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LETHAL WEAPON 2 Soundtrack (1989)

LETHAL WEAPON 2

, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn
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1989
10
46:17
Warner Bros. Records

LETHAL WEAPON Soundtrack Collection (2013)

LETHAL WEAPON 2: Soundtrack Collection

, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn
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2013
31
125:30
La-La Land Records

REVIEW

Lethal Weapon 2 (ENGLISH)

Lethal Weapon 2 (Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn). After the success of the first part, Lethal Weapon 2 repeats formula with the same characters, the same director and the same musicians. This time, saxophonist David Sanborn was also credited as co-author of the music along with Michael Kamen and Eric Clapton.

On this occasion, the corrupt minister of South Africa Arjen Rudd, who launders money in the United States, is the bad guy, raising a point the level of malevolence from the first film, while the funny Leo Getz becomes the protected witness by the police due to have robbed South Africans themselves in their money laundering business. For the cinematographic history will remain so visual scenes like the jump to the pool from the hotel room through the window of Riggs, Getz and South African hit man, or the bomb in the toilet of Murtaugh that activates when he sits. On the contrary, the part of the plot in which Riggs discovers that the car accident of his wife (an event previous to the story of the first Lethal Weapon film) was provoked by South Africans themselves when trying to kill Riggs is perhaps little exploited.

As in the first Lethal Weapon, Clapton's guitars are used to describe Riggs, while Sanborn's sax does the same with Murtaugh. And are added the marimba as the distinctive sound of the dangerous South African minister and his henchmen, and muted trumpet for the dear Leo Getz. The orchestration of the music is still the Kamen’s brand for this type of action and humor movies, and that he could exploit so much in the Lethal Weapon saga, Die Hard or The Last Boy Scout.

The soundtrack consists in a sober orchestration, in which strings and wind metal carry the weight of the score, entwined with wild Clapton's guitars and Sanborn's sax to describe the risky chases of Riggs and Murtaugh behind the Minister Rudd. Special mention deserves the track Knockin' On Heaven's Door, the Bob Dylan's theme adapted by Kamen and Clapton for the final scene and sung by Clapton himself.

The original soundtrack was released in 1989 and included 3 songs and 7 tracks from the score. It was not until the 2013 8-disc multi-edition when an expanded edition of the score was published in addition to a remastered reissue of the 1989 album.

Arma Letal 2 (ESPAÑOL)

Arma Letal 2 (Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton y David Sanborn). Tras el éxito de la primera parte, Arma Letal 2 repite fórmula con los mismos protagonistas, el mismo director y los mismos músicos. Esta vez, el saxofonista David Sanborn también fue acreditado como coautor de la música junto con Michael Kamen y Eric Clapton.

En esta ocasión, el corrupto ministro de Sudáfrica Arjen Rudd, que lava dinero en Estados Unidos, es el malo de la película, elevando un punto más el nivel de malevolencia respecto a la primera película, mientras que el divertido Leo Getz se convierte en el protegido de la policía al haber robado a los propios sudafricanos en su negocio de blanqueo de dinero. Para la historia cinematográfica quedarán escenas tan visuales como el salto hasta la piscina desde la habitación de un hotel atravesando la ventana de Riggs, Getz y el sicario sudafricano, o la bomba en el WC de Murtaugh que se activa cuando éste se sienta. Por el contrario, la parte de la trama en la que Riggs descubre que el accidente de coche de su mujer (suceso previo a la historia de la primera película de Arma Letal) fue provocado por los propios sudafricanos al intentar matar al propio Riggs está quizás poco explotada.

Como en la primera Arma Letal, las guitarras de Clapton sirven para describir a Riggs, mientras que el saxo de Sanborn hace lo propio con Murtaugh. Y se añaden la marimba como sonido distintivo del peligroso ministro sudafricano y de sus esbirros, y la trompeta con sordina para el entrañable Leo Getz. La orquestación de la música sigue siendo la marca de Kamen para este tipo de películas de acción y humor, y que tanto pudo exprimir en la saga de Arma Letal, La Jugla de Cristal o El Último Boy Scout.

