Ry Cooder

Last Man Standing [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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For reasons unknown -- and largely beyond comprehension -- producers rejected Elmer Bernstein's completed score for Walter Hill's 1996 Yojimbo remake Last Man Standing in favor of an inappropriate electronic score by the otherwise unimpeachable Ry Cooder. Since both versions have been released, it's possible to compare them side by side, although it's difficult to fathom what the producers were thinking -- a vivid orchestral effort wrought from classical cinematic idioms, Bernstein's menacing atmosphere seems perfectly attuned to Hill's violent milieu.

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