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X-Men: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Michael Kamen
X-Men: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Michael Kamen has become one of the most respected movie soundtrack producers and composers of the modern age. And he's never lost his connection with pop music, either: most recently, he conducted the orchestra for Metall...  more »


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All Artists: Michael Kamen
Title: X-Men: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Decca
Original Release Date: 7/11/2000
Release Date: 7/11/2000
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 028946727027

Michael Kamen has become one of the most respected movie soundtrack producers and composers of the modern age. And he's never lost his connection with pop music, either: most recently, he conducted the orchestra for Metallica's S & M. Juilliard-bred, Kamen has orchestrated work for David Bowie and Kate Bush, among others, and his work with Eric Clapton on the movie score for 1987's Lethal Weapon merged his two worlds into one. The summer blockbuster X-Men is a perfect match for the man who brought both Terry Gilliam's classic, Brazil, and Die Hard to life. Here, the battle of Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who must protect mutants born with unusual powers--they can mindread and fly--against the holocaust threatening their freakish existence creates massive tension that Kamen's score elaborately fulfills. Using the L.A. All-star Orchestra at full throttle, Kamen is at his Wagnerian best for "Museum Fight" and "The Final Showdown," and is noticeably more gentle with the epilogue, "Logan and Rogue." Kamen knows how to action-pack a score for maximum effect. --Rob O'Connor

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Give it a try.
fiore82 | Auburn, AL United States | 07/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Everyone wanted John Ottoman to score this film, including the filmmakers. I believe that is reason numero uno why not many people like this soundtrack. But what can I say, I like it. I enjoy Michael Kamen's (excuse me, K-Men sheesh) addition to the film. Tracks like Death Camp, Ambush, X-Jet, Logan and Rouge, and my favorite, Cerebro are very nice. But I like the other tracks as well. I think another reason many people don't like this score is because there are no "hummable" themes like with Batman. If you listen enough, you'll hear what I believe Kamen means to be the X-Men's theme. Most notably when Cyke and Storm arrive during Ambush, the majority of Cerbro (though re-mixed), during the battle songs, the first part of X-Jet, and other places in different tracks. And, without trying, after only hearing this CD twice (and the movie twice), I found myself humming the variations of the X-Men theme and Logan and Rouge. Very enjoyable. Also, this may just be me, but if you are able to identify the X-Men theme in these tracks, it sounds a bit like Kamen *ahem* lifted the theme to the cartoon series. Not that that's necessairily a bad thing. But once again, that could just be me."
Most appropriate to the X-Men
Mike Hiscox | Dallas, PA United States | 11/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Of all chances, with Ottman not being able to compose and conduct the first film and Kamen stepping in, how did it become the perfect way for X-Men to come out in an ironic way?
Kamen came in when Ottman was to busy, yet Kamen came out with the best score to X-Men I could imagine. I just wish he was still alive.
You'll always hear about the title "Logan and Rogue", as you should because it is so pleasing to the ears and the most appropriate to the scenes in the movie.
Soundtracks always work the best in the movies, so you should really listen to the music in X-Men. You will then understand why Kamen took care of X-Men so well. Look at the scenes when Logan is fighting to save Rogue and his fights with Sabretooth, and Magneto confronting the X-Men and the police. And be sure to stick around for the end credits. I've heard from some of my peers that they liked the credits while they were conversing with each other. And every time I watch that movie or whenever I feel like it I listen to the end credits.
I swear you won't be disappointed with it especially if you respect Michael Kamen as much as I do. I find that he has his music true to the feelings of the movie, and that's what makes him so great.
Kamen died recently in November of 2003 due to multiple sclerosis at age 55."
Adequate if uninspired score
J. K. Moser | Flemington, New Jersey USA | 12/03/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First I love Michael Kamen's work. I think his Robin Hood score is one of the best ever written and I enjoyed most of his work. This cd is no exception. I do enjoy it, but there are better scores out there, especially in the super-hero department. Some of Kamen's tracks are excellent. The Death Camp beginning is great as is his theme for Logan and Rogue. HIs theme for the X-Men, while not as bombastic as Ottman's theme for X2 is still a fine if extremely underused piece of work. HIs villain themes and other filler music were not the best however. Unfortunately they are featured on almost every track of the cd. Also lacking is an end credits track to showcase the entire score. Overall the score to X-Men is not bad and in places is quite good, but in others it's simply unfullfilling."