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The A-Team
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano
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Varèse Sarabande
(June 22nd, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're satisfied with a competent translation of the style of the original show's memorable theme tune into a mixture of generic symphonic and orchestral mayhem suitable for a newer generation of safe blockbuster music.

Avoid it... if you expect anything in this score to be as rousing and memorable as the one full performance of that old series theme, a sad reflection of the state of expectations in the industry that steered Alan Silvestri's equally pedestrian G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a year prior.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,353
WRITTEN 6/28/10
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The A-Team: (Alan Silvestri) In yet another example of a popular television concept that has been hung up for decades in Hollywood studios because of countless re-writes of its adaptation, The A-Team finally concluded fifteen years of production delays with a 2010 release. The concept was a success for NBC when it ran for five seasons from 1983 to 1986, though the series' cartoonish violence eventually caused audience interest to wane by its final, ratings-stricken year. The most enduring aspects of the series were Mr. T and the 1983 GMC Vandura van that was by default another character. Perhaps it was a bad omen that neither was able to make a cameo in Joe Carnahan's adaptation of The A-Team, the latter a bizarre misstep. The basic story of the group of elite American commandos is essentially intact, though the setting of their original "crime they did not commit" is moved to the Iraq war. They once again bust out of prison and defy the odds in attempting to prove their innocence and fight for the cause of good while eluding the U.S. military. Response to the $110 million adaptation hasn't been particularly kind, with mediocre reviews joined by former cast members who either regretted their cameos in such a disappointing film or blasted it from afar. One aspect that curiously didn't carry over well to the film was the silly element of ridiculous action, a focal point (along with a poorly arranged narrative) of negative reviews of The A-Team. Seeing composer Alan Silvestri attached to the project was initial reason for optimism from film score collectors. His career has proven him just as capable of providing smart workmanlike action scores with interpolations of classic themes as the likes of John Debney, though the downside of such scores from the two veterans is a tendency to write music that is functional but anonymous. In the case of The A-Team, the question is whether Silvestri would return to his The Mummy Returns and Van Helsing form or would regurgitate the conservatively generic tone of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a score from 2009 that didn't meet the expectations of many of the composer's collectors. Unfortunately, The A-Team resides closer to the territory of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra than anything else in his career (with the exception of, perhaps, Eraser), serving as an extension of the prior score's merging of techno-savvy personally and orchestral mayhem. It's hard to fault this music, but it leaves you with no lasting memory even after its extremely long album has concluded.



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Unexceptional score, except for...
Edmund Meinerts - February 1, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 72:29
• 1. Somewhere in Mexico/Original "The A-Team (Theme)"* (2:12)
• 2. Saving Face (3:32)
• 3. Alpha Mike Foxtrot (4:29)
• 4. Welcome to Baghdad (4:22)
• 5. The Plan (6:11)
• 6. Court Martial (3:09)
• 7. Putting the Team Back Together (3:39)
• 8. Flying a Tank (6:10)
• 9. Frankfurt (4:11)
• 10. Retrieving the Plates (4:09)
• 11. Safehouse (3:50)
• 12. Safehouse Aftermath (4:58)
• 13. Shell Game (2:44)
• 14. The Docks Part 1 (7:35)
• 15. The Docks Part 2 (5:47)
• 16. "I Love It When a Plan Comes Together"/Original "The A-Team (Theme)"* (5:26)
* contains the television series theme by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

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