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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Arrow - Original Television Soundtrack: Season 3'
Artist - Blake Neely

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. He returned home to Starling City, welcomed by his devoted mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), beloved sister Thea (Willa Holland) and former flame laurel Lance.

With the aid of his trusted chauffeur/bodyguard John Diggle (David Ramsey), the computer-hacking skills of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rockards) and the occasional reluctant assistance of former police detective, now police captain, Quentin lance (Paul Blackthorne), Oliver has been waging a one-man war on crime - as the Arrow!

In what has been a highly successful TV series for the CW, ‘Arrow’ was always something that had to have a solid backing score to it. Luckily for the team behind the making of ‘Arrow,’ Blake Neely was just that man. The award-winning composer, whose work spans both film and TV, and who has also scored other TVs OST hits such as ABC’s ‘Resurrection,’ CBS’s ‘The Mentalist,’ and the CW’s ‘The Flash,’ has also completed work on CNN’s highly acclaimed, and recently-released ‘The Sixties’ documentary.

Here on the third season score soundtrack, we get 28 tracks on the first disc, and incredibly another 30 (!) on the second disc that prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that Neely knows EXACTLY what he’s doing! I mean, if you're counting along at home, that means this Third Season of 'Arrow' OST soundtrack CD has 58 tracks on it!

Inclusive, on that second disc, are 16 tracks from 'The Flash Vs. Arrow - Part II' installment ('Part I' is to be found on the just-released 'The Flash - Season 1' OST CD), with the other 14 tracks being "Bonus Tracks." Released as a Limited Edition of 3,000 units only, each track veritably pulsates with action, emotion, mystery and, of course, ample amounts of mayhem! Neely actually wrote over 14 hours of music for the third season of ‘Arrow,’ and whilst all 14+ hours would never make their way onto any soundtrack CD, what he (and La-La Land Records) have crammed onto this double disc is, well, simply put: breathtaking!

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk