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Toy Story 4
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Don Davis

Co-Produced by:
Joe E. Rand
David Boucher
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Walt Disney Records
(June 21st, 2019)
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Regular U.S. release.
The song "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" was nominated for an Academy Award. The song "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you desire a predictably sentimental continuation of the style and themes from the first two Toy Story soundtracks, Randy Newman playing a heavier hand of nostalgia in the fourth entry's music.

Avoid it... if you demand any substantial evolution of the franchise's musical style, for the four new themes in this work fit seamlessly with the reprises of old favorites and become a rather anonymous mesh of Newman's standard fare.
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WRITTEN 7/5/20
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Toy Story 4: (Randy Newman) For many years, a consensus opinion had maintained that the conclusion of 2010's Toy Story 3 was the perfect ending for the toys and human characters of the original trilogy of films. The franchise can't shake the warm and fuzzy appeal of the concept, however, and with the support of much of the voice cast, not to mention a billion dollars in profits, Disney and Pixar have left the door open indefinitely. The fourth film, 2019's Toy Story 4, reprised the themes of separation and farewell, so much so that the franchise should be renamed "Goodbye Story" given its perpetually melancholy tone of the more recent entries. It elevates the female character of Bo Peep into a lead role, and the story follows her adventure in an antique shop near a fairground. Meanwhile, Woody, Buzz, and crew salvage an annoying spork that their new child owner, Bonnie, has built, and their own unlikely journey to the same fairground results in a culmination of a battle against yet another set of not-so-benevolent toys. It's an unnecessary film with highly obnoxious new characters (the spork really needed to die), continuous torture of favorite old toys, and a coda that loses the upbeat tone that made the franchise so appealing at the start. On the upside are absolutely spectacular animated visuals, particularly of the carnival lights, and a notable prologue reprising the scenes of better times with the previous owners of the toys. Also hitting the right notes of nostalgia is composer Randy Newman, so much a fixture of these films that the producers never considered any alternative for Toy Story 4. The formula for Newman on this fourth entry seems familiar to the previous films on the surface, with the composer's standard underscore sensibilities joined by a pair of new songs. But the equation is a little different this time because Newman made a concerted effort to revisit considerable material from the first two films. The soundtrack opens with the original recording of "You've Got a Friend in Me" during the flashback sequence. The all-new "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," representing the spork, is a vaguely gospel song about suicide that might feel more at home in 2009's The Princess and the Frog, and despite its short running time and rather irritating interlude in the picture, the song was nominated for an Oscar. Better is the Grammy-nominated "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy," another very short entry for Woody that jives with the tone of the soundtrack as a whole. None of the songs' melodies, including "You've Got a Friend in Me," figures strongly in Newman's score.

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Total Time: 72:39
• 1. You've Got a Friend in Me - performed by Randy Newman (2:04)
• 2. I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away - performed by Randy Newman (2:05)
• 3. The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy - performed by Chris Stapleton (1:45)
• 4. Operation Pull Toy (5:19)
• 5. Woody's Closet of Neglect (3:55)
• 6. School Daze (4:22)
• 7. Trash Can Chronicles (3:28)
• 8. The Road to Antiques (2:41)
• 9. A Spork in the Road (1:56)
• 10. Rubber Baby Buggy Butlers (1:52)
• 11. Buzz's Flight & A Maiden (4:07)
• 12. Ducky, Bunny & Tea (2:16)
• 13. Moving at the Speed of Skunk (1:34)
• 14. Bo Peep's Panorama for Two (2:36)
• 15. Three Sheeps to the Wind (2:55)
• 16. Sneaking and Antiquing (1:42)
• 17. Recruiting Duke Caboom (1:16)
• 18. Prepping the Jump (2:20)
• 19. Let's Caboom! (4:07)
• 20. Cowboy Sacrifice (2:06)
• 21. Operation Harmony (4:24)
• 22. Duke's Best Crash Ever (2:43)
• 23. Gabby Gabby's Most Noble Thing (3:02)
• 24. Parting Gifts & New Horizons (5:05)
• 25. The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy (Soundtrack Version) - performed by Randy Newman (1:45)
• 26. Plush Rush! (1:12)

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The insert includes a list of performers and lyrics to the songs but no extra information about the score or film.
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