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Pee-Wee's Big Holiday
Music from the Netflix Original Film


Composer: Mark Mothersbaugh
Label: Varèse Sarabande
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 May 2016

Varèse Sarabande release Mark Mothersbaugh's score for Pee-Wee's Big Holiday.The movie stars the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman. A fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee to take his first-ever holiday in an epic story of friendship and destiny...

Mark Mothersbaugh's score for Pee-Wee's Big Holiday was not what I was expecting. There are a lot of interesting, bordering on epic, themes here that totally took me by surprise.

The album contains 30 tracks (50 min, 12 sec) and in spirit this is probably about as close to a James Horner score as it's possible to get. In fact, think of Horner at his very best and you'll have some idea what to expect here.

There's a rather tongue in cheek Pee-Wee song ('New York') which sees the cast exploring New York. But the rest of the album is packed with interesting orchestral themes.


Darren Rea

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