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 Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Looney Tunes: Back in Action: The Deluxe Edition (CD)
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Jerry Goldsmith
Release Date: 1/8/2021
Limited Edition Of 2000
$ 24.98

The final film score of Jerry Goldsmith’s legendary career gets a long-awaited CD Club treatment: Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) reunited Goldsmith with director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace, Matinee) for an insane musical journey befitting Warner Bros.’ classic cartoon characters, with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck starring in a live-action/animation hybrid alongside human characters played by Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Timothy Dalton and Steve Martin.

The globetrotting adventure demanded one of Goldsmith’s zaniest scores ever, a sort of indescribable combination of slapstick, action and whimsy that lurches from high-energy symphonic chases to pop-influenced flourishes to Carl Stalling-styled “Mickey Mousing.” All of it has Goldsmith’s effortlessly melodic touch, with the special brand of left-field inspiration that always accompanied his work for Dante.

Previously released by Varèse Sarabande at the time of the movie, this comprehensive 2CD set features not only Goldsmith’s vastly expanded score, but rewrites and additional music by John Debney, Cameron Patrick and a handful of others—as well as alternates and outtakes by Goldsmith and the complete 2003 album program. Packaging features new liner notes by Daniel Schweiger (incorporating new interviews with Dante, Debney and Patrick) and Goldsmith’s longtime friend and recording engineer, Bruce Botnick.

Disc 1:
1. Looney Tunes Opening (What’s Up Doc?) / Rabbit Fire† (1:09)
2. What’s Up? (1:25)
3. Another Take (:48)
4. Dead Duck Walking (3:14)
5. She Likes You (:46)
6. The Shimmy / Out Of The Bag / Save Dad / The Car‡ (3:53)
7. Not A Billion (:45)
8. Blue Monkey (:58)
9. Extra Crispy (:36)
10. The Shower / Psycho Parody* (1:15)
11. In Style (1:10)
12. The Bad Guys (2:57)
13. Hit Me (:30)
14. Car Trouble / Flying High (3:46)
15. Hurry Up (:25)
16. Nice Hair / Burning Tail (:55)
17. A Visit To Walmart / Free Drinks (:36)
18. Wrong Turn Coyote †† (:54)
19. The Launch ‡‡ (:27)
20. Thin Air° (1:26)
21. Area 52 (Take 54)(1:29)
22. You’re Next (:25)
23. Wacky Marvin In The Jar° (:49)
24. Hot Pursuit (2:26)
25. We've Got Company / Man & A Woman / I’ll Take That (3:21)
26. The Painting / The Scream/ It Is Spring / Bugs with Mandolin§§# (3:20)
27. The Red Balloon (:26)
28. Paris Street (1:22)
29. Free Fall (1:17)
30. The Hook / Africa (:33)
31. Tasmanian Devil (1:09)
32. Jungle Scene (1:42)
33. Pressed Duck (3:26)
34. Re-Assembled (:51)
35. Waiting For A Train*° (2:49)
36. A New Puppy*° (3:06)
37. To The Rescue*° (4:24)
38. Heroes* (2:39)
39. Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (That’s All Folks!) § (:16)
40. End Title Suite (5:17)

1. What’s Up? (1:29)
2. Another Take, #9 (:53)
3. Trumpet Wa-Wa (:07)
4. The Shimmy (:12)
5. Out Of The Bag (1:17)
6. The Car, Part 1 (:15)
7. The Car, Part 2 (:12)
8. Psycho (:37)
9. Car Trouble (3:22)
10. Wrong Turn, Part 1 (1:14)
11. Wrong Turn, Part 2 (:25)
12. Wrong Turn, Part 3 (1:08)
13. The Launch (:30)
14. The Blue Danube / The Barber of Seville / Can Can ## (:36)
15 Vivaldi Concerto # (:15)
16. The Hook (:29)
17. Pressed Duck (3:39)
18. Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (That’s All Folks!) § (:23)

The Original 2003 Soundtrack Album:
19. Life Story† (:19)
20. What’s Up? (1:25)
21. Another Take (:48)
22. Dead Duck Walking (3:14)
23. Out Of The Bag (3:44)
24. Blue Monkey (:54)
25. In Style (1:09)
26. The Bad Guys (2:56)
27. Car Trouble (3:46)
28. Thin Air ° (1:26)
29. Area 52 (1:29)
30. Hot Pursuit (2:26)
31. We’ve Got Company (1:50)
32. I’ll Take That (1:22)
33. Paris Street (1:21)
34. Free Fall (1:15)
35. Tasmanian Devil (1:09)
36. Jungle Scene (1:40)
37. Pressed Duck (3:22)
38. Re-Assembled (:52)
39. Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (That’s All Folks!) (:55)

Music Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith
Additional Music by John Debney
Produced by Jerry Goldsmith
Performed by The Hollywood Studio Symphony

  • *Composed by John Debney
  • †Composed by Carl Stalling, Arranged by Cameron Patrick
  • ††Composed by Carl Stalling with Additional Music Composed and Arranged by Cameron Patrick
  • ‡Composed by Jerry Goldsmith with Additional Music Composed by Cameron Patrick
  • ‡‡Composed by Cameron Patrick
  • §Composed by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin, Arranged by Cameron Patrick
  • §§Contains Musical Pieces Composed by Modest Mussorgsky, Arranged by Mark McKenzie
  • #Contains Musical Pieces Composed by Antonio Vivaldi, Arranged by Mark McKenzie
  • ##Contains Musical Pieces Composed by Johann Strauss, Gioachino Rossini, and Jacques Offenbach, Arranged by Mark McKenzie
  • °Contains Excerpts from “Powerhouse” Composed by Raymond Scott
  • °°Contains Excerpts from “Un Homme Et Une Femme” Composed by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 10:10 AM   
     By:   Spymaster   (Member)


     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 10:29 AM   
     By:   John Mullin   (Member)

    I'm all in for this!

