Puss in Boots

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Henry Jackman takes an obvious tack in the early and late parts of his score for the animated prequel to the Shrek series, Puss in Boots, featuring Spanish and other Latin elements for a movie with characters voiced by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. "A Bad Kitty," the opening track, is a good example of this, as is the second, "One Leche," which recalls the spaghetti Western sound of Ennio Morricone with its echoed whistle and Spanish guitar. "Chasing Tail," meanwhile, boasts mariachi horns for a Mexican feel. On the other end of the score, castanets clatter in "Kitty-Cat Break-Out," and "The Puss Suite" sounds like a passage from a Gipsy Kings record. In ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Henry Jackman takes an obvious tack in the early and late parts of his score for the animated prequel to the Shrek series, Puss in Boots, featuring Spanish and other Latin elements for a movie with characters voiced by Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. "A Bad Kitty," the opening track, is a good example of this, as is the second, "One Leche," which recalls the spaghetti Western sound of Ennio Morricone with its echoed whistle and Spanish guitar. "Chasing Tail," meanwhile, boasts mariachi horns for a Mexican feel. On the other end of the score, castanets clatter in "Kitty-Cat Break-Out," and "The Puss Suite" sounds like a passage from a Gipsy Kings record. In between, Jackman is abetted by the Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on "Diablo Rojo" and "Hanuman." But otherwise the composer moves beyond the Latin styles into a broader orchestral accompaniment sometimes reminiscent of his scores for such other popcorn movies as The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Jackman understands that in films with overtly cartoonish aspects he is allowed to use overstated and exaggerated effects, bringing them right to the edge of parody without quite going over. That's what he does, for instance, in "That Fateful Night," which is in a heightened mood. Also, of course, his main task is to support what's going on onscreen, and to that end these cues often are really collections of short passages that abruptly shift from one style and mood to another. "The Orphanage," for example, begins in a lighthearted tone, then turns ominous, then lyrical, then stirring as it goes. It's no wonder Jackman cites Debussy as an influence, since he makes use of an impressionistic impulse in which tonal colors can change suddenly with the present sound bearing little relation to what came before or what will come next. It can work seamlessly in the movies; on disc it's a little frenetic, or, put another way, consistently surprising.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2011
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886979854222
  • Catalog Number: 798542
  • Sales rank: 104,834

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Bad Kitty (2:04)
  2. 2 One Leche - Henry Jackman (2:00)
  3. 3 Jack and Jill - Henry Jackman (0:22)
  4. 4 Holy Frijoles - Henry Jackman (1:14)
  5. 5 Chasing Tail - Henry Jackman (1:09)
  6. 6 Diablo Rojo - Rodrigo y Gabriela (4:53)
  7. 7 Humpty Dumpty & Kitty Softpaws - Henry Jackman (2:42)
  8. 8 The Orphanage - Henry Jackman (4:29)
  9. 9 Honor and Justice - Henry Jackman (1:44)
  10. 10 That Fateful Night - Henry Jackman (2:35)
  11. 11 The Wagon Chase - Henry Jackman (2:58)
  12. 12 Team Effort - Henry Jackman (0:57)
  13. 13 Planting the Beans - Henry Jackman (2:09)
  14. 14 The Magic Beanstalk - Henry Jackman (1:17)
  15. 15 Castle in the Clouds - Henry Jackman (1:57)
  16. 16 Golden Goose of Legend - Henry Jackman (6:38)
  17. 17 Hanuman - Rodrigo y Gabriela (3:39)
  18. 18 Confronting the Past - Henry Jackman (1:37)
  19. 19 I Was Always There - Henry Jackman (4:06)
  20. 20 Kitty-Cat Break-Out - Henry Jackman (1:35)
  21. 21 The Great Terror - Henry Jackman (7:56)
  22. 22 Farewell to San Ricardo - Henry Jackman (1:32)
  23. 23 The Puss Suite - Henry Jackman (3:09)
  24. 24 The Giant's Castle - Henry Jackman (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Barclay Trumpet
Simon Chamberlain Celeste
Skaila Kanga Harp
Gary Kettel Percussion
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes, Crotale
David Theodore Oboe
Dudley Bright Trombone
Mary Scully Bass
Peter Lale Viola
Martin Owen French Horn
Los Profesionales Percussion Ensemble
David Hartley Piano
Paul Clarvis Percussion
Gavin Greenaway Conductor, Choir Conductor
Metro Voices Choir, Chorus
Owen Slade Tuba
Jon Carnac Clarinet
Rodrigo y Gabriela Group
Josephine Knight Cello
Karen Jones Flute
Daniel Jemison Bassoon
Bryce Jacobs Guitar
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Ben Fordham Human Whistle
Technical Credits
Alan Meyerson Score Mixer
Dennis Sands Score Mixer
Pat Sullivan Mastering
Nick Wollage Engineering
Daniel Kresco Engineering
Everton Nelson Orchestra Leader
Alison Burton Studio Manager
Henry Jackman Composer
Dan Butler Music Business Affairs
Jennifer Schiller Music Business Affairs
Matthew Margeson Additional Music
Steven Kofsky Production Service
Gabriela Quintero Composer
Rodrigo Sanchez Composer
Czarina Russell Studio Manager
Liz McNicoll Music Business Affairs
Jeff Biggers Engineering
Stephen Coleman Score Orchestration
John Ashton Thomas Orchestration
Dominic Lewis Additional Music
Tommy Laurence Orchestration
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