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Halo 2, Vol. 1 [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Various Artists
  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • ASIN: B00067RF6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
2. Blow Me Away - Breaking Benjamin
3. Peril
4. Ghosts Of Reach
5. Follow (1st Movement Of The Odyssey) - Incubus
6. Heretic, Hero
7. Flawed Legacy
8. Impend
9. Never Surrender - Nile Rodgers
10. Ancient Machine
11. 2nd Movement Of The Odyssey - Incubus
12. In Amber Clad
13. The Last Spartan
14. Orbit Of Glass
15. 3rd Movement Of The Odyssey - Incubus
16. Heavy Price Paid
17. Earth City
18. High Charity
19. 4th Movement Of The Odyssey - Incubus
20. Remembrance
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Editorial Reviews

Further proof that the 15-year-old male is the nexus of contemporary popular entertainment, this anthology of music from and "inspired by" the sequel to the earth-conquering Halo saga also showcases how capably the video game industry can trump even Hollywood's vaunted production values. The original synth-heavy underscore by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori is filled with enough brooding, mock-Goth atmospherics, and pulsing exotica of indeterminate ethnicity to give the Hans Zimmer stable a run for their money, while a slate of (mostly) worthy rock star guest turns give it a welcome edge. Legendary axe-slinger Steve Vai's sinewy riffing punches up the reworked main theme and "Never Surrender," while alt.metal contenders Breaking Benjamin serve up the suitably dramatic inspired-by cut "Blow Me Away." But it's Incubus' four-part "Odyssey" suite that's the centerpiece, bridging 1970s prog and modern rock with its moody aura and evocative musical dramatics. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

Taking center stage on the Halo 2: Original Soundtrack CD are the new symphonic compositions by Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori, the composers behind the best-selling Halo: Combat Evolved soundtrack. Nile Rodgers, the album's producer said, "Visualize a giant orchestra with Martin O'Donnell as the composer & all the artists & musicians contributing as players in the grand symphony that is called Halo." The soundtrack also includes all new compositions from some of today's most exciting rock bands, including "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin, "Connected" by Hoobastank & "The Odyssey" by Incubus; which serve to fulfill the ultimate vision of Marty O'Donnell's epic orchestral score.

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major correction generally unnoticed... December 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes, Incubus and Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin are on here. And yes, that music is all in the game. Instrumentally, that is. A lot of people immediately scream that they can't imagine hearing some of the music in game, when they actually did, and didn't notice because the instrumental versions were used. If you hate Hoobastank and Incubus, never fear, the instrumental portions of their music are the primary focus and their lyrics are more or less thrown over them. Thus, even the greatest hater is still going to love the power of the music behind the people.

Marty O'Donnell and crew do it again. The soundtrack for Halo was one of the best videogame soundtracks ever produced, and Halo 2 might even up the bar. Long, flowing orchestrial pieces give way to thumping techno beats and intense musical queues that immediately create awe and wonder, or the urge to go out and save the world.

Fans of guitar solo features from the origional game (a la "Rock Anthem for Saving the World") will be especially pleased, as the "Holo Theme Mjolnir Mix" pounds out an amazing start to this soundtrack. Fans of the Gregorian-style chants and the tribal rhythms that dotted pieces in Halo will also be pleased- many of the old themes have been brought back and updated to carry their impact into the new game. "Ghosts of Reach" is definately going to be a recognizable track for Halo fans.

A great, great album on it's own merit made better by the videogame it represents. And heck, it's even got some pop influence to boot! Don't let the inclusion of a few big names keep you away from the rest of the content of this album- the pieces add to and back up Marty's work- they don't replace it.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack--stop complaining November 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are a lot of complaints about the rock songs on this album, but most of them sounded fine to me. (We can X Hoobastank, since it really doesn't seem to have anything to do with the game, soundwise or not.) Save for that one, last track, I love the rest of the CD. "Follow" by Incubus is one song that I repeat all the time... in fact, it was that song that pushed me over the edge and made me buy the soundtrack. Hearing it in-game was a blast. (It's IN-game, so it is part of the game soundtrack, not just added in.)

The "problem" here is not that there is rock on the album: Halo is changing, this game is more intense than the first, and from what I've played, I like the new sound. It can't always be just Marty, and the fact that some big bands contributed to the album really shouldn't be that big of a deal. I have tremendous respect for Incubus, actually, because they composed four different pieces of music for the game, most of them over five minutes in length. (By the way, think it's too long? Think of it like a symphony... then it makes sense.)

