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Tootsie (1982)
Music by Dave Grusin
Tootsie Tootsie Tootsie
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Price: $11.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: June 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 7
# of Discs: 1

Tootsie (1982) is one of the most famous comedies in Hollywood history, with a love song (“It Might Be You”) that has become a pop standard. Yet the soundtrack has been virtually unavailable on CD—until now.

Tootsie starred Dustin Hoffman as an unemployed actor who dresses in drag to land a role on a soap opera. But when his outspoken feminist creation, “Dorothy Michaels,” becomes a media sensation, he grows desperate to stop leading a double life—and to confess his love for his colleague, played by Jessica Lange. With a masterful blend of drama, comedy, contemporary realism and social commentary, and brilliant supporting performances by Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Bill Murray, Charles Durning and director Sydney Pollack (as Hoffman’s apoplectic agent), Tootsie is justifiably a classic.

The pitch-perfect score to Tootsie was by Dave Grusin, Pollack’s longtime collaborator on films such as The Yakuza, Three Days of the Condor, Bobby Deerfield and The Electric Horseman (and later, Havana, The Firm and Random Hearts). Tootsie’s unique combination of laughs with serious subject matter required an original approach, and Grusin elevated the film by using the modern jazz fusion style he had helped create in his career as a recording artist. Upbeat, energetic and contemporary, jazz fusion was the perfect choice for Tootsie, and Grusin himself performed the keyboards.

Tootsie is also a masterful example of songwriting for film. The two songs—the pop-standard “It Might Be You” and Caribbean-flavored “Tootsie”—recur in different guises to advance the story, with sensitive lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and vocals by Stephen Bishop. With music by Grusin himself, the songs emerge seamlessly from the score’s thematic material and could not be more appropriate or essential.

Tootsie was released on LP at the time of the film on Warner Bros. Records but has been released on CD only in Japan. FSM’s premiere U.S. CD features not only the album program (a combination of the original soundtrack and re-recorded selections), but a bonus section of additional score cues and alternate versions—all in vibrant stereo. Liner notes are by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall with new and archival interview quotes from the participants.

Dave Grusin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Dave Grusin (b. 1934) is a composer, arranger, jazz pianist and recording artist who has made major contributions to jazz and popular music as well as film, where his deft blending of orchestra and pop music (either/or, and often both!) has enriched projects in all genres—but he is especially known for his sensitive touch for acclaimed dramas. He has also composed a number of well-known TV themes, from The Name of the Game to Baretta to St. Elsewhere. FSM has released some of his earliest work on CD, including his TV music for The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.—our pleasure, as he was pretty much great from day one. IMDB

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Film Score Monthly presents this expanded new release by Dave Grusin!

Now this is something for Thor. He can just listen to the first 10 tracks and then skip the rest.

This is a nice release to go with 'Outland'.

I've always liked this score.

Great score! Presentation looks perfect.

What the --


I fear that just KNOWING the offensive previously unreleased music is on the disc will be enough to keep him away.



You know, I'm going to retract my hasty statement. I really don't want to contribute to derailing this thread from the attention this wonderful new release deserves.

What a nice surprise! Very strangely, I was just thinking about this score the very morning, for the first time in years! The only possible explanation is that I'm psychic, and likely extremely powerful in ways I'm about to discover. So you'd all better be nice to me!

You know, I'm going to retract my hasty statement. I really don't want to contribute to derailing this thread from the attention this wonderful knew release deserves.[/endquote]


great release for all the people who didnt catch the japanese import, a perfect album mixing songs and score, from that THORY good'old days of LP-program era. :)

listening to the new bits, I feel no need for double-dipping.

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Working Girl March, Don't Let It Get You Down, Sandy's Song (rec. in NY)

Leader (Conductor):
David Grusin, David Grusin

Dixie Blackstone, Ronald P. Folsom, Reginald Hill, Bernard Kundell, Norma Leonard, Stanley Plummer, Connie Pressman (Meyer), Joseph Stepansky, Mari Tsumura (Botnick), Miwako Watanabe

Pamela Goldsmith, Carole S. Mukogawa

Christine Ermacoff, Mary C. Lane

Francisco Centeno, Charles L. Domanico, Abe Laboriel

George E. Young (Opalisky)

Phil Ayling, Thomas W. Scott, Ernest J. Watts

Gary Grant, Jerry Hey

Ian R. Underwood

Edward V. Walsh

George J. Doering, Mitchell L. "Mitch" Holder, Paul M. Jackson, Jeffrey A. Mironov

Anne Stockton (Mason)

Christopher A. Parker

Dale L. Anderson, Steven R. Forman, Carlos Vega

David Grusin

Orchestra Manager:
Martin Berman

Joseph Estren, Ralph Fera

Joseph Estren

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