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Pearl Harbor [Soundtrack]

Hans Zimmer Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
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1. There You'll Be - Faith Hill
2. Tennessee
3. Brothers
4. ...And Then I Kissed Him
5. I Will Come Back
6. Attack
7. December 7th
8. War
9. Heart Of A Volunteer

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Hans Zimmer's lush and romantic Pearl Harbor album inverts every expectation of what a World War II epic should sound like. Zimmer previously explored the American Pacific war in The Thin Red Line (1998), though this time he takes a more commercial direction. The programme opens with the power ballad by Faith Hill, "There You'll Be", establishing in the wake of Titanic (1997) this as blockbuster mixing romance with maritime disaster hoping for a share of the success that came Celine Dion's way. The eight orchestral cues concentrate on romance and the pity of war, ranging from noble melancholy to an elevated spiritual purity. The choral writing incorporated into "December 7th" continues a direction Zimmer explored with Hannibal (2001), where he similarly underlined the heart rather than the horror. Only during "War" do the snare drums finally arrive for a rousing slice of patriotic and exciting action with the military sensibility continued into the valedictory "Heart of a Volunteer". The heavily processed orchestra is familiar from Zimmer's Gladiator (2000), the composer continuing his knack of delivering an instantly memorable theme which retains interest through numerous moods and variations. Augmented by wistful piano and ethereal choir, Pearl Harbor is melodic and accessible and has every chance of being the most popular instrumental soundtrack of 2001. --Gary S Dalkin

