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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Soundtrack, Special Edition]

Howard ShoreAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)

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listen  1. My Dear FrodoHoward Shore 8:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Old Friends (Extended Version)Howard Shore 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. An Unexpected Party (Extended Version)Howard Shore 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Blunt the Knives (Exclusive Bonus Track)The Dwarf Cast 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Axe or Sword?Howard Shore 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Misty MountainsThe Dwarf Cast 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Adventure BeginsHoward Shore 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The World is AheadHoward Shore 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. An Ancient EnemyHoward Shore 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Radagast the Brown (Extended Version)Howard Shore 6:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Trollshaws (Exclusive Bonus Track)Howard Shore 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Roast Mutton (Extended Version)Howard Shore 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Troll-hoardHoward Shore 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The Hill of SorceryHoward Shore 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Warg-scoutsHoward Shore 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  1. The Hidden ValleyHoward Shore 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Moon Runes (Extended Version)Howard Shore 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The DefilerHoward Shore 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The White Council (Extended Version)Howard Shore 9:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Over HillHoward Shore 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Thunder BattleHoward Shore 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Under HillHoward Shore 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Riddles in the DarkHoward Shore 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Brass ButtonsHoward Shore 7:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Out of the Frying-PanHoward Shore 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. A Good OmenHoward Shore 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Song of the Lonely Mountain (Extended Version)Neil Finn 6:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Dreaming of Bag EndHoward Shore 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. A Very Respectable Hobbit (Exclusive Bonus Track)Howard Shore 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Erebor (Exclusive Bonus Track)Howard Shore 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Dwarf Lords (Exclusive Bonus Track)Howard Shore 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Edge of the Wild (Exclusive Bonus Track)Howard Shore 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • ASIN: B009O07NDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Special Edition of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey contains the full score from the film with seven extended score cues, six exclusive bonus tracks, and deluxe liner notes packaged in a 2 CD hardcover digibook. The Soundtrack features original score by Academy Award winner Howard Shore recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally it includes an original song, Song of the Lonely Mountain, written and performed by Neil Finn (Crowded House).
One of today's most respected, honored, and active composers and music conductors, Howard Shore previously worked with director Peter Jackson on The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, which stands as his most towering achievement to date. He won three Academy Awards for his music for those films.

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200 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Expected Journey December 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I don't know if there ever was film music, save for the sequels to the original 1977 Star Wars, that had as much anticipation attached to it as The Hobbit. Howard Shore created a milestone with Lord of the Rings, and despite the events surrounding Jackson's King Kong, there was no question he would be on board for these films. It is quite possible, and very likely, given his passion for Tolkien, that he was playing with ideas for a possible Hobbit movie ever since he wrapped up The Return of the King.
Should you have asked yourself the question if themes from The Lord of the Rings would appear in The Hobbit, Howard Shore puts it to rest one minute into the album, when a plain string arrangement of the Shire theme appears in "My Dear Frodo", leading into the prologue music after the opening titles. Here, much like in Fellowship of the Ring, several main thematic threads are introduced; the most prominent being the themes for Smaug and the dwarves.

Given the story of the films, it should be no surprise that Shore heavily expands upon the dwarven music from Lord of the Rings. "My Dear Frodo" and "An Ancient Enemy" are the most prominent examples, when the deep male chorus sings out earthshattering expansions of the dwarven harmonies, together with a new, noble theme on french horns for the great dwarf culture. While their theme in Lord of the Rings ("A Journey In The Dark") was ever downward reaching, this theme moves upward in a proud, yet already slightly resigning way. This is a major thematic thread in this score, but of course not the only one. There are themes and motifs abound.
The centre of the score is twofold. One is the theme "Misty Mountains", as already heard in the trailer. Written by Plan 9, it sets J.R.R.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait December 11, 2012
By kjenfan
Format:Audio CD
Like so many of you, I have been fascinated by J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth for decades and was thrilled when my prepaid download of the soundtrack began this evening. Thankfully, Howard Shore has once again proven himself more than equal to the task of bringing these marvelous tales to life. Having just re-read the Hobbit, I found that I had forgotten just how much of the story is quite serious in nature. The film score brilliantly reflects the story arc with some light-hearted moments as in "Blunt the Knives" (a sprightly, Celtic sounding track featuring the dwarves) but quickly takes on the more majestic scope of Tolkien's story as it proceeds. As with Lord of the Rings, Shore presents a full offering of beautiful instrumental pieces, haunting choral pieces, and stirring adventure-themed arrangements of daring and foreboding.

Some themes such as "The Hidden Valley" and "The White Council" are very reminiscent of the Rivendell pieces from LOTR. We book lovers especially appreciate how brilliantly Howard Shore has captured the *feel* of Tolkien's work and brought it to life. The dwarves' rendition of Misty Mountains is most interesting -- deep voices joined in melancholy song. This is one of my favorite tracks and one which is intertwined very effectively throughout the rest of the soundtrack, much in the vein of the Fellowship theme in the Lord of the Rings movies. And of course, the Gollum and Bilbo scenes are brought to menacing life in "Riddles in the Dark". The music is just what you would expect of a scene like this.

