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Beauty and the Beast: Of Love and Hope Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008DBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I am not a soundtrack junkie. I have a select few soundtrack albums, but since I am a vocalist I rarely listen to them, preferring music that I can sing along with.

I, like many others, bought this album on tape years ago. I sat and just listened so many times that I wore out the tape. As soon as that happened I realized that I should have gotten the CD and I went straight to the store, but they were sold out. I never saw the disc again except for as much as $50 or $60 on Ebay. I didn't even hear that it was being released again until I happened on a copy at my local store. I couldn't really afford it, but I bought it anyway and listened to it the very moment I got it home. It was everything I remembered.

For those who don't know, this is the soundtrack for the late 80's TV series "Beauty and the Beast." In the series, Ron Perlman (Hellboy) played the lion-like Vincent, the beast with the heart of a poet. For this soundtrack, Perlman reads some of the most lovely poetry ever written, sometimes over/with the beautiful orchestral music, sometimes between the pieces. But this is Ron Perlman completely in character. It is not the actor reading some pretty words, but the character of Vincent reading those words to his love, and you can feel that in every word. Perlman even got so much into character that he wore Vincent's prosthetic fangs in the studio so that his voice would sound the same as it did on the show.

The end result is a disc that will make you alternately smile and weep. It is the perfect company for a winter night, and a beautiful gift to share with the one you love. Whether or not you are a fan of the series, or of soundtracks in general, I cannot recommend this CD too highly.

You will NOT regret this purchase.
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This album deserves more than merely five stars; it deserves a myriad of constellations large enough to mirror exactly the light it radiates to all who listen to it's contents. From the masterfully-crafted instrumentals [I'm especially glad that they chose to include 'Fear', 'Laura's Theme' and 'Angel's Theme'] to the beautifully recited poetry [Shakespeare, Rainier, etc.], you will be entranced and taken back to the Tunnels underneath the city streets.

Ron Perlman is a master of the English word, rivaled only by John Hurt. And if, by some miraculous chance, Mr. Perlman should ever come across this page, read this review, I feel it necessary for him to know how he has impacted millions with his portrayal of Vincent. There is poetry running through his veins like blood and his tongue is made of such purest silver that can melt even the coldest of hearts into nothingness and happily they would go if only to hear it for one last moment. It's soothing, bliss-inducing, able to lull the troubled to sleep and send fears to their rest.

Please, no matter the asking price, buy this album for your collection - you owe it to your hearts and souls. And if, for some reason, there's a shortage of CDs available, come to me. Email me at mistacor@aol.com and I'll be more than happy to make you a copy of mine. No life should be devoid of the rapture that this CD imbues.
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I actually shrieked out loud when I discovered this had finally been re-released on CD. Fans of the show have been waiting such a long long time. Like many others, I had the audiotape version I bought way back when, and kept it when I had gotten rid of most of my other tapes. The quality of CD is ripe for this kind of classical music and voice over. Some selections bring me to tears for all their life and nostalgia. How many of us Beasties don't tear up when they hear that haunting theme played?

Please, anyone listening--release the series on dvds! Coupled with this musical comforter for the soul, that would simply be perfection.
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There may be no more beautiful soundtrack in movies or television than "Of Love and Hope: Music and Poetry from 'Beauty and the Beast.' The music reaches into the very marrow of your bones and the poetry selections almost are seared into your heart. And Ron Perlman, as Vincent, reading in a soft spoken voice the works of such poets as Rainer Maria Rilke, e.e. cummings and William Shakespeare, is outstanding. I saw recently this CD is selling for $75. Well, as another writer said, despite the cost, it has real value because it is so beautiful. The CD, like the show, reaches far beyond the mundane and is certainly an improvement over what is on TV today. Watching B&B and listening to this, and then having to put up with such stupidity and inanity as Jessica Simpson or reality TV shows is like going from the sublime to the ridiculous - like going from diamonds to rust. There really is no comparison.

There was talk when this CD came out that ther would be a sequel featuring Linda Hamilton as Catherine but that never came to be and that truly is a shame. Sadly, this version of B&B must have been too intelligent and too romantic for the average male viewer because CBS yanked it after the 3rd season (once Linda Hamilton left after the 2nd season, it was all but over anyway). It may be a very long time before we get anything as wonderful as B&B; Ms. Hamilton and Mr. Perlman went on to bigger (though definitely not better) things. But to me, the best work these 2 actors have ever done and will ever do is this series.
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