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Spy Game (Harry Gregson-Williams) [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
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1. Su-Chou Prison
2. Muir Races to Work
3. ...He's been arrested for espionage.
4. Red Shirt
5. Training Montage
6. Berlin
7. It's Not A Game
8. You're Going to Miss It
9. Beirut, A War Zone
10. My Name is Tom
11. All Hell Breaks Loose
12. Explosion & Aftermath
13. Parting Company
14. Harker Tracks Muir
15. The Long Night
16. Muir's in the Hot Seat
17. Back at Su-Chou Prison
18. Operation Dinner Out
19. Spies (Ryebot Remix)
20. Dinner Out [Rothrock Remix]

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Director Tony Scott's buddy-pic-cum-espionage thriller shrewdly unites Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, pretty-boy box-office icons from two different generations. But its tense musical score embodies a gratifying sense of cross-cultural experimentation that seems as doggedly genre-expanding as it does dramatically tough. Young composer Harry Gregson-Williams (Shrek, The Replacement Killers, Antz, The Rock) employs haunting Eastern instrumental modalities, symphonic flourishes and spare choral touches here but crucially weds them to driving, polyrhythmic percussion and pulsing techno club grooves. Continuing a contemporary scoring trend that largely eschews thematic melodies in favour of evocative atmospherics, the composer's studio-savvy fusion has conjured up a soundscape of surprisingly emotional twists and turns, but one that also seems to grow more determinedly electro-modern with each successive cut. This is that rare score that proves that pop trend can indeed inform classical tradition--and much to the benefit of both.--Jerry McCulley

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4.0 out of 5 stars I spy a good soundtrack Dec 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
Harry Gregson-Williams, who has composed many film scores along with John Powell and by himself, returns solo with this thriller score to Spy Game. The music represents the various settings in the film, from China to Vietnam and the middle east with voices and ethnic percussion sounds.The opening track "Su-Chou Prison" opens the score with thrilling percussion and synths. A boy soprano soloist is used in 2 main tracks, "My Name Is Tom" and "Operation Dinner Out". These 2 tracks, plus "Parting Company" contain the main theme. A highlight of the soundtrack is "Red Shirt" which contains all of the score's basic elements thrown into one track. "The Long Night" reminds me a little of Graeme Revell's The Negotiator in parts, but i'm sure that Gregson-Williams didn't take it from him. Other parts of the score remind me of Danny Elfman's Proof of Life. The majority of the score contains ethnic influences, with voices, a boy soprano soloist, ethnic percussion, and plenty of electronics and orchestra. Great orchestral music can be found in "All Hell Breaks Loose", "Beirut, A War Zone", "My Name Is Tom", "Explosion and Aftermath", and "Operation Dinner Out". I wish that more of the orchestral passages would of been used, but due to the film's setting, I can see why Gregson-Williams chose to use electronics and ethnic sounds for it. There is 71 minutes of music on here, which is more than plenty and satisfies the average film music collector. A great soundtrack and a job well done by Harry Gregson-Williams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eclectic March 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
i might have heard Harry Gregson William's scores in other movies , but having bought the CD to this film, I have only heard this score to write about. This is a little bit different then your average film scores, it fits Tony Scott's (Spy Game Director) style and visual cues perfectly. HG Williams has taken a cue from Hans Zimmer in making the music fit the locales that are viewed in film. the score is rather weak in its consistency of thematic music but for the cd , believe it or not, surprisingly it plays very well in the music's favor. It is evident that the composer meant it to be like this. its chaotic throughout with every sort of musical pattern and motifs thrown in as sounds, but the same instruments keep it together. quite daring and it comes off sounding instantly fresh and new with a touch of the familiarity of old.
eclectic with classical,electronic, a bit of rocking cues in it, this makes for a good buy for film music buffs and otherwise its plain rocking if you like film music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you expect... and more. Feb. 24 2002
Format:Audio CD
Let me begin by saying that I became addicted to film scores several years ago. Since I began listening to them I have purchased nothing else. As an independent writer, I use them for inspiration when I write since they do not have distracting lyrics. I am not a music expert and know little about scoring a film. I just know what I like.
