King Kong [2005 Original Score]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer James Newton Howard Batman Begins, Sixth Sense, The Fugitive has helmed his fair share of action films, but none as daunting as director Peter Jackson's gargantuan remake of King Kong. Not only was he rescoring the life and death of one of cinema's most beloved icons; he had to do it in less than two months. Longtime Jackson collaborator Howard Shore, who took home an Oscar for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, left Kong in a flurry of "creative differences" with the director, scoring just over an hour of material. Keeping that fact in mind, Howard's compositions are nothing short of remarkable. While they lack Shore's epic scope and his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer James Newton Howard Batman Begins, Sixth Sense, The Fugitive has helmed his fair share of action films, but none as daunting as director Peter Jackson's gargantuan remake of King Kong. Not only was he rescoring the life and death of one of cinema's most beloved icons; he had to do it in less than two months. Longtime Jackson collaborator Howard Shore, who took home an Oscar for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, left Kong in a flurry of "creative differences" with the director, scoring just over an hour of material. Keeping that fact in mind, Howard's compositions are nothing short of remarkable. While they lack Shore's epic scope and his myriad of complex and highly melodic character cues, Howard manages to pinch-hit his way through with the confidence of a starting player. Using the Depression era as a launching pad, he deftly whips jazz motifs, thunderous brass sections, and wistful choirs into a stew of "silver screen"-meets-"blue screen" harmony that may not yield any memorable themes, but manages to illuminate the film's terror, humanity, and tragedy with irrefutable professionalism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947652243
  • Catalog Number: 000571502
  • Sales rank: 80,645

