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Halo: Original Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Michael SalvatoriAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • ASIN: B000067UO7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Suite
2. Truth And Reconciliation Suite
3. Brothers In Arms
4. Enough Dead Heroes
5. Perilous Journey
6. A Walk In The Woods
7. Ambient Wonder
8. The Gun Pointed At The Head Of The Universe
9. Trace Amounts
10. Under Cover Of Night
11. What Once Was Lost
12. Lament For Pvt. Jenkins
13. Devils... Monsters...
14. Covenant Dance
15. Alien Corridors
16. Rock Anthem For Saving The World
17. The Maw
18. Drumrun
19. On A Pale Horse
20. Perchance To Dream
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212 of 215 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you played the game, you know just how stunning and well done the music of Halo is. If you haven't... you're missing out on some of the most original and inspiring music of our time.
Here is your chance to right your wrongs and experience the aural beauty of Halo.
To begin, the CD comes with a small foldout, giving you a bit of insight into the authors and the music, as well as a few directions to help you on your way to becoming an adept Bungie fan.
Also, to calm the worries of Xbox owners, there is no data on the disc; so you can play it and rip it to your hard drive whenever you wish.
The music itself is a recomposition of the most dramatic scores in the game, with only a smattering of the transitional music. Which means only the good stuff. Also, the music had to be recombined from it's origional 'freeform' version. Now the tracks are a good set legnth, and will play as a normal score would; rather than loop or remix themselves as they might have in the game. Many of the scores have been combined into 'Suites' containing many smaller tracks from the game, giving the music fluidic transitions that only serve to enhance the experience. Another important point is that the in-game music was somewhat sparser, because it's job was to blend in with the game. The album version, on the other hand, has been spruced up in some slow areas - giving Halo veterans a richer experience than they would expect. Finally, the album includes tracks played only at the Halo expositions at Gamespot and E3; as well as other pieces that were not used in the game, or were hard to find...
The music itself is a broad-range of taste. Transitioning from charged pieces found in 'Brothers in Arms', to the guitar riffs of 'Rock Anthem for Saving the World', and the melodic spell of 'Ambient Wonder'.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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Many of us have been eagerly awaiting this soundtrack. The music contained within has won awards from Rolling Stone ("Best Original Soundtrack in a game") and the Game Developers Conference ("Gamer's Choice award for Best Audio")
So it's no wonder that Bungie Studios decided to release the music of Halo as a bonafide soundtrack CD. And the world is a better place for it.
In-game, the music beds played dynamically, in rhythm to the player's moves on the battlefield. Coupled with the Xbox's 5.1 Surround Sound capabilities, it made for one of the best marriages of visual and aural 'Shoot-em-up' entertainment. Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori are to be commended for continuing their track-record first started with Riven, The Sequel to Myst, followed by Myth and then Oni.
In producing this soundtrack, Mr. O'Donnell had to lock-down the music. As he states in the liner notes, this creates a different experience for the listener that's familiar with the game, as the music burned on CD now follows a firmly defined beginning, middle, and end. To that end, Mr. O'Donnell has done an admirable job of letting the pieces breath on their own. By also breaking up the sequence of songs into an interspersed list of musical moods, the CD never 'gets into a rut' : each piece is well complemented by the piece before and after it. A moving percussion-heavy track, like "The Covenant Dance" (#14) is bracketed by the more symphonic "Devils... Monsters..." (#13) and synth-heavy "Alien Corridors" (#15). At the same time, the track list does follow the musical progression in the game, so if you're familiar with the storyline, the CD is a great way to re-experience your battle with the evil alien baddies known as The Covenant.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This music is great music, even since it originated from a game.
The music on this CD and in the game, Halo, consists of a mixture of Techno, Classical, Horror, and a hint of rock. Mostly, it is fantasy-like music, the typical kind of music you would find in a game, except this music surpasses the various musical scores for other games.
The music in the game, Halo, contributes to the tense, mysterious, suspense-filled aura while you are playing. The music coordinates with the storyline to effectively deliver the impact of the situation to the player. For me, I also experienced the music to coordinate with what was happening around me, where I was, and what was to come ahead.
Though this music isn't exactly something you would "bump up" while you were in a car drive downtown, it makes great background music while you are playing other games, or - in my case - doing homework. Some of the tracks on this CD are actually very relaxing, which may seem ironic given that this game is a sci-fi shooter.
My personal favorites (and a small description):
The Gun pointed at the Head of the Universe: For the Halo fans, this track appears at the end of the second level, "Halo." This track involves a fast pace and consists mostly of drums/bass type instruments. It is definitely geared to a more upbeat combat situation, and the snare drums add a militaristic feeling to it.
Brothers in Arms: Well, listen to the demo for yourself. This is a very militaristic-feeling song that contributes to the Human-Alien conflict in the game. The song sounds as if there is a whole symphany playing in it and is very well done.
The Maw: A relaxing, Gregorian Chant-type song, that expresses neither happiness nor sorrow, yet still ties in both feelings somehow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Baboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for a groundbreaking game
If you're looking at a review for this CD, you should probably buy it.
The soundtrack features all the tracks you know and love from the Halo: CE game. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jek Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is one of my favorite soundtrack albums and I really love it. It has interesting songs that are really exciting.
Published 10 months ago by Jack Briggs
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
all the soundtracks are amazing whether you're a fan of halo, not a fan, or just like music. definitely worth snag especially as a collector
Published 12 months ago by benzido
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great game!!!
I chose this rating because it is an amazing soundtrack. I've listened to many other soundtracks and never had listened to game soundtracks before, but the game itself is awesome... Read more
Published 12 months ago by ho-jo-stan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Soundtrack!
This soundtrack is great! I bought it as a gift for someone who's a huge Halo fan, but I couldn't help but give it a listen before giving it to him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Hitachi
5.0 out of 5 stars Best experience ever!
Couldn't ask for anything else. I received my CD within a few days of purchase with no problems. This experience was terrific and I would certainly recommend this company to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dakota Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
One of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time. I still listen to it to this day. Marty O'Donnell is a genius.
Published 14 months ago by DAV
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
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 15 months ago by jackie martin
5.0 out of 5 stars The OST that started it all.
This is a must for the TRUE HALO FAN! This is the kind of music you can listen every day and never get tired of. Highly recommend.
Published 17 months ago by JPE789
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