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Speed
(1994)
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1994 Fox
2012 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Arranged, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Don Harper

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Ladd McIntosh
Y.S. Moriarty

Additional Music by:
John Van Tongeren
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Fox Records
(August 30th, 1994)

La-La Land Records
(February 28th, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1994 Fox album was regular U.S. release, but it had fallen out of print as of 2002. The 2012 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and initially retailed for $20 primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... on any album if solid action scores excite you despite their somewhat underdeveloped electronic rendering, or if you wish to hear Mark Mancina's major action debut on the big stage.

Avoid it... if you prefer the more established and matured Media Ventures-related sound that would develop from this mould for action films a few years after Speed, in which case Mancina's own Speed 2: Cruise Control is a better place to start in this franchise.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #851
WRITTEN 9/17/03, REVISED 3/22/12
Mancina
Mancina
Speed: (Mark Mancina) The Jan De Bont action blockbuster Speed was a financial champion of the 1994 summer season, spurring the careers of its two young lead actors, confirming actor Dennis Hopper as an expert at portraying freaks, and inspiring a sequel on the high seas. The premise of Speed was an original one, forcing a group of frightened urbanites to drive their city bus faster than a certain speed or be destroyed by a bomb planted underneath them. Though mindless, the masterful execution of the script's constant thrills yielded solid critical responses, continuing the pleasant surprise enjoyed by the studio for this otherwise low budget afterthought. The choice of keyboardist Mark Mancina to provide the equally budget-friendly music for Speed was initially met with resistance, despite the composer's already existing body of work outside of the spotlight, including supplemental music for The Lion King. Another would-be composer branching off from the rock group "Yes" (joining Trevor Rabin), Mancina debuted in the mainstream with his first major solo film score of note for Speed, immediately establishing him as an action-oriented composer despite his plethora of activity in other genres. Mancina would eventually be recognized as one of the more successful artists to walk through the doors of Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures composing house (though he existed really only on the periphery of that group in some opinions), and part of that success was due to Mancina's head start on many of the mainstay artists of that production factory. Mancina was heavily influenced by Zimmer's style of combining synthesizers and orchestras, and he continued to develop ideas that crossed between both genres for several years. His score for Speed was effective in its capacity to generate excitement (and it was therefore a strong piece of music for the film), but it is even more of an interesting case study of how the general Media Ventures action sound got started. Zimmer had already established his dominance over the synthetic realm, and, by 1994, had produced the largely electronic Beyond Rangoon and Point of No Return with an elegant mastery of his machinery.



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Average: 3.65 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1994 Fox Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 40:30
• 1. Main Title (3:37)
• 2. The Rescue (4:01)
• 3. Entering Airport (1:00)
• 4. Rush Hour (6:04)
• 5. Helen Dies (2:19)
• 6. The Gap (2:49)
• 7. Choppers (1:00)
• 8. Pershing Square (3:18)
• 9. Elevator Peril (0:28)
• 10. Fight on Train (1:19)
• 11. Dangling Feet (0:34)
• 12. City Streets (1:41)
• 13. Wildcat (1:04)
• 14. The Dolly (1:28)
• 15. Move (2:05)
• 16. Pop Quiz (2:23)
• 17. Freight Elevator (2:29)
• 18. Elevator Stall (1:50)
• 19. End Title (1:49)
2012 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 69:25

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1994 Fox album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2012 La-La Land album includes extensive details about both.
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