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Raise the Titanic Soundtrack

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Audio CD, Soundtrack, September 21, 1999
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1. Prelude
2. Main Title/The Mine Shaft
3. Sicilian Project/Dog Attack
4. Sicilian Defence/Southby/"The Mountain Comes to Us"
5. "We're in Business"
6. To Cornwall/"All That's Left" (Memories of the Titanic)
7. Deep Quest/Flood!
8. Finding the Cornet/Spy on Board/The Smoke Stack
9. Titanic Uncovered
10. Gene Explores the Titanic/Deep Quest Trapped
11. Rescue Attempt/Blowing the Tanks
12. Raise the Titanic/Deep Quest Trapped
13. Memories of the Titanic
14. Russian Threat/The Titanic Enters New York Harbor
15. "Thank God for Southby"/In the Graveyard/End Titles

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000K2DC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By gobirds2 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I still remember the first time I saw RAISE THE TITANIC. What impressed me most about the entire film was its prologue. It was a montage of black & white photographs depicting the construction, the launching and the setting sail of the Titanic on its maiden voyage. The montage was accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful piece of music composed by John Barry. In this short yet effective composition John Barry captured the majesty of the Titanic, the romanticism of the sea and the mystique of Britain's maritime heritage in what I consider to be one of the best pieces of film scoring in motion picture history. John Barry's score seems more inspired by the actual tragedy of the Titanic and the unknown dangers of the cold Atlantic waters. Despite the shortcomings of the film, which I attribute to poor editing and not necessarily the script, John Barry's music remains focused on the ship and the sentimentality its tragedy holds for Richard Jordan and Alec Guinness. Jordan and Guinness seem to be the only two characters worth their weight as human beings in the film. Track 6 `All That's Left' is a haunting and beautiful piece of heartbreaking sentimentality in which Guinness reverently hands over to Jordan the flag he took from the sinking Titanic many years before. I have no complaints about this recording and I enjoy it very much. I think there is very little chance that John Barry will ever conduct a new recording of this score. There is also probably little chance that the original score from the actual film will ever be released. I think that Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic did a splendid job with this recording. Like most of their works, they have to grow on you. However, I believe this to be the finest recording of a score that they have ever issued. I highly recommend that you don't let this one slip away.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Although the music on this CD is not the original orchestration, it stays true to movie soundtrack. This version is conducted by Nic Raine and performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic. The "Prelude" seems to run just a bit faster than the movie version. The "Memories of Titanic" track is hauntingly beautiful. Even though John Barry himself did not conduct this version, fans of the movie and the music should thoroughly enjoy it as I did!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have been looking for a soundtrack album with the music from this film since I first saw it on video back in 1985. I understand that the film itself was a financial disaster, but John Barry's marvellous soundtrack should have been released years ago! Although the discerning ear will pick up a few minor differences between the actual film score and this re-creation, it is still an achievement that someone went through the effort of re-recording and releasing the complete film score! AT LAST!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The complete score ~ "RAISE THE TITANIC"(1980), released by Silva Screen is sent directly from Heaven---recording is very true to the original, yet features of course the stunning surround sound we have come to expect from Silva Screen Records---Finally, Barry's "Titanic" score is here, almost 20 years have gone by...ranked among the top five for collector's as the "most-wanted-on-CD".
Believe the original master tapes have been lost---with the City Of Prague Philharmonic and conducted by the composer John Barry... and our favorite John Barry interpreter Nic Raine does a spectacular job reconstructing and orchestrating this classic score...Raine has captured the awe-inspiring spirit and power of Barry's Original Film Score Recording, under the guiding hand of producer James Fitzpatrick.
This score by Barry is an epic from the word go---main theme is one that really gets under your skin...as we picture the ship as it first prepares to sail---the last 20 minutes of the film or the last 4 tracks is simply magnificent---themes resurface as the ship heroically sails into New York Harbor---the sounds of all the ships horns blowing perfectly harmonize with Barry's music---this is one of the best scores in Barry's musical career.
For the "film-score-buff" enthusiasts, this is one soundtrack that belongs on everyone's shelf---personally satisfied thoroughly with the entire album, know this is quite a statement---but trust me...this is such a deal!
Total Time: 50:19 on 16 Tracks ~ Silva Screen Records SSD-1102 ~ (1999)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Engle on March 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
23 years have I waited for this soundtrack.
No, it isn't Barry and those with an educated ear may be able to tell you where the recording differs from the film score. I cannot.
Raine felt the haunting texture of the original and conducted the City Of Prague Philharmonic to a timeless recording of timeless music. It is everything I hoped it would be.
But none of that is important.
What is important is the spirit of the sea and its dreams are intact and on this cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kresal on August 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Raise The Titanic seems to be the perfect example of what happened to John Barry throughout the 1980's. Barry would create a magnificent score full of lush themes that would be amongst the best of his career. Yet, that score would be for a film that would end up being a box-office flop. This is always a shame because this score is a true Barry classic. Yet the film being a flop is why the score never got a proper LP in 1980 (though it does appear the Prelude theme did get released on LP in Japan) and in the years afterwards the original recordings were lost. Yet Nic Raine and the City of Prague Philharmonic recreated the score in 1999 and the score is now given the full release it deserves.

The opening Prelude theme is arguably Barry at his finest. It is loud, triumphant, and even celebratory. The theme celebrates the triumph and celebration that Titanic was for the world in 1912. When the theme is applied to the black and white still photographs seen in the film, it almost brings them to life. This is a theme, but not the main theme of the score.

That goes to the main title theme. Whereas the Prelude theme celebrates the triumph Titanic was then, this theme is just the opposite. As the film flashes forward to the 1980's with the Titanic at the bottom of the ocean and then to the Russian Arctic the does the theme. The theme brings the darkness, skepticism and fear that have come to be in the years between the two eras to life inside a piece of music. The theme also serves as the mystery/search theme heard throughout much of the film, proving the theme's versatility. As it covers most of the score it's hard to find a piece of the score that doesn't feature some echo of this theme.
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