Air Force One - Randy Newman


Although I doubt that Randy Newman has ever had to press promotional discs beyond the "For Your Consideration" awards kind, let's pretend that someone somewhere felt it was necessary that his unused/rejected score for Wolfgang Petersen's rah-rah presidential-thriller Air Force One be heard if not in the film than on disc.

Newman, not known for his straight-up action scoring, was perhaps a "prestige" pick for Air Force One, meant to lend the production some much needed class. Ultimately, the composer's personal idiosyncratic style didn't work for the filmmakers, and was tossed and hastily replaced in the eleventh hour by legendary Jerry Goldsmith (with a significant assist by the dependable Joel McNeely, in full Goldsmith mode).

Newman's score is a crackerjack mix. Think of it as A Bug's Life on speed. A lot of the action writing reminds me of Don Davis' later Matrix scores, which gradually mixed in more traditional, melodic action material as the series progressed. It's hard to imagine this hyperactive Newman score being any more different than Goldsmith's decidedly more linear effort. At that point in his career Goldsmith was painting action sequences with broad strokes, whereas Newman's score was hitting every eye blink.

Enjoy the 15th share on SoundtrackSHARITY!

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15 Responses to “Air Force One - Randy Newman”

  1. # Blogger ISBUM

    Thanks for sharing this score.
    Happy 15th post!  

  2. # Blogger 7 Black Notes

    Great post, thanks very much!  

  3. # Blogger attax

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  4. # Blogger delfino

    hola, este soundtrack es super bueno. gracias
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  5. # Blogger Soundtrack Sharity

    Get it while it lasts...

    Download link

    Enjoy.  

  6. # Blogger FTA

    anyway to repost :(  

  7. # Blogger Timothy

    Please repost I love that movie and like Randy Edelmans music!  

  8. # Blogger Lazarus Long

    Hi, can you re-poste newman "air force one" Many thanx  

  9. # Blogger Rethrick

    any chance you could repost this sharity? my mp3 drive died and I lost this little gem.  

  10. # Blogger jfkmickey

    thank you  

  11. # Blogger tvnotso

    Is there any chance I could get this soundtrack posted. I have been searching for it for a while now.

    Thanks,
    tvnotso  

  12. # Blogger Seth

    Could we possibly get a pre-second anniversary repost of this one?  

  13. # Blogger Lions & Tigers

    Oh no, I'm late by two years! I have been looking for this forever! Is a re-post possible?  

  14. # Blogger forceout

    reupload please.  

  15. # Blogger chris

    Any chance of this getting reposted, please  

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