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National Treasure
(2004)
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Composed and Co-Orchestrated by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Gordon Goodwin
Tom Calderaro

Additional Music by:
Don Harper
Paul Linford

Produced by:
Jerry Bruckheimer
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(November 16th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you aren't thrown off by Trevor Rabin's jarring transitions from noble orchestral anthems to synthetic rhythms punctuated by rampaging electric guitars.

Avoid it... if the recycled sound of Rabin's Armageddon and many subsequent siblings doesn't interest you when you know that no dramatic new adaptation of that sound is even being attempted by the composer.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #521
WRITTEN 12/17/04, REVISED 10/11/11
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National Treasure: (Trevor Rabin) Serving as little more than a poorly rendered preview of Ron Howard's 2005 adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code," National Treasure is a ridiculous piece of eye candy that requires you to suspend nearly every practically minded thought in your head if you want to buy into the its premise. A contemporary American investigator with outstanding intuition (whose family seems fond of naming their children after the founding fathers of their country) does what acclaimed scientists for centuries have tried and failed in doing: discover the path to the Holy Grail of fabled treasures. Along the way, he has to stumble upon hidden shipwrecks, steal America's Declaration of Independence, avoid a nasty-as-usual Sean Bean, and happen upon vast cave systems that somehow seemed to elude geologists despite all of the era's technology. The far-fetched nature of the film, not to mention the extensive rip-off implications and skeptical reviews from critics, didn't stop National Treasure from barreling to the top of the box office charts for a few weeks in the tepid Christmas season of films in 2004 and spawning a sequel several years later. Being a Jerry Bruckheimer production, this brainless mush was simply the next in a long and successful string of films that the famed producer used to diminish the collective intelligence of the world with an obvious lack of logic, and if you crown Armageddon as the king of these endeavors, then it should come as no surprise that former Yes member and former Media Ventures associate Trevor Rabin was the composer of choice for National Treasure. While many similar artists from the halls (or periphery) of Hans Zimmer's school of musical sensibilities in the 1990's had since graduated to bigger and better things (namely John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams, among others), Rabin seemed content stirring the same old pot of Media Venture samples and simplistic rhythms and melodies for films that called for that dumbed-down, candy-packaged approach. In fact, he became something of a relic by the end of the 2010's, the only composer really continuing to emulate that original 1990's sound in his collaboration with Disney for youth-oriented action flicks. Still, despite this lack of stylistic maturation, Rabin was perfect for the National Treasure franchise. In a way, his methodology is exactly what audiences (and even some film music collectors) still expect to hear when they go to the theatres prepared to suspend their belief in logic, and regardless of whether or not you can enjoy this music, it's difficult to say that the fit between film and score isn't appropriately cozy.



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Brendan Cochran - May 18, 2015, at 8:59 p.m.
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Big Time Yanker - March 6, 2008, at 9:33 a.m.
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Trevor, come on man!!!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 38:52
• 1. National Treasure Suite (3:17)
• 2. Ben (4:03)
• 3. Finding Charlotte (1:05)
• 4. Library of Congress (2:27)
• 5. Preparation Montage (4:53)
• 6. Arrival at National Archives (1:55)
• 7. The Chase (4:22)
• 8. Declaration of Independence (1:43)
• 9. Foot Chase (3:34)
• 10. Spectacle Discovery (3:18)
• 11. Interrogation (4:30)
• 12. Treasure (3:38)

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