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Silverado
(1985)
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1992 Intrada
2005 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Chris Boardman
Don Nemitz
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(Original Issue)
(1992)

Intrada Records
(2-CD Set)
(November 12, 2005)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both albums are regular U.S. releases. The 1992 album is out of print and carries a value of about $15, while the 2005 2-CD set retails for $30.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek one of the most vibrant, satisfying adventure or Western themes in the history of Hollywood, the 2005 2-CD set presenting its original recording in much improved sound quality.

Avoid it... if you expect Silverado to excel in the mass of underscore added to the 2005 album, because while that material ranges from competent to strong, none of it can really compete with Bruce Broughton's signature title theme for the picture.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,547
WRITTEN 5/28/10
Broughton
Broughton
Silverado: (Bruce Broughton) By the early 1980's, the Western genre was all but left for dead, the kind of thing meant to be lampooned by Mel Brooks. The Lawrence Kasdan production of Silverado in 1985 marked the sudden return of the serious Western to the Hollywood landscape, spawning a wide range of entries in the following ten years that included some of the industry's most applauded movies. Despite a budget of only $26 million, Kasdan was able to assemble a fantastic ensemble cast by banking on leads whose best years were still mostly ahead of them. The group of Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, and John Cleese anchoring Silverado has made the film a frequent entry for late night television lineups. The plot addresses nearly all of the stereotypical Western elements, from rancher and sheriff disputes to outlaw protagonists that band together to save dusty towns from violent oppression. Everything about Silverado defied expectations with a reception that deemed the film a fresh new start to a genre in the era, and the original score by Bruce Broughton was the most obvious reason for that reaction. Broughton's music received countless accolades that led to an Academy Award nomination for the composer and thrust him quickly into a role as one of Hollywood's leading voices for Western scores in the years to come. It is too early to definitively say that Silverado caused Broughton to be a "one hit wonder" from a mainstream perspective, but there is a sense that all of his endeavors for topics involving the Old West or other adventuresome realms were destined to be compared to his 1985 calling card. Foremost among these subsequent works remains 1993's Tombstone, which expands upon the various dramatic elements in Silverado but does not feature the earlier score's immensely satisfying title theme. A healthy debate about Silverado can revolve around the issue of whether or not its fame is due to just that one theme or its entire package. In some ways, a score like Tombstone offers more consistently interesting, quality material, but at the end of the day, there simply cannot be any doubt that Broughton's thematic identities for Silverado are the legendary crowning achievement of his career.

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169 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.53 Stars
***** 52 5 Stars
**** 46 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
** 16 2 Stars
* 22 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:17
• 1. Silverado Main Title (4:47)
• 2. To Turley (2:43)
• 3. The Getaway/Riding As One (4:21)
• 4. Ezra's Death (1:53)
• 5. The McKendrick Attack (1:38)
• 6. Augie is Taken (2:36)
• 7. On to Silverado (6:26)
• 8. This Oughta Do (4:51)
• 9. Augie's Rescue (6:36)
• 10. Slick, Then McKendrick (4:03)
• 11. Goodbye, Cobb (2:06)
• 12. End Credits (We'll Be Back) (4:22)
2005 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 86:04

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The inserts of both albums include information about the score and film, though the 2005 set features a more extensive analysis.
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