished (1:14)
• 23. Sunrise (1:50)
• 24. I Don't Want to Die in Texas (2:12)
• 25. Somewhere in the Desert/End Title (4:55)
• 26. Sanctuary (3:41)
Elmer Bernstein Score Tracks   ▼Total Time: 32:27

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The Cooder album insert includes a note from director Walter Hill. The Bernstein album includes general information about Bernstein and artist Matthew Joseph Peak, who painted the artwork for the album.
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