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Twister
(1996)
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1996 Atlantic
2017 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Arranged, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Don Harper
Ladd McCintosh
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Atlantic Classics
(August 13th, 1996)

La-La Land Records
(January 17th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1996 Atlantic album was a regular U.S. release, debuting three months after the song compilation album for the film. That score album fell out of print in the 2000's. The 2017 La-La Land album is limited to 3,000 copies and sold at soundtrack specialty outlets for a retail price of $20.
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Buy it... on the vastly superior 2017 album presentation if you enjoy adventurous symphonic/electronic hybrid scores of significant bravado, for Twister is one of the more rousing entries in the disaster genre.

Avoid it... on the badly arranged 1996 album at all costs or if you can never accept the idea of wailing electric guitars interspersed with Aaron Copland-inspired Americana spirit in this context.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #376
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 1/12/18
Mancina
Mancina
Twister: (Mark Mancina) Written by Michael Crichton and his wife, Ann-Marie Martin, the preposterous but entertaining Twister competed well with the likes of Independence Day and The Rock during a busy 1996 summer season. The disaster film contained the same nonstop pacing as Jan De Bont's previous adventure, Speed, and through the sheer energy of that tempo and a few mind-boggling special effects, Twister was eye candy at its best. The affable duo of Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton lead a group of storm chasers on a mission to release a scientific instrument in the eye of a tornado that promises to yield incredible new information about the storms. Extraordinary measures to film scenes naturally with giant fans and real explosions stand convincingly even decades later. While the disaster flick achieved mainstream success in both the short and long term, the music for the film was equally attractive to audiences. For the most part, this attraction led to the high sales of the rock song compilation album for Twister. As per De Bont's desire, the film was heavy with rock song applications, mixing the songs and hyperactive orchestral score in an often choppy moment to moment set of transitions. The song compilation album immediately hit the charts at the film's opening, while score fans were forced to wait several months to enjoy Mark Mancina's work for the film on its own. Not only was the summer of 1996 a bonanza for big budget action films, but it also served as a formal introduction to the Media Ventures breakthrough in scoring technology. The previous year, Hans Zimmer had introduced his electronic action scoring mastery for the first time in Crimson Tide, arguably in its most successful and masculine historical form. The next summer, both The Rock and Twister would extend that sound into the mainstream for good. Much of the post-production crew for the two scores overlapped. On Mancina's part, he built upon his propulsive style in Speed and combined his pronounced percussion and guitars with an orchestral, Aaron Copland-inspired style of Americana that flourished when allowed to breathe in the film. For traditional orchestral score fans, the resulting sound was easier to grasp than The Rock due to an overriding loyalty to orchestral and choral coloration.



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759 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.35 Stars
***** 173 5 Stars
**** 202 4 Stars
*** 189 3 Stars
** 113 2 Stars
* 82 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1996 Atlantic Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 51:08
Oklahoma
• 1. Wheatfield (1:19)
• 2. Where's My Truck? (0:19)
• 3. Futility (2:14)
• 4. Downdraft (1:46)

It's Coming
• 5. Drive In (2:37)
• 6. The Big Suck (1:09)

The Hunt
• 7. Going Green (2:48)
• 8. Sculptures (3:03)
• 9. Cow (5:37)
• 10. Ditch (1:28)
The Damage
• 11. Wakita (5:01)

Hailstorm Hill
• 12. Bob's Road (2:10)
• 13. We're Almost There (2:58)

F5
• 14. Dorothy IV (1:47)
• 15. Mobile Home (4:38)
• 16. God's Finger (1:46)

William Tell
• 17. William Tell Overture/Oklahoma Medley (1:05)
• 18. End Title/Respect the Wind* (9:17)
* written and performed by Edward and Alex Van Halen
2017 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 63:54

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1996 Atlantic album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2017 La-La Land product features notes about both.
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The reviews and other textual content contained on the filmtracks.com site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from Twister are Copyright © 1996, 2017, Atlantic Classics, La-La Land Records and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 9/24/96 and last updated 1/12/18.
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