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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
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1992 Fox
2002 Varèse
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2012 La-La Land
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Lyrics by:
Leslie Bricusse

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
Dennis Drieth
Angela Morley

Expanded Albums Produced by:
Nick Redman
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Fox Records
(November 20, 1992)

Varèse Sarabande
(November, 2002)

La-La Land Records
(December 4th, 2012)
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The 1992 Fox album is a regular U.S. release, but it fell out of print quickly and fetched prices approaching $100 in the 2000's. The 2002 Varèse Sarabande 2-CD set was a Club Series entry of 3,000 copies and was available only through the label's site or through online soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out within a year. The expanded 2012 La-La Land set is limited to 3,000 copies as well and was offered through those same outlets for an initial price of $25.
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Buy it... on either of the similar expanded products if you are a dedicated collector of John Williams' albums and are interested enough in the franchise to hear the minimal amount of unique music left off of the 1992 commercial album.

Avoid it... on any album if you own the original Home Alone score and are less than thrilled with it, for this sequel score so blatantly reprises the previous material that it's almost a completely redundant accompaniment to the predecessor.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 3/2/13
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: (John Williams) The astounding box office success of Home Alone in 1990 rolled director Chris Columbus into a predictable and mindless sequel in 1992, largely repeating the same cartoonish action formula involving the tirelessly irritating character of Kevin McCallister played once again by Macaulay Culkin. While the venue for that action changed to New York City, the same dumb crooks highlight the returning cast and, as though to attempt to dampen the perpetual violence of the story, yet another feel-good subplot of morality (this time involving a slightly creepy pigeon lady) is tacked on to the film. The concept was still successful enough to spawn another two sequels, though Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was the final entry for the original assembly of cast and crew. That crew once again included veteran composer John Williams, whose affinity for franchises and working with Columbus made him an easy bet for this project. Nominated for Academy Awards in both the "best score" and "best song" categories for Home Alone just a year prior, Williams used the occasion to phone in an easy assignment, largely reprising most of the fundamental concepts he had previously explored. Still, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York followed a movie that was a departure for Williams. Prior to 1990, the maestro had not scored a fluffy comedy film in decades, becoming known instead for his serious historical dramas and flighty space-faring adventures. Nevertheless, Home Alone was an enormous artistic success for Williams, not only with critics and the Academy, but with his fans as well. The sensitivity and innocent environment of holiday magic in his score and children's songs in the first film were a side of Williams previously unexplored by the composer in his post-Star Wars career. The work fit surprisingly snugly with his Americana material aimed for concerts and albums, especially the songs. When Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was released in 1992, it was quickly realized, though, that the entire production was essentially a remake of the original film.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1992 Fox Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 63:31
• 1. "Somewhere in My Memory" (3:49)
• 2. Home Alone (Suite) (2:01)
• 3. We Overslept Again (2:46)
• 4. Christmas Star (3:18)
• 5. Arrival in New York (1:41)
• 6. Plaza Hotel and Duncan's Toy Store (3:45)
• 7. Concierge and Race to the Room (2:04)
• 8. Star of Bethlehem (3:28)
• 9. The Thieves Return (4:35)
• 10. Appearance of the Pigeon Lady (3:19)
• 11. Christmas Music Suite (5:02)
• 12. Into the Park (3:49)
• 13. Haunted Brownstone (3:01)
• 14. Christmas Star (Reprise)/Setting the Trap (4:17)
• 15. To the Plaza Presto (3:22)
• 16. Reunion at Rockefeller Center (2:36)
• 17. Kevin's Booby Traps (3:41)
• 18. Finale (3:55)
• 19. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (2:51)
2002 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 100:05
2012 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 112:24

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The 1992 Fox album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The expanded limited edition Varèse Sarabande set, though, has the Club series' usual standard of excellent, in-depth analysis of the score and film. Similar notation is available in the insert of the 2012 La-La Land set.
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