Angel: Live Fast, Die Never [Music from the TV Series]

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Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Canceled after five seasons, Angel was considered a slightly grown-up version of its sister show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampire with a soul, Angel, was a tortured, brooding sort of guy who rarely found happiness. This allowed the series to explore the darker side of human and nonhuman nature on an epic scale, thanks to plotlines rife with evildoers, monsters, demons, and, of course, vampires. That sinister undercurrent is certainly pervasive on Live Fast, Die Never. The disc largely consists of haunting episodic music from the series -- the work of Australian Robert Kral, who took over from first-season composer Christophe Beck. Fans of the show are sure to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
Canceled after five seasons, Angel was considered a slightly grown-up version of its sister show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampire with a soul, Angel, was a tortured, brooding sort of guy who rarely found happiness. This allowed the series to explore the darker side of human and nonhuman nature on an epic scale, thanks to plotlines rife with evildoers, monsters, demons, and, of course, vampires. That sinister undercurrent is certainly pervasive on Live Fast, Die Never. The disc largely consists of haunting episodic music from the series -- the work of Australian Robert Kral, who took over from first-season composer Christophe Beck. Fans of the show are sure to identify some great moments of Angel just by listening to Kral's music: It's easy to picture the fourth-season episode in which our heroes fight the Beast when hearing the dramatic and sinister "Start the Apocalypse." Performed by the band Darling Violetta, Angel's instantly recognizable opening theme appears in an extended remix. The theme's familiar moaning cello line is backed by a harder rock sound featuring added drums and a new vocal track by singer Cami Ellen. While the album also includes tracks by the electronica-laced Goth band Vast, Andy Hallett (that dashing green-skinned demon Lorne), and Christian Kane (who played evil lawyer Lindsey MacDonald), the highlight is definitely Kim Richey's "A Place Called Home." A mournful, folk-inspired ballad, this song was played over the final scene of the fifth-season episode "A Hole in the World," in which the beloved character Fred (Amy Acker) dies. It makes for a bittersweet and soulful finale for this intriguing audio companion to Angel.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For those who can't get enough of Angel, the TV series, Rounder Records has released Live Fast, Die Never, an album comprised of music from the show. Much of the album reminds one of an orchestrated movie soundtrack. Pieces like the emotive "Start the Apocalypse" and the quiet "End of the World" are impressive, but still qualify as the type of music that works best as a backdrop to an appropriate scene. The real fun of the album doesn't really kick in until the last few tracks, when a variety of performers tackle a handful of songs. VAST's "Touched" builds a passionate, dense musical web, while Christian Kane's "LA Song" captures a quieter, folk-rock mood. There's also room for humor with Andy Hallett's "It's Not Easy Being Green," perhaps the oddest lyric ever attached to lounge music, and there's a good cover -- also by Hallett -- of "Lady Marmalade." The album comes to a satisfactory finish with the quiet, haunting "A Place Called Home" by Kim Richey. While some fans may have reservations about leaning toward 50 minutes of theme music, Live Fast, Die Never does offer a nice balance between orchestrated pieces and songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661906723
  • Catalog Number: 619067
  • Sales rank: 62,693

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Angel Main Theme, television series theme [The Sanctuary Extended Remix - Darling Violetta (3:23)
  2. 2 Start the Apocalypse (season 4, episode 7) - Robert J. Kral (3:35)
  3. 3 The End of the World (season 4, episode 7) - Robert J. Kral (1:42)
  4. 4 Massive Assault (season 2, episode 14) - Robert J. Kral (3:14)
  5. 5 Home (season 4, episode 22) - Robert J. Kral (1:56)
  6. 6 Hero (season 1, episode 9) - Robert J. Kral (5:24)
  7. 7 Judgment & Jousting (season 2, episode 1) - Robert J. Kral (2:02)
  8. 8 The Birth of Angelus (season 1, episode 15) - Robert J. Kral (3:30)
  9. 9 Rebellion (season 2, episode 7) - Robert J. Kral (3:09)
  10. 10 The Trials for Darla (season 2, episode 9) - Robert J. Kral (5:59)
  11. 11 Dreaming of Darla (season 2, episode 3) - Robert J. Kral (3:24)
  12. 12 Untouched / Darla's Fire (season 2, episode 4) - Robert J. Kral (2:11)
  13. 13 Darla's Sacrifice (season 3, episode 9) - Robert J. Kral (5:43)
  14. 14 Welcome to Pylea (season 2, episodes 20, 21 & 22) - Robert J. Kral (4:22)
  15. 15 Through the Looking Glass (season 2, episode 21 & 22) - Robert J. Kral (4:06)
  16. 16 Castle Attack (season 2, episode 22) - Robert J. Kral (2:20)
  17. 17 Cordy Meets Fred (season 2, episode 20) - Robert J. Kral (2:54)
  18. 18 Princess Cordelia (season 2, episode 22) - Robert J. Kral (1:20)
  19. 19 Farewell Cordelia (season 5, episode 12) - Robert J. Kral (1:09)
  20. 20 Angel: I'm Game, television cue (Season 1, Episode 1) - Robert J. Kral (1:12)
  21. 21 Touched - VAST (3:58)
  22. 22 La Song - Christian Kane (3:06)
  23. 23 Lady Marmalade - Andy Hallett (2:29)
  24. 24 It's Not Easy Being Green - Andy Hallett (2:53)
  25. 25 A Place Called Home - Kim Richey (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kim Richey Track Performer
Evan Wilson Viola
Elin Carlson Vocals
VAST Track Performer
Chris Bleth Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Robert J. Kral Synthesizer, Sampling, Track Performer
Christian Kane Track Performer
Darling Violetta Track Performer
Andy Hallett Track Performer
Technical Credits
Holly Knight Composer, Producer
Bob Crewe Composer
Kenny Nolan Composer
Joe Raposo Composer
Kim Richey Composer
Jon Crosby Composer
Cami Elen Composer
Joss Whedon Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bruce Atkinson Arranger, Producer
Christopher Buchanan Executive Producer
John Stanley King Producer, Series Supervision
David Greenwalt Composer, Producer
Robert J. Kral Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Engineering
Christophe Beck Composer
Jymm Thomas Composer
John King Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great TV Sountrack

    This was an awesome tv soundtrack! There are so many terrible tv soundtracks you can pick up out there. This one is worth it! I love the show I love the music...a good buy for any Angel fanatic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    some what organized

    i really love the angel soundtrack because that has been my favorite show since i was like 5 years old and i am now 12. i was suprised the very first time i heard that they made a soundtrack. the music is just really amazing and well played. thank you for making this happen. my life was changed because of the show and the music has just made it better.

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