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Iron Man
(2008)
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Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Ramin Djawadi

Co-Composed by:
Lorne Balfe
Atli Ovarsson
Bobby Tahouri
Clay Duncan
Ryeland Allison

Orchestrated by:
Stephen Coleman
Matt Dunkley

Conducted by:
Gavin Greenaway

Co-Produced by:
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Lions Gate Music
(May 6th, 2008)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... only if you are a fan of the heavier rock side of the Remote Control library and enjoyed the pounding score in the film itself.

Avoid it... if the last thing you need in your film music collection is another Hans Zimmer clone writing simplistic, aimless, and juvenile bombast that strives to be all style and no substance.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #702
WRITTEN 5/25/08
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Iron Man: (Ramin Djawadi) Defying low expectations is a task difficult for many superhero films in the digital age, but Jon Favreau's Iron Man did just that. One would think that at some point all of the classic Marvel characters will have been expended in their adaptations to the big screen, and yet here comes another surprisingly successful one. Similar in many ways to the concept behind "Batman," the somewhat neurotic "Iron Man" hero uses his wealth to produce a costume in which he can fight crime and, when not in that outfit, flirt with women and rattle off sarcastic commentary. The incredibly surprising popularity of Iron Man's 2008 adventures is due to two factors: first, it takes advantage of the comic book style of its heritage without being constrained by the usual limitations of that genre and, secondly, the casting and performance of Robert Downey Jr. is a stroke of genius. Favreau had a working collaboration with composer John Debney for several years, but, unfortunately, he could not resist the temptation of ultimately using the services of one of the many clones produced by Hans Zimmer's Remote Control music factory. That clone is Ramin Djawadi, who has collaborated with Zimmer and Klaus Badelt since Pirates of the Caribbean and contributed additional music to films like Thunderbirds and Batman Begins. The director made it clear to Djawadi that he desired an atypical superhero score, one defined by rock guitars. Djawadi's background as a guitarist made that request easier, though the composer has lamented that he did not have time to perform the electric guitars himself for Iron Man. His score consists of traditional rock band elements, along with the seemingly obligatory electric cello and, remarkably, a London orchestral group. In the end, however, the orchestra's role is washed away in the mix so thoroughly that the rock band and a set of keyboards is all that was truly required for this music. Why Djawadi bothered with the orchestra at all is curious, especially when its orchestrations are extremely simplistic and its mix back at Remote Control gives it a harsh, semi-synthetic edge anyway.

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776 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 1.86 Stars
***** 38 5 Stars
**** 50 4 Stars
*** 89 3 Stars
** 194 2 Stars
* 405 1 Stars
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Alternate Review at Best Original Scores
orion_mk3 - March 4, 2015, at 1:29 p.m.
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Okay Really?
Brendan Cochran - May 2, 2013, at 8:26 p.m.
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Awesome Soundtrack!!!
Wellington - November 30, 2008, at 7:39 p.m.
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Alternate review of Iron Man at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - September 15, 2008, at 2:18 a.m.
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iron man trailer song: when he puts the suit on   Expand >>
pro - June 9, 2008, at 8:03 p.m.
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Zimmer Hater?   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:03
• 1. Driving With the Top Down (3:08)
• 2. Iron Man (2008 Version) - performed by John O'Brien and Rick Boston (1:05)
• 3. Merchant of Death (2:14)
• 4. Trinkets to Kill a Prince (3:07)
• 5. Mark I (3:53)
• 6. Fireman (2:09)
• 7. Vacation's Over (3:34)
• 8. Golden Egg (4:12)
• 9. Damn Kid - performed by DJ Boborobo (1:12)
• 10. Mark II (2:47)
• 11. Extra Dry, Extra Olives (1:43)
• 12. Iron Man (3:30)
• 13. Gulmira (4:05)
• 14. Are Those Bullet Holes? (2:00)
• 15. Section 16 (2:33)
• 16. Iron Monger (4:45)
• 17. Arc Reaktor (3:55)
• 18. Institutionalized - performed by Suicidal Tendencies (3:49)
• 19. Iron Man - performed by Jack Urbont (0:20)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or film. The CD itself has artwork eerily similar to that of a Sonic Images "Babylon 5" CD.
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