Intrada has released two very different scores to two live action Disney comedies, both based on true events of the Vietnam War–as unbelievable as that may seem. Alex North’s score to Good Morning, Vietnam and David Newman’s score to Operation Dumbo Drop have been dusted off for a 2-for-1 release on CD.
Good Morning, Vietnam featured late funnyman Robin Williams as Adrian Cronauer, a real-life disc jockey on the Armed Forces Radio Service. His irreverent broadcasts confound his superiors but provide a much-needed respite from the horrors of the conflict in Vietnam. The film was arguably Williams’ first venture into more serious territory, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. North’s brief score, some 17 minutes worth, was largely dialed out of the movie in favor of many pop song cues, but gets its due here for the first time.
It’s paired with David Newman’s score to Operation Dumbo Drop, another strange-but-true script about two Green Berets (Danny Glover and Ray Liotta) who lead a team to transport an elephant through the jungle to an allied South Vietnamese village. Newman, the son of legendary 20th Century-Fox composer Alfred, turned out a captivating score featured in part on the original soundtrack but expanded to near-completion here.
Each score is newly remixed for this release: Vietnam from original 2″ 24-track elements and Dumbo Drop from 48-track elements by legendary engineer Bruce Botnick (who led Disney in manually re-synching the two 28-track recorders after original timecodes went missing). Veteran writer John Takis provides liner notes.
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Alex North/David Newman, Good Morning, Vietnam / Operation Dumbo Drop (Expanded): Original Motion Picture Soundtracks (Intrada Special Collection ISC 384, 2017 – original films released 1987 and 1995)
- Levitan Sign On (Alternate No. 3) *
- Jimmy Wah’s Bombing
- Levitan Sign On *
- Goodbye to Troops *
- Goodbye to Troops (Alternate) **
- Levitan Sign On (Alternate No. 1)
- Chasing Tuan
- Troops Arriving
- Levitan Sign On (Alternate No. 2) *
- Goodbye Tuan
- End Credits
- Chaplain’s Music
- Like Tweet No. 1 *
- Like Tweet No. 2 *
- Like Tweet No. 3
- Chopper Ride
- Starting the Journey
- Bo-Tat Enters Plane
- Cahill’s Plane/Bo-Tat Wakes Up
- Bo-Tat Runs/In the Jungle
- Smart Ass/Banana Chase
- Get Away
- River Fight/The Watch
- Cahill and Lihn/The Temple
- Cowboy and Elephant Part 2/Trusting Lihn
- Prepare for Operation
- You Lie, You Lie
- The Jump
- The Ceremony/Cahill and Lihn Again/Farewell
- End Credits
Tracks 1-17 from Good Morning, Vietnam. Previously unreleased. * denotes track not featured in film, ** denotes track with music not featured in film.
Tracks 18-33 from Operation Dumbo Drop. Tracks 18, 23, 27 and 31-32 previously released on Hollywood Records HR-62032-2, 1995