The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


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Movie | Release date: 08/17/2015 | Film release: 2015 | Format: CD, Download
 

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# Track Artist/Composer Duration
1.Compared To WhatRoberta Flack 
2.Out Of The Garage 
3.His Name Is Napoleon Solo 
4.Escape From East Berlin 
5.Jimmy, Renda seTom Z and Valdez 
6.Mission: Rome 
7.The Vinciguerra Affair 
8.Bugs, Beats and Bowties 
9.Cry To MeSolomon Burke 
10.Five Months, Two Weeks, Two DaysLouis Prima 
11.Signori Toileto Italiano 
12.Breaking In (Searching The Factory) 
13.Breaking Out (The Cowboy Escapes) 
14.Che Vuole Questa Musica StaseraPeppino Gagliardi 
15.Into The Lair (Betrayal Part I) 
16.Laced Drinks (Betrayal Part II) 
17.Il Mio RegnoLuigi Tenco 
18.Circular Story 
19.The Drums Of War 
20.Take You Down 
21.We Have Location 
22.A Last Drink 
23.Take Care Of BusinessNina Simone 
24.The Unfinished Kiss 
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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - 10/10 - Review of John Mansell, submitted at
Two popular television shows from the 1960,s that have both had incarnations of the original ideas hit cinema screens this month are MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and THE MAN FROM UNCLE. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE of course is an already established series and franchise, with ROGUE NATION being the fifth instalment, but the latter title although still having a loyal following from its days on TV has not seen any real attempts by Hollywood or any other studios outside of tinsel town to update the original 1960,s episodes or feature film. Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant and with a bit part for David Beckham (ya know what I mean). This movie I think is about to become the first in a series of films that tell of the exploits of the guys from U. N. C. L. E. The musical score is the work of Daniel Pemberton, whos music for the television series CAGE caught the ear of many a little while back. Pemberton maybe not the most well known composer of film music but he certainly creates soundtracks that are not only memorable but do their job perfectly underlining and supporting the scenarios on screen. Unlike the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series the composer or maybe the director decided not to utilise the original MAN FROM UNCLE theme which was penned by the great Jerry Goldsmith over fifty years ago. Many collectors were shall we say a little surprised and put out by this, but for me I think it showed great inventiveness by Pemberton, it would have been easy to arrange an already familiar and popular theme and score the movie with it, instead he has come up with one of the most inventive and tuneful soundtracks of 2015 thus far. Yes it is true to say that he employs a style that is at times pure 1960,s but the themes as far as I am aware are original, the score has to it an almost spaghetti western demeanour the composer creating this with electric guitar, breathy woods and flourishes from the harpsichord and at one point employing a near wailing choir which is maybe a gentle parody of Morricones NAVAJO JOE or Ciprianis BLINDMAN, but fused with this Italian western style there are three other types of sound, firstly a definite nod in the direction of THE IPCRESS FILE or even VENDETTA by John Barry with cimbalom taking a prominent role and then we have an influence or style introduced that could be Piero Piccioni, Gianni Marchetti, Francesco de Masi, Nico Fidenco et al, all of whom were composers active on spy and crime capers from the studios of Cinecitta in Rome during the 1960s and 1970s, this style encompasses accordion, Hammond organ, Italian traditional sounding music and easy paced tango rhythms that are supported by cheeky little guitar riffs. Then we are treated to a sound that is akin to the style ,of British composer Edwin Astley, it is a kind of pop orchestral style that Pemberton has fashioned fusing the light and melodic passages with dramatic high octane pieces, but it works so well.
There is even a reference to Morricones MAN WITH THE HARMONICA composition, complete with fuzzy sounding guitar present at one point. In other words this is a score that is filled to the brim with infectious melodies, up lifting percussive performances and inventive thematic material that will linger for a long time in the listeners brain. The soundtrack album also contains a handful of vocals, OH NO I hear you say!!!! But its ok the score tracks outnumber these songs and to be honest the songs have been chosen well fitting in perfectly with the score cues and adding much to the film I suspect. Vocals are courtesy of performers such as Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Louis Prima, Peppino Gagliardi, Tom Ze and Valdez, Luigi Tendco and Gianfranco Reverberi. The compact disc opens with the Roberta Flack song, COMPARED TO WHAT. The first score track however is OUT OF THE GARAGE, which has something of an apprehensive and shady beginning, the composer creating an air of mystery via use of bass, piano and shimmering and icy sounds, this segues into a more upbeat but still sinister and uneasy sounding theme performed on breathy Barry-esque woodwind, this melts away and gives precedence to a more upbeat percussion that acts as support for cimbalom punctuated and enhanced by woods again and a full on upbeat tempo performed by drums, bongos and catchy baseline. In some ways this is reminiscent of the early work of Lalo Schifrin or even some of Francis Monkmans work on THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY and Roy Budds GET CARTER or at least the ending of Budds opening theme for that movie, the jazz infused wood wind relaying an atmosphere that oozes uncertainty with bongos punctuating the proceedings. Track number two, is for me one of the highlights of the score, but saying this there are really no stand out moments as the entire score is superb. The track begins with a harpsichord or maybe Celeste in a Morricone type chimes composition which can I suppose be compared with the watch melody in FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, the quiet opening soon builds into something more substantial with electric guitar again taking centre stage and percussion giving weight to the central theme. The composer then brings this part of the composition to an end and again utilises the gravely and breathy woodwind, that is carried along on a wave of inventive percussion giving the piece an infectious and highly original sound, upbeat backing that comprises of drums, jazz infused Hammond organ, and bass is in a word entertaining. Entertaining is a word that I would use to describe the entire score for THE MAN FROM UNCLE, it is infectious, haunting, melodic, dramatic, exciting and a soundtrack that every collector of quality film music should own.
Daniel Pemberton has been hired to score the upcoming film adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki, Luca Calvani and Jared Harris. The spy action comedy is based on the 1960 television series and tells the origin story of the first pairing of the two spies one American, one Russian who up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. Ritchie has also written the screenplay with Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes) who is producing the project with John Davis (Predator, The Firm, I, Robot, Chronicle). Pembertons previous scoring credits include Ridley Scotts The Counselor, the horror thriller The Awakening, this years comedy Cuban Fury and the British comedy series Peep Show. Ritchie has previously collaborated with such composers as Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Holmes), John Murphy (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Michel Colombier (Swept Away). The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is set to be released on January 16, 2015 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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