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Joe Versus the Volcano
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2002 Varèse
2016 Varèse
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Composed and Conducted by:
Georges Delerue

Produced by:
Robert Townson

Performed by:
The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 28th, 2002)

Varèse Sarabande
(May 9th, 2016)
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Both albums are a Varèse Sarabande "Masters Film Music" release. Only 3,000 copies of the 2002 album were pressed, though the units are not numbered. It was primarily purchased through the label's website, but it fell out of print quickly and became a top collectible. The 2016 product is also a rare find at outlets, limited to 2,000 copies and valued initially at $20.
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Buy it... if you're enamored by each of Georges Delerue's highly melodic romance scores, for Joe Versus the Volcano is among his last great genre entries in a career sadly cut short.

Avoid it... if you have only a casual interest in Delerue's highly predictable styles, because the unyieldingly optimistic whimsy of the composer's techniques could potentially test your patience.
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WRITTEN 6/1/02, REVISED 7/8/16
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Joe Versus the Volcano: (Georges Delerue) The almost forgotten first pairing of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, Joe Versus the Volcano shamelessly plugged the ultimate corny, modern fairy-tale love story. It was along the same quirky lines as Big for Hanks but not remotely rising to the same level of popular or critical success. The film remains a more prominent footnote for Ryan, who played three entirely different characters for the production. The silly plot of Joe Versus the Volcano involves the misdiagnosis of Hanks' modern day man with an incurable condition called a "brain cloud," and along his journey to throw himself into a volcano, he inevitably is sidetracked by Ryan's presence. The failure of the film led to an early exit from the directorial scene for John Patrick Shanley (which ultimately lasted 18 years). Far more bittersweet was the venture for fans of composer Georges Delerue, who was only two years away from his surprising death in 1992. This project was one of a dozen scores to his credit in the 1990's, showing his enormous productivity in the film composing scene even up to his final days. Luckily, because Delerue had a strongly established following of collectors by that point in his career, nearly all of these scores were released in album form. The most notable absence for a long time in Delerue's scores of the 1990's on album, however, was Joe Versus the Volcano. Because the film flopped so terribly at its debut, Delerue's score was never treated to a commercial release. This shouldn't be surprising for an additional reason; Delerue's contribution to the film was originally to comprise about fifteen minutes of screen time. By 1990, films had just re-discovered the popular idea of inserting series of pop songs into the mix instead of using an orchestral score, and Joe Versus the Volcano made extensive use of this notion. Interestingly, however, after hearing the mastery that Delerue had created in those fifteen minutes, the producers of the film asked the composer to beef up the content to beyond 45 minutes in length, and Delerue, at the last minute, was happy to oblige.

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Audio Samples   ▼
2002 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:19
• 1. Once Upon a Time... (0:20)
• 2. Brain Cloud (3:04)
• 3. Dinner with Dee Dee (2:03)
• 4. Love Theme (1:12)
• 5. Joe Alone (0:26)
• 6. Graynamore's Pitch (1:53)
• 7. I'll Do It (1:18)
• 8. New York (0:28)
• 9. Shopping Spree (2:14)
• 10. Alone in New York (1:30)
• 11. To the Hotel (0:48)
• 12. To the Ship (2:41)
• 13. History of the Waponis (0:38)
• 14. Pat Tells Joe (2:26)
• 15. Fishing (3:25)
• 16. The Storm and The Rescue (9:10)
• 17. Hava Nagila and When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1:32)
• 18. I've Got to Go (3:28)
• 19. Explosion and In the Water (2:03)
• 20. They Sail Away (1:08)
• 21. End Credits (6:14)
2016 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:40

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The inserts of both albums contain a list of performers and a lengthy analysis of the film and score.
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