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Mission: Impossible (Music From The Original Motion Picture Score) [Soundtrack]

Danny Elfman, Mission: Impossible (Related Recordings)Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Main Title Theme 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Red Handed 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Big Trouble 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Love Theme? 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mole Hunt 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Disc 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Max Found 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Looking for "Job" 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Betrayal 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Heist 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Uh-Oh! 1:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Biblical Revelation 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Phone Home 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Train Time 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ménage à Trois 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: June 18, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Point Music
  • ASIN: B0000040V4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 x CD Album
Europe 1996

1Sleeping Beauty2:28
2Mission: Impossible Theme1:02
3Red Handed4:21
4Big Trouble5:33
5Love Theme?2:21
6Mole Hunt3:02
7The Disc1:54
8Max Found1:02
9Looking For "Job"4:38
11The Heist5:46
13Biblical Revelation1:33
14Phone Home2:25
15Train Time4:11
16Ménage Á Trois2:55
17Zoom A1:53
18Zoom B2:54

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of Elfman's Best April 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The 1996 film "Mission: Impossible" is, with the exception of a convoluted plot, far-and-away superior in every respect to it's 2000 sequel. This is due in no small part to Danny Elfman's contribution (compared to the drivel that Hans Zimmer wrote for M:I 2 - and I LIKE Zimmer!). This is one of the first scores in which one begins to hear Danny Elfman in his truly mature style. The entire score is built on a small amount of musical motives or cells from which Elfman develops a seemingly endless amount of musical material that makes this score interesting from both an "I-work-well-for-the-film-I-was-written" film perspective and a composition perspective (I'm a composer, of course I pay attention to these things, too!).
The CD is a first-rate listen and is full of wonderful orchestral/electronic colors (a hallmark of the Elfman technique). Every track is wonderful and the CD never gets old. It is dense and complex and isn't overly melodic. That's not necessarily Elfman's style, though. He'll take a cell of 4 or 5 notes and string them together in different ways to work out his material. Also, what I found so wonderful about both the score in the film and the album is Elfman's decision (probably not entirely his) to limit the usage of Lalo Schifrin's original theme. I think that this lent the film a sense of "we're not trying to rely too heavily on our predecessor" atmosphere and it paid off wonderfully. For much of the score Elfman chooses to rely on his own ideas and several cues where certain bits of music from "The Plot" from the original TV series show up (although not much). That being said there are several standouts on the album. "Sleeping Beauty" starts off with a nice nod to Schifrin's music for the TV series with clipped militaristic percussion.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elfman: Possible February 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The ever dependable Danny Elfman took over scoring roles after Alan Silvestri's score was rejected by director Brian De Palma. Here, Elfman provides all the tools necessary for a great action/suspense score. Lalo Schifrin's famous Mission Impossible theme is present only 3 times in this score. It is presented in full in "Mission: Impossible Theme", subtly quoted in "Red Handed", and heard in full at the end of "Zoom B". Replacing the famous Mission Impossible theme is Elfman's own suspense/thriller theme that is used in several, if not almost every track. While not as good as Schifrin's theme, Elfman's theme is still good in that it captures the twists and turns of the film's plot. An interesting and unique thing about this score is that all of Elfman's creative orchestrations can be heard. The music is mainly percussive in nature with strings and brass. "Sleeping Beauty" opens the score with a thrilling percussion solo, which leads to Elfman's main theme. "Red Handed" contains flutes that sound like a cuckoo clock (listen to see what i'm talking about before you decide that i'm crazy). "Big Trouble" is a great action cue with chasing strings and plenty of percussion. Elfman saves the real action music till the end. "Train Time" is an explosive brass filled action cue with a 4 note motif played really loud. "Zoom B" is the best action cue by far with plenty of knockout action music that leads into an explosion of Elfman's main theme on brass, which then leads to Schifrin's legendary theme that closes off the