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 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 10:45 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

X-MEN: EXPANDED LIMITED EDITION SOUNDTRACK (2-CD SET) LLLCD 1504
Music by Michael Kamen
Limited Edition of 3000 Units
RETAIL PRICE: $29.98

STARTS SHIPPING MAY 11





La-La Land Records, 20TH Century Studios and Universal Music Special Markets proudly present a limited edition, 2-CD expanded and remastered release of renowned composer Michael Kamen’s (DIE-HARD, LETHAL WEAPON, ROAD HOUSE) original motion picture score to the 2000 big-screen superhero action-drama, X-MEN, starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. Composer Michael Kamen expertly melds acoustic orchestra with a wide range of synthesizer textures, samples sounds and processed effects to fashion an exciting and urgent-sounding contemporary score that would not only play a vital role in successfully launching the blockbuster X-MEN motion-picture franchise and, with its unique sound, but also pave the way for such notable scores by others like UNBREAKABLE and BATMAN BEGINS. This expanded, remastered 2-CD presentation of the composer’s last score for 20th Century Fox features the film score on Disc 1, with original album tracks and additional music showcased on Disc 2. Produced by Mike Matessino and Neil S. Bulk and mastered by Matessino, this limited edition of 3000 units also features exclusive, in-depth liner notes by writer Jeff Bond and heroic art design by Jim Titus.

TRACK LISTING:

DISC 1
1 Death Camp (Film Version) 3:07
2 Rogue’s Kiss 1:51
3 Senate Discussion 2:25
4 Bar Fight 1:34
5 Logan Drives 1:05
6 Ambush 3:27
7 They Knew / Laboratory 3:57
8 School Montage 3:15
9 Helicopter Hijack 1:00
10 Kelly’s Transformation 3:23
11 Jean Reads Logan’s Mind / Nightmare / Rogue Heals Logan 3:24
12 Kelly In Prison / Beach 2:48
13 Bobby And Rogue 1:09
14 Cerebro 2:11
15 Logan And Rogue In Train 3:53
16 Train 2:37
17 Magneto Stand Off 3:01
18 Xavier Reads Kelly’s Mind 2:10
19 Kelly Dies 1:36
20 Xavier Falls 1:23
21 Jean Uses Cerebro 1:34
22 Land Of Tolerance 2:01
23 The X-Jet 3:48
24 Over The Wall :33
25 Museum Fight (Film Version) 3:19
26 Museum Fight (Continued) 1:39
27 Logan Kills Mystique :59
28 Fight On The Head 2:40
29 Final Showdown (Film Mix) 2:30
30 Logan Holds Rogue 2:45
31 Jean And Logan 1:57
32 Logan Says Goodbye /
Why Ask Questions / Finale 3:43

TOTAL TIME DISC 1: 77:24

DISC 2
ORIGINAL ALBUM TRACKS
1 Death Camp 3:04
2 Mutant School 3:48
3 Magneto’s Lair 4:59
4 Museum Fight 2:23
5 The Statue Of Liberty 2:39
6 Final Showdown 2:30
7 Logan And Rogue 6:01

ADDITIONAL MUSIC
8 X-Men Main Title (Film Construct) :55
9 Senate Discussion (Revised) 2:32
10 Wolverine In The Ring (Film Construct) :28
11 Logan Drives (Film Edit) :36
12 Ambush (Part 1, Full Take) :58
13 Ambush (Film Edit) 2:17
14 Helicopter Hijack (Alternate) 1:01
15 Helicopter Hijack (Film Version) 1:10
16 Cerebro (Film Mix) 2:04
17 Train (Film Version) 2:34
18 Magneto Stand Off (Film Mix) 2:54
19 Kelly Dies (Film Version) 1:06
20 Xavier Falls (Film Version) 1:01
21 Jean Uses Cerebro (Film Version) 1:24
22 Land Of Tolerance (Film Version) 1:53
23 The X-Jet (Film Version) 2:04
24 Museum Fight (Part 1 Alternate) 2:02
25 Inside The Statue / Logan Escapes (Film Construct) 3:48
26 Fight On The Head (Film Version) 2:28
27 Logan Holds Rogue (Film Version) 2:29
28 Jean And Logan (Alternate) 1:58
29 Why Ask Questions / Finale / End Credits (Film Construct) 11:11

TOTAL TIME DISC 2: 75:24

2-CD TOTAL TIME: 2:32:48


 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2021 - 4:30 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

...and my last Kamen. What a steaming pile of poop. I do not get it at all. I could not even listen to the first disc all the way through. I quickly grabbed Egisto Macchi- Biologia to even my brain out after that mess.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2021 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

...and my last Kamen. What a steaming pile of poop. I do not get it at all. I could not even listen to the first disc all the way through. I quickly grabbed Egisto Macchi- Biologia to even my brain out after that mess.


