Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 241
Date: 1990
Time: 0:58:01
Tracks: 16
Exciting action score gets world premiere release on CD!


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  • Track List
  • Doug's Tech Talk
  • Musicians List
  • Exciting music! World premiere release of action-packed David Newman score for David Green helicopter action pic starring Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young. Playing out as Army version of TOP GUN, solid picture finds pilots of high tech helicopters going up against well-armed members of drug cartel in South America. Newman takes command with his score, propels it with military musical muscle courtesy large array of brass, percussion, then adds layer of high tech electronics on top. With patriotic angles covered, gently rhythmic love theme in tow, Newman creates exciting music with striking metallic edge! Highlights abound but spotlight deservedly goes to powerful 11-minute climactic battle cue "Gates Of Hell". Complete score available from crisp digital two-track stereo session mixes courtesy Touchstone Pictures. David Newman conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
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    01. Main Title (6:04)
    02. First Flight (3:38)
    03. Reunion, Billy And Preston (1:55)
    04. Simulator (3:39)
    05. Laundry Mat (1:37)
    06. Good Morning (1:28)
    07. Copter Romance (2:43)
    08. Boxing (1:32)

    09. In The Bag (4:34)
    10. Periscope Montage (4:35)
    11. Corvette Drive (1:34)
    12. War Games (5:54)
    13. Flight To Camp (2:23)
    14. Brad And Preston (2:34)
    15. Gates Of Hell (11:18)
    16. Final Scene (2:10)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    The music for Fire Birds was extremely well spotted. The placement of cues—exactly where they will begin and end and what their desired effect will be—is a decision made by the director and composer, usually during postproduction before the score is composed and recorded. In this case, those choices were adhered to from start to finish, which is rarely the case. Typically, by the time the scoring process has been completed some editorial changes will have been made with the film or the use of music, causing certain cues to be truncated, dialed into or out of the picture later or earlier than originally planned, moved elsewhere, or in some cases dropped entirely. But in this case composer and director were beautifully in synch. While in a couple of instances David Newman prepared an alternate take that would better match the needs of the picture, all of his cues were used precisely where they were originally intended to go and almost every one of them plays through completely.

    To present this premiere release of the complete score, including the lengthy and riveting final helicopter battle sequence, Intrada was given access to the original digital scoring session mixes made by Shawn Murphy and vaulted on digital audio tape (DAT). All the cues appear in picture sequence, just as Newman recorded them; the audio is crisp, punchy and dynamic.

    So crank your CD player’s volume to some pretty hot levels, try to stay above the whirl and clatter of those Apache helicopters … and let David Newman bring you into the thick of combat.

    —Douglass Fake