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Fire & Blood
on 8 July 2011
There might be some minor spoilers if you have yet to see the tv series, so please beware.
First off, I hate it when tv soundtracks are released and they see fit to change the opening title music, either by extending it or re-recording it or whatever. So I'm very happy that Ramin (Clash of the Titans) Djawadi's 'Main Titles' on this cd is exactly the version heard on the show. HBO have a knack for creating memorable opening title sequences (The Sopranos, The Wire, Band of Brothers etc) and Game of Thrones is right up there with them, and I personally even prefer it to those greats.
After the 'Main Titles' we get another 28 cues from the series. Many of them are quieter, more introspective and atmospheric pieces that reflect the show's character driven, dramatic nature. I was hoping that the music from particular scenes would be included and, happily, all of the ones I wanted are here. Of the recurring themes, my favourite is the one used for the Starks, which is included here as 'Goodbye Brother' and is later reprised as 'Kill Them All', from the highly emotional scene between Catelyn and Robb in the final episode. There are several tracks here from that episode, and the cd ends rather well with a sequence of them, including the episode's double climax of 'The Night's Watch' and 'Fire And Blood', and ending with (surprise!) 'Finale'. It's a fantastic crescendo to the cd, as it was to the first season itself.
Elsewhere, one of my favourite scenes, Arya's first 'dancing' lesson, is represented by 'The Pointy End', and also shows up in 'Things I Do For Love', which so memorably ended the first episode. Away from the quieter pieces we get bombast in the shape of 'The King's Arrival', and some of the action sequences such as 'The Assassin's Dagger'. I won't go through them all!
If you liked the series as much as I did, and if the music from certain scenes stuck in your head to the point where -like me - you had to keep re-watching them, then you will love this.
In short, Djawadi has done a fine job. This is great stuff.