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Avatar [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Dec 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B002P5XXR0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. ''You Don't Dream In Cryo. ....''James Horner 6:09Album Only
Listen  2. Jake Enters His Avatar WorldJames Horner 5:24Album Only
Listen  3. Pure Spirits Of The ForestJames Horner 8:49Album Only
Listen  4. The Bioluminescence Of The NightJames Horner 3:37Album Only
Listen  5. Becoming One Of ''The People'' Becoming One With NeytiriJames Horner 7:43Album Only
Listen  6. Climbing Up Iknimaya - The Path To Heaven''James Horner 3:18Album Only
Listen  7. Jake's First FlightJames Horner 4:50Album Only
Listen  8. Scorched EarthJames Horner 3:32Album Only
Listen  9. QuaritchJames Horner 5:01Album Only
Listen10. The Destruction Of HometreeJames Horner 6:47Album Only
Listen11. Shutting Down Grace's LabJames Horner 2:47Album Only
Listen12. Gathering All The Na'vi Clans For BattleJames Horner 5:14Album Only
Listen13. WarJames Horner11:21Album Only
Listen14. I See You [Theme From Avatar]Leona Lewis 4:20Album Only

Product Description

BBC Review

Though it’s unlikely to have slipped by many radars, for those who’ve not ventured outside of their house for the past six months, turned on the television or tuned the radio: James Cameron’s new film, Avatar, is A Very Big Deal Indeed. Less so for its somewhat clichéd, rather hodgepodge plot; more for its amazing three-dimensional visuals, which really do push the cinematic experience to a whole new level of immersion.

Ostensibly an all-action sci-fi offering as the movie is, it’d be natural to expect James Horner’s soundtrack to be every bit as mercilessly assaulting of the ears as Avatar’s awe-inspiring visuals are the eyes. But the multi-award-winning composer – who worked with Cameron on Titanic and Aliens – takes an admirably counter-intuitive approach, with the earliest cues on this set notable for their restraint. Pure Spirits of the Forest threatens to break into a sweat, but its percussive punch is short-lived, much of its run time consumed by starry twinkles and strange whistles. It, like several pieces here, also exhibits string elements familiar to fans of Celtic music – something that’s become a Horner trademark, for better or worse.

The ethereal vocals of “You Don’t Dream in Cryo…” are teleportal in their suggestion of a faraway land populated by wonderful, surreal beings. The ‘aliens’ of Avatar, the Na‘vi – whose home world humans have targeted for its natural resources (the film’s ecological message not lost on today’s climate change-aware audience) – are represented aurally by motifs incorporating African rhythms, percussively playful but accessible enough so that world music-shy listeners can enjoy them – think more Paul Simon than Staff Benda Bilili. Climbing Up “Iknimaya – The Path to Heaven” is one such piece, vocally rooted in the rainforests and savannas but released to soar like the most stirring orchestral highs. Jake’s First Flight furthers this impression, its skittering beats and snatches of indigenous speech as suitable at WOMAD as they are complementing interplanetary adventuring.

While it’ll appeal mostly to fans of the movie – of whom there are sure to be several thousand already – Horner’s Avatar score stands up well as an independent listen, too. Such are its nuances that it necessitates a detailed listen, and that one will only lead to further explorations as every subtlety is sought out for enjoyment. The final, complete picture in the mind’s eye is a wonderful one; that it’s matched on screen is testament indeed to Cameron’s unfaltering creativity. --Mike Diver

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic 2 Jan 2010
By Tracy
Format:Audio CD
For me the soundtrack of a film should bring back images of that film and transport you back to that place. This soundtrack does just that. It doesn't matter that James Horner has done previous soundtracks before, and yes it does has some similarities to Titanic, but composers have their own style and this is obviously James Horner's. If you have seen the film, then the music will take you back to Pandora, with all the beautiful flora and fauna, creatures of the forest and the magnificant, but gentle Na'vi. I would recommend this soundtrack to anyone, it is just beautiful, just close your eyes and go back to Pandora!
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5.0 out of 5 stars just wonderful.......... 29 Dec 2009
By Ghost
Format:Audio CD
Having read the other reviews I am going to be controversial and give this soundtrack 5*. As with all movie soundtracks, it is often hard to 'see' them as music in their own right. Not just the ambient 'noise' created to embelish the emotions being conveyed through the visuals. I loved Avatar and am still haunted by the images of Pandora. James Horner's score significantly helped to embed those memories and listening to the soundtrack brings them flooding back. Yes, Horner has a distinct style of composing and this 'voice' can be heard in all his movie scores (Titanic, Willow etc) but ultimately the Avatar score is moving and uplifting, mysterious and delicate. See the movie and listen to it in context, it evokes Pandora perfectly, but even alone it is a beautiful score.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving chaotic and thoughtful... 7 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Avatar * * * *
Composed by James Horner
Fox Music/Atlantic 7567-89576-1 (RT 78:59)

Collaborations between Horner and Cameron are rare; however, their last effort ended in triumph - their newest one again seems destined for even more. Track 1: You Don't Dream in Cryo starts with ethereal voices and rolling drums as Horner plays with the mysterious location of Pandora, home to the Na'vi. A solo voice coupled with string backing covers disabled Jake's arrival to the planet, moving up a gear with drums as the ship lands at the base. A 5-note theme plays here on strings, with an ominous woodwind for what lies behind the fence.

