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Miracle
(2004)
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Ken Kugler

Co-Orchestrated by:
Frank Macchia
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(February 10th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you specifically appreciated the static pace and sufficient substance of the score as you heard it within the context of the film.

Avoid it... if you are frustrated by Mark Isham's knack for underplaying topics with a lack of passion and orchestral depth in situations that require an enhanced sense drive and emotional appeal.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #706
WRITTEN 4/23/04, REVISED 10/12/11
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Miracle: (Mark Isham) "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" With these words in 1980, viewers of the Olympics in Lake Placid were treated to the spectacle that Sports Illustrated magazine deemed the single greatest sporting event of the 20th Century. As the United States seemed on the decline as a world power, suffering from scandals at home and a hostage crisis in Iran, the U.S.S.R. was surging with its invasion of Afghanistan and continued control over the Eastern Bloc. The Soviets had dominated men's Olympic hockey in the 1960's and 1970's, winning four consecutive gold medals leading up to the 1980 games in America. Under the determined coaching of Herb Brooks, a collection of American mutts averaging 21 years of age trained for the 1980 games, and the punctuation of that year's tournament was a spectacular win over the Soviets that was seen politically by some as an important turning point of the Cold War. Director Gavin O'Connor, still a newcomer in the industry at the time, took the story of first time screenwriter Eric Guggenheim and made a play-by-play documentary of the story, obviously leaving no suspense about the outcome. Even the depiction of the game itself included Al Michaels and Ken Dryden's authentic commentary played over archival footage from the television broadcast, and original speeches by President Carter could be heard over other segments. With Kurt Russell convincing in his portrayal of Brooks, the film was considered a success by both critics and audiences alike, the ultimate feel-good story based on a real event. Despite a wholesome narrative in which the "good guys" beat the "bad guys" with world domination at stake, the film suffered from a sluggish response by mass audiences and was not a tremendous success at the box office. O'Connor wanted a unique and personal approach to his film and, consequently, its music. In composer Mark Isham, O'Conner found "a score that is truly potent, arresting and multi-layered, going to a profoundly deep level." Response to Isham's music seemed equal to the merits of the film upon its debut, despite a somewhat static tone in the performances and a primary theme containing strangely awkward chord progressions from the Carter Burwell playbook. It is one of Isham's more functional career works, but one that clearly underplays the passion behind the events that inspired the film. It arguably fails to achieve, therefore, a lasting reflection of the gravity that the movie truly deserved. At no point does Isham come close to touching upon the memorable excitement that Jerry Goldsmith so adeptly captured in the practice and game portions of Rudy.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 56:14
• 1. The Team (7:16)
• 2. Training (17:28)
• 3. The Games (4:42)
• 4. The Miracle (15:35)
• 5. (Don't Fear) The Reaper - performed by Blue Oyster Cult (5:09)
• 6. Must of Got Lost - performed by J. Geils Band (2:58)
• 7. Thunder Island - performed by Thunder Island (3:31)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Despite some erroneous advertising, the Aerosmith song "Dream On" does not appear on this album. The insert includes a note from the director about the score and film, as well as a list of performers.
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