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Rosewood
(1997)
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1997 Sony
2013 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
Vincent Bartold

Notable Solo Performances by:
Shirley Caesar
Dean Parks
Tommy Morgan
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Sony Classical
(March 11th, 1997)

La-La Land Records
(May 21st, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1997 Sony Classical album is a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2013 La-La Land Records product is limited to 3,500 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $25.
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Buy it... if you're prepared for the same restrained pacing and outward respect as heard in John Williams' JFK, but this time saturated with the distinctly authentic flavor of America's Deep South.

Avoid it... if the bluesy Americana feel created by harmonica, fiddle, piano, guitar, and jaw harp, as well as numerous ensemble gospel vocals, might negatively distract you from Williams' subdued orchestral beauty in this score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #619
WRITTEN 3/13/97, REVISED 7/4/13
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Williams
Rosewood: (John Williams) For sixty years, America was unaware of the tragedy that occurred in the small Florida town of Rosewood in 1922. A race riot by whites from that and neighboring areas left the town in ruins and led to the shooting, burning, or lynching deaths of between 70 and 250 black residents. The cover-up of the massacre at Rosewood is typical in the history of the deep southern regions of America at the time; the state's police indicated after the mob attack that only as many as half a dozen people actually died at Rosewood in the riot. It wasn't until newspaper reports in the 1980's and later descriptions of the event on the Discovery Channel that the true extent of the mob's damage and carnage was exposed. By 1997, director John Singleton had matured greatly since his debut with Boyz N the Hood at the start of the decade, and Rosewood was a dramatic and significant endeavor that ended up being very expensive to produce. It's hard to market films like Rosewood to the mass American public because, if not for simply for the shame involved with the actions of whites of that period, there remains little appeal for people to witness such tragedy. This despite some effort to infuse the tale with a fictional Western-styled hero and the survival of characters who in real life perished during the assaults. One element that came in over budget was the score for the movie, which was originally composed by Wynton Marsalis and featured his distinctive jazz and blues touch. Deeming Marsalis' music inadequate for the gravity of the picture, however, the filmmakers would seek the ultimate upgrade by turning to John Williams, who had won the world over with his score for another challenging, emotional docudrama, Schindler's List, not long before. Marsalis' finished score can be heard, incidentally, on his 1999 CD release, "Reeltime," and portions of that work were utilized as source material in the final cut. The move from Marsalis, an amateur at film score writing on this level, to the maestro Williams is an enormous leap, and a welcome one given the usual quality of Williams' work. Not only had Williams already written music in the 1990's for dark passages in America's past (JFK, Nixon), but one can reach all the way back to the early 1970's to realize that Williams is also skilled in the bluesy twang of the Deep South.

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Average: 3.06 Stars
***** 35 5 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Sony Classical Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:33
• 1. Rosewood (3:31)
• 2. Look, Down Lord (2:12)
• 3. The Hounds of Sumner (1:49)
• 4. Healing (4:08)
• 5. Light my Way (3:42)
• 6. Trouble in Town (3:16)
• 7. Aunt Sara's Death (3:17)
• 8. After the Fire (3:37)
• 9. The Town of Sumner (2:36)
• 10. The Town Burns (4:19)
• 11. Scrappie and Mann Bond (4:14)
• 12. The Freedom Train (1:50)
• 13. False Accusation (3:18)
• 14. Mann at Rosewood (3:14)
• 15. Look Down, Lord (Reprise and Finale) (4:12)
2013 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 127:34

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1997 Sony Classical album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2013 La-La Land set contains extensive notation about both.
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