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Sunday, September 21, 2008


Black Sheep
Music by William Ross
Composer Promo
14 Tracks 18:42 mins

BSX Records has been doing its best to champion the music of William Ross recently, releasing his scores for Driftwood and September Dawn but, whislt a few more of his scores have been made commercially available, much of his work remains unavailable, expect on promotional discs that he has kindly put out and which I would urge you to track down. You can probably get them from, who recently sent me his score for the zany 1996 comedy Black Sheep, starring the late Chirs Farley and David Spade. It's a pretty brief affair at less than 19 minutes, but I was glad for the opportunity of hearing it.
The "Main Title" starts off the score in finest military fashion, though it sails pretty close to Elmer Bernstein's Great Escape march. "The Bat" follows, which threatens to develop into Ride of the Valkyries, but instead becomes a slapsticky, circus-styled piece. "Garfield County" simmers in finest Deep South style on harmonica and guitars; whilst "Mike's Big Fall" mixes the same approach with some frantic action. Sentiment is introduced on tender piano in "Mike's Goodbye." "Rec Center Fire" features menacing brass, timpani rolls and cymbal clashes, with the piano returning for more sentiment in "Brothers." The brief "Drake's Compound" has a jungle feel with flute and percussion, leading into the suspenseful "Break In" and "Spies." A marching band accompanies "Governor's Reception," followed by more suspense in "Hostage Situation," leading to the initially heroic "A Fine American," the track ending with a soft piano variation on the opening march theme, which continues into "Finale," before marching us forward into a big final flourish.
They say good things come in small packages and, despite its brevity, this is an entertaining enough score, so check it out, but don't stop there, pick up as many of William Ross' promos and commercial releases as you can lay your hands on. He's one underrated talent, but much appreciated by those of us in the know.


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