Well...to quote the opening song of an 80’s TV sitcom (that probably wouldn’t get made today)...

Well the world don’t move
to the beat of just one drum
what might be right for you
may not be right for some

I struggle to get “in to” Die Hard and Robin Hood. But I’m very much looking forward to listening to this.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2021 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"Whatchoo Talkin' 'bout, Rick"

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2021 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   spook   (Member)

What an absolutely freakin’ brilliant score this is!!
I’ve always loved Michael Kamen’s scores but never really warmed much to the old X-Men cd apart from a few tracks. Finally got the new release and have just finished the first disc and there’s almost tears in my eyes. It’s a whole new experience and has quickly brought back everything I loved (and now miss) in Michael’s music. It’s just all such a great listen with every track offering something.THIS is what expansions are all about...breathing totally new life into a score. Couldn’t be happier with this.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2021 - 1:12 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"...but never really warmed much to the old X-Men cd apart from a few tracks"
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Same here, spook.
I generally love Kamen but the old CD always sounded like there was a great score bursting to get out, but never quite did.
I've probably digged the same cues you have over the years.
Glad to hear this new edition serves up some revelatory Kamen score.
It's in an order coming soon to a house very near me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2021 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Just finished playing CD1 of this.
It's a very interesting experience.
Hearing alternate versions of the original album ones offers up some nice contrasts.
The X School track is great with the added synths and beats.
Like spook, that brought tears to my eyes remembering how great Kamen was.
It was good to hear more renditions of the opening Nazi camp music too.
I always thought his main X-Men theme was like the build up to a theme, as opposed to a finished article.
Like that story from Raiders, when Williams wrote and previewed two themes and Spielberg asked him for both by joining them together, Kamen's X-Theme feels like it needs another bit to finish it off. But maybe that's just me.
Looking forward to getting stuck into disc 2 and hearing it all again, only differently wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2021 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Mink   (Member)

Just finished playing CD1 of this.
It's a very interesting experience.
Hearing alternate versions of the original album ones offers up some nice contrasts.
The X School track is great with the added synths and beats.
Like spook, that brought tears to my eyes remembering how great Kamen was.
It was good to hear more renditions of the opening Nazi camp music too.
I always thought his main X-Men theme was like the build up to a theme, as opposed to a finished article.
Like that story from Raiders, when Williams wrote and previewed two themes and Spielberg asked him for both by joining them together, Kamen's X-Theme feels like it needs another bit to finish it off. But maybe that's just me.
Looking forward to getting stuck into disc 2 and hearing it all again, only differently wink


That’s great to hear, Kev! I’m happy you’re enjoying the set. I understand how Michael’s theme might seem a bit underdeveloped at first glance but, as often with his music, once you dive into the details it gets better and better. The rendition of the theme in “X-Jet” really shows how effective it is, without the need of further expansion ;-)
One cue that hasn’t been mentioned here yet is the alternate version of “Jean and Logan”, with the oboe replacing the piano. If there’s one Kamen signature cue to choose from this score it would be that one. I think Michael had a very unique way of writing tender melancholic music without it being overly sentimental and this cue is a perfect example. It’s my favorite one of this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 6:01 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

"One cue that hasn’t been mentioned here yet is the alternate version of “Jean and Logan”, with the oboe replacing the piano"
--------------------
Thanks Mink.
I take it that alt (oboe) version is the one at the end of Disc 2 (Track 28)?
I haven't gotten to that yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Still loving the expanded, revelatory nature of this score from LLL.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Laurent-Watteau   (Member)

...and my last Kamen. What a steaming pile of poop. I do not get it at all. I could not even listen to the first disc all the way through. I quickly grabbed Egisto Macchi- Biologia to even my brain out after that mess.

