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Thelma & Louise
(1991)
Album Cover Art
1998 Bootleg
2011 Kritzerland
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Additional Music by:
John Van Tongeren

Guitar Solos by:
Pete Haycock

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
First Born Records (Bootleg)
(1998)

Kritzerland
(October 4th, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Bootlegs long represented this score as its only form on CD, most of them derived from the First Born Records bootleg of 1998. Several bootleg variants existed thereafter, sometimes combined with other Zimmer scores and varying in track titles and quantities of material. The 2011 Kritzerland album was limited to 1,200 copies and available for a retail price of $20 only through soundtrack specialty outlets. That product sold out within weeks and immediately escalated to $50 in value.
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Buy it... on the widely traded bootleg or 2011 Kritzerland album if you desire the defiantly beautiful, gospel-laced finale cue to go with the commercially available presentation of the famous "Thunderbird" suite from the score.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear more than eight to ten minutes of truly meaningful material in this score, because outside of the stylish guitar performances and that finale, there isn't much to impress on any full presentation of the short score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,509
WRITTEN 4/6/10, REVISED 11/30/11
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Thelma & Louise: (Hans Zimmer) Director Ridley Scott's foray into dark comedy for 1991's Thelma & Louise was extremely well received, generating substantial awards recognition and surprising grosses. It has also become something of a pop culture icon, representing both road trips and women gone astray. Two contemporary women from Middle America with little excitement in their lives go on a vacation for a few days in their 1966 Thunderbird convertible. Along their way, they shoot and kill a drunk rapist and assume that the authorities will prosecute them, so they start a journey to Mexico while eluding both local authorities and the F.B.I. They become hardened avengers in the latter stages, robbing a store and destroying a fuel tanker. When they're finally cornered at the edge of the Grand Canyon, they famously drive their Thunderbird off the edge and plunge to their deaths. Although Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon were far from Scott's ideal choices for the lead roles, they both earned Academy Award nominations (but facing off in the same category, they both lost). The film also introduced a shirtless Brad Pitt to the mainstream and allowed fan favorite Harvey Keitel to keep his clothes on. Despite all the problems that Scott faced with the producers of Black Rain over Hans Zimmer's unappreciated score for that film, the two continued their collaboration in Thelma & Louise. Thankfully, this new assignment went as smoothly as it could have for Zimmer. The film features surprisingly little original score in its duration, but Scott was so enthusiastic about Zimmer's theme for the fade-out finale and end credits that he shot an all-new opening titles scene simply to accommodate another presentation of that theme. Zimmer, meanwhile, has always accepted praise for this theme, titled "Thunderbird," but has never particularly understood why his fans want to hear the rest of the score. "People are under the impression there is [more good music from Thelma & Louise]," Zimmer explains. "But I go around that one Thunderbird theme a couple of times, plus some little rock-n-rollish type things. I hate overstaying my welcome on these CDs, so there's just not enough. If I allowed a score-only Thelma & Louise CD, it probably would have been only 10 minutes long." On this matter, he has a good point, because while the "Thunderbird" theme (as well as the gospel-influenced finale piece) is worthy of a place in any Zimmer collection, the rest of this score is a largely forgettable series of bluesy minimalism, sparse action motifs, irritating hoedown comedy, and fragments of that primary theme.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:52
• 1. Going to Mexico (2:10)
• 2. J.D. Appears (J.D.'s Blues) (3:23)
• 3. Butt Talk (1:12)
• 4. Happy Birthday‚ Lady (0:44)
• 5. Picking Up J.D. (0:40)
• 6. Cops (0:57)
• 7. Jimmy's Money (0:30)
• 8. The F.B.I (0:57)
• 9. The Robbery (Drive‚ Drive!) (2:45)
• 10. Homecoming/Railway Station (3:38)
• 11. Loading Guns (1:32)
• 12. Cattle Stop (2:05)
• 13. Wide Awake (3:01)
• 14. Bitches From Hell (0:45)
• 15. The Chase/Grand Canyon (7:54)
• 16. The Decision/End Credits (3:58)
• 17. Thelma & Louise (Thunderbird) (4:05)
• 18-27. (Commercially available tracks from Regarding Henry) (36:45)
(41:07 of music from Thelma & Louise)
2011 Kritzerland Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:10

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No consistent packaging exists for the bootleg variants. The 2011 Kritzerland album's insert contains basic notes about the film and score.
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