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A Simple Plan
(1998)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Produced by:
Steve Bartek

Co-Produced by:
Ellen Segal

Co-Orchestrated by
Edgardo Simone
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Compass III Records
(January 26th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. The Silva Screen label re-pressed the same album in Europe.
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Buy it... only if you are a true Danny Elfman collector, for the instrumentally complicated but minimalistic A Simple Plan is among the composer's least accessible works.

Avoid it... if you require more than just a few minutes of elegance and melody to accompany Elfman's chilly, somber, and alienating shades of gray for an equally disturbing narrative.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #310
WRITTEN 2/10/99, REVISED 5/28/08
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A Simple Plan: (Danny Elfman) In director Sam Raimi's journey to the mainstream, A Simple Plan was an important critical success. The almost universally praised 1998 film was a chilling, methodical exercise in character development. Scott Smith's adaptation of his best-selling novel was guided to the screen with a little indirect assistance from accomplished names like John Boorman and the Coen Brothers, and the film's uncanny resemblance to the atmosphere of Fargo is no coincidence. In the story, four relatives and friends with normal lifestyles in America's Midwest discover an abandoned, crashed plane with millions of dollars on board. Their different ideas on what to do with the money (and their seemingly simplistic plan that eventually unravels) leads to off-kilter humor, cold-hearted betrayal and, ultimately, bloodshed. The film's frigid setting is its most intriguing characteristic, and it is this bleak environment that composer Danny Elfman was attempting to accentuate with his score. A Simple Plan is one of many effective collaborations between Elfman and Raimi, though it's also one of the least accessible to the composer's more casual fans. This work was among many in the middle to late 1990's that reaffirmed the composer's departure from the large-scale orchestral majesty of his earlier output. In the list of Elfman's more minimalistic efforts, A Simple Plan is perhaps the most sparsely rendered and difficult to enjoy in a traditional sense. Elfman used the words "unique," "tricky," "fun," "different," and "very, very simple" when describing this score. Fans of the composer are correct in stating that A Simple Plan is anything but simple when placed in context with the film's equally non-simple plot. On album, the score is significantly more difficult to grasp, proving that rather being revolutionary, it is simply different.



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Total Time: 43:51
• 1. Main Title (4:44)
• 2. The Moon (0:57)
• 3. A Change of Heart (1:07)
• 4. The Farm (1:31)
• 5. Betrayal Part 1 (3:16)
• 6. The Badge (1:08)
• 7. Stop It (1:40)
• 8. Tracks in the Snow (4:37)
• 9. Death (4:54)
• 10. Burning $ (1:50)
• 11. End Credits (5:10)
• 12. Preachin' the Blues - performed by Imperial Crowns (3:42)
• 13. So Sleepless You - performed by Jolene (4:21)
• 14. Deliver Me - performed by Tina & The B-Sides (4:50)
(only about 31 minutes of Danny Elfman score)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. In early 1999, Danny Elfman stated the following about this score:

    "There's nothing easier than being bombastic, which is why I don't go for your standard action films. Anything works as long as it's big and loud. Bombastic is easy. I think a relatively talented 12-year-old with a couple of good orchestrators could score most of the big mega-blockbusters that are out in the last couple of years.

    Very often in a movie I design the score around a sound or sounds that I think will be unique to that picture. Certainly in a movie like A Simple Plan it needed some special or unique tones. The tone of the movie was very tricky. It was really fun... different... very simple score, really, for A Simple Plan. I didn't mean it as a pun; it really was."
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