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Williams Percussion
Beth Anderson Vocals
Sue Raney Bass
Bruce Dukov Violin
Richard Todd Horn
Walt Harrah Vocals
Richard Altenbach Violin
Morgan Ames Vocals
Beth Andersen Vocals
Phil Ayling Oboe
Joan Beal Vocals
Bob Becker Viola
Dick Bolks Vocals
William Booth Trombone
Susan Boyd Vocals
Aleta Braxton Vocals
Amick Byram Vocals
Darius Campo Violin
Alvin Chea Vocals
Liz Constantine Vocals
Craig Copeland Vocals
Randy Crenshaw Vocals
Brian Dembow Viola
George Doering Guitar
Stephen Erdody Cello
Christine Ermacoff Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Pedro Eustache Wind Instruments
Michael Fischer Percussion
Mike Fisher Percussion
Roger Freeland Vocals
Rick Gerding Viola
Julie Gigante Violin
Jim Gilstrap Vocals
Steve Gordon Viola
Endre Granat Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Linda Harmon Vocals
Karen Harper Vocals
Terry Harrington Vocals
Scottie Haskell Vocals
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Sheri Izzard Vocals
Luana Jackman Vocals
Clydene Jackson Vocals
David Joyce Vocals
Jon Joyce Vocals
James Kanter Clarinet
Dennis Karmazyn Cello
Darlene Koldenhoven Vocals
Miran Kojian Violin
Michael Lang Piano
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Dane Little Cello
David Low Cello
Warren Luening Trumpet
Melissa MacKay Vocals
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Barbara Northcutt Oboe
Michael Nowak Conductor
Simon Oswell Viola
Bobbi Page Vocals
Katia Popov Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
Andrea Robinson Vocals
Jay Rosen Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Geri Rotella Flute
Jim Self Tuba
David Shostac Flute
Haim Shtrum Violin
Sally Stevens Vocals
George Thatcher Trombone
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Cello
Carmen Twillie Vocals
Mervyn Warren Vocals
Miwako Watanabe Violin
Oren Waters Vocals
Mel Wesson Ambience
John West Vocals
Ann White Vocals
Ken Yerke Violin
Elin Carlson Vocals
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Ian Freebairn-Smith Vocals
Daniel Kelley Horn
Peter Limonick Percussion
Susie Stevens Logan Vocals
David Riddles Bassoon
Andrew Shulman Cello
Sebastian Toettcher Cello
Tom Boyd Oboe
Drew Dembowski Bass
Susan Ranney Bass
Steve Amerson Vocals
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Bob Joyce Vocals
Bruce Babcock Conductor
Gary Bovyer Clarinet
Kerry Katz Vocals
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Cello
Guy Maeda Vocals
Rafael Rishik Violin
Ed Zajac Vocals
Pete Anthony Conductor
Kerry Walsh Vocals
Jennie Hansen Viola
Nico Abondolo Bass
Chris Bleth Wind Instruments
Shawn Mann Viola
Darrin McCann Viola
Dwayne Condon Vocals
Armen Anassian Violin
Antony Cooke Cello
David Parmeter Bass
Keith Greene Viola
Mark Beasom Vocals
Samela Beasom Vocals
Robert Berg Viola
Irina Voloshina Violin
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Edie Lehmann Boddicker Vocals
Roberto Cani Violin
Tim Morrison Trumpet
Sean McDermott Vocals
Michael Valerio Bass
Steven Hill Vocals
Liane Mautner Violin
Bill Edwards Vocals
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Bob Becker Viola
Ralph Williams Clarinet
Dick Wells Vocals
Reid Bruton Vocals
Eric J. Hosler Violin
Gregory Goodall Percussion
Phillip Yao Horn
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Sungil Lee Violin
Shanti Randall Viola
Amy Fogerson Vocals
Jennifer Barnes Vocals
Cindy Bourquin Vocals
Virenia Lind Vocals
Jonathan Mack Vocals
Steven Dunham Vocals
Greg Geiger Vocals
Jody Golightly Vocals
Donna Davidson Medine Vocals
Andrew Malloy Trombone
Peter Mandell Bassoon
Stephen Grimm Vocals
Elissa Johnston Vocals
Christie Lawrence Vocals
Eric Bradley Vocals
Joanna Bushnell Vocals
Agostino Castagnola Vocals
Debbie Hall Gleason Vocals
Diane Freiman Reynolds Vocals
Jenny Graham Vocals
Sandie Hall Brooks Vocals
Mary Hylan Cain Vocals
Kathryn Bostic Vocals
Lorand Lokuszta Violin
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Fletcher Sheridan Vocals
Michale Geiger Vocals
Ben Inman Vocals
Sal Malaki Vocals
Ilana Marks Vocals
Tonoccus Mcclain Vocals
Radu Pieptea Violin
Adrienne Steifel Vocals
Donna Vodicka Vocals
Stephen Amerson Vocals
Mark Adams Horn
Don Williams Percussion
Justin Hopkins Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Peter Mandel Bassoon
Karmazyn Dennis Cello
Terri Koide Vocals
Jules Green Vocals
Tim Davis Choir, Chorus
Terry Harriton Vocals
Brian D. A. O'Connor Horn
Susan Stevens Logan Vocals
Lynne Richberg Viola
John West Vocals
Kenneth Yerke Violin
David Joyce Vocals
Shanti D. Randall Viola
Bill Edwards Vocals
Leanna Brand Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Nowak Conductor
David Duke Horn
Donna Medine Vocals
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Chris Ermacoff Cello
Steven Edelman Bass
Maurita Thornburg Vocals
Marc Sazer Violin
Gerard White Vocals
Steven Becknell Horn
Mary Hyland Cain Vocals
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Elissa Johnston Vocals
Eric Bradley Vocals
Steven Hill Vocals
David H. Speltz Cello
Timothy Morrison Trumpet
Jon Lewis Trumpet
Heather Clark Flute
Kevin Connolly Violin
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
James Newton Howard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richard E. Grant Auricle Programming
Joel Iwataki Engineering
Alan Meyerson Engineering
Erick Labson Mastering
Jim Weidman Producer, Audio Production
Blake Neely Additional Music
Phil Cohen Music Business Affairs
Justin Clark Art Direction
Fran Walsh Executive Producer
Sheryl Gold Music Business Affairs
Chris P. Bacon Additional Music
Philip Cohen Music Business Affairs
James T. Hill Engineering
Richard Grant Auricle Programming
Chris Roberts Contributor
Peter Jackson Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome soundtrack for an awesome movie!!

    I am by far NOT a lover of classical music but after seeing King Kong several times I HAD to have the sound track!! :) Beautifully done, well orchestrated and of course takes me back to the movie when ever I want! Interesting tid bit, notice the conductor for the orchestra in the movie?? )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Soundtrack To A Great Film!

    I Really Liked The Sound of This Soundtrack, Although I Will Say It Compares Nowhere As Good As The John Barry Score For the 1976 Version, Which I Own. The Barry Version Sounds Compassionate, and Had That Love Song I Remember on The Radio As A Kid! Needless To Say John Barry's Score is A Timeless Classic, Because I Am A Huge Barry Fan,I've Always Enjoyed Howard's Previous Work,It's Sure To Be A Classic As Well, I'm Buying It!!...Really Good Soundtrack To An Incredible Movie!! Thanks Peter Jackson, For Bringing "The King" Back After 29 Years!This Will Became A Great Classic Just Like The Other 2 Kong Films, Hail! "The King!"

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