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The General's Daughter
(1999)
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Conducted and Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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Milan Records
(June 15th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you appreciated the combination of Carter Burwell's understated dramatic score and the synthetic adaptation of traditional spiritual pieces in the film itself.

Avoid it... if you expect Burwell's score to provide a convincing or interesting atmosphere of mystery or melodrama.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #479
WRITTEN 7/8/99, REVISED 9/8/08
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The General's Daughter: (Carter Burwell) Playing along similar lines as military investigation films like A Few Good Men and Courage Under Fire, Simon West's The General's Daughter is a generic entry in the genre. The Con Air director handles a decent, though not overwhelming cast in a murder mystery that takes the leading investigators on a journey through the ranks of an American military base to discover who gang raped and killed the daughter of the base's commanding general during a nighttime exercise. The film was greeted with moderate success, and John Travolta in the main role is surprisingly convincing, but not even a hint of kinky sexuality and nudity could save the film from the ranks of average murder mysteries. It's the kind of production that follows so many conventions of the genre that any intelligent viewer can guess the plot after the first forty minutes. Less conventional is how West handled the music for The General's Daughter. He approached the project in a manner almost familiar to Michael Mann, which, for soundtrack collectors, should immediately indicate that an usual set of incongruous sounds are likely to be assembled for the musical ambience in this film. Indeed, West's merging of extremely diverse musical genres into the soundtrack for The General's Daughter diminishes its impact as a cohesive whole. He started with a series of traditional Negro Spiritual songs, resurrected from their original performances in the Library of Congress Field Recordings archive. Unfortunately, these Southern gothic tunes are translated into modern technological soundscapes by composer Greg Hale Jones, producing a disjointed sound of two eras that definitely were not meant to mix. Also present is an old Welsh hymn, which is performed on glockenspiel to imitate a favorite music box tune of the director. Also licensed is a somewhat sparse and poorly rendered performance of Carl Orff's tired old "O Fortuna!" from "Carmina Burana." Add on a generally conservative score by Carter Burwell and you have an overall soundtrack that defies conventional norms. Even in the score portion of the film's soundtrack album release, Burwell attempts to infuse electronic spirit into an otherwise lifeless orchestral score.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:15
• 1. She Began to Lie (5:20)
      Contains "Sea Lion Woman" performed by Christine and Katherine Shipp
• 2. Mighty Good Road (4:02)
      Contains "Rock Island Line" performed by Kelly Pace and Group
• 3. Rachel Rocket (2:46)
      Contains "Lead Me to the Rock" performed by Wash Dennis and Charlie Sims
• 4. Gonna Rise and Fly (4:16)
      Contains "Early in the Mornin" performed by "22" and Group
• 5. Exercise in Darkness (4:28)
• 6. Epiphytic Shuffle (1:32)
• 7. The Body (3:17)
• 8. West Point (1:03)
• 9. The General's Story (2:47)
• 10. Congratulations (0:26)
• 11. Footprints (1:30)
• 12. The Tape? (0:42)
• 13. The Conspiracy (2:21)
• 14. Kent's Story (2:15)
• 15. The Hurt Locker (1:21)
• 16. Out of her Misery (2:40)
• 17. The General's End (2:07)
      Contains "Amazing Grace" (traditional)
• 18. O Fortuna (2:39)
      From "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff
• 19. All Through the Night (0:32)
      (Traditional) Performed and Produced by Ray Colcord
• 20. She Began to Lie Re-mix (3:54)
      This recording does not appear in the film

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The insert includes a note by director Simon West about the score and film.
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