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The Specialist
(1994)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Sax and Piano Solos by:
Ronny Lang
Michael Lang
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Epic Soundtrax
(October 25th, 1994)
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Regular U.S. release. The song album, which is still readily available, has tracks from Barry's score titled "The Specialist" and "Did You Call Me," which are essentially the opening and closing tracks on the score album.
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Buy it... if you want a troubled, but intriguing cross between John Barry's sultry jazz from Body Heat and his trademark James Bond-style action motifs.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in the echoes of Barry's jazzy past or a curiosity about what Barry might have written had he continued in the Bond franchise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #696
WRITTEN 7/5/98, REVISED 2/19/06
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The Specialist: (John Barry) You have to give the filmmakers at least a little credit for figuring out what parts of The Specialist were going to sell with audiences. After all, a film that was originally intended to be a noir thriller ended up relying on Sharon Stone's breasts, Sylvester Stallone's bulging muscles, and a myriad of exploding buildings to retain audience interest. It ended up being an odd collection of different film genres rolled into one dismal package. The cinematography and music had all the dark, seedy atmosphere of a high class thriller from yesteryear, and yet the convoluted plot and unenthusiastic acting (apart from James Woods, of course, who foamed at the mouth in the role) had B-rated action film nonsense written in every line. The plot involves Stallone as the ex-CIA bombmaker, Woods as his former partner gone bad, Stone as a vengeful foe and friend of both, and Rod Steiger as an unintelligible crime boss. Throw the Miami locale into the equation, and the humid environment steams up the picture in between scenes of spectacular explosions. One of the more odd elements of The Specialist is the score by action and romance veteran John Barry, who was within the final few years of the productive end of his career. Critically acknowledged in several reviews, Barry latched strongly onto the tense, seductive side of the story and wrote a score for The Specialist that is, by almost all accounts, too sophisticated for the film and therefore out of place.



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200 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.31 Stars
***** 49 5 Stars
**** 51 4 Stars
*** 44 3 Stars
** 26 2 Stars
* 30 1 Stars
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Sad,elegiac,jazz and dramatic music
Sheridan - August 26, 2006, at 4:32 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:50
• 1. Main Title (1:41)
• 2. Bogota 1984 (2:49)
• 3. The Specialist In Miami (2:34)
• 4. May And Ray at the Cemetery (1:51)
• 5. May Dances with Tomas - "Did You Call Me" (2:34)
• 6. Ray Covers May - "Did You Call Me" (2:37)
• 7. After Tomas (2:56)
• 8. The First Bomb - Ray's Place (2:57)
• 9. Explosive Trent (1:56)
• 10. The Parking Lot Bomb (2:31)
• 11. Don't Touch Me Ned - Bomb For Tomas (3:17)
• 12. The Death of Tomas (2:07)
• 13. May's Room - "Did You Call Me" (1:26)
• 14. Ray Meets May at Her Funeral (2:33)
• 15. Let's See That Beautiful Face - "Did You Call Me" (2:43)
• 16. Closing In on Ray (2:56)
• 17. There Goes the Hotel Room - The Fight (2:20)
• 18. May Meets Joe - I'm Not a Woman you can Trust (2:58)
• 19. You Go in and Get Him - "Did You Call Me" (4:04)
• 20. The Whole Place is Wired - She's Hot Ray (3:25)
• 21. Get the Hell Out of Here (2:15)
• 22. You Bastard - How Do You Feel? - Better! - "Did You Call Me" End Title (3:09)

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