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Pearl Harbor Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005JYBD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. There You'll Be - Faith Hill
2. Tennessee
3. Brothers
4. ...And Then I Kissed Him
5. I Will Come Back
6. Attack
7. December 7th
8. War
9. Heart Of A Volunteer

Product Description

Product Description

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer managed to bring both a sense of fear and foreboding and the spirit of heroism to his score for this 2001 war epic. Faith Hill's soaring ballad There You'll Be leads to Zimmer's pieces Tennessee; Brothers; Attack; December 7th , and more!


Hans Zimmer's lush and romantic Pearl Harbor album inverts every expectation of what a World War II epic should sound like. Zimmer previously explored the American Pacific war in The Thin Red Line (1998), though this time he takes a more commercial direction. The programme opens with the power ballad by Faith Hill, "There You'll Be", establishing in the wake of Titanic (1997) this as blockbuster mixing romance with maritime disaster hoping for a share of the success that came Celine Dion's way. The eight orchestral cues concentrate on romance and the pity of war, ranging from noble melancholy to an elevated spiritual purity. The choral writing incorporated into "December 7th" continues a direction Zimmer explored with Hannibal (2001), where he similarly underlined the heart rather than the horror. Only during "War" do the snare drums finally arrive for a rousing slice of patriotic and exciting action with the military sensibility continued into the valedictory "Heart of a Volunteer". The heavily processed orchestra is familiar from Zimmer's Gladiator (2000), the composer continuing his knack of delivering an instantly memorable theme which retains interest through numerous moods and variations. Augmented by wistful piano and ethereal choir, Pearl Harbor is melodic and accessible and has every chance of being the most popular instrumental soundtrack of 2001. --Gary S Dalkin

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I really enjoyed it. The music that Hans Zimmer composed is beautiful, and the Faith Hill track is very good.
The music composed by Hans Zimmer throughout the disc is among the best I've ever heard. The pieces "Tennessee" and "Brothers" compliment well the story line before the two young men go
off to war. "....And Then I Kissed Him" and "I will come back" set an authentic romantic mood.
I particularly enjoyed "Attack" that played throughout the dynamic scenes depicting the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. One can readily imagine Hirohito's pilots on their way to destroy the American naval base. The music splendidly captures the rituals and mind set of these Japanese airmen committed to the Bushido code of honor. "December 7th" hauntingly accompanies the horror and destruction of that fateful day. The singing of the choir almost brought tears to my eyes.
The final tracks "War" and "Heart of a Volunteer" remind us that our nation responded with a resounding resolve that will echo in the annals of history forevermore. Zimmer deserves an Academy Award nomination.
But besides the music, how can they only put nine songs for a three-hour movie? To me, that doesn't make sense, but enjoy the music, it's wonderful.
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Format: Audio CD
Hans Zimmer had a lot of pressure on him with the 'Pearl Harbor' score after composing the legendary Golden Globe winning score for 'Gladiator'. His work on the two 'Gladiator' soundtracks brought him critical acclaim and the 'Gladiator' soundtrack is now considered by many to be one of the best scores ever composed. Well, that certainly is a lot of pressure! Hans Zimmer does indeed live up to 'Gladiator' with this beatiful, heartbreaking and breathtaking score. From tender love themes such as '...And Then I Kissed Him' to the dramatic and pounding themes during the attack ('December 7th'), 'Pearl Harbor's' soundtrack triumphs in every possible way. Faith Hill does a lovely job with the romantic 'There You'll Be'. My only problem with this song is that it tries a little to hard to be 'Titanic's' 'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion.
My personal favorites on this soundtrack are 'Tennessee', 'Brothers', '...And Then I Kissed Him', 'Attack', and 'Heart of a Volunteer'; though all of the pieces are excellent. 'Tennessee' is the emotional and reoccuring theme to 'Pearl Harbor'. 'Tennessee' reappears in 'Brothers', '...And Then I Kissed Him', 'I Will Come Back', and I believe it also occurs in 'Heart of a Volunteer'. I absolutely love the dramatic 'Attack', which appears in the film when the Japanese are plotting their attach on Pearl Harbor. The beat is absolutely addictive and you find yourself having it on repeat for a very long time... 'Attack' gives me a strong reminder of the 'Gladiator' soundtrack. Some of Hans Zimmer's other notable pieces of work are two 'Gladiator' soundtracks, 'The Lion King', 'Hannibal', 'Driving Miss Daisy', 'As Good as it Gets', 'Rain Man', and 'Crimson Tide'.
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By A Customer on Nov. 19 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the most amazing film soundtrack that I have heard! After seeing the movie, the next day I bought the soundtrack! It is that good!!
The first track is You'll Be There by Faith Hill. This song has a smooth style perfect for the end of the film.
The next few tracks called "Tennesee", "Brothers", "and then I kissed him" are amazing. The use of strings and piano of that magnificant theme is truely beautiful music.
"I will come back" has a sad tone to do with something in the film, that I would reveal if you haven't seen it yet! Once again .... amazing track!
"Attack" starts off with the Japanese Theme from the movie and then has some of the saddist music you will hear. If you are in a sad mood, this will make you cry!! It is that moving!!!
The next track is called "December 7th". It has a choir and string, another sad track.
"War" is probably my favourite track! It is AMAZING!! The track starts with the war room theme and leads into fast paced orchestral music when the Americans fight back. This has to be heard :-)
The last track is the ending theme "Heart Of A Volunteer". Has a choir singing, very sad, and then changes into a slow march with the main theme at the end.
This soundtrack MUST be bought by any Pearl Harbor fan or an Orchestral Music fan! 10/10!!!!
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Format: Audio CD
Alright, so the movie sucked, but I think we can thank the despicable story for creating a film score that far exceeds my expectations. The music is, needless to say, sappy beyond all belief. It so blatantly attempts to tug on the heartstrings with the force of a bulldozer that one can't help but laugh at times. This, however, I do not consider to be a fault. Sure, it's a little too emotional, but it's so darn beautiful that it just adds to the charm of the album. The themes on this album are all so magnificent, so appropriate for a love story, that one is drawn into the music and never let go--if only the film could have done something similar.
What makes this CD even better is the beautiful arc in which the album takes, stylistically following a story all of its own. We get the passionate love; soon tension arises and things look bleak; action ensues; the hero emerges from the depths. The CD's organization is a feat alone. Then take the truly romantic sounds that stir the mind and evoke a grand sweeping passion; add to that perhaps the greatest use of a choir in film score history (failing to surpass only the Duel of the Fates and Edward Scissorhands), and you discover what makes this music such a welcome addition to any collection.
Yes it is oftentimes so sappy that you can't bear it, but I for one enjoy that. The only major complain I hold towards the score is more directed towards its use in the film rather than its progression on the album. The heavy percussion doesn't--to me, at least--accurately represent any kind of Japanese force. It seems exceedingly out of place when you see it on screen; but on an album, nationality doesn't exist, and so it mixes in with the aforementioned arc of the musical narrative.
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