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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

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Horner's Finest ! Aug. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with the music when first seeing the film ...tremendous and compelling music! A definite must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Horner at his best May 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. The most memorable thing about htis soundtrack is the sweeping theme for Elora Danan.This theme is best used in the tracks Elora Danan . Simple the best worth every penny.If you are a true horner fan please by all means buy this cd. Oh yeah and it is also performed by the london symphony orchestra so the performane is great
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5.0 out of 5 stars *sigh* The best I've heard!! May 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
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!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Stirring, but ultimately borrowed Feb. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. in the gamut of "film composers who blatantly borrow from classical music composers." Williams is primo facto enemy no. 1, but Horner has been known to dip into the 19th century music barrel from time to time for ideas. Alas, the soundtrack to "Willow" is one of these times. As well as the music works in the film, and I believe does, this reviewer just cannot get over the similarity between the 'Escape fromt the Tavern" theme and the third movement of Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony. One would hope that he was not "phoning" this score in, but I cannot imagine I'm the only one to make this connection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Horner's best March 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
Thematically complex and epic in scope, Horner's score is easily the best part of George Lucas's uneven fantasy flick. I can't believe this recording is not still in general release within the U.S.; I played my original cassette to shreds and pounced on the CD...A must-have for fans of fantasy film music, or just big, lush, exciting, heart-on-the-sleeve music of any genre.
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