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You've Got Mail
(1999)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrations by:
Jeff Atmajian

Piano Solos by:
Michael Lang
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 9th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release. Atlantic Records released a song compilation in 1998, featuring only a few minutes of Fenton's score.
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Buy it... if a lightweight version of Randy Newman-style jazz rhythms would serve as a safe and non-offensive souvenir from an equally lightweight film.

Avoid it... if there was anything even remotely aggravating about the film for you, because this short score helped define its peppy cuteness.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #88
WRITTEN 4/1/99, REVISED 8/27/07
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You've Got Mail: (George Fenton) If there was ever a safe bet for a studio in the late 1990's, it would be a romantic comedy by Nora Ephron starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. You've Got Mail was exactly that, reuniting the leads for the third time and once again featuring a family safe script from Ephron. It delved into the new realm of online romance, however, proposing the possibility that two people who dislike each other in real life could actually be the same two engaged in a friendly, anonymous romance online. The film was a breathing advertisement for AOL, that now defunct giant of e-mail in the 1990's that made the phrase "You've Got Mail" famous. Hanks and Ryan play the exact roles you expect them to, redefining the word "lovable" and once again earning a decent return for the studio. Ephron would seek a score for You've Got Mail as safe as Marc Shaiman's emotionally delicate piece for Sleepless in Seattle, and that score would be hand-wrapped and delivered with a bow by George Fenton. For the British composer, the year of 1998 would be one of exceptional production, ranging from the lush dramatic heights of Dangerous Beauty and Ever After to the low key, romantic fluff of The Object of my Affection and You've Got Mail. Fenton redefines the world "harmlessly cute" with his music for You've Got Mail, even moreso than in his already snazzy little The Object of my Affection. Not many collectors associate Fenton with these comedy scores, but they have been numerous and somewhat absent the normal attention from album producers. You get the feeling that Fenton may have been the second composer in Ephron's mind; so thorough is Fenton's imitation of Randy Newman's style in You've Got Mail that you can't help but wonder if the Ephron's instructions about the music were indeed that specific.



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4,096 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.47 Stars
***** 1,002 5 Stars
**** 1,152 4 Stars
*** 1,087 3 Stars
** 519 2 Stars
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what's the song?
cortney - November 24, 2007, at 11:01 p.m.
1 comment  (1893 views)
What's the song called?   Expand >>
T.L. - April 20, 2006, at 3:58 p.m.
3 comments  (4053 views)
Newest: September 12, 2006, at 8:05 a.m. by
kelli
the I'm sorry song
bobby-joe - January 7, 2006, at 5:10 p.m.
1 comment  (2279 views)
Help! Piano song on CD?????   Expand >>
Jenny - January 27, 2005, at 10:17 a.m.
2 comments  (2859 views)
Newest: November 23, 2006, at 9:18 p.m. by
Breanna
Name of song sung around piano.   Expand >>
Rob - October 26, 2004, at 11:27 a.m.
2 comments  (6988 views)
Newest: December 13, 2004, at 11:09 a.m. by
pati
Can you name this song and singer,,,please   Expand >>
Loochia - April 28, 2004, at 10:16 p.m.
2 comments  (3990 views)
Newest: November 5, 2005, at 6:37 p.m. by
Bob
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 31:09
• 1. Butterflies in the Subway (2:09)
• 2. Kathleen Computer Sneak (1:22)
• 3. What a Beautiful Day! (1:15)
• 4. Goodnight Dear Void (1:07)
• 5. Books are Cocktails (1:10)
• 6. To the Mattresses (1:58)
• 7. Meet Me at Cafe Lalo (1:52)
• 8. You Weren't There (1:40)
• 9. I Was in Vancouver (1:44)
• 10. Dear Friend (1:26)
• 11. To the Movies and Back (1:11)
• 12. Remember - performed by Harry Nilsson (3:02)
• 13. Empty Store (2:51)
• 14. For Years to Come (0:38)
• 15. Are You Married? (0:30)
• 16. NY 152 (1:25)
• 17. I'll be Waiting (0:37)
• 18. If Only (1:06)
• 19. Over the Rainbow - performed by Harry Nilsson (3:57)
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