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Nixon
(1995)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
John Neufeld
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(December 19th, 1995)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.
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Buy it... if you want a troubled, and eerie preview of the music that would form the basis of much of John Williams' constructs for the Sith in the Star Wars prequel scores.

Avoid it... if the darkness of Williams' scores for the mid-to-late 90's (and the electronic dissonance occasionally employed in those scores) doesn't suit your desire for easily digestible music from the maestro.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #393
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 5/13/07
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Nixon: (John Williams) While his continued attempts to bring political docu-dramas of highly superior quality to the big screen has been admired by all, Oliver Stone's marketability began to lose steam with the studios by the time Nixon failed to draw audience interest. Though of extreme merit in its visuals and research, Nixon's detailing of the life of the just-deceased president ran too long and confused too many audience members to be as effectively engrossing as Born on the Fourth of July and JFK. Constant shifts in time, with flashbacks within flashbacks, caused the narrative of the film to lose viewers unfamiliar with all the specifics of Nixon's presidency. On a technical level, however, Stone succeeding in providing the outstanding ensemble cast performances with a sense of realism at each time shown, and John Williams' score represents itself quite well among these elements. The maestro was undergoing a transformation in his career. After spending 1994 on the concert circuit and relishing the grand success of Jurassic Park and Schindler's List from the previous year, Williams would use Nixon to introduce fans to the darker side of his writing. Successive scores for Sleepers, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Seven Years in Tibet, Rosewood, and other films would be decisively gloomier and absent the usual pomp of upbeat concert arrangements that had become customary in the previous decades. In the case of Nixon, the shadowy turns were an obvious and necessary choice, for even the best moments of the president's life story were driven by questionable intentions and motivations. Even in the moments of victory for Nixon, the concept of corruption and power were evident, and Williams explored his own recollections of the era of Nixon's downfall to mould the music for the film. The resulting alternation between dominant minor-key bombast and electronically-driven dissonance makes the Nixon score an interesting study in parts, but ultimately a failure on album.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 47:23
• 1. The 1960's: The Turbulent Years (5:01)
• 2. Main Title... The White House Gate (4:15)
• 3. Growing Up in Whittier (2:40)
• 4. The Ellsberg Break-in and Watergate (2:40)
• 5. Love Field: Dallas, November 1963 (4:51)
• 6. Losing a Brother (3:17)
• 7. The Battle Hymn of the Republic - traditional adaptation (1:03)
• 8. Making a Comeback (2:20)
• 9. Track 2 and the Bay of Pigs (4:46)
• 10. The Miami Convention, 1968 (3:18)
• 11. The Meeting with Mao (3:09)
• 12. "I Am That Sacrifice" (4:49)
• 13. The Farewell Scene (5:00)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert does not contain the usual notes by John Williams or the director, but the CD is "Enhanced" with CD-ROM features that may not work on systems ten years after its release. On a Mac with OS 10.x, the individual MOV files containing the interviews with Stone and Williams can be viewed in the CD-ROM's file directories. The content of the interview with Williams is somewhat interesting, though he was definitely having a "bad hair day."
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