Captain America: The First Avenger (soundtrack)

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Captain America: The First Avenger—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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Film score by Alan Silvestri
Released July 19, 2011
Recorded 2011
Studio Air Studios, London
Genre Film score
Length 71:53
Label
Producer Mitchell Leib
Alan Silvestri chronology
The A-Team
(2010)
Captain America: The First Avenger
(2011)
The Avengers
(2012)
Marvel Cinematic Universe soundtrack chronology
Thor
(2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger
(2011)
The Avengers
(2012)

Captain America: The First Avenger—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the Marvel Studios film of the same name, based on the character created by Marvel Comics. The music was composed by Alan Silvestri,[1] and recorded by the Air Studios. Buena Vista Records announced the details for the soundtrack in June 2011 and released it on July 19 in the United States.[2][3]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Alan Silvestri, except where indicated.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Captain America Main Titles"       0:56
2. "Frozen Wasteland"       1:53
3. "Schmidt's Treasure"       3:01
4. "Farewell to Bucky"       2:50
5. "Hydra Lab"       1:54
6. "Training the Supersoldier"       1:08
7. "Schmidt's Story"       1:59
8. "VitaRays"       4:25
9. "Captain America "We Did It""       1:59
10. "Kruger Chase"       2:55
11. "Hostage On the Pier"       2:46
12. "General's Resign"       2:18
13. "Unauthorized Night Flight"       3:13
14. "Troop Liberation"       5:06
15. "Factory Inferno"       5:06
16. "Triumphant Return"       2:16
17. "Howling Commando's Montage"       2:16
18. "Hydra Train"       3:27
19. ""Rain Fire Upon Them""       1:39
20. "Motorcycle Mayhem"       3:05
21. "Invasion"       5:09
22. "Fight on the Flight Deck"       3:30
23. ""This is My Choice""       3:26
24. "Passage of Time"       1:35
25. "Captain America"       1:08
26. "Star Spangled Man"   David Zippel Alan Menken 2:53
27. "Captain America March"       2:36
Total length:
71:53

Note: "Captain America March" was only released as a download bonus track and is not included on the physical CD. Richard M. Sherman's "Make Way for Tomorrow Today" from Iron Man 2 is heard in the film.

Production[edit]

In June 2011, Buena Vista Records announced the details for the soundtrack release of Captain America: The First Avenger. The album includes the original score by Alan Silvestri,[1][4] as well as the original song "Star Spangled Man" with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by David Zippel.[5] The soundtrack was recorded at Air Studios in London and was released on July 19, 2011.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars
Filmtracks 4/5 stars
Movie Music UK 4.5/5 stars
Movie Wave 4/5 stars

The score received a positive response from critics. James Southall of Movie-Wave.net commented, " Captain America suggests that was a very premature conclusion to reach; and for those of us tearing our hair out in despair at the ludicrously dumb approach to scoring these films since Iron Man, we might be able to hold off on needing hair implants for a little while longer – this is precisely the old-school symphonic score with a big theme that we’ve been waiting for."[7]

Jonathan Broxton of Movie Music UK stated, "Captain America is one of the most enjoyable scores of the summer for one single reason – it’s fun. There’s nothing pretentious about it, nothing hidden, no deeper meanings. Much like the film it accompanies it wears its heart on its sleeve and has a simple intent: to excite you, entertain you, and leave the experience smiling. Sometimes you just need a score like that, filled with basic pleasures, and Silvestri’s work here succeeds on that mark with aplomb."[8]

A review in Allmusic commented, "Appropriately stoic and expansive, the main theme for Captain America: The First Avenger feels both familiar and iconic, arriving early in the soundtrack (as all good superhero themes must) on a foundation of rolling military snares, sepia-toned brass, and long strings that evoke an endless sea of amber waves of grain. It’s enjoyable and effective, but not groundbreaking, which pretty much sums up the score as a whole. Bombastic, melodramatic, and steeped in late-'70s/early-'80s big-budget adventure cinema, the Captain is well served here, even if it all feels a little old-fashioned at times. That said, it is awfully nice to hear a well-conducted orchestra, as opposed to a room full of expensive computers and keyboards, churn out a big traditional action score, and few do that as well as Silvestri."[9]

Silvestri's theme for Captain America is the first one to appear in other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (it returns in The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rosenberg, Adam (2011-03-01). "'Captain America: The First Avenger' Score Gets 'Back To The Future' Composer". SplashPage.com. MTV. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Buena Vista Records Presents Captain America: The First Avenger Soundtrack Available On July 19th" (Press release). PR Newswire. July 19, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Soundtrack Coming in July". FilmMusicReporter.com. 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  4. ^ "BREAKING NEWS: Alan Silvestri to score ‘Captain America’". FilmMusicReporter.com. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Alan Menken to write music for ‘Captain America’". FilmMusicReporter.com. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Captain America: The First Avenger Soundtrack Details". FilmMusicReporter.com. 2011-06-12. Archived from the original on 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  7. ^ Southall, James (2011-08-06). "Captain America soundtrack review". movie-wave.net. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  8. ^ Broxton, Jonathan (2011-08-19). "CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER – Alan Silvestri". MovieMusicUK.us. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  9. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Captain America: The First Avenger [Original Score]". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 

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