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Dinosaur Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (May 2 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Disney Audio
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004T0P1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Inner Sanctum/The Nesting Grounds
2. The Egg Travels
3. Aladar & Neera
4. The Courtship
5. The End Of Our Island
6. They're All Gone
7. Raptors/Stand Together
8. Across The Desert
9. Finding Water
10. The Cave
11. The Carnotaur Attack
12. Neera Rescues The Orphans
13. Breakout
14. It Comes With A Pool
15. Kron & Aladar Fight
16. Epilogue

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With his score to the effects-heavy Disney dazzler Dinosaur, James Newton Howard proves there's no emotion or action he's beyond evoking with convincing bravado through his prodigious command of melody. Beginning with the water-pure, exploratory, near new-agey opening track, "Inner Sanctum/The Nesting Grounds," Howard sets his listeners up for a range of emotions. Danger and adventure come with "The End of Our Island," a highly textured face-off between hunter and hunted with excellent cymbal- and timbale-driven percussion. "Raptors/Stand Together" has a creepy sense of stalking, and "The Carnotaur Attack," is every bit as ominous as the theme to Jaws. Then there's "Kron & Aladar Fight" with a clashing that suggests chaotic energy. A mood of triumph comes with the inspiring march "Across the Desert," and "Finding Water" satisfies with its quality of resolution. "Breakout" provides the unmistakable sense of succeeding at some Sisyphean task and attendant celebrations. Traditional African rhythms, as on "The Courtship," support vocal arrangements by Grammy- and Tony-Award winning Lebo M. (best known for his work on The Lion King) and sometimes chirpy, cheerful chanting, as in "It Comes with a Pool." Less gut-driven but not a pinch less powerful is the gentle, beautiful "The Cave," an orchestral piece well worth several punches of any CD player's Repeat button. For a closer, this 16-song CD's "Epilogue" sweepingly parts the clouds to reveal sunshine and hope as only Disney could and, as usual, it works. In a little less than an hour, the Dinosaur soundtrack succeeds in taking its listeners on a 65-million-year journey without a regrettable moment. --Tammy La Gorce

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With his score to the effects-heavy Disney dazzler Dinosaur, James Newton Howard proves there's no emotion or action he's beyond evoking with convincing bravado through his prodigious command of melody. Beginning with the water-pure, exploratory, near new-agey opening track, "Inner Sanctum/The Nesting Grounds," Howard sets his listeners up for a range of emotions. Danger and adventure come with "The End of Our Island," a highly textured face-off between hunter and hunted with excellent cymbal- and timbale-driven percussion. "Raptors/Stand Together" has a creepy sense of stalking, and "The Carnotaur Attack," is every bit as ominous as the theme to Jaws. Then there's "Kron & Aladar Fight" with a clashing that suggests chaotic energy. A mood of triumph comes with the inspiring march "Across the Desert," and "Finding Water" satisfies with its quality of resolution. "Breakout" provides the unmistakable sense of succeeding at some Sisyphean task and attendant celebrations. Traditional African rhythms, as on "The Courtship," support vocal arrangements by Grammy- and Tony-Award winning Lebo M. (best known for his work on The Lion King) and sometimes chirpy, cheerful chanting, as in "It Comes with a Pool." Less gut-driven but not a pinch less powerful is the gentle, beautiful "The Cave," an orchestral piece well worth several punches of any CD player's Repeat button. For a closer, this 16-song CD's "Epilogue" sweepingly parts the clouds to reveal sunshine and hope as only Disney could and, as usual, it works. In a little less than an hour, the Dinosaur soundtrack succeeds in taking its listeners on a 65-million-year journey without a regrettable moment. --Tammy La Gorce

