Around the World in 80 Days [Original Soundtrack]

Around the World in 80 Days [Original Soundtrack]

by Trevor Jones
     
 
In the summer of 2004, Walt Disney Pictures bet an estimated 140 million dollars (including marketing costs) that audiences were ready for another adaptation of Jules Verne's 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days, 48 years after the celebrated 1956 Michael Todd production, with aging kung fu comedian

Overview

In the summer of 2004, Walt Disney Pictures bet an estimated 140 million dollars (including marketing costs) that audiences were ready for another adaptation of Jules Verne's 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days, 48 years after the celebrated 1956 Michael Todd production, with aging kung fu comedian Jackie Chan essaying the role that made Cantinflas a star. It proved a losing wager. Typical of the approach to the remake was the hiring of film composer Trevor Jones. The 55-year-old Jones is a veteran journeyman in the movie scoring business, with 25 years of steady work behind him, and he has cultivated that most hirable of attributes among those of his profession, versatility (the other important talent being an ability to work fast, of course). A look back at his busy career (which has resulted in at least two dozen previous soundtrack albums) includes adventure films, fantasies, dramas, romantic comedies -- you name it. Jones, a South African by birth, has also shown a willingness to share the soundstage with a variety of '80s rock stars, among them Bono and Sting. And he has worked for Disney before (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth). So, he presumably has no trouble with a soundtrack album that begins with a newly written and rather sappy song by ex-Eurythmic David A. Stewart, "Everybody All Over the World (Join the Celebration)," and even includes an inexcusable revival of the insufferable Disney copyright "It's a Small World," performed by Baha Men. When Jones and the London Symphony Orchestra finally get the album to themselves, the composer's versatility comes into play, as he follows the protagonists around the globe, offering bits of familiar local music to mix in with the standard movie-music fare. His overture is straight out of the John Williams songbook, and his invention does not improve from there. This is serviceable music in a serviceable movie, but it will do nothing to improve the standing of a composer who, in a quarter century of uninterrupted music writing for the screen, has never once earned an Academy Award nomination. (To be fair, he has been nominated for a couple of Golden Globes.) Of course, Victor Young's score for the 1956 film was an Oscar winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086110377

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trevor Jones   Primary Artist,Synthesizer
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Baha Men   Ensemble
Wilfred Gibson   Soloist,Chinese Violin
Philip Todd   Clarinet,Soloist
Geoffrey Alexander   Conductor
Paul Clarvis   Percussion,Soloist
Belinda Sykes   Soprano,Soloist
Idris   Clarinet
Carmine Lauri   Leader
David A. Stewart   Conductor
Tina Sugandh   Vocals
Hattie Webb   Harp
Sylvia Young Theater School Choir   Choir, Chorus
Gareth Davies   Soloist,Chinese Flute
Phil Todd   Clarinet

Technical Credits

London Symphony Orchestra   Contributor
Didi Stewart   Composer
Trevor Jones   Composer,Score Producer
Marco Marinangeli   Producer
Chucho Merchán   Composer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
Donal Hodgson   Pro-Tools
Simon Rhodes   Engineer,Engineering
Geoffrey Alexander   Choir Arrangement,Score Orchestration
Anne Skates   Choir Contractor
Mike Townend   Score Orchestration
Julian Kershaw   Score Orchestration
Aidan Love   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Engineering
Frank Coraci   Composer,Executive Producer
Ned Douglas   Programming,Engineer,Engineering
David Stewart   Arranger,Producer
Carmine Lauri   Orchestra Leader
David A. Stewart   Composer,Producer
David Butterworth   Score Orchestration
Tina Sugandh   Composer
Mark Wilderspin   Choir Arrangement
Andrew Walter   Score Mixer

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