MEDAL OF HONOR: SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION

MEDAL OF HONOR: SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION 3

THE PLOT THUS FAR

For the first time in its 11-year history, Medal of Honor leaves the World War II theatre and enters the modern day setting of war-torn Afghanistan told through the lens of a small band of fictional characters. Medal of Honor introduces players to the Tier 1 Operator, an elite warrior and relatively unknown instrument of the U.S. Military that operates under the National Command Authority, taking on missions no one else can handle.

TRACK LIST

TRACK LISTING:
DISC 1: MEDAL OF HONOR
MUSIC BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO
1. Medal Of Honor (4:10)
2. Locating Enemy Positions (4:12)
3. Taking Out The Railgun (3:52)
4. Attack On Fort Schmerzen (3:57)
5. The Radar Train (3:35)
6. Rescuing The G3 Officer (4:09)
7. Panzer Attack (4:17)
8. Rjuken Sabotage (4:08)
9. The U-Boat (4:43)
10. Merker’s Salt Mine (4:09)
11. Approaching Colditz Castle (3:22)
12. Securing The Codebook (3:37)
13. Nordhausen (3:18)
14. Stopping The V2 (4:14)
15. The Jet Aircraft Facility (3:29)
16. The Road To Berlin (3:07)
17. Medal Of Honor (Alternate Version) (3:03)
18. The Road To Berlin (Radio Broadcast) (4:05)
RUNNING TIME: 69:27

DISC 2: MEDAL OF HONOR UNDERGROUND
MUSIC BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO
1. “May 10TH, 1940 (Main Theme)”(4:28)
2. The Streets Of Paris (3:50)
3. Amongst The Dead (3:17)
4. Fleeing The Catacombs(3:09)
5. Panzer Blockade(3:20)
6. The Road To Tobruk (3:24)
7. Escape From Casablanca(3:20)
8. Passage To Iraklion(3:40)
9. Labyrinth Of The Minotaur(3:15)
10. Ascent To The Castle (3:25)
11. Last Rites (3:34)
12. The Battle Of Monte Cassino (3:16)
13. The Motorcycle Chase(4:18)
14. Returning To Paris (3:25)
15. Beneath The City(3:09)
16. Each Night He Comes Home To Me (3:53)
17. “May 10th,1940(Alternate Version)” (4:20)
18. Er Lasst Mich Niemals Allein (OSS Radio Broadcast) (4:32)
RUNNING TIME:65:35

DISC 3: MEDAL OF HONOR FRONTLINE
MUSIC BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO
1. Operation Market Garden/Storm In The Port (5:33)
2. Border Town (3:36)
3. U-4902 (4:44)
4. Shipyards Of Lorient/Needle In A Haystack (3:14)
5. After The Drop (5:38)
6. Kleveburg (3:32)
7. Manor House Rally (3:48)
8. The Halftrack Chase/Several Bridges Too Far (3:40)
9. Nijmegen Bridge (3:22)
10. The Rowhouses (4:40)
11. Arnhem/Rolling Thunder (5:51)
12. Emmerich Station (3:02)
13. Thuringer Wald Express (2:52)
14. Sturmgeist’s Armored Train/The Hornet’s Nest (3:55)
15. Approaching The Tarmac (3:48)
16. Clipping Their Wings (3:27)
17. Escaping Gotha (7:16)
18. The Songless Nightingale (2:42)
RUNNING TIME: 74:40

DISC 4: MEDAL OF HONOR ALLIED ASSAULT
MUSIC BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO
1. Main Theme (4:04)
2. North Africa (3:19)
3. Schmerzen (3:37)
4. Sniper Town (3:21)
5. Tiger Tank (3:25)
RUNNING TIME 17:46
MEDAL OF HONOR PACIFIC ASSAULT
MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ
6. Main Theme (2:07)
7. Opening (1:44)
8. Dear Dad (1:06)
9. Boot Camp (1:13)
10. No Fear (0:39)
11. Pearl Harbot Ending (1:18)
12. Battlegrounds (1:30)
13. Tarawa (1:02)
14. Rein (0:38)
15. To Guadalcanal (0:48)
16. Reunion (1:10)
17. 3 Week Wonder (0:55)
18. The Jungle (0:26)
19. On Patrol (0:44)
RUNNING TIME: 15:20
MEDAL OF HONOR EUROPEAN ASSAULT
MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ
20. Dogs Of War – Main Title (2:59)
21. Operation Chariot (3:16)
22. Casualties Of War (1:40)
23. Redball Express (3:17)
24. To Stalingrad (3:16)
25. Clearing Tobruk (2:06)
26. North Africa (5:22)
27. The Desert Rats (2:18)
28. “Russia, 1942 (2:17)
29. Battle Of The Bulge (4:16)
30. One Man Can Make A Difference (2:09)
RUNNING TIME: 32:56
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 66:02

