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The Yards
(2000)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Philharmonic Orchestra
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Sony Music Soundtrax
(October 10th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you regularly appreciate the subtleties of Howard Shore's more ambient dramatic works.

Avoid it... if you expect the shades of classicism in The Yards to have the same appeal as Eastern Promises on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,212
WRITTEN 10/4/00, REVISED 7/20/08
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The Yards: (Howard Shore) Five years after his debut with Little Odessa, director James Gray's second feature film is reportedly based on the life story of his father. After taking the fall for a friend and doing 16 months in prison for grand theft auto, Mark Wahlberg's lead is drawn into the underworld of organized crime by that same friend, a honor that brings him respect but also danger. In the industry of New York subway cars, this young man not only learns the trade of repair, but is also sucked into the practice of sabotaging competitors' cars. During his first mission, another man is killed, and thus the chase and betrayal ensue. The film only received muted praise, partly due to script problems that defied the supposedly true nature of the tale. For The Yards, Gray upgraded his music to include the work of Howard Shore, who, in his pre-The Lord of the Rings days, was largely known for darkly dramatic works such as this, Silence of the Lambs, The Game, and others. He had established himself as capable of capturing the brooding, yet elegant aspect of morbid, heart-wrenching topics and had therefore gained himself a sort of cult status among some film score fans. Gray called upon Shore to combine his usual knack for accentuating these sinister dramas with a classical twist. The director believed heavily in the impact that music could have on every part of his filmmaking process, so he played selections of a specific classical genre to help stimulate the needed mood on the set while filming. It's not the first time a director has done this, even without the eventual use of the source music in the finished film. Still, he wanted his drama to be inspired by early 20th Century orchestral pieces by Holst, Ravel, and Puccini, so after using that music on the set, he asked Shore to continue that inspiration in his score. Shore succeeds in that task, to an extent. A certain classical touch from 100 years past is conveyed; as a matter of fact, Shore went ahead and worked the "Saturn, Bringer of Old Age" sequence from Gustav Holst's "The Planets" right into his original work.



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Average: 2.68 Stars
***** 104 5 Stars
**** 110 4 Stars
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* 186 1 Stars
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Howard Shore is very overrated   Expand >>
Debbie - February 21, 2002, at 12:39 p.m.
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Club Song: what is the name of it?   Expand >>
Steve - November 7, 2001, at 11:17 a.m.
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Not very good   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 39:47
• 1. Blackout* (3:00)
• 2. Queensborough Hall (2:26)
• 3. Sunnyside Yards (3:35)
• 4. Leo (1:03)
• 5. Hospital Mission (3:19)
• 6. Money Clip (1:17)
• 7. Hilltop Diner (2:32)
• 8. National Electric (2:18)
• 9. Val's Hope (1:51)
• 10. Willie (1:46)
• 11. He's in My Family (1:21)
• 12. Yardmaster (1:16)
• 13. Erica in Silhouette (1:38)
• 14. Willing to Testify (1:30)
• 15. The Hearing (1:03)
• 16. Town Hall (1:31)
• 17. Confidence in the System (0:58)
• 18. Willie's Tears (2:49)
• 19. Family* (2:17)
• 20. Internal Investigation (2:06)
* contains material from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a note from director James Gray about the production's music.
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