- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Original Release Date: November 21, 1988
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: MCA Records
- Run Time: 69 minutes
- ASIN: B000002O5Q
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Land Before Time Soundtrack
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This soundtrack is very difficult to obtain without emptying your wallet, but for that feeling that washes over me every time I hear the oboe in Whispering Winds-- that lip-trembling feeling that sends me back to my childhood-- this soundtrack is worth every penny.
James Horner captures emotions through music that cannot be felt in any other way. When you feel the soaring strings of the climax, you can hear Littlefoot cry, "We made it... we made it together."
This is a movie I will watch with my children, and music that will stay with me until I grow into an old man. And every time I listen to it, I know I'll still feel like I did when I was a child.
Even just listening to the track "Whispering Winds" I cry like a baby, and I'm 21 now. Diana Ross, who I've never really been a fan of, sings a gorgeous ballard called "If We Hold On Together". It's a beautiful song, very sophisticated and pretty, with lovely lyrics that I think just about everyone can relate to - nothing like the awful songs that fill the sequel LBT films. "If We Hold On Together" is so good that it could've been a real chart topper and I'm shocked that it wasn't.
All the other tracks are very good, this CD is really worth getting if you like film scores and/or classical music. Forget the horribly over-rated score to Titanic, I firmly believe that THIS is James Horner's best work. I have this as a vinyal record, which thankfully still works because the CD is out of print and very pricy to buy second hand, but I might be forced to update soon.
The soundtrack to this movie is written with such power and emotion that words can't even describe it. It has to be heard in its full splendor to be fully appreciated, so don't listen to those realaudio clips and assume you've heard it all. There are no "sing-along" songs like in the five billion half-wit sequels made in recent years. In fact, the only track that does have words is "If We Hold On Together" by Diana Ross, which is a beautiful, serious song built upon the movie's main theme.
Do yourself a favor, and don't judge the original "The Land Before Time" by what you've seen and heard about the sequels. Both the film and soundtrack are masterpieces that have yet to be touched by any cartoon movies I have seen (and being a kid, I still have a clear memory of those in my mind). I wouldn't be caught dead watching any of the movie's successors, simply because their content and music are too "kiddy," and don't hold a candle to the brightness of the original. So, give the movie and/or soundtrack a try. Even though they don't have the many academy awards to back them up like "Titanic" does, they are every bit as worthy.
A timeless classic not to be missed by any music lover.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this score before it became available on MP3 and spent mage bucks to get it, but boy is it worth it! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lani
This is one of my favourite movies and my one of favourite albums by James Horner!!!!Published 13 months ago by Christian Pickering
This was James Horner's best music and it's even better than Titanic. I always been a James Horner fan but I never knew he did the music to Land Before Time, a movie that will... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John
Possibly the greatest score in kids cinema history. Can't go wrong here.Published 19 months ago by David Lounsberry
A wonderful nostalgic album that can excite and relax you. This is one you want in your collection or in every playlist.Published on March 14, 2014 by John John
There is never a dull moment in this soundtrack. It gives me goosebumps! Along with 'Willow', I think this is one of James Horner's best! Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Catherine
This sound track is what made this movie so moving and memorable. Of all his work, this has got to be the best soundtrack James Horner has done, and he has so much wonderful... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Dan Neiderhiser