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The Hunt For Red October Soundtrack

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (June 12 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002O7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hymn To Red October
2. Nuclear Scam
3. Putin's Demise
4. Course Two-Five-Zero
5. Ancestral Aid
6. Chopper
7. Two Wives
8. Red Route I
9. Plane Crash
10. Kaboom!!!

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The Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide mark the swan songs of a long-standing genre: the cold-war-theme action thriller (and its subgenre, the nuclear-submarine-threat potboiler). Given the music here, composer Basil Poledouris must have sensed the end was nigh, for he pulls no punches. Poledouris (who seemingly wrote the score to Red Dawn as a warm-up exercise) has created a full-bodied orchestral swashbuckler with a male chorus (singing in Russian, of course) to boot; a modern take on the Erich Korngold/Errol Flynn film sensibility that ably demonstrates there's still life in those traditions. --Jerry McCulley

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I love Basil Poledouris. He has written some terrific movie scores and this another one.
The Hymn to Red October is the reason to buy this soundtrack. The russian chorus like somebody said earlier is awe inspiring. They sound absolutely terrific. You'd think they were the mormon tabernacle choir singing in Russian. It's fantastic.
The rest of the soundtrack is ok. No other songs really jump to you and they are very short. Some of the songs are under minute long which is very disappointing. The music was so good in the movie.
I was disappointed the song the russians sing on the sub was left off the soundtrack. I don't know the name of it, but I love the song. It sounded terrific in the movie and it would have been nice to hear it here.
Like I said earlier Basil has written another fantastic movie score. His fans will definetly want to pick this one up. Fans of the movie might want to consider it to. Fans of movie scores should also pick it up, just be expected to be disapointed by the short length.
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Wow. This is a must have. You like Conan the Barbarian? Well, you'll like this one too. What that score did for fantasy adventure, this does for Russian patriotism and action.
From the rousing and beautiful "Hymn to Red October" to the great variation of the theme in "Nuclear Scam", which also serves as the end credits music from the movie I believe, each piece is a pleasure to listen to. "Putin's Demise" has a dreamy quality to it, despite being way too short, and "Chopper" is probably the most electronic sounding of the selection. "Ancestral Aids" also has a great variation of the main theme as it is played along, and "Red Route 1", being one of the longer tracks, has some beautiful tunes as well. There is a great lyrical quality to it at parts and some harps can be heard in it. I believe this music plays in the film as the submarine is maneuvering itself along the bottom of the ocean, but unfortunately it ends pretty abruptly. "Plane Crash" starts out quiet and has a very loud and harsh part that just screams disaster.
Even if you don't like the briefness of the short tracks (two are under one minute), you still must get this CD if only for the main theme in "Hymn to Red October" and "Nuclear Scam". Its for any fan of Poledouris, any fan of the movie, any fan of Russian sounds, and any fan of great film score music.
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Considering that the movie was about a ship that that was "invisible" (submarines are never seen, only tracked by the noise they emit while submerged) Basil Poledouris's score for "Oktober" stands out. Incredibly evocative of the cold war and the cold and dark places where it was fought (here, the North Atlantic), Poledouris's score uses electronic and orchestral movements that track the movie perfectly. I prefer the first side to the second, though the recording concludes with a double climax: the shoot-out in the Red October's missile room and the submarine dogfight with Captain Tupolev (Stellan Skaarsgard). In the film, the final cut of the battle scene seemed almost anti-climactic, but the soundtrack makes every last note almost deafening - well worth the price of the disc. One caveat - I was hoping the disc would include "The Internationale" sung by Red October's patriotc crew as Sean Connery ordered ahead-full on the ship's silent drive, but it never made the cut. Even if you only liked the film, this disc is a crucial addition to your soundtrack collection.
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The Hunt For The Red October is a masterpiece for Poledouris. It is an excellent blend of chorus, electronics, and orchestra. Unlike Zimmer's pumped up score to Crimson Tide, Poledouris relies less on bass-pounding masculine beats amd more reasonable effectice scoring. The use of light electronic effects in the score easily convey the massive ocean depths and the occassional outburst of the chorus adds to the beauty of the ocean seascape. Where the two scores compete in themes, Hunt For The Red October wins. While both effectively portray the submarine, Poledouris's use of a male Russian choir singing Russian lyrics is powerful and brings out the spirit of the sailors better than Crimson Tide's wordless chorus. The appearance of the bold theme when the captain decides to go down with the submarine is moving and gripping. Red Route I is a fantastic, yet vaguely haunting, portrayal of the deep depths. It has the kind of feministic, delicate orchestral beauty that Crimson Tide rarely comes close to. The battle music at the end breaks away from the traditional orchestral concept and goes almost entirely electronic, like the track Chopper. It is wrenching and suspenseful and definately comes the closest to Crimson Tide. While the all the tracks are great, the album definately lacks enough music. With only 30 minutes, much is left to be desired (I've seen the bootleg release and recommend it, too). This is nothing bad for the main theme alone is worth the purchase. An instant classic and success for Poledouris.
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I've always loved choir music, particularly mens' choirs, and the opening track on this album, _Hymn to Red October,_ is incredible. I was gabber-flasted to find out that it was Poliduris' own composition, since it so strongly resembles actual Soviet patriotic music---the words being in real Russian didn't hurt a bit, either. I just wish they had included the words in English transcription, along with a translation, since my ability to transcribe Russian is, shall we say..._limited,_ and although I had and have access to Russian-language speakers, all they could do for me was to tell me what some individual words meant (I wasn't able to play the song for them.) The other tracks are also very good, ranging from stuff that keeps the listener on the edge of his seat to quiet stuff. The movie was wonderful, and, for a change, a fairly faithful adaptation, and this score was a worthy addition to the _Red October_ mythos. BTW, for those who are curious, I did a web search under the composer's name, and there is a website with the lyrics to _Hymn to Red October,_ or at least a translation. "Sail on, sail on, pride of the northern seas..."
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