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Shanghai Noon
(2000)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 6th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2005.
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Buy it... if you appreciate good parody music and are inclined towards Randy Edelman's pleasant, harmonious style of composition.

Avoid it... if you prefer to have your thinking cap on while listening to your soundtracks.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,239
WRITTEN 9/23/03, REVISED 4/6/09
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Shanghai Noon: (Randy Edelman) The appeal of Jackie Chan films was at its height when the idea for Shanghai Noon splashed across the big screens. His previous hit films in America, Rumble in the Bronx, Mr. Nice Guy, and Rush Hour, offered varying levels of lower intelligence, but for the most part, any script that allows Chan to wiggle through a shopping cart and kick someone in the groin at the same time is worthy of a reel of film. The concept of Shanghai Noon presented the same awe-inspiring stunts from the funnyman, but this time in the setting of the Wild West, obviously not the usual urban environment for Chan. Pairing up with comedian Owen Wilson, the two battle the law and kidnappers on the road to saving a princess, and several playful references to famous Westerns (including, of course, High Noon) are included along the way. The film's success would lead to a sequel for the two leads, and both productions were scored by veteran composer Randy Edelman. Despite his plethora of scores up to the year 2000, Edelman had not written music for a traditional Western, and much of his Eastern-influenced work revolved around the subtle instrumentation in parts of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. His career was also sparse in authentically conveying the spirit of historical settings (his trademark synthetic sound causing difficulties with his music for Gettysburg), and luckily all of this lack of much experience in these genres was compensated for by the fact that Shanghai Noon is, after all, mindless entertainment, and both the Eastern and historical elements could be handled with a silly, comedic touch. There are a few grand vista shots in the film, allowing Edelman to return to familiar territory with his epic, harmonious themes for mixed orchestral and synthetic ensembles. He dabbles his feet in many different genres in Shanghai Noon, making use of every Western-inclined instrument and sound effect, but never does he do so with a serious enough intent to really diversify his template further than it was already established.



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Peta - October 9, 2004, at 8:10 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:28
• 1. Forbidden City (1:04)
• 2. Journey of the Imperial Guard (1:25)
• 3. A Fragile Princess (3:11)
• 4. From East to West (1:09)
• 5. A New and Grand Country (1:57)
• 6. Mountains and Streams (2:09)
• 7. Becoming a Cowboy in Carson City (4:01)
• 8. Leaving a Friend (1:45)
• 9. The Anywhere Saloon (2:21)
• 10. Say Hello to the Tribe (2:04)
• 11. Breakout at the Mission (2:55)
• 12. Getting Extremely Personal (1:54)
• 13. Bonding in Jail (2:04)
• 14. Shanghai Noon (1:15)
• 15. A Classic Gunfight (3:52)
• 16. Dinner for Three at SueSingoui (0:51)
• 17. Protecting a Princess (3:59)
• 18. Escaping Death (2:02)
• 19. Roy's Epiphany (0:48)
• 20. The Cows Help the Jailbirds (2:27)
• 21. Martial Arts (1:56)
• 22. No Secret (1:02)
• 23. The Hanging (1:52)
• 24. Buried Alive? (1:29)
• 25. Rumble on the Train (1:35)
• 26. Home on the Rangoon (2:04)
• 27. Finale (1:00)
• 28. A Fading Wish (Piano Solo Version) (2:27)

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