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Steel
(1997)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:
Mervyn Warren

Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Co-Orchestrated by:
Scott Smalley

Co-Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Super Tracks Music Group (Promo)
(1997)
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Promotional release, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets and difficult to find.
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Buy it... if you're a fan of badly dated 1970's pop rock of Shaft variety for your DC Comics superheroes.

Avoid it... if the above statement doesn't sound quite right and you're tired of highly derivative David Arnold-style orchestral action music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,376
WRITTEN 4/12/98, REVISED 6/24/06
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Steel: (Mervyn Warren) The only lasting memory that anyone should have about the dismal Steel film from 1997 was that it earned basketball great Shaquille O'Neal the second Razzie Award nomination in his first three films. Ironically, he didn't receive a Razzie nomination for Kazaam the year previous, the success of which contributed to his casting as a DC Comics protagonist in Steel. The story comes from one of DC's lesser known comic series, though in an age when Batman and Superman had already been beaten to death in their film franchises, it made sense that Steel would eventually be made. The story of Steel involves a trio of scientists who invent a sonic weapon in modern day Los Angeles. One of them cranks the power on the weapon too high during a demonstration for a senator and kills the politician and disables the female member of the group. The surly member who caused these problems then goes into hiding after being kicked out of the military and, of course, the sonic weapons start appearing on city streets. That leaves the fate of the city up to the remaining scientist, who decides to do what any of us would do: create an alter-ego, a cool outfit, some nifty gadgets, and set out to destroy the enemy and stop muggings and parking meter mutilation along the way. Well, there wasn't really any parking meter mutilation going on, but the minute Shaq turned into Steel, this film was doomed. It would have seemed that the choice of Kenneth Johnson as director would have been decent, especially with the TV shows V, Alien Nation, and The Incredible Hulk under his belt. But the end result was juvenile, stupid, poorly shot, and suffered from terrible acting, bad sets, and the ultimate in cheesy underscores from Mervyn Warren. The career of Warren has varied between the titles of vocalist, record producer, lyricist, songwriter, arranger, pianist, and film composer, though he is probably best known as a successful jazz vocalist for the group Take 6 from 1980 to 1991. On his own, his music bounces between the genres of pop, R&B, hip-hop, classical, orchestral, jazz, country, and gospel. Unfortunately, just a few too many of these genres appear in Steel for it to be taken seriously.



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Average: 2.31 Stars
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The cover is also a rip-off
Richard Kleiner - October 23, 2010, at 11:12 p.m.
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This review is a hidden gem!
Richard Kleiner - October 23, 2010, at 11:10 p.m.
1 comment  (688 views)
Filmtracks Recommends: of 'Steel'
J D - August 17, 2008, at 9:40 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 51:41
• 1. Main Title (2:18)
• 2. Field Demonstration (1:00)
• 3. Too Much Power (1:07)
• 4. Railyard Chase (3:58)
• 5. Sparky in the Hospital (1:06)
• 6. First Bank Robbery (3:55)
• 7. Taking Sparky Home (1:40)
• 8. The Birth of Steel (0:55)
• 9. Couple Gets Mugged (2:35)
• 10. Gang Fight/Magnetic Personality (5:48)
• 11. Manhole & Radio Jam (1:44)
• 12. Motor Cycle Chase (3:55)
• 13. Attack on Federal Reserve (2:08)
• 14. Steel Attacks (1:31)
• 15. Rescue & Escape Pt. 1 (1:23)
• 16. Rescue & Escape Pt. 2 (1:47)
• 17. Newscast to Hoods (0:54)
• 18. The Line-Up (0:48)

The real track # 19 is missing from the listings. It, too, is (0:48) in length. The CD actually has 24 tracks, though it lists only 23.

• 20. Steel Caught (0:58)
• 21. Bad Guy Convention (2:52)
• 22. The Red Switch (1:13)
• 23. The Battle Heats Up (4:57)
• 24. "Stand Up (Steel Yourself)" (3:11)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a lengthy note from the director about the score and film.
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