Seabiscuit

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
Directed by Gary Ross Pleasantville and based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book of the same name, Seabiscuit is the true story of a down-and-out racehorse that -- with the help of his jockey Tobey McGuire, his trainer Chris Cooper, and his owner Jeff Bridges -- became a legendary champion. Academy Award–winning composer Randy Newman Toy Story, Monsters Inc. comes from a distinguished family of film composers and has made a name for himself by fusing orchestral arrangements with his own quirky take on pop music. The air of warmth and humanity that characterized his scores for Ragtime and The Natural is present here and ideally suited to this story of triumph and ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
Directed by Gary Ross Pleasantville and based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book of the same name, Seabiscuit is the true story of a down-and-out racehorse that -- with the help of his jockey Tobey McGuire, his trainer Chris Cooper, and his owner Jeff Bridges -- became a legendary champion. Academy Award–winning composer Randy Newman Toy Story, Monsters Inc. comes from a distinguished family of film composers and has made a name for himself by fusing orchestral arrangements with his own quirky take on pop music. The air of warmth and humanity that characterized his scores for Ragtime and The Natural is present here and ideally suited to this story of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression. Newman himself plays solo piano on the sweetly melodic title track, which leads into "Call Me Red," an exuberant, pulsating mix with the orchestra dominated by racing fiddles. Heartwarming and soul stirring, Newman's Seabiscuit is a triumph.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Someday, perhaps in a doctoral thesis or a book on film scoring, someone is going to address the question of why it is, given the sardonic character of Randy Newman's songwriting for himself, that his film scores are so warm and sweet. When this study is done, Newman's soundtrack to Seabiscuit, writer/director Gary Ross' film biography of the legendary racehorse of the 1930s based on Linda Hilllenbrand's book Seabiscuit: An American Legend, will stand as a prime example but then, so would practically any one of Newman's soundtracks. Those slow, melodic passages for French horn, those swelling string lines, and the small sections for a single flute or trumpet, all contributed to a characteristic sound redolent of the heartwarming and the homespun. In the case of Seabiscuit, Newman responds to the time and place of the setting by adding bits of big-band swing and, especially, Mexican folk music with one tune played by Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, but the overall approach is easily recognizable as his own. One might suggest that Newman's scores, as the scores of any good film composer, serve the movies for which they are written, and it may be that the assignments he gets are based on what he's done before. Clearly, filmmakers go to him for a certain kind of score, and they get it. Maybe it's time for him to try something more challenging say, an action picture, just for variety. But if he keeps writing scores as beautiful as this one, it's hard to complain, even if you wonder how the author of "Short People" could do work apparently so sincere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 044003827929
  • Catalog Number: 000077212
  • Sales rank: 272,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title (2:06)
  2. 2 Idea (2:08)
  3. 3 The Crash (3:07)
  4. 4 Seabiscuit (0:59)
  5. 5 Call Me Red (2:54)
  6. 6 Frankie (1:23)
  7. 7 La Tequilera - Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (1:14)
  8. 8 Marcela / Agua Caliente (2:24)
  9. 9 Campfire (1:17)
  10. 10 Red's First Win (3:35)
  11. 11 Tanforan (1:43)
  12. 12 Infield Folks (1:38)
  13. 13 Pumpkin (1:37)
  14. 14 The Derby (3:15)
  15. 15 Wedding (2:06)
  16. 16 Night Ride / Accident (1:41)
  17. 17 To the Line (3:38)
  18. 18 The Unkindest Cut (3:30)
  19. 19 Ready? (3:01)
  20. 20 A Nice Ride (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Newman Primary Artist, Piano, Conductor
Jim Walker Flute, Piccolo, Soloist
Bruce Dukov Concert Master, Soloist
Charlie Bisharat Violin
George Doering Guitar
Michael Fisher Percussion
John Goux Guitar
James Kanter Clarinet, Soloist
Malcolm McNabb Trumpet, Soloist
Dean Parks Guitar
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
James Thatcher French Horn, Soloist
Technical Credits
Randy Newman Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Ira Hearshen Orchestration
Armin Steiner Engineer, Engineering
Frank Wolf Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Jonathan Sacks Orchestration
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles Mariachi Arrangement
Bruno Coon Producer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Phil Cohen Music Business Affairs
Sheryl Gold Music Business Affairs
Lou Nuemann Engineer
Joey Newman Orchestration
Philip Cohen Music Business Affairs
Chris Roberts Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not quite at the races

    This score is in very much the same vein as his score for 'Pleasantville' (which also starred Tobey 'Peter Parker' Maguire), Randy Newman offers a pleasant enough listen. Utilising acoustic guitars to get a 'homey' sentiment - "Call Me Red", "Campfire" - and Hispanic tones - "Marcela" - and gentle use of strings and woodwind such as in "Idea", Newman serves up exactly the kind of 'genteel' historical atmosphere that the film requires - and very little more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT CD AND MOVIE

    i loved the movie. the songs in the movie were good too so it must be a good cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music!

    I love this soundtrack, the music is beautiful! When you listen to it it's like seeing the movie again! I'd definitely recommend it!

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