Titanic (1997) Soundtrack
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The soundtrack to James Cameron's epic film, featuring James Horner's Oscar-winning score and Celine Dion's smash My Heart Will Go On-Love Theme from Titanic .
The 1997 Academy Award winner for Best Dramatic Score, James Horner's Titanic was the first soundtrack to reach the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts in two decades; it also seemed to rival the Big Mac in sales for the year. And what can we say about Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"; would "ubiquitous" suffice?
Horner's combination of synths, chorale, and orchestra perfectly underscores the action in director James Cameron's 20th-century melodrama. It's a finely honed piece of Hollywood craftsmanship from a composer who has tackled more musically adventuresome projects in his career. FYI: Horner's follow-up to Titanic was the score for a different disaster: Deep Impact. --Jerry McCulley
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This film was and remains a juggernaut, and James Horner's score is up to the task. His mixture of various musical styles is very appropriate for the film, and works well musically also. Clearly Horner did his "homework" about Titanic history; perhaps his work on the Glory and Braveheart soundtracks also helped him in telling this story. Horner's uncanny ability to combine the human voice with various musics while staying true to the story is amazing.
This album contains the best of the various Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" versions. I don't really have the words to describe what Celine has done here; she has painted a masterpiece, a Mona Lisa, a singular work of art that will go on for all time. The various parodies of her performance (on Saturday Night Live, for instance) are only a testament to the magnitude of her accomplishment. She doesn't sing about love on this song....she becomes love. I mean she must have been out of her mind and body when she was in the studio singing this. All I know is that I would have been crying for at least a half hour watching and listening to her sing this in the studio as it was being recorded. If this was done in only one take, as another reviewer notes, it was all that was necessary. It is a religious experience listening to her sing that song.
Those who prefer songs, however, might want to go with something else. Classically orchestrated music is not for everyone. Some people prefer songs, lyricized music to spell out the situation, the emotion; others are drawn to the deeper-seated, implicit sense of emotion that you will find here. Think of it this way: TV vs. books. Some of us would much rather watch TV than read a book, simpy because you can see everything; everything is clear. Others like books better, because even though you have to reach further to see the things written, it is your own mind that puts those things to life. Listening to a score like this -- a wonderful, orchestral score -- is like that, because you reach with your mind to find the emotions, rather than depending on sung lyrics.
P.S. None of which is to say that this *cannot* be appreciated by those who prefer songs, or vice versa. 'My Heart Will Go On,' as performed by Celine Dion, is spine-chilling.
Most recent customer reviews
I am greatly disapointed. I have not received the product!!!Published 3 months ago by Mariepier Bureau
First of all, James Horner is talented; VERY talented, that is.
But Titanic is so horribly overrated that it makes you cringe. Read more
James Horner, one of our best film composers alive today, did a very able job with this sountrack. The haunting vocal melodies are especially memorable to me. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
As if Sissel's haunting voice during the soundtrack isn't superb enough, we hear Celine's "My Heart Will Go On" as the ending credits are scrolled. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2003 by jsaofusa
It sounds exaggerated to say that this is the most unique piece of music you'll ever hear, but it's true. Buy it and you'll know why...you will forever love it. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
The very first soundtrack composed by James Horner that i listened to was Braveheart. It captured emotions perfectly and was also a great inpirational and background album. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003
James Horner is a wonderful composer and has always been, but with Titanic he made himself known! A great movie needs a great score and James Horner definately did that! Read morePublished on July 3 2003 by S. Koontz
I am a big fan of James Horner, and I think this cd is the one that really got me into his music. If you like orchestrated scores with emotion, action, beauty, and just sheer... Read morePublished on May 19 2003
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