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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Special Edition, Soundtrack]

Howard Shore Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Dec 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. My Dear FrodoHoward Shore 8:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Old Friends (Extended Version)Howard Shore 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. An Unexpected Party (Extended Version)Howard Shore 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blunt The KnivesThe Dwarf Cast 1:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Axe Or Sword?Howard Shore 5:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Misty MountainsThe Dwarf Cast 1:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Adventure BeginsHoward Shore 2:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The World Is AheadHoward Shore 2:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. An Ancient EnemyHoward Shore 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Radagast The Brown (Extended Version)Howard Shore 6:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The TrollshawsHoward Shore 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Roast Mutton (Extended Version)Howard Shore 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. A Troll-HoardHoward Shore 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Hill Of SorceryHoward Shore 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Warg-ScoutsHoward Shore 3:020.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Hidden ValleyHoward Shore 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Moon Runes (Extended Version)Howard Shore 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The DefilerHoward Shore 1:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The White Council (Extended Version)Howard Shore 9:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Over HillHoward Shore 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Thunder BattleHoward Shore 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Under HillHoward Shore 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Riddles In The DarkHoward Shore 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brass ButtonsHoward Shore 7:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Out Of The Frying-PanHoward Shore 5:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Good OmenHoward Shore 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Song Of The Lonely Mountain (Extended Version)Neil Finn 6:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Dreaming Of Bag EndHoward Shore 1:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. A Very Respectable HobbitHoward Shore 1:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. EreborHoward Shore 1:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Dwarf LordsHoward Shore 1:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Edge Of The WildHoward Shore 3:340.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Deluxe Edition] features original score by Academy Award winner Howard Shore recorded at famed Abbey Road studios by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. One of today s most respected, honoured, and active composers and music conductors, Howard Shore previously worked with director Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Additionally, it includes an original song entitled Song of the Lonely Mountain, performed by Neil Finn (Crowded House). This Special Edition two CD set includes six exclusive bonus tracks, seven exclusive extended tracks, expanded liner notes and song lyrics.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece 13 Dec 2012
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Howard Shore has again composed a piece of epic music fitting for an epic film. It's still deeply rooted in Middle Earth and contains many of the much loved themes from Lord of the Rings but with a uniqueness needed for this film. The new Hobbit theme is much like the Lord of the Rings main theme and crops up in suitable moments which tie in really well with the film. My personal favourites include the deep, mellow tones of Richard Armitage in Misty Mountains; The White Council which evokes the mysterious land of Rivendell and Lorien that we loved in Lord of the Rings, and interestingly includes passages from Gandalf's Lament, and an almost Gondorian theme; An Ancient Enemy manages to introduce the choirs and high strings associated with Mordor; Riddles in the Dark again introduces familiar themes from Lord of the Rings, most memorably those from Shelob The Great and some more familiar LOTR themes.

Overall, a very good effort which suits this film perfectly. Yes, it has been heavily influenced by LOTR but it's good that there's the sense of continuity in the music that lacks from so many blockbuster series (Harry Potter's move away from the iconic music of John Williams is a prime example). It's sure to please hardcore fans of Tolkien and of Peter Jackson's masterpieces, and let's hope that this standard of music is continued through the next two films, but I would like to see Shore develop further the new Hobbit themes, rather than rely heavily on LOTR music that doesn't always fit the situation in the film (Thorin's apology to Bilbo anyone? It's taken directly from The Fellowship Reunited from ROTK).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome soundtrack but where is the rest of it? 19 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is awesome. Having said that, there is music from the film that is missing from this soundtrack which, in being the 'special edition', is ludicrous in my opinion. The obvious example of this is that film is littered is the main theme, misty mountains cold, in an orchestral domain which is awesome to the extent that you will come out of the cinema humming that tune all the way home. However, there are only slight renditions of this incredible piece of music on 2 tracks. What is up with that??

