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Captain America: The First Avenger
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Mark Graham
Dave Metzger

Co-Produced by:
David Bifano

Song Composed and Produced by:
Alan Menken

Song Lyrics by:
David Zippel

Song Orchestrated and Arranged by:
Michael Kosarin
Doug Besterman
Martin Erskine
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Disney/Buena Vista Records
(July 19th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release. The initial version sold on iTunes contains an additional score track.
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Buy it... if you miss Alan Silvestri's robust symphonic action methodology of an era long gone in his career, for The First Avenger features propulsive rhythmic force that will remind you of the composer's best works.

Avoid it... if you expect too much from a score that is structurally sound and quite engaging in its second half, but one that is also surprisingly generic in its thematic applications and nebulous in its narrative flow.
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WRITTEN 7/26/11
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Captain America: The First Avenger: (Alan Silvestri) Like many of the adaptations of the Marvel Comics superheroes to the big screen, Captain America: The First Avenger was a long time (and legally challenged) on its path through pre-production. When director Joe Johnston's movie finally arrived in 2011, however, it was well received critically and popularly. It's an origin story that almost entirely devotes itself to the character's formation in the 1940's and his battle against the evil, equally supernatural terrorist forces of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany. When a patriotic young Steve Rogers wishes to enlist to fight in the military, he is rejected because he lacks in physical stature. When he's recruited into a top secret government program that aims to create a super-soldier, however, he ends up being chosen and becomes the muscle-bound Captain America of fame. He sets out to save his friends in the European front and battle the Nazis' equivalent super-soldier and prevent the associated group of villains from unleashing a powerful cube of mythical powers upon America. At the end of the picture, Captain America: The First Avenger shifts the hero to modern times so that he can be indoctrinated into the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization in the manner common to the long-term Marvel cinematic plan. Johnston had for many years been a collaborator with composer James Horner, though since 1999 he has rotated between some of the biggest film music names in the industry during his limited schedule. For Captain America: The First Avenger, he hired veteran action expert Alan Silvestri for the task. The Marvel universe on screen has experienced an odd juxtaposition of soundtrack styles that demonstrates the ongoing battle between Bronze Age and Digital Age sensibilities in the popular expectations of blockbuster music. These scores have ranged from the brainless, contemporary tones of Hans Zimmer/Remote Control associate Ramin Djawadi to the surprisingly varied, symphonic contributions of Scottish composers Craig Armstrong and Patrick Doyle.

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Average: 3.37 Stars
***** 128 5 Stars
**** 185 4 Stars
*** 130 3 Stars
** 79 2 Stars
* 69 1 Stars
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Total Time: 71:53
• 1. Captain America (Main Titles) (0:56)
• 2. Frozen Wasteland (1:53)
• 3. Schmidt's Treasure (3:01)
• 4. Farewell to Bucky (2:50)
• 5. Hydra Lab (1:54)
• 6. Training the Supersoldier (1:08)
• 7. Schmidt's Story (1:59)
• 8. VitaRays (4:25)
• 9. Captain America "We Did It" (1:59)
• 10. Kruger Chase (2:55)
• 11. Hostage on the Pier (2:46)
• 12. General's Resign (2:18)
• 13. Unauthorized Night Flight (3:13)
• 14. Troop Liberation (5:06)
• 15. Factory Inferno (5:05)
• 16. Triumphant Return (2:16)
• 17. Invader's Montage (2:15)
• 18. Hydra Train (3:27)
• 19. Rain Fire Upon Them (1:39)
• 20. Motorcycle Mayhem (3:05)
• 21. Invasion (5:09)
• 22. Fight on the Flight Deck (3:30)
• 23. This is My Choice (3:26)
• 24. Passage of Time (1:35)
• 25. Captain America (1:08)
• 26. Star Spangled Man* (2:53)
• 27. Captain America March** (2:37)
* composed by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel, and performed by The Star Spangled Singers
** iTunes-only track (bringing total album time to 74:30)

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The insert contains a fold-out poster, but it features no extra information about the score or film.
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