2: Jake Enters his Avatar World: here is where Jake tries out his avatar for the first time - Horner supplies the first few notes as Jake begins to explore his newfound mobile attributes. With an increasing build of the drums, Horner flies with Jake out into the field, a native twist to the music ensues then a roll of piano as he runs and runs, enjoying the moment, meeting Dr. Grace Augustine at the end.

3: Pure Spirits of the Forest is a lovely track as Jack is introduced to the natural elements for the first time. Horner plays low-key synth, embodying that with the 5-note Avatar theme. Percussion starts up as Jack explores even more of the beauty of Pandora. However, with beauty there is terror and the music soon shifts gear when bigger animals loom, Horner throwing in synthesised animal backing as Jake questions whether he should run.

4: The Bioluminescence of the Night runs the Avatar theme again with a lyrical quality where Horner supplies some angelic synth effects as the tree's creatures are attracted to Jake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avatar Soundtrack Reviewed 13 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Firstly, this music is breathtaking, and if you seen the film and liked it, buy this. It is amazing, and hyas now entranced me to listen to its calming track 5 and the powerful track 1. Stunning. And for all those who believe James Horner keeps using Titanic music, no, he isn't. Originally, his music composed for the film Glory can be argued to have inspired Titanic. I reference James Horners work here to all of his previous music. And he does his own style brilliantly.
The soundtrack really completes the film, and so listening to it, you can just imagine the film. 'You don't dream in cryo...', 'I see you' as well as 'Shutting Down Grace's Lab' are original, hardly sounding anything like his previous music, whilst 'Climbing Up Iknimaya, The Path To Heaven' nods to earlier pieces with a new and inspired take on it to suit Avatar. 'Shutting down Grace's lab' is an amazing piece, capturing the moment from the film.
Absolutely amazing. Such great music made for an epic film inspires and envisions the listener, whilst it provides meditation music.

-Cheaper than most Soundtracks
-Such breathtaking music
-14 tracks straight from the film

Bad (just picky)
-The mysterious track 15, 'Into the Na'Vi world' Bonus... where is it?
-Sounds like previous work, which some might not enjoy

This is one of the best CDs i've bought this year, best soundtracks to a film as well. The music of James Horner instantly transports you to James Cameron's Avatar, and Pandora. However, if you can hear Titanic, and therefore complain, much of the music is new and inspirational. Only occasionally do you have a hint at it. Though shorter than the film, (who wants a soundtrack 2 hours long?!?), it has the most important parts included.
A must buy for Avatar fans, a brilliant CD for those who enjoy just the music. 5/5. Recommend 'The Art of Avatar' and 'Avatar: The field guide to Pandora' books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 Jan 2010
By Dave
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I know many people have criticsed James Horner for re-using tracks and so on, but you have to admit that they do go extremely well with the scenes in the film and it's a very good score to listen to if you can't wait for the film to come out on DVD and just love Avatar (everyone) and isn't a bad buy at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epitome of beauty
Still my most treasured movie soundtrack. I find the music absolutely breathtaking. I go into a trance! It will always be my favourite.
Published 5 days ago by Lauren Brotherstone
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok but only really wanted the Leona Lewis song!
Published 1 month ago by 'Rock Chick'
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This is the most wonderful soundtrack you could hear. A huge range of moods then finishing with Leona Lewis's lovely song.
Published 1 month ago by clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Considering the second track is 10 mins long, I think you're getting your money's worth here. I think even if you didn't enjoy the film, the music is worth having on in the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M.I.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars listened to this before watching the movie
To get an idea of what to expect from a big movie like this one i usually always like to listen to the music and the music to this film is pretty good.
Published 6 months ago by miss Andrea Moulton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A superb cd, and a very high quality recording. The beautiful Avatar theme is James Horner at his absolute best!
Published 8 months ago by Clive Worboys
5.0 out of 5 stars Horner gets it right
For most, the one thing that strikes you watching 'Avatar' is the incredible sense of imagination and dreamlike atmosphere. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joshua H
4.0 out of 5 stars "Avatar cd"
Item was as described and arrived in great condition considering it was a preowned. It worked fine and was definitely worth purchasing.
Published 13 months ago by Rebecca Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I loved the film & the music so when I found out tha I could get the music on cd I was thrilled to bits, loved the the cd, beautiful music
Published 17 months ago by mrs jennifer brooks
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