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Stand Up Guys (Original Motion Picture Score)


Composer: Lyle Workman
Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 29 January 2013

Val is released from prison after serving twenty-eight years for refusing to give up one of his close criminal associates. His best friend Doc is there to pick him up, and the two soon re-team with another old pal, Hirsch. Their bond is as strong as ever, and the three reflect on freedom lost and gained, loyalties ebbed and flowed, and days of glory gone by. But one of the friends is keeping a dangerous secret- he's been put in an impossible quandary by a former mob boss, and his time to find an acceptable alternative is running out. As the sun rises on the guys' legendary reunion, their position becomes more and more desperate and they finally confront their past once and for all...

Lyle Workman's score for Stand Up Guys is one that you're going to instantly warm too or not get at all. If you're a fan of "wacka-wacka" funk style rhythms then you'll totally dig this hip album - otherwise you'll think you've stepped back into the '60s disco scene. Electric piano, trombone and "wacka-wacka" guitar are beautifully used to set the scene.

The album contains 27 tracks and lasts for 56 min, 20 sec and while interesting, as I mentioned previously it's not a score that will appeal to everyone.


Darren Rea

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