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Willow Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI/Virgin
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000762Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 By Jan P. Dennis on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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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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Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
Willow is probably James Horner's best score, and ranks up there with his other scores like "The Rocketeer" and "Glory". If you like Horner and you have yet to get this CD, then you are missing a lot! Willow is a VERY complex score full of brass themes and strings. Tracks such as "Escape from the Tavern" are tense tracks, making you feel as if you are watching the movie. "Willow's theme" is probably the track on here, using a brass theme playing as the primary instruments, while strings play up and down the scales in the background. This score often goes from quiet strings to sudden tense and brass music. If your listening to this CD, and you come to a quiet part of the track (for once) be prepared for the orchestra to explode into the main theme! This soundtrack is full of suprises, and it is among my favorites (Cutthroat Island, Crimson Tide, Medal of Honor etc.) I would never want this CD to leave my side. Another major factor in the success of this soundtrack is the performance of the London Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra brings out the music so well. You can tell the difference between an average orchestra and the London symphony pretty well. If you are ever listening to a soundtrack performed by the London Symphony, listen to it loud. This is a great soundtrack! Get it while you can by all means!
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