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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Special Edition, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (10 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B009ZWHJLC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digital Booklet: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Digital Booklet: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Welford on 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Bourne on 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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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 By steerpike on 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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Format: Audio CD
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 films. Now, unlike in 2001, before the world had heard his music for Middle Earth, he faced a wave of nearly impossible expectations.

Shore's work on the Lord of the Rings is arguably one of the greatest achievements in film music in the last two decades. He created an entire world through music just as much as Peter Jackson created an entire world on film. So to return to that world after composing such a towering work must have been an intimidating task indeed.

The action of The Hobbit takes place 60 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, and Shore's score certainly reflects a younger feel. Here is where many of the themes we will hear in the Rings scores are born, and Shore slyly develops them with a fresh eye. Their statements are important, instantly recognizable to fans of the franchise, but he weaves them into the score as if we are hearing them for the first time.

The album begins with "My Dear Frodo," which plunges us directly back into the world of the Shire, opening with a new theme for Bilbo Baggins, this story's central protagonist, before segueing into the familiar "Concerning Hobbits" material first heard in The Fellowship of the Ring. This sets the stage for the score to come; warm and familiar, like the embrace of an old friend. Shore then hits us with some new action material for the dragon Smaug's siege on Erebor, told in flashback and setting up this trilogy's central conflict. The Shire material is again revisited in "Old Friends," which also introduces a smoky, meandering theme for Gandalf the Grey.
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