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The Tillman Story

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Philip Sheppard's score for the documentary The Tillman Story, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is necessarily solemn. The film chronicles the life of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who enlisted in the military in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and was sent to Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire. The circumstances of his death were the subject of an alleged cover-up, so this is a complicated story mixing sports, fame, patriotism, tragedy, and deceit. Sheppard addresses these elements with slow-moving orchestral string parts usually supporting single-note keyboard passages. The cues are short, with 32 of them occupying a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Philip Sheppard's score for the documentary The Tillman Story, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is necessarily solemn. The film chronicles the life of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who enlisted in the military in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and was sent to Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire. The circumstances of his death were the subject of an alleged cover-up, so this is a complicated story mixing sports, fame, patriotism, tragedy, and deceit. Sheppard addresses these elements with slow-moving orchestral string parts usually supporting single-note keyboard passages. The cues are short, with 32 of them occupying a soundtrack album of 51 minutes. Understandably, the track called "The Wedding" is a bit livelier. "The Afghan" introduces an appropriately Eastern tonality. If there is, throughout, the sense that something is missing, this is a deliberate choice on the part of the composer, who explains that, in order to mirror the censored documents shown onscreen, documents requested by Tillman's survivors in an attempt to discover what really happened to him, the music too "redacts" parts of melodies that were written, but not fully played. This composition-by-omission also has the effect of complementing the overall theme of the film, which is an account of a person who is no longer present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • UPC: 780163419726
  • Catalog Number: 34197
  • Sales rank: 365,908

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Memorial (1:30)
  2. 2 Lux (0:56)
  3. 3 Total Champion (0:46)
  4. 4 Cargo (1:08)
  5. 5 Background (2:08)
  6. 6 Aria (0:41)
  7. 7 Turn the Corner (0:50)
  8. 8 Suspicion (5:23)
  9. 9 Yeti (0:26)
  10. 10 Flight (0:42)
  11. 11 First Glance (0:48)
  12. 12 Military Ceremony (1:37)
  13. 13 Just a Kid (2:00)
  14. 14 The Wedding (1:09)
  15. 15 Wedding Dance (1:36)
  16. 16 In the Dark (0:44)
  17. 17 New Almaden (1:52)
  18. 18 Night Vision (1:18)
  19. 19 Jessica Lynch Waltz (0:57)
  20. 20 The Afghan (1:25)
  21. 21 Into the Valley (5:27)
  22. 22 Total Champion 2 (2:34)
  23. 23 The Message (3:21)
  24. 24 Washington (0:48)
  25. 25 Fallout (1:25)
  26. 26 Conspiracy (0:55)
  27. 27 Tackle (1:27)
  28. 28 Brother (0:58)
  29. 29 The Hearing (1:33)
  30. 30 99 Yards (1:55)
  31. 31 Chorale for Pat (2:19)
  32. 32 Last Look (0:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philip Sheppard Primary Artist, Cello, Conductor, Electric Cello
Janice Graham Violin
Pauline Lowbury Violin
Lynda Houghton Double Bass
Stephen Williams Double Bass
Warren Zielinski Violin
Malcolm Johnston Viola
Thomas Kemp Violin
Nick Barr Viola
Adrian Bradbury Cello
Charles Mutter Violin
Natalia Bonner Violin
Helen Paterson Violin
Maxine Moore Viola
Belinda Mikhaïl Piano
Helen Cox Violin
David le Page Violin
Deirdre Cooper Cello
Caroline Dearnley Cello
Jonathan Evans-Jones Violin
Richard Harwood Cello
Alison Dods Violin
Julia Knight Viola
Dominic Worsley Double Bass
David Geoghegan Trumpet
Jonathan Morton Violin
Technical Credits
Richard Glasser Executive Soundtrack Producer
John Bergin Art Direction
Jake Jackson Engineer
Skip Williamson Executive Producer
Philip Sheppard Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Brian McNelis Executive Producer
Roberto Borzoni Producer
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