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David Shire Film Music
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Composed, Conducted, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:
David Shire

Co-Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
Thomas Pasitieri
William Brohn
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Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency (Promo)
(March 24th, 1998)
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Promotional release only, initially selling for $25 at specialty outlets and eventually escalating in value.
The song "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae won an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you seek an outstanding summary of David Shire's career and are willing to pay for one of the most relevant composer compilations of original recordings of all time.

Avoid it... if much of Shire's music from the 70's and 80's sounds badly dated to you and the album isn't worth its use as an educational resource.
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WRITTEN 4/13/98, REVISED 7/22/07
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David Shire Film Music: (Compilation) Among the truly stunning disappointments in Hollywood's digital age has been the lack of composing assignments for David Shire, one of the industry's more illustrious artists in the 1970's and 1980's. His music existed for films ranging from dramatic classics to cult favorites, with even a few blockbuster musicals thrown in the middle. And yet, between 1988 and 2007, Shire fell almost completely off the map. Between George Romero's horror film Monkey Shines in the late 80's and David Fincher's thriller Zodiac in 2007, Shire's assignments never gained any box office notoriety whatsoever. A tepid score for Zodiac isn't encouraging that a full comeback is imminent, but it's still refreshing to hear the composer in action once again. In an effort to help remind people of his lengthy career, the Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency released a solid promotional compilation of his works from 1974 to 1997 on an officially pressed 1998 product for industry consumption. In 1991, the Bay Cities label had released a 1,200-copy compilation called "David Shire at the Movies," with Shire and eight soloists re-recording many of his most famous themes. By contrast, the "David Shire Film Music" promo of 1998 featured mostly the original recordings, with a few inclusions of the later re-recordings (such as for The Conversation). The newer compilation is well balanced in the selection of cues and the running time of each entry; it truly is a perfectly rounded presentation of Shire's compositions during the years provided. And right on cue in '98, the release instantly mesmerized every Shire fan on the planet in its first few weeks on the market. It is, after all, exactly the kind of massive composer compilation of original recordings that any fan of that composer would pay significantly for. The tricky question is whether non-Shire fans would find much merit in it to use for pure listening enjoyment rather than to only gain knowledge of the composer's works.

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Average: 3.63 Stars
***** 106 5 Stars
**** 73 4 Stars
*** 45 3 Stars
** 20 2 Stars
* 42 1 Stars
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Total Time: 73:53
• 1. Max Dugan Returns (2:27)
• 2. The Conversation (2:30)
• 3. Return to Oz (4:30)
• 4. Raid on Entebbe (2:43)
• 5. Paris Trout (3:32)
• 6. All the President's Men (3:56)
• 7. Farewell, My Lovely (2:31)
• 8. The World According to Garp (2:17)
• 9. 'Night, Mother (2:58)
• 10. Bed and Breakfast (2:46)
• 11. The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (3:02)
• 12. 2010 (4:06)
• 13. Last Stand at Saber River (3:32)
• 14. Straight Time (3:43)
• 15. Old Boyfriends (2:46)
• 16. The Journey Inside (3:10)
• 17. Monkey Shines (3:42)
• 18. One Night Stand (2:12)
• 19. The Hindenburg (2:56)
• 20. My Antonia (3:07)
• 21. The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1:35)
• 22. Sarah Plain and Tall (2:35)
• 23. Saturday Night Fever (4:13)
• 24. Norma Rae (2:54)
(total and track times not listed)

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The insert contains extensive notes from Shire about each score, including the ollowing general excerpt:
    "This collection is gleaned from the last 23 years of my film scoring work, the earliest selection being 1974's The Conversation and the latest, 1997's Last Stand at Saber River, almost a quarter century's worth of my favorite themes. If that sounds a little elegiac in tone, I certainly don't intend it to, since I feel that a lot of my best work still remains to be written. Some of the material on this CD has been previously released, but a good portion of it has not, and I'm happy to be able to make it all available in anthology form."
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