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 Posted:   Dec 16, 2013 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)

Received this yesterday. Never saw the movie and have only heard the main title like most. Now I am as big a Silvestri fan like the next fan but have to say after giving it a full listen I am pretty disappointed. I am sure the score is appropriate for the film but as a stand alone listen what a bore. Maybe 3 cues I enjoyed. Makes me yearn for The Abyss which is thankfully coming in a couple weeks.

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Just got my copy in the mail and I couldn't be happier. I hadn't listened to the first track "Prince's Day" in ages. Hearing it again gave me goosebumps. What a perfect, unexpected and beautiful way to start such a dark sequence.
Perfectly sets the tone of the film juxtaposed against the dark, stormy imagery of that prison.
When it is played again in the final cue with a more warm orchestration we are brought full circle and that song now serves a completely different mood. Just superb. Not to mention the abundance of classic Silvestri action music and martial percussion "M.I.T Arrival" "The Escape" "Final Battle" and "Brakeless in Boston" (a nice play on words - Sleepless in Seattle)
Also, hearing Silvestri conduct the Overture is a real treat and it plays wonderfully amongst the score cues. Really makes me want to see the film again.

If anyone is wondering what the lyrics are to Prince's Day:

"Tho' dark are our sorrows, to-day we'll forget them, And smile through our tears, like a sunbeam in. showers: There never were hearts, if our rulers would let them, More form'd to be grateful and blest than ours. But just when the chain ¦ Has ceas'd to pain, And hope has enwreath'd it round with flowers, There comes a new link Our spirits to sink — Oh! the joy that we taste, like the light of the poles,
Is a flash amid darkness, too brilliant to stay;
But, though 't were the last little spark in our souls,
We must light it up now, on our Prince's Day."

Thank you again, Intrada. I know this release has been met with a few wet blanket remarks around here, but I for one am eternally grateful for this marvelous score. It only took 20 years, but it was worth the wait.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Luc Van der Eeken   (Member)

Received this yesterday. Never saw the movie and have only heard the main title like most. Now I am as big a Silvestri fan like the next fan but have to say after giving it a full listen I am pretty disappointed. I am sure the score is appropriate for the film but as a stand alone listen what a bore. Maybe 3 cues I enjoyed. Makes me yearn for The Abyss which is thankfully coming in a couple weeks.

It seems my memory played tricks on me because I saw the movie back then and expected some orchestral fireworks but I have to agree with you...I think the score is boring. It won't get many repeat listenings. Also waiting for The Abyss, one of his masterpieces.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2014 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Synchrotones   (Member)

Received Blown Away the first working-day after xmas and have listened to it many time since. I think it's an excellent, classic Silvestri action score. I'm a tiny bit disappointed to find out he hasn't really composed the 'celtic' theme, but it's still wonderfully arranged. Album as a whole may be perceived a bit repetitive, but... it's stuff that I love so I don't mind.

Looking forward to The Abyss (the reason I got into filmmusic in the first place) though it wouldn't surprise me if a 2CD edition is not all that interesting. Happy to be proven wrong.

 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2014 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I've made a fantasy "what if?" playlist that is roughly 29 minutes and reflects what I think a score album would have been like had it been released back in '94.
It's a good representation of all the major themes and flows nicely. Try it out.

1-Prince's Day (Main Title)
2-The Escape
3-Cortez Goes Boom
4-Gaerity Sets Up Shop
5-Saint Max
6-M.I.T. Arrival
7-Kite Fixer
8-Playing The Angle
9-Final Fight
10-Everybody Loves a Hero

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2014 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Question for those who have the new release:

Are there much in the way of electronics in the score? Eraser-type subtle atmospheric effects, or otherwise? Also, and this is a crazy neurotic detail-seeking query, but are there a fair amount of snare drum rhythms in the score? I seem to recall reading there is...it's just a hallmark of Silvestri's that I love and might help me make a decision whether to take the plunge on this one, because I'm a bit on the fence.

Thanks for the info, gents and ladies!

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   edern   (Member)

I love this score, and I thank Intrada for this release!
(even if I'm a bit annoyed with little things, nothing essential, just details in the presentation mostly).
I'm so glad to finally have this music to listen to! I love the way Silvestri kind of webbed the score with his themes and motives.

Are there much in the way of electronics in the score? Eraser-type subtle atmospheric effects, or otherwise? Also, and this is a crazy neurotic detail-seeking query, but are there a fair amount of snare drum rhythms in the score?

Now, for the electronics in the score: they are basically no electronics in Blown Away. It's a very acoustic-based score. I'm sure a concert suite would work great.

There is a kind of EVI sounding instrument (Intrada didn't upload the musician/instrument list on their webiste yet) in Everybody Loves A Hero, reprising the Prince's Day melody. But that's it, basically.

Nonetheless there is a lot of subtle atmospheric effects. These ambiant sounds are performed acoustically, by waterphone, harp, flutes...

Snare drums are present in the score, but in a sporadic way when compared to Eraser for example. It is not a 'military score' per se (it is a thriller score first).

Snare rythms are more present in the first part of the album, in The Escape, M.I.T. Arrival, Trolley Bomb Site. They perform a very exciting martial motif along with piano in Playing The Angle, which I would have loved to hear more in the rest of the score. Then, they are unused or are in the background only, supporting the action.

Timpanis have some great highlights though, especially in the last busy action stuff, with very Silvestrian brassy bombast!

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Thanks edern, for all the helpful info!

Pretty sure I'll be picking this one up. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I've made a fantasy "what if?" playlist that is roughly 29 minutes and reflects what I think a score album would have been like had it been released back in '94.
It's a good representation of all the major themes and flows nicely. Try it out.

1-Prince's Day (Main Title)
2-The Escape
3-Cortez Goes Boom
4-Gaerity Sets Up Shop
5-Saint Max
6-M.I.T. Arrival
7-Kite Fixer
8-Playing The Angle
9-Final Fight
10-Everybody Loves a Hero


Nice album edit, Mutant! I received my copy and those are indeed the standout tracks, although I might also add the Tchaikovsky cues in my edit...

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2014 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Yeah, now that you mention it, one of the classical pieces should probably go in there.

 
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