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on 10 November 2005
Having heard quite a few of his albums over the past few years, I knew roughly what to expect of this CD. However, I have to admit, even I was suprised at how good it really is. There are tracks on here that some people will recognise, either from the films themselves, or from Adverts & TV programmes (such as BBC's Top Gear). My particular favourites are "Escape" & "The Ball" from Plunkett & Macleane, a film I didn't know he scored.
I'm not disappointed with this album, and neither will you be. It's a good starting point to sample some of his best works, before going deeper into his Discography, which won't disappoint either.
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VINE VOICEon 4 December 2005
Excellent compilation of Craig Armstrongs film music.
Armstrong truly is a rare talent in film music scoring - these days, each composer whose name you might recognise has their own tricks that crop up time and again. Hans Zimmer has the 'soulful voice as instrument and Wagnerian epic themes', Jerry Goldsmith has the 'lush string sound with simple effective meolodies', Vangelis has the epic soaring themes market cornered...
But Craig Armstrong truly uses a large repertoire of tools to achieve whatever is needed for a certain film. This album contains romantic soft melodies gently played (Love Actually Glasgow Love theme), Driving modern dance style beats ('Ball' from Plunckett and Maclean), epic Carl Orff style choir and orchestra theatrics - (Romeo and Juliet - 'O Verona'), plus others which are intimate piano pieces, soulful solo violin motifs - basically, anything a musician can use to get the desired effect. And the beauty is, it is all original, and all instantly memorable.
Much film music can become quickly tiresome, but Armstrong is so inventive and memorable, that this CD bears repeated listening - indeed, you have almost certainly heard many of the tracks before and not realised who the composer was.
Armstrong has achieved that rare thing, of creating film music that stands squally proud by itself without the film. But for sure, this CD will both make you want to go and watch the films again paying more attention to the nusic, and secondly make you want to go and discover more of Craig Armstrongs work.
You wont be disappointed on either count. Highly recommended for lovers of both film music, and music for musics sake.
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on 25 March 2015
Gets even better every time I listen to it.
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on 8 February 2010
On this disc are selections of music that you know but you don't know who by.This is a good point to start to to get to know Craig Armstrong - if you are fed up with atonal music listen to this man.
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on 19 August 2013
Every other review has left me with little to add. Great soundtracks that just grow on you. Keep the hankies close for some of the music.
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on 17 March 2013
if you've got any taste of music, this is a "must have" in your collection. This is all about emotions!
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on 3 November 2016
Fantastic find. Excellent compilation. Wonderful music.
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on 15 September 2011
Most people don't know Armstrong the way they do John Williams (Star Wars, ET), but most will recognise his music from many of their favourite recent movies. His work has added emotional depth to some great recent films. It has also gone largely unheard in some flops. This collection allows you to enjoy the music without enduring the duff movies.

The work collected here is powerful and beautiful in an effortless way. Any of these tracks could be played over the most mundane of images and lend them impact. I play them often enough that many of these pieces feature high on my iTunes "most played" list.
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on 28 April 2015
All good music.
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on 29 January 2017
GREAT CD
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