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The Expendables 3
(2014)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Performed by:
The Slovakia National Symphony Orchestra

Co-Produced by:
Matthew Llewellyn
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(September 2nd, 2014)
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Regular U.S. release. No download option was immediately available.
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Buy it... only if you have a firmly established desire to maintain a complete collection of the music from this franchise, because it's been a steady downhill journey in thematic satisfaction and the grandeur of the rendering since the 2010 entry.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear fresh action genre exploration or the Jerry Goldsmith-inspired theme in satisfyingly complete fanfare renditions, the lack of either yielding one of the most disappointing Brian Tyler scores.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,789
WRITTEN 10/19/14
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The Expendables 3: (Brian Tyler) Sometimes the drama of making a movie is more fun than the movie itself, and that proved to be the case with Sylvester Stallone's third entry in the guilty pleasure concept of The Expendables. The franchise decided that the time was right to start phasing out the old action heroes of yesteryear and welcome aboard a new, younger team of "Expendables." The plot actually dwells on the drama of that transition, to the detriment of the action on screen. Let's face it: people want to see the battle-scarred veterans battle one another in ridiculous spy game and fighting methods not befitting their ages. That's the fun of the films. By depriving fans of the 80's and 90's such a chance, there is less of a purpose to the films and they lose their unique attraction. Critics and audiences alike weren't thrilled by Stallone's guidance towards a younger generation of stars (and a PG-13 rating, no less!) for The Expendables 3, leaving the best drama of this entry being the actor negotiations and other extenuating issues in pre-production as the top highlight. Which actor will want too much money? Which one refuses to travel? When will one of them get out jail so shooting can start? The franchise has always suffered bizarre press, usually involving lawsuits at some point or another, and that part of the equation remains. In the plot this time around, Mel Gibson's mega-villain and former "Expendables" co-founder forces a slew of the old men on a mission to find and destroy him. A simple story, witty lines, plenty of explosions, and ballsy music are dependable parts of The Expendables, and Stallone's collaboration with composer Brian Tyler remains another source of consistency. Tyler handled this assignment at roughly the same time as he did the 2014 remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and it's not too far of a stretch to say that more of the cohesive energy that you often hear in Tyler scores went into the flick about the turtles. Conversely, The Expendables 3 represents the composer on the most basic auto-pilot mode. Tyler testifies that his relationship with Stallone is so good that these assignments are relatively problem-free, and that comfort factor perhaps has something to do with the declining awesomeness of the music as each film in this franchise debuts. The composer has a difficult time balancing loyalty to the concept's origins and the sense of forward progress that comes with so many damn-intriguing characters that keep wafting through these movies. What's a guy to do?



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 60:09
• 1. The Drop (2:28)
• 2. Lament (2:00)
• 3. Right on Time (3:14)
• 4. The Art of War (0:57)
• 5. Stonebanks Lives (5:27)
• 6. Too Much Faith (2:36)
• 7. Late for War (3:17)
• 8. Descent into War (3:57)
• 9. Bring You Luck (1:54)
• 10. Infiltrating the Block (5:25)
• 11. Threat Doubled (2:28)
• 12. Galgo's Grand Enterance (0:29)
• 13. Look Alive (5:33)
• 14. Package Secured (2:55)
• 15. We Were Brothers (3:56)
• 16. The Last Window (2:03)
• 17. Valet Parking Done Right (3:26)
• 18. Moral Chess Games (2:02)
• 19. Armored Freaking Transport (6:02)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. It does not even include a standard listing of the score's crew.
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