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Willow [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1. Elora Danan
2. Escape From The Tavern
3. Willow's Journey Begins
4. Canyon Of Mazes
5. Tir Asleen
6. Willow's Theme
7. Bavmorda's Spell Is Cast
8. Willow The Sorcerer

Product Description

1988 Virgin release, James Horner's soundtrack to Ron Howard's 1988 fantasy epic starring Val Kilmer and Billy Barty. Eight tracks. George Lucas wrote the story & servedas executive producer of the film, which was a Lucasfilm production.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I waited a long time to get this one . . . June 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
. . . suspicious, as I was, of the limited sonorities of an album consisting primarily of two percussive instruments, piano and vibes. Yes, I'd heard the quite remarkable piano/vibes duo of Hutcherson/Tyner (although not one of my favorites, it must be admitted), and yes, Frank Kimbrough is probably my favorite jazz pianist.
But I figured there'd be insufficient tonal variety on a disc like this (indeed, that was my difficulty with the Hutcherson/Tyner outing) for me to put out $15.
I freely admit I was wrong; I should've trusted my growing infatuation with the music of both these remarkable artists (Frank with his regular gig in Medicine Wheel and with his trio recordings, Quickening and Lullabluebye, and Joe Locke with his estimable band Four Walls of Freedom and their two recordings) and snapped this disc up earlier. Well, I didn't. But I've got it now, and I'm entirely glad I do.
As far as the objection of reduced aural soundscape, these two artists are absolute masters of coloration, so that one kinda fades into the background. Besides, they're joined on about half the cuts by two artists of the very first rank, Jeff Ballard, long-time Kimbrough colleague, on percussion, and Tim Ries, criminally under-recorded and -regarded player, on a variety of wind instruments. Really, you need not concern yourself with sonic boredom or sameness: there's plenty of variety here.
With a clutch of smart, sophisticated, yet approachable tunes, great interaction and soloing, and impeccable production, this disc has seldom left my regular rotation.
Simply wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired and Inspiring June 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Frank Kimbrough's piano and Joe Locke's vibes mesh together exquisitely in this achingly beautiful musical offering. The interplay -- mostly the two of them but occasionally supplemented by reedman Tim Ries and percussionist Jeff Ballard -- is richly textured and inspired. Kimbrough's and Locke's original compositions are sublime in their range of expression. This is an album you will never hear the same way twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horners best work EVER!! April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
James Horner has established himself as the second best composer in Hollywood behind the living legend John Williams. Horner is most known for the excellent score he wrote for Titanic, but the music he wrote for Willow is his best work ever.
The music on this soundtrack is wonderful. The horn arrangements are terrific. The brass work is incredible. Words can't give this song the justice is deserves.
Willows Theme is amazing. The trumpets are fantastic in the song. It's very upbeat and fast. The melody is so awesome. It's a powerful song and is one of the best themes ever written. This song has stuck with me so many years. I commonly find myself whistling this song. You have to hear this song.
Elora Dann is a beautiful song. It's slow and very moving. The melody is a great one and this another song you will find yourself humming or whistling after you hear it in the movie or on this cd.
This is a fantasic soundtrack. It is James Horners best work that he's ever done. This is a must for movie score fans. You won't regret buying this one if you loved the movie or love music scores. It ranks up with the best ever done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does It Live Up to the Hype? --Mostly. Feb. 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
The film score to Willow, as it stands today, might be somewhat more revered than even the film itself. Having never seen the movie, and going simply by what the score evokes in my imagination, I presume it was an adventurous pseudo-comedic romp through awe-inspiring landscapes and fantastical settings. But the question that necessarily comes to mind is, does the score warrant all of the attention it has received? Ultimately, I can come to only one conclusion, and I--hesitantly--must say no. Willow, as it stands on this CD, is a wild and fun piece of music, but in comparison not only with Horner's works but also--dare I say it--other films by Lucas, the score pales in comparison.
But meanwhile, so much potential resides on this CD that the score could have easily been a five star piece. Firstly, the sundry themes, every one, are some of the most magical ever composed, certainly some of the most catchy and appropriate melodies ever to grace the big screen. The problem is that their implementation never develops them to a satisfactory degree. Moreover, some of the more emotionally powerful themes are withheld to an annoying degree. Beyond that, however, is a trait that I find ambiguously pleasing and disturbing: the score is various to the extent of dissatisfaction. Every moment, the mood is switching and changing, with new rhythms and sounds and ideas. In the film and in the passing listen, this easily creates a consistently innovative endeavor. One moment the tubas will have a solo; the next, trumpet fanfare; the next, a comic offering in the woodwinds.
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Of course the music of the Willow Soundtrack is beautiful, but beyond that, it carries the feeling of the entire music within the melodies as well. For example, my favorite track, probably alot of people's favorite track, is the "Escape From The Tavern" track. It is fast paced, and fits the growing and retreating rythm from that scene in the movie. Throughout the whole of the soundtrack, listeners can identify various scenes by the overtones of various notes played and drawn out during various tracks (For instance, General Kail's presence is identified by a long shrill wood instrument, and Elora Danin's is a soft chorus line, while Badmorda's music is a low bass-cello mix). On whole, the soundtrack can be worth the money for at least two songs, (Escape from the Tavern, and the 7th track) and you can view the rest of the music as just a bonus ;) Keep in mind that these songs are best heard off of the original CD instead of MP3 format, because it was produced so long ago, and the music varies in pitch from scene-to-scene and within songs, so even hi-bitrate MP3's can't fully capture the full feeling of the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Horner's Finest !
I fell in love with the music when first seeing the film ...tremendous and compelling music! A definite must buy!
Published on Aug. 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars James Horner at his best
All I can say is wow. This has to be the best soundtrack ever written for a motion picture. James horner's score for Willow is truely magical from beginning to end. Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by Andrew Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars *sigh* The best I've heard!!
I don't have words, beyond the best I've heard! Along with the soundtrack for Cutthroat Island, I cannot say a word! Buy the soundtrack, it's unbelieveable fantastic!
Published on May 14 2003 by Johannes Leonard Rusten
2.0 out of 5 stars Stirring, but ultimately borrowed
James Horner has the reputation as a fine composer of film music, but he can also easily be placed in with John Williams, et. al. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by Dustin Georgemiller
5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Horner's best
Thematically complex and epic in scope, Horner's score is easily the best part of George Lucas's uneven fantasy flick. Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by Ryan McSweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars great score!
I gre up watching movies like Willow, and i still love them, this soundtrack is trully amazing, The music is powerful , full of action and makes one feel as if theyr ein the movie... Read more
Published on March 10 2002 by - Kasia S.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Elora Danan" need I say more
Okay I will. This is one of the best fantasy scores ever written, and one of Horner's best. The first track is the most engaging, lush, and almost operatic at times track in the... Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2002 by Michael McDaid
4.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack by a great composer
When I first saw this movie in 1989 I couldn't get the music out of my head. I would walk around just humming parts of the soundtrack to myself. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by Stephen M. Showalter
5.0 out of 5 stars Willow - James Horner
James Horner used mainly a variety of themes to compose the score for 'Willow'. His dark agressive themes which mainly encompose the evil queen Bavmorda and her army. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2001
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