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A League of Their Own
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1992 Sony/Columbia
2006 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Shirley Walker

Co-Orchestrated and Additional Music by:
Bruce Fowler

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ladd McIntosh

Co-Produced by:
Jay Rifkin
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(June 30th, 1992)

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The 1992 Sony/Columbia album is a regular U.S. release, re-issued in identical form in 2008. The bootlegs of this score have circulated widely in the 2000's and contain different art and track configurations.
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Buy it... if you love Randy Newman's vintage, big band jazz and Western-tinged character themes of pure Americana spirit, because Hans Zimmer emulates those sounds so well in A League of Their Own that you may not be able to tell the difference.

Avoid it... if the above statement violates every notion of "the masculine Zimmer style" that you've come to know and love, even if the composer really does an outstanding job of adapting to the genre.
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WRITTEN 3/24/10
A League of Their Own: (Hans Zimmer) A universally liked, fictional account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that existed as an alternative to professional baseball in the 1940's, A League of Their Own translated positive reviews into massive fiscal success in 1992. Sporting an all-star cast and an effective balance of interpersonal dramatics and confrontation on the diamond, the film is a unique entry in the sports genre and reaffirmed its director, Penny Marshall, in the mainstream. It takes a few major liberties with the actual historical circumstances of the league, but the innocuous tale with an enormous heart was endearing enough for CBS to attempt a failed television series based on the concept and starring some of the film's supporting actors. The casting of Madonna as one of the players on screen led to a hit song from her for the picture, and although the official soundtrack album didn't include "This Used to Be My Playground" due to contractual reasons, it did feature several light rock and vintage jazz pieces that symbolized the spirit of the film. Short-changed on that product was Hans Zimmer's score, however. The composer and director enjoyed a fruitful relationship in the years following A League of Their Own, with similar assignments allowing Zimmer to explore his more humorously zany side. There was over an hour of almost completely orchestral music recorded by Zimmer for the assignment, and it represented a distinct change from the synthetically-dominated tone of his previous works. He had only just written his first orchestral score two years prior, and his non-action sound was still defined by the contemporary style of Driving Miss Daisy and Green Card. While extending from the same generally upbeat personality of those works, A League of Their Own was a remarkably organic turn for Zimmer at the time. It emulated the style of Randy Newman so well that you would have difficulty differentiating between A League of Their Own and the jazzy portions of The Natural. Some refer to the 1992 Zimmer score as a direct spin-off of that famous Newman work, but without the ultra-heroic title theme. In many ways, that's a pretty accurate claim, though the outright silly parts of A League of Their Own have a Western influence that goes beyond Newman's similar Western tilt to his Americana jazz and whips up the dust with the frenzied enthusiasm that David Newman or Marc Shaiman might bring to the same film. Either way, it's a score that sounds almost nothing like the mass majority of Zimmer's career work.

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1992 Sony/Columbia Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:45
• 1. Now And Forever - performed by Carole King (3:16)
• 2. Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - - performed by Manhattan Transfer (2:58)
• 3. It's Only a Paper Moon - performed by James Taylor (2:51)
• 4. In a Sentimental Mood - performed by Billy Joel (4:03)
• 5. Two Sleepy People - performed by Art Gafunkel (3:39)
• 6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was - performed by James Taylor (3:38)
• 7. On the Sunny Side of the Street - performed by Manhattan Transfer (3:18)
• 8. Flying Home - performed by Doc's Rhythm Cats (2:57)
• 9. Life Goes On* (6:10)
• 10. The Final Game* (9:31)
• 11. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Song - performed by The Rockford Peaches (1:24)
* score suites composed by Hans Zimmer
2006 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 61:04

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The insert of the 1992 Sony album (re-issued in 2008) includes no extra information about the score or film, but it does clearly indicate on back cover that the Madonna song is absent. The bootlegs contain no consistent packaging.
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