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King Arthur Soundtrack

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Hans Zimmer's score to the 2004 summer blockbuster produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pirates Of The Caribbean") & directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day"). A veritable force in modern film music, Hans Zimmer's affecting & powerful scores for movies such as "The Lion King", 'The Last Samurai", "Gladiator", & "The Thin Red Line" have made him well known to film followers & CD buyers.

What are legends if not for reinventing -- and/or hyper-inflating into Hollywood summer fare? In retooling the Arthurian legend for the goth-beguiled video game age, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer did away with details small (the lady in the lake, sword in the stone, etc.) and large (this Arthur is actually Eastern European, by way of Rome). Composer Hans Zimmer picks up that gauntlet, producing an orchestral score bristling with massed brass, chorus and percussion -- if little of the indigenous mysticism that made his work on Gladiator/ so rewarding. What there is of that precious commodity is frontloaded via the song "Tell Me Know (What You See)," his evocative opening collaboration with Clannad's Moya Brennan. From there, Zimmer emphasized this version's Eastern conceits with a half-dozen suites of cues that thunder in the Russian classical tradition -- and all the melodic range of "Jingle Bells." Zimmer--not to mention Poledouris--has done it better, but fans of outsized orchestral Gothic moodfests may yet take this one to heart. --Jerry McCulley
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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002IQIWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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141 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Adams on July 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let me first say that I am a huge Hans Zimmer fan and own 75 of the scores and soundtracks he's been involved with. Hans is at his best when he has the canvas of an epic action/adventure movie such as King Arthur to work with. This score is bold and brash, yet at times can be contemplative and melancholy.

The inclusion of the Metro Voices Choir throughout the score adds magnificently to the prominent themes of humanity's desire for freedom and self-determination addressed in the film.

"Tell Me Now" The CD leads off with this absolutely beautiful song (played during the closing credits of the film) written by Hans Zimmer and Moya Brennan (Irish soloist, lead singer for Clannad and sister of Enya).

"Woad To Ruin" would have to be my favorite track on the CD. It incorporates nearly all the themes from the film into one track and is used in the opening scene. Zimmer incorporates french horns here a little more than in his other work reminding me a little of John Williams' style. The strings used throughout add a very ethereal mood that dominates much of the piece. The middle of the piece is quick-paced and is somewhat similar to "The Battle" from Gladiator. Like many of the tracks on the CD it is quite lengthy (11:31).

"Do You Think I'm Saxon?" is reminiscent of some of Howard Shore's work in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Heavy percussion and male choral voices create a dark yet hopeful feeling for this piece. The inclusion of bagpipes adds a nice touch also.

"Hold The Ice" begins with a haunting female voice and turns desperate, chilling, and grandiose, perfectly matching the scene it accompanies in the film.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rosa Luxembourg on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The unaccompanied song sung by Vanora, girlfriend of Bors (Ray Winstone) in the film is called "Song of the Exile". It was composed and sung by Caitlin Matthews, a writer on all things Celtic and druidic, who along with her husband John was a consultant on the film.

Unfortunately, a problem at Disney resulted in this song remaining unpublished. This is a major omission from the album, which is otherwise excellent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruja18 on July 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been waiting paitiently (not really, but I can always say so) for this soundtrack to be released. I saw the movie as soon as it was released and was just dying to own the soundtrack and now I do. Anyway, I've listened to it and completely love it.

1. Tell Me Now (What You See) - Moya Brennan, this song is just one of the best theme songs I've heard this year. I love Moya Brennan and the way her voice sounds, so I was expecting this to be awesome, I love soo love it when I am right. I don't really know how else to say this but this song is just so great! Just listen to it.

2. Woad to Ruin - this song has a very epic quality, sort of bittersweet in a way.

3. Do You Think I'm Saxon? - is very menacing and dark. It overwhelms you and scares you a little bit at the same time.

4. Hold The Ice - with some vocals from Moya Brennan, this song is very beautiful. As the song progresses it gets more sensual and dark.

5. Another Brick In Hadrian's Wall - The Beginning is epic, beautiful and dark at the same time. It's loud and overpowering, I love it!!!!

6. Budget Meeting - It starts off with a very dark, scary theme and as it progresses, it gets louder and darker.

7. All of Them! - again you have the very sensual quality, again Moya Brennan graces it with her breathey, beautiful vocals. The Violins in here are also very impressive.

All in All I give this CD 4 Stars, this CD is amazing, but with only 7 tracks it was a bit disapointing. I was hoping for more tracks, instead of only several that are each about 8 - 11 minutes long. I love this CD and Hans Zimmer has proved that he can make anything he touches into gold!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G M. Stathis on July 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
For those Arthurian purests that were holding their colective breath regarding the Antoine Fuqua/Jerry Bruckheimer production of "King Arthur" you can relax. The film is an interesting interpretation of the legend (within acceptable parameters) and the score by Hans Zimmer is fine. In truth the film should have been titled "Arturius Rex" given the time frame and the Roman elements, and that put Zimmer into fairly comfortable musical territory given his triumph with "Galdiator." This is more of a true orchestral score that is both action oriented and melodic. Zimmer makes dramatic use of percussion and choral material, and yes there is a nice Celtic vocal sung by Moya Brennan for the early, end credits. The main theme for Arturius and his knights is one of the best that Zimmer has produced. It is Arthurian in nature, if that makes sense, but has a certain Roman gravitas as well. The score seemed a perfect fit for the film and works very well as a soundtrack recording. Nicely produced by Hollywood Records, but the packaging is a little disappointing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Hardy on March 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Hans Zimmer composes and conducts score showcasing what he does best, a thrilling and compelling action score in the form of Jerry Bruckhimer's "King Arthur." Granted, I would've never taken a second look at this soundtrack if the familar BRUCKHIMER action theme was used (like it was in "Pear Harbor" and "Pirates of the Caribbean[?]"), and that tinges of "Batman Begins" (before its time) are heard, its not a horrible buy at all. Well worth the money in fact. I've heard enough of Zimmer other scores now to know that he does indeed know how to compose an action theme strong enough to compel the listener to press the repeat on their radio, he does indeed lack a certain "something" whenever the melancholy cues come up in seven tracks, unlike Howard Shore (LOTR) and James Newton Howard (Batman Begins, King Kong) would construct in the short termed Soundtracks I mentioned. However, he does a good with emotional range and tugs at heartstrings nonetheless. The vocals used in the various tracks are not as strong as I would've liked, but there are compelling enough to send a chill of mild surprise through you, especially in tracks like "Do You Think I'm Saxon?" - "Budget Meeting" (in which the vocalists sound like wailing souls under the pounding drums) - and "All of the them!" whose drowned vocals for the extended KA theme grow louder in volume and moving emotion.

The action themes are well composed as mentioned above, one annoying thing about them is that some moments of AT's are scattered in the more slower and melancholy songs, most notably in "Another Brick in Hadrian's wall" (wordplay with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the wall") and "Hold the ice" either of which plays the music from the scene Arthur remembers the death of his mother if memory serves.
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