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Meet Joe Black
(1998)
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Composed, Conducted, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Vocals Performed by:
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Universal Records
(November 3rd, 1998)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you were whisked away by the romantic swirls of Thomas Newman's score at the bittersweet finale of the film.

Avoid it... if you want to believe the hype that Meet Joe Black is that rare, truly heartfelt and consistent romance score from Newman.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #144
WRITTEN 12/11/98, REVISED 1/21/07
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Meet Joe Black: (Thomas Newman) Having spent an eternity watching humanity and ending its miserable little individual existences, are we really to believe that Death himself would be as hopelessly uninformed and boring as Brad Pitt? Where was Christopher Lloyd when this film was made? The story of Meet Joe Black would have you believe in Pitt, and despite a solid cast and crew, very little about the film convinced critics and audiences when it debuted in 1998. Inspired by part of the plot of a 1934 movie, Death Takes a Holiday, the story poses the question of what would happen if Death spent a few weeks on Earth, enjoying the pleasures of humanity while granting an old man a reprieve from his inevitable heart attack. The film deals mostly with the love affair that Death has while human, dragging the story to its own belated death after three seemingly endless hours of running time. Pacing was the primary problem with the film, with conversational cues taking forever to transpire, and while the film eventually goes through all the right emotional moves, it lacks the depth of character to enchant you. One of the technical aspects of the film that was highly praised at the time was Thomas Newman's score, hailed as a success due mostly to a grand use of orchestral theme at the end of the picture. Newman had flirted on the outskirts of large scale romantic dramas for several years, often including a flourish or two of grand orchestral style in his scores for marginal films like Phenomenon and The Horse Whisperer. His consistently strong era of The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women had their own remarkable collection of cues each, but Newman's fans continued to wait for the composer to break loose from the restraints of either the period or the darkness of those earlier projects and write a purely heartfelt romance score. Some of those fans still insist that Meet Joe Black was that score, though others disagree. One thing is certain: Meet Joe Black is a trademark Thomas Newman score through and through, saturated with the techniques and mannerisms that have made him a collector's favorite in his more traditional orchestral side.



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Average: 3.2 Stars
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Joe Black score
Firefox - May 6, 2007, at 8:29 p.m.
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The review given by that PONCE!
Ellie - September 18, 2006, at 2:03 a.m.
1 comment  (2448 views)
Worth to listen if you want to hear interesting orchestral solutions
Sheridan - August 24, 2006, at 5:34 a.m.
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I love it...   Expand >>
Amuro - June 1, 2006, at 8:05 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:50
• 1. Yes (2:05)
• 2. Everywhere Freesia (1:45)
• 3. Walkaway (1:52)
• 4. Meet Joe Black (1:44)
• 5. Peanut Butter Man (1:43)
• 6. Whisper of a Thrill (5:43)
• 7. Cheek to Cheek* (1:25)
• 8. Cold Lamb Sandwich (1:44)
• 9. Fifth Ave. (1:12)
• 10. A Frequent Thing (0:55)
• 11. Death and Taxes (1:17)
• 12. Served Its Purpose (1:12)
• 13. Sorry for Nothing (0:47)
• 14. Mr. Bad News (1:37)
• 15. Let's Face the Music and Dance* (1:23)
• 16. The Question (1:25)
• 17. Someone Else (5:19)
• 18. What a Wonderful World* (3:28)
• 19. That Next Place (10:10)
• 20. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World* - performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (4:53)
* Non-score adaptations

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