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Original Soundtrack ~ Pearl Harbor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Alot was left out on this one Dec 22 2003
Format:Audio CD
I love listening to film scores, they are my most favorite genre of music. Hans Zimmer is a wonderful film composer, but he has done alot better in the past. Actually his music for pearl harbor is pretty good, however alot of his score for the film was left out on this soundtrack album. Most notably for me was the scoring for the main pearl harbor attack sequence. There is at least half an hour of good action scoring during that sequence that never made it on the CD. Especially that very heroic piece of music that is heard when the 2 male lead characters finally get their planes up in the air and fight back against the Japs. Their is also alot of big band music that was left off the CD score. This could have easily been a double disc soundtrack album, or at the very least there should have been "more music from" type of album released. In my opinion Hans Zimmer should keep making his soundtrack albums sound more like such past works of his as: The Rock, Broden Arrow, Crimson Tide, The Peacemaker, and Drop Zone. Hope to hear more of this kind of album in the future, Good Luck Hans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harbor Master June 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
As a film, Pearl Harbor, may not have been everything that it was billed to be. It is clear that director Michael Bay wanted the movie to be his Titanic or Saving Private Ryan and in my opinion, he missed the mark in some key areas-like having a good enough script.
One of the areas of the movie that did stand out for me though was its soundtrack. While the song, "They're You'll Be", sung by Faith Hill, shares definate similarites with Celine Dion's song from the aforementioned Titanic, it's not quite as grating on the nerves. I would even say that Ms. Hill provides for a much more emotional impact when heard apart from the film.
As for composer Hans Zimmer's score, the CD soundtrack, is a solid repesention of his work from the film. Like the film, the best parts of the score occur during the attack sequence, and it's aftermath. The music heard in "Attack", "December, 7th, and "war" create a fine arc, with some differing styles to handle the changing levels of drama. The sound of a choral group is used very effectively here as well.
If you are a fan of Zimmer's work-this should be part of your collection. The CD has 9 tracks with a running time of 46:20. Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbor is a true pearl Oct. 29 2002
Format:Audio CD
Hans Zimmer, most known for his awesome action music, delivers a heartfelt, romantic score, in addition to a little bit of action music. Highlight romantic cues
include "Tennessee", "Brothers", "And Then I Kissed Him", and "Heart of a Volunteer". These contain beautiful string lines along with piano and a soprano solo voice. The action music is present in "Attack" and most notably "War." This ranks up there along with The Rock and Crimson Tide. Lots of strings, driving percussion, and pulsating rhythms give the action music the trademark Zimmer sound. "Tennessee" and "War" are the two best tracks. "Tennessee" lays out the main theme right from the start and "War" kicks things into high gear and gets the heart pounding. "There You'll Be" is one of the best songs i've heard in a long time. It should have won best song at the Academy Awards, but lost to Randy Newman's song from Monsters, Inc. Overall, a total satisfaction and one of the best scores i've heard come from Zimmer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine cd, but a little short and mired by the piano Sept. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
First when listening to this cd, do not expect Gladiator. If you do you will not be happy with this soundtrack. Pearl Harbor is a fine soundtrack. A little short, with some of great music left out. The song by Faith Hill is a fine song, and open to interpretation. I did not see the music video till Pearl Harbor came out on dvd, so my interpretation of There You'll Be, was as a tribute to all those who fought in World War II. As for being a World War II score, Pearl Harbor is a-typical. It is much quieter than many other war scores, but this is not always advantageous. The opening piana can get tiresome, as can the beginning tracks. However, from track 6 on, the music is substantially better with a great action theme for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Zimmer then is able to capture both the horrors and the heroics of that day. Other great music is present for the rest of the cd. All of the music is understated. While the themes can be powerful, Zimmer's music is more quiet then anything else. It is not one of his greatest works, it might perhaps rank in the top 10. If you are not a fan of lots of syruppy piano, then don't get this cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Harbor's Original Soundtrack May 27 2002
By Clayton
Format:Audio CD
Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay have made four films together (Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon) and Pearl Harbor is their largest movie yet. In order to make a large movie, you need a large score. The score to Pearl Harbor is exactly that.
Hans Zimmer has composed one of the most beautiful love themes. I would have liked to hear Lisa Gerrard's vocals included, but there are very little solo vocal parts, and those that exist are performed by Julia Migenes. Although she isn't Lisa Gerrard, she does a very good job. Although the love theme is amazingly well done, it takes up too much of the 46 minute total running time.
Tracks 6,7 and 9 are some of the best dramatic tracks I have ever heard in my entire life. "Attack" features the Japanese Theme which is dark and percussive, but after two minutes, the music leads into the great sound of the dramatic theme.
Steve Jablonsky, one of the additional arrangers on the album, wrote this piece which is close to being the best track on the album. It starts out very explosive and full of Julia Migenes' vocals backed up by an amazing orchestra. It then leads into very subtle and emotional music. At the end of the track, there is a more subtle version of the explosiveness heard in the beginning of the track.
"December 7th" is very, VERY emotional. It begins with a large orchestral piece with a wonderful cello part performed by Martin Tillman. Then the choir begins and continues for five minutes. Very dramatic and emotional.
"War" is the only action peice on the entire soundtrack (except for the Japanese Theme) and is very patriotic and triumphant. This too was composed by Steve Jablonsky.
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack.
Have been looking for this CD for ages. Love the music by Hans Zimmer esp Tennessee and now I have my own copy.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Inrig
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is a very good buy, especially if you appreciate music and/or enjoy the movie.
The album length is perfect, not too long or short. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Esther V
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy CD
This CD is nothing short of amazing. I can't comprehend how Hanz Zimmer can capture the sounds of such stunning beauty. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by "gpdrafter"
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly recycled Morricone and Barry
In the delightful comic romp 'Pearl Harbor,' dashing (as opposed to merely "runny") pilots Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck fall in love with the same woman just as some... Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by J. Eric Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars A very Good CD
This CD really reminds me about the movie alot. I listen to it all the time.************************************ thats how many stars I give the movie and the CD!
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Kelsey Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great find
"Pearl Harbor" has a great variety of classical sounds from relaxing, sad songs to songs that are almost dancable. Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars This soundtrack is awesome!
I wasn't expecting this CD to be that good but I was totally wrong. Faith Hill does a wonderful job as she sings "There You'll Be" with emotion! Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by jennalee schuler
3.0 out of 5 stars Were's the rest!!!
Haven't bought the CD yet. But heard some of the sound clips. But what happened to the big band music??? I thought that's why it was called a music soundtrack. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by cindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Were's the rest!!!
Haven't bought the CD yet. But heard some of the sound clips. But what happened to the big band music??? I thought that's why it was called a music soundtrack. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Soundtrack
This soundtrack is good.
It's not for sure a materpiece of film-scoring but it's always worth listening to it. Read more
Published on June 22 2003 by "richardfusato"
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