- Audio CD (October 12, 1999)
- Original Release Date: November 26, 1999
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Milan Records
- Run Time: 134 minutes
- ASIN: B00001U06H
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,204 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Princess Mononoke: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
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This score to Japan's anime megahit stresses Western musical influences over Eastern, despite the movie's themes being more attuned to Japanese heritage and mythology. Hisaishi (who has contributed music to more than 30 Japanese films) employs a traditional Hollywood-style orchestral movement that is generally lush and pleasing--a soundtrack that could easily fill the boundless skyscapes of classic horse operas. There are occasional exotic moments involving woodwinds or solo violin or both that digress into more indigenous folksongs, but these, too, have soothing melodies akin to what one might demand from sushi dinner music. The operatically trained Sasha Lazard offers the sweet and ethereal "Theme Song" (with lyrics by director Hayao Miyazaki). These tracks may not always be distinctive but they manage to evoke moods of mysticism and, of course, ritual violence. --Joseph Lanza
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This is one of the most emotional, inspirational, well-rounded soundtracks I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. It's one of those albums that just allow your mind to wander and travel to places the world over, and in fantasy worlds beyond. For me, this epic music evokes images of the past, flying over a simpler earth, following the wind wherever it takes you. It's a liberating selection of masterpieces composed by the great Joe Hisashi, a Studio Ghibli legend. Not only am I sure this soundtrack enhances the motion picture, but it also works well independently from the film.
My favorites include the more peaceful selections, such as...
The Legend of Ashitaka
The Journey to the West
The Encounter (this is actually my ringtone. lol)
The Young Man from the East
Will to Live
San and Ashitaka in the Forest of the Deer God
Princess Mononoke Theme Song (Instrumental Version)
Ashitaka and San (absolutely romantic)
Princess Mononoke Theme Song (End Credits)
...and many others.