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Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea [CD]

Joe Hisaishi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Colosseum
  • ASIN: B001RTJ0TU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Deep Sea Pastures [Shinkai Bokujo] 04:18
2. Mother Sea [Umi no Okaasan 02:22
3. The First Meeting [Deai] 00:31
4. Town by a Cove [Ura no Machi] 02:36
5. Kumiko [Kumikochan] 02:07
6. Ponyo and Sosuke [Ponyo to Sosuke] 02:17
7. The Empty Bucket [Karappo no Baketsu] 01:31
8. Night Signal [Hakko Shingo] 02:37
9. I Want to be a Girl! [Ningen ni Naru!] 01:31
10. Fujimoto [Fujimoto] 01:34
11. Ponyo's Sisters [Imototachi] 01:32
12. Ponyo Flies [Ponyo no Hiko] 01:43
13. The Sunflower House Caught in the Storm [Arashi ni Himawari no Ie] 02:20 14. Ponyo Rides a Sea of Fish [Nami no Sakana no Ponyo] 03:36
14. Ponyo and Sosuke II [Ponyo to Sosuke II] 02:01
15. Lisa's House [Risa no Ie] 03:20
16. A New Family Member [Atarashii Kazoku] 01:09
17. Ponyo's Lullaby [Ponyo no Komoriuta] 01:30
18. Lisa's Resolve [Risa no Ketsui] 01:34
19. Gran Mamare [Gran Mamare] 02:15
20. A Night of Shooting stars [Nagareboshi no Yoru] 02:41
See all 34 tracks on this disc

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 9 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Another classic by Joe Hisaishi. If you like Studio Ghibli animations, then add this soundtrack to your collection. Beautifully played by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. It has operatic styles, Richard Wagner, Igor Stravinsky style themes running through some of the music tracks, but all with that classic unmistakable Joe Hisaishi sound, like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic 7 July 2010
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Absolutely exquisite, tender and charming. Once again it's hard to decide which is better, the film or the score, until you realize are both equally brilliant. another fine collaboration between Miyazaki and Hisaishi and one that rivals their greatest works together. Can't recommend it enough, I even like the song at the end (which, thankfully, is the original Japanese version not the hideous english language version that appears at the end of the dubbed edition oft the film). Get it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably beautiful, moving soundtrack! 1 Sep 2009
By James G - Published on Amazon.com
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First and foremost, I am a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki. But behind every great movie (with some exceptions) is a great soundtrack. This was one of the few movies that I've seen where I had to buy the soundtrack immediately after seeing the film. The music is absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. It's angelic, and it's such a breath of fresh air when so many movies have such mediocre soundtracks. My two favorite tracks would include the first two. The first track is taken from the first scene of the film where Ponyo's father is standing on a platform, creating life forms in the sea with his wand. The second song is the title track of the movie, and is quite possibly one of the most beautiful examples of operatic Japanese music. The combination of Miyazaki and Hisaishi is so perfect. I also recommend the 'Spirited Away' soundtrack.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, original Japanese, licensed, good price 28 Nov 2009
By Jason Scott - Published on Amazon.com
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The Music:
The first song on this CD will assuredly recall memories of the beginning of the film to your mind. And this is why I like soundtracks- they remind me of the film or series. Unfortunately, most of the other tracks aren't nearly as recognizable. This isn't helped by many of the tracks sounding a bit similar. I've only seen the movie twice, so perhaps they'd sound more familiar if I saw it a few more times. Still, most of the tracks are fun and imaginative, displaying Hisaishi's distinctive style. Though there are a few tracks that are more ominous/foreboding which sound quite different from what I've come to expect from Hisaishi.

The Originality:
As far as I can tell, the only difference between this CD and the one you would buy in Japan is that the CD covers are in English. The inserts are all Japanese, the CD label is Japanese, and there are a few Japanese tracks on the CD, with no tracks in English (instead of the bizarre English remix of the theme song, you get the original Japanese theme song, which I and many others consider to be vastly superior. Unfortunately this is the film (read shortened) version of the song- I have no idea how to get the full version...).

The License:
Studio Ghibli has licensed this CD to Colosseum Music Entertainment (a company in Germany) for sale outside of Japan. This is an official licensed product, like all products sold DIRECTLY from amazon. Beware the amazon marketplace, where merchants often sell bootlegs.

The Price:
I bought this CD for $25 when the Japanese import was somewhere around $50. 1/2 price is pretty good, and you're very unlikely to see the Japanese import ever drop below this price. What's more, it's very likely that at some point Coloseum's license will expire, and the Japanese import will be your only option. Waiting for a better price is a risky gamble.

In summary,
- Enjoyable music
- Original Japanese
- Official licensed product
- Cheaper than Japanese import

What more could you ask for?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logistics and Praise 29 Dec 2011
By Yu-Ten Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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[ACTUAL Review lies below this logistics blurb. Looking for words of praise? Skip down far below. Fanatically OCD about technicalities like I am? Read on, straight into logistics:] [Yes, this review has been mirrored across two products, because I think it applies to both.]

