Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Velez
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050086008971
  • Catalog Number: 860089
  • Sales rank: 1,435

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fog Bound - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:16)
  2. 2 The Medallion Calls - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:52)
  3. 3 The Black Pearl - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:16)
  4. 4 Will and Elizabeth - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:08)
  5. 5 Swords Crossed - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:15)
  6. 6 Walk The Plank - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:58)
  7. 7 Barbossa Is Hungry - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:06)
  8. 8 Blood Ritual - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:32)
  9. 9 Moonlight Serenade - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:08)
  10. 10 To The Pirates' Cave! - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:30)
  11. 11 Skull and Crossbones - Hollywood Studio Symphony (3:23)
  12. 12 Bootstrap's Bootstraps - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:38)
  13. 13 Underwater March - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:12)
  14. 14 One Last Shot - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:46)
  15. 15 He's A Pirate - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:30)
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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
Bruce Maddocks Mastering
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Good soundtrack

    My daughter played a medley from this soundtrack in her Jr. HS band and loved it. I enjoy the soundtrack, the variety in the music while coming back to the theme. I am not very musical but my children are bent that way. It was worth the purchase price.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hard to find CD - found it at Barnes and Noble!

    This CD is really hard to find and Barnes and Noble had it. If you like strong, exciting music, this is wonderful to listen to. It gives you energy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!!!!

    This is such a good soundtrack! I really like it because you can recite the movie as you listen to the music. If i could I would give this soundtrack infinity stars! The music is almost as good as the actors and that's saying a lot!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    i love this soundtrack! it's so lively and inspiring! I love listening to it. it's so great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    U HAVE TO LOVE IT

    The movie and the cd are great! Every pirate movie is a good one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Pirates' Songs Awesome!

    The Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack is amazing beyond words. It conveys passion, determination, 'pirate-y-ness' and its just awesome. i highly reccommend it and the movie. it deserves 10 stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME MUSIC!

    This has to be one of the best soundtracks ever! Everything blends so well and sounds fantastic! I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dang that's a good soundtrack!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kat's Review

    I LOVE this CD, just as I LOVE the movie. I like classical music, and this is certainly worthy of a listen by anyone else who does. I would give it 100 stars if that was an option. It is by far becoming one of my favorite things to listen to. If you haven't listened to it or seen the movie...what are you waiting for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    I love this soundtrack, its absolutely amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Adventure Soundtrack Of All Time.

    The Score to Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is the best adventure soundtrack of all time. Composed by Klaus Badelt, and Overproduced by Hans Zimmer, this swashbuckling score will have you screaming for more. This masterpiece will live on forever. 1) Fog Bound-(8/10){Creepy} It starts off with a lighthearted beginning and goes straight in to the discovery of Will Turner. It begins right after he has been brought onboard and Elizabeth has discovered the Aztec gold as well as her first sighting of The Black Pearl. It then moves into Will and Elizabeth's meeting in her home, directly after Will's sword delivery. 2) The Medallion Calls-(10/10){Fun} Continues from where Fog Bound left off at the Swann's residence and moves into the Introduction of one on the greatest characters of all time, Capt. Jack Sparrow. The track goes from Jack looking off into the cove, and covers all the way until his "First Step" onto the harbor. “What do you say to three shillings and we forget the name?” 3) The Black Pearl-(10/10){Creepy/Adventurous} This is the scene where Capt. Jack is holding Elizabeth hostage in order to escape from Commodore Norrington. From gunpoint, to flying through the air, to the blacksmith's shop, this track will please any pirate fan. 4) Will and Elizabeth-(10/10){Adventurous} This track takes place during Will and Jack's Fight in the Blacksmith's shop. "You cheated." "Pirate!" 5) Swords crossed-(10/10){Creepy/Scary} This track is where Barbossa tells Elizabeth the Tale, and she tries to flea only to be passed around the deck by the ghost Pirates. Eventually ending up next to Barbossa while he finishes his story and about the moonlight. "You best start believin' in ghost stories Miss Turner, your in one." 6) Walk the Plank-(10/10){Creepy/Fun} This track holds two different scenes in the film. The first is where Barbossa drinks wine and you see his bones soaked in the liquid, and he smashes the glass on the ships doors. The second is where Jack and Will take over the Dauntless. "Son, I'm Capt. Jack Sparrow. Savvy?" 7) Barbossa is Hungry-(10/10){Light Pressure} This is the entire boat chase between the Black Pearl and the Interceptor up until the shooting begins. “Stop blowing holes in my ship!” 8) Blood Ritual-(9/10){Romantic/Fun} There are two scenes that take place during this track. One is the scene between Will and Elizabeth bellow decks. The second is where the Interceptor tries to take over the Dauntless, and Jack and Will simply switch ships. “That has got to be the best pirate I’ve ever seen.” “So it would seem.” 9) Moonlight Serenade-(8/10){Slow/Adventurous} There are yet again two scenes that take place in this track. One is the scene between Jack and Elizabeth on the beach. The second is where Jack starts the climactic battle in the cave. “Me? I'm dishonest and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly? Stupid.” 10) To the Pirates’ Cave!-(8/10){Creepy/Adventurous} This scene starts out where Elizabeth is sneaking around the Black Pearl and she eventually reaches the Jack’s imprisoned crew. Also where Governor Swann sees the Cursed Pirates for the first time. Which later moves in to the scene where Barbossa and Jack are fighting, in which Jack gets stabbed, and steps into the moonlight. “If you were waiting for the opportune moment. That was it.” 11) Skull and Cross bones- (10/10){Adventurous} There are two scenes in this track. One is directly after jack pulls the sword from his gut and continues to fight Barbossa. While Elizabeth knocks the pirates off the deck of the pearl with the help of the life boat. The second is where Will is trying to escape th

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most amazing CD ever

    i love the cd and the movie, the songs are amazing. Johnny Depp was awsome in the movie. the cd is way more that just five stars, its more like 100. this cd rocks!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Awesome!

    I love this music so much! It's so energetic. I always feel a lot better after I listen to it than I did before. My favorite pieces are Swords Crossed, One Last Shot, and He's a Pirate. I also LOVE the movie. Johnny Depp is Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie and Soundtarck deserves A+++++++

    I don't own this soundtack yet but I've listened to the previews a million times ! This is defidently one of my fave soundtracks!! I would defidently say its worth your money-the music is just amazing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way more than five stars!!!

    I love it! Well... I am probably the biggest Disney freak ever (LOL). But this is the best movie ever and the score it AWSOME!!! You know what I think?... I think this would make a really good Broadway-operetta type of musical (hahaha) just trowing out suggestions to producers! (hahaha) But anyway... this is a awsome soundtrack. "Disney (and this composer) has done it again!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Soundtrack and Movie!

    This soundtrack captures the pure essence of the movie, starting with a mysterious yet energetic song, Fog Bound, and continues on to The Medallion Calls. This piece is the main melody, which reccurs throughout the soundtrack, and is uplifting and reflective at the same time. Finished by an exciting and upbeat piece, He's A Pirate, that makes you wish you were there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than 5!

    This is SO awesome! The music is so energetic and it just makes you relive the whole movie- which is great! It really is a great soundtrack and is worth your money! I recommend it infinitely! It's really powerful music that just makes you wish you were a pirate!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music and a great movie

    The music goes so well with the movie. I love it. It makes the movie more exciting. I was also excited that one of the songs on here is also with the movie Thunderbirds. This is great music and I can't wait to buy this Cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    POTC and LOTR FANATIC!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Treasure ahoy!

    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!

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