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Jupiter Ascending
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Co-Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Conducted by:
Ludwig Wickie
Robert Ziegler

Co-Orchestrated by:
Chris Tilton
Brad Dechter
Andrea Datzman
Cameron Patrick
Mark Gasbarro
Jeff Kryka
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Sony Classical
(February 10th, 2015)

Varèse Sarabande
(March 17th, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release, offered by different labels depending on region. The international CD release was available a month prior to the American one.
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Buy it... if you seek a gargantuan follow-up to Michael Giacchino's respected space opera music for John Carter, this entry even more engaging in its instrumental and vocal applications.

Avoid it... if you demand absolute perfection in the thematic representations within your best scores, because the heroine's theme here is a bit scattered given its usual role in such soundtracks.
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WRITTEN 6/3/15
Jupiter Ascending: (Michael Giacchino) When Warner Brothers approached Andy and Lana Wachowski (the latter having experienced a "gender reassignment," as some in the press have tactlessly termed it) about devising a truly original science fiction concept for a new movie franchise, the studio had visions of greatness based on the groundbreaking success of The Matrix and its sequels. They clearly weren't hoping for a reprise of the Wachowskis' later efforts, and, unfortunately, that's what they got. There is no question that these filmmakers are brilliant conceptual designers, and 2015's Jupiter Ascending is certainly a visual splendor to behold. But their stories since The Matrix have failed to evoke the same kind of fascinated response from crowds of ponderous audiences. The tale this time postulates that Earth is essentially a harvesting farm of a different nature, one that was seeded long ago as one giant depository of spare people parts for the alien ownership group of the planet. When political upheaval and sibling rivalry in the royal class of these aliens causes the planet's fate to be accelerated (please, let them harvest Donald Trump first!), the battle turns to Earth, where one average housemaid in Chicago turns out to be the unlikely focus. While casual observers have pinned Jupiter Ascending as a cross between Star Wars and The Matrix, the intent by the Wachowskis was to produce a cross between the ancient Greek poem "Odyssey" and The Wizard of Oz instead. Regardless of those best intentions, Jupiter Ascending failed to thrill critics due to its abysmal screenplay, with walk-outs causing the theatre of a secret advance showing at the Sundance Festival to be mostly empty by its end. A small group of loyalists, led by international followers, helped the film scrape out its original budget, but the project, beaten insultingly at the box office by The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, was ultimately a major loss for Warner. The spectacle was a boon for film music enthusiasts, though, because the Wachowskis returned to their musical collaborator on 2008's Speed Racer, Michael Giacchino, to provide the score. While the composer's best music is often associated with popular video games ("Medal of Honor") and television series ("Lost"), soundtrack collectors instead look to another early-year, massive science fiction flop, John Carter, for comparisons. That 2012 embarrassment for Disney was similarly postured as a space opera of the highest order, and its plot shares several basic elements with Jupiter Ascending. Not unexpectedly, Giacchino handled the later film with equal reverence to 1970's and 1980's sci-fi space classics, and the result is predictably outstanding.

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Total Time: 103:30
CD 1: (53:30)
• 1. Jupiter Ascending - 1st Movement (4:13)
• 2. Jupiter Ascending - 2nd Movement (3:25)
• 3. Jupiter Ascending - 3rd Movement (5:55)
• 4. Jupiter Ascending - 4th Movement (3:28)
• 5. The House of Abrasax (2:20)
• 6. I Hate My Life (2:08)
• 7. Scrambled Eggs (1:10)
• 8. The Abrasax Family Tree (9:15)
• 9. The Shadow Chase (5:50)
• 10. The Titus Clipper (7:06)
• 11. Mutiny on the Bounty Hunter (4:42)
• 12. One Reincarnation Under God (4:06)
CD2: (50:00)
• 1. Digging Up the Flirt (2:24)
• 2. A Wedding Darker (6:08)
• 3. Regenex is People! (3:23)
• 4. The Lies Have It (2:23)
• 5. It's a Hellava Chase (8:14)
• 6. Dinosaur to New Heights (0:51)
• 7. Family Jeopardy (5:09)
• 8. Abdicate This! (3:29)
• 9. Flying Dinosaur Fight (5:29)
• 10. Commitment (10:00)
• 11. Flying Dinosaur Fight With Guts (Bonus) (2:35)

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The insert includes a long note from the composer, a list of performers for all the ensembles involved, and photography from the sessions.
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