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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0032EZC04
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Digital Booklet: Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Digital Booklet: Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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The similarity between the Harry Potter series of fantasy novels for young adolescents and the Percy Jackson series of fantasy novels for young adolescents is reinforced by the choice of Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, to direct the first Percy Jackson movie, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Columbus' choice of Christophe Beck as the film's composer also seems appropriate, since Beck cut his teeth writing music for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (winning an Emmy in the process) and has gone on to a series of often youth-oriented Hollywood comedies. Beck brings to bear the full resources of the A-list of Hollywood orchestral musicians here, and they play a highly conventional big orchestral score to accompany the story of a teenager contending with the gods of Mount Olympus. Beck likes to have the many horns carry his alternately heroic and wistful melodies, while the massed strings provide rhythmic underpinning. It's not hard to tell what sorts of activities the musical cues accompany, as titles like "The Fury" indicate that feats of derring-do are being enacted on the big screen while Beck's galloping music fills the theater. He reserves his big main theme, appropriately enough, for a cue called "Hollywood." Indeed, this is Hollywood 101, nothing that hasn't been heard before, just as the film is strongly suggestive of similar sorts of entertainment that have sopped up lots of money from multiplexes in recent years. But it is effectively done all the same.

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The search for a successor to the lucrative Harry Potter franchise begins in earnest with the first big-screen outing for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. And along with it comes the now de rigueur symphony-sized soundtrack, courtesy here of Christophe Beck, best known for his Emmy Award-winning score for the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Based on a novel by Rick Riordan, the film transports the 12 deities of ancient Greece to modern-day New York where they take up residence in the Empire State Building and set about creating a new race of young demi-gods, one of whom, the eponymous Percy Jackson, discovers he is the son of Poseidon and must defend himself against a vengeful Zeus, who mistakenly believes he has stolen his thunderbolt. (So much for divine infallibility!) Cue bearded gods, mythical monsters and a rollercoaster ride of special effects-laden adventure. 

Beck’s previous film scores have been attached to pretty thin gruel – Steve Martin’s Pink Panther remake, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Fred Claus and regrettably too many others. So Percy Jackson is his bid for the big time, and he seizes it with both hands, his trigger finger pumping feverishly away throughout on epic fantasy mode at full throttle to squeeze every last ounce of drama, emotion, tension and triumph out of his uncredited but expressive orchestra.

Available only as a digital download, it’s a score that is packed with incident and colour even if it occasionally smacks of writing-by-numbers. With more than a nod and a wink to his onetime teacher, the late Jerry Goldsmith – no bad thing, in this book – and with distinct echoes of Laurence Rosenthal’s score for 1981’s Clash of the Titans, Beck makes rather thin use of recognisable themes but he has a strong feel for atmosphere and offers a muscular commentary shot through with a sufficiently wide range of tonal colours to maintain interest. To the fore are heroic brass fanfares, lilting woodwinds, dramatically martial percussion, strings that soar and swoop, and clashing metallic effects augmented by electronic accents. It won’t disappoint, but it doesn’t thrill or excite either. --Michael Quinn

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First things first. Don't come here looking for Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face' or Kesha's 'Tik Tok', both of which appear in the film. Because this is the "original" motion picture picture soundtrack. And for this, director Chris Columbus has turned to Canadian composer Christophe Beck.

Beck first came to prominence when he scored three series of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", winning an Emmy in the process. Since then he's been beavering away on a wide variety of movies, from the sublime ("Under The Tuscan Sun") to the ridiculous ("Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties"). But, hey, when you're self employed, you've got to take the work that comes your way.

So, with an actual son of a God to play with, Beck has reached for the big box marked bombast and went all out to create an appropriate backdrop for the son of Poseidon to play out his adventures against. And he does a pretty good job too. Now I haven't actually seen the film, so if the likes of 'The Minotaur' and 'The Hydra' turn out to be romantic scenes, then I'll feel like a fool. But if they soundtrack yer actual Minotaur and Hydra, then it's safe to say that Mr Becks mission has been accomplished.

It does everything a mythological film needs, moving from high adventure to creepy undertones, with more than a few delusions of grandeur thrown in for good measure, with the aforementioned scenes the highlights of the score. It's also nice to see an actual score, cut adrift from the pop numbers I mentioned earlier. It certainly seems an appropriate and enjoyable score for a demigod to undertake a transcontinental odyssey to.
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I have been looking for this cd for a long time and got it at a fantastic price cheers

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