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Album Produced By
Year Of CD/Film Release
1. The Map (1:30)
2. All Aboard (5:40)
3. Drill Team (5:39)
4. Do It (2:33)
5. Pick It Up (3:31)
6. Starting Over (2:55)
7. The Sleeper (3:28)
8. The Ramora (2:19)
9. Hold It (1:58)
These are the kind of assignments
Goldsmith fans dream about. Jerry Goldsmith was born to score
these types of picture. From the heady days of Damnation Alley,
Twilights Last Gleaming, Capricorn One and The
Swarm to this score and later, Air Force One, Goldsmith
has excelled in his writing for the military action thriller.
Simply put, no one does is it better!
Executive Decision the movie, is a rather uncomfortable
watch post 9/11 but nonetheless is a solid action thriller with
some good ideas. Goldsmith is literally flying with his opening
theme - The Map, the perfect hook for the events that
follow, as the percussion section build to an explosive crash
of cymbals and a full statement of the theme for brass. It's
heroic, exciting and quite literally drives the score.
The daring mid air hook up is sadly missing from this short album,
but the main set piece is present. All Aboard does exactly
what you expect as the Special Forces Team board the hostage
held 747 mid air. Goldsmith provides a tension filled five minutes
with synth drums backing up full orchestra and metallic percussive
devices add to the mix as problems boarding cause the plane to
dive unexpectedly. Goldsmith's main theme returns in full as
order is restored, but tension builds to a climatic and wild
finale as one of the main characters sacrifices himself to save
At this point the movie requires a lot of 'sneaking about music'
and usually this can be quite a dull listen. Drill Team is
the opposite though as the team take up positions inside the
interior of the plane's air frame. Goldsmith rolls out his theme
once more, but this time upping the tempo and creating a more
rhythmic but subdued presentation. Some ethnic sounding percussion
and electronics cover the terrorists activities on board while
snare drums aren't too far away to remind us where the good guys
Do It, Pick It Up and Starting Over deal with more
suspenseful moments and require low key scoring, but US Navy
Jets intercepting the plane on route brings Goldsmith's action
music out once more. The Sleeper is essentially the albums
finale cue as the team take the plane and all hell breaks loose.
Goldsmith's cue is a classy percussion lead musical assault with
a cool tempo and pay off.
Sadly due to expensive re-use fees, a great deal of good music
is missing from this CD. Including the expansion of Goldsmith's
middle eastern theme and all of the final approach and crash
landing music. But The Ramora is good compensation as
Goldsmith's theme gets a further workout for the experimental
plane seen earlier in the movie, but adding an extra wrinkle.
The album bows out with one of those weak romantic finales before
the end credits roll. Goldsmith obliging with a light and sugary
secondary theme for a possible relationship between the leads.