For many fans of James Horner’s music, 1993 was a high water mark, in terms of both quality and quantity, with no fewer than 13 films released that year featuring music written by James Horner. Chief among them was Horner’s score to Searching for Bobby Fischer, an intimate true story about a young chess prodigy, starring Joe Montegna as the boy’s father and Ben Kingsley and Laurence Fishburne as the boy’s opposite-ends-of-the-spectrum chess mentors. Horner’s score is simultaneously deeply intimate and exhilarating, offering us the composer’s earliest examples of accelerated piano ostinati representing the thrill of a brilliant intellect at work, a musical notion that would be notably reprised in A Beautiful Mind and Bicentennial Man. The score was originally released by Big Screen Records, who later went on to release Bopha! and The Pelican Brief, all three of which went out of print rather quickly.
Last year, La La Land Records secured the rights to some of BSR’s out of print catalogue, and on June 16th, we will see the first fruits of that acquisition. LLLR has announced through their Facebook page a Remastered AND Expanded re-release of this brilliant, seminal James Horner score. There is yet no mention of price, number of discs, track listing, or technical details of the remastering, but we will update as more details become available. Nonetheless, we can already assure any James Horner fan that this limited release of 3,000 discs will be a worthy addition to one’s collection.