As with so often many of the films John Barry scored, the scores for the movies far outclass the actual movies themselves! Raise the titanic was a massive flop on release back in 1980, with a budget of over $40 million and a box office gross of only $12 million the film was quickly forgotten by critics and the public alike. Fortunately John Barry's excellent score was more cherished and remembered but with fans clamouring for a CD release of the score John Barry discovered the original master tapes were lost or destroyed and a CD release of the album looked unlikely. Then due to massive demand from Barry's fans and Barry himself! Silva Screen records stepped in and decided to pay for a complete re-scoring of Barry's original sheet music with Nic Raine ( Barry's right hand man in later years) conducting the city of prague philharmonic orchestra. Now some purists will rebuke this score just because it isn't the original but to be honest you'd never know the difference as Nic Raine made sure everything was perfect in replicating Barry's score, personally i can't tell the difference between Barry's original and this, it's that good! Also the album has been recorded in Dolby Surround and the audio quality is exceptional throughout.
John Barry's scores usually came in 2 styles - Very lush romantic majestic sweeping scores (out of africa,dances with wolves,somewhere in time,Scarlett letter etc) or dark brooding and suspense scores ( the Bond films,the black hole,starcrash,Game of death etc) Raise the titanic has elements of both. "The prelude" theme is a lovely piece reminiscent of Barry's romantic themes like Out of africa etc with the "main title" theme more suspensful and dark.
Several pieces like "The dog attack" and "Blowing the tanks" could have come straight out of a Bond film with there bombastic approach and horn stabs.
As common with Barry's scores the main theme does get woven into the score very liberally, maybe a bit too much to be honest but with such a quality theme it's hard to argue against it's inclusion.
If your a fan of John Barry's music or just excellent film scores in general then i urge you to give this one a listen. It's definitely one of Barry's best scores and this period in his career is my personal favourite, the years between 1978-80 delivered classic Barry scores in Moonraker,Game of Death,The Black hole,Night games and Starcrash and of course this wonderful score.
As a fan of the film, I'm in a bit of a minority group, but whatever you may say about the film you can't ignore the sheer beauty of the soundtrack.
This is John Barry at his best. It's also a very good recording by the Prague Philharmonic. If I didn't know better, I'd have thought this was the original soundtrack (which apparently has been lost or destroyed).
Overall, I find this contains some of the most moving film music I've ever listened to. The main theme is extremely evocative - you can just imagine the grandeur of the great ship, with its oak panelling and glittering chandeliers. It's also tinged with a more than a little sadness at the terrible loss of life. The tracks covering the search for the ship have an uneasy sense of foreboding and danger, while the jaunty intro to "To Cornwall", with its sea shanty feel, reminds me of long forgotten summer holidays in the county.
If you like to listen to movie scores, this is a must have.
barry has never made a bad score in my opinion, the cd is hard to find and a t a good price around £15 , although critics panned the film i enjoyed it a lot and the soundtrack complements the film especially when the great ship rises from the sea and makes it into port
It's John Barry. He had only one peer, as far as I'm concerned, writing movie scores--John Williams. This soundtrack moves like a symphony, building to a grand apex as the Titanic actually rises from the deep. You can't go wrong with a John Barry movie score.
I read a review for the John Barry 40 years of Film Music wherein two reviewers berate Nic Raine and even one reviewer goes so far as to ask "Why when the original and superior recordings clearly still exist is an album of 'covers' required." In the case of "Raise the Titanic" the original recordings do not exists.
I have to say then my initial fear when I discovered this was done by Nic Raine and City of Prague Philharmonic were completely negated when I played the "Prologue," "To Cormwall," and "Deep Quest."
It still brought the hairs on the back of my neck standing and it is quite lovingly done to boot.
Barry's composing of this score to bring out the majesty of the ship and the nauticla theme are genuis conposing.
Yes to be fair, portions of this music do sound incredibly similar to portions of the music he composed for "The Black Hole" but all in all I have no complaints about this recording.
Who can forget the stirring music alongside the visuals of the Titanic raising from the ocean - of course we know now it was a very big and very expensive model (now no more than a forgotten relic in of itself in a dry dock in Malta) but still an induring image.
The only thing to bear in mind is that the film was made in 1980 and the actual wreck was not discovered until years later when the was discovered it had broken in two - hindsight is 100% accurate.
A great score done in exteremly well - so ignore all the bad comments regarding Nic Raine and the orchestra.