The cd enables you to conjure in your mind the very images of the movie the songs were accompanying. Atmospheric and emotional, the oppression of the prison is captured in track 3: Shawshank Prison(Stoic Theme) and the tragedy of Brooks in track 7. You can feel the triumph of Andy's escape and the new chapter Red must face in his life as he embarks to find Andy.
This is a superb compilation which succeeds where many soundtracks have failed, for it includes all the essential tracks that created the very mood and essence of this truly amazing film.
Even if you have not seen the movie this is a superb compilation of original instrumental, classic opera and popular music which can be appreciated for simply what it is, great music!