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Captain Phillips
(2013)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:
Henry Jackman
Al Clay
Jack Dolman

Co-Composed by:
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 8th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you seek to punish yourself for your sins or are merely curious about what a frustrating disaster of an ensemble film scoring project sounds like when finished.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in supporting any music that results from an insatiable director who demands that cues be re-written dozens of times and then the output is miserable, droning muck.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,240
WRITTEN 12/26/13
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Captain Phillips: (Henry Jackman/Hans Zimmer/Various) Even Barack Obama has made wise-cracks about the last thing he expected to deal with while being the President of the United States: pirates on the high seas. The impoverished nation of Somalia has brought piracy on those seas back to life in the 21st Century, their youth boarding large merchant vessels and demanding insurance money ransoms for them and their crews, sometimes successfully. Thanks to a rescue operation involving the U.S. Navy and written accounts of the event after the fact, the American container ship Maersk Alabama has become the most famous of these. When the vessel was hijacked in 2009, Obama gave authorization for an American destroyer and a team of Navy SEALs to execute the pirates when the Maersk Alabama's crew came under extreme danger, Captain Richard Phillips in the most precarious position as a bartering chip aboard a lifeboat. Remarkably, the crew survived and Maersk Alabama was attacked by Somali pirates again in 2010 and 2011. Merchant vessels have been blasting Britney Spears music at approaching pirate skiffs to ward them off more recently. Equally effective, perhaps, would be some of the music from the 2013 movie adaptation of Phillips' novel about the event, Captain Phillips, directed by action and suspense veteran Paul Greengrass. Receiving tremendous critical acclaim, the film did come under some fire for historical inaccuracies, especially in light of conflicting accounts about the SEAL kill shots that ended the crisis. Tom Hanks was widely praised in the titular role, however, and a massive box office preceded expected awards recognition. One aspect of the film that was a total disaster, however, was its soundtrack. A handful of source songs were employed in the film without issue, but rumors started flying when the original score became a significant headache for those in Hans Zimmer's Remote Control operations. Greengrass had collaborated successfully with John Powell on a number of occasions in the past, though with difficulties between them on Green Zone and Powell taking a break from film scoring in 2013, Greengrass turned back to Zimmer's clone factory and ended up with Henry Jackman, who, throughout his career, has proven to be something of a Powell clone himself. What followed was a mess created by Greengrass, with demands for re-writes that were so plentiful that Zimmer himself had to very reluctantly enter the frustrating endeavor and write a handful of cues to satisfy the difficult director.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:56
• 1. Choose Your Crew (1:36)
• 2. Maersk Alabama (2:42)
• 3. This is Not a Drill (5:42)
• 4. Second Attack (4:53)
• 5. I'm the Captain Now (3:44)
• 6. Do We Have a Deal? (2:09)
• 7. Entering the Lifeboat (2:46)
• 8. USS Bainbridge (2:07)
• 9. End This Peacefully (2:43)
• 10. Failed Attempt (0:56)
• 11. Two in the Water (4:19)
• 12. Seals Inbound (0:23)
• 13. Negotiation (1:23)
• 14. Initiate the Tow (2:17)
• 15. High-Speed Maneuvers (2:03)
• 16. Safe Now (3:12)

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