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Rain Man
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1988 Capitol
1998 Bootleg
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2010 Perseverance
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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Capitol/EMI Records
(December 16th, 1988)


Perseverance Records
(November 2nd, 2010)
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The 1988 Capitol/EMI Records album is a regular U.S. release and remained readily available for two decades. The score-only bootlegs that began to appear in the late 1990's come in many different variations, but they feature mostly the same music. The 2010 Perseverance album is limited to 2,000 copies and available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you want to trace most of Hans Zimmer's enduring and arguably superior output from 1989 to 1994 back to its origin, because Rain Man was the initiation point for a wide variety of the composer's later techniques.

Avoid it... if the eleven minutes of Zimmer's likable, optimistic score on the 1988 commercial product isn't enough and you expect the 2010 limited edition album or various score-only bootlegs to provide a consistent, decent sounding presentation of the score's prettier parts.
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WRITTEN 4/2/10, REVISED 12/31/10
Rain Man: (Hans Zimmer) The pride of Hollywood in early 1989 was Barry Levinson's Rain Man, the top grossing film of the previous year and winner of all the major Academy Awards. A compelling script tackled the subject of autism in a very careful but unusual way. Tom Cruise plays an upstart car dealer of questionable character who intends to inherit several million dollars from his estranged father, but discovers after the man's death that the money was given to a brother he never knew he had. That long lost brother is Dustin Hoffman in one of his award-winning roles, having studied autism significantly before expertly portraying all the mannerisms of the condition in his performance. The younger, successful brother takes the older, frightened one across the country to take part in custody legalities (so that he can acquire the money), but after exploiting the Hoffman character's memorization abilities in Las Vegas, he eventually cares enough for his sibling to shift his focus to the care of the man. It's a heart-warming tale dependent on a smart script and superb acting performances, and it was a project blessed early and often by its studio. One area in which Levinson was unsure how to proceed was the score. An array of songs was already set to be placed in Rain Man, many of which comprising the commercial album release for the production. But he ended up taking a chance on newcomer Hans Zimmer for the task after his wife had heard the composer's ethnic music for A World Apart, a score that Zimmer continues to consider among his most significant. None of his works changed his life as much as Rain Man, however, for the assignment would lead to a surprising Oscar nomination and several consecutive years of work on highly successful films (both critically and in worldwide grosses). To this point in his career, Zimmer had been operating out of London and collaborating with composer Stanley Myers to learn about a scoring industry he had always admired. He was still producing his scores on arrays of synthesizers, sometimes with acoustic soloists, and pushing the limits of development in the application of sampled orchestral sounds to light rock environments (among other genres). For Rain Man, the formula for Zimmer wasn't much different, teaming with assistant and eventual Media Ventures regular Nick Glennie-Smith to provide music primarily performed on Zimmer's Fairlight CMI synthesizer and steel drums. The score also features pan pipes and female vocals of a gospel tone as the anchors of its two disparate personalities. More important than the instrumentation, as was often the case for Zimmer at this time, is the style that the composer brought to the film.

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**** 70 4 Stars
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** 63 2 Stars
* 45 1 Stars
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1988 Capitol/EMI Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:42
• 1. Iko Iko - performed by The Belle Stars (2:53)
• 2. Scatterlings of Africa - performed by Johnny Clegg and Savuka (4:05)
• 3. Dry Bones - performed by The Delta Rythm Boys (2:53)
• 4. At Last - performed by Etta James (3:00)
• 5. Lonely Avenue - performed by Ian Gillian and Roger Glover (3:09)
• 6. Nathan Jones - performed by Bananarama (5:10)
• 7. Leaving Wallbrook/On the Road* (2:52)
• 8. Las Vegas/End Credits* (8:20)
• 9. Stardust - performed by Rob Wasserman and Aaron Neville (4:35)
• 10. Beyond the Blue Horizon - performed by Lou Christie (3:44)
* score track composed by Hans Zimmer
1998 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:23
2010 Perseverance Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:17

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The insert of the 1988 retail album includes no extra information about the score or film. The bootlegs feature no consistent packaging. The insert of the 2010 Perseverance album contains notes about both the film and score, as well as acknowledgement of the poor quality of the source for the music.
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