- Audio CD (March 27 2012)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Collector's Edition
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B006UTJ6DM
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Titanic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Anniversary Edition Collector's Edition
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Four 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 four disc set features newly remastered versions of both the original and Back To Titanic soundtracks, a previously unreleased disc of period music recorded for the movie by I Salonisti, the 5-piece quintet that appears in the film, as well as Popular Music From The Titanic Era, a new compilation of songs from the early 1900's. 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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Anyway, nice packaging and the stickers are an added bonus. I am a huge fan of anything to do with the movie so I don't mind all the period music, but if you're only looking for new material from Horner, then no, don't buy it.
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Here's how this set breaks down:
Disc 1 :: The original soundtrack, remastered. I have the original and after listening to both of them, I can tell you that there is a difference! This new copy is much more crisp and you can almost hear things not found in the original. This could play into the fact that I'm using studio monitors rather than standard computer speakers, but either way, it sounds much better!
Disc 2 :: The original follow up soundtrack, Back To Titanic, remastered. I never owned the original, so I can't compare, but this disc also sounds amazing and it's so nice to get to hear some of the other important musical selections that didn't make it to the original soundtrack.
Disc 3 :: Background music, remastered. You can finally hear the instrumentals that are mostly used as background music without all the dialog and other sound effects. In the film, these tracks were used to set the scenes and in some cases were not heard through their entirety or were too soft to pick up much from it.
Disc 4 :: The music on this disc never appeared in the film, but was added to the collection because they were popular songs during Titanic's era. If you like to listen to early 1900's music, then this cd is a really great trip back to the past! I loved it, but for those of you looking only for music from the film, you can skip this one and focus on the first three discs.
Inside the case, you get a really nice booklet with lots of pictures and information. There are also four stickers included that replicate luggage tags from Titanic. The whole collection has been done very nicely and is a GREAT upgrade from the original two soundtracks!
The pros: CD's 1 - 3. Discs 1 and 2 of this 4-CD set are exact track and content match re-releases of "Titanic" and "Back to Titanic." That said, the two discs have been digitally re-mastered, and they sound absolutely fantastic - better than the originals. Incredible. These two discs alone are worth the price of the set, even if you have the originals to compare them to. Disc 3 contains much of the music that would have been played aboard the ship, as recorded by I Salonisti - the musical ensemble who starred in the film. Very nice selections, and the quality is great.
The cons: CD 4. Much of the music on this disc is simply unbearable. They are antique recordings, but many of them were recorded long after "Titanic" sank in 1912, and bear a distinctly '20's and '30's feel. They would feel right at home in a score for "The Legend of Bagger Vance," but strike no chords to Titanic's era. The earliest recording comes from 1914, and the last was actually recorded in 1946! Even worse, not only are the recordings made in a much later, much "jazzier" style than would have been heard aboard the "Titanic," but the actual pieces playing don't bear any resemblance to the instruments used aboard the liner. A far better choice would have been to bring in a string ensemble, such as I Salonisti, to record those same pieces - or others - in a style that would have been heard in 1912.
Also, the much-touted quartet of baggage tags are not faithful reproductions, and bear the likeness of a ship from a much later era; finally, the "historical" commentary called "Ship of Dreams" running from pgs. 30-33 of the booklet contains numerous historical errors, perpetuates a number of popular misconceptions, and is a general mess.
On the whole, this should have been given a bit better attention, but it's well worth the price for CD's 1-3.
The first CD is the soundtrack
The second CD is the music within the movie that we wish was on the soundtrack (Irish party, portrait, heart will go on, etc)
The third CD is more of music that was background in the movie but also some songs we wished we had already
The fourth CD is more obscure in that it I don't recall all of those songs or maybe they were going to be put in but not but they are beautiful pieces, don't sound quite as remastered as the first 3 CDs but it's nice.