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Mass Effect Original Game Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Jack Wall , Sam Hulick , Richard Jacques , David Kates Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Composer: Jack Wall, Sam Hulick, Richard Jacques, David Kates
  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sumthing Else
  • ASIN: B000XXWKAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mass Effect Theme
2. The Normandy
3. Eden Prime
4. Battle At Eden Prime
5. Saren
6. The Citadel
7. The Presidium
8. The Wards
9. Criminal Elements
10. Spectre Induction
11. Liara's World
12. A Very Dangerous Place
13. Feros
14. Protecting The Colony
15. The Thorian
16. Noveria
17. The Secret Labs
18. The Alien Queen
19. Fatal Confrontation
20. Saren's Base
See all 37 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

From the earliest stages of its conception, Mass Effect was meant to be an original artwork about the future, inspired by the great science fiction experiences of the past. This synthesis of originaliy and familiarity called for a truly unique soundtrack, with ambitious goals and unprecedented challenges.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for a great game August 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I think that people looking at this soundtrack will take little convincing to buy it. Like me, they probably thought that Mass Effect was absolutely brilliant and, at some stage, realised how much they liked the original music as well. Game soundtracks can be a bit weird - often not sounding as well on their own as when you actually played the game. Fortunately, the Mass Effect OST is mixed and sequenced well enough that it retains the qualities of its in-game counterpart.

However, it isn't without fault - when I went through it the first time (and a few other reviewers have already pointed this out), I was a bit shocked to realise that a few music pieces are missing altogether. These are mostly the minimal, ambient pieces you hear in different parts of the game, as well as some of the generic music you would hear when you were visiting the game's many unchartered planets. This is unfortunate, because I actually liked some of these pieces of music more than the main quest and primary mission themes.

Furthermore - and, again, others have pointed this out - the tracks mostly feature only one 'loop' of each stage in the compositions. So, all those intense little musical moments that would occur throughout a major combat setpiece (as in track 14: 'Protecting the Colony') seem very short here. Another example is track 3, 'Eden Prime' - a fantastic ambient composition that, at 1m 34s, is far too brief, and hardly does justice to the quality of the music.

I am making the Mass Effect OST sound really disappointing when, truthfully, it is far from.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work from a great publisher! November 26, 2007
By A. Toro
Format:Audio CD
As fas as video games go, rarely are they ever truly epic, Mass Effect is one of those rarities. Simply put, it is a work horse of size and story and the soundtrack, shows the same traits.
Orchestral and digital are two of the main styles included, an amazing coordination of styles and emotion interweave to deliver one of the most emphatic and enthralling audible ingestions you could have bouncing in your brain matter. Not to be missed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite The "Original" Soundtrack August 22, 2010
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
While the music to Mass Effect was great, this soundtrack suffers from three main flaws:

1) A few tracks are replaced by alternate versions, such as Wards & Presidium
2) Many memorable pieces from the game aren't included
3) Tracks are too short, playing only a single time through

That said, there are several hauntingly beautiful gems on this soundtrack, like Vigil, Uncharted Worlds, and Liara's World. However, this soundtrack could've been much better as a multi-CD release. If they wanted to do alternate versions, they should've released the originals too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Score, But So Short... March 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mass Effect is a beautiful game.

So it could be assumed that the soundtrack of the game is beautiful as well. And beautiful it is. The soundtrack is nothing more than what you'd expect: the music--ambient or otherwise--from the game.

But, being an avid soundtrack purchaser, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with this as compared with the soundtracks from the three Halo games, because each track is only as long as a single run through that track would be in game. This means that you'll burn through the soundtrack in about an hour, maybe less.

Regardless, it's still a piece I'd recommend to fans of the game, and goes great in the background as you read the book, as well.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A poor representation of an excellent score July 19, 2010
By Josh E.
Format:Audio CD
I can scarce believe that not one person has yet pointed this out, but many of the tracks on this soundtrack have been changed from their original versions. What you hear on this disk is often quite different from what you hear in the game. And I'm not talking about dynamic ambient; in some cases strings have been added to songs which never contained strings at any point in the game.

In addition to this, some of the music appears to be missing altogether. I am perplexed about why producers so very often change, add, and remove music when they compile soundtracks. And then they have the gall to lie about it by calling it an "Original Soundtrack." Is it arrogance, thoughtlessness, or stupidity? Can't they figure out that people are buying the soundtrack because they want the music from the movie or game?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great game but score falls a bit short November 16, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really loved this game and I honestly love the music from it. My problem with this disc is that the music does not flow at all. You're presented with a long list of music cuts that just seem to come out of nowhere. Looking at each track I really enjoy them...but as a whole they just dont fit together. I cant just sit down and listen to the disc start to finish. I find myself dropping tracks into a collection of other things. My whole issue with the disc is how it's put together, not what it contains.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well I haven't bought a videogame soundtrack in years but after playing through Mass Effect I had to pick this one up. Nothing different here than what you get in the game but you do get all 37 tracks used in game, and they obviously sound alot clearer and richer when they aren't being masked by laser and biotic effects :P

A great CD if you like the game soundtrack, or even if you haven't played the game also recommended for fans of moog style 80s synth sci-fi soundtracks (think Escape from New York, Assault on Precinct 13 etc.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Therum battle theme is missing track.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi greatness
This is a great sci-fi esque soundtrack, strongly reminiscent of classics such as blade runner.

My favourite tracks are "Saren" and "The Wards". Read more
Published 3 months ago by M Sockel
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Incidental music
I have the soundtracks to ME2 and ME3, but I was not satisfied. I wanted the incidental music. I wanted the music that plays while you are making a decision in the game. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Husa
5.0 out of 5 stars Different and enjoyable
I enjoy the music in this game. It's set apart from the other scifi games. It has a sense of victory to it.
Published 10 months ago by B. Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for a great game
I beat all three mass effect games, love this game wouldn't believe it if I found another like it. The soundtrack has short versions of the songs that are in the game, but... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Angela Buchmeier
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Purchase Mass Effect OST
While I could rant about my love affair with Mass Effect, I will save you, the reader, from that novel of thoughts and passions. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alexander Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack
Overall the soundtrack is great but the tracks are very short except for the last track which is awesome. Other than that, very good to listen to.
Published 10 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting Music for and Excellent Game
Awesome soundtrack. It's got a good mix of fast, motivating music and soft, contemplative music. Jack Wall does a nice job developing themes for each of the characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack From An Incredible Game
The game was mind blowing in no small part due to the soundtrack. The feel of the environments was amplified by the incredible score.
Published 12 months ago by JAG
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing soundtrack!
Whenever I listen to this soundtrack, I can exactly picture where and when these tracks take place in the game. Every time I hear "Vigil" I have tears in my eyes! Read more
Published 12 months ago by InuXKag2010
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