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The Mole
(2001)
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2001 Varèse
2009 BSX
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
David Michael Frank

Orchestrated by:
William Motzing

Performed by:
The City of Prague Orchestra

The Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(September 18th, 2001)

BSX Records
(May 9th, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 2001 Varèse album was a regular commercial release, but it fell out of print later in the decade. The 2009 BSX Records album is limited to 1,000 copies and available initially for $15 through soundtrack specialty outlets. That label released the same contents for digital download in 2012.
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The theme for Season Five was nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Buy it... if you are a fan of the concept whatsoever and are prepared to pay higher prices for either of the two impressive albums featuring David Michael Frank's accomplished library cues for the show's American run.

Avoid it... if the stylish exploration of almost every musical genre known to man is too disjointed on its two long album presentations to function as a coherent listening experience.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #779
WRITTEN 10/13/01, REVISED 6/20/18
Frank
Frank
The Mole: (David Michael Frank) One of the longer-running reality show concepts of the 2000's has been "The Mole," originating in Europe but produced in America originally for four seasons early in the decade before being resurrected in 2008 for a single, fifth season. In all the various international variants of the idea, "The Mole" is essentially a game show in which contestants have to solve mysteries in order to win cash, though the producers insert a mole into the cast each year to try to spoil those endeavors. The third and fourth seasons in the United States, (termed "Celebrity Mole," transformed into cheap celebrity versions of the concept, though upon the original debut of "The Mole" on ABC in 2001, with CNN darling Anderson Cooper as the host, there actually was a strong reception for it. After the failed fifth season in 2008, the concept continued overseas under its many guises. Composing the music for all the seasons of the show's American incarnation was David Michael Frank, whose career in the decade had literally been dominated by such music, including one of several Emmy nominations for his fifth season theme here. At the time of his initial recordings for "The Mole," he entered a year in 2001 that was an odyssey of greatness for television music, with the compositional work for the small screen putting the majority of big screen scores to shame. The show's producers who bought the rights to edit and rebroadcast the European show in America had a tough task when it came to the finished product's pre-existing score. The original Belgian creators of "The Mole" didn't feel constrained by the usual royalty payments on American film music, so they had inserted pieces from major film scores into nearly every episode of the show. Music by Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Bernard Herrmann, James Horner, Trevor Rabin, and John Barry was commonly heard in the show, and since such use would be flagrantly illegal in the United States (unless the producers wanted to pay astronomical royalties to the composers and the unions), the Americans had to dump the borrowed scores. Conjuring a fresh new selection of large-scale library cues for a reality television show is no easy job, but Frank accepted the challenge. The American producers of "The Mole" wanted scores with more meat than typical reality shows of the era, requesting dramatic and distinct episodic music with lush themes and large orchestrations.



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Average: 3.43 Stars
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Awesome
Jeff - February 22, 2004, at 5:24 p.m.
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Mole Music
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THE BEST!!
Alison - August 27, 2002, at 8:04 p.m.
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The Mole
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
2001 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:24
• 1. Main Title (0:44)
• 2. Who is the MOLE? (4:41)
• 3. Brain Game (2:19)
• 4. Captured (3:32)
• 5. Sad Farewell (1:26)
• 6. Dirty Laundry (2:58)
• 7. Sabotage (1:21)
• 8. The Unusual Suspects (3:29)
• 9. Heroic Jump (3:14)
• 10. The Clock is Ticking (3:53)
• 11. Nighttime in Paris (1:39)
• 12. Cornfield Maze (3:16)
• 13. The Execution (2:02)
• 14. The Arrival (2:53)
• 15. Reunion (2:17)
• 16. The Players (2:08)
• 17. Taking the Bait (1:09)
• 18. Sancti Petri (4:31)
• 19. Deception (3:18)
• 20. 751 Sheep (3:17)
• 21. The Fortress (4:23)
• 22. Floating (3:35)
• 23. The Rescue (1:20)
• 24. Lap of Luxury (3:20)
• 25. The Bullfight (3:25)
• 26. Traveling in Circles (3:30)
• 27. End Credits (0:56)
2009 BSX Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:35

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The inserts of both albums include notes about the production of the music for the series.
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