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Once Around
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Billy May
John Neufeld
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Varèse Sarabande
(January 22nd, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release, but initially difficult to find in stores.
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Buy it... only if you worship at the altar of James Horner and don't mind his blatant recycling of lovable themes from his previous children's scores into his subsequent family drama entries.

Avoid it... if only twenty minutes of original Horner music (recycled or not) isn't worth an album presentation highlighted by the mostly jazz-related source material utilized in the picture.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #945
WRITTEN 7/13/98, REVISED 11/7/11
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Once Around: (James Horner) Along with several other films that attempted the same perspective on the family genre in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Once Around is a story about a dysfunctional group of relatives that, like so many in real life, is not really meant to be understood. That was the problem with Once Around that, in retrospect, begs this question: who wants to watch a film about a family with all of its real life problems when most of us can go to our parents' houses on any given holiday and witness the same trauma firsthand? In this case, the weight of the 1990 film's success is carried by a strong ensemble cast consisting of Holly Hunter, Danny Aiello, and Richard Dreyfuss. It was the first American feature by Sweden's Lasse Hallstrom, director of 1987's critically acclaimed My Life as a Dog. The factor of humor that made the prior film a success is largely absent from Once Around, contributing to its demise. Composer James Horner's name was in flashier letters on much bigger screens in 1990, and yet he took the time to provide a short contribution for a genre in which his peers were also dabbling at the time. Whether it was John Williams working on The Accidental Tourist and Stanley & Iris or Jerry Goldsmith diverting his attention to Not Without my Daughter, the family genre seemed to be an alluring idea for not just filmmakers, but composers in search of a wide emotional spectrum as well. For Horner, Once Around would turn out to be similar to his later work on Swing Kids in that the attention on the music was definitely placed first and foremost on outside, adapted material. It just so happens that, as with Swing Kids, the wider jazz genre is the source for much of the music heard in Once Around. Unlike the disappointing way in which he handled Swing Kids, however, Horner does adapt his own original material into a vintage, big band jazz cue for Once Around, proving that his singular jazz era piece in Field of Dreams wasn't just a fluke. The remainder of the score is reminiscent of his softest children's genre activities, a predictably innocuous listening experience that will remind the composer's collectors of much they have heard in the composer's other works.



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Total Time: 34:11
• 1. Big Band on Ice* (4:38)
• 2. The Apology* (4:15)
• 3. "Fly Me to the Moon" - performed by Danny Aiello (2:29)
• 4. "Emperor Waltz" - written by Johann Strauss (5:32)
• 5. The Arrival* (2:07)
• 6. "Sulu Kule (Karsllama)" - performed by George Abdo & The Flames of Araby Orchestra (3:35)
• 7. "Fly Me to the Moon" (instrumental) (1:16)
• 8. "Glory of Love" - performed by Danny Aiello (1:33)
• 9. A Passage of Time* (8:42)
* original score by James Horner

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