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Moneyball
(2011)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Co-Orchestrated by:
Dan Barr

Additional Music by:
Rob Simonsen
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Madison Gate Records
(September 20th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also availabile through Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... only if you seek the source songs heard in the film and its trailers, because Mychael Danna's original score tepidly concentrates on the cold statistical suspense of the concept in disappointingly minimal fashion.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear Danna deliver any emotional warmth or inspirational whimsy to address the family or baseball elements in the plot, a strange underperformance for an otherwise typical character story from within the sports genre.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,718
WRITTEN 12/5/11
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Moneyball: (Mychael Danna) The Oakland Athletics baseball club of the 2000's faced a number of challenges exacerbated in part by their perpetual secondary status in the Bay Area to the San Francisco Giants. Their payroll has always been restricted, a by-product of weak attendance numbers at the cavernous Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and an emphasis on their remarkable farm system. After the turn of the century, baseball's green and yellow oddity, despite its success on the field, was plagued by stories of steroid use by many of its superstars (in their defense, when the Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco reportedly got jacked up on steriods after injecting each other in the buttocks, they did the sensible thing and bashed up the umpires' restroom at the stadium) and constant threats to abandon Oakland in favor of South Bay territory traditionally controlled by the Giants. In the 1990's, the A's ownership and general manager became the first club to truly adopt "sabermetric" principles that used baseball statistics rather than scouting intuition as the means of assembling a cost-effective team. This technique led to several division championships between 2000 and 2006, and despite the Athletics' uncanny ability to barely be bounced out of the playoffs each year, their model of success, especially in their ability to develop their farm system, has been emulated by many other clubs since. A 2003 book by author Michael Lewis (who also penned the story that became The Blind Side) explored the Athletics' remarkable 2002 season that included a record 20-game winning streak, and this work was adapted after many years of production turmoil into the 2011 movie of the same name, Moneyball. Starring Brad Pitt as A's general manager Billy Beane, the film chronicles the evolution of sabermetrics during that season and throws in some drama on and off the field as well. It was well received by critics and audiences alike, drawing reasonable profits in part because of its ensemble acting depth and good humor. Original music had a relatively minor role to play in Moneyball, though director Bennet Miller reunited with composer Mychael Danna to receive what little dramatic underscore required for the "people story" and suspense aspects of the film. There is absolutely no sports genre personality to be heard in any portion of this music. In fact, the score is overshadowed by source usage in the film, particularly the cute performance of Lenka's 2008 song "The Show" by actress Kerris Dorsey (who plays Beane's daughter) and the gritty rock instrumental "The Mighty Rio Grande" by the Texas group This Will Destroy You, heard first in the movie's trailers.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 48:48
• 1. One Out Away (1:48)
• 2. A Little Bit of Faith (1:09)
• 3. Spring Training (1:34)
• 4. Big League (2:20)
• 5. Opening Day (1:12)
• 6. Losing Streak (1:39)
• 7. Can't Miss Prospect (2:05)
• 8. Time Tested Intangibles (1:22)
• 9. Is Losing Fun? (0:53)
• 10. Coaching (1:01)
• 11. It's a Process (1:52)
• 12. More (1:37)
• 13. The Streak (3:03)
• 14. Turn Around (0:48)
• 15. Old Ground (4:26)
• 16. Hattie (1:25)
• 17. Game (1:08)
• 18. Fenway (1:30)
• 19. The Offer (0:41)
• 20. Oakland (1:12)
• 21. On Its Head (1:35)
• 22. The Show - performed by Kerris Dorsey (3:13)
• 23. The Mighty Rio Grande - performed by This Will Destroy You (11:16)

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The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. As in many of Amazon.com's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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