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Shadow Conspiracy
(1996)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The Sinfonia of London
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(October 15th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2003.
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Buy it... if your favorite suspense scores create their ambience with an excess of unusual instrumentation, because Shadow Conspiracy offers a persona defined by a massive percussion section.

Avoid it... if exploding, pounding timpani sequences and only two cues of large-scale brass statements of theme can't compensate for the otherwise typical genre material in between.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,097
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/21/08
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Shadow Conspiracy: (Bruce Broughton) The middle of the 1990's were a renaissance period for Hollywood films about the American president, and that included a fair share of tales involving presidential scandals. The plotline of the 1996 film Shadow Conspiracy held many parallels with films such as Murder at 1600 and Absolute Power, and it suffered from overkill of the subject at the box office. Part of the problem involved its own total ineptitude, from the casting of Charlie Sheen in the lead to an obvious reliance on action sequences stolen from other movies to attempt an atmosphere of excitement. There's even a scene in which a little toy helicopter is supposed to fire bullets at the president; think about the physics of that one for a moment. An incredible dumb script can indeed sink a film and cause the studio to delay it by several months to hide its debut in the doldrums of January. The intrigue involving the White House in this film revolves around a plot (involving, predictably, Donald Sutherland) to overthrow the entire American government. Bringing the thriller to the big screen was director George Cosmatos (of Rambo movie fame), and composer Bruce Broughton had collaborated with Cosmatos for the successful project of Tombstone a few years earlier (some had hoped that Cosmatos would return to his fruitful partnership with the veteran Jerry Goldsmith, but to no avail). For Shadow Conspiracy, Broughton was be able to raise a noble theme similar in basic style to what he had produced for Tombstone, though he wouldn't be able to hold on to it for very long. Cosmatos had a very specific idea in mind when he hired Broughton for the project; he wanted the score for Shadow Conspiracy to be performed by a symphony orchestra with a massive percussion section (and, more specifically, extra drums). The idea was a precursor to Goldsmith's taut technique for L.A. Confidential the following year, and listeners will notice parallels in instrumental mixing between the two scores.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:39
• 1. The Hit (3:50)
• 2. To the White House (1:38)
• 3. The Oval Office (2:43)
• 4. Georgetown Pursuit (6:23)
• 5. Touched by Evil (3:08)
• 6. Frank is Dead (0:59)
• 7. A Secured Line (0:43)
• 8. Hitter on the Roof (5:32)
• 9. White House Chaos (14:12)
• 10. Tracking Amanda (2:32)
• 11. The Conspirators (2:18)
• 12. Final Details (3:15)
• 13. Attempted Assassination/End Credits (10:10)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a short note from Broughton about the score.
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