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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Buena Vista Records
  • ASIN: B004SC8XEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chasing the Storm
2. Prologue
3. Sons of Odin
4. A New King
5. Ride to Observatory
6. To Jotunheim
7. Laufey
8. Frost Giant Battle
9. Banishment
10. Crisis In Asgard
11. Odin Confesses
12. Hammer Found
13. Urgent Matter
14. The Compound
15. Loki's Lie
16. My Bastard Son
17. Science and Magic
18. The Destroyer
19. Forgive Me
20. Thor Kills the Destroyer
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The epic adventure Thor spans the Marvel Universe from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Movie opens nationwide on 5/6/11 in Disney Digital 3-D Film stars Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, Red Dawn [2011]), Oscar Winners Natalie Portrnan and Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Rene Russo and Samuel L. Jackson! Movie is the first in a trilogy of Marvel motion pictures being released in 2011-2012 connecting the stories of Earth's mightiest heroes including: Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor (May 2011). Captain America (July 2011) and culminating in 2012 with The Avengers starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Clark Gregg! Directed by Joss Whedon. Score by Academy Award Nominated Patrick Doyle (Rise of the Apes [20111. Main Street, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Igor and 39 other major motion pictures

Customer Reviews

I would very much recommend this soundtrack to any Thor fan/movie score collector.
Raymond A. Miller III
The soundtrack for Thor proves to be one of the Marvel films' best scores, and an example of Patrick Doyle at his best.
Narnian
This, like any good score, not only added to the plot, but most tracks can stand on their own without the film.
D. Knight

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By John Green VINE VOICE on May 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Legendary composer Patrick Doyle took up the mantle of Thor largely due to his friendship and comfort level with its director, Kenneth Branagh. Not that he was a bad choice, but some of his choices will make you wonder a little. In a recent interview with Film Score Monthly he stated that he wanted to create a new sound for Thor- a bigness of the subject matter, giving it a symphonic sweep while still keeping it 'cool'. Before anyone panics, Doyle firmly declared that Marvel allowed him to do his own thing with the score, placing very few restraints upon him. He actually thought he wasn't doing enough, but Marvel liked his approach and wanted to 'keep the groove going', even including some Vivaldi-esque and Wagnerian elements to compliment the storyline.

Doyle relates that he aimed for a Norwegian folk song feel for the character- a noble folk song, with lots of celtic influences. Thor's theme is very much this, like a well known ditty everyone learns as children. Noble, angst laden and reflective- which is appropriate for a powerful being cast down to learn humility- it also lacks the swagger and bombast that would've driven him here. It resembles Wendy Carlos' Tron theme in that it can extend over twenty notes at full usage, but generally stays around 14 or so. Thor's theme forms the basis for many of the cues, and after seeing the movie it does get to stick in your mind a little.

The heroic theme for Asgard is a three-note up-tempo horn bleat repeated three times underscored by a two-note combo on bass drum with hammer and anvil. This leads into a 23-note trumpet/trombone supported with courtly high strings in a four-note ostinato and a quick programmed drum roll. To be honest, again, it comes off as a little light to me.
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Marvel has had a shaky record when it comes to scores for their films, and when I say Marvel I mean Marvel Studios (which excludes Spider-Man and X-Men). Iron Man started off with a bang. They couldn't get Hans Zimmer but they got Ramin Djawadi to deliver an amazing score with a strong central theme. It strived in its simplicity and gave Tony Stark his rock star identity. Then with The Incredible Hulk Craig Armstrong while delivering a decent score didn't end up making a memorable stamp. The film didn't either. Then came Iron Man 2, and what does Marvel do? They toss out Ramin Djawadi and go with Jon Favreau's regular John Debney. While I respect Debney his score failed. At times it mimicked Djawadi, but Tony Stark lost his identity and lost everything that made the musical stamp memorable. So, with Kenneth Branagh on board for Thor he was able to bring Patrick Doyle to the project; his long time composer. Some may have questioned Doyle's ability to provide a thunderous score that needed to match Thor's thunderous personality. Thankfully Doyle rose to the occasion and delivered what is Marvel's best score to date. He also did something that till now only Djawadi did for a Marvel character and that was give him an identity.

There are two central themes at play here; what I call the 'heroic' theme and the 'danger' theme. One is a sweeping and emotional theme that represents Thor and the other a percussive action styling that makes up the basis of all the action tracks, or whenever danger is present. The soundscape works off of these two sounds and Doyle will usually clash the two to create momentous cues that not only are intense but emotionally gripping. A lot of this comes towards the end though. The beginning of the album is more dedicated to setting up the characters, setting and story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Admiral Ace on May 22, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'd give more stars but I can't. The very first time I saw the movie I fell in love with the soundtrack! I love the unique blend of fantasy themes (representing the Deities) with modern and sci-fi themes (representing man and Midgard). My favorite tracks are, of course, being Prologue and Earth to Asgard.
The foldout booklet is pretty good, especially when one opens the CD case to find Mjollnir. The front and back images (the theatrical posters) are just awesome.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raymond A. Miller III on May 4, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I picked up my copy of the Thor Score yesterday and went home to listen to it. I was very pleased that I reserved and now own this score..I really had an enjoyable time listening to the entire thing. Listening to this music has just made me want to see Thor more than I already do.
This is the first score of Patrick Doyle's that I own and I found that he did a great job with composing all the tracks on the cd. One of My favorite tracks is: Earth To Asgrad..very upbeat/powerful piece. While I was listening to the score I never once thought to myself when is this going to be over..to me I did not want it to end.
I would very much recommend this soundtrack to any Thor fan/movie score collector. I give it 5 stars!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on May 4, 2011
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An epic comic book action-fantasy based on Norse mythology. Kenneth Branagh in the director's chair. Patrick Doyle providing the score. For film music fans Thor was a mouth watering prospect that promised to be one of the most exciting and adventurous scores of the year. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as the eponymous hero, who is cast out of the Norse god stronghold Asgard after disobeying his father, King Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Arriving on Earth, and no longer able to channel the power of his hammer Mjolnir, Thor teams up with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) in an effort to reclaim his power and return to Asgard in time to stop his duplicitous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from overthrowing Odin. The film, which also features Stellan Skarsgård, Colm Feore and Samuel L. Jackson, is part of the Marvel Avengers series of movies which includes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and the upcoming Captain America, and will culminate in a combined Avengers movie slated for 2012.

Despite all this potential, Thor is actually a somewhat disappointing score, for one significant reason: it doesn't sound like a Patrick Doyle score. Now, let me be clear, I'm not in any way suggesting that composers should limit themselves to writing in one particular style, or that they should never attempt to do new things, or veer off in different directions as the film dictates. What makes no sense to me, though, is when a composer basically ends up sounding like someone else, to the point where you can't actually hear the original composer's voice any more.
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