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Beyond Rangoon
(1995)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith
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Milan Entertainment
(August 15th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you admire Hans Zimmer's most lyrical and beautifully harmonic works, among which Beyond Rangoon is a gorgeous powerhouse.

Avoid it... if the lovely contributions of female voice and ethnic woodwinds cannot compensate for the overbearing bass produced without mercy in the composer's standard electronic style of the era.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #364
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/13/08
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Beyond Rangoon: (Hans Zimmer) Director John Boorman is no stranger to the action genre set in exotic locations, and Beyond Rangoon is a thrilling variation of every American tourist's worst nightmare come true. The story places an American doctor and her sister on a vacation in Burma, but when the main character's passport is stolen, she becomes separated from her tour group. While waiting for a replacement, she witnesses a government crime that she was not supposed to see, ending up on the run for her life. The edgy atmosphere in Beyond Rangoon, or any Boorman film for that matter, is balanced by the almost serene visual beauty of the locations of filming. This production's breathtaking cinematography of Burma is a blatant contrast to the horror of the story, so the job of composer Hans Zimmer was to write a score that would root its disturbed nature in an atmosphere of weighty, but lovely harmony. Zimmer wrote Beyond Rangoon at roughly the same time as The Lion King, marking an enormously busy period for the composer even before his Academy Award win. As he would do several times in the mid-1990's, Zimmer brought his vast array of synthesizer technology to the table, supplementing it with a small handful of traditional instruments and soloists to mask the harsh sound of the electronics. The composer admitted to being initially somewhat nervous about scoring Beyond Rangoon because of his enormous respect for John Boorman, as well as the director's keen knowledge about musical styles and construction. At the same time, the prospect of working with Boorman was equally inspiring, because the director's films, as mentioned above, always seem to offer composers spectacular visuals to accompany the music. While the scores for Boorman thrillers haven't always been the melodic types, Zimmer approached the project with a very lyrical result in mind, eventually providing one of the most lush and romantic sounds of his career. The style isn't considerably different from that of a morbidly depressing work like The House of the Spirits, especially in the overpowering bass region, but the statements of themes (which are themselves reminiscent of Zimmer scores going back to Backdraft) are so colorful that they alone redeem the score as one of uplifting inspiration.

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One of the very best
grike - December 27, 2008, at 8:39 a.m.
1 comment  (1422 views)
Dreaming
Gerardo - December 19, 2005, at 2:26 p.m.
1 comment  (2384 views)
Wonderfull: the best ever listened
Gedý - October 16, 2005, at 9:43 a.m.
1 comment  (2475 views)
Beyond Rangoon
corsito - September 26, 2005, at 5:35 a.m.
1 comment  (2592 views)
Flute by Richard Harvey
UrsKR - September 29, 2004, at 7:09 a.m.
1 comment  (2695 views)
Beautiful & underrated score - one of Zimmer's best *NM*
Tomek - September 28, 2004, at 12:36 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:37
• 1. Waters of Irrawaddy (3:49)
• 2. Memories of the Dead (1:45)
• 3. I Dreamt I Woke Up (8:41)
• 4. Freedom From Fear (1:07)
• 5. Brother Morphine (1:44)
• 6. Our Ways Will Part (7:11)
• 7. Village Under Siege (4:11)
• 8. Beyond Rangoon (10:10)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes about both the score and film. Some track times are mislabeled on the packaging (1. 3:46, 5. 1:03, 7. 4:07).
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