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Daylight
(1996)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced:

Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro
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Universal Records
(November 19th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek an uncomplicated, undemanding, and harmonically pleasing urban action score that stand among the best of Randy Edelman's works when heard on album.

Avoid it... if the soft edges of Edelman's usual style don't fit your listening requirements when looking for a hard-edged and sophisticated action score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #750
WRITTEN 12/2/96, REVISED 9/10/08
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Daylight: (Randy Edelman) This 1996 urban disaster film is a suspenseful Sylvester Stallone adventure which, despite following a stereotypical plotline, was received with better than expected applause from audiences. A traffic accident in the Holland Tunnel causes a huge explosion that caves in both ends of the structure, leaving Stallone a handful of survivors desperate to avoid suffocation or drowning. Unfortunately for Daylight, the most impressive special effects accompany the explosion at the start, leaving the far less compelling character drama to ensue. Director Rob Cohen and his production team went on to create the better known film Dragonheart later in the same year, with both productions utilizing scores from Randy Edelman, a resident expert in the blending of synthetics and orchestra. It has been argued that the middle of the 1990's was the height of quality output from Edelman, following his immensely popular Gettysburg score with these two strong efforts in 1996. While Dragonheart remains the better known of the pair by far, Daylight stands on its own as a worthy action score. The film was entertaining in its claustrophobic treatment of a new disaster challenge, and Edelman responded by composing an equally energized and sophisticated urban score. While many casual film music listeners associate his style mostly with fluffy comedy ventures, the composer has a distinguished career in nearly every conceivable genre of film. Daylight would present him with his first serious disaster flick, though he was already well versed in related urban action and adventure genres. Fans of the composer's work in this area are accustomed to the combination of synthesized keyboarding and a moderate orchestra, and usually mixed into his sound is an array of percussive beats and modern rhythms. For Daylight, Edelman actually decided to tone back that style to an extent, keeping the synthetic and orchestral elements, but largely dropping the percussive accompaniment. His approach to Daylight is surprising conservative, taking no chances in instrumentation or electronic sampling, instead allowing the sound effects track on screen to speak for itself.



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Average: 3.11 Stars
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Interesting score
Sheridan - January 26, 2007, at 1:16 p.m.
1 comment  (1842 views)
nice qutoes!
Shafiq K. - April 26, 2006, at 2:03 a.m.
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Nice one!!!
Shafiq K. - April 26, 2006, at 1:51 a.m.
1 comment  (1806 views)
little bit repitation in this score
S.Venkatnarayanan - January 21, 2005, at 7:43 p.m.
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An Excellent Score!   Expand >>
Dawn and Angel - September 27, 2003, at 4:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:04
• 1. Daylight (3:33)
• 2. Latura's Theme (3:06)
• 3. Searching for a Miracle (1:57)
• 4. Survival (2:30)
• 5. Kit's Plan (3:29)
• 6. A Community is Formed (2:46)
• 7. Leaving George (3:12)
• 8. Rats (1:54)
• 9. The Tunnel Claims its Own (2:13)
• 10. Power! (2:30)
• 11. A Short Swim Under Water (2:10)
• 12. The Sandhog's Chapel (2:16)
• 13. Light at the End (5:27)
• 14. Madelyne's Fate (3:27)
• 15. Whenever There is Love (from "Daylight") - performed by Bruce Roberts and Donna Summer (4:34)
• 16. Don't Go Out With Your Friends Tonite - performed by Ho-Hum (2:53)

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