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Muppets from Space
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:
Jamshied Sharifi
Rupert Gregson-Williams

Co-Conducted by:
Maggie Rodford

Performed by:
The London Metropoliton Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 24th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. A song album was previously released.
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Buy it... only if you clearly recognize that you're interested in this music for the humor of its parodies rather than any consistent listening enjoyment.

Avoid it... if you'd rather not hear obvious pieces from a dozen other film scores assembled into a haphazard collection of orchestral might and Lalo Schifrin-style funk from decades past.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #543
WRITTEN 8/31/99, REVISED 5/18/08
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Muppets From Space: (Jamshied Sharifi/Rupert Gregson-Williams) The film franchise based on Jim Henson's Muppets phenomenon had lost much of its magic by the 1990's. Whatever affable characteristics prevailed in Muppet Treasure Island had largely been lost five years later when Muppets From Space steered towards secondary characters, some of which invented for the occasion. The film's story is a parody of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Men in Black, revealing that the funny, blue Gonzo is actually an alien who crashed at Roswell and who is expecting his race to come and collect him (which, of course, comes in conflict with the human characters). It has been largely agreed that the humans are the weakness of Muppets From Space, along with the reduced roles for old favorites Kermit and Miss Piggy. Musically, the franchise had benefited from a spirited score by Hans Zimmer for Muppet Treasure Island, and it is no surprise that a pair of Zimmer-connected composers, Jamshied Sharifi and Rupert Gregson-Williams, took the next assignment. The roles of the two men were vastly different; Sharifi was responsible for following the distinctive collection of temp track pieces used for the film and recording suitable parodies of them, while Gregson-Williams was tasked with writing the more straight forward and darker music for the story's villain. The resulting score is intriguing from the standpoint of a veteran film music collector who can identify all the temp track inspiration, but as a standalone listening experience, Muppets From Space is about as disjointed as it gets. That's because the film balances the frivolous nature of its pop-related soundtrack, scored by Sharifi with 1960's and 1970's funk and jazz, with the more dramatic alien material that demands an orchestral and choral approach. Considering the subject matter, Sharifi and Gregson-Williams succeed in providing the necessary parody music for the occasion, but does anybody seriously want to sit around and listen to it? For its shameless attitude in the orchestral half, there's 15 minutes of head-wagging fun to be had, but whether or not that's worth the cost of the album is a whole other matter.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 37:33
• 1. Main Title/The Ark (2:40)
• 2. Gonzo's Lament (1:00)
• 3. Singer's Theme (2:02)
• 4. Through the Stars (0:44)
• 5. Fanatics for Aliens (0:53)
• 6. Gonzo on TV (1:20)
• 7. Muppet Labs (1:51)
• 8. Piggy and the MIBs (2:27)
• 9. Singer Turns the Screws (2:13)
• 10. Rats in Prison (1:43)
• 11. Rentro (1:58)
• 12. Muppet Infiltration (1:42)
• 13. Porcine Wiles (1:07)
• 14. Rescuing Gonzo (3:03)
• 15. To the Beach (2:06)
• 16. The Ships Arrive (3:33)
• 17. Moment of Glory (0:32)
• 18. The Really Big Gun (1:58)
• 19. Gonzo's Goodbye (3:06)
• 20. Boldly Gone (0:55)

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