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Fire on the Mountain/Flyers
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records
(March, 2001)
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Limited and numbered release of 2,000 copies, available only through specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you seek an interesting compilation of two of Basil Poledouris' relatively unknown works of the early 1980's, of which only Flyers is particularly engaging on album.

Avoid it... if you expect Poledouris to convey the kind of thematic intensity from a full ensemble that he would be known for later in the decade, because while both of these scores are decent, neither is superb.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,212
WRITTEN 3/23/01, REVISED 11/2/08
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Poledouris
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Fire on the Mountain/Flyers: (Basil Poledouris) Many great composers have ventured into the realm of IMAX films, but few film music collectors know that Bronze and Digital Age favorite Basil Poledouris produced multiple scores in the genre in the early 1980's. During that period, Poledouris was just breaking into the mainstream group of Hollywood composers. And yet, even with The Blue Lagoon and Conan the Barbarian, two extremely popular success stories, under his belt at the time, much of Poledouris' other music from those years is largely forgotten or ignored. As with any composer working his way up the pay and popularity scales, not all of Poledouris' scores during this period were for lastingly popular films. Both Fire on the Mountain and Flyers are good examples of such works. Fire on the Mountain was a 1981 television translation of the controversial book, but unfortunately, a lack of bite in the film caused it to disappear without a hint of a video release since. It shows the compelling story of a New Mexico rancher who fights a takeover of his land from the American military, which is determined to expand a missile base onto his property. On the other hand, Flyers was a 1983 IMAX picture that did pretty well in the specially equipped theatres across America. But like many IMAX films, the technology of subsequent films dazzled audiences with even greater visual marvels, so Flyers (roughly the 30th of hundreds of IMAX films in existence) faded away as well, with only very rare showings at IMAX history exhibitions that occasionally bless the big screens. A 2001 album of both these works, presented by Prometheus Records (which had also transferred the 1995 Poledouris score for Amanda onto CD as well), contains roughly forty minutes of music between the two scores. The first half is occupied by Fire on the Mountain. Time and time again, Poledouris had a great strength in his ability to write intimate melodies for very few instruments. His particular habit of composing simple, appealing melodies for woodwind instruments (which would continue all the way through Kimberly in 2000) is reminiscent of the same technique that Jerry Goldsmith was fond of using in his character-driven scores of the 1960's (such as Patch of Blue, for example).

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:34
Fire on the Mountain:
• 1. The Ride (2:19)
• 2. Tree Chop (0:56)
• 3. Drop Off/Rascal (3:01)
• 4. Gracias! (3:42)
• 5. Boots/Cruza/Candle (2:25)
• 6. Forever?/Shutters (1:59)
• 7. Mountain Lost (2:22)
• 8. Good-bye, Ol' Horse (2:50)
• 9. End Titles (1:03)
Flyers:
• 10. The Carrier/Coming Home (4:17)
• 11. Stunt Work/More Stunt Work (2:31)
• 12. Aerial Ballet (1:08)
• 13. Night Flight/The Canyon (3:36)
• 14. We'll Talk/Coming Home II (1:40)
• 15. The Test (3:55)
• 16. Soaring (1:42)

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The insert contains lengthy notes about the movies, scores, and composer by Jonathan Broxton.
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