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- Featuring Original Music by Academy Award Winner Howard Shore With An Original Song I See Fire Performed by GRAMMY Nominated Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran

About the Soundtrack:

WaterTower Music announced details of the soundtrack to The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the second in a trilogy of films by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The soundtrack will be released on December 10, 2013, three days before the December 13 release of the film.

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Quest for EreborHoward Shore 3:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. WilderlandHoward Shore 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The House of BeornHoward Shore 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. MirkwoodHoward Shore 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Flies and SpidersHoward Shore 7:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Woodland RealmHoward Shore 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Feast of StarlightHoward Shore 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Barrels Out of BondHoward Shore 1:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Forest RiverHoward Shore 4:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Bard, a Man of Lake-townHoward Shore 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The High FellsHoward Shore 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Nature of EvilHoward Shore 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Protector of the Common FolkHoward Shore 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Thrice WelcomeHoward Shore 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Girion, Lord of DaleHoward Shore 3:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Durin's FolkHoward Shore 2:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. In the Shadow of the MountainHoward Shore 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. A Spell of ConcealmentHoward Shore 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. On the DoorstepHoward Shore 7:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Courage of HobbitsHoward Shore 3:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Inside InformationHoward Shore 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. KingsfoilHoward Shore 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. A Liar and a ThiefHoward Shore 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The HuntersHoward Shore 9:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. SmaugHoward Shore 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. My Armor Is IronHoward Shore 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I See FireEd Sheeran 5:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Beyond the ForestHoward Shore 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: WaterTower Music
  • ASIN: B00FFT182K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

Great CD...If you have enjoyed the other soundtracks from the LOTR, or Hobbit films, you'll love this one as well.
Michelle Cole
Tauriel's theme is marked by a very elegant, heroic melody while Legolas' theme is a more aggressive variation of the Elves theme presented earlier in Woodland Realm.
Andres
Love all the Hobbit music, but this CD is worth it just for Ed Sheeran's amazing song, "I See Fire", that finishes up the CD.
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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By G. Kroener on December 10, 2013
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The soundtrack presentation of last year's An Unexpected Journey, compared to the music in the actual film, caused some headscratching, as quite a few centerpieces were replaced by altogether new music in the film, along with some questionable tracking and editing. Everything pointed towards a very hectic and stressful post-production and scoring process; and as a composer who writes, orchestrates and conducts all the music himself, and is heading towards the age of 70, it's not exactly healthy. So, for the second part, Desolation of Smaug, Shore left the orchestration and conducting duties to Conrad Pope, known for his longtime collaboration with John Williams. This allowed Shore more quality time solely for composing. And it was a good thing, too, because the result is arguably the most fascinating of all Middle Earth scores up to this point. Shore's score sketches are quite detailed, and he supervised the process, so you'll notice little to no difference in sound. And unless you are a trained ear, you won't even notice that the score was recorded with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra instead of the London Philharmonics. They already recorded pieces for Fellowship of the Ring, so they are obviously qualified.

You know that a score is outstanding when it not only meets your expectations in quality, but also manages to surprise you with themes, and presents musical soundscapes that are completely surprising, yet fit perfectly. Very, very few movies present as vast a canvas for the composer to paint on and draw inspiration from as these Tolkien movies, and very, very few composers are able, and go to these lengths, to make the most of it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on December 10, 2013
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I have some misgivings about this album. On the one hand it is full of excellent music and well worth buying if you liked the previous installments in this series. On the other, it tends to be rather repetitive and relies strongly on relatively few cues (far fewer than LOTR) which it repeats again and again. For the first half of this album I was extremely disappointed. It is entirely derivative and features nothing that we haven't heard before. The Flies and Spiders track was particularly disappointing because the scene is one of my favorites. I started to despair. But then as the album progressed I found the music gradually getting better. Starting, I think, with The Woodland Realm new themes start to appear and old ones are used in a new fashion. It makes me wonder if he had already planned some of these cues before they split the two films into three because everything up til then would have fit in very well at the end of the last album. At any rate, from this point on the quality slowly rises until it reaches a pitch that is as good as anything in the LOTR albums. If it had been this way from the beginning I would have had nothing but high praise for this album.

The Woodland Realm manages to seem elvish and ethereal while avoiding sounding like Rivendell or Lothlorien. I think it's my least favorite of the three, but then I really love those other themes. It certainly holds its own. The Forest River is also good, as is Barrels out of Bonds (though slightly more derivative), but the really great stuff hits once we reach Laketown. Protector of the Common Folk is a delightful little track that sounds very whimsically medieval (but in a good way).
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After reading all of the other reviews, I feel a bit inadequate to comment on anything remotely musical about this album. I am not a composer, musician or sound technician. I am just a regular person who has enjoyed all things Middle Earth-related for over a decade now. My sole musical achievement is that I can probably hum every melody from all of the other soundtracks in this series of films. That tradition will be interrupted with this soundtrack, which is a shame.

While my daughter and I can get tears in our eyes when we hear the earlier music and recall listening to it as we drove through the absolutely stunning scenery of New Zealand, this album makes my eyes teary for another reason. I just finished listening to this album and I felt like I was hearing cats screeching for over two hours! I had a headache when it was over. I am so disappointed. Yes, it did follow the movie action in an accurate portrayal of what was happening on the screen, but as something to enjoy hour after hour, over and over again, I would consider it pure torture. I sincerely hope that Mr. Shore returns to the underlying dwarf melody of the Misty Mountains in the final soundtrack. I totally disagree with other reviewers when they felt that these soundtracks should differ from earlier albums. Having heard and seen the LOTR symphony performed live, nothing could be better than to experience a symphony of The Hobbit music in the same vein.

The song "I See Fire" is kind of an incongruous choice when compared to the other signature songs of the past albums, but after the sawing violins it was a breath of fresh air. It will probably be one of the few songs I import to my iTunes account. I would definitely recommend listening to both of the discs before purchasing the soundtrack in its entirety.

I do apologize to Mr. Shore for my harsh review. We are looking forward to your next soundtrack!
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