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  • Performer: Michael Boddicker
  • Orchestra: Original Soundtrack
  • Composer: Basil Poledouris
  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MCA Records
  • ASIN: B000002O7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide mark the swan songs of a long-standing genre: the cold-war-theme action thriller (and its subgenre, the nuclear-submarine-threat potboiler). Given the music here, composer Basil Poledouris must have sensed the end was nigh, for he pulls no punches. Poledouris (who seemingly wrote the score to Red Dawn as a warm-up exercise) has created a full-bodied orchestral swashbuckler with a male chorus (singing in Russian, of course) to boot; a modern take on the Erich Korngold/Errol Flynn film sensibility that ably demonstrates there's still life in those traditions. --Jerry McCulley

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I agree with the previous review; the first couple of tracks overshadow the competent selection which follow. However, it must be noted that the price of the CD is justified entirely by the quality of the first track- Hymn To Red October (main title) is well worth the price on it's own. The vocal thematic is briefly developed in track 2 (Nuclear Scam). Track 3 (Putin's Demise) starts ominously, descending to synthesizers drifting through deep water as black as space...track 4 (course two-five-zero) starts with a crash and mellows, a very short interlude. Track 5 (Ancestral Aid) is one of the darkest of the bunch, russian vocals and dangerous undertones making it almost threatening later on. Track 6 (Chopper) grates a little, the drama being a bit overstated by the over-busy percussion section. Track 7 (Two Wives) wasn't included on the picture but is included here, which is a bonus because it is a nice piece with melancholic undertones mirroring Captain Ramius himself; his strong, regal quality steeped in regret and sadness over the death of his wife while he was at sea. Track 8 (Red Route 1) is a mixture of tracks 2 and 3 with strains of the vocals heard earlier in places. Track 9 (Plane Crash) is sombre and menacing, but don't turn up your volume or 1min 13 secs in you'll lose your speakers with the sudden female vocal and orchestral crescendo which it peaks to! The final piece, track 10 (Kaboom!) is loud, fast paced action music as the film climaxes.
If you loved the film, buy the soundtrack as it captures the style and pace of the film quite well- you certainly won't be in any way disappointed (for complete excellence, purchase the Batman OST; the ORIGINAL film's score by Danny Elfman- you will thank me).If you didn't, it's still a good example of Poledouris' work for your collection with a couple of notable pieces standing head and shoulders above the rest.
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Basil Poledouris' soundtrack to John McTiernan's film, 'The Hunt For Red October', is appropriately tense for its subject matter, and will be particularly rewarding for fans of the film and other such films (such as Crimson Tide). The opening two tracks are the best on the album, taken from the opening credits and the most exciting part of the film respectively. These tracks combine fast orchestra movements with strong male choruses singing patriotic Soviet verses, and this combination of lighthearted orchestral background with the robustness of the choir matches the film perfectly, making the listener believe in the power of the former USSR's naval might. The emotion that can be felt in these two pieces of music leave the listener believing that he is listening to the submariners themselves singing. Sadly, the rest of the album, while full of the tension and minute orchestral subtleties that make all the difference when watching the fate of men 500 ft below the sea's surface, fails to live up to the potential of the first tracks, and doesn't stand up on its own away from the film. The choir make a welcome return to form in 'ancestral aid', but the remainder of the album performs as little more than background music. The duration (or lack thereof) of the album is also a disappointment. This album is a worthwhile buy for fans of the film, and the use of the choir in expressing the patriotic pride of the Russian submariners is second to none; however, the rest of the album sadly fails to live up to the expectations created by its opening
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'The Hunt For Red October' contains a pleasingly diverse selection of music, whilst always staying in the same mood. The CD contains ten tracks, brought from several moments throughout the original motion picture, some dark and atmospheric, others action-packed and exciting.
The first tune, 'Hymn to Red October', is undoubtedly the best on the disc. It contains the grandeur of an imperious choir, at first mixed with the noticeable, but not overpowering, whine of the violin, then the hurrying low tones of the deep brass. The quality of music is unsurpassed in this slow, but proud, grand piece. One can almost visualise the rows of singing sailors as the tune breaks into the Soviet anthem, the vocals once more at the forefront of the tune.
This is well followed by the second track, a seven-minute exploration of sub-aqua themes, the splendour of 'Red October' and finally, the action of underwater combat. The change from the subtle to the dramatic is made with ease and again to the pomp of the choral part of the piece. This tune incorporates part of the previous track, well mixed into the adrenalin-pumping fast music of action.
The CD then moves to two shorter pieces, both less than a minute. Though the time is lessened, the quality is not. The dark musings of 'Putin's Demise' lend a more atmospheric tone to the music. 'Course Two-Five-Zero' is, sadly, over as soon as it starts, but contains a fantastic mix of voice and orchestra, followed by a tune that is at the same time both sinister and innocent, yet strangely enjoyable.
From this point the disc becomes slightly less good, though still enjoyable. The final six tracks contain the biggest mix of all.
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