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Leatherheads
(2008)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jonathan Sacks
J.A.C. Redford
Ira Hearshen

Co-Produced by:
Frank Wolf
Bruno Coon

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 25th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if a blend of authentic 20's jazz band ramblings and comical impressions of both that style and early college marching bands is consistent with your established taste for Randy Newman's music.

Avoid it... if you've never been able to tolerate the foundation of 1920's jazz that has defined many of Newman's famous scores, for Leatherheads takes the style to parody levels.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,342
WRITTEN 4/13/08
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Leatherheads: (Randy Newman) Fluffy and warm period comedies may be out of style, but Leatherheads pays about as much attention to that as it did the fact that it's a football-themed film released at the start of baseball season. In the 1920's, baseball was already the pastime and professional football was nonexistent. A slick, aging football player longing for the glory of his college playing days pitches an idea to a money man regarding the concept of taking the best college football talents and creating a professional league, which, in the interest of money, happens. Leatherheads is less about the historical facts (nor is it really a sports film at heart) than it is about sharp character exchanges and silly laughs. Dumb physical comedy and Golden Age romance are a strange combination for the modern age, and in the process of trying to make the sparring between George Clooney and Renee Zellweger into a mirror image of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, Leatherheads is an odd duck. Clooney's own direction means well but the viability of its flighty charm has been questioned by more than one critic. If you step back and try to imagine which composer would be perfect to write snazzy high jazz for a 1920's picture (with a touch of 40's romance), who better an answer exists than Randy Newman? The famed songwriter is known for his period scores, his lovable comedic sensibilities, and his mastery of the genre of jazz. All three would play a major role in Leatherheads, a film very well suited for the kind of jazzy slapstick that Newman can crank out in his sleep. With the game of football not established as the testosterone-driven war of masculinity that is often conveyed in its music today, Newman's treatment of the sport has nothing more to rely upon than the trite, source-like tones of a marching band, the lasting epitome of the college football team sound. There are some distinct inspirations evident in the music of Leatherheads, including a few anthems here and there, a touch of Golden Age film score references, and the use of a George and Ira Gershwin tune for good measure.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 43:48
• 1. The Princeton Tiger (1:31)
• 2. Good Old Princeton: The College Game (2:24)
• 3. The Professional Game (3:58)
• 4. The Pros Go to College (1:23)
• 5. Help From High School (Gonged) (0:56)
• 6. Dodge (2:40)
• 7. Lexi (1:57)
• 8. Ich Gebe Auf (2:10)
• 9. Carter is Blue (3:21)
• 10. How One Longs for Princeton (1:26)
• 11. Ah, Love (2:47)
• 12. The Man I Love - performed by Ledisi (4:02)
• 13. Pool Party (2:37)
• 14. Dan Higgins (1:01)
• 15. Trouble (1:44)
• 16. Up Close and Personal (1:54)
• 17. The Ambiguity of Victory (3:39)
• 18. Sgt. York (1:00)
• 19. Into the Sunset (1:21)
• 20. Reprise for Tiffany (2:11)

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