“Alaska Kid” Original Music From The Television Series
Limited Edition of 150 copies
Label: KMRCD 057
Film Date: 1993
Album Date: 2021
KeepMoving Records announces the CD release of John Cameron’s score for Alaska Kid, a Russian co-production inspired by the works of Jack London.
Helmed by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Hill, the German/Polish/Russian co-production of Alaska Kid arrived on the scene right in the middle of the Jack London Renaissance marked by movies like White Fang and Balto. The 13-episode series starred Mark Pillow (Nuclear Man from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace) and Donovan Scott (Leslie Barbara from Police Academy) as two men trying their luck in the Alaskan wilderness. Although not based on one particular Jack London book, the series focused on the milieu established by White Fang or The Call of the Wild.
The rousing score by John Cameron had the benefit of using around 70 live musicians (a rarity for a ’90s TV show). Although it was made for the small screen, the music for Alaska Kid has all the sweep and thematic richness of any contemporary adventure score with Russian musicians providing the basis – while a few additions were produced back in England. The end result is an adventure score you didn’t know you needed in your life – for Alaska Kid turned out to be quite an obscure show.
The limited-edition CD comes with liner notes by Gergely Hubai discussing the films and John Cameron adding his own unique insight and memories into being a pioneering Western composer working in Moscow.