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The Shipping News
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Flavio Motalla
Jonathan Price

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony
John Kull
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(February 26th, 2002)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular international release, though the street date was delayed from January 15th, 2002 to February 26th, 2002. Online stores displayed the album on a six week delay.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you're tired of film scores that advertise themselves as being Celtic despite a lack of authenticity in their employment of ethnic elements.

Avoid it... if you can't fathom hearing horror and suspense master Christopher Young tread into melodramatic territory best defined by the likes of Rachel Portman and James Horner.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #983
WRITTEN 2/5/02, REVISED 2/24/09
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The Shipping News: (Christopher Young) Although Miramax had high hopes that director Lasse Hallstrom could continue his magic touch with arthouse crowds, The Shipping News seemed a long way from the inviting tone of The Cider House Rules. While another character drama by definition, the late 2001 awards contender did not utilize its top flight cast and strong source material to such an extent that the production could compete with its own gorgeously forbidding scenery. It's a film that envelopes you in its visual environment at the cost of the characters in its cold, damp depiction. Somewhat retained is the tale of survival, adaptation, and redemption that existed in E. Annie Proulx's acclaimed novel, though an extremely rough chopping of the material into a condensed screenplay was widely reported to be the production's defining failure. The picturesque setting wasn't enough to save the film, but it inspired one of composer Christopher Young's most inspired works. Jerry Goldsmith had been publicly slated to write the music for the film for a long while, but after a conflict with his health caused him to bow out, Miramax bypassed a busy Rachel Portman (who couldn't fit the project into her schedule) to make the curious selection of Young. Those who eagerly followed the career of the borderline mainstream composer at the time had their CD shelves stacked with horror and suspense scores, a genre of music in which Young has made his living. His knack for capturing fright and suspicion in his mostly orchestral music was among the most proficient in the scoring community during the 1990's and 2000's. Many awaited the day when Young would break through the B-film typecast that had followed him since the infancy of his career, and given his superb level of talent (which he also utilized by teaching film score composition at USC in and around his scoring assignments), there was little doubt that he would eventually receive the assignment that would gain him popular awards attention. Ironically, his first major awards recognition (in the form of a Golden Globe nomination) would come for The Shipping News, a frightfully predictable genre of film for such notoriety, and one that couldn't sound any further from the horror and suspense material that his collectors often adore the most.



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similarity to celtic themes in Braveheart
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:10
• 1. Shipping News (4:06)
• 2. The Gammy Bird (2:20)
• 3. Weather Rhymes (2:02)
• 4. Killick/Claw Harbor (3:32)
• 5. Deep Water Down (1:56)
• 6. The Dutsi Jig (2:05)
• 7. One Kite Better (2:52)
• 8. Seal Flipper Pie (2:46)
• 9. Strictly Fishwrap (1:33)
• 10. Mooncussers (2:46)
• 11. Alwyn Spires (2:01)
• 12. Asleep with the Angels (3:20)
• 13. Death Storm (3:05)
• 14. Botterjacht (2:15)
• 15. Dog on Fire (3:10)
• 16. Sail On (6:14)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note about Christopher Young's career, but no further information about this particular score. A slipcase contains the insert inside its front flap.
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