Red Tails [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The score for Anthony Hemingway's film Red Tails is the 33rd by trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. The music was performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir in Prague, under the direction of Adam Klemens. The orchestration, done by Blanchard in collaboration with Howard Drossin, is large in scale, expansive, and dramatic. The trumpeter also appears here, along with percussionist Kendrick Scott and pianist Fabian Almazan. Given that the film is a WWII-era drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the music is surprisingly modern; it's a combination of action film textures and dynamics, classical extravagances, and choral overtones in its cues. The "Opening Titles" theme ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The score for Anthony Hemingway's film Red Tails is the 33rd by trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. The music was performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir in Prague, under the direction of Adam Klemens. The orchestration, done by Blanchard in collaboration with Howard Drossin, is large in scale, expansive, and dramatic. The trumpeter also appears here, along with percussionist Kendrick Scott and pianist Fabian Almazan. Given that the film is a WWII-era drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, the music is surprisingly modern; it's a combination of action film textures and dynamics, classical extravagances, and choral overtones in its cues. The "Opening Titles" theme greets even the most ardent Blanchard fans with shock: with blazing heavy metal guitars, pulsing synths and sequencers, nearly bombastic brass, and electronic percussion exploding into the fore. These notions are expanded upon continually, in "The Train," "Lightning in Trouble," and numerous other cues. The rumbling drums, transcendent vocal choruses, horns, strings, and synths give the militaristic bent of the film's subject matter weight. There are more atmospheric cues here though they are at a minimum; while they provide dynamic relief, they heighten the tension even further -- check "Junior's Prison" and "Paper Plane." There is great magisterial content here, too, as evidenced by "Mission Orders/Stance Berlin." Blanchard's task -- to provide a big-budget Hollywood film with a score worthy of its subject -- succeeds. It's obvious he's spent a great deal of time listening to Wagner and Strauss, as well as to German electronic outfits and Hans Zimmer, and has integrated them to reflect his own signature -- in "Attack from Above," he quotes from his score for A Tale of God's Will. Tacked on to the end of Blanchard's score are a few period pieces to make the soundtrack complete. These include the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and the Ink Spots' "Bless You." Thankfully, you can hit the stop button right after the beauty and grandeur of the "End Credits/America the Beautiful," performed by the trumpeter with percussionist Kendrick Scott and pianist Almazan fronting the orchestra. This is Blanchard's most unusual and populist score by Hollywood standards; that said, it's a complete gas to listen to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2012
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886919431124
  • Catalog Number: 194311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Titles (3:27)
  2. 2 The Train (2:02)
  3. 3 The Church (1:02)
  4. 4 Visit Sofia (0:49)
  5. 5 Operation Shingle (3:56)
  6. 6 Lightning in Trouble (0:42)
  7. 7 German Airfield (1:34)
  8. 8 Victory Rolls (1:08)
  9. 9 Junior Medical / Luntz Screening (3:33)
  10. 10 Lightning Jail (1:40)
  11. 11 Bomber Briefing (2:27)
  12. 12 Takeoff (1:58)
  13. 13 Waiting for Bombers (1:49)
  14. 14 Deacon Damaged (3:34)
  15. 15 German Destroyer (3:20)
  16. 16 Deacon's Crash (2:11)
  17. 17 Junior Prison (2:17)
  18. 18 The Proposal (0:40)
  19. 19 Junior Escapes (2:10)
  20. 20 Luntz Berlin (1:58)
  21. 21 Paper Plane (0:58)
  22. 22 Mission Orders / Stance Berlin (1:49)
  23. 23 Maurice Killed (2:02)
  24. 24 Attack from Above (0:48)
  25. 25 Pretty Boy Killed (1:36)
  26. 26 Lightning is Hit (3:22)
  27. 27 Lightning's Gone (2:24)
  28. 28 End Credits / America the Beautiful (4:36)
  29. 29 It's Been a Long, Long Time - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:26)
  30. 30 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters (2:43)
  31. 31 Blue Skies - Maxine Sullivan (3:01)
  32. 32 Bless You - The Ink Spots (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terence Blanchard Primary Artist, Trumpet
The Andrews Sisters Vocal Ensemble
Harry James Conductor
Maxine Sullivan Conductor, Vocals
The Ink Spots Vocal Ensemble
Vic Schoen Conductor
Adam Klemens Conductor
Kendrick Scott Percussion
FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague Performing Ensemble
Maxine Sullivan Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Filmharmonic Choir Choir, Chorus
Fabian Almazan Piano
Harry James Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Vic Schoen Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Terence Blanchard Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Sammy Cahn Composer
Howard Drossin Orchestration
Hughie Prince Composer
Don Raye Songwriter
Jule Styne Songwriter
Frank Wolf Engineering
Samuel A. Ward Original Material
Eddie Lane Composer
Don Baker Songwriter
Katharine Lee Bates Original Material
Long Vu Art Direction
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