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Romancing the Stone
(1984)
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Produced by:
Nick Redman
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Varèse Sarabande
(July, 2002)
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The 2002 Varèse Sarabande Album is a "Limited Collector's Edition" of 3,000 copies and was available only through the label's site or online soundtrack specialty outlets. Catalog number: VCL 0702 1012. It was sold out within a few years of release.
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Buy it... if and only if you maintain a complete collection of Alan Silvestri's works and want to hear the light rock that guided his career before his consistent orchestral success.

Avoid it... if campy, 1980's contemporary pop and comedy jazz doesn't float your boat, no matter the composer.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #566
WRITTEN 6/10/03, REVISED 3/20/09
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Romancing the Stone: (Alan Silvestri) A struggling 20th Century Fox took a chance on a relatively unknown director, Robert Zemeckis, for Romancing the Stone, a project that Michael Douglas had been strongly pushing for a few years. Despite the fact that the film was a cash cow for Fox, the project was plagued with every imaginable post-production problem, from poor test audience reactions to, ironically, a need to distinguish the film from the concurrently released Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Zemeckis was frustratingly fired from the upcoming Cocoon (and replaced with Ron Howard) before Romancing the Stone could even be finished. Perhaps the best thing to come out of all that mess was the suggestion that Zemeckis visit with an aspiring television composer, Alan Silvestri, at his house to see if his ideas would match the style of music the producers were looking for. As difficult as it is to imagine today, there was a time in 1983 when Zemeckis couldn't find a composer to pair up with. So famous now is the Zemeckis and Silvestri collaboration that the director's troubles finding the right sound for Romancing the Stone make the project noteworthy for film score enthusiasts without further note. To further combat the competition (that pesky Indiana Jones film), the score for Romancing the Stone was desired to be campy and feature contemporary appeal, with the amount of bulky orchestral action held to a minimum. Silvestri, known professionally only because of his work for the television show CHIPS, impressed Zemeckis with his easy-going, free-flowing style, and several of the ramblings of musical ideas that Silvestri performed on the day that Zemeckis visited his house turned out to win him the job. Unlike its more serious competition, there was an effort to take Romancing the Stone and its basic adventure story far into the realm of modern romantic comedies, with dumb villains, unbelievable luck, and testy dialogue between characters who end up, of course, falling in love against unlikely odds. Silvestri's easy-going, funky, light rock music, with all the appropriate drum pads and associated tools of the era, was a perfect match for this cinematic personality.



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Average: 2.26 Stars
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** 88 2 Stars
* 137 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:55
• 1. Logo and Prologue (How the West Was Won)* (2:08)
• 2. Main Title (2:35)
• 3. Elaine (2:01)
• 4. Ransacked Apartment (1:34)
• 5. I'm in Trouble (1:43)
• 6. Joan & Jack (1:05)
• 7. The Gorge (4:57)
• 8. Escape in the Little Mule (2:17)
• 9. The Town (2:43)
• 10. The Dance and They Kiss (4:41)
• 11. Hotel Escape (2:01)
• 12. The Stone Revealed (1:19)
• 13. Mounties! (2:20)
• 14. The Square (1:33)
• 15. "Tregula" (1:31)
• 16. Struggling for the Stone (5:56)
• 17. So Long Jack (1:10)
• 18. The Sailboat (1:20)
• 19. End Titles (5:37)

Bonus Tracks:
• 20. Piano Bar (5:12)
• 21. End Titles (Alternate) (6:05)
* composed by Alfred Newman

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The limited edition Varèse Sarabande album has its usual standard of excellent, in-depth analysis of the score and film (although in this one, there seems to be a modern history of 20th Century Fox emphasized above all else).
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