We can only hope that a 'full recordings' album will released.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By L. Hubbard TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After Howard Shore's epic and award winning scores for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, being a huge film score fan, this for me was one of the most anticipated releases in years. I can say at the outset, that Shore has, in my opinion matched the quality of his music to LOTR. Building on themes already known (I'm thinking mainly of the Shire theme here), and introducing some new themes for Radagast The Brown and a new epic theme that I expect represents the company travelling with Bilbo - I haven't seen the film yet so I don't know how to describe it in context, but it is the new theme as heard in the trailer. Regardless, Shore wastes no time in returning you to Middle Earth, and it is a sensational from the opening to the final note of the album.

I won't go into every track in detail because that would be a pretty laborious read to go through over 30 tracks. There's some great choral writing in "A Good Omen" (Track 11, CD 2). There's some pretty epic action writing in "A Thunder Battle" (Track 6, CD2). The trailer/ Misty Mountains theme is used fairly sparingly, it's main appearances are in "Misty Mountains" (Track 6, CD1) - the vocals as heard in the trailer (minus the rousing orchestral accompaniment. This does later appear in "Over Hill", however, and is probably the best statement of the theme on the album. It is also reprised in "The World is Ahead" (Track 9, CD1), and is heard briefly in bonus track "The Edge of the Wild" (Track 17, CD2). The shire theme makes several welcome reprises, my favourites were in "Old Friends" (Track 2, CD1), "Dreaming of Bag End" (Track 13, CD2) and "A Very Respectable Hobbit (Bonus Track)" (Track 14,CD2). There are also occasional reprises of other themes from LOTR although they are used sparingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great contents in poor containg. 15 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
Music writen by elfes; sung by dwarfes; packaged by the most tightwad troll.
Let's hope the next soundtracks in the trilogy will benefit from better craftmanship from Middle Earth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected. 10 Jan 2013
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I own all of the Lord of the Rings soundtracks, and have listened to, and enjoyed them, often. I am pleased to say that Howard Shore's latest addition to his middle-earth cycle is much better than expected. While retaining motifs and gentle nods to the original scores, this latest offering provides plenty of new material, motifs and melodies and, when listened to in one sitting, is by turns relaxing, dramatic, suspenseful and, at times, exuberant. I was worried that it would pale in comparison to it's predecessors, but as i write this i am listening through both discs again.

If you are fond of the original scores to Peter Jackson's films, or indeed to well-crafted, polished and memorable orchestral music, then treat yourself to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack 10 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Superb score from Howard Shore - 5 out of 5 for that. Would be five stars all round if the 'special edition' flimsy packaging wasn't so rubbish compared to each of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy soundtracks. At least they gave you faux-leather instead of painted paper for your extra fiver...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Review and photos can be found on my website Tolkien Collection.
Published 1 month ago by tolkieniano.blogspot.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good special edition.
Published 1 month ago by Magnomaly
5.0 out of 5 stars In A Hole In The Ground.
Fantastic. Howard Shore takes you straight back to Middle Earth.
Published 1 month ago by Elijah Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor compared to work done on the LOTR Trilogy
Very poor compared to work done on the LOTR Trilogy. I was so disappointed, even with the special edition. No sense of greatness.
Published 1 month ago by S. Mooney
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a packaging review
So if you want to talk music, then 5 stars. Period. If you want to talk item concept, then 5 stars. Period. The three stars come due to the way it's been put together. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gary Bottoms
5.0 out of 5 stars music
The entire arrangement is amazing. So many moods. Find yourself humming the tunes all day. Great film to watch too.
Published 5 months ago by Duchess 100
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Amazing music, I listen this in my car. I enjoy brochure with songs inside the cd box.
Great quality, waiting for receiving Desolation of Smaug.
Thank you!
Published 8 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful audition
I'd loved the movies music. The little add-ins (bonus tracks) was perfectly inserted.
The case is ok but the little book was fitted with a staples; very fragile.
Published 9 months ago by Joao_PT
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack Review | "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
In composing the score for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Howard Shore faced perhaps an even more daunting task than he did in composing the score for the Lord of the Rings... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
Obviously the motive for buying this soundtrack is because you enjoyed the film and this music does evoke the enjoyment of the film wonderfully. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David in Sussex
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