Missing in Action 2: The Beginning - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Review

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Reviewed by Chris McEneany
Brian May delivers a knock-out score to Chuck’s vengeance-fuelled combat-brawler. It manages to get past the awful main theme by virtue of presenting practically wall-to-wall action material around a simple but plaintiff voice for the lost and the fallen. Almost every track has the composer’s heart and soul presented to us – May delivering cues that constantly switch around, change pace and pile-in interesting effects and mini-motifs. Hats off to Douglass Fake and Intrada for once again bringing some superb and unexpected music into the arena. Right now, after years of stagnant releases and play-it-safe editions, the environment for score-fans is truly electric. With so many fine soundtracks making their way onto disc – in complete versions and often festooned with bonus tracks and extensive notes, too – it is incredibly difficult to keep up with them all. But for collectors, it must be immensely exciting to know that we are definitely entering a golden (and expensive) period. Long may it continue, and with the likes of Intrada, FSM, La-La Land, Tadlow and TFC finding the resources and the expertise to produce such outstanding presentations, the future looks – and sounds – bright indeed.</p>
Brian May’s entry in the Missing In Action series is strong, rousing and full of his trademark drum-line action. Thankfully his score is no longer missing in action … and now that it has escaped from MGM’s vaults you’d be advised to pick it up quick as it is a seriously limited edition.
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