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Amerika
(1987)
Album Cover Art
1999 Bootleg
2004 Prometheus
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie
Jack Smalley
Scott Smalley

Performed by:
The Hollywood Symphony Orchestra
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Bootleg
(1999)

Prometheus Records
(August 10th, 2004)
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The 1999 bootleg has circulated around the secondary market under the radar for years. The 2004 Prometheus album is limited to 3,000 copies but remained available through online soundtrack specialty outlets at its initial $20 price for the remainder of the decade.
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Buy it... if you have an established affinity for Basil Poledouris' sensitive style of writing for Americana character themes and have no issue with some stylistic similarities to Red Dawn.

Avoid it... if you are expecting a bombastic, militaristic score with ethnic diversity or the very thick, textured themes you hear in more robust Poledouris efforts.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,122
WRITTEN 9/9/04, REVISED 10/17/11
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Amerika: (Basil Poledouris) Given such a paranoid premise that was extremely controversial for its time, it is difficult to look back upon Amerika and imagine that a considerable portion of the American public viewed the 1987 ABC network mini-series as one of realistic possibilities. Running over seven nights for a mammoth fourteen hours total, Amerika was a (yet another) "what if" novel about how individuals (representing the American spirit through their actions and reactions) would respond to a Soviet invasion and occupation of the United States. Despite the sensationalism applied to the reputation of the production at the time, Amerika was never a film meant to depict the actual military attack and siege to open such a conflict. Rather, the point of the series was to concentrate on how average Americans might react to the post-war occupation a full ten years after the initial invasion. Thus, the series is a character study rather than a massive political statement or action film. The somber spirit of the film (including the execution of primary characters and, not to be forgotten, the entire American legislative body) is tempered by the slow but determined rebellion of the Americans through their heartland values and stubborn will. Composer Basil Poledouris was a veteran of this topic, having provided a stylistically defiant score for the movie Red Dawn a few years earlier. He would extend both the Americana spirit of that score and his collaboration with director Donald Wrye into Amerika by writing essentially the equivalent of seven feature films-worth of music. Those seven different chapters of Amerika are slow to develop and don't always offer exact continuity from one chapter to the next. Thus, in adding to the noted cinematography of the series, one of Poledouris' objectives was to provide a score that would maintain an element of consistency between the chapters. With the production of the film protested and lengthened due to the scope of its magnitude, Poledouris had enough time in 1987 to compose an untold number of hours of music, all of which written for and performed by a full orchestral ensemble. While the title theme of two minutes in length would be best recognized because of its multiple appearances throughout the series, Poledouris' score is better remembered by film score collectors as one of highly personalized and dramatic character themes for individual threads in the narrative.



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Average: 3.55 Stars
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1999 Bootleg Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 44:07
• (15 tracks with no titles)
2004 Prometheus Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:37

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The bootlegs feature no uniform packaging. The 2004 Prometheus album contains extensive information about the score and series. Its packaging is hand numbered.
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