Tropic Thunder [Original Motion Picture Score]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tropic Thunder is a Ben Stiller-starring parody of action movies like Rambo, and Theodore Shapiro, whose previous scores include comedies like Not Another Teen Movie and Blades of Glory, clearly was the right composer to provide its music. Trained at Brown and Juilliard, Shapiro knows his film music, past and present, and he provides a tongue-in-cheek master class in stylistic borrowings and bombast to accompany all the faux action. Using an orchestra of 91 consisting of the kind of players who also play the music he's making fun of, plus electric rock musicians and programmers, he evokes Hollywood heavyweights of the past such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Jerry ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tropic Thunder is a Ben Stiller-starring parody of action movies like Rambo, and Theodore Shapiro, whose previous scores include comedies like Not Another Teen Movie and Blades of Glory, clearly was the right composer to provide its music. Trained at Brown and Juilliard, Shapiro knows his film music, past and present, and he provides a tongue-in-cheek master class in stylistic borrowings and bombast to accompany all the faux action. Using an orchestra of 91 consisting of the kind of players who also play the music he's making fun of, plus electric rock musicians and programmers, he evokes Hollywood heavyweights of the past such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Jerry Goldsmith early on, and in the body of his score demonstrates his familiarity with the current A-list of big-budget writers like Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, and James Horner as well. Appropriately, there's no subtlety here, just pounding rhythms, soaring melodies, and suspenseful string parts, all executed in short bursts. And at the end, in case there's any doubt about who he has in his sights, the last cue is called "Cue Bill Conti." The score to Tropic Thunder is an affectionate and knowing satire of the history of Hollywood action movie music, penned by an insider.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163402421
  • Catalog Number: 34024
  • Sales rank: 391,139

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're My Brother (2:58)
  2. 2 Four Leaf's Plan (2:39)
  3. 3 Lead Farmer (3:56)
  4. 4 Enter The Dragons (0:58)
  5. 5 Bad Feeling About This (0:52)
  6. 6 Flaming Dragons (2:32)
  7. 7 Panda Attack (1:17)
  8. 8 Panda Call (0:47)
  9. 9 The Golden Triangle (2:52)
  10. 10 A Night At The Theater (0:48)
  11. 11 Don't Judge Me (3:27)
  12. 12 Portnoy's Plan (0:36)
  13. 13 The Wet Offensive (1:51)
  14. 14 Shadow Me, Pinocchio (0:49)
  15. 15 Flamethrower (1:46)
  16. 16 Breakdown Under (2:01)
  17. 17 Truck Escape (1:00)
  18. 18 Blow The Bridge (2:21)
  19. 19 Real Tears (3:18)
  20. 20 Simple Jack Trailer (1:14)
  21. 21 Satan's Alley (0:53)
  22. 22 Cue Bill Conti (1:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Theodore Shapiro Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov Violin
Brad Dutz Drums
Phil Ayling Oboe
William Booth Trombone
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Darius Campo Violin
Brian Dembow Viola
George Doering Guitar
Stephen Erdody Cello
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Pedro Eustache Woodwind
Michael Fisher Drums
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Roland Kato Viola
Brian Kilgore Drums
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Edward Meares Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Katia Popov Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Geri Rotella Flute
Kim Scholes Cello
David Shostac Flute
Steve Tavaglione EWI
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Josefina Vergara Violin
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Roger Wilkie Violin, Concert Master
Ken Yerke Violin
Sean Hurley Bass
Peter Limonick Percussion
Andrew Shulman Cello
Drew Dembowski Bass
Brian D. O'Connor Horn
Lisa Sutton Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Rafael Rishik Violin
Pete Anthony Conductor
Lisbeth Scott Vocals
Nico Abondolo Bass
Shawn Mann Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Antony Cooke Cello
David Washburn Trumpet
David Parmeter Bass
Keith Greene Viola
Steven Gordon Viola
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Michael Valerio Bass
Oscar Hidalgo Bass
Thomas Dienner Viola
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Allen Savedoff Bassoon
David Levita Guitar
Lisa M. Sutton Violin
Gregory Goodall Percussion
Phillip Yao Horn
Dave Walther Viola
Marina Manukian Violin
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Malloy Trombone
Andrew Duckles Viola
Donald Foster Clarinet
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Serena McKinney Violin
Mark Adams Horn
Nina Evtuhov Violin
Armen Ksajikian Cello
Nina Evthuhov Violin
Warren H. Leuning Trumpet
Jeanne Evans Skrocki Violin
Brian D. A. O'Connor Horn
Thomas Diener Viola
Steven Schaeffer Percussion
Alex Iles Trombone
Kenneth Yerke Violin
Phillip Teele Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
David Duke Horn
Dennis Karmazan Cello
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Marlow Fisher Viola
Paul Cohen Cello
Chris Ermacoff Cello
Marc Sazer Violin
Steven Becknell Horn
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky Harp
Matthew Funes Viola
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Heather Clark Flute
Michael O'Donovan Bassoon
Sarah Parkins Violin
Robert Frear Trumpet
John Robinson Drums
Kevin Connolly Violin
Technical Credits
George Drakoulias Producer
Richard E. Grant Auricle Programming
Bryan Carrigan Programming, Digital Editing
Chris Fogel Engineering
Bruce Babcock Arranger, Orchestration
Pete Anthony Arranger, Orchestration
Ben Stiller Producer
Jon Kull Arranger, Orchestration
Skip Williamson Executive Soundtrack Producer
John Kull Orchestration
Randy Spendlove Music Executive
Theodore Shapiro Composer, Producer
Brian McNelis Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jennifer Hawks Music Executive
Stephanie Mente Art Direction
Stuart Cornfeld Executive Soundtrack Producer
Jimmy Honeyman Arranger, Orchestration
Alessandro Cortini Programming
Eric McLeod Executive Soundtrack Producer
Richard Grant Auricle Programming
Ludwig Goransson Programming
Jim Honeyman Orchestration
John Ashton Thomas Arranger, Orchestration
Eric MacLeod Executive Soundtrack Producer
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