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The Black Hole Original recording, Soundtrack


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The Black Hole (Soundtrack) LP - Buena Vista - 5008 - Soundtrack

Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording, Soundtrack
  • Label: Buena Vista
  • Run Time: 31 minutes
  • ASIN: B000MI2VRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Glad it is finally available on CD.
Randy D. Richter
This cd contains all the cues recorded for the film.
Pyromiller
I believe this score is one of John Barry's best.
K H

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Davidp. on February 14, 2009
Format: Vinyl
This soundtrack album was from the space-age Disney update of '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea', and was meant to attract the large fanbase that 'Star Wars' had pulled in just two years prior. But with it's muddled plot, juvenile dialogue, complete lack of regard for the laws of science, and unsatisfying ending, it failed to connect with viewers or critics. The one thing the film did have going for it was the romantic score by John Barry with it's grand, swirling, and mysterious main title.

The album itself is very short by today's standards, and some of the tracks seem to be repetitive reworkings of the main theme ( "Zero Gravity", for example ), but it's still an enjoyable listen. Some of the pieces are quite evocative, such as the somber "Six Robots", and the occasionally eerie "Into The Hole".

Although the movie has been re-released on DVD twice - once by 'Anchor Bay', in a deluxe box that contained all sorts of extra stuff, and once by Disney themselves - Disney has never seen fit to release the music on compact disc. There is a commercial CD available, but it is technically an illegal Italian bootleg from a vinyl album ( albeit a very good transfer ) paired with Barry's soundtrack from "Howard The Duck". It is very rare and difficult to find. I don't own the movie, and don't really care to, but if some company would release a proper CD from the original master tapes, I would be all over that puppy ( particularly if it was expanded with previously unreleased music from the film ).

If you are a collector, I would reccommend picking up a copy of the soundtrack. It's another score ( like Barry's music for the 1976 'King Kong' ) that transcends the film it accompanied.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Pollard on August 31, 2011
Format: Vinyl
The score for "The Black Hole," the world's first digitally recorded soundtrack, is pure John Barry, with a style that's familiar to anyone who's watched the Sean Connery and Roger Moore James Bond films (he scored almost all of them, up to and including "A View to a Kill"). In fact, "The Black Hole" is reminiscent of his score for "Moonraker" in its scope and grandieur; listen to both, and you'll see how similar they feel, yet each is still its own unique experience.

Others have already commented on various aspects of the music itself; that's not why I'm writing this review. Until now, the score for "The Black Hole" has only been available on iTunes and hard-to-find vinyl. The great news is that the score is now officially on CD at last, 32 years after the film premiered in theaters, as an expanded special edition available only from Intrada Records. It's the real deal, folks, taken directly from the original digital masters (discovered in 2006), and includes over 20 minutes of music that was not included in the 1979 LP. The included booklet also goes into exhaustive detail about the film, the soundtrack, and the arduous journey to get the all-digital score on CD. If you want it on CD, this is the only way to get it; I have it, I've listened to it, and it's worth it at twice the price. With the extra music, it's like listening to an old friend expanding on one of your favorite stories!

If you're a vinyl aficionado, then obviously this is the product to buy, but if you're looking for "The Black Hole" on CD, you're gonna have to head over to Intrada. Don't waste your time with iTunes when you can get it pure, with extra music as well!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K H on March 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I loved the movie The Black Hole when it first came out, partly because of the incredible soundtrack that was almost a character unto itself in the movie. I bought this version on CD rather than downloading the original released soundtrack on Itunes because I wanted the complete score, and this version wasn't available on Itunes. Some people blast the movie - and the score - for being a cheap imitation of Star Wars, but I don't believe this as true. It was more of a mystery thriller (albeit by Disney) set in deep space rather than a space opera. The score completely encompasses this idea. From the eerie waltz tempo-ed Main Theme to the driving tempo that supported the evil Maximillian's pursuit of the crew of the Palamino as try to escape. I believe this score is one of John Barry's best. If you loved the movie and its score, you will not be disappointed by this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Dreiling on January 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Despite the fact that this was a rather silly Disney science fiction movie the score is first rate. I would love to see the instrumentation for this score. There is some use of synthesizers but most of the score sounds like an orchestra but used in very unique ways.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Ducharme on June 25, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is worth the price for its thorough research and clean remastering. Nearly all the music from the film is present. Some sections are a bit repetitive, but that's typical of many soundtracks. What I liked most is the special remix, In, Through and Beyond, a synthesizer-only version of the final track which sounds way ahead of its time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mueller on February 13, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Barry's masterful work for this soundtrack was one of the main saving graces of a strange frankenstein mongrel of a movie. Sadly, the original material was lost for nearly 3 decades, then, like several recently recovered Doctor Who stories, stumbled over by accident. Nearly half the material was recovered, revitalized, restored, and remastered. And it is here. If all you had was an old record, or the earlier MP3 download, you are missing out.
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