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Volcano
(1997)
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1997 Varèse
2016 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
William Ross
Mark McKenzie
Conrad Pope
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Varèse Sarabande
(April 22nd, 1997)

Varèse Sarabande
(May 9th, 2016)
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The 1997 album was a regular U.S. release. The 2016 album is a Varèse Club title limited to 2,000 copies valued initially at $20 and available through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you predictably enjoy all of Alan Silvestri's action scores, even those entries that stir up significant bombast in some passages without really establishing any unique qualifiers to grab your attention in the long-term.

Avoid it... if you are tired of formulaic and predictable action scores that essentially do not offer anything you haven't heard before, because Volcano has solid ingredients and a pair of decent themes, but they don't yield a memorable whole.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #203
WRITTEN 5/13/97, REVISED 7/8/16
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Silvestri
Volcano: (Alan Silvestri) According to the movie Volcano, an eruption of lava was set to destroy Los Angeles in 1997, killing untold thousands of humans, diminishing property values, and annihilating the very industry that brought this laughably improbable film to life. The late 1990's were a renaissance for the natural disaster flick, though, and, throwing in some moderately popular actors at the time with the newly available CGI technology to show the mayhem, just about any plot with a decent amount of destruction was shot. Among this burst of disaster films, Volcano was a merely average entry, making a moderate splash at the summer box office and failing to compete with the arguably inferior Dante's Peak. Its rendering of lava flows in urban streets was thrilling in parts, but everything about the production seemed formulaic, not excluding composer Alan Silvestri's score. Through that era, Silvestri had provided decent action material for films of suspect quality, ranging from above average (Judge Dredd) to rather forgettable (Eraser), never really touching upon some of the great material he had written for more successful adventure films in the 1980's. The same mediocrity applies to Volcano, for which Silvestri composed perhaps the most predictable and typical disaster score of them all. You sometimes have to wonder if a composer sees a finished product and isn't as enthused about it as he or she was when reading the script, because Volcano was a film that could really have used a standout score to elevate it beyond the norm. Instead, there are some basically interesting ideas that Silvestri explores, mostly embedded in mundane orchestral action rhythms, and some nicely executed instrumental techniques to generate a disturbingly atonal environment. The studio ensemble for Volcano produces adequate noise, but does so without much spark or other invigorating energy, and Silvestri includes the faint mixing of a seemingly synthetic choir and synclavier to provide the mandatory sense of fantasy awe for the subject matter.



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Average: 3.06 Stars
***** 182 5 Stars
**** 231 4 Stars
*** 275 3 Stars
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* 164 1 Stars
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A Solid Four-Star Score
Alans Zimvestri - August 21, 2009, at 3:29 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 29:23
• 1. Main Title (2:44)
• 2. Miracle Mile (3:59)
• 3. Tarnation (5:54)
• 4. Team Work (2:41)
• 5. Build a Wall (5:01)
• 6. March of the Lava (3:42)
• 7. Roark's Missing (2:46)
• 8. Cleansing Rain (2:30)
2016 Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 79:01

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1997 album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2016 product features extensive information about both.

Recorded and Mixed by: Dennis Sands
Assistant Engineers: Tom Harditsy, Dave Marquette, Charlie Paakkari
Music Editor: Kenneth Karman
Assistant Music Editor: Jacqui Tager
Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen
Auricle Programming: David Bifano
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