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SpaceCamp
(1986)
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1992 BMG/RCA
2010 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
2014 Intrada
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Composed and Conducted by:

Co-Produced by:
Lionel Newman
Yashuhiro Wada

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
SCC/BMG/RCA Victor (Japan)
(1992)

Intrada Records
(August 16th, 2010)

Intrada Records
(December 1st, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1992 SCC/BMG/RCA Victor album was a limited Japanese release of only 1,000 copies, printed as part of a 'CD Club.' Copies fetched prices in excess of $200 until a 2010 Intrada pressing of 3,000 copies was made available for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2010 Intrada CD sold out within a single day and escalated in price to $40 on the secondary markets. Intrada's re-issue of 2014 is a regular commercial product with an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you adore John Williams' whimsy for patriotism and adventure like that which you'd hear in his countless rousing, stately concert pieces of the 1980's and 1990's.

Avoid it... if obtaining the occasionally rare score on album is not worth redundant and surprisingly flat-sounding Williams ideas that would be more finely tuned in future works.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #627
WRITTEN 7/20/98, REVISED 12/22/14
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SpaceCamp: (John Williams) When anybody in the summer of 1986 thought about NASA and the American space shuttles, their memories would become fixed on the sight of the Challenger exploding tragically against a blue sky on a crisp morning earlier that year. And yet, in an incredibly bad stroke of luck, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was just finishing up its collaboration with ABC Motion Pictures to release SpaceCamp, a comedy thriller about a bunch of bratty kids who are accidentally launched into space aboard a real shuttle. The true-to-life summer camp teaches bright young kids everything about flying a shuttle and claims that the best of the lot could actually do it. The film spends over an hour trudging through endlessly boring and predictable character conversations between the kids. Kate Capshaw is the unfortunate leader of this group of twits, and she gets propelled into space along with the group when a robot conveniently launches them unexpectedly. Anybody who believes that NASA would actually allow a group of these kids into a shuttle during a booster rocket test might find some merit in this ridiculous movie. You almost wish that the shuttle had blown up all over again and saved the country from the potential of these kids spawning a future generation. At any rate, being a children's movie, everything turns out fine in the end. That is, except for audience reactions. The studio delayed the production a few months because of the Challenger explosion, but that didn't save the film from quietly slipping through theatres after grossing only $10 million despite a hefty marketing campaign. As laughable as it is, one might wonder why composer John Williams was so enthusiastic about his involvement with the project. This would be his lone film score in the years of 1985 and 1986, and while the assignment may seem like an odd choice when considering the low quality of the film, it makes sense if you look at the direction Williams was taking with this career.

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379 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.15 Stars
***** 75 5 Stars
**** 86 4 Stars
*** 93 3 Stars
** 73 2 Stars
* 52 1 Stars
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Nice Score
S.Venkatnarayanan - May 7, 2008, at 4:06 a.m.
1 comment  (1380 views)
Re-release?
UPhonic - June 6, 2007, at 10:43 a.m.
1 comment  (1703 views)
A Gem
Jojo - November 11, 2005, at 1:10 p.m.
1 comment  (2018 views)
Spacecamp wasn't Williams' lone score from 1985-1986
Erik Woods - November 10, 2005, at 7:52 p.m.
1 comment  (2405 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1992 SCC/BMG/RCA Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:41
• 1. Main Title (3:08)
• 2. Training Montage (1:59)
• 3. The Shuttle (5:04)
• 4. The Computer Room (1:54)
• 5. Friends Forever (2:20)
• 6. In Orbit (3:13)
• 7. White Sands (6:53)
• 8. SpaceCamp (4:07)
• 9. Viewing Daedalus (2:44)
• 10. Max Breaks Loose (2:21)
• 11. Andie is Stranded (4:05)
• 12. Max Finds Courage (2:19)
• 13. Re-Entry (3:54)
• 14. Home Again (3:31)
2010/2014 Intrada Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:32

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of all albums include the note below by John Williams. The 2010 and 2014 Intrada albums also include a detailed analysis of the score and film.

    "In the creation of SpaceCamp, Director Harry Winer and Executive Producer Leonard Goldberg have given us a marvelous movie! The film succeeds aspure entertainment while simultaneously succeeding on several other levels.

    The story embraces the excitement of discovery and the exultation of being on the edge of a great new frontier -- a frontier which presents unparalleled opportunity for all of us.

    In the film our student astronauts are presented a daunting challenge as they make their first flight into space. They rise to this challenge brilliantly and experience that first great flush of success that is the result of their hard work and courage.

    The movie also brings us some of the wonderful atmosphere and ambience of NASA and of the great effort involved in the exploration of space. Our entire country -- the whole world, in fact -- feels a sense of inspiration from this great endeavor and, despite setbacks and growing pains, the space program continues to be one of our country's most lustrous success stories.

    In composing the music for the film, I've tried to express the exhiliration of this adventure in an orchestral idiom that would be direct and accessible... speaking directly to the "heart" of the matter. I feel honored to have been asked to compose this score, and I feel particularly proud of my association with SpaceCamp and its creators."
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