In 1988, after Red Heat by Walter Hill and before the magnificent The Land Before Time by Don Bluth, James Horner composed the music for the film, Vibes, produced by Ron Howard and starring Cindy Lauper and Jeff Goldblum. An artistic and financial failure, this feature film set in the Andes afforded an opportunity, in its first half, for exotic music with a vast collection of instruments (flutes, banjos, crystal sounds, woods, percussion…). In this score, James Horner demonstrates his ability to adapt to all styles of music. In the second part of the film however, the score becomes much darker, atonal, and synthetic.
The album was published by Varese Sarabande in 1990. It was the fourth release of the legacy Varèse Sarabande CD Club and was limited to 1,000 copies. The album had quickly become hard to find and expensive. Next January 6, 2014, as part of their Encore Collection, Varsèse Sarabande will re-release 2,000 copies of Vibes. You can order the album now by clicking on the link below.
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