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Halo 3 Original Soundtrack (2-CD Set) Soundtrack

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Product Description

From the most successful entertainment launch in history, comes the most anticipated video game soundtrack of the holiday season. Bungie created a new variation on the Game's musical themes this time around. Martin O'Donnell, Bungie's composer incorporated a full live orchestra and chorus which goes "above and beyond" what they've done in the past. Album produced by Nile Rodgers.

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In terms of mood (both martial and eerie) and structure (the score is divided into 10 suites), there's no major departure from the previous installments in the Halo series here. The biggest difference is that this time, composers Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori seemed to have had a bigger budget and were able to hire a large orchestra. Where the synthetic feel of the previous two CDs sometimes made them feel a little thin and cheap, Halo 3 has the means to match its ambitions: This music would not shame a big-budget Hollywood sci-fi/action movie. Tracks such as "To Kill a Demon" and "This Is the Hour" (both of which, typically, recycle the composers' own themes) illustrate well this expanded sonic palette. The second CD ends with a hidden track ("Love Your Friends") by a band called Princeton, a fairly run-of-the-mill pop-punk effort which won a competition to be included on the soundtrack and which feels jarring compared to the rest of the music here. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Arrival (Luck)
  2. Sierra 117 (Released)
  3. Sierra 117 (Infiltrate)
  4. Crow's Nest (Honorable Intentions)
  5. Crow's Nest (Last of the Brave)
  6. Crow's Nest (Brutes)
  7. Tsavo Highway (Out of Shadow)
  8. Tsavo Highway (To Kill a Demon)
  9. The Storm (This is Our Land)
  10. The Storm (This is the Hour)
  11. Floodgate (Dread Intrusion)
  12. Floodgate (Follow Our Brothers)
  13. The Ark (Farthest Outpost)
  14. The Ark (Behold a Pale Horse)
  15. The Ark (Edge Closer)

Disc: 2

  1. The Covenant (Three Gates)
  2. The Covenant (Black Tower)
  3. The Covenant (One Final Effort)
  4. The Covenant (Gravemind)
  5. Cortana (No More Dead Heroes)
  6. Cortana (Keep What You Steal)
  7. Halo (Halo Reborn)
  8. Halo (Greatest Journey)
  9. Ending (Tribute)
  10. Ending (Roll Call)
  11. Ending (Wake Me When You Need Me)
  12. Ending (Legend)
  13. Bonus Tracks (Choose Wisely)
  14. Bonus Tracks (Movement)
  15. Bonus Tracks (Never Forget)
  16. Bonus Tracks (Finish The Fight)


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Northwest Sinfonia
  • Composer: Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • ASIN: B000W04S6U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Ernst on November 21, 2007
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If you thought the previous Halo soundtracks were home runs, Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori hit this one out of the known galaxy (or three radii from the galactic core..).

The switch from MIDI instruments to a full, live orchestra has made an already outstanding musical journey completely amazing. Many familiar themes make a return, but they sound fuller and more thematic this time around.

The track layout plays in the same order you would experience the music in the game, which I thought was a nice touch compared to Halo 2, v.1. My personal stand-out track is #12 on CD 1, "Follow Our Brothers", the music takes me to the exact memory of that part in the game. Truly outstanding.

I cannot rate this high enough, I could not have desired more from this soundtrack!
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As an owner of all the Halo soundtracks available I'd have to say that this is perhaps the best Halo soundtrack yet. Two CDs equals hours of awesome music, both new songs and embellishments of the ones we've come to love. As far as I know, this is the complete set of music from the game, including some bonus material. If you love the music as much as the game, you have to get this album! You will not be disappointed.
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With reach coming out and its been sometime since the release of halo 3, i have become rather nostalgic for my the wonderful memories of playing the campaign and the multiplayer for hours. Literally every song on here i can see the level, i can feel the level. Yes i am a nerd so that may affect my review just a bit, but nevertheless, this album is amazing from start to finish that will leave you smiling, crying, mad, and every other emotion out there. This simply is amazing music. Well worth 8-9 bucks for 30+ songs!!!
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This is the best Halo soundtrack yet. The sound quality is worlds better than the previous CDs because of the actual orchestra used for the recording. This is a complete musical journey through the Halo 3 game. The terrible songs by horrible bands that were on the Halo 2 soundtrack are gone. There is one band song at the end as a hidden track, so even though it is lame, it doesn't get in the way of the actual music. If you enjoy music from the Halo world, this is a must-buy.
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I just received the Halo 3 Soundtrack today and I have to say it is hundred's of times better than the previous soundtracks. Halo 3's OST "Finishes the Fight" just like the game does and does so in high quality sound and "in game" continuity that leaves you wanting more.

Regretfully, the only hinderance to this wonderful soundtrack is the addition of the hidden track (#17) on disc 2 "Love Your Friends" by Princeton... truthfully, while it may've won the contest, it isn't very good but, thankfully, can be skipped since it is at the END of the CD.

A wonderful purchase for ANY Halo fan and hope this isn't the end...
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That's right. Halo 1, 2, 3, I've never played. I picked this soundtrack up on a whim at WalMart and I haven't regretted it.

Even in the softer pieces, there's an energy that just doesn't quit it. It's a soundtrack for your own day-to-day life which isn't far from tactical combat.

This is the soundtrack of a company of soldiers in a grueling campaign trying to hit hard while conserving strength. I think all of us can relate.
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I purchased this two CD set because I played Halo 3 on the Xbox all the time.

Pros:
- All the music from the game is there on the CD's.
- The sound is much better than the first two releases.
- You can listen for hours

Cons:
- As several people have commented very little new stuff from the composer.
- Some tracks are the full version with vocals (ie Crashing Ben)
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