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Muppet Treasure Island
(1996)
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Score Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed and Conducted by:
Harry Gregson-Williams

Songs Composed and Produced by:
Barry Mann

Song Lyrics by:
Cynthia Weil

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Suzette Moriarty
Ladd McIntosh
Walt Fowler
Steve Fowler
Conrad Pope
Elizabeth Finch

Co-Produced by:
Adam Smalley
Jay Rifkin
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Angel Records
(February 13th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2003.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Hans Zimmer actually write some material that, unlike his work for the Pirates of the Caribbean scores, embodies a marginal swashbuckling spirit.

Avoid it... if you are deterred by the composer's predictable 1990's style of bass-heavy electronic and choral masculinity accompanied by quickly-paced, staccato rhythms.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #237
WRITTEN 7/17/98, REVISED 9/19/08
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Muppet Treasure Island: (Hans Zimmer) How far we have progressed in our entertainment industry? Well, try to imagine how Robert Louis Stevenson would react if he saw his classic story mangled considerably for the purpose of adapting singing Muppets to the big screen. The Muppets have always been a hit or miss species of entertainment, either capturing you with their lovable personalities or causing you to seek out the nearest stuffed doll for destruction. The film and score for Muppet Treasure Island, one of several Muppet-related films to follow in the following decade, will probably divide people along the same lines. There is unquestionably some truly hideous material to be found here. And yet, for collectors of Hans Zimmer's film music, there might be some reward in it. Zimmer was a year off of his Academy Award win for The Lion King and the same crude equation would be put to work for Muppet Treasure Island, though with Barry Mann composing the songs this time. Zimmer's role in the project wasn't too demanding, with only a minimal amount of score required for the picture (he would, however, dedicate the score to his young child). Although the songs by Mann vary from creative to dismal, Zimmer's score is very consistent in style. Over 25 minutes of score material appears in one section on the soundtrack album, and resembles the readily recognizable brassy and synthesized style that fans will recall from Crimson Tide and The Peacemaker. When you combine this sound with quirky and jaunty pirate-inspired rhythms, the resulting score is the love child you'd get if you combined Crimson Tide's popular sound with Pirates of the Caribbean and Kermit the Frog. Even though it can exhibit too much of a carnival atmosphere in parts, it retains many of the electronic and (male) choral elements that fans will recognize as the stylistic norm from Zimmer in the mid-1990's. With the exception of the parts of the Muppet Treasure Island that overtly convey a swashbuckling sense of humor, a significant amount of this score could be easily interchangeable with other Zimmer works. The composer does, thankfully, avoid the parody styles that haunted future Muppet-related film scores (which on occasion have served as little more than field studies for veteran collectors to identify the sources of each reference).



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Mr Zimmer is one of the grestest men alive
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 51:33
• 1. Treasure Island (1:07)
• 2. Shiver My Timbers - performed by Muppets cast (2:24)
• 3. Something Better - performed by Muppets cast (2:59)
• 4. Sailing for Adventure - performed by Muppets cast (2:59)
• 5. Cabin Fever - performed by Muppets cast (2:18)
• 6. A Professional Pirate - performed by Muppets cast (3:14)
• 7. Boom Shakalaka - performed by Muppets cast (1:21)
• 8. Love Led Us Here - performed by Muppets cast (2:22)
• 9. The Map (4:35)
• 10. Captain Smollet (2:03)
• 11. Land Ho (2:39)
• 12. Compass (1:07)
• 13. Long John (3:57)
• 14. Rescue (7:00)
• 15. Honest Brave and True (3:54)
• 16. Love Power - performed by Ziggy Marley (3:42)
• 17. Love Led Us Here - performed by John Berry and Helen Darling (3:44)
(Zimmer score: about 26:00 in length)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Full lyrics and extensive credits are included on the insert poster.

Personnel for the songs include: John Berry, Helen Darling, Ziggy Marley, Steve Marley (vocals); Aubrey Haynie (fiddle, mandolin); Earl China Smith (guitar); Michael Spriggs (acoustic guitar); Chris Leuzinger (electric guitar); Steve Nathan, Carol "Bowie" McLaughlin (keyboards); Glen Browne, Mike Brignardello (bass); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Sticky (percussion); Sly Dunbar (drum programming); Sharon Pendergast, Cedella Marley, Erica Newell (background vocals); Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, Kevin Clash, Bill Barretta, Barry Mann, Frank Oz, Kevin Bishop, Tim Curry, Mak Wilson (character vocals).
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