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X-Men
(2000)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Stephen McLaughlin
Christopher Brooks

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Brad Warnaar

Cello Solos by:
Steve Erdody
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Decca Records
(July 11th, 2000)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you prefer your superhero scores to feature an ambient personality that is devoid of the usual heroic themes and straightforward action material often heard in the genre.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear some of the thematic highlights from the film on this commercial album, for the product does not completely represent Michael Kamen's original intent for the film.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #60
WRITTEN 7/10/00, REVISED 6/22/08
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X-Men: (Michael Kamen) Although comic superhero adaptations had already populated the big screen in sparse numbers from the 1970's through the 1990's, it wasn't until the 2000's that the wealth of characters seen for decades in the comics of Marvel Enterprises made it to the big screen. And then, with ferocious intent, studios pressed forward with franchises for The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and X-Men. The first of these adaptations was an ambitious production of X-Men in 2000, with a top notch cast and extremely high expectations. While eager fans of the long-running comic found much to be happy with in the final product, executives at 20th Century Fox nearly ruined the venture with troublesome meddling late in the game. It was a classic case of industry artists versus studio suits, the latter demanding frantic changes to X-Men through the final weeks before its debut. One of the areas most deeply affected by this disheartening battle was the music for the film. Director Bryan Singer was originally set to utilize the services of his regular collaborator, John Ottman, but despite the young composer's desire to enter the realm of superhero films (which he would eventually accomplish in both this and the The Fantastic Four franchises), Ottman had to step away from X-Men due to scheduling conflicts. On board came veteran Michael Kamen, whose career in fantasy and science-fiction was a bit sparse. He wrote a melodic score fashioned after the style of the Superman and Batman franchises, which was understandable given his move towards dramatic lyricism in What Dreams May Come and The Iron Giant over the previous few years. The studio, however, reportedly wanted a score with a more abstract, electronic edge, and Kamen was sent scrambling to alter the personality of his work. As a result, fans heard a score more in tune with the trashy Event Horizon, with pieces of the score's former self mixed into a few of the scenes. The lack of cohesion in the music is most evident on the album, which was assembled in haphazard fashion as well. The score, while serviceable, is among the weakest for any Marvel adaptation of the 2000's, and the album provides an even less remarkable listening experience.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 40:27
• 1. Death Camp (3:05)
• 2. Ambush (3:26)
• 3. Mutant School (3:48)
• 4. Magneto's Lair (5:01)
• 5. Cerebro (2:13)
• 6. Train (2:35)
• 7. Magneto Stand Off (3:01)
• 8. The X-Jet (3:47)
• 9. Museum Fight (2:21)
• 10. The Statue of Liberty (2:38)
• 11. Final Showdown (2:31)
• 12. Logan and Rogue (5:57)

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