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Great stuff but way incomplete
on 9 May 2015
Since I bought this CD in November 1998 I guess I better get a review done already!
How I do not long for the old Media Ventures days. Hans Zimmer's score production company features the likes of his good self, Mark Mancina, Trevor Rabin, John Powell, Harry Gregson Williams, Nick-Glennie Smith, and occasionally James Newton Howard. No score belonged to a single composer regardless of what the movie credits would tell you. They would cover for each other on certain tracks and cues and go work on each others' movies and muddle it all up, which is why many of these flicks sound similar to each other. I never liked this ethic and it always led to wasted opportunities and confusing, error-laden score CD releases. Armageddon, sadly, is no exception.
Harry Gregson Williams is entirely absent from this CD. His stuff is great in the movie but it ain't here. All we get is Trevor Rabin's contribution. It IS still very fine music, but it covers about half of the action. As expected the CD is completely out of chronological order with alternate arrangements as is typical for Media Ventures fare. The excitement of "Launch" and the tragedy of "Long Distance Goodbye" can justify the purchase of the CD alone, but the beautiful Armageddon theme that plays right at the very beginning of the movie featuring a fragile Earth being struck by a meteor is not here. The jaw-dropping disaster of the Asteroid Chase and Shuttle Crash - not here. The heartbreak of "Goodbye Grace" - not here.
I am confident that a company such as La-La Land Records will correct everything that this Sony release got wrong. However, Armageddon is a Disney property which means it will probably come under Intrada's umbrella. Either way, I wouldn't give up hope on a Complete Score release one day.
Score as heard in the movie - 5/5
Score as heard on this album - 2/5
Overall - 3/5