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The Velocity of Gary
(1998)
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Composed, Arranged, Conducted, and Produced by:
Peitor Angell
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Bongos of Domani Music
(1998)
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Regular U.S. release, though difficult to find in stores. Check soundtrack specialty outlets.
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Buy it... only if you took particular notice of an individual cue in the film or are specifically seeking a demo sampler of Peitor Angell's music.

Avoid it... if you detest 1970's blues, soul, and dance music, or expect a film score to have any sense of cohesion whatsoever.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #561
WRITTEN 8/28/99, REVISED 4/5/07
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The Velocity of Gary: (Peitor Angell) Described by one well-known critic as "a wretched example of indie filmmaking," The Velocity of Gary was a 1998 adaptation of an off-broadway play. It was brought to the big screen by director Dan Ireland, whose only previous effort was the surprisingly likable The Whole Wide World, and his second project would also drag along lead actor Vincent C'Onofrio for the ride. Also featuring Selma Hayek and Ethan Hawke, the film shows the real personalities (if they could be called that) of the people behind the New York prostitution, pornography, and drag queen scene, serving as a character study of the people within those industries. Rather than taking a documentary-like approach, the James Still story is shown with all the glitter, outrage, and flamboyance of the setting and its immorality. Symbolism, vivid colors, and downright bizarre characters are plenty in the film, and with their antics came enough negative critical reviews to doom The Velocity of Gary at the art houses. The varied style of composer Peitor Angell would seem to augment the fractured worlds of the film quite well; Angell's career has been unheralded in the mainstream film score realm, but certainly not due to a lack of activity. A composer, lyricist, arranger, and record producer, Angell has a foot in several industries, composing full scores for a small handful of feature films, some additional music for others, a collection of short films, and a plethora of television specials when not doing arrangements for a regular crowd of recording artists. It's composers and producers like Angell that provide much of the music you hear on television but never pay much attention to, and while The Velocity of Gary certainly wasn't as groundbreaking of a calling card as any of his other scores (for equally obscure, often independent films), the album for the project serves as quite a compliment to his wide range of talents. Unfortunately, it doesn't function much at all like a cohesive film score, though. If you look at a score like this from the point of view of the film itself, you can easily understand how varied the emotions, situations, and genres in the story actually are.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:14
• 1. The Baptism of Gary (1:05)
• 2. Dance the Night Away (2:50)
• 3. Bright Lights, Big City (1:07)
• 4. Jackie, Baby (1:43)
• 5. I Want to Meet Him (3:22)
• 6. Sonata in Blue (2:03)
• 7. Cajunga (1:40)
• 8. Joey's Death (1:58)
• 9. Gary's Theme (0:49)
• 10. The Kiss (1:47)
• 11. Can You Feel It (1:37)
• 12. Children of the Night (1:26)
• 13. Miss Sweetheart (0:46)
• 14. Oxygen (1:58)
• 15. Black Velvet Soul (1:56)
• 16. Mrs Sanchez (1:24)
• 17. Valentino's Delusion (1:20)
• 18. Madrid (1:13)
• 19. His Stuff, My Stuff (2:16)
• 20. Remembrance of Things Past (1:00)
• 21. Mary Carmen (0:58)
• 22. Deeper Soul (5:48)
• 23. Get Yourself a Cup of Coffee (0:41)
• 24. He Looks Like Sleeping Beauty (1:19)
• 25. Goin' Back Home (3:27)
• 26. I'll Be There For You (4:19)
• 27. Dance the Night Away (remix) (2:18)

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The insert contains extensive credits, but no extra information about the score or composer.
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