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  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: HOWE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0081UY0Y8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Howard Shore began writing the score for the massive multiplayer online role-paying game, Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) in the summer of 2004. In November of that year, Shore was in Moscow conducting The Lord of the Rings Symphony at the Kremlin with the National Philharmonic of Russia and Victor Popov's Academy of Choral Arts. Following the Moscow concerts he traveled with the orchestra and chorus for another three concerts in Tokyo. ''I was still composing the music for SUN at this time and while in Japan I decided I wanted to write the piece specifically for this orchestra and chorus,'' said Shore. ''I wanted the chorus to sing in ancient Korean as a way to express the world of SUN. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring together the western and eastern concepts at play. The pieces were composed as tone poems to express the different characters, cultures and the world of this wonderfully detailed game.'' The game SUN has gradually made its way around the world although the music has only been released in parts of Asia. Now for the first time, as the second in a Collector's Edition series of the Composer's work, Howard Shore's original score for SUN is available to a worldwide audience.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
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Back in 2006 Howard Shore entered the video game world with Soul Of The Ultimate Nation; a large massive online experience for gamers. The massive vision of the game demanded a grand musical experience and who else but Howard Shore could deliver that? He was hot off The Lord Of The Rings and it's clear that's what the game's developers wanted. The soundscape for Soul Of The Ultimate Nation is grand beyond belief. Game scores have gone through an amazing transformation in the past two generations of consoles. Video games were long considered the dumping grounds where music only needed to loop in the background. Composers like Michael Giacchino and Christopher Lennertz began their careers in games, and now look at them. These days gamers are chasing Hollywood's best and Hollywood's best are chasing game projects now that technology and video game story lines give way for immense creativity.

Soul Of The Ultimate Nation is a soundscape that was built from what Shore had done with Lord Of The Rings. If you think it sounds like Lord Of The Rings it's because it does. However don't take that as me saying that it's a carbon copy. What Howard Shore has done is create a massively beautiful world through his music. It is indeed grand to hear and feel the power behind each of the tracks. Each track moves into another and they feel more like chapters than a flowing story. The music is incredibly vivid and paints immense images in your mind throughout the listen. This score truly transports you to another world and the way Shore does it is impressive. While the score has massive bravado and a swelling energy it does lack some emotional touches. In the end you don't feel much towards the score.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on July 21, 2012
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Thanks in no small part to earlier music by Howard Shore ("The Lord of the Rings" in particular), film scores have reached the status of art on their own. But now comes another form of musical scoring-video games! And who would have imagined with the first of two "Hobbit" films on the near horizon (and given a taste of that score in the opening trailer fans are already anticipating those scores) that Shore would take time to provide a score for a game? Well he has with "Soul of the Ultimate Nation" and it is work that needs to be taken very seriously or put another way this is an outstanding piece of work, even by the high standards by which earlier scores by Shore have been judged. To be sure many people saw Shore associated with "SUN" and wrote it off as something that would amount to nothing more than throw away cuts from the "Rings" (or maybe the emergence of that mysterious music for "King Kong" that was swept aside-and yes we all would love to hear that one day) and they are wrong. Shore presents a collection of twenty tone-poems that are interrelated according to the theme of "Soul of the Ultimate Nation" with definite Asian/Korean undertones and dramatic use of percussion and beautiful use of chorus. In many ways it is a typical Shore orchestral/choral score not unlike "The Lord of the Rings" but all new and enthralling (at a time when despite unprecedented numbers of film scores, really good ones are scarce). Shore took great care in choosing the right orchestra and chorus (the National Philharmonic of Russia and Academy of Choral Arts in part because of the availability of a formidable organ) for the recordings and it certainly paid off. It is dramatic, moving, and well, at times quite stunning. Has Shore legitimized video game scoring in one great musical movement...Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on July 17, 2012
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We have all three lord of the rings complete soundtracks and this has the same tones and it feels like an extension of the music from the lord of the rings. It will help to hold my family over until the music from the hobbit comes out...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. W. N. on February 3, 2014
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You will compare it to LOTR, The Hobbit, his other scores... and find it not only on par, but exceeding in many ways these other works. Grand in scope and sweeping in themes and dramatic device, the music carries you to the other world, and leaves goosebumps as your only recollection. Revisiting repeatedly becomes the only option. Thank you, Mr. Shore, once again, for bring this to us. Nice work.
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By George on December 27, 2012
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Howard Shore has produced an outstanding set of motivational music. If you liked his music to the movie The Hobbit, but have not purchased Soul of the Ultimate Nation, purchase it now. This will become one of your favorites.
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