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Fighting Back

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Quartet Records and Paramount Pictures presents the premiere release of magnificent score composed by Piero Piccioni (Appassionata, The Light at the Edge of the World, More Than A Miracle) to the vengeance thriller Fighting Back.

 

Directed by Lewis Teange (Cujo, Cat’s Eye, The Jewel of the Nile) in 1982, and produced by Dino de Laurentiis, Fighting Back was based on a true story  of Anthony Imperiale, a Marine Corps veteran who made national headlines  in the late 1960s when he organized citizen patrols in his hometown of  Newark. Starring Tom Skerritt as Joe, the vigilante hero, the film  actually has a payback story of its own - de Laurentiis made the film as  a response to Death Wish II which was produced around the same time.

 

The music by Piero Piccioni is one of the composer's few Hollywood  engagements and he does not disappoint. The music is a mixture of epic  disco-flavored action cues (The Park Theme), a funky main theme for our  vigilante hero (Joe Theme), mournful music for the people he lost  (Loneliness Theme) and suspenseful stakeout music for the citizen patrol  ("City by Night"). Piccioni's funky/disco flavored approach to the subject  matter is not only appropriate, it's also very engaging to listen to on  its own.  Mastered by Claudio Fuiano from stereo master tapes, the unique assembly of the album first presents all the cues as they are  heard in the film (including edited pieces assembled from multiple  takes) while the rest of the program contains all the music Piccioni recorded for the film, including at least an hours' worth of unused  material. 16-page liner notes by Gergely Hubai discuss the movie and the  score, background info on how the album was produced and a track-by-track rundown for the film cues. 

DISC ONE

The Film score

01. Theme from “Fighting Back” (End Credits) (3:01)

02. Moving Day (1:37)

03. Miscarriage (1:38)

04. Drugstore Robbery (1:22)

05. Nobody Makes Me Move (Part 1) (0:53)

06. Nobody Makes Me Move (Part 2) (0:29)

07. Arson (0:27)

08. Lucky Takes a Shower (Part 1) (1:24)

09. Lucky Takes a Shower (Part 2) (0:34)

10. Something’s Up at the Top Hat (1:32)

11. Top Hat Lounge (0:51)

12. Distracted (0:32)

13. John Mourns Vince (0:52)

14. Vince’s Funeral (1:24)

15. Cleaning Up the Park (3:17)

The Unused Film Score and Alternates

16. Joe’s Theme (2:14)

17. A Man and the City (1:51)

18. Loneliness Theme (3:35)

19. In the Morning (1:25)

20. Joe’s Theme #2 (1:48)

21. The Park Theme (2:51)

22. Patrol (0:54)

23. City by Night (1:55)

24. Joe’s Theme #3 (1:47)

25. Loneliness Theme #2 (2:48)

26. City Streets (2:15)

27. The Park Theme Slow (3:23)

28. Joe’s Theme #4 (2:14)

29. A Man and the City #2 (0:50)

30. Patrol #2 (1:54)

31. The Park Theme Strings (1:04)

32. Chase (3:04)

33. City Streets #2 (2:37)

34. The Park Theme #2 (4:49)

35. Loneliness Theme #3 (1:35)

Total Disc Time: 64:48

DISC TWO

The Unused Film Score and Alternates (Cont.)

01. Joe’s Theme #5 (1:48)

02. A Man and the City #3 (0:58)

03. City by Night #2 (0:56)

04. The Park Theme #3 (4:44)

05. Joe’s Theme #6 (1:38)

06. City Streets #3 (3:18)

07. Brief Love Moments (0:32)

08. A Man and the City #4 (0:29)

09. In the Morning #2 (1:26)

10. Joe’s Theme #7 (2:15)

11. The Park Theme #4 (1:22)

12. Loneliness Theme #4 (3:28)

13. Patrol #3 (1:45)

14. A Man and the City #5 (0:29)

15. The Park Theme #5 (4:40)

16. Joe’s Theme #8 (1:49)

17. City Streets #4 (1:24)

18. Loneliness Theme #5 (3:18)

19. In the Morning #3 (1:02)

20. A Man and the City #6 (0:53)

21. Joe’s Theme #9 (1:38)

22. The Park Theme Slow #2 (3:15)

23. Brief Love Moments #2 (1:07)

24. Loneliness Theme #6 (3:18)

25. The Park Theme #6 (4:45)

26. A Man and the City #7 (0:58)

27. Joe’s Theme  #10 (0:50)

28. In the Morning #4 (1:00)

29. The Park Theme Strings #2 (1:02)

30. Joe Theme Opening (1:04)

31. Chase Variations (4:13)

32. City Streets Jam (0:22)

33. Joe’s Theme #11 (2:28)

Total Disc Time: 64:17

Total 2CD Time: 2:09:05