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Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
(1994)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
David Slonaker
Michael Patterson
Steven Bramson
Pete Anthony

Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(August 8th, 2011)
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Limited release of 1,500 copies, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you have long sought to expand your collection of Joel McNeely's lesser known, quality film music, because Squanto: A Warrior's Tale is an early but solid orchestral score in his career.

Avoid it... if easily digestible lyricism and predictable instrumentation for the topic are not alone worth the cost of the limited album given that the music may be perceived by some as anonymous in its wholesome approach.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,778
WRITTEN 9/7/11
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Squanto: A Warrior's Tale: (Joel McNeely) Among the better virtues of Walt Disney was his interest in promoting multiculturalism, a trait that manifested itself in the production of several Native American-related films in the 1990's during the aftermath of Last of the Mohicans and Dances With Wolves. While Pocahontas remains the best known of these endeavors, Disney made a live-action feature film about the famous Native American Squanto in 1994. The studio did manage to butcher the history of the figure in the process of condensing his life story into a palatable movie, but the basic facts remain intact, including the important documented role that he had in bringing Native American culture together with the Pilgrims to inspire the Thanksgiving holiday. Before that pinnacle, however, he was hauled across the world by the European superpowers of the time, escaping and eventually finding his way back to the Americas only to discover that his tribe had been exterminated. He nevertheless attempted to preach peace to both sides, hence his role as the subject of Squanto: A Warrior's Tale. The movie bombed at the box office, however, and this squandering of a $20 million budget was in part responsible for the fact that Joel McNeely's score for the film never received an album release at the time. McNeely's career has always involved writing music for lower budget Disney productions, sometimes for direct to video offerings. In the early 1990's, this association gave him the opportunity to branch into increasingly robust orchestral assignments. After his Emmy-recognized success for "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" in 1993, he began receiving offers to write music for feature films, and the first among them was Squanto: A Warrior's Tale. His musical style was often associated with that of John Williams, likely a byproduct of his work on franchises previously associated with the maestro, and throughout the 1990's, he struggled to develop his own compositional trademarks amongst a series of films that were less than successful. Not surprisingly, his collaboration with Disney endured in the 2000's, leading to multiple outstanding scores for the Tinker Bell franchise. While not groundbreaking in any particular regard, his music for most of these obscure children's films is typically of high quality, usually featuring highly satisfying lyricism at its core. In its adherence to McNeely's intelligent and usually overachieving handling of such assignments, Squanto: A Warrior's Tale is a clear example of such effort.



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Average: 3.04 Stars
***** 16 5 Stars
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* 19 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 64:56
• 1. Main Title (2:50)
• 2. The Honeymooners (2:45)
• 3. Kidnapped (4:00)
• 4. Arrival in Plymouth (1:49)
• 5. Bear Pit/Squanto Escapes (5:37)
• 6. Squanto Found (0:52)
• 7. The Hawk (2:02)
• 8. Horse Ride (3:00)
• 9. Montage (1:27)
• 10. Lacrosse/Lonely Brave/Hawk Warning/Sacking the Monastery (5:05)
• 11. Goodbye (3:26)
• 12. Epinow Rescue (1:37)
• 13. The Great Escape (5:03)
• 14. Home (1:49)
• 15. Burning Boat/Fire to Pilgrims (6:30)
• 16. Confrontation (6:17)
• 17. The Healing (2:33)
• 18. Thanksgiving (3:06)
• 19. End Credits (3:58)

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The insert includes detailed notes about the score and film.
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