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The Avengers
(1998)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Compass III Records
(November 10th, 1998)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release, though the album quickly fell out of print and is difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you're one of the few, unfortunate souls who actually witnessed this film and agree that Joel McNeely's relatively snazzy blend of orchestral and synthetic style was one of the few redeeming production values.

Avoid it... if the cost of the extremely rare album doesn't merit the surrealistic, unorganized mess that McNeely tried to tie together to form a cohesive musical identity for the film's senseless plot.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #486
WRITTEN 12/12/98, REVISED 3/11/08
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The Avengers: (Joel McNeely) Cinematic disasters rarely come as total and devastating as the 1998 adaptation of The Avengers. In every aspect of the translation of the concept from the small to big screen, The Avengers failed miserably, and critics commonly consider the film to be among the worst of its decade. A completely incomprehensible plot, seemingly shuffled endlessly during production, combined with clueless direction and actors who obviously showed up simply to collect a check to create a film that was too confusing to entertain even the most loyal B-grade matinee enthusiasts. Meant as a comical spoof of the James Bond franchise, The Avengers put the unlikely pair of Emma Peel and John Steed, lackadaisically played by Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes, up against Sean Connery's weather-controlling villain for control of England and the world. Nothing that transpired along the path to victory for Peel and Steed made any sense, however, and with action sequences that could not salvage the plot, The Avengers is about as senseless as it gets. Other than Peel's mandatory leather suit, the production only had two upsides: a stunningly colorful advance poster and an overachieving score by Joel McNeely. So unorganized was the production of The Avengers that even its first composer couldn't stick around for the fun; Michael Kamen left this project to write for, of all things, Lethal Weapon 4. His name remains forever printed on those advance posters, though. Lucky for him, Joel McNeely was put in the unenviable position of trying to salvage what he could from the film, and, in typical McNeely fashion, he did a relatively good job. The years of 1998 and 1999 were a "make or break" period for McNeely in his efforts to burst through into the mainstream of film scoring, and unfortunately, all the major films he scored during this time were complete flops. Among the music he wrote for movies such as this, Soldier, and Virus, the last of those three may feature the best singular moments, but The Avengers is the most intriguing overall work.

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839 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.8 Stars
***** 126 5 Stars
**** 139 4 Stars
*** 199 3 Stars
** 197 2 Stars
* 178 1 Stars
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Over 100 dollars? Really?
Andre - March 17, 2009, at 8:48 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:08
• 1. Main Title (2:52)
• 2. Prospero Lab Destruction (3:51)
• 3. Meet Emma Peel (1:09)
• 4. John Steed, I Presume? (2:51)
• 5. DeWinter Castle (2:08)
• 6. Sir August's Garden (4:22)
• 7. Chasing Teddy Bears (4:22)
• 8. Flight of the Mechanical Bees (3:04)
• 9. Into the Love Maze (3:56)
• 10. DeWinter's Waltz (1:25)
• 11. Stairway to Madness (2:41)
• 12. Invisible Jones (3:53)
• 13. Emma's Balloon Escape (4:18)
• 14. Are You All Right? (2:30)
• 15. Avenging Crimes (5:09)
• 16. The Final Conflict (7:22)
• 17. Aftermath (1:05)
• 18. The Avengers Theme* (1:25)
* composed by Laurie Johnson for the original TV series.

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains short notes from the director and producer of the film.
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