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Ice Station Zebra
(1968)
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1997 P.E.G.
2003 FSM
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Michel Legrand

2003 Album Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
P.E.G. Records
(February 18th, 1997)

Film Score Monthly
(January, 2003)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1997 P.E.G. album was initially available at soundtrack specialty outlets and went out of print in 2000. The 2003 Film Score Monthly album is a Silver Age Classics product (FSMCD Vol. 6, No. 2) limited to 3,000 pressings and is available through the FSM site or the same soundtrack specialty outlets. As of 2008, it had not sold out.
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Buy it... if you have the 1997 album and seek a significantly better product in the 2003 expanded edition, especially in regards to the bold theme for the Tigerfish submarine.

Avoid it... if you are rightfully suspicious of any action score that has the name Michel Legrand on it, and you're not interested in paying higher prices for only ten minutes of outstanding music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #574
WRITTEN 4/10/97, REVISED 11/24/08
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Ice Station Zebra: (Michel Legrand) Taking advantage of cold war tensions between America and the Soviets, author Alistair MacLean wrote many of the most popular war and espionage stories of the 1960's and 1970's, a handful of which were translated onto the big screen. While not at all the most successful, Ice Station Zebra was a heroic and entertaining 1968 adaptation of a submarine adventure plot. Plagued by early production problems, the venture eventually became one of the better submarine movies of the Silver Age and beyond, netting Oscar nominations for cinematography and special effects. The ship's race to a remote outpost at the North Pole represented a story that served as a bridge between the plethora of World War II submarine stories and those that fueled a resurgence of interest in the topic in the 1990's. The choice of composer for Ice Station Zebra was, however, not a name you would have expected at the time. Michel Legrand was known best (and by many people, known only) for his romantic pop and jazz scores, for which he was often nominated for Academy Awards. Legrand, however, was himself a fan of action films, and he took the task of scoring this large scale action feature with delight and vigor. Because his scores were often for smaller, less complicated ensembles, he orchestrated all of his own compositions. With seventy-five musicians for this project, Legrand would spend sleepless nights translating his themes and motifs into a score that would stretch from the first to last minute of the film, and every minute in between. The result of his efforts were a score with two better than average themes (one of which would go down in submarine score history as a fan favorite), but a lengthy series of less interesting material that exposes, perhaps, Legrand's lack of experience in the genre. The film is floated by the two themes; the first is a somewhat sweeping, romantic overture piece to represent the highly developed characters of the film. The second, though, is the theme that most fans adopted as the title theme, and that is the repeating four-note motif for the Americans' Tigerfish submarine. It plays prominently during several key sequences in the film, and especially maximizes its impact during the loaned footage of the Tigerfish leaving for the open seas early in the story ("loaned" because the American Navy opted not to give the filmmakers footage of a genuine nuclear sub).



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 P.E.G. Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:14
• 1. Overture (2:45)
• 2. The Satellite Falls (2:25)
• 3. The Russian Trawler (3:30)
• 4. Tigerfish (1:43)
• 5. The Crevasse (4:08)
• 6. Entre Acte (1:57)
• 7. The Lab (4:45)
• 8. Thru the Ice (3:00)
• 9. The Fight (3:15)
• 10. Mission Completed (1:43)
2003 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 79:20

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 1997 P.E.G. album's insert includes no extra information about the score or film, but the 2003 FSM album contains the usual excellent quality of pictorial and textual information that exists in all of the label's limited titles.
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