- Audio CD (March 27 2012)
- Original Release Date: March 27 2012
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Sony Music Canada Entertainment Inc.
- Run Time: 130 minutes
- ASIN: B006UTJ6GO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | DVD Audio | Mini-Disc
- Average Customer Review: 259 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Titanic: Original Motion Picture Sou Ndtrack - Anniversary Edition
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Two CD edition. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Titanic's launch and the 15th anniversary of the world's most beloved and acclaimed film, Sony Classical proudly releases the Collector's Anniversary Edition of Music from the Motion Picture Titanic. This two disc set features a newly remastered version of the original soundtrack plus a previously unreleased disc of period music recorded for the movie by I Salonisti, the 5-piece quintet that appears in the film. The package includes four bonus vintage Titanic luggage stickers and a booklet with previously unseen production photos, James Cameron's original liner notes for Titanic, "I Salonisti Sessions" liner note by John Altman, an I Salonisti book excerpt by Gisela Trost, historic photos, and the new liner note "Ship of Dreams" by Lucy Cross. Composer James Horner says "I'm thrilled that Sony Classical is re-releasing the soundtrack album to Titanic. It is wonderful to know that the original music has retained its magic through all of these years."
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This film was and remains a juggernaut, and James Horner's score is up to the task. His mixture of various musical styles is very appropriate for the film, and works well musically also. Clearly Horner did his "homework" about Titanic history; perhaps his work on the Glory and Braveheart soundtracks also helped him in telling this story. Horner's uncanny ability to combine the human voice with various musics while staying true to the story is amazing.
This album contains the best of the various Celine Dion "My Heart Will Go On" versions. I don't really have the words to describe what Celine has done here; she has painted a masterpiece, a Mona Lisa, a singular work of art that will go on for all time. The various parodies of her performance (on Saturday Night Live, for instance) are only a testament to the magnitude of her accomplishment. She doesn't sing about love on this song....she becomes love. I mean she must have been out of her mind and body when she was in the studio singing this. All I know is that I would have been crying for at least a half hour watching and listening to her sing this in the studio as it was being recorded. If this was done in only one take, as another reviewer notes, it was all that was necessary. It is a religious experience listening to her sing that song.
In general, the score sounds a bit like Vangelis by way of Enya: it is very "new agey" with an Irish edge. Although they are not particularly memorable, the first few selections are enjoyable enough: "Never an Absolution" and "Distant Memories" have a likably wistful tone. Perhaps the single most enjoyable selection is the third cut, "Southampton," which balances an Irish wistfulness against a fair degree of engery. But after the first three selections the music becomes extremely repetitive, and the selections drawn from the film's sinking scenes are merely pulsing, rythmical, and not in the least stirring.
The centerpiece of the collection, of course, is "My Heart Will Go On." We hear echos of this song throughout various selections, most notably in "Rose," and the Celine Dion vocal occurs near the end of the CD. Although it has been incredibly over-exposed, it is really quite good: the lyrics are memorable, and the melody plays to the sort of emotional creshendo at which Dion is so expert, and I find this particular version more enjoyable than the radio version that has been played to death.
Many people adore the Dion recording; just as many despise it. But love it or hate it, it is really the only memorable thing on the entire soundtrack. And the cost of the CD is a lot to pay for one memorable song. Although it is well produced and recorded, I would not recommend this recording to any but the most die-hard fans of either film or Dion; all others are likely to find it dismissable.
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