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Medal of Honor: Underground
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2000 Dreamworks
2011 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

2011 Set Produced by:
Steve Schnur
Raphaella Lima
Erik Kraber
MV Gerhard
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Dreamworks Records
(December 12th, 2000)

La-La Land Records
(April 12th, 2011)
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The 2000 Dreamworks album was a limited U.S. release, available initially only through and soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2011 La-La Land set is limited to 2,000 copies and available at an initial price of $60 at the same soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you itched to hear Michael Giacchino branch out from the John Williams mould after the first "Medal of Honor" score and start exploring his own styles with the same standard of high quality.

Avoid it... if the reason you enjoyed "Medal of Honor" was precisely because of its close stylistic similarities to Williams' music, for this subsequent entry rumbles into more intimate territory.
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WRITTEN 7/9/03, REVISED 4/25/11
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Medal of Honor: Underground: (Michael Giacchino) The closing days of the 1990's heralded a new age in video game music. Traditionally classified as electronic garbage by the majority of orchestrally minded film and television score collectors, video game music began a slow, but sure experimentation in the orchestral realm during this time. The budgeting of such an allotment for the talent needed for a large-scale video game score began surfacing more often in the first few years of the next decade. By 2003, hearing grand, sweeping orchestral music while wasting away an afternoon on the computer or in front of the television console and playing a first-person game wasn't so outlandish. One of the key contributing factors to this trend in gaming music was Michael Giacchino's successful endeavors for Electronic Arts and Dreamworks Interactive's original "Medal of Honor" game in 1999. With an orchestral ensemble performing music that matched much of the intensity and construction of John Williams' similarly themed efforts in the genre for the big screen, Giacchino proved that not only could an orchestral score for a such a concept work, but that it should be a standard of excellence for video game production with the highest of expectations from adult players. The fact that several of the cues in the first "Medal of Honor" score were mirror images of Williams' style didn't seem to matter in retrospect, given how refreshing the sound was (especially compared to Williams' shift at the time towards more somber tones in his own work). It was not unexpected that the young and rising talent would return to score the sequels to "Medal of Honor," and "Medal of Honor: Underground" was the second chapter in a string of efforts for the genre that would eventually span more than half a dozen games, multiple additional composers, and two production houses over the following few years. After being re-hired as the franchise composer, Giacchino insisted on the same performing group, the Northwest Sinfonia of Seattle, but also a moderate chorale of 25 boys' voices to add yet another layer of emotion to his work. Predictably, the resulting music pleased and impressed the game's producers and players once again. The plot of "Medal of Honor: Underground" involves the efforts of women in the French Resistance during World War II and thus requires less of the full-scale combat music that was evident in the first game's score.

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Average: 3.19 Stars
***** 52 5 Stars
**** 48 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 37 2 Stars
* 36 1 Stars
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Medal of Honor soundtrack CD collection by Michael Giacchino
Adam Davies - July 7, 2004, at 11:54 p.m.
1 comment  (2658 views)
Great review, now which select outlets and stores can I find it on!?!? *NM* *NM*   Expand >>
Joe Irvin - August 6, 2003, at 4:46 a.m.
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Newest: August 9, 2003, at 4:02 a.m. by
Joe Irvin
Nice to see game music gradually getting more and more attention in the US.   Expand >>
Neo Rasa - August 5, 2003, at 7:27 p.m.
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Newest: August 26, 2003, at 1:03 p.m. by
Neo Rasa
This score is much better than Williams' stupid Ryan. *NM*
Levente Benedek - August 5, 2003, at 2:41 p.m.
1 comment  (1646 views)

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Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 66:48
• 1. May 10th, 1940 (Main Theme) (4:30)
• 2. The Streets of Paris (3:50)
• 3. Amongst the Dead (3:17)
• 4. Fleeing the Catacombs (3:08)
• 5. Panzer Blockade (3:20)
• 6. The Road to Tobruk (3:23)
• 7. Escape from Casablanca (3:19)
• 8. Passage to Iraklion (3:40)
• 9. Labyrinth of the Minotaur (3:15)
• 10. Ascent to the Castle (3:24)
• 11. Last Rites (3:33)
• 12. The Battle of Monte Cassino (3:15)
• 13. The Motorcycle Chase (4:18)
• 14. Returning to Paris (3:24)
• 15. Beneath the City (3:09)
• 16. Each Night He Comes Home to Me (3:53)
• 17. May 10th, 1940 (Alternate Version) (4:20)
• 18. Er lasst mich niemals allein (OSS Radio Broadcast) (4:35)
• 19. Hidden Track - dialogue/music (1:05)
(the 2011 set contains these contents on CD #2)

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The inserts of the single Dreamworks album and the La-La Land set both include a plethora of information about the game and the composer, the former also providing a cue-by-cue analysis.
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