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Red Dawn
(1984)
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1988 Intrada
2007 Intrada
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
Jack Smalley
Greig McRitchie
Scott Smalley

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(Original)
(1988)

Intrada Records
(Expanded)
(April 17th, 2007)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both Intrada albums are regular U.S. releases. The 1988 product went out of print in the 1990's and fetched $80 at its height in value. After the 2007 album was made available for $20, however, the earlier CD's resale price fell to $15.
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Buy it... if you are familiar with and typically enjoy the muscular rhythmic nature of Basil Poledouris' action music of the early 1980's, especially in the extremely menacing tones of deep brass.

Avoid it... if you, like many, have disregarded the film as a badly dated macho fantasy for teenagers, because the score is equally challenged as a representation of that era's patriotic fluff and underdeveloped synthesizers.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,772
WRITTEN 6/16/10
Poledouris
Poledouris
Red Dawn: (Basil Poledouris) In the 1980's, Hollywood fueled young peoples' fantasies about taking huge weapons and blowing up nasty badguys on behalf of America, expressing freedom of will through the pumping of countless bullets into preferably Communist foes. Director John Milius was one of the few who actually managed to take those fantasies and apply them to pop culture teenage life, using the already questionable premise of a Soviet invasion of the United States to force a group of usually fun-loving teenagers into taking up arms and fighting their way to glory. In retrospect, everything about Red Dawn is pure cheese, from the ridiculous obsession the country had with invasions of the homeland to sappy interactions between teenagers struggling to express themselves. It's also amusing to recollect just how conservative Milius had been in real life, a National Rifle Association champion who obviously got tingling sensations in his loins when conceiving of a group of average American teenagers justified in their gross employment of military-grade weaponry. The film opened to decent success in 1984, though it has dissolved into mindless fallacies of logic since, drawing endless cable runs only due to its wealth of attractive young stars. Milius' career was past its prime by then, though his college friend and reliable collaborator, composer Basil Poledouris, was still on the rise. Poledouris became known in the 1980's for his patriotic music, using his skills at manipulating the sounds of Americana in both Red Dawn and Amerika before moving on to high profile Western and Olympics compositions. His music often addressed the nation's bravado in wide open spaces, from the seas and skies to the rugged landscape of Middle America. It is this last area that produced the heart of his music for both Red Dawn and Amerika, two scores with as many similarities as the films that share so many holes in their screenplays. In a technical sense, Poledouris' music for this environment was adept at finding the right instrumental tone and often utilized strings of melodic ideas quite effectively.



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Average: 2.93 Stars
***** 22 5 Stars
**** 29 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
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* 27 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1988 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 34:29
• 1. Main Title (2:38)
• 2. The Invasion (5:18)
• 3. The Drive-In (6:20)
• 4. Let It Turn (1:10)
• 5. Wolverines (2:05)
• 6. Flowers (3:04)
• 7. The Eulogy (2:51)
• 8. Robert's End (3:50)
• 9. Death and Freedom/End Title (6:35)
2007 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:13

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The inserts of both albums include information about the score and film, though the 2007 product features a more extensive analysis.
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