When I bought this album I wasn't quite sure of what I was getting. Was this just the first Halo: Combat Evolved soundtrack with just a live orchestra behind it now or was it something else? I have come to find out that it's the latter with a live orchestra.
If you've listened to Halo music for a long time then when you listen to this you'll notice a difference. Paul Lipson, Lennie Moore, Tom Salta, and Brian Trifon have taken the main themes that Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori wrote and have put there own twist to it. Some of Paul's, Lennie's, Tom's, and Brian's interpretations are good, others not so much, and some are interesting. One reviewer said that this album was note for note with the original Halo soundtrack. To me that's not true. I heard some tracks in this release that I don't ever remember hearing in the original. If you are a fan of the guitars, drums, and chanting of monks then you'll really enjoy this album. It seems like every other track has guitars, drums, or the monks. This new release has less than 10 minutes of extra music from the first which is a shame. When I saw that this was a 2 disc release I thought that we were going to get about 2 hours of music (like previous releases). There is only about 83 minutes of music. Most tracks are about 2 minutes long.
I did enjoy this newer version, it's just that after listening to the first Halo: Combat Evolved score for 10 years it's going to take a while to get use to this newer version. However, if you're new to listening to Halo scores I think you'll enjoy this more than those of us who have been listening the past 10 years.