- Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Hollywood Records
- Run Time: 126 minutes
- ASIN: B0002IQIWE
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,004 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Hans Zimmer's score to the 2004 summer blockbuster produced by Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pirates Of The Caribbean") & directed by Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day"). A veritable force in modern film music, Hans Zimmer's affecting & powerful scores for movies such as "The Lion King", 'The Last Samurai", "Gladiator", & "The Thin Red Line" have made him well known to film followers & CD buyers.
What are legends if not for reinventing -- and/or hyper-inflating into Hollywood summer fare? In retooling the Arthurian legend for the goth-beguiled video game age, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer did away with details small (the lady in the lake, sword in the stone, etc.) and large (this Arthur is actually Eastern European, by way of Rome). Composer Hans Zimmer picks up that gauntlet, producing an orchestral score bristling with massed brass, chorus and percussion -- if little of the indigenous mysticism that made his work on Gladiator/ so rewarding. What there is of that precious commodity is frontloaded via the song "Tell Me Know (What You See)," his evocative opening collaboration with Clannad's Moya Brennan. From there, Zimmer emphasized this version's Eastern conceits with a half-dozen suites of cues that thunder in the Russian classical tradition -- and all the melodic range of "Jingle Bells." Zimmer--not to mention Poledouris--has done it better, but fans of outsized orchestral Gothic moodfests may yet take this one to heart. --Jerry McCulley
by Moya Brennan
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But my most often listened to genre as of the last few years are soundtracks. Whether it is movies, TV shows or even video games (to which soundtrack quality has gone up SIGNIFICANTLY in the last few years), I just love soundtracks, and the soundtrack to King Arthur is no exception.
From the very start with "Woad to Ruin" and the haunting choral chants and driving percussion Zimmer is known for, you know this is going to be a special soundtrack, right up there with Gladiator! I cannot speak enough to how much I truly enjoy listening to this album. And I know it is that good because I can listen to it anytime of the time, any weather and any mood I am in. Typically with certain soundtracks I can only listen to them at certain times and truly enjoy them to their fullest. Not with King Arthur. The movie itself isn't great by any stretch, but the soundtrack is.
I think my favorite track thus far is "Hold the Ice" again with those absolutely haunting vocals and long drawn out orchestral pieces that Zimmer does so much better than many other composers out there.
I highly recommend this piece of excellence to those who not only enjoy Hans Zimmer works, but epic soundtracks on the whole! Enjoy =)
As you might expect with any movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, there are plenty of action scenes to a strong, driving musical score. The one outlier in the collection is the lead-in, a soulful Celtic number with vocals by Moya Brennan. The other six numbers are tied to the action sequences of the movie and feature lots of heavy percussion and dramatic overtones. The "King Arthur Original Score" is highly recommended to fans of the movie.
I have to say this film may have had flaws, but they are minor-*IF* you are not looking for some cliched Hollywood Medieval blockbuster-ie: FIRST KNIGHT or crap like that-which is what I think most people WANTED, and thus the film did poorly.
I am only disappointed that the very beautiful, haunting and moving song "We will Go Home" was not included on the CD-it is near well the centerpiece of the film-in that it foretells the grief and the dreams of these men as they think they have settled their debt to Rome...only to have their hopes dashed.
Lisa Gerrard did the added vocal interlude on it-she WAS in this film, contrary to popular belief-check the end credits in detail...