While this is similar to the 1st recording of the Black Pearl soundtack I purchased on CD, it is not the orginal release of the soundtrack. That one had much more energy, faster tempi and was recorded at a higher volume level. This is good, but quite lacking in the "on the edge" energy of the 1st one. I would look for the original first as it was, in my opinion, a lot better. I have played this several times as an orchestral player and the groups I have preformed this with tend to follow the original one much more. This one, when I downloaded it, was rather disappointing.