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Medal of Honor
(1999)
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1999 Dreamworks
2011 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Tim Simonec

2011 Set Produced by:
Steve Schnur
Raphaella Lima
Erik Kraber
MV Gerhard
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Dreamworks Records
(December 7th, 1999)

La-La Land Records
(April 12th, 2011)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1999 Dreamworks album was a limited U.S. release, available initially only through Amazon.com and soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2011 La-La Land set is limited to 2,000 copies and available at an initial price of $60 at the same soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... if you want to hear Michael Giacchino's first breakthrough score, for despite residing in the video game genre, "Medal of Honor" is an engagingly robust orchestral work worthy of a motion picture.

Avoid it... if the strikingly obvious similarities between this music and John Williams' Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade might hinder your ability to enjoy its other, more original merits.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #339
WRITTEN 2/3/00, REVISED 4/25/11
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Medal of Honor: (Michael Giacchino) One of the most fascinating aspects of using a traditional orchestral score in a video game is that the music's style and viability both precede and survive long after the technology of the game is obsolete. This was especially the case in the 1990's, when gaming technology on computers was changing so quickly that the games were forced to evolve themselves or be a footnote in the history of home computing. When the first "Medal of Honor" game debuted in 1999, its producers realized just that, and the concept matured over the course of several sequel and spin-off games also related to World War II. Dreamworks and Steven Spielberg were responsible for expanding upon the idea of using full-blooded orchestral music in video games after the successful recording for the Star Wars spin-off game "Shadows of the Empire" earlier in the decade. This growth resulted in games inspired by Jurassic Park: The Lost World and Saving Private Ryan that both featured orchestral music by young composer Michael Giacchino, long before his transfer to major motion picture scoring in the mid-2000's yielded mainstream popularity and awards recognition. Partially to thank for the symphonic sound in video games is John Williams, who may never have recorded a single such score, but whose works influenced both McNeely and Giacchino in the medium's first major orchestral recordings. At the time, Spielberg referred to Giacchino as a "young John Williams" and, while his expansive career on television and the big screen later revealed a far wider range of stylistic talent, Giacchino's direct emulation of the maestro in these early efforts greatly supported that claim. Performed by the 64 members of The Northwest Sinfonia, the music for "Medal of Honor" gained widespread acclaim and immediate respect for Giacchino, despite some criticism regarding the blatant pulls of inspiration from contemporary Williams music. The franchise would slowly lose some of that distinctive spirit as it branched out into its many succeeding variants, Giacchino eventually unable to continue his involvement due to his exploding career and replaced by other feature film score younglings Christopher Lennertz and Ramin Djawadi.



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Track Listings Icon
TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
All Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 73:09
• 1. Medal of Honor (4:12)
• 2. Locating Enemy Positions (4:10)
• 3. Taking Out the Railgun (3:51)
• 4. Attack on Fort Schmerzen (3:59)
• 5. The Radar Train (3:34)
• 6. Rescuing the G3 Officer (4:09)
• 7. Panzar Attack (4:17)
• 8. Rjuken Sabotage (4:07)
• 9. The U-Boat (4:42)
• 10. Merker's Salt Mine (4:09)
• 11. Colditz Castle V2 (3:22)
• 12. Securing The Codebook (3:36)
• 13. Nordhausen (3:17)
• 14. Stopping the V2 Launch (4:13)
• 15. The Jet Aircraft Facility (3:29)
• 16. The Road to Berlin (3:06)
• 17. Medal of Honor (Alternate Recording) (3:03)
• 18. The Road to Berlin (Radio Berlin) (4:11)

Unmarked Bonus Tracks:
• 19. German Sound Effects (1:23)
• 20. Amateur National Anthem (2:07)
(the 2011 set contains these contents on CD #1)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of the single Dreamworks album and the La-La Land set both include a plethora of information about the game and the composer, the former also providing a cue-by-cue analysis.
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