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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - Original Score (Reissue)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - Original Score (Reissue)

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 456)

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Conducted by David Newman

Formats: CD, Digital

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Track Listing

1. History Lesson 1:22
2. Future Bill & Ted Leave 1:53
3. Rufus Lands 1:02
4. A Lot More Than That 1:00
5. Austria, 1805 2:02
6. Short Dead Dude 2:54
7. Old West 0:45
8. Saloon Tack Piano 1:52
9. Billy The Kid 0:27
10. Brawl And Ancient Greece 3:33
11. Medieval England 5:00
12. Meet The Princesses 1:40
13. Execute Them! (With Hoo-Hahs) 3:16
14. Bag Freud 1:31
15. Prehistoric Pit-Stop 3:43
16. Thanks, Rufus 0:23
17. Napoleon Hesitates 0:35
18. Mall Mayhem 1:30
19. Wild Speech Montage 2:01
20. Jailbreak 3:34
21. America The Beautiful (Ward, arr. Newman) 1:07
22. Thank You San Dimas High 0:29
23. Saloon Tack Piano (Alternate End) 1:56
24. Execute Them! (Orchestra) 3:16
25. Trumpet Fanfare 0:07
26. Go Faster (Film Version) 0:18
27. Coda With Echoplex 0:06
28. Fleur De Lis (Beethoven, arr. Newman) 0:44
29. William Tell Overture (Rossini, arr. Newman) 0:39
  Total Album Time: 48:45

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From the Manufacturer

In honor of a new installment in the Bill & Ted franchise, Intrada presents a premiere digital release in high resolution of the score to the film that started it all - 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. With this new detailed master, Intrada also created a new limited edition CD master as well.

In spite of the great amount of source music and guitar performances, David Newman's score to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure gets a considerable amount of screen time. In fact, it dominates much of the funny and fanciful history lessons with serious, orchestral writing that plays it straight. "It was pretty clear where music was going to go, and what it needed to do," explained Newman. "It needed to let the jokes play, but it needed to play Bill and Ted's relationship seriously and with some heart—without being sentimental. We didn't want to comment on what goofy idiots they were, but we wanted the audience to be able to laugh at it and laugh with them."

A soundtrack album released in 1989 was filled with rock and metal songs, but David Newman's score was completely absent. The 2014 Intrada release was the triumphant premiere of the composer's witty, playful and heartfelt companion to the excellent adventures of Bill and Ted. The score displays Newman's penchant for sweetness and melody, along with the action and excitement of a full-blown sci-fi epic. All of the music Newman recorded at his sessions is featured in crisp stereo sound and presented from the original ″ three-channel session masters and a two-track stereo session DAT that contained some of the electronic keyboard cues.

In the film, Bill S. Preston, Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted "Theodore" Logan (Keanu Reeves) are two best-friend dudes trying to make a most triumphant video for their band, Wyld Stallyns. Their career aspirations are jeopardized by the threat of flunking history most heinously, so Rufus (George Carlin) flies in from the future to help them and keep the excellent future they will spawn on course. Careening in a high-tech phone booth through time, the two distinguished colleagues bag several notable figures from their class assignment— Billy the Kid, Socrates, Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln—to arrive at the school auditorium just in time to make one bodaciously triumphant presentation (and pretty much save humanity).

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