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In the Shadow of the Moon Soundtrack

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Don't be surprised if Philip Sheppard's score for this doc about the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s starts popping up at planetariums around the world: It's perfect music for zoning out in front of massive space footage. Because the doc focuses on the moon expeditions and man walking on our satellite, the overall mood is one of awed, respectful grandeur. Some tracks ("Mare Nectaris," "Epiphany") use only very few instruments, like piano or cello, to suggest the silence of deep space and the glacial vistas of the moon. Others deploy a fuller sound but they never feel bombastic. "Staging," for instance, brings out a choir, some Philip Glass-like arpeggios (which also introduce "X15 Jet") and a swelling orchestra, while "Crawler" actually is rather spooky and would fit well in an elegant horror movie. Sheppard, a cellist by training, makes particularly good use of this somber instrument throughout. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Opening Titles
  2. Mare Nectaris
  3. X15 Jet
  4. Gemini To Apollo 1
  5. Elegy
  6. Crawler
  7. The Good Earth
  8. Vigil - Eve Of Launch
  9. The Launch
  10. Staging
  11. Go For TLI
  12. Mare Serenitas
  13. The Eagle Has Wings
  14. Lunar Descent
  15. The Eagle Has Landed
  16. Loneliest Man
  17. Down Ladder
  18. Raising the Flag
  19. Apollo 13
  20. Lunar Ascent
  21. Epiphany
  22. Re-Entry
  23. Downlink
  24. End Titles


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B000V5EY4C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Rickard on September 22, 2008
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I'm normally a very picky sort when it comes to albums, choosing songs and deleting tracks ruthlessly. But I couldn't find one of the 24 tracks that I wanted to delete. They're all worthwhile and I don't regret buying the album one bit.

As for the music itself, it's just magical. It perfectly communicates the wonder of space travel and the respect to the unique accomplishment of the Apollo program. It actually made me tear up a bit in places.
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I have been a big nut of space exploration from reading as much as i could growing up about the apollo mission's to discovering the giant stack of National Geographic in 6th grade and madly searching for anything dealing with the Space Shuttle and the like. This movie singlehandedly brought back every emotion I felt as a child for the excitement of space exploration and then some expertly bringing to light that fateful day in July of 1969. The music selected to bring forth this feeling was so well done that even just listening to the previews before i bought it gave me chills.

Granted I'm partial the soundtracks for movies in the first place so I conclude with simply this; If you loved the movie, there's a good chance you'll love the soundtrack as well.
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Majestic musical score that accompanies a documentary of one of our most important human achievements.
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Though the Apollo story has been told many times, this film's narrative connects on a personal level especially well, and due in no small part to Philip Sheppard's score. It's one of the most exquisitely composed and haunting pieces of music I've ever heard. There may be difference of opinion over how fully the score is able to separate itself from the film, standing alone as brilliantly as masterpieces such as Winged Migration. But let this detract in no way from Shadow's symphonic richness. Sheppard's music is substantial, with great depth, yet filled with playfulness, curiosity, mathematics, and child-like exhilaration with the film's subject matter. The score begins introspective and tentative, capturing well the thoughts of the Apollo participants, excited about the possibilities, concerned about the risks. But the music soon becomes as expansive as the solar system itself and triumphantly celebrates each program victory while always speaking to us with wide-eyed anticipation of even more audacious under-takings to come. There are moments--X-15, Launch, Staging, TLI, Apollo 13, Lunar Ascent, Re-Entry--that are simply breath-taking, move the soul each time the music is heard, and leave you with your heart beating in your throat. The listener is compelled to thank the composer for the score's consummate beauty. This is composition that is brilliant and inspiring, "majestic" as another reviewer has commented, music that can restore faith--in life and in heroes, and easily becomes the soundtrack of your drive, your day, or your life if you let it.
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By Lee Harris on January 25, 2013
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A longtime soundtrack lover, this is a truly stunning work. It stands the test of time, and the movie is just wonderful, but this soundtrack I have listened to hundreds of times in the last 6 years and it never gets old....beautiful.
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By Alexander on November 16, 2009
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'In the Shadow of the Moon' is one of the best movies I have seen. I loved it not only for its stunning wealth of footage from the Apollo program and its fantastic interviews with the astronauts, but I loved it because of the music.

Philip Sheppard composed a score that has several different levels of emotion: from the haunting (crawler) to the beautiful (X15 Jet) to the sad (Epiphany). Even if you haven't seen the film (watch it!) you should listen to how beautiful this album is.

It is definitely worth the $9.99 (mp3), but if you don't want to buy the whole album I suggest you individually buy:

- X15 Jet
- The Launch
- re-entry

Philip Sheppard is an amazing composer and I can't wait to hear his future work.

5/5
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