This is not Michael Kamen's fault... Gabriel "Gabe" McEnery is the one who actually composed this bad score. Kamen was so displeased with the result that he threw him from the rooftop.



But of course, and sadly, Columbo caught Kamen

 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

...and my last Kamen. What a steaming pile of poop. I do not get it at all. I could not even listen to the first disc all the way through. I quickly grabbed Egisto Macchi- Biologia to even my brain out after that mess.

I partly understand not being impressed with the X-Men. It is quite a jarring and dissonant score and not a satisfying a listen as some traditional super hero scores. I am a massive Michael Kamen fan of course and enjoy most of his output and have been enjoying this one a bit more than I did when it first came out but would have not recommended it as your first Kamen.

There are plenty of more straightforward scores to perhaps try. If you like more melodic orchestral stuff try Robin Hood, What Dreams May Come, Open Range, Mr Holland’s Opus, The Three Musketeers or 101 Dalmatians. Also try the Dead Zone, although that theme is partly adapted from classic work. Still a wonderful and emotional score. If you like action then of course Die Hard and Die Hard 2, along with the Lethal Weapon series and License to Kill. If you want smaller intimate scores then you have Circle of friends, Inventing the Abbots, The Winter Guest and Band of Brothers.

Don’t give up on Kamen quite yet. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2021 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Exactly, Gold Digger. I like his X-Men score well enough, but whether you're a fan or a hater, it's hardly representative of his general output!

My favorite Kamen is The Iron Giant, for what it's worth. Just magical.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2021 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

...and my last Kamen. What a steaming pile of poop. I do not get it at all. I could not even listen to the first disc all the way through. I quickly grabbed Egisto Macchi- Biologia to even my brain out after that mess.

I don't know who this is but my life is forever improved by having them on block. Go soak your head, weirdo.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2021 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   jwb1   (Member)

I love this score, but hate how it was put together. Its put together like a sandwich. IMHO, it should have been everything "film version" first and at the end the alternates/extras.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

It's a tough one on this though, jwb.
As the 'Film Versions' were long thought to have been 'tampered' with additional overlays and synths, we all thought there would be a fully orchestral score by Kamen sitting in the wings, waiting for revival.
The original Kamen tracks only muddy the waters some more.
The whole project seems to have been plagued with insecurity and indecision, certainly on the music front, in the post-production stage.
I always wonder how much of that is down to Singer being 'a brat' for not being able to have his first choice/best mate John Ottman score the film?
I too would have preferred disc 1 to be ALL the film versions, with disc 2 housing the Original Album Tracks and original/alt tracks.
But I suppose it's easy enough to do that yourself these days.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   Randy Watson   (Member)

I always wonder how much of that is down to Singer being 'a brat' to not being able to have his first choice/best mate John Ottman score the film?

From what I understood it was actually Lauren Shuler-Donner who proved to be the biggest problem and not necessarily Singer.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Oh, okay Randy.
Sounds like a great place to be for Kamen!! (scoffs)
Not first choice with the director AND not impressing the producer.
Ouch!
Well done to him for managing to produce what he did under such dire circumstances.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 5:04 AM   
 By:   Randy Watson   (Member)

Oh, okay Randy.
Sounds like a great place to be for Kamen!! (scoffs)
Not first choice with the director AND not impressing the producer.
Ouch!
Well done to him for managing to produce what he did under such dire circumstances.


What's even worse, a producer whose married to the guy with whom he had some of biggest hits.

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2021 - 5:10 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I always wonder how much of that is down to Singer being 'a brat' to not being able to have his first choice/best mate John Ottman score the film?

From what I understood it was actually Lauren Shuler-Donner who proved to be the biggest problem and not necessarily Singer.


"During production, Singer would allegedly arrive late and experience mood swings and "explosive" tantrums. At the time, Singer claimed to be taking medication for back pain. Cast and crew members found Singer's drug use too "problematic". Kevin Feige, the film's associate producer, was flown on-set to ensure that Singer was kept in line. Singer was also accused of giving small roles to younger actors and minors in exchange for sex. A source for Pyro actor Alex Burton says Burton was told the role was created for him by Singer and Marc Collins-Rector. Burton was also flown from Los Angeles to Toronto for filming, an unusual occurrence for an actor with a minor role."

And lets just say the above paragraph supposedly doesn't apply to this one movie by Singer.

 
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