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For Love of the Game
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Steven Scott Smalley

Co-Produced by:
Tim Boyle
Mi Kyoung Chaing
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 16th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. The 15-minute promotional release of the score in the months prior to the commercial album is both rare and irrelevant.
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Buy it... if you seek the last truly strong tones of heartfelt personal exploration and broad strokes of Americana in Basil Poledouris' celebrated career.

Avoid it... if you've never been a fan of Poledouris' habit of mixing electronics at the forefront of an orchestral ensemble, for this score offers a healthy role to the composer's usual synthetic rhythms and an electric guitar.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #477
WRITTEN 11/20/99, REVISED 5/5/08
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Poledouris
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For Love of the Game: (Basil Poledouris) There are many things for baseball fans to admire about Sam Raimi's first mainstream, large budget motion picture, For Love of the Game. Its loyalty to an authentic Major League game is exhibited in its visuals, its star (Kevin Costner) is a tested on-screen veteran of the game, and announcers Vin Scully and Steve Lyons have familiar voices even a decade after the film's debut. Its main detriment, like most good sports films, comes in the half of the film outside of the white chalk lines, and For Love of the Game is, primarily, a love story. At the end of a long career with the dismal Detroit Tigers, Costner's 40-year-old pitcher is being forced into retirement after the last game of the 1999 season. While he reflects upon his life and his lost love during the pitching of that outing against the New York Yankees, he flirts with a perfect game, leading to an opportunity for salvation on and off the diamond. Raimi had a strong, lasting collaboration with composer Danny Elfman, and it would have been interesting to hear the composer's take on a blend of contemporary romance and the American pastime. More qualified would have been James Newton Howard, a mainstay of Costner's films during the actor/director's decline. The assignment went, however, to Basil Poledouris, a smart choice because of his lengthy history of writing personal scores with a touch of Americana. It is exactly that type of score that Poledouris provided for For Love of the Game, and it would turn out to be the composer's final mainstream effort before illness and troubles in his personal life concluded his artistic contributions. As his career sputtered to a sorry finish in the early 2000's (before his death in 2006), it eventually became clear that the duo of Les Misérables and For Love of the Game were the last of the composer's truly engaging works. The latter score is far less spectacular, but it speaks to the roots of Poledouris' habit of reaching to the heart of characters on screen and provided them with appropriately warm music.



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Total Time: 33:31
• 1. Main Theme (3:33)
• 2. Relationship Montage (3:35)
• 3. Tuttle Knockdown (1:47)
• 4. Jane's Home (4:50)
• 5. Gus Hits (1:09)
• 6. Lemonade (2:08)
• 7. The Apology (1:57)
• 8. No Hits (4:02)
• 9. The Decision (5:13)
• 10. Last Pitch (4:57)

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