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White Fang
(1991)
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Co-Composed and Conducted by:
Basil Poledouris
Shirley Walker

Co-Composed by:
Hans Zimmer
Fiachra Trench

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(March 20th, 2012)
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Limited release of unknown quantities, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. It originally retailed for $25 and its first pressing sold out within days.
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Buy it... if you, like most film music collectors, appreciate the style of both Basil Poledouris and Hans Zimmer, for the two composers did their honest best to address this adventure film with the instructions given to them.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear either composer make any attempt to extend outside of his comfort zone, the two scores extremely typical to their output at the time and therefore distractingly incongruous next to each other in context.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,628
WRITTEN 4/9/12
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White Fang: (Basil Poledouris/Hans Zimmer/Various) While Jack London's 1906 novel "White Fang" had been adapted to the screen a couple of times prior, its 1991 handling by Disney is widely considered to be the most memorable version on screen. Spawning a sequel after earning well worldwide, White Fang was a somewhat embarrassing mutilation of the original London story, adding a stand-in character for the author so that Ethan Hawke could help pack theatres with younger audiences. His character travels on an expedition to Alaska seeking riches, though the concept of transporting a corpse with a dogsled team does remain, as do the circumstances of the titular character. The wolf/dog hybrid at the center of the story is the sympathetic hero as expected, the script pulling inspiration from London's similar "The Call of the Wild" for additional narrative depth. As one might imagine, White Fang's most impressive technical feature is its photography of the wilderness, though audiences were likely less entranced by snowy peaks than they were by the predictable human-animal bonds that are cutely realized in the story. The movie opened the door for a sudden influx of similarly innocuous children's topics involving animals facing adversity, and one of the most reliable, consistently employed composers for this subgenre of film was Basil Poledouris. While known for his ball-busting action scores to that point, Poledouris embarked upon a period in the early 1990's that saw him shift his emphasis to the animal-relations portion of the children's genre, Free Willy perhaps his most famous entry of the lot. The composer's knack for Americana authenticity, embodied by several of his popular Western genre scores running concurrent to his action hits, was well suited for this new type of children's film, as was his ability to infuse contemporary electronic elements into his soundscapes. In retrospect, White Fang seemed like a perfect assignment for Poledouris, especially when the filmmakers decided to ask the composer to alter some of his cues to include a more contemporary appeal to co-exist alongside his vintage, wholesome frontier spirit. Poledouris re-wrote and recorded a number of alternate takes utilizing his familiar electronic array of sounds, though his prior recordings were ironically more frequently chosen for the final cut of the film.



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Average: 2.95 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 118:52
CD 1: Basil Poledouris Soundtrack (61:41)
• 1. Main Title & Opening Credits (3:32)
• 2. Golden Staircase (2:03)
• 3. The Place (2:34)
• 4. Death of Kiche (2:08)
• 5. Death of Kiche (Revised) (1:14)
• 6. Wolf Dance (6:48)
• 7. Wolf Dance (Revised) (1:55)
• 8. Slow Motion Wolves (1:15)
• 9. Puppy Things (2:31)
• 10. Fang on Sled (0:32)
• 11. The River (1:42)
• 12. The Bear Attack (3:14)
• 13. The Cabin (2:14)
• 14. The Cabin (Revised) (0:24)
• 15. Mining Montage (0:47)
• 16. Pit Fight (1:36)
• 17. Jack Bit (2:51)
• 18. Bonding (2:11)
• 19. Just Friends (1:07)
• 20. Gold Test (1:15)
• 21. Fang's Revenge (1:10)
• 22. Jack and White Fang (1:04)
• 23. Jack Forces Fang Away (1:57)
• 24. The Return (3:06)
• 25. End Credits (3:51)

The Extras: (7:36)
• 26. Saloon Source (1:24)
• 27. Saloon Source (Alternate) (1:19)
• 28. Saloon Source #2 (1:37)
• 29. Saloon Source #2 (Alternate) (1:32)
• 30. Sweet Betsy From Pike (traditional) (1:36)


CD 2: Hans Zimmer Soundtrack (57:11)
• 1. Opening Credits - Main Title (4:18)
• 2. The Staircase (2:26)
• 3. The Trek Continues - composed by Fiachra Trench (1:51)
• 4. Black Wolf (8:31)
• 5. Full Moon Wolf Attack - composed by Fiachra Trench (1:20)
• 6. Kiche's Demise (9:40)
• 7. Seasons Pass - co-composed by Fiachra Trench (4:23)
• 8. The Bear Attack - co-composed by Shirley Walker (2:38)
• 9. The Mine - co-composed by Fiachra Trench (7:34)
• 10. Fang With Jack (3:20)
• 11. Vengeance Fulfilled (2:51)
• 12. Home Again (8:16)

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The insert contains extensive information about the score and film, including details about which cues from the two scores were used in the film.
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