John Carter
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John Carter

March 6, 2012

  Song Title
A Thern For The Worse
Get Carter
Gravity Of The Situation
Thark Side Of Barsoom
Sab Than Pursues The Princess
The Temple Of Issus
Zodanga Happened
The Blue Light Special
Carter They Come, Carter They Fall
A Change Of Heart
A Thern Warning
The Second Biggest Apes I've Seen This Month
The Right Of Challenge
The Prize Is Barsoom
The Fight For Helium
Not Quite Finished
Ten Bitter Years
John Carter Of Mars

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:13:56
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  • ASIN: B007BY1BW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,236 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping film score one of Giacchino's best yet March 6, 2012
By Colby
Format:Audio CD
I was pretty stoked to listen to this one. The film looks to be promising and now even more so, based on the quality of this film score by Michael Giacchino.

His latest effort that I can recall (M:I: 4) left my throat a little dry, but I had faith in him and embraced this score with open ears. For the most part, its pretty darned awesome.

It exudes a sense of otherworldliness not found in, say, even a score to an alien movie. At times the score truly takes you somewhere, and the longer length of some of the songs is barely noticed.

The opening track, A Thern for the worse, (Giacchino is again naming songs with his trademark sense of humor) sets the stage nicely for what will be the entire listening experience, though its not as good as the next track, Get Carter. Track 2 actually surprised me: its just a good, fun song, and it can easily be used to show Giacchino's level of growing talent here. The man is getting better at what he does, which is making good music.

Track 5, Sab than pursues the princess, is another favorite. Giacchino sounds like parts of Speed Racer, Mission Impossible 3, and Star Trek here, yet with enough of a new sound that John Carter is starting to musically take a shape of its own by this point. Track 6, The temple of Issus, presents us with more of that otherworldliness by way of mysterious choir, one that effectively sets the mood. This happens throughout the score.

Track 9, Carter they come carter they fall, starts as an action piece and shifts into something beautiful, a triumphant moment no doubt for our hero in the film. Number 11, A Thern warning, takes its time with strings and choir and sets the stage for the bigger, louder action to come.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Thark Side March 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Michael Giacchino not only aimed high with John Carter, he shot an absolute bullseye! Viewing this as a chance to create something no longer seen in this Remote Control-dominated era of Hollywood scores, he delivered the goods- John Carter is big as life, bold as anything, a little bit scary and a lot of fun. It stands tall as a true Swords & Sandals Epic type of score, the likes of which we haven't heard in far too long.

John Carter's theme is comprised of 11 notes: a-B/cdE-F/g-H/iJ-k. Giacchino gets a lot of mileage out of it, deploying it in various forms, a testament to its versatility. He states that his way of testing a theme is seeing if it can be turned into a jazz piece, a waltz or something classical. If it can be adapted, then he'll use it.

The scope of the John Carter score is Middle-Eastern, something that Giacchino described as simply the right feel for the piece. In an interview he cited Lawrence of Arabia as one of his inspirations for composing the score- a man out of his element in a world completely alien to him, slight pun intended. It also sounds like kind of a Jerry Goldsmith homage- similar in many places to Planet of the Apes with touches of The Mummy tossed in.

Another important influence on this score is the idea of having scene-specific themes- Giacchino remarked upon John Williams' work on Empire Strikes Back and the Indiana Jones series as to how each scene had its own musical identity. The score does have an episodic arc to it and you can always hear something different happening in each track, making for a real adventure through a musical landscape.

One of the best things about listening to this was the way Giacchino employed both the female chorus and Palestinian female soloist Azam Ali, whom he's worked with before.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best! March 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I have to say that Michael Giacchino ismy favorite soundtrack composer. To me he is up there with the likes of John Williams. His latest effort does not disappoint! John Carter is by far one of his strongest offerings, and I am now really excited to see this movie! This soundtrack is one of the most intense, epic scores I've heard in a while, yet it still is able to tell a story. Michael Giacchino has done it once again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flop? What flop? April 2, 2012
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Already tainted as one of the biggest box-office disasters in cinema history, John Carter looks set to go down in negative notoriety rather than with the acclaim and applause many expected at Disney when the project was first announced. A large scale action science-fiction epic, the film is a big screen mishmash adaptation of several of Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom novels, which were first written in 1912 and stand as some of the first works of interplanetary science fiction ever written. The film, which is directed by Andrew Stanton, stars newcomer Taylor Kitsch as the eponymous Carter, a civil war veteran from Virginia who, while prospecting out west, finds himself inexplicably transported to Mars, where he becomes embroiled in a second civil war between the planet's inhabitants, who call their world Barsoom. The film co-stars Lynn Collins as the beautiful princess Dejah Thoris, Ciaran Hinds and Dominic West as the two rival jeddak kings in whose lengthy battle Carter gets caught, and Willem Dafoe and Samantha Morton in motion-capture as two of the multi-armed Tharks, who help and hinder Carter in his quest with equal measure.

The score for John Carter is by the ever-busy Michael Giacchino, still hot from his well-received work in 2011 on films such as Super 8 and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. As one would expect given the subject matter, the score is an enormous action epic, filled to the brim with large orchestral flourishes, memorable themes, and dense and powerful action music. Director Stanton specifically asked Giacchino to make this score "his Star Wars", and not hold back when it came to making bold musical statements or old-fashioned orchestral grandeur.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Best Thing About the Film
Although visually stunning in the extreme, John Carter the motion picture was saddled with a script that was godawful, a weight round its neck that could not be lifted by special... Read more
Published 29 days ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Giacchino's John Carter soundtrack
My family and I are fans of Michael Giacchino. This soundtrack of his scores for the film are fantastic. You'll love it.
Published 3 months ago by Kanaka
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A good sound track cd but I wish some of the tracks would have been longer. I listen to it often.
Published 6 months ago by James Hauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The melody theme of this soundtrack is absolutely stunning. The orchestration is excellent. It was a fun movie to watch and an even better soundtrack.
Published 6 months ago by Jody Gillespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmosphere of adventure and romance
I liked this film score as it set the mood for the action in the movie; and also like it for listening on its own.
Published 7 months ago by Leslie Chartrand
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
amazing effects and a great story, plus it has a great quality in the music, this soundtrack is as good as the movie is
Published 7 months ago by Orlando
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite score
Great music- I think I might like this guy better than John Williams. It's become my new favorite album to listen to when I write. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C.E. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A movie I never tire of seeing. It is a futuristic movie of good vs evil and the good guys win the girl!!!
Published 8 months ago by M. Shepard
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was better than expected.....
I hope they do a sequel....great cast....some weak points....but worth the ride. It was a very different movie than I expected....
Published 8 months ago by Film lover from VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sci-Fi movie. Music excellent.
The movie is excellent, the music is fitting and well done. I listen to the whole often, and have my favorites.
Published 12 months ago by Sam O
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