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Regarding Henry
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1991 Capitol
2011 Universal
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Replacement Score Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Replacement Score Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler

Replacement Score Vocal Performances by:
Bobby McFerrin

Replacement Score Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin

Rejected Score Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Georges Delerue
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Capitol/EMI Records
(August 6th, 1991)

Universal Music (France)
(November 1st, 2011)
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The 1991 Capitol/EMI album with Zimmer's score was a regular U.S. release but fell out of print and sold for over $40 in the 2000's. The same score material was appended to a widespread First Born Records bootleg for Thelma & Louise a few years later. The 2011 Universal Music album from France, titled "Partitions Inedites/Unused Scores," is the first limited entry in the label's "Ecoutez le Cinema!" series, though its 3,000 copies were retailed internationally for an initial price of only $15.
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Buy it... if you never tire of dozing off to Georges Delerue's restrained but beautiful orchestral lyricism or Hans Zimmer's predictably innocuous, harmoniously consistent light jazz and drama style of the early 1990's.

Avoid it... on the Zimmer album if the composer's intriguingly unique application of vocals, erhu-like violin, muted trumpet, and acoustic double bass may threaten the otherwise conservatively smooth atmosphere of its synthetic, contemporary tone for you.
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WRITTEN 3/22/10, REVISED 12/23/11
Regarding Henry: (Georges Delerue/Hans Zimmer) Not all of writer, director, and producer J.J. Abrams' concepts have been successes. In fact, early in his career, he wrote scripts that were often pounded by critics, and one of his first tastes of that reaction came when his second feature film story was teamed with director Mike Nichols. The 1991 drama Regarding Henry was mostly advertised as an exhibit of actor Harrison Ford's ability to charm audiences in less heroic circumstances. He plays a mean, unethical, cutthroat New York lawyer with a dysfunctional family but a highly respected career defending large clients. He is shot in the head and chest while seeking cigarettes at a convenience store and recovers without a memory or speaking ability. Through the laborious process of his rehabilitation, he is reintroduced to his family and discovers, not surprisingly, that he doesn't like his former self. His medical disaster ultimately saves his most meaningful relationships and causes him to turn against his own law firm. It was revealed by critics at the time that Regarding Henry was a contrived attempt by the director to revive past glory from a similar journey of self-discovery, and other than an early leading role for actress Annette Bening, not much came of it. Screenings for the movie had gone poorly enough to cause the rejection of the film's original score by French romance master Georges Delerue, who had enjoyed three successful collaborations with Nichols previously. Delerue, not surprisingly, had written a lovely score for strings, woodwinds, and a tasteful handful of plucked accompaniment meant to humanize Ford's character and infuse a sense of warmth and intimacy into the relationships in the story. His music was led by a lyrical violin theme that meanders with classical grace in many important cues, straying into solo woodwinds as per the norm for the composer. Only in "Back to Life" does Delerue extend into covertly grandiose volumes. His music for the movie has distinctly European sensibilities in its embrace of the concept, and when test audiences reacted poorly to Delerue's rather sappy style (which, to the studio's defense, did strike up its romantic tone immediately and persistently rather than slowly evolve as does the main character), Nichols apologized to him with humiliation upon the notice of rejection and vowed to work again with Delerue. The composer died within a year of completing Regarding Henry, however, silencing the industry's most reliable provider of overflowing melodic beauty.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1991 Capitol Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:33
• 1. Walkin' Talkin' Man (3:36)
• 2. A Cold Day in NY (2:23)
• 3. Blowfish (3:08)
• 4. Ritz (4:48)
• 5. Henry vs. Henry (3:11)
• 6. Ritz Part II (3:10)
• 7. I Don't Like Eggs (3:18)
• 8. Gotta Get Me Some of That (3:30)
• 9. Central Park, 6pm (4:20)
• 10. Buddy Grooves (6:15)
2011 Universal Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 65:23

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The insert of the 1991 Capitol album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2011 Universal product includes detailed information about the circumstances of the rejection of both of the scores included, presented in French and English. Sufficient information about the crews on the latter product (for the recording and the album) is lacking.
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