DISC 5: MEDAL OF HONOR RISING SUN
MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ
1. Main Titles* (3:15)
2. Taiko Brigade (1:18)
3. PT Attack (1:08)
4. Deep In Guadalcanal (1:45)
5. Stalking The Caves (2:40)
6. We’re Hit (1:12)
7. Engine Trouble (2:03)
8. Requiem For The California (1:37)
9. Saving Pearl Harbor (2:05)
10. Singapore Docks (2:05)
11. Passing The Nevada (1:08)
12. Burma (3:08)
13. Elephant Battle (1:13)
14. March On The Temple (2:10)
15. A Prisoner’s Eulogy (2:05)
16. Nazi Disguise/Shima’s Speech* (2:04)
17. Natives Are Restless (1:50)
18. Carrier Deck (1:15)
19. Tanaka’s Death/The Hanger (3:36)
20. Tank March (1:23)
21. Philippines/Zero Attack (1:46)
22. Courtyard Strike (1:12)
23. Yamashita’s Gold (2:54)
24. Incoming!/Aftermath (1:38)
25. Jungle Swarm (3:49)
26. They Got Donnie (1:04)
27. Shell Shock (2:21)
28. The Sewers (1:31)
29. Shima Escapes (0:55)
30. Take Off/Finale (1:52)
31. Hymn To Brothers Lost* (2:57)
RUNNING TIME: 60:59
– Contains Themes From Previous Medal Of Honor? Releases.

DISC 6: MEDAL OF HONOR AIRBORNE
MUSIC BY MICHAEL GIACCHINO
1. Medal Of Honor Airborne (Main Theme) (3:49)
2. Operation Husky (3:28)
3. Back Alleys (2:24)
4. In The Trenches (2:36)
5. Restoration Temple(2:48)
6. Gunfight In The Ruins (5:25)
7. Operation Neptune (2:35)
8. Following The Demolition Wires (1:07)
9. Room By Room (2:25)
10. Unblocking Utah (2:44)
11. Operation Varsity (3:40)
12. Sniper Showdown(3:18)
13. Das Flakturn (2:38)
14. Destroying The Fuel Reserves (2:31)
15. Dropping Into Nijmegen (3:01)
16. Wreckage Of Nijmegen (7:05)
17. Defusing The Charges (2:38)
18. Taking Out The Sighting Tower (2:32)
19. Paestum Landing (2:51)
20. Medal Of Honor Airborne (End Credits) (4:17)
RUNNING TIME: 63:52

DISC 7: MEDAL OF HONOR(2010)
MUSIC BY RAMIN DJAWADI
1. From Here (3:51)
2. Watch Your Corners (3:23)
3. Heroes Aboard (5:10)
4. Streets Of Gardez (3:56)
5. The Time Is Upon Us (2:02)
6. Hunter-Killer (2:22)
7. Falling Away (2:48)
8. Taking The Field (2:28)
9. High Ground (2:28)
10. Thirty Seconds Out (1:57)
11. The Summit(2:47)
12. Paint Em Up (2:33)
13. Enemy Down (2:50)
14. All Rounds Expended (3:10)
15. Send In The Rangers (3:22)
16. Tariq’s Plea (4:09)
17. Wfo (2:38)
18. Final Extraction (3:43)
19. H-Hour (2:14)
20. Wiyar (2:08)
RUNNING TIME: 59:59
BONUS TRACKS
21. Aftermath (2:28)
22. Fire (1:56)
23. Go Loud (1:05)
24. Hindu Kush Remix (1:22)
25. Last Peel (2:17)
26. Mobilize The QRF (2:27)
27. Soar (2:05)
28. Time To Move (2:17)
29. Tower Siege (2:38)
RUNNING TIME: 18:35
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 78:34

