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The Tuskegee Airmen
(1995)
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Composed and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Ira Hearchen

Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Prometheus Records (Promo)
(1995)
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Promotional release only, valued at $30 or above.
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Nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Buy it... if you've been disappointed by the sound quality of Lee Holdridge's other CDs from the 1990's and want to hear some of his best music in a superior recording.

Avoid it... only if none of Holdridge's superior scores on popular, commercial CDs have sustained your interest.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #920
WRITTEN 10/31/96, REVISED 3/5/06
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The Tuskegee Airmen: (Lee Holdridge) Back in 1995, the viewers of the cable-only HBO channel were only a small fraction of what they are today, and among the budding channel's earlier in-house productions was The Tuskegee Airmen. Based on the true story of the American 332nd Fighter Group in WWII, The Tuskegee Airmen details the training and triumphs of the first black aviators in the U.S. military. As an exhibition of the bravery and sacrifice of black airmen, this film treats its subject matter as Glory did for the Civil War era, staying true to the facts of history where possible. For viewers, The Tuskegee Airmen is most likely remembered for its remarkable acting performances across the board, as well as its fine photography of the vintage planes in action. The film's downside was its lower budget production values, including a limiting 16x9 shoot meant only for television viewing, a 2.0 Dolby sound quality that remains restrictive on 5.1 systems, and the necessary usage of grainy cockpit and combat footage from WWII during battle scenes. Usually, the lower budgets and shoddy sound quality of the projects for which he writes music is a significant detraction from composer Lee Holdridge's works. Despite always maintaining a classically rich and melodic structure, the performances and recordings of his work during the 1980's and 1990's have been frustrating in many cases, causing many potentially powerful listening experiences to be merely average scores to be appreciated for their ideas rather than their execution. One of the exceptions in Holdridge's 1990's production was The Tuskegee Airmen, which still suffered from the restrictions of a straight-to-television production, but HBO was apparently a step above Hallmark and Holdridge's other usual employers even back in the channel's early days. For all of those collectors who have sifted through Holdridge's work, waiting to lay down the money until one of superb sound quality came along, The Tuskegee Airmen is your answer.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:26
• 1. Main Title: Leaving Home (4:09)
• 2. Night Train/The Base (2:34)
• 3. Meeting the Cadets (0:41)
• 4. Failures/First Solo (4:01)
• 5. Wartime Speech (0:44)
• 6. Very Rigid Discipline (1:56)
• 7. Suicide Run (1:19)
• 8. A Little Engine Trouble/Graduation Day (3:30)
• 9. The First Lady Takes a Plane Ride (1:29)
• 10. The First Mission (Part 1) (2:04)
• 11. The First Mission (Part 2) (1:09)
• 12. No Glory Seeking (3:03)
• 13. Bandits at 2 O'Clock (2:19)
• 14. Intense Fight (2:33)
• 15. Just a Pilot/Protecting the Bombers (0:52)
• 16. Telling the Story/Sinking the Ship (3:25)
• 17. Losing a Buddy (1:03)
• 18. Remembering Friends (1:41)
• 19. Finale (2:32)

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