The Power and the Glory:  The Original Music and Voices (soundtrack) by Sam Spence, John Facenda, Tom Hedden, David Robidoux

 

 

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The Power and the Glory
by Sam Spence, Tom Hedden, David Robidoux

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The Power and the Glory by Sam Spence, Tom Hedden, and David Robidoux (Soundtrack)

Power and the Glory
Composed by Sam Spence, Tom Hedden, David Robidoux
Tommy Boy Records (1998)

Rating: 9/10

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“Like many of the film scores we love, this music evokes very powerful imagery whenever it is listened to. This compact disc can be listened to over and over without it losing its poignancy.”

Music from the Greatest Game on Earth!
Review by Christopher Coleman


I can remember staying up all night on Super Bowl Eve's of the past watching highlights of all the Super Bowls ever played, listening to the stirring music of Sam Spence and powerful voice of John Facenda. For years I have wanted to get my hands on this wonderful music and finally have with the release of POWER AND THE GLORY.  NFL Films and Tommy Boy Records have come together to produce a football-fanatic's dream compact disc...and from a score-lovers point of view, not a bad compilation of some great thematic music.

This release contains many of the most familiar "football tunes" of all. You know, the ones you used hum to yourself as you broke the huddle and awaited the snap of the ball? Mingled in with these classic pieces of music are pieces of poetic narration from legendary voice talent, John Facenda, as well as sound bites from the of the field of play. It all comes together to make for a great listening experience.

The music is by no means monotonous. There are great full orchestral pieces such as "Up She Rises," "Round Up," and "The Final Quest." It isn't hard to pick familiar themes and styles of famous composers. One of the easiest to hear is Elmer Bernstein's main theme to the Magnificent Seven found on "Magnificent Eleven." Also represented is the fantastic sound of the big band/ jazz sound of the sixties and early seventies in "The Lineman," "Life on the Wild Side," and "Ramblin' Man From Gramblin'."

Each track of music is separated by a track of narration and sound bites, some cleverly mixed with some contemporary rhythms and synths in the background. This accounts for the 36 tracks contained on the disc. The recording is superb given that some of these recordings are around 30 years old. There is fair consistency in sound quality from track to track.

Composers Sam Spence, Tom Hedden, and David Robidoux have long been unsung heroes behind the films that made our football heroes just that. They each captured the emotion of the greatest team sport in the world in musical form, paralleling football with combat tactics, espionage, and outright war. At the same time their music communicates the individual athlete's courage, determination, wrath, and adulation.

From NFL Film's new era there are but a couple of tracks here.   "A New Game" (8) currently may be one of the most recognized NFL pieces from the post-Spence era.  Composed by Tom Hedden it was originally featured  in 75 Seasons, which aired on TNT in 1995.  It has gone on to be heard on many TV spots, highlights and even played in stadiums during time outs.  "Golden Boy" (20) also composed by Hedden could almost be mistaken for a Spence piece, but is delivered in modern-day fidelity.  The compositions of Tom Hedden and David Robidoux are given better coverage in the 2004 anthology, AUTUMN THUNDER:  40 YEARS OF NFL FILMS MUSIC.

This is a must have for every football fan and historian. For fans of militaristic scores of Zimmer, Goldsmith, or Bernstein, this would be a worthwhile acquisition. Jazz fans should also consider this disc for their collection. Like many of the film scores we love, this music evokes very powerful imagery whenever it is listened to. This compact disc can be listened to over and over without it losing its poignancy.


Rating: 9/10

 



"The Story Behind The Power and the Glory"

Every time fans tell me how much they love NFL Films, they always remember the music. They'll start humming "Pony Soldiers" or Up She Rises" and tell me how they loved this show or that story. No one ever seems to forget NFL Films melody. The images we create as storytellers become indelible because of the power of music.

Facts are fleeting, feelings are forever. so when you can't recall how many yards a player gained or who score which touchdown, you never forget how it made you feel.


THAT'S WHAT THIS CD IS ABOUT


NFL Films' vivid slow motion cinematography reveals the drama of the NFL. But it's the music that moves us: a viola quavering as a player is poised between immortality and infamy, or the somber strings of a melancholy cello consoling an old pro. Imagine "Indiana Jones" or "Gone with the Wind" without music.

We make love to music. We get married to music. And, we are buried to music. Every dramatic event must have music. That's why the NFL is the only sport to have embraced music to convey the true passion in its stories.

And No one has told the stories of pro football through music more powerfully than NFL Films' composers. Every shot has a point of view, but which is the right one?


JOY? FRUSTRATION? DOOM OR TRIUMPH?


The music written by Sam Spence, Tom Hedden and Dave Robidoux tells us instantly.

When the martial power of "Cossacks Charge", the jazzy brass of "The Lineman," or the triumphant strains of "Golden Boy" blend with the legendary voice of John Facenda, you have the signature of NFL Films.

Football is a game of grand passions and bold gestures. This is the Power and the Glory of NFL Films.

-Steve Sabol, President, NFL Films

 

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Track

Track Title Track Time  Rating
1

The Power and the Glory  *

3:26

 *****
2

Up She Rises

2:31

 *****
3

A Season Awaits  *

0:27

 ***
4 Round Up 1:59  ****
5

Run With the Big Dogs  *

0:09

 **
6

The Lineman

2:36

 ***
7

Fringe of Battle  *

0:24

 ***
8

A New Game

1:57

 ****
9

I Like This Kind of Party   *

0:10

 ***
10

Life on the Wildside

2:07

 **
11

The Autumn Wind  *

0:53

 ****
12 The Raiders 1:45  *****
13

Get the Man  *

0:34

 ****
14

West Side Rumble

2:55

 **
15

A Time for Glory  *

0:11

 ***
16

Magnificent Eleven

1:57

 ***
17

That's the Enemy  *

0:21

 ***
18

Classic Battle

2:15

 ***
19

Brahma Bull  *

0:36

 ***
20

Golden Boy

1:47

 **
21

Lombardi  *

0:18

 ****
22

The Final Quest

2:34

 *****
23

Heroes of the 60's  *

0:15

 ***
24

Ramblin' Man from Gramblin'

2:32

 ***
25

Pain is Inevitable  *

0:29

 ***
26

The Equalizer

1:48

 ***
27

Be Savage Again  *

0:20

 ****
28

Torpedo

2:00

 ***
29

November  *

0:18

 ****
30

The Pony Soldiers

2:50

 ****
31

A Season is at Stake  *

0:28

 ***
32

Cossacks Charge

2:29

 ****
33

Winds of Victory  *

1:00

 ***
34

Salute to Courage

1:58

 ***
35

The Who Play It  *

0:28

 ****
36

The Championship Chase

2:30

 ***
 

Total Running Time

51:49  
 

* Dialogue included

   

 

 
   

 

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