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Waterworld
(1995)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
James Newton Howard
Robert Elhai
Chris Boardman
Jeff Atmajian

Synthesizers/Drums Programmed by:
James Newton Howard
Steve Porcaro

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(August 1st, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you normally fall victim to guilty pleasure scores with generic, but well rendered action ideas for orchestra, synthetic percussion, and sizable chorus.

Avoid it... if you'd prefer a dash of intelligence and a pinch of originality in your other-worldly blockbuster romps.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #208
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 5/13/07
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Waterworld: (James Newton Howard) What could $200 million buy you in 1995? If you were Universal pictures, it bought you the pounding and immense headache known as Waterworld. Plagued by production problems ranging from sinking sets to a disgruntled crew, the futuristic Kevin Costner sci-fi adventure on the high seas was in the news for all the wrong reasons. It wasn't even immune to rumors of Costner's infidelity with a cast extra on the set. Visually and conceptually, Waterworld had some intriguing ideas; its premise was based on a "Mad Max on the ocean" scenario in which the land masses of the world have been mostly swallowed up by rising seas. Humanity lives on boats and atolls on this vast expanse, mostly unaware of the remnants of great civilizations on the bottom of the relatively shallow waters. Costner's "Mariner" character is the first human to evolve and use gills to breathe underwater, and he becomes a somewhat unwilling participant in the search for dry land. Like any really stretched action flick, however, Dennis Hopper and his oil tanker full of baddies pillages and maims on the high seas, giving Waterworld a distinctly dumb side to its otherwise nifty concept. One of the many problems with the project was Mark Isham's score, which took an introspective and restrained approach to the bleak futuristic setting. With an opening date fast approaching, Universal threw out most of Isham's music (the music box source material heard in the film is his, though) and commissioned James Newton Howard to write an emergency score for the project. With time scarce, Howard managed to assemble enough of an ensemble of synthetic, orchestral, and choral musicians to record a score far more common to blockbuster expectations. The science-fiction elements of the story would be addressed by Howard's collaboration with the Porcaros of Toto fame, creating a variety of synthesized percussion noises to populate the film. Structurally, it's probably not surprising that Howard's score is rather simplistic, relying in cliches in the film scoring business to provide what Universal needed on short notice. The resulting score is predictable to some extent, but has enough guilty pleasures in its ranks to exceed expectations.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 68:39
• 1. Main Titles (4:43)
• 2. Escaping The Smokers (3:49)
• 3. The Atoll (1:42)
• 4. Prodigal Child (1:54)
• 5. Smokers Sighted (2:10)
• 6. Swimming (4:15)
• 7. The Skyboat (3:54)
• 8. National Geographics (1:46)
• 9. Speargun (1:44)
• 10. The Bubble (3:23)
• 11. Helen Frees the Mariner (3:27)
• 12. Helen Sews (0:50)
• 13. Slide for Life (4:51)
• 14. Half an Hour (4:36)
• 15. We're Gonna Die (2:02)
• 16. Arriving at the Deez (4:28)
• 17. Deacon's Speech (3:52)
• 18. Haircuts (1:32)
• 19. Gills (1:59)
• 20. Why Aren't You Rowing? (2:38)
• 21. Balloon Flight (0:48)
• 22. Dry Land (1:48)
• 23. Mariner's Goodbye (3:15)
• 24. Main Credits (2:18)

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