Soundtrack Review: The West Wing

Soundtrack Review: The West Wing

The West Wing Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the television score The West Wing by W.G. Snuffy Walden.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 93.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 72.8
Album Excellence: 66.8%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The West Wing is a 1999 American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe & Allison Janney. It was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. Presidential advisers get their personal lives hopelessly tangled up with professional duties as they try to conduct the business of running a country. Fictional Democratic President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet suffers no fools, and that policy alienates many. He and his dedicated staffers struggle to balance the needs of the country with the political realities of Washington, D.C., working through two presidential terms that include countless scandals, threats and political scuffles, as well as the race to succeed Bartlet as the leader of the free world. The score is composed by W.G. Snuffy Walden.

The West Wing was one of those series I knew of, in fact everyone knew about it, but I never saw it. Not sure if it was because it wasn’t on TV or what the reason was. 1999 and onwards was my most prolific TV years so it’s a strange one. Now that it’s all done and dusted, I could probably binge it. W.G. Snuffy Walden, the composer, might be an unknown name to many, but the list of scores, primarily television is impressive. The moment I noticed William Garrett Walden was when I watched Friday Night Lights, a tremendous television series and score that I really want released one day. When you see the list of television series, it makes you wonder why there aren’t more W.G. Snuffy Walden releases around. At least we got this now and I expect it to be good. The opening cue ‘We Begin’ is simply a small 12 second intro to a very nice 2 CD release. I remember the military percussion from ‘We Begin’, as I’ve seen random episodes of the show. It sets the tone.

I have a feeling that there will be a lot of patriotic hero music in this show and already in ‘The Aftermath’, the second cue, you notice what’s up and it’s a lovely subtle heroic piece. This score is further proof that we need more Walden releases. You can hear that the orchestra isn’t the biggest, but I love the way Walden approaches scoring. The subtle military aspect of it and then the very lyrical and beautiful "soft" music with strings and horns. As a result, this could easily be music fit for a Star Trek episode. There’s some variation as well and clearly Walden should be allowed to score an animated Looney Tunes movie with cues like ‘Walking The West Wing’, Bruce Broughton style. Very rarely does the score goes into a more serious/action mode, but when it happens like in ‘Retaliatory Strikes’, it works well. I think it’s a typical television action cue, nothing too special but it works. As expected, The West Wing is a beautiful release and score which will make fans very happy and everyone who enjoys soft lyrical scoring will love this as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:
CD1
1. We Begin
2. The Aftermath
3. Leo Has To Go
4. One Down In Gaza
5. Faith Based Initiative
6. Leo’s Lament
7. Two Cathedrals
8. Ways And Means
10. The Dogs Of War
11. The Defector
12. The Benign Perogative
14. Gaza Strip
16. Debate Camp
17. The 14th Amendment
19. Halls Of The White House
20. Walking The West Wing
21. The First Commandment
22. The Oval Office To Main Title

CD2
2. Recovery
3. Do We Have The Votes
6. Morality And Mortality
8. Charlie In The Oval Office
9. The Two Bartlets
10. Mrs. Landingham
13. Presidential Proclamation
15. Jefferson Lives
17. Three Presidents
18. What’s Next
22. The Nomination

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Soundtrack Review: The West Wing, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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