- 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)
Beauty and the Beast: Of Love and Hope Soundtrack
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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.
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 email@example.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.
Please, anyone listening--release the series on dvds! Coupled with this musical comforter for the soul, that would simply be perfection.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely music. I enjoy listening to Ron Perlman recite poetry. Very relaxing. This was one of my favorite TV shows,Published 1 month ago by DMAL450
love love it! l had had it on cassette at 1 time only it snapped and l was sad. so now is glad to has it back in my collection. Ron Pearlman's voice is so soothingPublished 1 month ago by Jik Hyun
Beatiful music and fantastic narration by Ron Perlman. Recommended highly!!Published 2 months ago by Terry Bishop
Love and Hope was more than what I expected, Ron Perlman makes poetry come alive with the sound of his voice, with all of the wonderful scores of music from the Beauty and the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Janice Evans
Met my every expectation. The music and the poems where awesome.Published 5 months ago by Barb Machajewski
I love the music and poetry on this cd. I use it in my classroom. Happy to have it!Published 8 months ago by Shanna Campbell