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The Sum of All Fears
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2002 Elektra
2014 La-La Land
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Composed, Co-Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Mark McKenzie

Co-Conducted by:
Paul Salamunovich
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Elektra Entertainment
(June 4th, 2002)

La-La Land Records
(March 11th, 2014)
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The 2002 Elektra album is a regular U.S. release. The expanded 2014 La-La Land Records album is limited to 3,000 copies and available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if you seek Jerry Goldsmith's last robust action score, along with an unusually prominent contribution of original and source songs heard in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect more than fifteen minutes of truly unique, choral and solo vocal music from Goldsmith in a score otherwise defined by its occasional bursts of the composer's trademark action and predictable suspense material.
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WRITTEN 6/5/02, REVISED 8/8/14
The Sum of All Fears: (Jerry Goldsmith) If The Sum of All Fears had been a standalone picture with no historical context and no siblings in a movie franchise, it would have been an outstanding film. Unfortunately, it exists as a prequel to the first three Jack Ryan films despite the fact that each of the films' stories and adaptations had been firmly rooted in the contemporary politics of the year of their theatrical release. The plot of Tom Clancy's The Sum of All Fears specifically dealt with the possibility that Middle Eastern terrorists would get their hands on a rogue nuclear bomb and detonate it in the United States at the time and location of the Super Bowl of American football. Given how scary Clancy's smart vision of the future had been many years earlier, the adapted screenplay for the 2002 movie switched the villains to a Neo-Nazi group. Despite the strong foundation of Clancy's concept, as well as a handful of extremely effective scenes, the film was extremely frustrating for several reasons. First, the changes in the plot from novel to screen are ridiculous and only served to placate a nervous studio in regards to sensitivity issues at the time. Second, Ben Affleck is an ineffective Jack Ryan at every level. Third, the depiction of a Super Bowl with Canadian teams and a fictional stadium was laughable. And, finally, the entire situation with the prequel status was too bizarre to sweep under the rug. The production had its own set of crew-related problems. Not only was director Phil Alden Robinson a last minute replacement for Phillip Noyce, who had directed the previous two films in the franchise, Robinson managed to get into an argument with composer James Horner, also a veteran of the franchise, and, despite their prior collaborations, he stepped aside from this film as well. Thus, the assignment of the music for The Sum of All Fears landed on the veteran Jerry Goldsmith, who was in the final year of major composing before illness and death followed in the next two years. Because three composers had written the Jack Ryan scores over a span of twelve years, and because Horner's two entries had little in common stylistically, this franchise ultimately had absolutely no musical continuity whatsoever. Chalk up that fact as another frustrating problem with this production.

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Audio Samples   ▼
2002 Elektra Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:37
• 1. If We Could Remember - performed by Yolanda Adams (3:33)
• 2. The Mission - performed by Shana Blake Hill (6:00)
• 3. The Bomb (2:59)
• 4. That Went Well (2:48)
• 5. Clear the Stadium (1:36)
• 6. If We Get Through This - performed by Tabitha Fair (3:40)
• 7. The Deal (2:38)
• 8. Changes (2:30)
• 9. Snap Count (2:16)
• 10. His Name is Olson (1:55)
• 11. Nessun Dorma from Turandot - performed by Bruce Sledge (3:02)
• 12. Deserted Lab (1:55)
• 13. Real Time (2:54)
• 14. How Close? (6:09)
• 15. The Same Air (2:01)
• 16. If We Could Remember (Reprise) - performed by Yolanda Adams (3:34)
2014 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 78:36

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The 2002 Elektra album's insert contains extensive credits, but no extra information about the film or score. That of the 2014 La-La Land album contains extensive notation about both.
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