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Waterworld
(1995)
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1995 MCA
2017 La-La Land
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Robert Elhai
Chris Boardman
Jeff Atmajian

Additional Programming by:
Steve Porcaro

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
MCA Records
(August 1st, 1995)

La-La Land Records
(August 25th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 MCA album was a regular U.S. release. The 2017 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on especially the 2017 2-CD set if you normally fall victim to guilty pleasure fantasy scores with generic but well rendered action ideas for orchestra, chorus, and synthetic percussive tones.

Avoid it... if you prefer more originality in your other-worldly blockbuster romps, this one taking blatant inspiration from Hugo Friedhofer and Jerry Goldsmith.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #196
WRITTEN 6/25/98, REVISED 1/4/19
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Howard
Waterworld: (James Newton Howard) What could $200 million buy your studio in 1995? If you were Universal pictures, it bought you the immense and pounding headache known as Waterworld. Plagued by production problems ranging from sinking sets to a disgruntled crew, the futuristic Kevin Costner science fiction 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, though, Waterworld had some intriguing ideas for its time; 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 general 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 thoughtful concept. One of the many problems identified 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. Costner had been impressed with Howard's music for Wyatt Earp and hired the composer for a few of his subsequent projects. With only about six weeks to work, Howard managed to assemble enough of an ensemble of synthetic, orchestral, and choral ideas for a score far more common to blockbuster expectations. The science fiction elements of the story were addressed by Howard's collaboration with the Porcaros of Toto fame, creating a variety of synthesized percussion noises to populate the film. Some samples, however, were lent to Howard by emerging friend Hans Zimmer.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 MCA Album Tracks   ▼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)
2017 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 131:71

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1995 MCA album includes extensive credits but no extra information about the film or score. That of the 2017 La-La Land album contains extensive notes about both, as well as a list of performers.
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