Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

4.7 90
by Klaus Badelt
Directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring, The Mexican), Pirates of the Caribbean -- The Curse of The Black Pearl parlays the action and romance of Disney's theme park attraction to the big screen, with a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. Composers Klaus Badelt (The Recruit) and Hans Zimmer (The Lion


Directed by Gore Verbinski (The Ring, The Mexican), Pirates of the Caribbean -- The Curse of The Black Pearl parlays the action and romance of Disney's theme park attraction to the big screen, with a touch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure. Composers Klaus Badelt (The Recruit) and Hans Zimmer (The Lion King), who have collaborated on the scores for Gladiator and Hannibal, join forces once again on Pirates, with the Academy Award–winning Zimmer serving as producer. The disc opens with a few bars of a deceptively merry melody played on a solo cello. Then, like a sudden plunge into the deep, pulsating horns and violins usher in a darker passage. "The Medallion Calls" follows, again with a brief, romantic orchestral introduction to what becomes a sweeping section with a wordless male chorus, brass, and taut strings conveying a sense of adventure and excitement that reaches an ominous climax. It's a melody that recurs throughout the score, with each variation signalling dark and dangerous doings. In a final burst of fireworks, "He's a Pirate" serves as an orchestral coda to this rousing salute to those tales of derring-do that can, at least in dreams, make pirates of us all.

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean was originally composed by Alan Silvestri, who left the project prior to the film's release. Credited to Klaus Badelt, a protégé of Hans Zimmer, it was hastily assembled at the last minute, resulting in a paint-by-numbers exercise in big studio fluff that required the work of several unnamed composers. Badelt and his mysterious co-conspirators have created a schizophrenic pastiche of Hollywood excess -- much like the film itself -- disguised as a traditional score. The swashbuckling is propelled by an instantly unmemorable -- albeit rousing -- motif that contains bits of every action score in existence. "Fog Bound" starts off with a sprightly Celtic flair before dissolving into a generic Jerry Bruckheimer wash of keyboard strings and synthetic flute patches. This is the case for much of the record, resulting in inspired flashes of creativity here and there.

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Walt Disney Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Klaus Badelt   Primary Artist
Nick Ingman   Choir Conductor
Emil Richards   Percussion
Martin Tillman   Cello
Mel Wesson   Ambience
Fred Selden   Flute
Rick Wentworth   Choir Conductor
Blake Neely   Conductor
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Guitar
Danny Kuramoto   Woodwind
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Ladd McIntosh   Orchestration
Walt Fowler   Orchestration
Nick Glennie-Smith   Additional Music
Isobel Griffiths   Choir Contractor
Bill Liston   Orchestration
Mal Luker   Engineer
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Suzette Moriarty   Orchestration
Brad Warnaar   Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Producer,Score Producer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Tom Vedvik   Engineer
Bob Badami   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Slamm Andrews   Engineer
Conrad Pope   Orchestration
Jerry Bruckheimer   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Elizabeth Finch   Orchestration
Robert Elhai   Orchestration
Nick Wollage   Engineer
Geoff Zanelli   Additional Music
Blake Neely   Additional Music
Glen Lajeski   Composer
Steve Jablonsky   Additional Music
Klaus Badelt   Composer
Ramin Djawadi   Additional Music
Mark Wherry   Engineer
Salmm "Scallywag" Andrew   Engineer
James McKee Smith   Additional Music
Malcolm Luker   Engineer
Jim Dooley   Additional Music
James Dooley   Additional Music
Monica Zierhut   Executive Producer

