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Mission: Impossible
(1996)
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1996 Polygram
2019 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Artie Kane

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Mark McKenzie
Edgardo Simone
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Polygram Classics
(June 18th, 1996)

La-La Land Records
(September 10th, 2019)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Polygram album was a regular U.S. release. Some of the score also could be heard on the song album but under different track titles. The 2019 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you specifically recall Danny Elfman's highly rhythmic, starkly toned, and percussive dissonance in the film itself and can forgive its diminished thematic accessibility.

Avoid it... if you expect either significant use of Lalo Schifrin's original main theme for the television show or a similar expression of cool, jazzy style in Elfman's surprisingly prickly and unpleasant score.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #224
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 2/19/21
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Mission: Impossible: (Danny Elfman) In the 1996 film that confirmed Tom Cruise as an international action star, director Brian De Palma revised the classic "Mission: Impossible" television series and produced a hit on screen that would spawn countless sequels as Cruise sought to indefinitely defy his age. In the world of techno-gadgets, the computer had revolutionized the world of espionage, and the 1990's were the time to take advantage of that excitement in De Palma fashion. The lives of super-agents and double-agents benefited well from the director's sense of style-over-story, though despite the film's spectacular visual elements, the somewhat incomprehensible narrative caused many movie-goers to scratch their heads. The deaths of so many intriguing, unrealized characters is a nagging issue for this original Mission: Impossible entry, the sour tone of the movie a mood-buster for some. The labyrinth of character relations, sub-plots, and technological ideas do thankfully culminate in sensational chase sequences that save the film, however. The emphasis on style over substance in the plot is one that would seemingly have translated easily into the musical underscore for the film, but it didn't work as intended. Originally writing and recording a score for Mission: Impossible was Alan Silvestri, whose action music is typically strong; his work for this particular project unfortunately turned out to be underwhelming to say the least, with some having said at the time that it was among the composer's most underachieving and mundane works. There is some indication that Silvestri recycled the style of this material for his Eraser score. With Silvestri's music rejected, regular Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman took his first crack at a full-fledged summer blockbuster score outside the darkness of Burton's cover. His replacement score for Mission: Impossible reflects a general turn in the direction of his own maturing style, with 1994's Black Beauty serving as the final classically beautiful piece of his early career and 1995 yielding the more electronically unpredictable and uniquely stylistic To Die For and Dead Presidents. For listeners hanging their hats on Elfman's sense of lyricism, Mission: Impossible confirmed that the composer was headed for less easily accessible music as a career choice, at least for a few years.


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703 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.97 Stars
***** 123 5 Stars
**** 152 4 Stars
*** 149 3 Stars
** 140 2 Stars
* 139 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews Mission: Impossible
Brendan Cochran - January 13, 2016, at 11:44 a.m.
1 comment  (463 views)
Mission: Impossible Formula
Bruno Costa - November 25, 2010, at 4:42 a.m.
1 comment  (1211 views)
Additional Orchestrations
N.R.Q. - July 19, 2006, at 12:12 p.m.
1 comment  (2340 views)
Silvestri's effort...   Expand >>
FishBulb - May 1, 2006, at 2:02 p.m.
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Newest: May 23, 2006, at 5:16 p.m. by
hewhomustnotbenamed
a great and snazzy score!
hewhomustnotbenamed - April 20, 2006, at 4:58 p.m.
1 comment  (2533 views)
Strike 2!
Ryan - April 12, 2006, at 11:28 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Polygram Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:28
• 1. Sleeping Beauty (2:28)
• 2. Mission: Impossible Theme* (1:02)
• 3. Red Handed (4:21)
• 4. Big Trouble (5:33)
• 5. Love Theme? (2:21)
• 6. Mole Hunt (3:02)
• 7. The Disc (1:54)
• 8. Max Found (1:02)
• 9. Looking for 'Job' (4:38)
• 10. Betrayal (2:56)
• 11. The Heist (5:46)
• 12. Uh-Oh! (1:28)
• 13. Biblical Revelation (1:33)
• 14. Phone Home (2:25)
• 15. Train Time (4:11)
• 16. Menage A Trois (2:55)
• 17. Zoom A (1:53)
• 18. Zoom B* (2:54)
* Contains "Theme From Mission: Impossible" by Lalo Schifrin
2019 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 128:10

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1996 Polygram album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2019 La-La Land album contains extensive notes about both.
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