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Princess Mononoke [Soundtrack]

Joe Hisaishi Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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1. Legend of Ashitaka
2. Demon God
3. Journey to the West
4. Demon Power
5. Land of the Impure
6. Encounter
7. Kodamas
8. Forest of the Gods
9. Evening at the Ironworks
10. Demon God II-The Lost Mountains
11. Lady Eboshi
12. Tatara Women Work Song
13. Furies
14. Young Man from the East
15. Requiem
16. Will to Live
17. San and Ashitaka in the Forest of the Deer
18. Princess Mononoke Theme Song
19. Requiem II
20. Battle Drums
See all 32 tracks on this disc

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This score to Japan's anime megahit stresses Western musical influences over Eastern, despite the movie's themes being more attuned to Japanese heritage and mythology. Hisaishi (who has contributed music to more than 30 Japanese films) employs a traditional Hollywood-style orchestral movement that is generally lush and pleasing--a soundtrack that could easily fill the boundless skyscapes of classic horse operas. There are occasional exotic moments involving woodwinds or solo violin or both that digress into more indigenous folksongs, but these, too, have soothing melodies akin to what one might demand from sushi dinner music. The operatically trained Sasha Lazard offers the sweet and ethereal "Theme Song" (with lyrics by director Hayao Miyazaki). These tracks may not always be distinctive but they manage to evoke moods of mysticism and, of course, ritual violence. --Joseph Lanza

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classical masterpiece of anime music. Sept. 27 2001
Format:Audio CD
For those who have seen and simply loved the film "Princess Mononoke", this soundtrack is the perfect companion. For those who haven't seen the movie, it doesn't matter; this soundtrack is still the perfect thing to pick up.
The sountrack consists of 32 songs, but don't let the number of songs fool you. The vast majority of the tracks found in "Princess Mononoke" are BGMs (BackGround Music), so most of the songs drift around a 1:00-3:00 length. But Joe Hisaishi manages to create a tapestry of classical sounds that seem to accompany each other perfectly.
This is where the catch comes into play. To fully enjoy this music, you have to listen to it from beginning to end. This isn't a soundtrack that you can listen to with "Random" set on your player. A few songs can be listened to independently, but these are few. But trust me, listening to the entire CD is a rewarding experience you'll not regret.
Another minor catch might be the somewhat repetitiveness of the music. Several of the smaller pieces found on this soundtrack are actually variations of a familiar part of one of the main songs. But luckily, Hisaishi manages to make each variation unique and enjoyable, so the listener won't be prompted to push the "Skip" button on his player.
While most of the music is classical, there are two vocal pieces on this soundtrack. The first, Track 12 (The Tatara Women Work Song), is in Japanese and the second, Track 31 (Princess Mononoke Theme Song), is in English. This is where I had one small gripe about the sountrack. Instead of the longer, Japanese version of the "Princess Mononoke Theme Song", a shorter English version was used for the American release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jo Hisaishi, a hero to us all... Jan. 9 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is one talented musician and here is what I, a very bluntand yet philosophically psycotic person has to say... I must confessto the world, that I did buy the soundtrack before seeing the movie.I indeed must say that when I first listened to it, it moved me somuch that it was as if the spirit of the very story was with me, atthat moment and so forth eternally. I could envision what thecharacters would be like in both physical and mental appearance alike.I could also envision what the colour schemes would be and how thepictures would blend to form an array of wondrous interlude, this,that only could be seen in my daydreams, as well as my dreams atnight. I thought of how the story might end up and I knew by themusic that it did involve the fight for survival, of different racesand love that would follow here after. I had no idea what spender Ihad run across, and I merely only bought the CD because a friendrecommended it to me as well as to go and see the movie but as luckwould have it, it was already sold out. She put such good gracias onit that I couldn't refuse and was quite perturbed when I could notobserve it myself. Then it occurred to me that I had not asked herWHAT the movie was about exactly, and so therefore had no idea what toexpect but it would seem that my dreams helped me on that part. Thenoble grace of my notions compelled me so thoroughly that I boughtMononoke Hime on DVD first when it hit the stores. Every soul waslooking at me, observing the way I handled myself in such an absurdsituation. I knew exactly what they were thinking, "That is onepsycho child , call the white coats, call 911, call anybody!" , butthen again I have always been a bit of a compulsive buyer when itcomes to Japan and eccentric to boot! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best anime movie score I've ever heard Nov. 19 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's unfortunate, bu Joe Hisaishi will never be remembered in the same way the other great film composers, from Max Steiner to John Williams, will be remembered. However, every person that I've talked to that has heard this soundtrack loves it.
What Hisaishi managed to do, more than any other anime composer, is create with his music a world for the film. I haven;t seen the movie yet, but I can really imagine what goes on just by listening to the music. And what further makes the music great is that it stands on its own so well -- it doesn't NEED to be linked to the film. If it was written independantly of anything, it would still be a masterpiece.
What makes this soundtrack so great is its ability to evoke emotion. There's so much variety, and it never gets boring. There's everything from a tribal dance to dream-like music in here. The orchestra is used to its full extent, with very brilliant colorations throughout. There's even a couple of new age-type instruments thrown in, and they blend perfectly. And there are two songs on the soundtrack -- both of which are hauntingly beautiful -- no cheesy Disney songs here (which I'll admit are good in thier own way). They do not detract from the score in any way, and are of the same level of quality as the rest.
If there's anything else to say about the music in Princess Mononoke, it's that when I listen to it, I feel as if I'm listening to real music. There's just something very organic about it, and that the world would be a better place if all music was this good. So get this CD -- I guarentee that no matter what type of music fan you are, if you can even tollerate orchestral music, you will love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
All I have to say is...GET THIS CD! The music is so beautiful and amazing - it's pretty much as good as the Lord of the Rings soundtracks, which is saying a lot! Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
This cd has some of the best music ever if you loved the movie as much as I did you need to get it. end of story
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Haunting
From the moment I finished the movie, I knew I wanted the soundtrack. The haunting tunes and smooth melodies are not only good with the movie, but on their own. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003 by A. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Good even if you don't like Hisaishi that much ...
I would add that I was so impressed with this soundtrack that I bought an album of Hisaishi's works contained on a single disc. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and haunting
Since I first saw "Princess Mononoke," I fell in love with the soundtrack. I buy very few of the modern scores, since I prefer the classic orchestral scores of the '60s... Read more
Published on April 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
Sad, beautiful, and breath-taking this composition. Very few other musical scores are the same in factors of beauty. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by Goku
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Music
I've been wanting to get this for a long time and am not disapointed.Wonderful large full booming mucis with a soft touch of nature in it.Complmary to the feauture film.
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by FlyingDream
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get any better than this...
This is one of the best soundtracks ever. Nothing before it and nothing after it will ever quite hit the emotional level that Mononoke has. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by Elodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Beautiful
^^ I REALY REALLY recommend this CD because it's a beautiful, breath-taking experience. After listening to it once, you'll want to hear it again - the drums are great and the... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002 by Elodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Get!!!!
This is a great buy for anime fans!!! Great Music to a great movie.
Published on July 18 2002
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