This is one for the ages -- brilliant soundtrack and one I expect to listen to over and over again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is the score but not the whole thing February 3, 2013
By nclsta
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I thought that this would be the whole score in its entirety like when the whole scores of the Lord of the Rings released about three years latter after the trilogy had its run ended in the winter of 2004.But it wasn't.For the first tracks it does have the main sequences, but then as you go further into the music it then is edited and shortend then what it was on screen.So I hope that this was not about money that they could not put the whole thing in one package.I hope that when the whole prequal trilogy is over that Reprise Records gives the authorization to have Howard Shores Hobbit scores re-relaesed in its entirety the way it should be.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 6, 2013
By Gamefan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
While this soundtrack contains a great score as expected, I've found that the tracks do not actually contain the same tracks that were used at parts in the movie. For instance, the Misty Mountains song that was so moving in the movie is only on the soundtrack by itself and in a variant form. Nowhere in the soundtrack is the song presented along with the booming score as it was in the movie and this is quite disappointing as it was one of the main reasons I purchased this soundtrack.

As noted, the overall score is fantastic but if you're looking for something specific I would give it a listen before buying.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good, but it could be much better. February 14, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I'm very sorry to disagree with so many others, but I have to say that as a long- time fan of both Peter Jackson and Howard Shore I found this soundtrack very disappointing.
Unlike the 2-disc soundtracks released with the Lord of the Rings series (which are now almost impossible to find for under a small fortune), this set IS NOT the film score! It is a collection of songs that feels like a slightly- extended basic soundtrack, along with a few tracks added which we never heard in the film (Previews for the next film, I suppose? What will go on that album then?).
The way the music is arranged, you never really have that sustained feeling of majesty that the other soundtracks achieved. Instead, you're constantly jerked around between music that is too quiet, then too bombastically loud, then on occasion showing a little of that glory you know it is capable of.
Cosmetically speaking, the case is disgraceful considering how much it costs compared to the "basic" soundtrack. It's overpriced cardboard with a bunch of silly iphone app features printed into it, a book about the album mostly dominated by pictures, and slots that barely hold your CDs in place. Yes, I'm sure it's cheaper for the record company and better for the environment, but it doesn't provide much protection for your discs at all!
All negativity aside, there are a few absolute gems in this set, including recordings of "Blunt the Knives" and "Misty Mounstains", though I am disappointed that these were not recorded longer for the album. Would it really have been that difficult to ask Mr. Armitage to sing the entire song, or at least more than a minute's worth of it for the fans who shelled out the money for this?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice i am very happy
Published 6 days ago by G.J. Boer
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent soundtrack, nonetheless largely fails to satisfy outside the...
Really, this album was something of a disappointment. Although it has the song that really EVERYONE wants - that is, Misty Mountains, as featured in the trailer - every other song... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Craig Apfelbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
As beautiful as ever. Shore takes the melodies and themes from the Lord of the Rings and tweaks them just enough to be recognizable but also unique. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sharon Preiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice came with the phamplet
Extremely good music
Published 1 month ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars From Misty Mountains cold comes this great soundtrack
If you loved the music to Lord of the Rings, you need this one for your collection. The song of the Misty Mountains sung by the dwarves will give you chills, I guarantee it.
Published 1 month ago by Loves to Knit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by Sade Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This album is a nice companion to the movie. The songs help you remember the movie and has a rich tone to it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nathan E Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit-Soundtrack
All the music is great spot on with the movie. It seems to be recorded at a very low volume and it is difficult to hear on my phone even with the volume maxed out.
Published 3 months ago by Kyle Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, good
As expected from a Howard Shore soundtrack: excellent! The soundtrack for me excells the movie, i also bought the second one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by King Clash
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic far over the mysty mountain cold!
It's nice to buy something like this, valuable addition to every collection. Yo couldn't find this item in Italy, exceptly at a forbidden price!
Published 4 months ago by Jazzov
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Question about the packaging
I can confirm the packaging is cardboard NOT leather-bound like the LotR versions. I can confirm this is for the WaterTown Limited Deluxe Soundtrack
Dec 29, 2012 by Belinda |  See all 6 posts
Is this the official release?
Only thing I'd like to know - will there be a Complete Recordings release like they did with Lord of the Rings? Those CDs were far more expensive than this!
Nov 2, 2012 by Ben Sumner |  See all 19 posts
The Hobbit music link
what about the song, down to goblin town? like it was a little in the movie but still. that one i would like to have seen with this soundtrack.
Dec 17, 2012 by A. Rogers |  See all 2 posts
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