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Apollo 13: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (June 21 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002OW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Main Title - James Horner
2. One Small Step - Walter Cronkite And Neil Armstrong
3. Night Train - James Brown
4. Groovin' - The Young Rascals
5. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
6. I Can See For Miles - The Who
7. Purple Haze - Jimmy Hendrix
8. Launch Control - Dialogue/Soundtrack
9. All Systems Go - Dialogue/Soundtrack
10. Welcome To Apollo 13 - Dialogue/Soundtrack
11. Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
12. House Cleaning - Dialogue/Soundtrack
13. Houston, We Have A Problem - Dialogue/Soundtrack
14. Master Alarm - Dialogue/Soundtrack
15. Into The Lem - Dialogue/Soundtrack
16. Out Of Time - Dialogue/Soundtrack
17. Darkside Of The Moon - James Horner
18. Failure Is Not An Optinon - Dialogue/Soundtrack
19. Honky Tonkin' - Hank Williams
20. Blue Moon - The Mavericks
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Apollo 13 ~ Soundtrack

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Although composer James Horner may be better known for his Academy Award-winning score to James Cameron's Titanic, he has written music for other very successful films in a variety of genres, including Star Trek II, Star Trek III, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Battle Beyond the Stars, and the Ron Howard-directed, fact-based Apollo 13.
MCA's Apollo 13: Music From the Motion Picture showcases a mix of original compositions by Horner and songs from the Apollo Program era (1960s-1972), with selected bits of dialogue from the movie (performed by Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and other cast members) added in for good measure.
The album starts with the stirring yet somber "Main Title," featuring a trumpet solo by Tim Morrison (who also performed the trumpet solo for John Williams' "Born on the Fourth of July") that recalls both the heroism and sacrifice of the Apollo astronauts. This 2:25 cue is heard during the flashback to the Jan. 1967 Apollo One disaster which took the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chafee during a launch rehearsal.
After a small snippet of Walter Cronkite's July 1969 announcement that Neil Armstrong had stepped on the moon, there is a long section of album devoted to music from the period, including songs by James Brown ("Night Train"), The Young Rascals ("Groovin' "), Jefferson Airplane ("Somebody to Love") and Jimi Hendrix ("Purple Haze").
Horner returns after another dramatic bit of dialogue with his 10:04 cue "The Launch." This is perhaps one of the best selections in the album, as it captures the tension, excitement and awe of a Saturn V launch.
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Composer James Horner's score for Apollo 13 is quite good. It hits all the right notes, so to speak. The main title with its horn solo gives one a sense of formality, yet as it develops further, the promise of adventure and wonderment comes through loud and clear. Every time I hear this score, I cant help but get caught up in the film all over again--the music may share similarities with some of Horner's other work-but in this case, the end result is so powerful, that I can easily overlook that fact and just go with it. The vocal work of singer Anne Lennox, at various times during the score, gives the music a unique sound. Her work accents the score but is never over used or seems out of place The score for Apollo 13 does what good film music should--act as an undercurrent to the movie and help the audience get involved in the story. Having snipets of film dialogue illustrates just how well the score does just that.
The CD also includes a generous amount of popular songs from the era and each one has has its place and is welcomed. The release loses points for its horrible track listings both on the back cover and as part of the booklet insert. this makes it next to impossibe to find a song or favorite track-it's very frustrating for sure. Someone should have done a bit better job at making sure all of the information made sense. Poor Bill Paxton isn't even credited anywhere, but he appears twice on the CD anyway
Problems aside, Apollo 13 the album, should still be a part of anyone's soundtrack. collection. Despite what it may say otherwise, the CD really has 23 tracks (not 15), and a running time of 72:19.
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This is one of my favorite James Horner scores of all time. The score is outstanding and there is not one boring part in it. It is an enjoyable listening from start to finish. The theme is brass dominated, with excellent trumpet solos by Tim Morrison. "All Systems Go/The Launch" is a dynamite 10 minute cue that builds and builds into a huge orchestral statement of the main theme that gives you chill bumps every time you hear it because it is so good. "Re-Entry & Splashdown" is an outstanding finale with the orchestra soaring to the heavens for 9 minutes. "End Title" rehashes the main theme with Annie Lennox singing it first and then the orchestra stating it once more. "Dark Side Of The Moon" contains Lennox's moody vocals to represent the coldness and isolation in space. "Master Alarm" contains trademark Horner action music with strings, brass, and percussion. The album also contains great songs that I feel should have gotten their own release separate from the score from such artists as James Brown, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, among others. There is also some dialogue present in several tracks that add to the listening experience of the score and songs. Overall an outstanding score that cannot be passed up.
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I probably don't listen to this album as much as it deserves, but there are some very good reasons for that. The score itself is typical James Horner - so typical, that some sections are identical to other of his works. Darkside of the Moon is Cosmo's theme from Sneakers with trumpet over it. Houston We Have a Problem sounds just like the action sequences from Sneakers. All this would be fine, except for the layout of the album. The score is interspersed with era rock pieces and movie dialogue. These fade one into another, making it difficult to listen to them individually. (You can't listen to Spirit in the Sky without hearing "Hello World!" spoken over the intro). And the kicker is that the track numbers on the liner do not match the actual tracks, which means that if you want to program your CD player to play only the rock tracks, or only the score, which seems the only logical way to listen to the album, you can't do it easily. Overall, this album is not a good buy. Horner's music is a cheap rip-off of Aaron Copland (for that patriotic feel) laid over sections of previous movie scores. The score works perfectly for the movie, and as the album is laid out in the order of the movie, it begs the question: why buy the score at all? Why not just watch the movie? If you really want to listen to a good James Horner score, Sneakers, Willow, Ransom, or Braveheart are all better examples of Horner's abilities. The one thing this album does have going for it is the best end credits music ever. The instant that track starts, you feel like you should get up and walk out of the darkened theatre.
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