What Jason Scott wrote about the shortened themes is correct - at least, I would take his word for it. I actually did not purchase this particular import of the CD, but obtained a [licensed] pressing made in Taiwan, which, to my understanding, is "identical to [the] CD distributed earlier in Japan" (according to the back cover of the CD). I have the same situation. It's confusing as to what is the MAIN theme of this film - is it track one, "Deep Sea Ranch" (with the full choir establishing the setting of the sea, the camera panning deep into its depths...?), track two, "Mother of the Sea" (which plays during the interesting opening credits, up into Ponyo pokes her head out of the water), or is it the final track, "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" (needs no explanation - end credits!). As it happens you do not actually get very satisfactory [read: not WHOLE and uncut, but still absolutely wonderful] recordings of any of these three key themes on this CD. "Deep Sea Ranch" was never meant to be a real standalone theme, I suppose, so that's perfectly all right that it doesn't come as its own developed piece (unlike, say, "The Merry-go-round of Life" from "Howl's Moving Castle"). As for "Mother of the Sea," Mr. Scott did not point this one out, but it's ALSO shortened. I.E. you get the film version, which is not what I consider to be the orthodox one. In the "orthodox" recording (for example, if you were to perhaps see Hisaishi's 25-years concert in Budokan - by hook or crook - there is an "orthodox" version of this piece) the piece is about twice as long, because the theme is extended into a sort of repeat in B-flat major, instead of cutting off due to film time constraints. I suspect this point is trivial to most people.

Now, the crucial piece, the point that Mr. Scott made about the actual theme song of the film - it is indeed a cut version. An interlude and a final reprise of the theme are taken out of the version on this CD, which shortens it considerably; this cut version on the CD is exactly the one that plays at the end of the movie. The "orthodox" (as I call it) recording of the theme can be found on the single release (dig around, it's a bit scarce) or on the Image Album. The same thing goes for the "orthodox" recording of "Mother of the Sea," which can be found on the Image Album as well. Now of course, if you're all right with just listening to 1:36 as opposed to 2:44 of the catchy and cute Totoro-esque theme, you'll be totally happy. But if you're a Hisaishi maniac like I am, have fun hunting down a good deal for the image album / theme single. I am currently hunting for a cheap offering of the image album in Taiwan, but I'm having trouble. You might want to call up your Japanese friends for some help if you're interested.


I won't compare to Williams or Zimmer here. Hisaishi is a confounded genius and he never fails to deliver. Regardless of whether or not you enjoyed the movie, this music should be great for you - yeah, if you found it "childish" you might have a bone to pick with the mood-setting music, which is by and large light-hearted and spirit-lifting (perhaps unduly so for the straight-laced). Like all film music, Hisaishi takes a couple of memorable themes and exploits them into a gazillion variations that never really bore you, even after the first thousand listens. It's not always as clever as what he did with "Howl's Moving Castle," but it is pleasing to the ear, nonetheless, and perhaps a bit less "stiff" as some listeners may find "Howl." I mean "stiff" is in "completely classical," which was one impression I got off "Howl" (don't get me wrong, I love it all the more for that...but some people can't stand the feel of classical music); by comparison, the score for "Ponyo" is a lot more bouncy-cheery-wa-ha-ha. You occasionally get the piece that will make your death-metal-lover pout (e.g. whenever the choir comes in, concurrent with the appearance of Ponyo's mother), but then you have so many pieces that you just know will make you smile like "Ura Town" (track four) because of the sheer happiness in their compositions and orchestrations. It helps to know the movie, but it's not necessary - for example, I actually laughed out loud at track 32 and thought inwardly: "RUN RUN RUN PARALLEL TO THE GROUND...NOW SPATTER THAT OLD LADY WITH RANCID FISH WATER" [if you've seen the film, you will probably remember...if not, don't mind that little outburst].

This soundtrack is a great show of Hisaishi's ability to compose in the vein that the movie calls for. It's a fully armed score that goes from super-happy to very serious at the drop of a dime. The movie on the whole is meant to be a bit light-hearted, and Hisaishi's score brings out just that magic. Compare this score to something a bit more heavy-handed like "Princess Mononoke" [whoof. Goosebumps.] and you'll see just how amazing Hisaishi is with his tone-setting music.

I've been restating a lot of stuff, so I'll cut myself short here. Great composition, great [mood-setting] orchestrations / arrangements, great for everyone; great music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice soundtrack! 13 Aug 2011
By HawkeyeNFO - Published on Amazon.com
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The film had very good music, and this CD has virtually all the music used in it. I like how the CD came with the Japanese liner notes (that have the very long painting from the end credits printed on one side) as well as an English translated version of the text from the liner notes. It's an example of one of those time when it's nice to have an actual CD instead of just a digital download.
4.0 out of 5 stars Could not read anything. 31 Dec 2013
By Martha A Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter loves the music, but all of the text is in Korean so she was not able to read it or locate specific music. I guess that's to be expected since it comes from Korea. She's very happy to have it though.
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