Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [Original Soundtrack]

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [Original Soundtrack]

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by Hans Zimmer
     
 
Another cinematic episode in the continuing Pirates of the Caribbean franchise means another Hans Zimmer soundtrack...right? Well, yes and no. It's true that Zimmer, with his trademarked European sense of flair, has scored Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides with his usual orchestra and choir, but there are a couple of twists to make things a

Overview

Another cinematic episode in the continuing Pirates of the Caribbean franchise means another Hans Zimmer soundtrack...right? Well, yes and no. It's true that Zimmer, with his trademarked European sense of flair, has scored Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides with his usual orchestra and choir, but there are a couple of twists to make things a tad more interesting. Zimmer, a longtime fan of virtuoso acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela from Mexico, decided to incorporate them into his score, which is rich in Latin and flamenco themes. They are prominently featured on no less than five cues here. In fact, it's more like the selections that include Rodrigo y Gabriela -- "Angelica," "The Pirate That Should Not Be," "South of Heaven's Chanting Mermaids," "Palm Tree Escape," and "Angry and Dead Again" -- feature their flashy, soulful guitar work in the foreground adorned by Zimmer's strings, voices, brass, and woodwind sections in an understated manner, and they add dimension and texture, balancing the bombast. They work fantastically. In addition to the 11 selections in the score are six of the film's cues remixed by various DJs and producers. Interestingly, four of the Rodrigo y Gabriela tracks were chosen. Of these, "South of Heaven's Chanting Mermaids" (remixed by Paper Diamond), Photek's (good to hear him working again) revision of "The Pirate That Should Not Be," and Static Revenger's techno meets Tangerine Dream remix of "Angry and Dead Again" are the most successful. In all, this soundtrack is a wild ride, moving as it does from brooding orchestral and choral music to exotic flamenco and rumba-flavored tunes to careening electronica. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those adventurous enough, it's quite satisfying. Also, look for even more of the cuts from this set -- including the remixes -- to be remixed again.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2011
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050087169169
catalogNumber:
000651192

Tracks

  1. Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow
  2. Angelica
  3. Muting
  4. The Pirate That Should Not Be
  5. Mermaids
  6. South of Heaven's Chanting Mermaids
  7. Palm Tree Escape
  8. Blackbeard
  9. Angry, and Dead Again
  10. On Stranger Tides
  11. End Credits
  12. Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow (remixed by D.J. Earworm
  13. Angelica (Grant Us Peace Remix) (remixed by K.J. Theory)
  14. The Pirate That Should Not Be (remixed by Photek)
  15. Blackbeard (remixed by Super Mask Bros & Thieves)
  16. South of Heaven's Chanting Mermaids (remixed by Paper Diamond)
  17. Palm Tree Escape (remixed by Adam Freeland)
  18. Angry and Dead Again (remixed by Static Revenger)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist
Nick Glennie-Smith   Conductor
Endre Granat   Concert Master
Martin Tillman   Cello
Matt Dunkley   Choir Conductor
Gavin Greenaway   Choir Conductor
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus
Eric Whitacre   Choir Conductor
Rodrigo y Gabriela   Ensemble
Hila Plitmann   Vocals
Grace Davidson   Vocals
Michael Hobe   Sampling
Ben Foster   Choir Conductor
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master
Dee Lewis Clay   Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Asher   Producer
Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Isobel Griffiths   Choir Contractor
Scott Holtzman   Music Business Affairs,Legal Advisor
Rob Marshall   Executive Producer
Alan Meyerson   Engineering
Suzette Moriarty   Orchestration
Ed Neumeister   Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Composer,Producer,Score Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineering
Bob Badami   Score Producer
Slamm Andrews   Engineering
Jerry Bruckheimer   Executive Producer
Elizabeth Finch   Orchestration
David Marchant   Sound Consultant
Jill Streater   Choir Preparation
Kevin Globerman   Engineering
Daniel Kresco   Engineering
Geoff Zanelli   Composer,Additional Music
Eduardo Cruz   Composer
Glen Lajeski   Marketing
Chris Tetzeli   Management
Mark Wherry   Instrument Design
Eric Whitacre   Composer,Additional Music
Enrique Cruz DeAlba   Guitar Techician
Robin Easton   Guitar Techician
Rodrigo y Gabriela   Producer
Matthew Margeson   Additional Music
Tom Gire   Additional Music
John Sponsler   Additional Music
Kevin Kaska   Orchestration
Steven Kofsky   Production Service
Gabriela Quintero   Composer
Rodrigo Sanchez   Composer
Sylvia Krask   Music Business Affairs,Legal Advisor
Czarina Russell   Studio Manager
Jacob Shea   Arranger
Anders Hester   Assistant Management
Nick Phoenix   Arranger
Sam Estes   Sampling Assistant
Melissa Muik   Score Producer
Claudius Brüse   Sampling Assistant
Charlotte Matthews   Contracting
Satoshi Noguchi   Engineering
Guillaume Roussel   Additional Music
Adriana Sanchez Zoletto   Personal Assistant
Rick Gioninazzo   Orchestration
Thomas Bergerson   Arranger
Fermin Vazquez Llera   Engineering
Niall Muckian   Management

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides [Original Soundtrack] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of film scores, Hans Zimmer, and especially Pirates of the Caribbean. When I heard of the release of a fourth film the first thing I could not wait for was the music! I had extremely high expectations and I am disheartened to admit that this album did not meet them. I love the new themes: Angelica, Blackbeard. The use of flamenco guitar is brilliant in representing the Spaniards and Angelica. Another positive and absolute must is the use of some familiar character themes to tie the 4 films together such as the favorite, Jack's theme, and Barbossa's theme. What disappointed me is the repetitive use of themes from the past films that are not relevant to this new film. I would have enjoyed a nod to the trilogy but a mostly new set of themes to represent this new adventure. Hearing so many pieces from the trilogy takes me back to Davy Jones, Will & Elizabeth, and Lord Becket rather than luring me onto "stranger tides." It also seems somewhat complacent to throw in music that's already written and has worked in the past rather than taking new risks. That said, I do enjoy the revamped At World's End theme for the Mermaids track. Final disappointment is that this album has 5-10 min less film score music than the last two albums and I could do with slightly less remixed music though a couple is great. In all, a good album but not 5 stars.
johnny_penn More than 1 year ago
I got this cd for my birthday with a gift card. The hardest thing was waiting for the release date. I swear, this is the BEST Pirates soundtrack out of all the movies. I was trepiditious because I wasn't sure if the music would totally change -despite the fact that Hans Zimmer was doing the music - because it's the 4th movie and stuff. I thought that with their fresh new plot that the musice would be changed totally. Thank God it wans't - they added a great, great flamenca sound guitar sound done by the awesome Rodrigo y Gabriela. It is so cool. We have all the themes from the previous three movies, plus some new music. Even some of the remixes are done very well. If you loved the movie, or even if it's just because of CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow. This soundtrack will fullfill all your fantasy's. Unless you absolutly know you'll hate it. Whcih would be a shame and you have to walk the plank.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago