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The Hobbit - The Desolation Of Smaug Double CD


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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00G5G7YCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. The Forest River (Extended Version)Howard Shore 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Bard, A Man Of Lake-Town (Extended Version)Howard Shore 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The High Fells (Extended Version)Howard Shore 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen19. A Spell Of Concealment (Extended Version)Howard Shore 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. On The DoorstepHoward Shore 7:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Courage Of HobbitsHoward Shore 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Inside InformationHoward Shore 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen26. Smaug (Extended Version)Howard Shore 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. My Armour Is IronHoward Shore 5:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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(2CD) DELUXE EDITION : 2013 score by Howard Shore, housed in a hardcover sleeve with extended liner notes, featuring a bonus track & 12 extended versions exclusive to this edition! Includes 'I See Fire',sung by Ed Sheeran.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD
Arch Stanton's review on here is excellent. He manages to say everything I would like to say and so much more eloquently; so I'm going to keep my review very brief.

This is a brilliant score. BUT..my only complaint is that it's too action oriented. I would have liked a few more gentle moments - if only so I could have time to breathe. Personally, I preferred Unexpected Journey to this one; but nonetheless this is a brilliant score and the extended version is brilliant.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 10 Dec 2013
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I have some misgivings about this album. On the one hand it is full of excellent music and well worth buying if you liked the previous installments in this series. On the other, it tends to be rather repetitive and relies strongly on relatively few cues (far fewer than LOTR) which it repeats again and again. For the first half of this album I was extremely disappointed. It is entirely derivative and features nothing that we haven't heard before. The Flies and Spiders track was particularly disappointing because the scene is one of my favorites. I started to despair. But then as the album progressed I found the music gradually getting better. Starting, I think, with The Woodland Realm new themes start to appear and old ones are used in a new fashion. It makes me wonder if he had already planned some of these cues before they split the two films into three because everything up til then would have fit in very well at the end of the last album. At any rate, from this point on the quality slowly rises until it reaches a pitch that is as good as anything in the LOTR albums. If it had been this way from the beginning I would have had nothing but high praise for this album.

The Woodland Realm manages to seem elvish and ethereal while avoiding sounding like Rivendell or Lothlorien. I think it's my least favorite of the three, but then I really love those other themes. It certainly holds its own. The Forest River is also good, as is Barrels out of Bonds (though slightly more derivative), but the really great stuff hits once we reach Laketown. Protector of the Common Folk is a delightful little track that sounds very whimsically medieval (but in a good way).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Taylor on 3 Jan 2014
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Howard Shore does it again in the same way he did from Fellowship to Two Towers it's got the same flow and beauty to match the film and you just feel like you are there when the music flows. All round top music!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr David G McIlroy on 2 April 2014
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Preferred the cd from unexpected journey, but as a long time fan of Tolkien and Peter jacksons movies, I had to have this. Lacks the same punch, but still atmospheric music that is easy to listen to and as I'm waiting for the move to come out next week, this cd conjures up memories of what was a good second instalment of the hobbit.
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The Lord of the Rings trilogy got me through my final year of Uni way back in 2008, simply put the Extended versions are my most played albums of all time and are pure genius.

The Desolation Of Smaug is I think a step up from the first Hobbit score which while not being bad was perhaps due to my love of the LOTR soundtracks a little dissapointing.

For this album though I feel Howard Shore rediscovered his stride and there are some truly standout cues on here, from the great instrument selection for Smaug to the brilliantly eerie High Fells track Howard Shore recaptures that Middle Earth magic here.

I must admit I'd never really listened to Ed Sheeran before but his credits track is brilliant, the lyrics fit perfectly and it seems that he has like Emiliana Torrini for TTT has really understood the story of the film and is setting up the 3rd film with some evocative lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Good Guy Jas on 17 Jan 2014
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A more enjoyable listen than the first score. First CD has the stronger moments, especially the spider sequence and barrels. Still over scored at times.
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I really enjoyed the music from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. That music was able to stand up well apart from the film. I found that listening to this without the film was a little hard work. Howard Shaw is a good composer but I suspect he had his work cut out as the Hobbit Trilogy has been rather drawn out with bits tacked on that don't really work for me. I preferred the music from the first Hobbit film in the series. Await with interest for the third film offering.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MR M ISON on 12 Dec 2013
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I don't write many, if any reviews but i was so disappointed in this soundtrack. I loved all three LOTR, the first Hobbit was ok but this is very loud, noisey, upbeat, fast and relentless. Very repetative and there is none of the class of previous scores or beauty and soothing music. The last track is easily the best. If you have all the others then save your money because you will be disappointed in this. Going by this score the film must be non stop action, will find out tomorrow.
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