My only real complaint is Hoobastank's song. I don't really like it. And "Never Surrender" throws me off a bit after listening to beautiful orchestral scores and intimidating rock songs--you want to talk about being out of place on an album? ^^;
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Halo 2 vol. rox! November 15, 2004
By Jeff
Format:Audio CD
Yea this Cd is great. Martin O' Donnell is one great composer! This music is highly recommended...especially is you like the first one...which is also amazing. The rock stuff actually is not that bad, but it takes up alot of the cd. Like the others have said i hope they put more of Martin's stuff on vol. 2. I emailed Nile Rogers, who produced this Cd, and he said that the rest of Martin's music would be included in vol. 2! Now here is my analysis of Halo 2 vol. 2.

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01. Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix-This is a great mix. Steve Vai is awsome on the gutiar, which is played with the excellent halo theme! (9)

02. Blow Me Away-Actually I thought this was a well done piece. It plays instrumental in the game though and i hope that is released on vol. 2!! (8)

03. Peril-This is a very happy track. Not to be played while blowing up grunts! (5)

04. Ghosts of Reach-This track resembles (Track 25. Dust And Echoes) on the original halo soundtrack. When the percussion kicks in at the end it sounds great! (6)

05. Flow (1st Movement)-I first heard about Incubus when I heard their "Warning" song, which is great. I listended to them on here and they are not that bad. This is one of their best tracks on the Cd. (10)

06. Heretic Hero-Great song, which echoes (Track 6. Walk In The Woods) on the original soundtrack. Very cool. (8)

07. Flawed Legacy-Amazing song. This is why Martin gets his music published! This one is similar to (Track 20. Perchance To Dream) on the original. (10)

08. Impend-Starts off with a teary beginning, but then swithces over to a very technoish style. There is a beat that sounds like a heartbeat which is creepy. Nice track! (8)

09. Never
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful original music marred by track order December 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I became interested in Halo when I heard my son and his father playing the game. I was so drawn in by the music that I learned to play, and since have become an enthusiast. My understanding is that the first soundtrack came out only after much public outcry for the CD.

Like the first Halo soundtrack, the original score for the follow-up game is beautifully composed and arranged. O'Donnell and Salvatori use a counterpoint of sweeping orchestral themes and human chants against military and/or majestic rhythms. In texture and feel, the music is very reminiscent of Ennio Morricone's unforgettable score from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". The triumphant military beats against the mournful melodies are heart-wrenching, both when you are actually playing the game and when listening to the CD. In both Halo 1 and 2, the soundtrack is a combination of power and sorrow, exploration and loss.

In the Halo 1 soundtrack, the first rock rhythms were introduced in the track "Rock Anthem for Saving the World". Although not to my taste, my 10-year-old son listened to the song over and over. These new tracks on the Halo 2 CD (as well as the song "Blow Me Away", which I believe was in the end credits of the game?) are in spirit keeping with that classic rock feel. These songs are high energy but lack the haunting quality of so many of the the orchestral tracks. Also, the variations on the trademark Halo melody played by these musicians sound embarrassingly amateur in comparison to the score. I believe this is inevitable due to the richness and the complexity of the orchestral arrangements. The "rock" songs would be fine on their own, but they pale in comparison.

The main problem with the CD is that the new tracks are interspersed randomly with the orchestral score tracks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
i received the CD on time, and it was in excellent condition. the music sounded incredible, and i highly appreciate it.
Published 8 months ago by Cory
3.0 out of 5 stars Should've had a single.
Had to but the whole album just for the Breaking Benjamin track that it contained. If it was the single it would have been 5 stars.
Published 8 months ago by brian felts
5.0 out of 5 stars .
bought it used as new, just like the other stuff i buy used as new it came out perfectly. no scratches whatsoever.
Published 10 months ago by Josh Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Halo Fans, Rejoice!
This is one of my favorite game soundtracks...and I have a lot of the great ones. I recently purchased this specifically for my brother's birthday party. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sarah K. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars hi
I love it.The soundtrack gives you the time to hear it without having the game so you can hear all of the songs, not just some of them.
Published 13 months ago by jackie martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
i love soundtracks from movies and games. halo is my favorite video game and i just had to have the soundtrack from it. im so glad i bought it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by charles
5.0 out of 5 stars sounds good
This sound track feels like halo. It is definately on tack with the halo lure. If you dont have this you are not a real halo fan.
Published 17 months ago by Alex Miranti
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, rich, intense
I'll confess: I've never played the Halo games. And I probably wouldn't like them. But the music is breathtaking, and my collection wouldn't be complete without it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Christopher Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for any Halo fan
If you listen to music while playing video games like i do then you will not be disappointed with this soundtrack. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars HALO 2 VOLUME 1
A must have for any HALO fan from some time novice to on-line gamer. Whether your an Halo: Combat Evolved player or a Reach fan you will enjoy this. Read more
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