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Eraser
(1996)
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1996 Atlantic
2010 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Mark McKenzie
Conrad Pope
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Atlantic Classics
(September 3rd, 1996)

La-La Land Records
(March 23rd, 2010)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Atlantic album is a regular U.S. release, eventually available for $5. The 2010 La-La Land expanded album is limited to 3,000 copies and sold through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you desire a set of strong, rhythmic action cues akin to Alan Silvestri's equally boisterous Judge Dredd, as well as intelligent thematic development that was unfortunately butchered in the ultimate film edit of the recording.

Avoid it... on either the original 1996 or the expanded 2010 albums if you expect to find a comprehensive treatment of the music you hear in the film, a circumstance created by the existence of many alternate versions of cues or replacement music not presented in sum on any one product.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,693
WRITTEN 7/1/10
Silvestri
Silvestri
Eraser: (Alan Silvestri) Larger than life actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had turned into a hit and miss prospect by the middle of the 1990's, triumphs like True Lies countered by missteps like Batman & Robin. One of the more entertaining and financially successful projects in between, despite relatively poor reviews, was Eraser, a 1996 witness protection movie that placed Schwarzenegger in a role that suited him well: tough government agent. He is known as the "Eraser" within the community of U.S. Marshals charged with protecting witnesses, and when his former mentor in the agency turns against him and joins forces with a crooked government official and technology company to sell futuristic electronic pulse weapons to terrorists, the agent and his most recently "erased" civilians have to team up to save their own lives and expose the corruption. A strong supporting cast and impressive visual and sound effects (the latter nominated for an Oscar) helped solidify Eraser as a frequent re-run item on television for guilty pleasure seekers. It remains notable for two scenes in its mid-section at polar opposite ends on the scale of quality; a phenomenal parachute scene involving a damaged 727 aircraft attempting to ram the agent as he glides is followed by the hilariously awful gunfight in an alligator house at the zoo, the latter suffering from laughably poor special effects of countless villains being illogically thrashed by the beasts. Among the better aspects of Eraser is its score by Alan Silvestri, a composer who was in the midst of a considerable action stint during this period of time. From Judge Dredd and Mission: Impossible to Eraser and The Long Kiss Goodnight, Silvestri was in high demand for topics of chasing and high tech weaponry. His writing and recording for Eraser came right after his unfortunate dismissal from Mission: Impossible in unceremonious fashion (reportedly due to a demand from Tom Cruise, after which Silvestri's remaining sessions were simply cancelled and that's how the composer discovered his firing). For many years, there were fan-fueled rumors claiming that Silvestri recycled his recorded portions of Mission: Impossible (mostly the action scenes) in Eraser, but an eventual leak of the earlier material revealed no such connections. That doesn't mean that Eraser was a smooth, stand-alone assignment for Silvestri, either. Much of his work would be replaced or butchered in the final mix of the latter film as well.



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146 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.01 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 32 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
** 26 2 Stars
* 28 1 Stars
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Misspelled Eraser Track Title?
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Atlantic Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 43:18
• 1. Eraser Original Main Title* (2:38)
• 2. "She's In" (6:11)
• 3. Kruger's Story (1:56)
• 4. Cabin Raid (4:41)
• 5. Kruger Escapes (4:23)
• 6. "Your Luggage" (3:18)
• 7. "When I Have Proof" (3:15)
• 8. Cyrez Break-In (6:52)
• 9. Union Trouble (3:21)
• 10. Dock Fight (3:13)
• 11. Renunion (1:39)
• 12. "The Eraser" (1:45)
* rejected cue
2010 La-La Land album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:06

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1996 Atlantic album includes no extra information about the score or film. The packaging of the 2010 La-La Land album is a disaster. Despite containing information about the film and score, the notes are not comprehensive. The insert (of at least the review copy) was also poorly cut during production, making it too tight a fit with the jewel case to easily remove and replace. The photography on the packaging is blurry, seemingly in low resolution, and a track title is misspelled.
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