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The Crow
(1994)
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Composed, Programmed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tom Simonec
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(June 14th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you desire a complete representation of the music heard prominently in the film, because while the song compilation figures heavily in that mix, Graeme Revell's score is crucial to maintaining the film's supernatural atmosphere.

Avoid it... if the bleak, industrial tones that dominate Revell's score are too grating to justify three or four cues of subdued but compelling romance material from a restrained orchestra and intriguing collection of exotic instruments and voices.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,649
WRITTEN 12/28/09
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The Crow: (Graeme Revell) The 1994 revenge flick The Crow likely would not have spawned a franchise had it not been for lead actor Brandon Lee's death during the final days of shooting. Because of that sensation, The Crow attracted enough mainstream interest to not only turn a decent profit, but also lead to two substandard sequels in the following six years. The plot is simple: Lee plays a murdered rock star who returns from the dead a year later to avenge the killing of himself and his female companion. His supernatural powers were the imagination of a comic by James O'Barr, and Alex Proyas' impressive direction gave the film enough visceral glamour to compensate for the generic nature of the story. An overwhelming appeal to the senses added style to the disgustingly violent killings on screen, saturating The Crow with a non-time specific and bleak, slightly futuristic environment of dark hues in which a charismatic hero can thrash and impale appropriately comic-like villains. The film is not only engrossing to watch, but it accentuates Proyas' sense of accelerated movement by placing a loud rock soundtrack prominently into the mix. Because Lee's character is a slain rock star, he is given mournful on-screen performances on an electric guitar in rooftop scenes and, of course, an aggressively harsh, metal soundtrack complete with popular selections from the rougher edges of the rock genre. It had originally been the intention of dominating the score by composer Graeme Revell with a similar sound, perhaps even taking a guitar theme and bloating it out to full, super-hero configuration. Instead, however, in one of his first memorable and major mainstream scores, Revell took a more unconventional path. His mixture of exotic tones for the supernatural atmosphere, metal and industrial elements for the violence and setting, and orchestral harmony for the love story form an intriguingly effective sound to represent the heart of the film (whereas the rock songs, represented on their own compilation, speak to the straight kick-ass action and revenge aspects). He ultimately did not completely abandon the idea of using a prominent electric guitar in the score, though the source-like usage for the on-screen performances, although short, will steal the show for some listeners. The assignment was compelling for Revell in part because the love theme took on additional meaning given Lee's death, and his efforts yielded him several jobs writing music for comic adaptations to films in the subsequent ten years. Because of the score's frequent usage in trailers, Revell once commented, "In retrospect, I think The Crow was pretty seminal," and he would extend its atmosphere to The Crow: City of Angels.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 49:21
• 1. Birth of the Legend (6:16)
• 2. Resurrection (2:10)
• 3. The Crow Descends (2:30)
• 4. Remembrance (2:54)
• 5. Rain Forever (2:32)
• 6. "Her Eyes... So Innocent" (2:45)
• 7. Tracking the Prey (3:35)
• 8. Pain and Retribution (2:34)
• 9. Believe in Angels (3:31)
• 10. Captive Child (2:32)
• 11. Devil's Night (2:30)
• 12. On Hallowed Grounds (2:42)
• 13. Inferno (5:02)
• 14. Return to the Grave (3:45)
• 15. Last Rites (3:55)

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