Leatherheads [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As has been apparent at least since his Sail Away album in 1972, Randy Newman's musical sensibility is heavily informed by the styles of popular music that prevailed roughly from the 1890s to the early '20s -- in particular Tin Pan Alley pop, ragtime, and Dixieland jazz. As a film composer, Newman has not tried to hide his inclinations, but rather has sought out or been sought out for movies that could incorporate them smoothly. One such is director/star George Clooney's Leatherheads, a neo-screwball comedy about the rise of professional football set in the mid-'20s. Nominally speaking, Newman's favored styles are to a certain extent anachronistic for the period; the ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As has been apparent at least since his Sail Away album in 1972, Randy Newman's musical sensibility is heavily informed by the styles of popular music that prevailed roughly from the 1890s to the early '20s -- in particular Tin Pan Alley pop, ragtime, and Dixieland jazz. As a film composer, Newman has not tried to hide his inclinations, but rather has sought out or been sought out for movies that could incorporate them smoothly. One such is director/star George Clooney's Leatherheads, a neo-screwball comedy about the rise of professional football set in the mid-'20s. Nominally speaking, Newman's favored styles are to a certain extent anachronistic for the period; the sentimental ballads of the turn of the 19th century such as "After the Ball" were not being sung too much 30 years later, for example. But in Hollywood terms, that's no problem. Ever since Marvin Hamlisch brazenly used the rags of Scott Joplin to accompany the Depression Era setting of The Sting in 1974 and won an Academy Award for his trouble, it has seemed that any popular style from the Civil War to World War II could be mixed up largely by feel, if not by the calendar. In Leatherheads, Newman's familiar mixture of pre-1925 styles connotes the light comedy and sentimentality at which Clooney is aiming. Toward the end of the soundtrack, notably on "The Ambiguity of Victory," Newman contributes more traditional symphonic film scoring. And, given the subject matter, he apes the sound of a college marching band more than usual. But for the most part, Clooney has employed him here to do what he does best. Most Newman scores are unlikely to be mistaken for those of any other Hollywood composer though they occasionally may be mistaken for Randy Newman albums without vocals, and this one is no exception.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206688726
  • Catalog Number: 066887

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Newman Primary Artist, Conductor
Bruce Dukov Violin, Concert Master
David Bryant Piano
Randy Kerber Piano
Charles Loper Trombone
Tom Boyd Oboe, Cor anglais
Christian Scott Trumpet
Ledisi Vocals
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Donald Foster Clarinet
David Bryant Piano
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Luques Curtis Bass
Leatherhead Jazz Band Ensemble
Marcus Gillmore Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Randy Newman Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Ira Hearshen Orchestration
J.A.C. Redford Orchestration
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Frank Wolf Producer, Engineer
Erick Labson Mastering
Jonathan Sacks Orchestration
Bruno Coon Producer
Adam Michalak Engineering
David Buntz Direction
Philip Cohen Music Business Affairs
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Randy Newman Strikes Again!

    Great soundtrack. Authentic, fun for listening and dancing. Movie gave great insight into the beginnings of American football but the soundtrack gave you the feeling that you actually lived it. See the movie but listen to the music. Closest thing to it was the music to The Sting.

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