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The Gospel of John
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:
Jeff Danna

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd

Solo Vocals by:
Esther Lamandier
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 25th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2007.
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Buy it... if you're open to the idea of hearing a masterful score for Jesus Christ that utilizes an appropriate balance between the romance of a modern orchestra and the vocals and instrumentation of 2,000 years ago.

Avoid it... if you cannot reconcile the topic and its interpretation, or if you're among the minority that believes that depictions of Christ be best left without any assumptive underscore at all.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #309
WRITTEN 12/6/03, REVISED 3/16/09
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The Gospel of John: (Jeff Danna) In the Golden Age of Hollywood, large-scale movies of historical religious origin took the form of the massively popular Ben-Hur and The Robe. Even if you weren't in tune with the religious nature of these films, they sustained enough epic action and grand scenery to capture your attention. In the incubating environment of arthouse films spawned in the 1990's and 2000's, however, the industry reached a moment in history when word for word adaptations of religious texts were becoming popular productions for both the small and big screens. Inherent in this transition were the inevitable discussions and arguments over which translations of gospels to adapt into live action, and no bigger was interest in this debate than in 2003 and 2004, when Jesus Christ appeared in theatres in more than one widely publicized and potentially controversial picture. Most of the attention, naturally, went to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, with its original language presentation and excruciating attention to violent details serving as alluring factors. Overshadowed by Gibson's film of early 2004, however, was The Gospel of John, director Philip Saville's late 2003 presentation of Christ's teachings with Canadian and British actors joined by several thousand extras. Many important differences between the two pictures should be mentioned, for the disparate directions that these productions explored would have a very important influence on the music for the films. While both movies are epic in length, The Passion of the Christ offered a much more graphic representation of Christ's final earthly hours while The Gospel of John, conversely, held violence to a minimum and instead emphasizes significantly more of the loving teachings of Jesus. For scholars, The Gospel of John was controversial not only because of the predicament it created with elements of Jewish history (a glowing endorsement from the polarizing king of nutty evangelists, Rev. Jerry Falwell, was another red flag), but also because it raised questions with its English language use and reliance on the more recent and mystical Good News Bible (from the American Bible Society), which some scholars have argued as being an unreliable translation. This latter point of controversy, however, turned out to be strangely good news for soundtrack enthusiasts.



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Beautiful **** stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 52:55
• 1. For God So Loved the World (3:03)
• 2. I Am the Bread of Life (2:54)
• 3. The Road Through Samaria (3:18)
• 4. Mary Washes Jesus' Feet (2:37)
• 5. Here Comes Your King (1:44)
• 6. Pilate's Dilemma (2:59)
• 7. The Lamb of God (2:12)
• 8. Jesus and Nicodemus (3:05)
• 9. You Will Not Find Me (1:49)
• 10. The Prayer (4:21)
• 11. Solomon's Porch (3:37)
• 12. One of You is a Devil (1:56)
• 13. The Betrayal (2:58)
• 14. What is Truth? (2:30)
• 15. The Ruler of this World (3:15)
• 16. Jesus at the Temple (3:10)
• 17. Cast Your Nets (2:28)
• 18. Follow Me (4:33)

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The insert includes detailed information about the score and film, addressing the reasearch done for the score as well as the controversy about the film itself.
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