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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Randy Kerber

Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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Hip-O Records
(October 21st, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are a maintaining a complete collection of James Horner's scores and are not bothered by the repetition of style and structures between his efforts.

Avoid it... if 26 minutes of pleasant, but monothematic, pastoral strings and piano from Horner (with twelve 1960's R&B songs) doesn't constitute an album purchase.
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WRITTEN 11/8/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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Radio: (James Horner) Based on a Sports Illustrated magazine article written by Gary Smith, the true to life story of Radio tells the personal journey of James "Radio" Kennedy, a mentally disabled man of no distinction (Cuba Gooding), who transforms from the mockery of his small South Carolina town to become the decades-long high school football team mascot and cheerleader. Most of the film is concerned with the first coach of the team (Ed Harris), who pulled 'Radio' from a humiliating situation and worked to fit him into a constructive role in the team and town. It's a syrupy, feel-good type of film that you'd frankly expect to see in Hallmark form on a cable television channel instead of the big screen, but the level of talent in the project separates it from those murky depths. One such infusion of talent was composer James Horner, whose output since the autumn of 2002 had been non-existent due to his involvement on several projects for concurrent release at the end of 2003. Music would play an important role in Radio because the title character's nickname is derived from the fact that he is always listening to a radio. When considering the location of the Deep South with the 1960's era (and the inherent racial implications of the story), the choice was made to use a rhythm & blues style of music for much of Radio. This effective application of style brought the film its heart through the integration of several 1960's and 1970's R&B tunes into the picture. The task for Horner would be to extend this style of music into his underscore, and he chose to do this through the use of yet another featured soloist in his ensemble. Such techniques were hardly new for the composer, though the genre was. For Radio, Horner employed the voice of 'India.Arie' to spice up his otherwise predictable and mundane orchestral score. In the neo-soul genre of music, India.Arie had recorded grooving soul music with an acoustic twist since her debut in 2001. A petite and young black song-writer and performer with dreadlocked hair, she had been described as a contemporary embodiment of Motown tradition. Outside of India.Arie's effective accompaniment in the score and title song for Radio, however, Horner misses the R&B mark completely, instead opting to provide the film with an extremely tired sound of light melodrama that he had utilized for countless previous assignments.

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Total Time: 71:46
• 1. Eyes of the Heart (Radio's Song) - performed by India.Arie, written by James Horner (4:44)
• 2. We Can Work It Out - performed by Stevie Wonder (3:18)
• 3. That Lady - performed by The Isley Brothers (3:15)
• 4. I'll Be Around - performed by The Spinners (3:14)
• 5. If You Don't Know Me by Now - performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (3:29)
• 6. Sha La La (Make Me Happy) - performed by Al Green (2:59)
• 7. We're an American Band - performed by Grand Funk Railroad (3:28)
• 8. China Grove - performed by The Doobie Brothers (3:17)
• 9. Wake Up Everybody - performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (3:45)
• 10. The Rubberband Man - performed by Spinners (3:36)
• 11. Be Thankful for What You Got - performed by William DeVaughn (3:28)
• 12. Going in Circles - performed by Friends of Distinction (4:11)

Original Score by James Horner:
• 13. Radio's Day* (4:21)
• 14. Gift of the Ball (1:47)
• 15. Learning the Ropes (1:55)
• 16. Being Left Behind (2:42)
• 17. Resignation (4:43)
• 18. Never So Alone* (7:14)
• 19. Night Game (2:41)

• 20. Radio - performed by Chuck Brodsky (4:08)
* featuring vocals by India.Arie

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