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Mission: Impossible [Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture]
1. Theme from Mission: Impossible
2. Spying Glass
3. I Spy
4. Impossible Mission
7. On and On
10. You, Me and World War III - (Not in Movie mix, `Big' Single Remix)
13. No Government
15. Mission: Impossible Theme (Mission Accomplished)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 531682
Danny Elfman's "Impossible Mission," "Claire" and "Trouble" also appear on the original score album MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (Point Music 454 525).
Producers include: Larry Mullen, Nellee Hooper, Massive Attack, Chris Thomas, Howie B.
Engineers include: David Beal, Dan Gellert, Shawn Murphy.
Larry Mullen & Adam Clayton's performance of "Theme From Mission: Impossible" was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
Everything old is new again, and the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE soundtrack is no exception. Scattered amid Danny Elfman's trademark instrumental orchestrations are a smorgasbord of tracks featuring retreads and retro styles. Most notably, the album starts and ends with remakes of the theme song from the original TV series, by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. of U2. Theirs are big-band, fuzz-guitar, dubby techno takes on the famed song (in an altered meter, to boot). Other notables here include "I Spy," in which Pulp turns itself into a lounge act; "No Government" by Nicolette, who sounds like a modern Shirley Bassey; and the dub-reggae swirl of Massive Attack's "Spying Glass."
Personnel: Jeremy Shaw (guitar, keyboards); David Herbert (saxophone); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Danton Supple; Gil Norton; John Leckie; Mark "Spike" Stent; Massive Attack; Nellee Hooper; Andy Wallace; Rob Kirwan; Shawn Murphy; Stefan Glaumann; Tim Simenon.
Arrangers: Howie B; David Beal ; Larry Mullen, Jr.
To their credit, the people behind the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE film franchise decided to give each installment a distinct style, which is why the John Woo-directed second film is far more poetic and noir-ish than Brian DePalma's original. It's also why the songs on the two soundtrack albums are so different.
The first film (1996) was dominated by quirky alt-rock from the likes of Bjork, Skunk Anansie, and Cast. The new one is mostly metal and rap metal (Limp Bizkit, Metallica) with weirdo chanteuse Tori Amos as the wild card (as before, however, most of the songs do not appear in the movie itself). Hans Zimmer's orchestral score for M:I-2 also has a significantly different feel than Danny Elfman's for the original. Unlike Elfman, who favors an ironic post-modern update of classic '30s film scoring, Zimmer opts for a more contemporary, quasi world-beat feel.
Q (7/96, p.119) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...most of the acts and the songs are of such a high standard that complaint seems churlish....Lord knows what all this has to do with little Scientologist Tom Cruise running through tunnels in platform shoes, but it sounds fine."
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