And I like SPY GAME.
I have several CDs of Mr. Gregson-Williams that he helped co-write but this is the first score of his that I have purchased that he did on his own. He is clearly a talented composer and the music would be fun to listen to, even without having seen the movie (which was incredible by the way). He is obviously influenced by Hans Zimmer (my personal favorite composer) and I feel that his music definitely tells a story.
The music is incredibly diverse with many varying styles of the original theme that I think is very poignant. At times it is very heart wrenching, at other times fast paced and exciting. If it has a drawback, and I use that "if" tentatively, it is that some listeners may not enjoy the occassional Middle Eastern or Chinese style of music interlaced with the fast paced techno-style of music that dominates most tracks.
I would recommend this CD to people who enjoyed the music for ENEMY OF THE STATE, THE ROCK, or FACE/OFF as they have the same genre style as SPY GAME.
Look for future movie trailers to sample this music left and right very soon...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly forgettable Nov. 14 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I've been looking forward to this new film. Previews seem very exciting -- and if you check out the website, part of the soundtrack is available. Unfortunately, it is only the good part of the soundtrack that is on the website. The rest is quite different. I was quite surprised to find that most of this music sounds like there was heavy use of a synthesizer -- very retro 70s, but that kind of music was out very quickly and for good reason. Admittedly, there are some nice parts to the soundtrack that are evocative of the film's locations -- some unobtrusive vocals mix with flute or other accompaniment. On the whole, though, this is loud and violent music. I'm wondering about the film now. Do we need this kind of noise to keep the pace of the film going and the story meaningful? Can't say until I've seen it, but I'm disappointed in the soundtrack. However, if you like music that makes you feel like you're in the center of a pinball arcade or a destructive video game, this is a perfect choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Nov. 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
I am probably one of the few people that bought the soundtrack before even seeing the movie. Just knowing that Harry Gregson-Williams made this original score, it has got to be good. It has a similar beat to 'Enemy of the State's theme. But it doesn't have that "added" Hans Zimmer build-up power theme in 'The Rock.' A few of the first 11 tracks had somewhat a 'Gladiator' sound (by Hans Zimmer) i.e. Progeny, Earth, and Sorrow tracks(but not the heavy battle and pride tracks). The lonely piano scores is an excellent side i have first heard from Gregson-Williams. There is a scattered selection techno-beat tracks that don't disappoint. If you are a fan of Hans Zimmer and his apprentices, this is a soundtrack worth getting.
- One of the Bad Boys II TV trailer - Spy Game: track 4 - Red Shirt. Hey they used it. Awesome how the screenplay tied in with the composition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful collection of styles that could have been chaos
The music from this CD has been a favorite of mine for the past couple years. The styles mix quite well and provide a a variety that gives a vitality to this collection with every... Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by William Shakespear
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
Harry Gregson-William came up with a pretty sweet score for the movie. Spy Game was another movie where I decided to get the soundtrack for the score ten minutes in. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's Best to my knowledge
I would definitely agree with that other person who said that this is Harry's best. It's very moving... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by C. Lenoir
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry's Best to my knowledge
I would definitely agree with that other person who said that this is Harry's best. It's very moving... Read more
Published on May 6 2003 by C. Lenoir
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
This is a great soundtrack! When i first saw the movie, the first thing i noticed was the music. It is excellent and gives the film a really good "mood"! Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastic!!!
I couldn't imagine the movie without this soundtrack. I had never bought a soundtrack from a motion picture before but this inspired me. Intense, interesting and enthusiastic. Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by Robin Rosenfeld
5.0 out of 5 stars Noticable
This soundtrack stood out to me while watching the movie the first time. Usually, I'm more into the story, but the music was noticably enhancing to the story that it caught my... Read more
Published on April 26 2002 by mark mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good Diverse yet Cohesive Score
This is a very good score that sort of creeps up on you. About half way through the film you begin to notice it. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2002 by hille2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to be in the movie...
Definitely an excellent soundtrack. I highly recommend watching the movie first, however. It puts all the music in such wonderful (and tightly cohesive) context. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2002 by Simon Chiu
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