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An American Tail Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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1. Main Title
2. The Cossack Cats
3. There Are No Cats In America - Nehemiah Persoff/John Guarnieri/Warren Hays
4. The Storm
5. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor
6. Never Say Never - Christopher Plummer/Phillip Glasser
7. The Market Place
8. Somewhere Out There - Phillip Glasser/Betsy Cathcart
9. Somewhere Out There - Linda Ronstadt/James Ingram
10. Relasing The Secret Weapon
11. A Duo - Dom DeLuis/Phillip Glasser
12. The Great Fire
13. Reunited
14. Flying Away And End Credits

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Symphonic Score March 27 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
John Williams is always said to be the prestigious composer of film music, but I have always preferred James Horner. He doesn't just write music that enhances the mood, he writes music that steals the show. The Main Title of this album is beautifully stunning with melancholy splendor, and then suddenly and appropriately goes into Feivel's upbeat, mischievous theme that you never can really forget. It's hard to believe that this symphonic-style score was written for a cartoon about mice. But, the story itself is beautiful, and could be told in any way, shape, or form, and I think that Horner realized this when he was writing his score--he was not thinking of little cartoon mice running around shouting "Down with Cats!" He was thinking of the trials and the bravery of those immigrants crossing the Atlantic to escape the persecution of their homelands, and I think Horner realized this, and composed the score for them, so that today it is more of a monument to them than to the cartoon itself.
"Somewhere out there" is like reading a poem, and although I first saw An American Tail when I was very small, I have always remembered the tune, and the lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horner Goes Animated Aug. 15 2001
Format:Audio CD
Even though there are shades of previous scores like "Krull" and "Star Trek II-The Wrath Of Khan", James Horner created one of his most touching scores with "An American Tail". The main title is quite soft and it gets to your heart, as well as 'Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor' and 'The Market Place'. Of course there is action, which is demonstrated in the cues 'The Cossack Cats', 'The Storm', 'Releasing The Secret Weapon', and 'The Great Fire'. All in all, it's a feel-good work by Horner without reaching any important heights.
The songs Horner wrote with veteran composers Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil are quite good. I'd like to remark the tune 'Never Say Never' in which I felt pleased to hear Christopher Plummer sing -the only movie I remember hearing him sing is "The Sound Of Music". 'There Are No Cats In America' is a fantastic song, worthy of Broadway. And let's not forget the beautiful 'Somewhere Out There', as performed by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram, the best song of 1986 in my opinion.
If you feel somewhat depressed, this album will make you feel good. A fine work by James Horner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horner's Best Dec 29 1999
Format:Audio CD
I always find it amazing how much depth James Horner puts into his soundtracks. Horner is following in the footsteps of the great composers, notably Bernard Herrmann (in terms of matching what's on the screen, not only in terms of mood). This soundtrack shows true brilliance. The Main Title music, for instance, basically tells the entire story in themes, if you listen closely and you know which leitmotif corresponds to which character. Fievel's epic would not be worth a second viewing if it were not for this magnificent, moving score. In it, we hear some foreshadowing of the composer who would compose the Titanic score more than a decade later, along with the drama and keen sense of timing we would expect from the composer of "Aliens" and "The Journey of Natty Gann" (which contains one of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard, although it's a rare find). The songs are suitably cute, and occasionally can stand alone. "Somewhere Out There" is a better song than Ronstadt and Ingram would make us believe; I could definitely do without their lame soft-rock whining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't believe this gem is for a kid's cartoon! Feb. 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wow, at this price especially, this is a steal. I remember going on a field trip as a kid to see this thing in the theater. I had already started to notice good music and film music even at that young of age. When I heard this music for the first time, it made cry several times. Beatiful, tender, and bone chilling beauty. Forget Titanic! This is the James Horner that I grew up with. This, and his score for Don Bluth's other animated feature, The Land Before Time, are two of his best works of all time. They are also some of the best film music in some time as well. Yeah, some of the songs I could do without, but even they have their charm. His follow up to Amercian Tail 2 wasn't as good, but decent. This has such depth and soul, you just can't believe it was for some cartoon. I realize all these years later that this is what gave Amercian Tail its heart and soul. A must have! Now THIS is Horner at his best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Horner's #1 best score July 5 2000
By Stewart
Format:Audio CD
James Horner has done a lot of great scores for movies, but "An American Tail" is his greatest. Once again, he puts a lot of emotion and depth into it. The song that he wrote for this movie, "Somewhere Out There," is my favorite song from a movie. It is the best song he wrote for a movie. The Main Title track at the beginning of this soundtrack is so beautiful, inspirational and moving. Track 13, Reunited, makes me cry the most when I hear it because I can picture the sence where Fievel is in Orphan Alley in my head. It's amazing that when you hear a moving piece of music like this, the sences from the movie play in your mind. This soundtrack is a must for all Horner fans.
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