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Secret Weapons Over Normandy
(2003)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(December 30th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you don't own any of Michael Giacchino's scores beyond the first "Medal of Honor" game, for this is perhaps the best expansion of that sound.

Avoid it... if you do already own several of Giacchino's World War II era games and seek an exploration of his talents in other genres of games or features.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,281
WRITTEN 1/2/04, REVISED 3/13/09
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Secret Weapons Over Normandy: (Michael Giacchino) The creation of realistic World War II video games extended to several production houses in the early 2000's, with "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" among those to debut from new financial backing. It's difficult to figure which fact about this situation is more fascinating: the prolific popularity of video games in this specific genre and era of history, or composer Michael Giacchino's steady production of grand orchestral action music for them. Continuing his successful career writing this style of massive, overachieving music for such projects, Giacchino stayed within the familiar stomping grounds of this era of battle scenario games for this late entry. His association with the "Medal of Honor" series came to an abrupt halt when he followed most of the games' creators out the EA doors and took better opportunities at Activision and LucasArts, and it's a tad funny that the "Medal of Honor" association isn't mentioned once in the thousands of words of documentation all over the "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" score album. Most recently, Giacchino had finished the game score for "Call of Duty" and translated his music from the television series "Alias" into a gaming companion of its own. Aside from "Alias," however, casual fans could easily resume head-scratching contemplation about the consistency of Giacchino's involvement in World War II related games. It was several years prior when the first "Medal of Honor" was released to rave reviews, and Giacchino's ability to write a Saving Private Ryan-inspired score better than John Williams himself gained the young composer widespread notice. Five large-scale WWII action scores later, listeners were starting to wonder if Giacchino was a one-dimensional composer. His work for "Alias" tended to disprove this notion, and his success for major motion pictures would follow not long after, but that didn't stop "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" from sounding repetitive and related in many ways to Giacchino's previous work recorded by Seattle performers for the genre. In short, his well of fresh ideas for these video games was beginning to dry up. For the composer, though, "Secret Weapons Over Normandy" would present a challenge that doesn't really factor into the listener's mind unless he or she is actually playing the game.



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Average: 3.34 Stars
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Awesome Score
sea cutthroat - April 13, 2005, at 7:33 p.m.
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Medal of Honor soundtrack CD(s) by Michael Giacchino
Adam Davies - July 8, 2004, at 2:31 p.m.
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rockin title
hampster bill - January 5, 2004, at 2:45 p.m.
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Michael Giacchino - Overrated!   Expand >>
eric - January 4, 2004, at 2:41 a.m.
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Great to see the continued respect Giacchino video game works receive on this site...   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 82:57
CD 1: (68:55)
• 1. Main Theme (4:56)
• 2. Dunkirk Harbour (3:20)
• 3. Battle of Britain (4:18)
• 4. Operation Sea Lion (3:53)
• 5. Zauara (4:12)
• 6. The Siamese Coast (4:25)
• 7. The Rescue of Pauline (4:16)
• 8. Midway (6:05)
• 9. Copenhagen (3:33)
• 10. Stalingrad (4:07)
• 11. East Prussian Factory Run (3:34)
• 12. Fjords of Norway (4:34)
• 13. Stealing the Me262 (5:05)
• 14. Peenemunde (4:43)
• 15. Harz Mountains (3:07)
• 16. The Normandy Coast (4:39)
CD 2: (14:02)
• 1. Gold Guy Logo (0:07)
• 2. Prelude (1:05)
• 3. Dunkirk Harbor Extra (1:27)
• 4. Battle of Britain Extra (1:00)
• 5. Operation Sea Lion Extra (1:14)
• 6. Zauara Extra (0:32)
• 7. The Siamese Coast Extra (0:36)
• 8. Copenhagen Extra (1:32)
• 9. Stalingrad Extra (0:47)
• 10. Prussian Factory Run Extra (1:39)
• 11. Fjords of Norway Extra (0:19)
• 12. Harz Mountains Extra (0:43)
• 13. The Rescue of Pauline Extra (1:58)
• 14. Belgian Navy Song (0:28)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive information about the score and game. The second CD is enhanced with interviews with Giacchino about the making of the score.
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