Varese Sarabande (VSD 6042)
Release Date: 1999
Conducted by Elmer Bernstein
|4.||East Meets West||1:15|
|5.||Of Rita, Rescue And Revenge||5:43|
|6.||Trains, Tanks And Frayed Ropes||4:03|
|10.||Ride The Spider||2:14|
|Total Album Time:||30:09|
|by David A. Koran
on January 27th, 2000
The scoring of this film was also a family affair. Elmer brought his son, Peter, who he worked with before by writing the theme for The Rough Riders, to flesh out two of the cues on this album. You can tell that the close family bond was beneficial to the scoring process on the represented cues. Unlike most collaborations that involve multiple composers which usually result in noticeable breaks in style and evident continuity, the Bernsteins truly have a clue where the other wants to go with a theme. A paltry 30 minutes of score appear on this album, but for a movie that bounced out of theaters almost as quickly as it entered, it may be some final justice. I hope that Elmer doesnt loose faith in his return to this genre (last truly heard in The Three Amigos) and will hopefully revive the great types of scores hes been known for. For the dull thud that most summer blockbusters have made this summer, maybe a true and pure western could revive the movie going audience, just unfortunately the Wild Wild West didnt do.
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