Game Of Thrones Music from the HBOr Series Season 6
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Game of Thrones: Season 6 (Music from the HBO® Series)
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Composer Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Person of Interest), has written the music for the entire series, and was once again brought in to create the musical landscape for Season 6.
Based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy book series A Song Of Ice and Fire, the Emmy® Award-winning drama series Game of Thrones follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen who are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. The epic series storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival have captured the imagination of fans globally and made it one of the most popular shows on television. The series recently broke HBO ratings records, averaging more than 19 million viewers throughout season 4. In 2014, Game of Thrones was the most searched TV show on Google and the #1 most talked about show on Facebook
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BUT, the VINYL quality is very bad unfortunately. I bought this expecting to be able to blast it through the house and unfortunately it plays so low that even when at full sound on my Marshall speakers it is playing at normal listening level (compared to my other Vinyls)... and, like another reviewer mentioned, it is full of crackles at this volume.
I've been playing it on Amazon Prime Music through my iPad to the same speakers at ⅓ of the volume and it's magical and plenty loud, so in short, I wish I hadn't spent the $30 on the Vinyl.
EDIT:The bonus tracks are a one-time download and have an expiry date. They are provided in an uncompressed format though (wav).
Game of Thrones is an example of a series with a sound that hasn't evolved as much through the years as some of its television brethren (the aforementioned Doctor Who comes to mind), but it has always made very good accompaniment to the images on screen regardless of listenability in isolation. I'd only purchased the soundtracks for season 1 and season 4, both of which featured a number of tracks that are immensely enjoyable when stripped from the images for which they were composed.
Today marks the purchase of my third Game of Thrones album, and it's money well spent. Season 6 is another shining example of music that is highly effective even when divorced from the show. There are moments of sweeping grandeur, harrowing regret, and even spine-tingling horror. The season finale in particular features a piano driven score that's reminiscent of Murray Gold's work in the penultimate episode of season 9 of Doctor Who last year in that it stands out from anything else that had been written for the show throughout the rest of the season.
I think Ramin Djawadi's film scores are extremely hit-or-miss, but his TV work continues to be fantastic. He's right up there with Bear McCreary and Murray Gold as one of the best television composers working today. If you like his work on Game of Thrones in general, this is required listening as it fantastically utilizes themes and motifs that have been raised and nurtured throughout the last six years of the series, and features far less filler than there seems to have been in seasons 3 and 5.
Generally I'd suggest picking up the physical copy of the album -- lossless music is the best music -- but in this case I'd recommend the digital album as it comes with seven bonus tracks, none of which are as memorable as the 19 tracks proceeding them, but all well worth a listen regardless.
I had a hard time moving past the second track, "Blood of my Blood", because I kept hitting the repeat button so much. Those dancing pulsating strings, chorus, percussion, and big crescendos are hard not to go back and enjoy again. Once you hit the third track, "Light of the Seven"....wow. What a great piano and string piece that is just amazing. The "dramatic pauses" throughout the piece are cleverly handled by the composer and the piece just bleeds with musical emotion. I think I'll have a Game of Thrones marathon tonight (if I can stop playing this soundtrack) just to catch up to season 6 and see what in the world is happening here because it must be intense. Halfway through the piece, vocals and strings pick up the pace. The vocals, at times, are slightly off key but the effect comes off quite beautifully in the context of the music. Djawadi then throws in a pipe organ that will just make the hairs on your arms stand up too.
"Needle" (track 4) is another great little piece where Djawadi adds some more variety to the instrumentation. The piece consists of some great string and percussion work which work together in creating a very uplifting piece. One of the stringed instruments he uses is really cool and I'm not sure exactly what it is. It might be a Sarod (stringed instrument from India) but I'm not sure. "Hold the Door" (track 9) is another massive cue that begins like something you'd expect to hear in a horror film. Sporadic and terrifying sounds are inserted during the first half of the cue to keep thing interesting. I can imagine running from something very frightening for sure. Djawadi surprises again about half way through the cue as the music begins to slowly change into another movement that just becomes brutally mournful. It's as if you are watching the soul of a person slowly ascend into the afterlife. The score is wonderfully imaginative as you listen to it and I absolutely love music that can conjure up the theatre of your mind.
Another favorite is the marching and powerful "Khaleesi" (track 10). The music and chorus is definitely fitting for the warrior princess...or queen. "Winter has Come" (track 17) provides the composer the opportunity to add a great variation to the popular main theme. "Winds of Winter" (track 19) is another very cool piece that features a chorus singing something very ancient sounding yet equally mesmerizing. The final six tracks are bonus tracks and I have to extend a big thank you to WaterTower Records for providing a downloadable code for those of us who like to purchase physical CDs. The CD contains an insert with the code but it has to be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer and not your phone or tablet. It was very simple to do and it was great that they included that because the bonus tracks are not just second hand fluff filler. There are some wonderful tracks to be found there. "I Need You By My Side" (track 22) and "The Tower" (track 23) are some great pieces that you just don't want to miss.
With the bonus tracks, you have 26 tracks with a running time of 1 hour and 31 minutes. The CD contains an 8 page insert with photos from the show, production credits and a special thanks section from the composer. This is my favorite score from the show so far and I recommend it highly.
My personal favorites were #3: Light of the Seven, which is the song played during the beginning of the Finale.
#9: Hold the Door, the song played during the heartwrenching scene with Hodor.
The rest are good, with excellent pace, and evocative of many emotions.