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 10:32 AM   
     By:   Lokutus   (Member)

    waiting for Intrada.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 10:34 AM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    So, they decided to pass on the John Frizzell cue?

    BS: But this “mature” JohnFrizzell also took part in scoring Looney Tunes:Back in Action. What part did you create? Did youmeet Goldsmith and Debney?
    JF: Idid the beginning of the film, a six minute scene startingthe road-runner. Unfortunately, I couldn't meet Goldsmith or Debney,because they worked on it later than me.


    (NOTE: errors are not mine; I only copied and pasted)

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 11:09 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Frizzel’s involvement on this is news to me! He was on a Dante film before Goldsmith was? Weird...maybe his music was replaced, and wasn’t among the elements Varese had access to?


     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 11:36 AM   
     By:   Commodore   (Member)

    Call it Murphy's Law or karma, but I actually ordered the 2003 version from Amazon last summer. Brand new, and for only about $10! I thought for sure that this would be put on the back burner for an expanded version. Well, I sure guessed wrong! Still, I don't mind plucking down the $$$ for this latest version wink

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 11:42 AM   
     By:   Grozebear   (Member)

    Just received a shipping notice with tracking number - should have it next week.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 11:58 AM   
     By:   JB Fan   (Member)

    Did you order it from US or intl. store?

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 11:59 AM   
     By:   Grozebear   (Member)

    Did you order it from US or intl. store?

    The US store.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 12:12 PM   
     By:   Nathan Erickson   (Member)

    Great news! Look forward to hearing all the different pieces that made up Jerry's final score! Special for sure!

    Side note, I wonder if the original album is remastered? Might have to wait for the liner notes to find out.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 12:26 PM   
     By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)


     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 12:28 PM   
     By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

    I was involved in this project and they had the cue sheets and there was NO cue credited to John Frizzell. So those cures were either replaced or he ghost wrote them for someone else, but there was NO John Frizzell credited cue on the cue sheet. That is fact!

    There was a short film called THE WHIZARD OF OW that was included in the DVD release of LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION as a special feature and that short was scored by John Frizzell and the Road Runner was in it. It MAY have been shown in theaters before they ran LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION, so there is the John Frizzell connection. This was not part of LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION so it was not included. Varese Sarabande was ONLY allowed to release music from LOONEY TUNES as Varese has that in perpetuity as most know. To release this extra short film music would have been another contract with Warners and possibly a $15,000 fee or more.


     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 12:38 PM   
     By:   JSDouglas   (Member)

    The Roadrunner cartoon was a short attached to the feature (like the Pixar shorts) and was never a part of the film itself. It is included in the bonus materials on the DVD.

    I see DrivingMissDaisy beat me to the punch.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 12:52 PM   
     By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

    Eager to finally have the "Pictures at an Exhibition" chase music.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 1:18 PM   
     By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

    There was a short film called THE WHIZARD OF OW that was included in the DVD release of LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION as a special feature and that short was scored by John Frizzell and the Road Runner was in it. It MAY have been shown in theaters before they ran LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION, so there is the John Frizzell connection. This was not part of LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION so it was not included.

    Maybe at the time of Frizzell's involvement the Road Runner short was envisioned as actually opening Dante's LOONEY TUNES BACK IN ACTION, just as the earlier WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT began with a fabricated cartoon featuring that fictitious character. But my theatrical viewing of LOONEY TUNES in December 2003 definitely went from a few trailers straight to the feature, with no short before or after.

    And since that Road Runner film is a DVD bonus not attached to the head of Dante's feature, there's the reason not to wonder why Varese didn't find it necessary to include that Frizzell score on this CD release. It's a different composer's work for an entirely separate film, even if not originally intended as such.

     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 7:29 PM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    I'd never heard of Whizzard of Ow before, so I Googled it and found it on Dailymotion for those curious:

    I thought it was a lot of fun and it did something a little different (the magic angle) with the Coyote/Road Runner formula, yet felt like a very faithful "update" (at one point Coyote uses a cell phone).

    It pretty clearly is completely independent of and unrelated to Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and it certainly wouldn't have made sense for Varese to pay $15,000 to license this short six minutes of John Frizzell score for inclusion on this release, however delightful it is. Not sure it's something I personally feel the need to enjoy out of context anyway (in comparison to the Goldsmith, which I definitely do). One interesting slight connection musically to the Goldsmith score: in his own different way, Frizzell evokes the theremin a couple times (Goldsmith did particularly in his "Area 52" cue). It was neat but I am sure a complete coincidence.

    Thanks to Justin, Peter, JSDouglas, and Steven Lloyd for bringing up this fun short though, or I probably never would have sought it out!


     Posted:   Jan 8, 2021 - 11:49 PM   
     By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

    Congratulations, Yavar.

     Posted:   Jan 9, 2021 - 10:18 AM   
     By:   Henry Jones   (Member)

    Excellent release, ordered! Can't wait to hear it!

     Posted:   Jan 10, 2021 - 2:30 PM   
     By:   spielboy   (Member)

    only 18 comments for a "new" goldsmith?!

    (well, goldsmith and the other 25 composers credited)

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