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Project X
(1987)
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1997 Bootleg
2001 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Produced by:
Nick Redman
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Bootleg (Virgil 55.7991)
(September, 1997)

Varèse Sarabande
(November 1st, 2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1997 bootleg was available on the secondary market for roughly $40, but was made worthless with the expanded 2001 album. The Varèse Sarabande CD Club release (VCL 1101-1002 ) is limited to 3,000 copies, though the albums are not numbered. Its initial cost was $20, and this entry in the series was one of only a few that did not sell out within a matter of months. In fact, it was still available for purchase at the label's site as of 2008.
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Buy it... if you are a devoted enthusiast of James Horner's career and seek his works that sustain interest in their instrumentation despite translating into underwhelming album experiences.

Avoid it... if you expect the music to present extended sequences of fluid thematic statements or orchestration that hasn't existed in several other related Horner scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #629
WRITTEN 10/18/97, REVISED 9/12/08
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Project X: (James Horner) The 1987 socio-political film Project X is an odd experience in many respects, for although it has all the makings of a family film (with Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, and a bunch of cute monkeys), it also contained a strong and dark political message that could easily frighten children. For an average adult, it may seem just a tad too childish to catch and hold your attention, and for the average kid, it had too many scary scenes of nuclear radiation and death to satisfy their needs. Thus, you get Project X, a film that could be mildly interesting at a late night hour on a lonely night. But what would make it an even more attractive movie to see for film music enthusiasts is the relatively diverse score offered by James Horner. The composer was about to truly hit his stride in 1987, with several high profile scores already under his belt and his most popular works of his early career to emerge in the following two years. Project X was the kind of production that Horner would not turn down, for it would be yet another opportunity to spread his wings in the use of non-traditional instrumentation. The film may have been a lightweight in the end, but Horner didn't treat Project X as such. His music for the film plays an integral role in the production, enhancing the inhibited communication skills of the monkeys and each of their slightly varied personalities. The concept of scoring for animals with distinct personalities is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks for any composer, though Horner has embraced that opportunity several times, especially when it comes to apes and monkeys. The chimps in Project X, with the brilliant Virgil as their leader, are not meant to be funny or laughed at (except, maybe, for the "Chimp Rumble" scene described below). With Project X positioning itself as a serious film, it was necessary for Horner to capture both the primordial instincts of each personality and develop his ideas slowly as the chimps learn to fly an airplane.



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219 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.81 Stars
***** 30 5 Stars
**** 39 4 Stars
*** 58 3 Stars
** 45 2 Stars
* 47 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews Project X
Brendan Cochran - May 3, 2016, at 1:58 p.m.
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Indeed one of my Favorites!
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Project X score - Derivative
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Bootleg Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 54:58
Project X:
• 1. Prologue/The Jungle (4:46)
• 2. Main Titles/14 Years Later/Virgil Learns (3:08)
• 3. Sign Language/Virgil Performs (5:29)
• 4. The Test Room (5:29)
• 5. The Plan/Revolt/Breakout (5:54)
• 6. Reunion/Chimps on the Loose (4:56)
• 7. Escape in the Plane (4:16)
• 8. Sanctuary/End Credits (7:12)

The Hand:
• 9. Suite (14:03)
2001 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:58

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 1997 bootleg album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The insert of the 2001 album contains a lengthy note from album producer Nick Redman. It is customary for these CD Club releases to include lengthy analysis of both the film and score.
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