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Liberty Heights
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Andrea Morricone

Performed by:
Roma Sinfonietta
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Atlantic Records
(January 4th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release. The song compilation for the film was released at the same time.
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Buy it... if you have always enjoyed the melodic romanticism of Ennio Morricone's light, dramatic works and wish to hear the first American score by his son, Andrea.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear any of the unconventional elements of the father's style in his son's early work, for Liberty Heights is as pleasant and relaxing as it gets.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,205
WRITTEN 1/21/00, REVISED 11/10/07
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Liberty Heights: (Andrea Morricone) In an attempt to win arthouse audiences in the 1999 awards season, director Barry Levinson returned once again to the setting of Baltimore for a film that could not be any more different from his disastrous, previous venture for Sphere. Levinson's rich, period character dramas, whether set in his favorite city or not, have often exhibited the director's best work. In Liberty Heights, he would tell the story of a Jewish family growing up in 1954, and the cultural, racial, and religious narratives span each member of that family for significant air time. With the story's constantly pleasant tone and little violence to speak of, Liberty Heights is a positive and upbeat tale, and this tone translates to an easy score by Andrea Morricone. Son of the famed composer Ennio Morricone, Andrea's writing career for most casual listeners was restrained to the additional work he had provided to his father's efforts. Levinson's usual list of musical collaborators resides high on the talent scale, including several projects worked with Ennio Morricone. While it's not certain if Ennio was the primary choice of Levinson for Liberty Heights, it wouldn't be surprising to learn that he recommended his son for the assignment. The score would be Andrea's first American exposure, though the recording would be conducted in Rome. Perhaps also of no surprise is the plain fact that Andrea's writing for this score reflects many of the stylistic tones of his father's career, though without any of the unconventional aspects that have defined his father. A keen sense of melody, and the lyrical expression of fragments of that melody throughout the score, is a capability that has obviously passed from father to son. His work for Liberty Heights is rich with meaningful theme and heart, providing a very strong backdrop for the family tale in timeless fashion. It is impressive not only in the genuine conveyance of contemplation it provides for the film, but it also translates into a very listenable series of classically constructed orchestral cues (with a few highly notable solos) on album.



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Average: 3.3 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:15
• 1. Opening (2:13)
• 2. Ben Denies Melvin (2:39)
• 3. Down a Baltimore Street (4:24)
• 4. Graduation (2:50)
• 5. Nate With His Boys (2:03)
• 6. Going to a Party (2:55)
• 7. Inside the School (4:10)
• 8. Patterson Park Story (4:06)
• 9. The Swimming Pool (2:24)
• 10. Youth Theme (2:17)
• 11. Van and Trey (1:52)
• 12. Walking to the Club (3:16)
• 13. $100,000 Phone Call (1:46)
• 14. On the Stage (2:01)
• 15. Liberty Heights (5:11)

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