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Balto - Expanded Score - Limited Edition - James Horner

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Magnificent James Horner soundtrack gets newly expanded CD treatment! Universal Pictures and Ambling Entertainment present, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Bonnie Redford executive produce, Simon Wells directs. Rich, moving animation tale features voice talents of Kevin Bacon, Bridget Fonda, Peter Collins, Bob Hoskins. James Horner offers lavish, stirring orchestral score with abundance of melodic sweep, outdoor action, warmth and drama. True-life story of 1925 diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska and incredibly dramatic scenario of Balto, a Siberian husky leading dogsled team bringing desperately needed serum across treacherous 600-mile span inspires James Horner to create one of his finest animation film scores. Several themes appear with equal prominence: Heroic, sensitive, romantic, haunting, powerful. An abundance of dynamic, thrilling action set pieces also have their moments front and center. There is even opportunity for humorous material for Boris the Russian goose. However, drama and action are the main focus with Horner at the top of his game! Highlighting the action: ÒGrizzly BearÓ, ÒAvalancheÓ, ÒSteeleÕs TreacheryÓ, ÒThe Journey BeginsÓ, each engaging the entire resources of the London Symphony Orchestra in vivid displays of orchestral razzle dazzle. MCA Records released an album of highlights at the time of the filmÕs 1985 release but the disc omitted several important sequences, all of which appear on this Intrada presentation for the first time anywhere. Included amongst these gems are the very important initial appearance of the crucial ÒNot Dog Nor WolfÓ theme associated with BaltoÕs identity crisis. Played on French horn in minor mode, this winding idea ultimately becomes the majestic, resounding ÒHeritage Of The WolfÓ, a highlight of HornerÕs entire prodigious output. Also premiering is the haunting ÒBaltoÕs AuroraÓ with its rich series of major/minor chords identifying the aurora. Yet more premieres come with ÒTo The RescueÓ, ÒBalto Sees JennaÓ, ÒQuarantineÓ, ÒMuk & Luk ArrivalÓ and others. Numerous changes to certain cues were made during the scoring sessions and these alternate versions appear as well, including both versions of the powerful, climactic ÒBalto Returns/Balto Brings MedicineÓ. This entire Intrada CD is presented from the complete two-track scoring session master mixes engineered by Shawn Murphy and vaulted in pristine condition by Universal Pictures. Colorful package with flipper-style booklet design by Kay Marshall features informative notes from Frank K. DeWald. CD produced and assembled by Douglass Fake, mastered by Joe Tarantino with Roger Feigelson executive producing. Shawn Murphy engineers at EMI Abbey Road in London, Steve Bramson, Don Davis, Art Kempel, Thomas Pasatieri orchestrate. James Horner composes and conducts, the London Symphony Orchestra performs. A must have for James Horner fans!

Track Listing
01. Main Title/Opening Scene (4:38)
02. Boris And Balto (1:27)
03. The Dogsled Race (1:39)
04. Balto Sees Jenna (2:09)
05. Not Dog Nor Wolf (Rescore) (1:30)
06. Not Dog Nor Wolf Ð Part 2 (0:58)
07. Muk & Luk Arrival (Original) (1:29)
08. Rosy Goes To The Doctor (4:06)
09. BaltoÕs Aurora (1:11)
10. Quarantine (2:25)
11. The Journey Begins (5:02)
12. The EpidemicÕs Toll (1:38)
13. To The Rescue (3:23)
14. Grizzly Bear (5:20)
15. Telegraphing The News (2:19)
16. SteeleÕs Treachery (4:36)
17. Heritage Of The Wolf (5:50)
18. Avalanche (0:47)
19. Deadly Ice (0:48)
20. Balto Returns/Balto Brings Medicine (Rescore) (4:50)
21. Reach For The Light (Theme From Balto)
      [Long Version √ê With Solo Bridge] (5:40)
Total Time: 62:26

The Extras
22. Not Dog Nor Wolf (Original) (1:29)
23. Muk & Luk Arrival (Revised) (1:29)
24. Rosy Goes To The Doctor (Album Edit) (4:02)
25. Balto Returns/Balto Brings Medicine (Original) (4:50)
26. Reach For The Light (Theme From Balto) (4:22)
Total Extras Time: 16:21