album. All in all, a terrific score, which although largely underuses the legendary Mission Impossible theme, still stands as a solid original work. A solid recommendation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very slick action score August 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This score is great. Danny Elfman makes ingenious use of Lalo Schifrin's original theme as well as the music from "The Plot." With regards to the latter, it's a short motif that Elfman expanded into a very sharp and exciting motif in tracks 1, 3, 9, 11, and 15. The percussion cadence that opens the score is great. Throughout the score, Elfman really gets into a groove, making liberal use of electronic percussion as part of his musical palette. I especially enjoyed the tension filled caper music in track 3. There are some pretty dark and edgy moments in the score, particularly tracks 4, 6, and 10. Track 6 is great for the way Elfman builds up the tension and conveys Ethan Hunt's growing anger and resolve to act. Track 10 is outstanding, with a haunting choir and a throbbing electronic bass line.. very chilling. Elfman also gives some hints of romance in tracks 5 and 16. Track 15 has a very Bernard Herrmann-like opening... a thunderous brass motif that gives way to some really slick suspense writing and a clever use of the MI theme. Finally, the last two tracks are pure Elfman "bombastic action music mode." Overall this is a great score that has everything an Elfman fan can enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding score from Elfman! September 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Who would have thought that Danny Elfman and Mission: Impossible would be an excellent mix? It's always nice to hear Elfman creating many diverse compositions. Here, instead of typical Christmas choir-filled music, we get some thrilling spy music. Not only do you get the usual Mission: Impossible theme here on this CD, you also get some Elfman's more unique compositions. From the depressing "Betrayal" to the intense "Big Trouble," to the Slavic-like "Love Theme?," this is good stuff right here. Probably the most energetic pieces here are "Zoom A" and "Zoom B." These are featured in the last ten minutes of the film, and these are downright wild. Another particular track is "Mole Hunt." The tension that builds up until the end can basically give anyone goosebumps. And finally, we get "Betrayal". This is one sad but powerful orchestral/choral piece that really fits in one particular scene in the movie. I do wish these tracks were put in order and not put all over the place, but this is still a great soundtrack from a master of film music, Danny Elfman. This gets an A from me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for!
Didn't have the tune I was looking for. Adequate at best! Included much of the classical score. I ended up returning it.
Published 6 months ago by D.T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Confusing Movie...But Great Score. Prelude To Something Even Better...
The movie itself was confusing, but Danny Elfman provided a great score for the film. This was merely a prelude to the best "Mission: Impossible" movie yet (don't even get me... Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by HAMLET
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic soundtrack from one of the greatest film composer's in the...
mission impossible is a awesome soundtrack a classic the best of the best danny elfman is a god buy it you wont be sorry
Published on April 8, 2010 by Ivan Orozco
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, genious, amazing, etc
i am an avid movie score fan and danny elfman's mission impossible score is one of the best scores i have ever heard, if not the best. it is so incredibly rich and full of layers. Read more
Published on July 11, 2006 by Jake Franco
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a superb soundtrack. Lots of complex layers, and very melodic. One of my favorites.
Published on January 19, 2003 by Christopher L. Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Elfman Score
Come on, you know the M:I theme. If you don't, you have to be a cave dweller or have been stuck in a closet. The famous theme is performed here, with plenty of jazz. Read more
Published on December 22, 2001 by J. Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Music with an air of mystery
This is an excellent soundtrack for Mission Impossible fans and people who haven't seen the movie. The only thing which is annoy is the Zoom songs, if you listen to them too long... Read more
Published on August 1, 2001 by David Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Elfman= a genius of the arts
My favorite tracks
Red Handed, Big Trouble, Love Theme?, Mole Hunt, The Disc, Looking for Job, Betrayal, The Heist, Zoom A, and Zoom B
Rating= 8/10
Published on March 31, 2001 by Eric Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars INTENSE!!
This CD has probably when of the most intense action sequences I've ever heard before. The nostalgic feel of the music is present and very much fits the film. Read more
Published on March 7, 2001 by Aaron Sapp
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