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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
(2011)
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European Album
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:
Alberto Iglesias

Co-Produced by:
Javier Casado
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Silva Screen Records
(European)
(October 3rd, 2011)

Silva Screen USA
(American)
(November 21st, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release. The European pressing (also from Silva Screen) debuted a few weeks earlier with different artwork but identical contents.
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AWARDS
Nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you have embraced Alberto Iglesias' previous and often understated scores for topics of drama and intrigue, for this entry's extremely restrained atmosphere requires patience to appreciate on its hour-long album.

Avoid it... if you lament the fact that Iglesias did not adequately extend the intelligently layered noir-like personality of his melody for the primary character into the remainder of the otherwise dull score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,513
WRITTEN 1/25/12
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: (Alberto Iglesias) The convoluted spy novels of John le Carre continue to inspire filmmakers even as the author's writing extends into its fifth decade. Instead of seeking one of his more recent spy tales, the makers of 2011's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sought the early 1970's story and set it in its original time period. Through the unglamorous inner-workings of Britain's intelligence mechanisms, the plot examines the dynamics of complicated relationships between the British, American, and Soviet espionage agencies, with crossings and double-crossings sorted out by Gary Oldman's leading, intuitively brilliant British agent. As with any of le Carre's stories, there is a fair amount of political intrigue, conversational tension, doomed romance, and character misdirection to be considered when attempting to determine who can be trusted, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy adds some well-placed shootings to the equation. The film, despite its inherent tendency to bore audiences not prepared for its maze of misdirection, was very well received by critics and enjoyed enough fiscal success in Britain to turn a profit. Director Tomas Alfredson sought the services of Pedro Almodovar's regular collaborator, Alberto Iglesias, to realize the music for his film. Of the eight adaptations of le Carre's novels to the big screen as of 2011, Iglesias will have scored the most recent two, including Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener in 2005. The composer received an Academy Award nomination for both that work and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (along with The Kite Runner in between), becoming one of those regular nominees who never stands much of a chance of ever winning. Despite this recognition for Iglesias' work for le Carre adaptations, his music in these circumstances is understated and feeds off of the other production elements rather than truly extending its hand in an attempt to shape the movies. Far more impressive, for instance, are the scores for the prior two le Carre adaptations, The Russia House by Jerry Goldsmith in 1990 and The Tailor of Panama by Shaun Davey in 2001. By comparison, Iglesias intentionally diminishes the impact of his music in these stories, providing a layer of textural ambience rather than melodramatic force. Gone in this assignment is the Spanish composer's past exploration of world genres in his work, the authenticity this time focused on dabbling slightly in the noir genre without making much of an attempt to place the score in any particular region or time.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:20
• 1. George Smiley (5:19)
• 2. Treasure (1:47)
• 3. Witchcraft (1:28)
• 4. Islay Hotel (0:56)
• 5. Control (2:10)
• 6. Polyakov (1:50)
• 7. Alleline and Bland on the Roof (2:25)
• 8. Safe House (1:36)
• 9. Tarr and Irina (5:11)
• 10. Anything Else? (3:28)
• 11. Jim Prideaux (2:09)
• 12. Thursgood (2:45)
• 13. Karla (2:53)
• 14. Esterhase (4:57)
• 15. Guillam (1:26)
• 16. Control and Westerby (4:02)
• 17. Circus (5:26)
• 18. One's Gone (3:36)
• 19. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (5:57)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The American and European pressings from Silva Screen contain different artwork.
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