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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Lyrics Co-Written, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Geoffrey Alexander

Co-Orchestrated by:
Mike Townend

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Lyrics Co-Written by:
Victoria Seale
Joseph Shabalala
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(July 29th, 2003)
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The release was a very early iTunes exlcusive in America. For Mac computer users running OS X, the score could be downloaded for $10 at the Apple iTunes Music Store online. The Varèse Sarabande album with identical music was made available in regular stores outside of the U.S., and can be purchased at regular prices through soundtrack specialty outlets or through the label itself.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Trevor Jones' surprisingly entertaining action score in a much better presentation than what was actually heard in the film's poor mix.

Avoid it... if you demand the prototypical Jones title theme with extremely obvious characteristics, for this score maintains a highly charged, symphonic environment without a very memorable thematic identity.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #246
WRITTEN 8/7/03, REVISED 3/12/09
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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: (Trevor Jones) It is difficult to describe the sheer magnitude of failure committed here by 20th Century Fox. The 2003 venture The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, known mostly as actor Sean Connery's last foray into mainstream action (hairpiece or no), is a knee-slapper for intellectual viewers, a spectacle of stupidity that could serve as the sole source of hundreds of collegiate essays on the topic of logical fallacies. One can't imagine what Venetians must think of it. Loosely based on the characters of comic books by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, Stephen Norrington's film twists its historical characters to such an embarrassing extent that Captain Nemo is now a turban-wearing martial arts expert (the turban was suggested by Jules Verne, but definitely not the Jackie Chan imitations) and Mr. Hyde's wardrobe features the same spandex in his pants as the Hulk, with both angry CGI characters sparing audiences the sight of indecent exposure while the rest of their clothing is torn away. That's a shame, really, because The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (sometimes called LXG for promotional ease) could have used some intentional laughs to accompany the plethora of unintentional ones. The film was universally despised by critics and sparingly tolerated by a few audiences, an irony given that its intelligence was actually a bit greater than the applauded, concurrent debut of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Not only did Fox take a perfectly viable concept for a film and mangle it, but they also managed to screw up the release of composer Trevor Jones' score to the public. For Jones, this disastrous cinematic event was an extreme disappointment, for he had not produced a major score of interest since his impressive work for From Hell. His qualifications for the project were strong, having composed several spectacular action themes (with the still best-selling Last of the Mohicans among them) and varied, dark, and challenging material for other eye-candy thrillers (such as Dark City). Interestingly, Jones didn't score The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for what it was: the ultimate form of eye candy. Instead, he made a concerted effort to provide a straight and serious action score for a film that certainly didn't deserve the effort. The massive orchestral effort, devoid of synthetics, is aided my a resoundingly deep choral accompaniment.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 54:41
• 1. Dawn of a New Century (4:28)
• 2. Kenya - Wait for Me - performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:32)
• 3. Task Requires Heroes (4:09)
• 4. Promenade by the Sea (2:54)
• 5. Nautilus - Sword of the Ocean (3:30)
• 6. The Game is On (2:54)
• 7. Old Tiger (2:56)
• 8. Capturing Mr. Hyde (3:29)
• 9. Mina Harker's Secret (3:18)
• 10. Phantom's Lair (5:30)
• 11. Portrait of Dorian Gray (3:40)
• 12. Treachery (5:29)
• 13. Storming the Fortress (3:55)
• 14. May This New Century Be Yours (2:34)
• 15. Son of Africa - performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2:08)

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The CD's insert contains extensive credits and several pictures of the characters in the film, but no extra information about the score or film. The downloadable version had no distinct artwork of its own.
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