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Memphis Belle
(1990)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Eliza Thompson

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 17th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a BAFTA Award.
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Buy it... if you are easily captured by George Fentons' ability to use the lyrical romanticism of lush themes and soaring action cues to produce grandeur of broad scope and harmony.

Avoid it... if scores about flying leave your feet on the ground, for Fenton's music here is one of film music's most historically engaging compositions for the concept of heroic flight.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #952
WRITTEN 7/1/03, REVISED 4/3/09
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Memphis Belle: (George Fenton) Depicting a heroic bomber mission in World War II, Memphis Belle is a tale of the final exploits of a bomber plane by the same name. With a gallant crew, the US Air Force B-17 bomber makes its 25th and final bombing run over Germany during the concluding stages of the war, though, as you might imagine, the mission doesn't go as smoothly as hoped. The story of Memphis Belle is as exciting as it is heroic, with the famed plane nearly meeting with disaster before miraculously returning safely at the end. Thus, the film's glory is tapered by a significant feeling of somber suspense for nearly its entire length. Classically-inclined composer George Fenton had not yet proven himself an expert in the realm of period scores, but with a series of historical British dramas eventually defining his accomplished career, Memphis Belle fits snugly in his trademark sound. Fenton would be able to develop a remarkably romantic score for the film amid a military backdrop, which is a dream come true for any composer. Additionally, Fenton was tasked with integrating several staples of 1940's pop and jazz music, and he would do so in such a fashion that the period source material would flow seamlessly into and out of his own orchestral compositions. Fenton adapted the tunes of "Green Eyes" and "Amazing Grace" very well into the pre-flight portions of the film, with the latter song occupying the vital sequence as the bombers prepare to make their last take-off into the scene of battle. Fenton also offers an adaptation of "Danny Boy," which stands alone as a soul entry at the end of the Memphis Belle album and doesn't match the musical styles of the film (even though it does match the attitude and emotions of the other music). The Harry Connick, Jr. performance of this piece (a fan favorite) unfortunately didn't make it onto that product. Still, the result of Fenton's integration of all of these elements into his score is a work of heartfelt beauty that many film music collectors continued to refer to as his best achievement throughout the rest of the decade.



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523 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.71 Stars
***** 186 5 Stars
**** 146 4 Stars
*** 97 3 Stars
** 42 2 Stars
* 52 1 Stars
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Fenton's music used elsewhere?
Jason Lomberg - May 2, 2005, at 12:19 p.m.
1 comment  (1848 views)
Disappointed
Troy - November 28, 2003, at 10:07 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:13
• 1. The Londonderry Air/Front Titles: Memphis Belle (3:50)
• 2. Green Eyes* (3:25)
• 3. Flying Home* (2:57)
• 4. The Steel Lady (1:44)
• 5. "Prepare for Take Off" (Amazing Grace) (2:39)
• 6. The Final Mission (3:51)
• 7. "With Deep Regret..." (2:02)
• 8. I Know Why (And So Do You)* - performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (2:55)
• 9. The Bomb Run (1:30)
• 10. Limping Home (2:25)
• 11. Crippled Belle: The Landing (3:26)
• 12. Resolution (1:06)
• 13. Memphis Belle End Title Suite (7:37)
• 14. Danny Boy (Theme from Memphis Belle)* - performed by Mark Williamson (3:20)
* not original score by George Fenton

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