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Music From the Avengers Movies
Performed by London Music Works


Composers: Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Brian Tyler and Michael Giacchino
Performed by: London Music Works
Label: Silva Screen Records
Release Date: 15 November 2019

Silva Screen Records Ltd releases Music From The Avengers Movies, Performed by London Music Works from music composed by Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler. Not to be confused with the British Avengers serials from the 1960s and 1970s, this covers the Marvel Studios superhero movies Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. The music is available for download...

We begin with the 'Marvel Studios Fanfare', which is the by now instantly recognisable opening for Marvel film titles. As this is only 36 seconds long, it would have been nice to have heard an expanded version. Tracks 2 to 5 explore music from Avengers Assemble. 'Avengers' has a military-like beat with accompanying fanfare, a theme often returned to in other Marvel superhero films. 'One Way Trip' has sadness and drama hand-in-hand for the first half before, suddenly, it’s action stations with heavy beats and building strings and brass. 'A Promise' is an acoustic guitar and strings piece, which has a sensitive and mild build-up. This incorporates the main Avengers theme from track 2.

On to The Age of Ultron. The 'Title' sequence is short and dramatic, whereas 'Heroes' has a horn-oriented drive which then returns to the main Avengers theme. 'Avengers Unite' includes nice variations on the dramatic score, but it’s too short. 'New Avengers' (no, not the Steed, Purdy and Gambit one) has an almost incidental start but soon turns into one of the nicest short suites, definitely a favourite. On to Infinity War. 'Help Arrives' begins with the Avengers main theme, but this is longer and incorporates several atmospheres enveloped by a major suite. It’s the first time that we hear the lighter side, and it’s very welcome in order to inject a little change in tempo. 'Even For You' carries emotion, but somewhat slaps you round the face with it. 'Forge' features a nice building of suspense piece. 'Infinity War' handles the emotion in the music really well, although it’s really short and could have been expanded to cover the devastating events portrayed at the conclusion of the film.

We finally arrive at Endgame – essentially the second half of the Infinity War saga. 'One Shot' returns to that military beat of the Avengers and S.H.I.EL.D. theme, offering us a slightly fuller version. Even 'Portals' contains the Avengers theme, which is well over-cooked on this collection. 'The Real Hero' is a nice introspective suite, which also carries a lot of inherent emotion. With all the bombastic elements in mind, this clever soul-tearing track is easily the most atmospheric of the bunch. 'Main on End' wraps things up to great dramatic effect.

The music compositions are great. There’s no doubting that. They suitably accompany and even enhance the action and drama on the screen. So, I have to ask myself what is missing. Why isn’t this knocking my socks off? It can only be that it isn’t produced by the same orchestra of instrumentalists as the impactful original. But it’s not just that. It’s missing that dynamic high quality sound we have come to expect. To me, this comes across as a little flat, a second-rate copy. It’s a huge disappointment, because I was expecting so much. Had a little more time and expense been spent on the final recording and editing product I’m sure this could have been close to the original. Another improvement would have been to offer a cross-section of Marvel film music which would surely have proved more diverse in terms of style and content.

Track listing:

01 - Marvel Studios Fanfare - Michael Giacchino
02 - Avengers (From "The Avengers") - Alan Silvestri
03 - Assemble (From "The Avengers") - Alan Silvestri
04 - One Way Trip (From "The Avengers") - Alan Silvestri
05 - A Promise (From "The Avengers") - Alan Silvestri
06 - Avengers Age of Ultron Title (From "Avengers: Age of Ultron") - Brian Tyler
07 - Heroes (From "Avengers: Age of Ultron") - Danny Elfman
08 - Avengers Unite (From "Avengers: Age of Ultron") - Danny Elfman
09 - New Avengers - Avengers Age of Ultron (From "Avengers: Age of Ultron") - Danny Elfman
10 - Help Arrives (From "Avengers: Infinity War") - Alan Silvestri
11 - Even for You (From "Avengers: Infinity War") - Alan Silvestri
12 - Forge (From "Avengers: Infinity War") - Alan Silvestri
13 - Infinity War (From "Avengers: Infinity War") - Alan Silvestri
14 - One Shot (From "Avengers: End Game") - Alan Silvestri
15 - Portals (From "Avengers: End Game") - Alan Silvestri
16 - The Real Hero (From "Avengers: End Game") - Alan Silvestri
17 - Main on End (From "Avengers: End Game") - Alan Silvestri


Ty Power

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