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The Express
(2008)
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Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Nan Schwartz
Clifford J. Tasner

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lakeshore Records
(October 7th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are accustomed to Mark Isham's understated and weighty methodology in his historical dramas, because The Express is not surprisingly a resilient, dark, and deadly serious score.

Avoid it... if you expect to be inspired in the same way that the most popular football-related scores of the past have so popularly flourished.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,393
WRITTEN 10/10/08
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The Express: The Ernie Davis Story: (Mark Isham) It seams that there will never be enough stories to inspire screenplays in the sports genre of film. The 1990's and 2000's have become an era for American football in particular to take the spotlight, and the newest entry in this stream of stories is loosely based on the life experiences of 1950's college football player Ernie Davis, the first black man to win a Heisman Trophy. While most of the historical events are followed faithfully in The Express, the adaptation of Robert Gallagher's novel doesn't exist without its share of Hollywood gloss-overs, rearranging some of the events to maximize the emotional appeal of the production. Unfortunately, this also produces a film that adheres to several tiresome cliches in the genre of sports films. This circumstance must have placed composer Mark Isham in a difficult situation. Of all the sports films of the past two decades, none has had as big an impact on the industry and mainstream America as Jerry Goldsmith's Rudy. Many characteristics of the underdog story on the gridiron are shared between that 1994 film and The Express, though the latter obviously carries far weightier societal issues at its heart. The Goldsmith score has become the ultimate temp track piece for inspirational stories (even John McCain used it as a central theme in his flawed 2008 presidential campaign), and it's not surprising to find any similar football-related film's score to be compared to it. Both the darker subject matter of The Express and Isham's tendency not to provide tear-jerking moments of thematic glory cause his score here to be a different breed. It has a hint of the harmonic, propulsive highlights that made Rudy, Alan Silvestri's Forrest Gump, and others so memorable, but never in sequences extended enough to add The Express to that list. Instead, Isham spends most of the score in the depths of minimalistic droning and very slight harmonic progressions. This is obviously a troubled story in many parts, and Isham responds with a score that relies heavily on many extended whole notes for bass strings and electronics. For the purely sports-related parts, he seems to draw inspiration from the percussion section of a college marching band, though with a little more menacing forcefulness.



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Total Time: 49:28
• 1. Prologue (1:31)
• 2. Jackie Robinson (2:06)
• 3. Elmira (1:57)
• 4. Lacrosse (2:07)
• 5. Training (4:17)
• 6. A Meeting (1:18)
• 7. A Good Man (5:45)
• 8. I'm Staying In (1:18)
• 9. Cotton Bowl (7:36)
• 10. Don't Lose Yourselves (4:44)
• 11. Ernie Davis (1:37)
• 12. Heisman (1:13)
• 13. Draft (2:35)
• 14. Rain (1:52)
• 15. I'm an Optimist (2:46)
• 16. What Kind of Bottle (1:49)
• 17. The Express (5:02)

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