La banda sonora consta de una orquestación sobria, en la que cuerdas y viendo metal llevan el peso del score, entrelazada con las alocadas guitarras de Clapton y el saxo de Sanborn para describir las azarosas persecuciones de Riggs y Murtaugh detrás del ministro Rudd. Mención especial merece la pista Knockin' On Heaven's Door, el tema de Bob Dylan adaptado por Kamen y Clapton para la escena final y cantada por el propio Clapton.

La banda sonora original se publicó en 1989, e incluyó 3 canciones y 7 pistas del score. No fue hasta la multiedición de 2013 cuando se publicó una edición expandida del score, además de la reedición remasterizada del álbum de 1989.

TRACK LISTINGS
LETHAL WEAPON 2 (1989)
Total Time: 46:17
  1. Cheer Down (Performed by George Harrison) (4:07)
  2. Still Crusin' (After All These Years) (Performed by The Beach Boys) (3:35)
  3. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Performed by Randy Crawford featuring Eric Clapton And David Sanborn) (4:57)
  4. Riggs (5:16)
  5. The Embassy (5:38)
  1. Riggs And Roger (5:52)
  2. Leo (3:43)
  3. Goodnight Rika (4:04)
  4. The Stilt House (4:20)
  5. Medley: The Shipyard / Knockin' On Heaven's Door (4:45)
LETHAL WEAPON 2: Soundtrack Collection (2013)
Total Time: 125:30
DISC 3 (65:17) DISC 4 (60:13)
  1. Main Title* / Chase the Red BMW* / Krugerrand* (7:08)
  2. Riggs' Shoulder* (2:52)
  3. Pieter Shoots Hans* / The Gold Pen* / Rog Is Taped* / Hotel—Meeting Leo* / Pool Fall* (7:31)
  4. You're Black, I'm Mad* / Drive To Stilt House* / Stilt House Fight* (3:40)
  5. Mulholland Chase* (2:51)
  6. Meeting Rudd* / Bust* (3:24)
  7. Rubber Tree* / Goodnight Mr. Rudd* (2:13)
  8. Haunting Rudd* (2:11)
  9. Finding Roger On The Toilet* / Bomb Reveal* / Bomb Squad Arrives* (2:57)
  10. Riggs & Murtaugh In Toilet* / After The Toilet Bomb* (2:56)
  11. Sneaking Into The Embassy* / So Long And Thanks For The Fish* / Leo Loses Door* (6:18)
  12. Wyler Is Shot* (1:43)
  13. Card House Explosion* / Rika Lerve* / The Alba Varden / Nail Gun Fight (5:30)
  14. Helicopters Approach* / Helicopter Attack (5:30)
  15. You Can Stay With Me / Riggs Captured / Riggs Fights Back * (4:51)
  16. Carrying Rika On The Beach* (3:11)
  1. Stilt House Falls* (2:42)
  2. Drive to Shipyard (1:53)
  3. Locked Into A Container* / Out Of Container* / Ship Fight* (3:08)
  4. Ballet Fight* / Riggs Is Shot* (3:36)
  5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door / Riggs Dying (2:21)

  6. ORIGINAL ALBUM:
  7. Cheer Down (Performed by George Harrison) (4:08)
  8. Still Cruisin' (After All These Years) (Performed by The Beach Boys) (3:36)
  9. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Performed by Randy Crawford) (4:58)
  10. Riggs (5:16)
  11. The Embassy (5:37)
  12. Riggs And Roger (5:53)
  13. Leo (3:43)
  14. Goodnight Rika (4:05)
  15. The Stilt House (4:21)
  16. The Shipyard (4:46)
 
  DISCS 1 & 2: LETHAL WEAPON
 
 DISCS 5 & 6: LETHAL WEAPON 3
 
 DISCS 7 & 8: LETHAL WEAPON 4
 

* Previously unreleased
† Contains previously unreleased material

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