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Tomb Raider
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Rick Wentworth

Co-Orchestrated by:
Nick Ingram
John Bell
James Shearman
David Arch
Kevin Townsend
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Elektra Entertainment
(June 26th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release. A song compilation album was released at the same time as the film's debut in the theatres.
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Buy it... if unorganized music consisting of screeching, pounding, and grating sound effects pumps you up as much as seeing Angelina Jolie writhe around in the title role.

Avoid it... if you take the Graeme Revell for his word, because this is one of the rare occasions in which a composer has apologized to his collectors for providing such a poor listening experience.
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WRITTEN 7/17/01, REVISED 1/20/09
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Tomb Raider: (Graeme Revell) Despite boasting a supposedly perfect formula of over-marketing a film rendition of a popular video game, the 2001 adaptation of Tomb Raider fizzled after only modest gains. Repulsive to critics, the endeavor still managed to unite Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight into the same picture (with the sex appeal of the former gaining steam by this point in her career), and a green light was given for a 2003 follow-up. Perhaps the somewhat unenergetic initial response to this film was due to its frantic rearrangements made in post-production, a time when the studio was concentrating more on sport utility vehicle and cellular phone tie-ins with the concept rather than the tidy completion of the film itself. No less of a mess was the situation with the music for Tomb Raider. While a compilation of songs was a mandatory event for the album coordinators to plan well in advance, the composition of the original score was an abhorrent miscalculation from the start. This was mostly due to inactions and poor communication by the producers of the film. First, they hired video game composer Nathan McCree for the job, which is not surprising, though they eventually decided that a feature length film needed a feature-name composer. So they hired Michael Kamen, despite the fact that his score for the similarly cult X-Men the previous year failed to arouse the interest of many of the concept's followers. Kamen wrote and submitted a demo for Tomb Raider, but no feedback on that music was returned by the director or producers. Only during the process of recording a second demo did Kamen finally hear back from the Tomb Raider team, and by then, the lack of enthusiasm for the relationship on both sides caused Kamen to seek other projects that were more promising to him (namely, the HBO show Band of Brothers, requiring 10 hours of music). Thus, the producers of Tomb Raider created the circumstances of their own panic and were forced to hire another composer at the very last minute. The fact that any score was produced for Tomb Raider at all, with its June screen date approaching with just a couple of weeks to spare, is impressive. The poor man hired for the tortured, last minute assignment was Graeme Revell.

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Average: 1.88 Stars
***** 123 5 Stars
**** 118 4 Stars
*** 151 3 Stars
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CC - November 18, 2009, at 9:12 a.m.
2 comments  (1138 views)
Newest: December 2, 2009, at 8:18 Richard Kleiner
help me find a song from the first movie
stratospheres - December 16, 2007, at 10:25 a.m.
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song   Expand >>
adrian - September 12, 2006, at 8:40 p.m.
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Newest: October 25, 2006, at 5:37 Cows N' Roses
Tomb Raider II, classical, scene where camera zooms into house *NM*
austin smith - December 9, 2005, at 5:35 p.m.
1 comment  (1396 views)
Riding the horse song!?!?!?!   Expand >>
Stephanie - September 24, 2005, at 12:40 p.m.
2 comments  (1927 views)
Newest: October 27, 2006, at 11:20 Cows N' Roses
Name of the song lara fights robot in da start   Expand >>
saif - September 24, 2004, at 12:58 a.m.
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Newest: December 29, 2004, at 2:28 Aibo Hex

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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 49:03
• 1. Tomb Raider Main Titles (3:14)
• 2. Lara Croft at Home (2:13)
• 3. Powell and the Illuminati (2:58)
• 4. Lara Dreams of her Father (1:46)
• 5. The Clock (3:01)
• 6. Home Invasion (3:59)
• 7. Alex West and Mr. Wilson (4:05)
• 8. The Letter (1:25)
• 9. Journey to Cambodia (1:59)
• 10. Angkor Wat (7:36)
• 11. Lara Battles Stone Monkeys (3:32)
• 12. The Brahman (1:31)
• 13. Siberia (2:52)
• 14. The Planetary Alignment (5:08)
• 15. Lara Defeats Powell (3:38)
(The packaging's listings are erroneous. The first track is actually "Tomb Raider Main Titles" and "Lara Croft at Home" together, with each following title moved up one track until #10, which should be titled "Deep in the Temple.")

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