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Wyatt Earp
(1994)
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1994 Warner
2013 La-La Land
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Marty Paich

Co-Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Chris Boardman

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason

Performed by:
The Hollywood Recording Musicians Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Warner Brothers
(June 21st, 1994)

La-La Land Records
(August 27th, 2013)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 album was a regular U.S. release, but it had fallen out of print as of 2005. The expanded 2013 La-La Land Records 3-CD set is limited to 3,500 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $30.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the spirit of Bruce Broughton and Basil Poledouris' expansive and highly motific music for the 1980's and 1990's resurrection of the Western genre, for James Newton Howard offers a worthy entry in this group of big sky adventure works.

Avoid it... only if you have clearly defined the Western genre as one that you cannot appreciate under any circumstances, even if it is approached from a direction of easily digestible romantic melodrama with clearly developed themes.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #729
WRITTEN 6/23/03, REVISED 12/26/13
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Howard
Wyatt Earp: (James Newton Howard) In the early 1990's, the idea of the massively proportioned Western film had been reintroduced with the success of Silverado and Dances With Wolves on big screens and Lonesome Dove on television, and most of the major studios started production on their own Western pictures with similar aspirations. After the continued critical and popular success of Unforgiven and Tombstone, Warner Brothers' Wyatt Earp came at a time in 1994 when the genre had reached its saturated point and you started seeing spin-offs, spoofs, and inferior alternatives like Bad Girls and The Quick and the Dead begin to steal the sense of dramatic weight from the genre. The Lawrence Kasdan and Kevin Costner partnership for Wyatt Earp made the crucial mistake of taking the genre and this particular production too seriously, and in so doing tried the patience of its audiences with its significant and often boring, elongated scenes of character development and overwrought drama. The intent of the picture was to resurrect the glory of the greatest Western epics of the past, with set construction, hoards of extras, and a long shooting process that were reminiscent of glorious endeavors of a different generation. Despite having all of the necessary traditional Western elements in place, including a magnificent cast of well-known supporting actors and actresses, the film's script, re-worked from origins meant for a television mini-series, was its own worst enemy. A financial disaster for the studio, the film did feature one aspect that could not be criticized: its score by composer James Newton Howard. Kasdan, who had been extremely impressed with Howard's music for his previous film, Grand Canyon, went so far as to state that Howard contributed more of himself to that picture than any of the other production team members. The composer was also in the middle of an artistically fruitful series of scores for Costner, despite the fact that most of their collaborations existed for films of dubious merit. As a musical journey, the score for Wyatt Earp isn't quite as elaborate and broadly dramatic as James Horner's concurrently popular Legends of the Fall, but it nearly reaches the same territory in its expansive emotional development.



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Average: 3.52 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Warner Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:33
• 1. Main Title (4:40)
• 2. Home from the War (1:58)
• 3. Going to Town (2:00)
• 4. The Wagon Chase (2:42)
• 5. Mattie Wants Children (1:56)
• 6. Railroad (1:50)
• 7. Nicholas Springs Wyatt (1:31)
• 8. Is That Your Hat? (2:07)
• 9. The Wedding (3:16)
• 10. Stillwell Makes Bail (2:37)
• 11. It All Ends Now (1:54)
• 12. Urilla Dies (4:35)
• 13. Tell Me About Missouri (2:56)
• 14. The Night Before (3:11)
• 15. O.K. Corral (7:02)
• 16. Down by the River (2:58)
• 17. Kill 'Em All (5:02)
• 18. Dodge City (1:02)
• 19. Leaving Dodge (1:24)
• 20. Indian Charlie (1:33)
• 21. We Stayed Too Long (1:50)
• 22. Winter to Spring (1:18)
• 23. It Happened That Way (1:10)
2013 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 162:40

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1994 Warner album includes a note from director Lawrence Kasdan and extensive cast photography. That of the 2013 La-La Land set contains extensive notation about the film and score, as well as the same note from the director.
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