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 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Until today, I couldn't recall the last time I'd listen to this score, composed by Joel McNeely and released by Varese back in 1994. It's at least been more than 10 years, but I rediscovered it today and was happy to be reminded at what a fun score it is. The orchestral acrobatics are impressive, seeing as how this was still the time in the action genre when a Silvestri/Kamen style fully orchestral score was in vogue, even as the Zimmer style was encroaching on the genre. "Cadillac Freefall" is still the standout track. Any other fans of this score?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Love it.

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   valkyrie312   (Member)

Yes!

Love McNeely's work!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Kevin Costigan   (Member)

Until today, I couldn't recall the last time I'd listen to this score, composed by Joel McNeely and released by Varese back in 1994. It's at least been more than 10 years, but I rediscovered it today and was happy to be reminded at what a fun score it is. The orchestral acrobatics are impressive, seeing as how this was still the time in the action genre when a Silvestri/Kamen style fully orchestral score was in vogue, even as the Zimmer style was encroaching on the genre. "Cadillac Freefall" is still the standout track. Any other fans of this score?

This. THIS! COMPLETE. Is my number ONE Holy Grail.

I've written to Bob Townson and everyone associated with Varese Ad Nausium about it for about a decade now. LOL

Glad to know I'm not the only one who appreciates the score (Bring on Expandeds of Iron Will, Soldier and Virus too!). Love, love love McNeely's work.

I hope I get to hear the Deluxe Treatment before my time is up. :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

Aye, it's great fun.
When he does that theme that riffs on John Williams (Airborne and the last track?) it's completely brilliant.
The action stuff is a tremendous variation on that Kamen/Silvestri tried and tested formula.
Would I buy a Deluxe Edition?
Too fkn right I would.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

A consistently hard working and excellent composer, who has missed out on big budget blockbuster scores as they were handed off to the computer jockey crowd. He has nonetheless produced a lot of good scores, for some movies you might never watch.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

Until today, I couldn't recall the last time I'd listen to this score, composed by Joel McNeely and released by Varese back in 1994. It's at least been more than 10 years, but I rediscovered it today and was happy to be reminded at what a fun score it is. The orchestral acrobatics are impressive, seeing as how this was still the time in the action genre when a Silvestri/Kamen style fully orchestral score was in vogue, even as the Zimmer style was encroaching on the genre. "Cadillac Freefall" is still the standout track. Any other fans of this score?

This. THIS! COMPLETE. Is my number ONE Holy Grail.

I've written to Bob Townson and everyone associated with Varese Ad Nausium about it for about a decade now. LOL

Glad to know I'm not the only one who appreciates the score (Bring on Expandeds of Iron Will, Soldier and Virus too!). Love, love love McNeely's work.

I hope I get to hear the Deluxe Treatment before my time is up. :-)


Having never seen the movie itself, I can't speak to the rest of the score, but if it's all as great as what's on the 30-minute album then sign me up as well for a complete edition.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I don't remember the film having much more in the way of highlights, but Cadillac Freefall is an essential cue for anyone who likes anything.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

It's a great score, but it's weird to me that you can't mention a single score these days and just talk about the musical qualities, without the 'default' discussion mode of someone talking about desiring an expanded release and whatnot. As if that is the only thing one can talk about. It's a very different discussion atmosphere than just 10 years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

It's a great score, but it's weird to me that you can't mention a single score these days and just talk about the musical qualities, without the 'default' discussion mode of someone talking about desiring an expanded release and whatnot. As if that is the only thing one can talk about. It's a very different discussion atmosphere than just 10 years ago.

oh Thor, kick back and enjoy your Renoir

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

It's a great score, but it's weird to me that you can't mention a single score these days and just talk about the musical qualities, without the 'default' discussion mode of someone talking about desiring an expanded release and whatnot. As if that is the only thing one can talk about. It's a very different discussion atmosphere than just 10 years ago.

I know! People don't even know if there even IS any music they want that's not on the album!

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   JasonComerford   (Member)

Love this one. Always have. I've listened to "Krista is Caught" and "Cadillac Freefall" more times than I can possibly count. Would buy an expanded/complete release in an eyeblink.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Another huge fan here!

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I found this for a dollar at Circuit City a zillion years ago. Absolutely loved it, especially the last three tracks.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I know! People don't even know if there even IS any music they want that's not on the album!

Glad I'm not the only one who's noticed! There was a time back in the mid 2000s when, if you posted a thread about a score, people would talk about the music, the film, favourite tracks, what have you. But now, it's almost instantly into "I want a complete release NOW!" or "this and that music is missing". It's as if the focus has shifted from the tangible; what exists, to what is intangible; what doesn't exist. Peculiar (but not altogether surprising).

As for TERMINAL VELOCITY, there was a time in the 90s when McNeely could do no wrong (almost). Almost always pastiche, but done with such care and skill, it was impossible to dislike. Can't remember anything of the film, though.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

Terminal Velocity - Complete

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Kevin Costigan   (Member)

It's a great score, but it's weird to me that you can't mention a single score these days and just talk about the musical qualities, without the 'default' discussion mode of someone talking about desiring an expanded release and whatnot. As if that is the only thing one can talk about. It's a very different discussion atmosphere than just 10 years ago.

I know! People don't even know if there even IS any music they want that's not on the album!


I KNOW. :-)

Because the score in the film...as a whole plays like it needs to be whole. The album is chopped up and mixed around.

Granted the album does have the highlights, but there's about another half hour of additional music, particularly the action sequences. The reason why Cadilac Freefall is the go-to track on the album is because it's the only action sequence on the album.

I saw the film on Laserdisc in 1994, noticed the music. All 60+ minutes of it. (very good sound mix.. the music mix is allowed to take front and center, kinda like Rocketeer and Temple of Doom.)

As for some of the unreleased highlights:

Krista's lookalike Comrade is Assasinated
Krista Fakes Her Death
Apartment search, pursuit and escape sequence.
The Science Lab Breakin and Escape sequence
Tracking the Cargo Plane
Finding the Gold
The Airplane Shootout and escape Sequence
Final Battle between Sheen and Gandolfini.

Among others...

The degree to which you take to it is...well...

The score for Terminal Velocity...as a whole...is my "Rocket Gibraltar".

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Terminal Velocity - Complete

LOL!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Kevin Costigan   (Member)

Terminal Velocity - Complete

From your words to Robert Townson's eyes.

"Help me Bobby-Town. You're my only hope!"

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2018 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I would buy a complete release of this score, for sure.

Terminal Velocity - complete!

Yavar

 
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