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The Karate Kid
(1984)
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2007 Varèse
2010 Varèse
Album 2 Cover Art
2019 La-La Land
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Bill Conti

Orchestrated by:
Jack Eskew

Pan Flute Performed by:
Gheorghe Zamfir
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(March 12th, 2007)

Varèse Sarabande
(November 22nd, 2010)

La-La Land Records
(December 3rd, 2019)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2007 set is a limited release of 2,500 copies, originally sold through soundtrack specialty outlets for $45. After selling out, it reached resale prices of over $200. The 2010 re-issue of the first CD of that set is limited to 2,000 copies and was made available for $20 through those same outlets. The 2019 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and available initially for $20 through those outlets as well.
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Buy it... on any of the Varèse Sarabande or La-La Land Records albums for the popular franchise if you are a devoted enthusiast of either the films or Bill Conti's distinctive blend of symphonic and contemporary tones typical to the era.

Avoid it... if you expect the ethnic influence in these scores to shake the stylistic habits and overarching tone that equally define the composer's Rocky scores as dated and repetitious.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,282
WRITTEN 6/14/10, REVISED 3/21/21
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Conti
The Karate Kid: (Bill Conti) A pop culture icon of the 1980's, the The Karate Kid franchise was among the more original ideas to come from Hollywood. The first two films in the original trilogy, debuting in 1984 and 1986, were fiscal blockbusters and ushered in a new wave of interest in youth martial arts and, more curiously, bonsai trees. The original story's premise spoke to shy and alienated youth by conveying a message of discipline and restraint, all the while dancing through an obstacle course of mainstream stereotypes of the decade dealing with teenage romance, bullying, and culture clashes. A New Jersey boy is transplanted to Southern California with his single mother and immediately becomes the target for hassling from macho brats who belong to a local martial arts training group. He happens across an aging Japanese master of the arts who not only trains the young man in how to cope with his adversaries, but also serves as an surrogate father figure. The boy's eventual triumph in competition is a crowd pleaser of the highest order, and every youngster's hope to achieve such heights cemented the character of Mr. Miyagi (and actor Pat Morita, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role in the film) as an instant favorite, a circumstance that did not go unexploited by marketers of toys and novelty items. While the 1986 sequel was also highly regarded, the third film in 1989 is largely considered a failure and a 1994 spin-off with Hilary Swank as "the next karate kid" was an embarrassment. It would take until a reboot of the franchise in 2010 for the concept to be touched again without fear of ridicule. The first three The Karate Kid films were directed by John Avildsen, whose partnership with composer Bill Conti was unquestioned in its loyalty, especially considering the success of their collaboration for the original Rocky. Conti, like Morita, was a vital source of identity for the franchise, his music maintaining the same thematic constructs and instrumental style throughout all four of the original films. Anyone not pleased with Conti's habit of extremely basic repetition of franchise ideas in his Rocky scores can rest assured that the The Karate Kid scores at least feature a better evolutionary flow. Still, the music for the 1984 original, highly regarded in its whole because of a few remarkable, singular cues in the film, is perhaps one the decade's more overrated scores.


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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2007/2010 Varèse Sarabande Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 35:24
CD 1:
• 1. Main Title (3:30)
• 2. Fite Nite (2:01)
• 3. Bumpy Ride (1:37)
• 4. Dan Ducks Out (0:55)
• 5. Bonsai Tree (0:43)
• 6. Decorate The Gym (0:39)
• 7. Miyagi Rattles Bones (2:21)
• 8. Miyagi Intercedes (1:28)
• 9. On to Miyagi's (1:33)
• 10. The Pact (2:12)
• 11. Feel the Night (Demo) - performed by Baxter Robinson (1:56)
• 12. Troubled Lovers (0:33)
• 13. Japanese Sander (1:26)
• 14. Paint the Fence (3:11)
• 15. Daniel Sees the Bird (2:38)
• 16. Fish & Train (2:28)
• 17. Training Hard (2:29)
• 18. The Kiss (1:02)
• 19. Japanese Hand Clap (0:40)
• 20. No Mercy (0:23)
• 21. Daniel's Moment of Truth (1:52)
(only the first CD in the 2007 set contains music from The Karate Kid)
2019 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:25

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of the two Varèse Sarabande albums contain similar notes pertaining to the first film in the franchise, with basic information about the score and film but focusing more heavily instead on Conti's career. The insert of the 2019 La-La Land album also contains notes about the film and score.
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