Title - 'Firewalker' [OST]
Artist - Gary Chang
For those not in the movie know, 'Firewalker' is a 1986 Aztec adventure with two soldiers of fortune (Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr.) who have to stomp their way past mercenaries and crocodiles to reach a temple full of gold.
This limited-edition release (to just 1000) of Gary Chang’s 1986 score to 'Firewalker' has been, for the longest time, an out-of-print soundtrack.
But on August 17th, 2018, Varese Sarabande have lovingly reproduced it and we now find it released and making its debut on CD.
Gary Chang is an American composer of scores for film and television. Working primarily in the action and thriller genres, he has composed the scores to over seventy films, including 'Under Siege', 'Sniper', and 'The Island of Dr. Moreau'. He is also a long-time collaborator of director Craig R. Baxley.
Indeed, Chang’s score has been described by the L.A. Times as a “seductive, Latin-tinged score especially helpful in getting you in the escapist mood,” and once you yourself dive into the 15 tracks, you'll instantly know why.
1. 'Dueling Mystics' (2:58)
2. 'Desert Chase' (2:21)
3. 'Leo Disappears' (2:09)
4. 'Bar Fight' (1:56)
5. 'Romance On A Train' (2:15)
6. 'Traveling Music' (1:09)
7. 'Leo And The Alligator' (2:40)
8. 'Cave Adventure' (2:59)
9. 'Mariachi Bar' (1:51)
10. 'Banana Field Chase' (4:07)
11. 'In The Cave' (1:57)
12. 'Max Breaks Bottle' (1:09)
13. 'Cave Fight' (0:55)
14. 'The Temple'(7:13)
15. 'End Credits' (2:50)
Gary Chang's soundtrack is a classic '80s vibe from start to finish and for that there's nothing but love that can be given it, trust me.
So, here's what we get, which can also be predetermined by the fact that 'Firewalker' borrows its closing images from the Indiana Jones movies, of course. Lots of upbeat, adventurous musical spills and tumbles combined with notes of optimistic hope ala 'Romancing the Stone.'
Interspersed with those aforementioned Central America, Latin-tinged ebbs and flows, the professional adventurers and best pals theme is nodded to also.
It's a wonderful, throwback score for a highly under-rated movie, that's for sure.
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