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The Power And The Glory: The Original Music & Voices Of NFL Films
Sam Spence, John Facenda
The Power And The Glory: The Original Music & Voices Of NFL Films
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
 
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Football's appeal comes from the vicarious joys of seeing huge men racing around a field trying to knock each other's heads off, right? Not for the millions of people who grew up on the Sunday-morning highlight shows compi...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Sam Spence, John Facenda
Title: The Power And The Glory: The Original Music & Voices Of NFL Films
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Total Copies: 1
Label: Rhino / Ada
Original Release Date: 10/20/1998
Release Date: 10/20/1998
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016998126929

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Football's appeal comes from the vicarious joys of seeing huge men racing around a field trying to knock each other's heads off, right? Not for the millions of people who grew up on the Sunday-morning highlight shows compiled by NFL films (which, through the magic of cable, can now be seen pretty much whenever you turn the TV on). The stylized slow-motion storytelling made the violence seem like a vicious ballet--something that Sam Peckinpah, John Woo, and Ringo Lam have also accomplished in their films--but what's a ballet without music? Sam Spence and Tom Hedden composed a series of classic themes that emphasized the relentless power and dangerous beauty of football (complete with marching drums, heroic horns, and dramatic string sections) to complement the highlights, and John Facenda's poetic narrations brought the whole thing together. Facenda possesses the deepest rumble of a voice this side of James Earl Jones, and listening to him narrate highlights form last week's game makes it sound as if the game were a timeless classic played decades in the past. The Power and the Glory is truly an unexpected pleasure. --Randy Silver

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Horns for God's Game.
Bernard Chapin | CHICAGO! USA | 06/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is no better sport in the world than American football and the NFL is undoubtedly the greatest league on earth. While the Patriots and the concept of "team" have been an incredible story the last few years, The Power and The Glory forcefully reminds us that the NFL peaked in one important area decades ago. The music that was produced in the 1960s for NFL Films' specials surpasses everything we hear today. The CD never lets us forget the golden age of Butkis, Schimdt, and Bart Starr.

There are 36 tracks on the album and the odd ones contain verbal snippets from actual NFL films episodes while the even ones contain the music. I must say the overall effect is stunning.

The voice over tracks let the players, our heroes, talk. Even though I hate the Packers, number 21 is devoted to Lombardi and deservedly so. The same could be said about "Heroes of the 60s" where you hear Dandy Don Meredith give a pep talk before a final drive. At times, it feels like you're practically in the huddle--except you don't get beat up.

What can one say about this music? I listened to it over and over again as a child. I used to run inside early on Sundays just to catch the highlights from the week before, even if it meant putting up with Brent Musberger and Phyllis George for a half hour beforehand. This is fanfare for the vigrous man.

Perhaps the most picturesque tune is "The Final Quest" although "Golden Boy" is a close second. When I heard "Up She Rises" at an Irish bar in 1998, I told somebody that the band stole the song from NFL films. They responded by saying NFL films stole it from Ireland. Well they were right, but what an anthem! The Raiders are the only team with their own composition and this fact is not lost on Al Davis as one can hear it on the television during simulcasts from their stadium.

The Power and Glory is worthy of Graham Greene's title as it symbolizes the nobility of the physical life. It's also one of the few power CDs suitable for the workplace--which is saying a lot."
The power of the music, the glory of the words
Zagnorch | Terra, Sol System | 07/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've always loved the background music in the NFL greatest moments highlight shows on ESPN, but was frustrated that these great tunes were never released as a commercial recording, until recently. It's a sure-fire attention-getter and conversation-starter during the pro season at the comics and sports collectibles shop I work at.Although I wasn't too keen about the CD's format- half music, half spoken words- the poetic discourses on the game of football by legendary NFL Films narrator John Facenda won me over. His words and the way he says them gives the fan a pretty good idea about what the game's all about.But what I wanted to hear most from this CD was the music. I recognize and dearly enjoy just about all of the musical tracks, but there's many more that I've heard on those great highlights shows that are absent from this release. This CD contains but a small fraction of the NFL Films soundtrack library. Needless to say, I await Volume 2 with eager anticipation.`Late..."
Perfect CD to get you psyched for anything!
Bernard Chapin | 11/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Listen to this CD before any challenge. The music will make you feel invincible!"