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Swing Kids
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Joel Rosenbaum

Co-Produced by:
Robert Kraft
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(February 23rd, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... for the spirited vintage and re-recorded jazz classics that were the main reason the film was made.

Avoid it... if you're a James Horner collector for whom the drab and uninspired orchestral underscore will not be worth navigating through the jazz to find.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #573
WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 11/7/11
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Swing Kids: (James Horner) Few people know that during the height of Adolf Hitler's reign in Germany, there was a loyal and popular following of American jazz music in the country. The youths that enjoyed the likes of Benny Goodman and Count Basie were, of course, engaging in a lifestyle that the Third Reich considered illegal behavior, and the film attempts to show their resilience in the name of music, to an extent. Where Swing Kids utterly fails as a movie is in its treatment of everything outside of the jazz itself. Almost as though the filmmakers made the 1930's jazz the main attraction of the film, they managed to neglect the gravity of the surrounding social and political events. While you become attached to a certain number of "swing kids" in the story, the film makes only vague and distant references to the persecution and war around them. When the youths are forced to either enlist in the army or be sent to concentration camps, their reactions aren't really clear, for in their jazz-centered view on life, they seem to have no feelings whatsoever for or against the Jewish people. This is especially strange given the complete logical misstep that the 1993 film makes by forgetting that if it weren't for Jews, there wouldn't have been music by Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw to enjoy in the first place. At any rate, the movie's lack of focus is important for soundtrack collectors because that disjointed attention within the plot causes significant problems for the album representing the film as well. Composer James Horner was at the height of his discovery of the human drama genre in 1993, a year that featured both The Pelican Brief and Searching for Bobby Fischer, and he would be called upon to once again to place the same weighty hand of orchestral emotion on Swing Kids. The only problem is that Horner was put into a position to write a score for only the horrors of war, and he would have absolutely nothing to contribute in the genre of the classic jazz, which is a shame given that the composer had proven in Field of Dreams and in snippets from his comedy works that he was indeed capable of offering an extension of that sound. His respectful tones unfortunately reflect nothing new in the man's career.



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186 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.83 Stars
***** 29 5 Stars
**** 35 4 Stars
*** 42 3 Stars
** 36 2 Stars
* 44 1 Stars
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Swing Kids
Jen - October 8, 2005, at 9:43 a.m.
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I just have to say I love this movie!!!!
Matt - September 7, 2005, at 6:15 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:08
• 1. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) - song by Louis Prima (4:57)
• 2. Nothing to Report* (1:36)
• 3. Shout and Feel It - song by Count Basie (2:27)
• 4. It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing) - performed by Billy Banks (2:48)
• 5. The Letter* (4:09)
• 6. Flat Foot Floogee - performed by Benny Goodman (3:17)
• 7. Arvid Beaten* (2:10)
• 8. Swingtime in the Rockies - performed by Benny Goodman (3:08)
• 9. Daphne - song by Django Reinhardt (1:50)
• 10. Training for Utopia* (3:43)
• 11. Life Goes to a Party/Jumpin' at the Woodside - song by Bennie Goodman and Count Basie (2:17)
• 12. Goodnight, My Love - performed by Benny Goodman (3:06)
• 13. Ashes* (4:20)
• 14. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - performed by Janis Siegel (4:09)
• 15. The Bismarck* (3:04)
• 16. Swing Heil* (5:25)
* score composed by James Horner

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes information about the jazz songs used in the film. Extensive credits are provided.

Notable Performers: Abe Most, Dan Higgins, Robert Tricarico, Gene Cipriano, Curt McGettrick (saxophones & woodwinds), Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Chuck Findley (trumpets), Bill Reichenbach, Lloyd Ulyate, John Johnson (trombones), Sid Page (violin), Michael Lang (piano), Dennis Budimir, Dean Parks (guitars), Ken Wild, Chuck Domonico (bass), Ralph Humphrey (drums).
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