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Trading Places
(1983)
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Composed, Arranged, and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Peter Bernstein
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(October 11th, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Limited release of 2,000 copies, available for an initial price of $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you are an extreme enthusiast of both this film and Elmer Bernstein's quality comedy output of the early 1980's.

Avoid it... if you expect the mostly adapted music to play well outside of context, for the soundtrack on album serves only to make a person wish to view the film again.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,758
WRITTEN 12/5/11
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Trading Places: (Elmer Bernstein) The early 1980's were a time when classic, timeless comedies seemed to grow in abundance, and 1983's Trading Places is among the best of that crop. Director John Landis built upon his bankability after Animal House to steer Trading Places to outstanding fiscal success with a script of societal commentary that is just as relevant decades later. Two cranky old owners of a commodities brokerage place a wager about the debate over "nature versus nurture," intentionally destroying the life of one of their rising young managers and replacing him with a street hustler to determine if the environment of their company is more determinate of success than the quality of character. Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy are those who literally trade places, and a stellar secondary cast featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and Denholm Elliott achieved remarkable chemistry that led to equally successful feature comedy roles for most of them later in the decade. Landis' take on the script is sharp with socio-political commentary that speaks to universal stereotypes and remains funny to this day, though the charm of the villainous brothers played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche keeps the environment light at every moment. Landis had long been an acquaintance and collaborator with composer Elmer Bernstein, and their work together on Animal House had contributed to the composer's type-cast as a master of parody and straight forward comedy. The early 1980's were dominated by such assignments for Bernstein, so much so that he eventually sought to write for a dramatic film free of charge to reclaim his glory days in the 1960's. While scores like Airplane! and Ghostbusters are clear reminders of the composer's ability to add laughs, the latter score especially soured Bernstein's opinion of the genre. That said, his work for Trading Places is untraditional when compared to its peers, serving as mostly an adaptation rather than an original composition. It was Landis who had conceived of using Mozart's overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" as the primary theme for Trading Places; he had used Mozart pieces in the past as source music to represent high class situations and determined that this comical spin-off of the same sound was perfect to summarize the stuffy atmosphere of the commodities brokerage (and that entire business sector as a whole). Outside of this main influence, Bernstein was also tasked with suggesting other classical influences without actually quoting them, and as a reward for his efforts, the composer was nominated in the later-retired "adapted music" category of the Oscars that year.



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Average: 2.78 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - January 1, 2012, at 5:09 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:45
• 1. Main Title (4:01)
• 2. Your Breakfast Sir/Good Morning!/Dukes (3:42)
• 3. The Club/Bump (1:44)
• 4. Wager (1:05)
• 5. Moving Out/Plots (1:59)
• 6. Philly/Ploy (0:56)
• 7. Discovery/Bed (0:49)
• 8. Revelation/The Goods/Train (1:46)
• 9. Heroes (2:55)
• 10. Kicking Ass/Cards (2:11)

Source Cues:
• 11. Dessert (2:43)
• 12. Louis Winthorpe III Blues (1:39)
• 13. Jamaican Bye-Bye (1:32)
• 14. Andante Cantabile from String Quartet, K. 165 (source - W. A. Mozart) (1:25)
• 15. Jingle Bells (source - James Pierpont) (2:53)
• 16. Joy to the World (source - G. Handel/F. Watts) (1:32)
• 17. Silent Night (source - Franz Gruber) (2:01)
• 18. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (source - traditional) (1:14)
• 19. O Little Town of Bethlehem (source - Philip Brooks/Lewis H. Redner) (2:36)
• 20. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (slower version) (source - traditional) (1:49)

Bonus Cues:
• 21. Good Morning! (Alternate) (1:55)
• 22. Bump (Alternate) (1:06)
• 23. Ploy (Alternate) (0:38)
• 24. Ploy (Alternate 2) (0:37)
• 25. Train (Promotional LP Version) (1:34)
• 26. Kicking Ass/Cards (Alternate) (1:37)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes detailed information about both the score and film.
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