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Vivo Music (bootleg)
(November, 1996)

Film Score Monthly
(April, 2011)
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The 1996 Vivo Music bootleg is a professional pressing from Romania, complete with barcode, and sold for about $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets for several months before selling out. Original copies escalated to over $100 in value not long after. The same content from In Country and a 9-minute suite from Testament also appear on a 1999 Natty Gann Records bootleg that primarily features Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The 2011 FSM album is limited to 2,000 copies at an initial price of $20 through the same specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on the Romanian bootleg release containing both Testament and the 1989 score for In Country if you appreciate James Horner's more somber, humbling dramatic works for solo instruments over very basic orchestral accompaniment.

Avoid it... if only the quality of the finale from In Country is worth the trouble of finding that rare collection of early Horner music, because while Testament is an interesting score, it is a frightfully depressing listening experience when separated to a presentation on its own.
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WRITTEN 12/2/96, REVISED 3/3/13
Testament: (James Horner) The 1983 apocalypse film Testament was originally produced as a television project for PBS's "American Playhouse," but the quality of the film was considered so high that Paramount decided to purchase the rights for a full theatrical release. Its production qualities are still those of a made-for-TV film, with minimal, improvised special effects, strong acting performances (rewarded with an Oscar nomination for lead actress Jane Alexander), and a reliance upon a strong adaptation of Carol Amen's short story, "The Last Testament." The plot resembles many that prevailed due to societal fears that festered in Ronald Reagan's nuclear-ambitious period of the early-80's, with the concurrently seen telefilm "The Last Day" better remembered for its more famous cast and melodramatic treatment of everyday America after a nuclear war. The unrestrained and stark reality of Lynne Littman's Testament is a disturbing experience to say the least, with the primary suburban family in its story slowly dying off as radiation spreads and the skies grow dark. The coping of average people in such an aftermath of global annihilation is no light topic, and some audiences likely found Testament too overly disturbing to tolerate. It is understandable that James Horner's score for the film is equally depressing, carefully augmenting a handful of scenes with very underplayed melodrama while much of the story was left unscored to allow the gravity of the plot to sink in. Although the composer had already hit the mainstream with his immense science fiction music by this time, his work here is built for an ensemble of only ten players and usually consisting of duets or solo trumpet or woodwind performances, yielding an extremely respectful stance while mourning a lifestyle lost. The resulting intellectual, largely unheralded score for this somber glimpse at unexpected heroism may provide some pleasant surprises for a learned Horner collector sympathetic to the composer's less obvious dramatic techniques.

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Average: 2.89 Stars
***** 23 5 Stars
**** 30 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 28 2 Stars
* 32 1 Stars
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Testament on Cinefonia is a bootleg
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Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Vivo Music Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:56
Actual Track Listings: (translations in color)

• 1. Testament (1:41)
• 2. O Plimbare Cu Bicicleta (Riding the Bike) (1:17)
• 3. Picnic-Ul (The Picnic) (2:19)
• 4. Carol Isi Alina Copiii (Carol Comforts Her Children) (5:55)
• 5. Asta-I Casa Noastra (This is Our Home) (0:48)
• 6. Amantirile Dragostei (Love Memories) (1:28)
• 7. Boala Lui Scottie (Scottie's Illness) (2:34)
• 8. Pregatiri De Start (Ready to Start) (1:06)
• 9. Noaptea Focului (Night of the Fire) (2:17)
• 10. Reamintire (Recollection) (3:04)
• 11. Ultimul Testament (The Last Testament) (2:39)
• 12 - 19. Suita din In Country (Suite from In Country) (30:14)

Expansion of In Country Tracks:

• 12. Main Title (4:59)
• 13. Letters From Vietnam (2:31)
• 14. A Night With Tom (3:52)
• 15. Dwayne's Wishes (2:51)
• 16. Listen Sam (2:35)
• 17. Night Camp (1:32)
• 18. The Road to D.C. (2:07)
• 19. Dwayne E. Hughes/At the Vietnam Memorial/Finale and End (9:55)
2011 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:57

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The insert of the 1996 Vivo Music bootleg is not in English, but contains a note about the film Testament. The 2011 Film Score Monthly album's insert includes information about both that film and its score.
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