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American Outlaws
(2001)
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Composed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Paul Linford
Steve Kempster
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 7th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you seek a more overtly Western variation on the simplistic structures and rendering of Trevor Rabin's Armageddon.

Avoid it... if you agree that there's something just a little fishy about the tedious use of a masculine, rock-informed style of music for the Old West.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #394
WRITTEN 8/14/01, REVISED 2/9/09
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American Outlaws: (Trevor Rabin) There was a short time in the early 2000's when Hollywood produced intellectually devoid period movies like A Knight's Tale and American Outlaws that thrust teenage heartthrobs and electric guitars into historical circumstances where nobody but prepubescent girls could actually take the viewing experience seriously. Les Mayfield's American Outlaws exists at such a fundamentally ridiculous level of attempted coolness that it blows whatever chance it may have had at redefining the character of Jesse James. The film is a glazed doughnut of teenage testosterone, muscle with a Western attitude, glitzed up with Matrix-inspired shots of explosive violence and an eye opening role for Timothy Dalton. It would be best to put aside the complete stupidity of the film before discussing its score, but is that even possible? Trevor Rabin's career hasn't exactly included films of the highest quality. He was hired to a string of projects like American Outlaws because of the industry's perception that his blend of orchestral, synthetic, and rock band elements made his music hip in the new definition of blockbuster music created by Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures outfit. The elite of film score collecting, those in their 50's and 60's (at the time) who grew up on Elmer Bernstein Westerns in all their blazing glory, never paid the least amount of attention to a score like American Outlaws. And why should they? To them, music like this is a joke. When both Trevor Rabin and James Bond go West, there's reason to become suspicious immediately. Maybe not so much so for Rabin, though, whose single mainstream success so far (for the mass population of partially educated movie-goers) has been Armageddon, a score which had its own brand of country western feel. Because of his years as lead guitarist with the rock group "Yes," a common theme in many of Rabin's scores is the guitar, so, after all, why wouldn't he fit it into the new definition of the Western genre with ease?



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1,584 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.23 Stars
***** 136 5 Stars
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Correct track listing, anyone?
Kiddo - September 13, 2005, at 11:56 p.m.
1 comment  (1847 views)
shindig song
nicki - August 31, 2005, at 11:32 p.m.
1 comment  (1987 views)
Opening Song
BigBen - May 7, 2005, at 10:50 p.m.
1 comment  (2738 views)
Song at end of Movie   Expand >>
Clay - December 4, 2002, at 1:21 p.m.
4 comments  (3348 views)
Newest: December 17, 2003, at 6:51 p.m. by
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Moby   Expand >>
Nita - September 26, 2002, at 7:14 p.m.
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Newest: June 11, 2003, at 7:04 p.m. by
friend
I agree, but not quite
Cielag - July 31, 2002, at 2:53 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 37:47
• 1. Brief Reunion (4:28)
• 2. Farewell and Hello, Key West (2:21)
• 3. First Kiss (1:23)
• 4. Perfect Outlaws (1:37)
• 5. I Was Famous (5:50)
• 6. Acoustic Outlaws (1:58)
• 7. Long Spring, Better Posters (2:33)
• 8. This is War (1:41)
• 9. Life's a Beach (2:04)
• 10. Thaddeus Rains (0:34)
• 11. War is Over (0:59)
• 12. No Ma, No Mere (1:03)
• 13. Pinkerton's Idea (2:21)
• 14. You're All Dead Men (1:13)
• 15. Train Escape (1:32)
• 16. Do You Miss the War? (0:50)
• 17. Jesse's Ride (4:13)
• 18. Surprise Attack (0:58)

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