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Leatherheads [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
     

Leatherheads [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Randy Newman
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206688726
catalogNumber:
066887

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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
Jonathan Sacks   Orchestration
Bruno Coon   Producer
Adam Michalak   Engineering
David Buntz   Direction
Philip Cohen   Music Business Affairs

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Leatherheads [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChiquisPD More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago