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Empire of the Sun Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 28 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002LDC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Suo Gan
2. Cadillac Of The Skies
3. Jim's New Life
4. Lost In The Crowd
5. Imaginary Air Battle
6. The Return To the City
7. Liberation: Exsultate Justi
8. The British Grenadiers
9. "Toy Planes, Home and Hearth"
10. The Streets Of Shanghai
11. The Pheasant Hunt
12. No Road Home/ Seeing The Bomb
13. Exsultate Justi

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By Joshua Kaufman on Feb. 15 2001
Format: Audio CD
Emipre of the Sun is certainly one of the lesser known scores by John Williams, but don't let that fool you -- it very much has the high quality his music is known for.

The score starts off with a wonderful choral arrangement of the Welsh folk tune, 'Suo Gan'. This melody is a favortie of mine, this this is probably my favortie version. The other non-Williams music, the patriotic British march 'The British Grenadiers', is another favortie in yet another wonderful arrangement.

Williams's own music is quite a mixed grabbag. 'Jim's New Life' is a happy "bustling town" town type piece, while 'The Streets of Shanghai' is a rousing action piece. There are two more choral tracks as well, 'Liberation: Exsultate Justi', and 'Exsultate Justi'. Both are basically the same, but are extrememly wonderful, and prove that Williams is as much a master of choral writing as he is of fanfares and sweet themes. This theme is easily one of the great ones.

!But no review of this soundtrack could exist without mention of 'Toy Planes, Home And Hearth'. This piece is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard. It's simple and elegent, yet masterful, and worth the price of the album alone.

Overall, I feel this is a must have for all score fans. It's easily on the same level as Williams's other masterworks. Just get it.
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By SogeKing on May 2 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, and 13 are wonderful. Suo Gan is a beautiful song. Of Williams' underscore, "Cadillac of the Skies" soars to truly majestic heights and is definitely one of the composer's finer moments. "Jim's New Life" is a highly enjoyable, jaunty piece. "Toyplanes, Home, and Hearth" introduces a subtler theme, very touching, but it doesn't really get the development it deserves. The choral piece, "Exultate Justi," is really entertaining if not entirely stylistically original. You don't get to hear too many full blown Williams choral pieces like this.
The rest of the CD, sadly, fails to live up to the potential hinted at by the cues I've pointed out. The rest consists of some really boring, unmemorable dramatic underscore that isn't as thematic or exciting. On the whole, it all adds up to only an average John Williams album. It's certainly not as great as some of the other scores for Spielberg films.
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Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this soundtrack which contains some excellent instrumental music. I especially liked the song called Suo Gan sung by the Ambrosian Junior Choir.
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I bought this CD solely to have "Suo Gan," the first track, which only lasts about two-and-a-half minutes. If you have decent playback equipment, and incline to hauntingly lovely music and voice, you have to get this CD. I've yet to play the rest of it.
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By T. Lobascio on Dec 11 2002
Format: Audio CD
The musical score for Empire Of The Sun, marked yet another fine collaboration, between composer John Williams and director Steven Spielberg. The film was the first time that the director took on a serious subject. The only "fantasy" element of the film, comes when young Jim imagines that he is free from his Japanese prison, and reunited with his long lost parents. Williams proved that he was up to the dramatic challenges the film presented to him.
The score covers a wide range of emotions. For reasons that I am unable to fully explain, the track that has always stood out for me here is the song "Suo Gan", featuring a heartfelt solo by James Rainbird. I have always been moved by this song .
Williams never lets the music overtake the film. At times the music is dark, ("Lost In The Crowd"), while at other times, its uplifting and triumphant ("Jim's New Life" and "Liberation Exsultate Jusi"), it matches the emotional journey of the main character to a tee. Williams sort of breaks with his own way of doing things by not really repeating himself, thematically at least, except on rare occasions. That is to say, you wont find theme for any character here, repeated. Williams lets the emotions of the film dictate where he goes. The CD can stand on its own and be enjoyed. I think this score is one that is misunderstood and very underated (as is the film by the way). If you like Williams--this different score is for you. The CD has 13 tracks with a running time of 54 minutes and 34 seconds
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Format: Audio CD
Whether or not you have seen Empire of the Sun bears no matter on the strength of this soundtrack. It is one of John Williams finest moments, and will live up to the standards of most soundtrack fan's. If you have seen the movie, and disagreed with the critics of the time, you would probably agree that the music is half the movie. The sounds surrounding many haunting images are a testimony to Spielberg and Williams infinate ability to collaborate. John Williams is also known to be a huge thread that connect's both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, some of the greatest directors of our time.
Empire of the sun, with both it's timid and aggressive tracks, will help you during need of inspiration. ~s.a.o.s.~
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Format: Audio CD
This has got to be one of the best movie soundtracks ever! When you listen to it you can feel the emotions expressed in the movie...when you hear the music in the movie, it really tells how the people are feeling and it really sets the mood. I like celtic music a lot, and some of the songs on here (Suo Gan,and Exsultate Justi) are just my style. It has beautiful orchestrations and it is just a really beautiful soundtrack. John Williams was the person for this soundtrack...great job!
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