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Transformers: Age of Extinction
(2014)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Additional Music by:
Joseph Trapanese
Jacob Shea
David Fleming
Michael Yezerski

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Yvonne S. Moriarty
Carl Rydlund
Jennifer Hammond

Co-Produced by:
Randy Spendlove
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Paramount (Digital EP)
(June 30th, 2014)

Paramount (Digital Full)
(July 3rd, 2014)

La-La Land Records (CD)
(October 7th, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The full download album was initially a regular commercial release, but it was removed from availability by Paramount when the number of downloads hit 15,000. The studio had not licensed the music for more than that distribution and would have been forced to pay much higher re-use fees to the musicians' union had it continued to sell units. This situation also happened with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Also pulled from stores was the "Extended Play" album featuring four demo-suites of the score's themes.

The La-La Land Records CD album was released months after the download product and is limited to 3,000 copies. It is available primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20.
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Buy it... if the grinding ambient tone of Steve Jablonsky's material for the previous "Transformers" scores is your desire, because that's unfortunately the most significant musical element to survive in this franchise reboot.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear a satisfying continuation of Jablonsky's main anthems from the prior scores, their replacement during a significant portion of this score an unforgivably baffling choice by the composer and director.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,570
WRITTEN 12/20/14
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Transformers: Age of Extinction: (Steve Jablonsky/Various) Resoundingly poor reviews once again did not deter a public of diminished intelligence from wasting money on the fourth entry in the live-action "Transformers" franchise. With 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction came a pseudo-reboot of the concept on the screen, the previous actors and Michael Bay refusing to return after the original trilogy of films had completed. Lured back to the director's chair for this film (but reportedly not a fifth) was Bay, and the quality of the end result is as unfortunate as anyone might expect. The concept remains much the same despite the reboot, the storyline following basic parameters and characters from the original animated show. Unrealistic and illogical plotlines involving humanity's love/hate relationship with the robots are further explored in Transformers: Age of Extinction, along with the scientific elements that explain the existence of the robots to begin with. It would seem that the franchise will milk suckers of the concept for all it can while there remains a supply of characters to pilfer from the history of the animated show, this time resurrecting Galvatron and the Dinobots for continued warfare. It helps that veteran concept voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker are still alive and wagging those tongues; without their contribution, there really remains no meaningful connection to the franchise's roots. One can only predict that this series of films will eventually tumble its way toward a conclusive encounter with the famed planetary-sized transformer, Unicron, in which Earth is consumed, robots shaped like Chevrolet product lines fly off into the great unknown, and nobody has to keep fussing about whiny human collateral. Bay's continued involvement with the franchise reassured composer Steve Jablonsky's reprised role as well, though it was one that eventually tested the stamina and patience of the composer. Largely by Bay's insistence, there were yet more infusions of musical talent from outside sources for Transformers: Age of Extinction, yielding collaborations that Jablonsky contends were career highlights despite his contradictory statements that the creation of this score was a more challenging than its predecessors and made him want to curl up in a ball in the corner of a room.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Extended Play Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 19:33
• 1. Hunted (5:57)
• 2. Tessa (5:45)
• 3. Autobots Reunite (2:57)
• 4. Lockdown (4:54)
Full Download and CD Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:40

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The insert of the CD includes a list of performers and a note from the composer. The cover art is the same for all versions of the album.
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