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The Last Samurai [Soundtrack, Import]

Hans Zimmer Audio CD
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German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents‚ having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV.

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  • Audio CD (12 Jan 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B0000DZTIW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Spectres In The Fog 4:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Taken 3:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Hard Teacher 5:440.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Idyll's End 6:400.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Ronin 1:530.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. The Way Of The Sword 7:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. A Small Measure Of Peace 7:590.99  Buy MP3 


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Whether Tom Cruise's portrayal of a 19th century American soldier cum samurai warrior will be remembered with the same pangs of pop-cultural bemusement that befell John Wayne playing Genghis Khan remains to be seen. But its musical soundtrack does mark an auspicious occasion: pop musician-turned-composer Hans Zimmer's 100th score since beginning his film career in 1988. A pioneer of fusing both the electronic and orchestral and the Westernized with the indigenous, Zimmer does both here with skill, drawing heavily on samples of the traditional Taiko (a massive Japanese drum) for its rhythmic action sequences, while constructing a melodic Western motif for Cruise's character that's both centrepiece and counterpoint for the score's transcultural intent. Aside from the brief, ominous thunder of the expected action/suspense boilerplate, Zimmer has constructed passages of gentle, Asian-inflected pastoralism that have parallels with much of his evocative work on The Thin Red Line. Those cues are the score's very soul, a canvas against which his more traditional themes reverberate all the stronger. --Jerry McCulley

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, Must-Listen Score From Hans Zimmer 3 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Once again, Hans Zimmer has brought us a score that is well-worth buying, to be listened and savoured for a long time to come. I wouldn't say it is as phenomenal a score as Gladiator or The Thin Red Line, but it is a must for any Hans Zimmer fan.
The Last Samurai, a movie by Edward Zwick, tells the story of a broken and depressed officer who is paid to train the Japanese emperor's soldiers in order to destroy the remaining samurai but is instead caught by the samurai. Interestingly, his life was spared and as he begins to learn the ways of the samurai he learns to become them. All that, and the fact that it is an Edwark Zwick film, points not so much to an action story but to a contemplative drama with action scenes in it. This leads to a score that does not contain as much pounding action music as one would be led to expect.
What Hans Zimmer brought to the score are the depressively haunting ethnic quality of Beyond Rangoon, the intensely contemplative mood of The Thin Red Line and the sense of despair of Pearl Harbor, plus some use of oriental musical instruments, e.g. the inevitable taiko drums for the action scenes.
The score contains a lot of music that makes you 'feel' rather than be excited. If you have enjoyed previous Hans Zimmer scores as mentioned above, don't hesitate to get this too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 13 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
When I learned Hans Zimmer was scoring The Last Samurai, I expected a re-use of his trend-setting vocals for 'Gladiator'. I was wrong. Then I expected a reworking of pulsing uber-anthems from his classic 'Black Rain'. I was wrong again. What Zimmer delivers here is sheer beauty. The main theme, which features prominently in 'A Way of Life', 'Idyll's End' and 'A Small Measure of Peace' is endlessly listenable and once it starts to take you on its tranquil road, you wish it wouldn't stop - easily one of the most beautiful Zimmer themes ever. The Samurai music 'Spectres in the Fog', 'Taken' and 'The Way of the Sword' is wonderfully percussive and exciting without sounding like an action score. Make sure your volume is turned up for the latter because the musical yelling of the Samurai 'choir' is something of an experience and cements further credit to Zimmer's exceptional technique. As with most of Zimmer's releases, the score is edited into long suites rather than individual cues and this doesn't put a foot wrong: the editing and presentation is perfect. Combine all this with excellent sound quality and you have a very fine CD indeed.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Spectacular Offering 9 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having seen the film 'The Last Samurai', I rushed out to get the soundtrack, and suffice it to say that I was definately not disappointed. I've had the CD for little less than three days, and it has not left my stereo yet.
The soundtrack offers Zimmer at his best, combining the 'Gladiator's dramatic and beautiful orchestration with more traditional Japanese classical music, this is certainly a CD to look out for.
My personal favourite would have to be 'Red Warrior', a heart-wrenching song that, when I first heard it, made the hairs on the back of my neck satnd straight up. The battle cries heard over the wonderful strings only serve to emphasise the originality and emotiveness of the piece.
The only downside to this soundtrack (and the reason it lost a star) is that there are themes which are repeated a little too often, bringing the calibre of the album down slightly.
That said, this work is a combination of relaxing meditative pieces and strong, spine tingling emotion. I'd recommend this to anyone with a love of classical music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 23 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't all that fussed about seeing the film at the cinema...but my friend had the DVD which I bothered one Friday Night.
The only way to describe the film and the music score is to say the film was great and the music OUTSTANDING. I love the way the music mirrors the film. Every time I listen to the CD I cannot help but to be moved by the music.
Great stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Samurai Soundtrack - Very Accomplished 30 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Zimmer has taken his previous work and added to it to create a truly accomplished soundtrack. The reason it has some much merit is that the music seems so completely in line with the essence of the film. So, you expect an American propoganda-fest and are instead greeted by a carefully constructed and reasonably historically accurate description of events.
Each track mirrors the highly emotional events of the film. Once you have seen it you can almost picture the dancing of the warriors around the tiger and the callous shooting of the brave samurai in the field.
Really can't recommend enough...but only if you've seen and enjoyed the film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine Gladiator, only immeasurably better. 2 July 2006
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Format:Audio CD
One of Zimmer's better works, and considering his unequivocal position as the best and most prolific composer of our time, that clearly says something. The easy blend of traditional, Japanese and electronic instruments makes for interesting listening. 'Way of the Sword' is undoubtedly one of the better tracks, opening with heartpounding, yet irresolutely sad, action music, moving on to emotional machine-gun sequence and closing with the quiet beauty of Katsumoto's seppuku. Other highlights include 'Spectres in the Fog,' which contains the first iteration of the Samurai's theme, a heroic yet grief-laden melody (consigned to the horns on this track), 'Red Warrior,' most famous for its much-criticised, yet strangely effective, shouting people, and 'A Small Measure of Peace.' Having said that however, nothing on this CD could qualify as a low point. It's beauty is utterly staggering, and the absence of a nomination from Oscar is inexplicable, far better as it was than Newman's 'Finding Nemo' and even Elfman's 'Big Fish.'
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Great music from the film.
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Beautiful album, it's just incredibly moving I can get lost in it for hours, this very stunning album can help me forget all my worries of the day and even help me drift of into a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by toni webster
3.0 out of 5 stars The Last Samurai
This is NOT on mt Kindle I tried to put it on but it is not there pleas can you put it on there next time I am om my Computer
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Published 5 months ago by Janet Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer at his rousing best
Another great film which I find very moving, as is the beautiful soundtrack by Hans Zimmer which I enjoy listening to when the busy day allows
Published 8 months ago by David Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting score.
I'm a big Hans Zimmer fan. So when I saw this available for a good price (and I liked the film anyway) I decided to take a chance and get it. On reflection I did the right thing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Goodies
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Samurai soundtrack
Cd turned on time but had s crack in the case, Cd in good condition no scratches considering it was 2nd hand
Published 8 months ago by happy bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
BIG FAN OF THE FILM SO I HAD TO BUY THE SOUNDTRACK. VALUE FOR MONEY GREAT QUALITY WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY
Published 9 months ago by Trevor Knight
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