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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
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Composed and Produced by:
Andrew Lockington

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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WaterTower Music
(February 7th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release, primarily distributed via download but also availabile through's "CDr on demand" service.
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Buy it... if you have any affection for Andrew Lockington's breezy, entertaining score for Journey to the Center of the Earth, in which case you'll likely love his superior reworking of the same general sound for this impressive evolution of the concept's music.

Avoid it... if you tend to over-intellectualize your film music, because the appeal of the Lockington scores for this franchise exists in the heavy doses of grandiose thematic bravado and awe-inspiring fantasy interludes that will never be labeled as high art.
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WRITTEN 2/25/12
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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: (Andrew Lockington) After the unexpected success of the 3D venture Journey to the Center of the Earth in 2008, the studios purchased an unrelated script by Richard Outten, which the writer then adapted to serve as a direct sequel to the previous film. In this follow-up adventure, elements of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels," and Jules Verne's "Mysterious Island" are thrown together to explain the existence of one elusive, real-life island that contains important plot elements from all three of those existing stories. The only recurring cast member from Journey to the Center of the Earth is the lead boy, who, with the help of his stepfather (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson replacing the character played by Brendan Fraser previously), decodes a transmitted message from his lost grandfather on this mysterious island. When the boy and the stepfather go to Palau to seek out the coordinates of this supposed kingdom of wonders, they and their hired helicopter crew (including the obligatory young love interest for the boy) crash at their destination in a freak storm. From there, they find Michael Caine as the grandfather and journey through several of the famous elements from the source stories (the sinking city of Atlantis, a volcano of gold, giant creatures, and the Nautilus, among others) before devising a creative way to escape and prepare themselves for another adventure suggested clearly at the end of the picture. Despite its haphazard race through plot contrivances and the mixed (at best) critical response to the senseless script, the movie lived up to the formula for success of its predecessor, earning $200 million internationally within just a couple of weeks and confirming the pre-production on the third movie in the franchise. The 2008 entry was supported by an immensely entertaining "guilty pleasure" score by young Canadian composer Andrew Lockington, whose duo of Journey to the Center of the Earth and City of Ember announced his arrival to the mainstream solo film scoring scene after a career working as an orchestrator for fellow Canadian Mychael Danna. Unfortunately, the recognition that these two 2008 scores received did not lead to a sudden influx of work for the composer (and that trademark cap always fixed atop his head), whose output in the three subsequent years was limited to obscure film and television projects of little note. His attachment to Journey 2: The Mysterious Island couldn't have come sooner for film music enthusiasts seeking another opportunity to hear his fantasy mode shine once again.

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Total Time: 65:44
• 1. Vernian's Believe (2:53)
• 2. The Attic (4:11)
• 3. Helicopter Crash (2:13)
• 4. Island Reveal (3:38)
• 5. Lizard Chase (2:44)
• 6. The Treehouse (4:55)
• 7. Discovering Atlantis (5:34)
• 8. Who's Up For an Adventure? (2:14)
• 9. Gold Dust (2:39)
• 10. Bee Chase (5:33)
• 11. What a Wonderful World (Film Version) - performed by Dwayne Johnson (2:18)
• 12. Campfire (1:47)
• 13. The Swamp (2:41)
• 14. Trident Cliffs (2:33)
• 15. Finding the Nautilus (3:08)
• 16. Let's Power This Thing Up (3:08)
• 17. The Nautilus Escape (5:03)
• 18. Sean's Birthday (2:28)
• 19. Mysterious Island Main Titles (3:22)
• 20. What a Wonderful World (End Credits) - performed by Dwayne Johnson (2:43)

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Rather than featuring pictures or information about the film, the insert contains a lengthy note and fascinating pictorial, both from the composer himself, in regards to the research and recording of the score. As in many of's "CDr on demand" products, the packaging smells incredibly foul when new.
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