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The Insider
(1999)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:
Lisa Gerrard
Pieter Bourke

Co-Composed by:
Graeme Revell
Gustavo Santaolalla
Jan Garbarek
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Columbia
(October 26th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... only if you have seen the film first, for context is absolutely necessary to maximize your enjoyment of this unstructured, wandering collection of contemplative sounds.

Avoid it... if you expect any overarching identity in the soundtrack, outside of the morbidly melancholy sense of remorse that prevails in nearly every track.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #982
WRITTEN 12/30/00, REVISED 8/5/08
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The Insider: (Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke/Graeme Revell) A fine example of a film applauded by critics and nominated for a multitude of Academy Awards despite never gaining any box office traction, The Insider is a powerful but disturbing examination of events involving a whistle-blower and the monolith that formerly employed him: big tobacco. Director Michael Mann's gripping drama is based partly on the real-life events of fired tobacco scientist and executive Jeffrey Wigand, his testimony about the intentionally addictive construct of cigarettes produced by Brown & Williamson, and the interview he agreed to with famed journalist Mike Wallace of "60 Minutes" and CBS News. When Wigand decided to lose his pension and health care by turning against his former employer, he and his family was physically threatened. To make matters worse, the corporate machine at CBS forced Wallace to shelve the famous interview with Wigand that would blow the lid off the tobacco industry's claims that they don't knowingly advertise addictive products. The integrity of CBS and of Wigand's mind are challenged in The Insider, a truly great film to ponder. The director had a habit of piecing together random works and styles of music for the soundtracks of his films, usually offering diverse scores that attempt to merge the sounds of many composers. These soundtracks are built around the emotions of each individual scene, soliciting reactions singular to every moment and neglecting to form a larger, cohesive structure. For Mann, this technique has largely worked in his films, though both Trevor Jones and Elliot Goldenthal for Last of the Mohicans and Heat managed to work in some basic thematic and tonal consistency. For The Insider, Mann would pull significant inspiration from a previous album release, "Duality," by new age artists Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke, working a few pieces from that collection directly into a newly arranged score. He would also tap the sounds of veteran Hollywood composer Graeme Revell and eventual multiple-Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla for pertinent score tracks. With the addition of more stylish contributions by Jan Garbarek and Massive Attack, the soundtrack is eclectic in its artistry but generally conveys the same melancholy, dread, and solace that results from the film's story and outstanding lead performances.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:31
• 1. Tempest - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (2:50)
• 2. Dawn of the Truth - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (1:58)
• 3. Sacrifice - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (7:41)
• 4. The Subordinate - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (1:16)
• 5. Exile - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (1:39)
• 6. The Silencer - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (1:37)
• 7. Broken - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (2:02)
• 8. Faith - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (3:01)
• 9. I'm Alone on This - written by Graeme Revell (2:01)
• 10. LB in Montana - written by Graeme Revell (0:49)
• 11. Palladino Montage - written by Graeme Revell (0:42)
• 12. Iguazo - written by Gustavo Santaolalla (3:10)
• 13. Liquid Moon - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (4:05)
• 14. Rites - written by Jan Garbarek (5:33)
• 15. Safe from Harm - written by Massive Attack (8:11)
• 16. Meltdown - written by Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke (5:40)

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