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The Fugitive
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1993 Elektra
2009 La-La Land
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Marty Paich

Co-Orchestrated by:
Chris Boardman
Brad Dechter

Co-Produced by:
Michael Mason
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Elektra Entertainment
(August 31st, 1993)

La-La Land Records
(December 1st, 2009)
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The 1993 Elektra album is a regular U.S. release. The 2009 2-CD set from La-La Land was limited to 3,000 copies and sold through soundtrack specialty outlets for $30.
Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you appreciated James Newton Howard's staggered action rhythms, faint noir jazz, and ambient effects in the context of the film, or if you have an affinity for the similar, mundane Jerry Goldsmith thriller scores of the era.

Avoid it... if you expect the score to be an engaging souvenir of a superior film that frankly could have used a more memorable and cohesive musical accompaniment to match the consistently propulsive sense of urgency in the plot.
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WRITTEN 12/26/00, REVISED 9/14/10
The Fugitive: (James Newton Howard) The history of the concept of Dr. Richard Kimball's attempts to solve the murder of his wife while evading the forces of Federal Deputy Marshal Gerard has been rich on television and on the big screen. Despite years (if not decades) of production toil, the famed fugitive's chase into the cinemas in 1993 earned the endeavor significant critical praise, with the film nominated for the top award (among many others) by AMPAS. Despite Harrison Ford's adequate return to the role of "scared, innocent family man," the better contributor to Andrew Davis' film was Tommy Lee Jones, whose performance as Gerard would itself garner winning Oscar recognition. So overshadowing was Jones that the ill-advised 1998 sequel to The Fugitive would be centered solely on his character, an unsuccessful attempt to recapture to massive box office success that the previous film had been for Warner Brothers. In the long and illustrious career of composer James Newton Howard, The Fugitive is a score that does not compete with his best. It was his first mainstream blockbuster score, a sudden venture into the realm of large scale action that terrified the composer at first. The arranging, recording, and original album for The Fugitive were nightmarish procedures full of performer unrest, crashed hard drives, and editing restrictions and blunders. But as the score was adequately decent for a highly popular film, Howard also received an Academy Award nomination for his efforts, and the composer would go on to tackle dozens of projects of similar status in the future. The Fugitive is one of the rare events when an (arguably soon-to-be) A-list composer receives a nomination for an average score while the vastly superior film could actually have used superior musical representation (the same phenomenon would happened to Howard much later with his nomination for Michael Clayton). Howard's approach to scoring The Fugitive involved the merging of electronic and orchestral elements, as well as the general avoidance of providing music that stands out strongly in the film. Hence, the themes are rather underplayed and secondary in emphasis compared to the rhythmic devices that Howard provides for the chase scenes. Unsettling ambience and obtuse musical identities are littered with noir-like references to the original television show's music, and Howard has mentioned that the topic of expressly using the previous theme for the concept was unfortunately not discussed. A jagged and frightfully disjointed set of rhythms is performed by a modestly-sized orchestra and varied percussion section instead, augmented by a synthetic layer that was somewhat common to thrillers at the time (even if there was little technological in the story).

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Ridiculous review.This is a great score!
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Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Elektra Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 41:38
• 1. Main Title (3:51)
• 2. The Storm Drain (4:25)
• 3. Kimble Dyes His Hair (4:22)
• 4. Helicopter Chase (4:50)
• 5. "The Fugitive" Theme (3:05)
• 6. Subway Fight (2:26)
• 7. Kimble Returns (3:07)
• 8. No Press (4:55)
• 9. Stairway Chase (2:32)
• 10. Sykes' Apt. (4:19)
• 11. It's Over (3:39)
2009 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 126:21

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The insert of the 1993 Elektra album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2009 La-La Land album contains extensive information about both.
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