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By A Customer on March 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I didn't go see this movie, I just happened to turn to the Disney channel and stumbled onto the beginning and the "Egg Travels." I am a huge fan of movie scores, but this one immediately blew me away! So I immediately bought the CD during a commercial break!
My favorites are, of course, "The Egg Travels" with its soaring instrumentals including a lot of my favorite: the French Horn and choruses. I also loved the first piece: "Inner Sanctum/Nesting Ground" which starts with such a peacefulness and innocence before people got on the planet and mucked it all up. Send another asteroid before they kill everything. Please!
If you're a JNH fan, you will NOT be disappointed!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great Music by James Newton Howard May 3 2000
By dancingbird - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
James Newton Howard's Dinosaur soundtrack is one of his finest works. The music is so good, that Disney even used it in the movie trailers (most trailers use music from other films which is why you don't hear most trailer songs on the soundtrack). The only drawback to the CD, which is minor, is that the titles contain spoilers for the movie. And since the soundtrack is released three weeks before the film, it's easy to know what will happen. The CD contains 16 scores and no songs.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Simply Amazing June 20 2000
By Soergel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How a score this fully developed, robust and exciting can be produced in Hollywood of this day and age is really a miracle.
James Newton Howard is one of the best out there right now, and this is him at the top of his game. Worth buying just for the five minutes of score we all heard last year in DINOSAUR's extended, no-dialogue preview. But that was literally just the beginning.
If you enjoyed Hans Zimmer's LION KING or POWER OF ONE, you will most definitely enjoy this CD... a thrilling mix of prehistoric rhythms and full-blooded orchestral writing, with hands down one of the most exciting action themes of recent memory (heard in full glory halfway through track 7, "Raptors / Stand Together").
A major work in film scoring from a composer who keeps getting better and better.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Soaring and Stirring Music May 15 2000
By apmusicman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best instrumental soundtracks that I have ever heard. Period.
The music in this soundtrack begins with a wonderfully stirring anthem, and never lets up from there. The music is emotionally satisfying without being sappy or overdone.
One of the best parts of this album is the inclusion of African Rythms and African Background songs by the wondful Lebo M. Here the composers achieve a synthesis of the classical instrumental sound with the rich African Harmonies, that evokes such a powerful sound that it becomes reminiscent of some of the most beloved classical music.
This score truly proves that there are wonderful American composers who can compose on a level with the greats of the classical era. This score can stand on its own, and is worthy to be performed by the best orchestras in the world. Thank-you James Newton Howard.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Missing Track Oct. 9 2006
By Sigoriev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Note to buyers:

Some versions of this soundtrack contain an extra track called: "Can Somebody Tell Me Who I Am" performed by Orange Blue which is usually track number 2, but does not appear in every version. This track is used at the very end of the film, and is actually orchestrated quite nicely. It is definately something to look for when buying!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great! JNH in adventure mode! Aug. 3 2002
By Turambar_` - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I read a lot of reviews, and whenever I saw one for a score composed by James Newton Howard, the reviewers almost always refered back to Dinosaur as one of his key scores. Being a JNH fan, I couldn't pass this one up.
The the themes are very good, exciting, and for the most part original (that first part of the theme first heard in "The Egg Travels" is exactly like the first part for the main theme for Jerry Goldsmith's The 13th Warrior). Along with Hans Zimmer's The Lion King and Jerry Goldsmith's Mulan, this is one of the best scores to a Disney movie ever. It could almost be mistaken for a dramatic score, although there are some slightly "kiddish" moments in it, and I think he uses the African vocals just a bit too much (but I haven't seen the movie, so I don't know how that fits in...). If I had to pick a favorite cue, it would probably be "Raptors Attack-Stand Together." It's just plain AWESOME! The theme heard in that one is exceptional; it creates a sense of desperation and fear, but also gives you an adrenaline rush.
One problem: most of the other reviews mention that there are no musical style songs and/or pop songs on it. Although this may be true for the cd advertised here at amazon.com, I, unfortunately, got mine on ebay's half.com, and my cd DID have a pop song! Maybe it's a special edition worth a lot of money...(I can only hope!). Unfortunately for me, I was expecting only JNH's excellent score, and now I have to skip over track 2 (pop song) which interferes with my listening enjoyment. I hope it doesn't happen to you unless you want that pop song. The time was just about right at [I'm guessing] 52:00 (somewhere around there, mine is 57:00 with the pop song). Go out and buy this if you're a fan of adventure scores, James Newton Howard, or good music in general. Well, get it here, you don't have to go anywhere else!


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