DISC 8: BONUS DISC:
MEDAL OF HONOR RISING SUN – BONUS MUSIC
1. Chase (1:09)
2. Ambush (2:05)
3. Counter Attack (1:11)
4. Nearing The River (2:03)
5. The Speech/Get Ready (1:46)
6. Take Cover (1:37)
7. Taking The Field (1:37)
8. The Riverbed (1:17)
9. Storming The Bunker (1:13)
10. Hotel Battle (1:06)
11. They’re After Us (1:09)
12. Taiko Brigade (Alt) (1:12)
RUNNING TIME: 17:25
MEDAL OF HONOR EUROPEAN ASSAULT – BONUS MUSIC
13. Invasion Beaches (2:07)
14. Expel The Germans (2:12)
15. Territorial Gain (1:56)
16. Adabold Brectch (2:02)
17. Mutual Nemesis (2:11)
18. Into The Camps (4:05)
19. Secure Defend (2:10)
20. Flight Over Stalingrad (2:17)
21. The First Mission (1:15)
22. Captured Commandos (4:01)
23. Follow Holt (2:06)
24. Finish The Job (1:08)
25. Ambushed (0:29)
26. Clear A Path (2:10)
27. Continued Alarm (2:07)
28. Dogs Of War (New) (2:58)
29. Fall Back (0:28)
30. Fight With Honor (2:12)
31. Here They Come (0:31)
32. Holt’s Targets (1:15)
33. Hurtgen Forest (2:13)
RUNNING TIME: 41:53
MEDAL OF HONOR AIRBORNE – BONUS MUSIC
34. Call To Action Pt 1(0:39)
35. Call To Action Pt 2(0:38)
36. E3 Video (1:13)
37. Mission Complete V1 (0:21)
38. Mission Complete V2 (0:21)
39. Objectives (0:30)
40. The Drop – Intense (0:32)
41. The Drop – Safe (0:35)
42. Varsity Suspense (Long) (1:15)
43. Discovery 2 (0:18)
44. Final Objective (0:34)
45. Allies Win (0:32)
46. Axis Wins (0:35)

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Operating directly under the National Command Authority, a relatively unknown entity of handpicked warriors are selected when it is crucial that a mission not fail. These are the Tier 1 Operators. There are over 2 million active soldiers. Of those, approximately 50 thousand fall under the direct control of the Special Operations Command. The Tier 1 Operator functions on a level above and beyond even the most highly trained Special Operations Forces. Their exact numbers, while classified, hover in the low hundreds. They are living, breathing, precision instruments of war, experts in the application of controlled violence.

The series was never really about telling a story. You never felt like you were playing a character and half the time you had no idea what your character’s name was anyway. It became a personal experience as the game acted more along the lines of a WWII simulator with the score roping you in to invest emotionally. The player crafted their own story with their own background and the score did the rest.

Giacchino’s score is exactly what the producers hoped for and more. Grand and epic. It’s almost similar to the work of Spielberg’s close friend the legendary John Williams and with each score that Giacchino would compose for each different game, the Williams influence would grow leaps and bounds.

Djawadi does not seem as interested in creating a monster theme and riding it for a soundtrack. The opening track, “From Here,” introduces it’s theme after over ninety seconds of slow buildup. The theme arrives without much aplomb. Ramin Djawadi accomplishes a great feat in his Medal of Honor soundtrack. He has created a standalone piece that balances the action and emotion of war while still retaining the thrill of a dramatic presentation.

Michael Giacchino started this franchise off in 1999 and in a sense it launched his career. Christopher Lennertz also made his mark on the franchise. Were those incredibly high standards met? Sure, but that’s only if you agree to using such ill-defined parameters. First, this score is unlike most modern warfare scores in that doesn’t treat the game like an action movie. The score is so poignant and emotional that it absolutely floored me. The hymn-like motifs that Djawadi has crafted give the score a special emotional weight. If you are expecting pounding synths and percussions from front to end then you may be surprised at the refined approach that Ramin took.

When you get to the actual flow of high action music to the character pieces, you see that Djawaldi and company have thrown in a little more pre-planning than EA seemed to give the game. Taking an approach similar to most Post-Modern film composers, Djawaldi has gone out of his way to build a world with his score. Through the world of Tier 1, you feel the heat and grit of the desert in every track. I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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