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The Mole
(2001)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
David Michael Frank

Orchestrated by:
William Motzing

Performed by:
The City of Prague Orchestra
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(September 18th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release, but discontinued and completely out of print.
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Buy it... if you are any fan of the concept whatsoever and are lucky enough to stumble across a reasonably priced copy of the rare, discontinued album.

Avoid it... if the stylish exploration of almost every musical genre known to man is too disjointed in its 75-minute presentation on album to function as a coherent listening experience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #775
WRITTEN 10/13/01, REVISED 2/12/09
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The Mole: (David Michael Frank) One of the longer-running reality show concepts of the 2000's has been "The Mole," produced originally for four seasons early in the decade before being resurrected in 2008 for another round. It's essentially a game show in which contestants have to solve mysteries in order to win cash, though the producers insert a mole into the cast each year to try to spoil those endeavors. The third and fourth seasons turned into cheap celebrity versions of the concept, though upon the original debut of "The Mole" on ABC in 2001 (with CNN darling Anderson Cooper as the host), there was actually a strong reception for it. Composing the music for all of the seasons of the show (through 2008) is David Michael Frank, whose career in this decade has literally been dominated by it. Upon his initial burst of activity, he entered a year in 2001 that was an odyssey of greatness for television music, with the compositional work for the small screen putting the majority of big screen scores to shame. In the case of "The Mole," the show's producers who bought the rights to edit and rebroadcast the European show in America had a tough task when it came to the finished product's pre-existing score. The original Belgian creators of "The Mole" didn't feel constrained by the usual royalty payments on American film music, so they had inserted pieces from major film scores into nearly every episode of the show. Music by Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Bernard Herrmann, James Horner, Trevor Rabin, and John Barry was commonly heard in the show, and since such use would be flagrantly illegal in the United States (unless the producers wanted to pay astronomical royalties to the composers and the unions), the Americans had to dump the borrowed scores. Conjuring a fresh new full season of large-scale scores for a reality television show is no easy job, but Frank accepted the challenge.



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Average: 3.66 Stars
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Awesome
Jeff - February 22, 2004, at 5:24 p.m.
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Mole Music
Stuart Schafer - June 18, 2003, at 7:21 a.m.
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THE BEST!!
Alison - August 27, 2002, at 8:04 p.m.
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The Mole
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 75:24
• 1. Main Title (0:44)
• 2. Who is the MOLE? (4:41)
• 3. Brain Game (2:19)
• 4. Captured (3:32)
• 5. Sad Farewell (1:26)
• 6. Dirty Laundry (2:58)
• 7. Sabotage (1:21)
• 8. The Unusual Suspects (3:29)
• 9. Heroic Jump (3:14)
• 10. The Clock is Ticking (3:53)
• 11. Nighttime in Paris (1:39)
• 12. Cornfield Maze (3:16)
• 13. The Execution (2:02)
• 14. The Arrival (2:53)
• 15. Reunion (2:17)
• 16. The Players (2:08)
• 17. Taking the Bait (1:09)
• 18. Sancti Petri (4:31)
• 19. Deception (3:18)
• 20. 751 Sheep (3:17)
• 21. The Fortress (4:23)
• 22. Floating (3:35)
• 23. The Rescue (1:20)
• 24. Lap of Luxury (3:20)
• 25. The Bullfight (3:25)
• 26. Traveling in Circles (3:30)
• 27. End Credits (0:56)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note about the production of the music for the series.
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