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Dust to Glory
(2005)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Nathan Furst

Vocals by:
Becca Cornelius
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 29th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you can turn off your brain long enough to enjoy the enthusiastic arrangement and grand execution of a guilty pleasure score that borrows much from the temp track and uses cool but nonsensical ethnic tones.

Avoid it... if you're the intellectual sort of film score collector for whom a series of borrowed ideas, themes, and cliches cannot possibly be arranged into any listenable package.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,379
WRITTEN 5/14/05, REVISED 10/27/11
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Dust to Glory: (Nathan Furst) While most people probably haven't heard of the Baja 1000 event in Baja California, Mexico, it's a fully sponsored auto race that has the distinction of being the world's longest non-stop point-to-point race. All sorts of vehicles inhabit the same course, from race cars worth millions of dollars to motorcycles and Volkswagen Beetles. The actual course changes from year to year and features secret checkpoints that make it risky, though still legal, to take shortcuts. From dirt roads to actual Mexican highways (where racers not only have to weave around regular civilian traffic, but can get pulled over by the cops for speeding), the race takes drivers on a perilous journey that has different records for each class of vehicle. The speedy ones can complete the course in 16 hours, and the slowpokes have to do it in 32 hours to even qualify as a winner. Most vehicles don't even make it to the finish line, with injuries and even deaths (to drivers and spectators who stand along the edge of the road to watch) not uncommon. Big name drivers and celebrities, from Mario Andretti to James Garner and Steve McQueen, have participated. The 2005 documentary Dust to Glory, written and directed by Dana Brown and released by IFC Films, chronicles the 2003 race with 50 cameras following the action from both the sidelines and from mounts on the vehicles themselves. The footage is spectacular and provides many splendid moments for both motorheads and those who enjoy the vistas of North Mexico's landscape. The music for the documentary contains a variety of kick-ass rock songs, but at 97 minutes in length, the picture also required a considerable amount of original score. The director and producer sought a score that was "valiant, ethnic, and exciting," but modern to the ears. Their temp score of choice seems to have been Gladiator, but with Hans Zimmer and his associates far from budgetary means, the attorney for the filmmakers suggested 25-year-old composer Nathan Furst. Untested on a large scale, Furst was a risk for the project, but his success in adapting the sound they would need for Dust to Glory manifested itself in the form of what was undoubtedly the young composer's most ambitiously grandiose piece of music to date and among the best works of his television-centered career thereafter. The intent of the score was to purely emulate a large-scale orchestral score, and although live players are discernable throughout, a heavy amount of Zimmer-like processing (and electronics at work as well) give the music a distinctly synthetic sound at times.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 75:03
• 1. Dust to Glory Theme (3:18)
• 2. Heart of the Baja (3:53)
• 3. Race Day (6:17)
• 4. The McMillins (3:43)
• 5. Falling from the Sky - performed by Vast (3:23)
• 6. Andy Closes the Gap (2:22)
• 7. Weatherman (3:23)
• 8. Riding Dust (1:44)
• 9. The Beach (3:48)
• 10. On the Other Side (3:46)
• 11. Lorena - performed by The Sandals (3:25)
• 12. Sharing Dust (2:31)
• 13. A Pattern Developing/Slit (4:13)
• 14. Coco's Corner (1:26)
• 15. Baja Shadows (1:36)
• 16. Night Visions (2:35)
• 17. Open Terrain (4:29)
• 18. Yes I Will - performed by Michael Franti (4:02)
• 19. Not to Finish (1:09)
• 20. One More Mile (3:40)
• 21. The Dust (5:32)
• 22. Once Knew You - performed by Jeremy Kay (4:38)

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The insert includes a note from director Dana Brown about the score and film.
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