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Wonder Boys
(2000)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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Intrada Promo
(December, 2000)
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Limited promotional release, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you groove to enthusiastic small ensemble performances of the blues, led by prominent roles for an electric organ and accordion.

Avoid it... if the idea of tolerating a wild, almost improvisational combination of electric organ and accordion is a potential disaster for your ears.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,133
WRITTEN 1/15/01, REVISED 7/20/08
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Wonder Boys: (Christopher Young) Damned from the very beginning, Wonder Boys was released twice by Paramount Studios in the year 2000. Despite some critical success it received at its February release, the film was an enormous flop at the box office and, to stir up some possible awards consideration for the film, Paramount decided to release the film to theatres a second time at the end of the year. Even with more critical acclaim the second time around, not to mention the appeal of being Curtis Hanson's first project since L.A. Confidential., the film was a lousy attraction once again. Forever slipping away into obscurity, Wonder Boys was considered so unviable that the Varèse Sarabande label, which originally was set to release Christopher Young's score for the film, backed out of the affair. Young's music for Wonder Boys, therefore, was not only composed quite a long time before its eventual release in the form of a limited promotional pressing by Intrada Records, but the work had also fallen completely off the face of the planet as far as the public is concerned. For some collectors of the composer, this was a tragedy, especially in the light of such a productive year for the composer. And, while it's difficult to see talented composers' works fall to such depths, this particular score is unfortunately not worth the trouble anyway. The film's character-centered story was a good match for a non-traditional score of comedy flavor, and Young responds with not only the kind of music that he had just provided for the equally obscure The Big Kahuna and Judas Kiss, but also with the touch of Thomas Newman thrown in for good measure. The small-scale, genre-bending scores of Newman and Young at the time were interesting deviations from the norm, and it would have been interesting to hear what Hanson's usual collaborator at the time, Jerry Goldsmith, could have come up for the film (though commitments during a hectic 1999 likely precluded this possibility). Young's versatility is certainly the star of this score, with a jazz, blues, and bluegrass tone that dances with a certain zeal and sophistication through the film.



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Average: 2.34 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 36:35
• 1. Grady Tripp (3:04)
• 2. Dead Poe Pie (3:24)
• 3. Tales From the Woods (1:38)
• 4. Greenhouse Woman (2:31)
• 5. That Would Be a Tuba (2:52)
• 6. Woozy Q (1:56)
• 7. Rip Roaring (3:09)
• 8. Novel Lies (2:41)
• 9. Small Shoulders (1:30)
• 10. I'm Not a Holiday Inn (1:30)
• 11. Does That Sound Like Anybody We Know? (1:45)
• 12. Doggie Door (1:43)
• 13. Wonderful (3:37)
• 14. The Love Parade (1:34)
• 15. Sire Shire (3:06)

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