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
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I've always liked instrumental music but this CD turned me from liking to loving. I saw the movie and noticed how neat sounding the theme song was, so I checked it out and now I'm hooked. I love the way the instruments blend together to make an all around amazing piece. My favorite songs are "Swords Crossed" and "Barbossa Is Hungry"
Guest More than 1 year ago
An awesome soundtrack to go with an awesome movie. Great orchestra and good music. It goes perfect with the movie.
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Best Soundtrack ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, the best soundtrack this year. It is perfect for the movie and superb when you play it at home as well. A better job could not have been done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when listening to this soundtrack I felt as if I was in the movie, the soundtrack's music was action pack, I definately recamend it to all who enjoyed the movie because they are surely going to enjoy the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The "Pirates" score is powerful and well written, especially in the context of the movie. It is reminiscent of Hans Zimmer's "Gladiator." There are few main themes, but those few are very commanding. The differences between the "good pirate" theme and the "bad pirate" theme allow a listener to tell what is happening by the music alone. As the themes are general and recurring often it seems like you are listening to the same track over and over again. In general it is a very good score.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a music student buying this soundtrack is probably unforgiveable, but I'll confess to this because it is fantastic. Quite abrupt in places, but with some incredibly catchy themes. Overall very frantic - not really the sort of thing you'd listen too for a bit of relaxation, but it does get you nodding your head and grinning. Much swashbuckling pirate shiver-me-timbers rousing music included - hurrah! If you're thinking about getting it, do. It's worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as Gore Verbinski's film captured the essence of the classic Errol Flynn swashbucklers, so does the score. Badelt and Zimmerman joined forces to bring about this epic score. "Black Pearl", "Moonlight Serenade" and "Underwater March" remain some of my favourite tracks. The theme from the movie's trailer is also constantly replayed throughout. It has all the halmark/trademark crescendos and bangs that are now staple in the bombastic Bruckheimer summer blockbuster fare; though thankfully this score transcends those cliches. Overall, a must!
Guest More than 1 year ago
whoever said that the movie pirates of the caribbean was a bad movie with bad music obviously does not apprieciate the better things in life. 'nuff said. i LOVED the movie and soundtrack and think most other people will too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best soundtracks that u can find out there. i'm only really mad now because i never actually saw pirates in the theaters, and now if i did, it wouldn't be the same cause i've already seen it at home. it's my favorite movie though, and johnny depp, keira knightley, and orlando bloom are some of the best actors i've seen. i can't wait for dead man's chest to come out!!!! this needs so many more than 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer did an excellent job with the music for Pirates of the Caribbean! I love how they bring out all the emotion that was in the movie and put it in the soundtrack. I was REALLY pleased and I can't wiat to buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate it like 10 stars but they dont have that. the music is totally amazing it sounds like you're really there. It makes you want to watch the movie over and over again. I LOVE the Movie and Anything with Orlando Bloom. it is 1 of the best Disney movies ever made.i would recommend it to EVERYONE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtack is wonderful. We are playing it in Orchestra, and i fell in love with it. As a reault, i am now an enthusiatic owner on the CD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally! After Seabiscut, Freaky Friday, and Legally Blond 2, a fantasic movie with amazing music. When you are in the theater watching the horrific cursed pirates, the amazing sword play, and drooling over Bloom and Depp, the music sweeps you away and carries you into the story. Side by side with Depp( how hot is he!) you are a pirate in a sword fight for gold and your life. You are Elizabeth scared and confused about the necklace you stole from Orlando. This music is amazing! Go see this movie and listen to the music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is great! It reminds me so much of the movie! I can picture the movie scenes as I listen to the songs. Even though some of the songs sound the same, it's not a bad sameness...it's nifty! Buy this soundtrack if you are a true Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl fan. You will absolutely 100% adore this soundtrack. (at least in my oppinion) I especially like track numbers 2 and 15.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never ONCE thought that I would actually LIKE instrumental music, but I let myself buy this soundtrack on a whim. After seeing the movie, who wouldn't! And let me tell you, the music is JUST as good as the movie was, and the movie was excellent! It even like had me humming along! It's actually full of very moving pieces that you feel that you can actually dance to, like Johnny Depp was doing on all the ships in the movie, until you remember it's instrumental! Buy this people!
Guest More than 1 year ago
attention pirates fans!!!!! if you have seen the movie and waiting, as I am, for it to come out on dvd, then consider buying this!!!! it opens with a celtic, violin solo, and then into the drama of the dream sequence of Fog Bound. some terrific songs that are my favorites were: barbossa is hungry, which is loud, and fast paced, the medallion calls, and the action and fun filled credits song , which combines all the best themes into one song, he's a pirate!!!!! the clips do not do this score any justice, so to get the full experience, get this soundtrack!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a huge John Williams fan, I have very high exspectations, but this came very close to meeting them. The music is definatly very pirate-y and does a lot to enhance the movie. The CD doesn't contain the best of the score, and it gets repetitive, but it's definatly worth it to shell out the twenty bucks for this recording.
Guest More than 1 year ago
love track 15 ....and 2 of course! reminds me of gladiator...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this music!!! As soon as I saw the film, which i also loved, the music clicked with me. It's exciting, like the movie, but suspensful. It's excelent and I hope to get sheet music to it too. I watched to the end of the cast (and the little clip at the end of the cast) just to listen to the music. I reccomend this to not only classical music lovers but to all people who enjoy powerful music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the best. Almost as good as the movie. Think if movies like this one and like Titanic they wounldn't be quite as good if they didn't have music. So I say buy this cd now! I am a clarinet player and I wish I could of played this piece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My music collection is made up largely of soundtracks and movie scores; in my mind nothing makes a good movie great like a rousing score. In this case Badelt delivers! The music is driving, pounding, and intense, every theme and musical line capturing the drama of the high seas. Tracks 2, 7, 14, and 15 are of particular note. Good music for background or for driving... or sailing.