Serenity [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Firefly, creator/director Joss Whedon's hip and eclectic sci-fi series, may have tanked on the small screen, but it garnered the kind of devoted fan base that takes other similarly cultish programs years to muster. One of the many things that made the show so unique was its adherence to Western themes as in cowboys, an element that not only informed the program's language and attitude, but its music as well. While composer David Newman -- he has a famous composer brother named Thomas Shawshank Redemption, Six Feet Under and even more famous cousin named Randy -- retains little of Greg Edmonson and Whedon's original music on the series' big-screen adaptation, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Firefly, creator/director Joss Whedon's hip and eclectic sci-fi series, may have tanked on the small screen, but it garnered the kind of devoted fan base that takes other similarly cultish programs years to muster. One of the many things that made the show so unique was its adherence to Western themes as in cowboys, an element that not only informed the program's language and attitude, but its music as well. While composer David Newman -- he has a famous composer brother named Thomas Shawshank Redemption, Six Feet Under and even more famous cousin named Randy -- retains little of Greg Edmonson and Whedon's original music on the series' big-screen adaptation, Serenity is still occasionally kissed by a flurry of guitar and banjo, percussion, and pan-Asian flute motifs. Newman has taken some of the quirkiness out -- to many a fan's dismay -- and replaced it with chilly and bombastic action cues that scream mediocrity, but for the most part no great injustice has been done. In fact, Serenity has more in common with Joby Talbot's eclectic score for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy than it does Krull.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206668223
  • Catalog Number: 066682
  • Sales rank: 67,571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Into the river (3:11)
  2. 2 Escape (1:33)
  3. 3 Serenity (0:51)
  4. 4 Going for a ride (2:24)
  5. 5 Trading station (3:21)
  6. 6 River goes wild (1:28)
  7. 7 River and Simon in locker (1:00)
  8. 8 Population dead (3:56)
  9. 9 Haven destroyed (0:56)
  10. 10 Sheperd Book's last words (1:00)
  11. 11 You're not a Reaver (0:57)
  12. 12 Mal decides (3:09)
  13. 13 Truth / Mal's speech (3:27)
  14. 14 Space battle (3:21)
  15. 15 Crash landing (2:00)
  16. 16 Run to black (2:58)
  17. 17 Generator room (3:06)
  18. 18 Mal & Op fight (2:10)
  19. 19 Jane & Zoe / Final battle (2:48)
  20. 20 Funeral / Rebuilding Serenity (2:01)
  21. 21 Prep for flight (1:33)
  22. 22 Love (1:06)
  23. 23 End credits (1:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Newman Primary Artist, Conductor
Billy Sullivan Percussion
Tony Mandracchia Guitar
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Billy Sullivan Percussion
Technical Credits
Bruce Botnick Engineering
Harry Garfield Music Executive
Richard E. Grant Auricle Programming
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Kathy Nelson Music Executive
Marty Frasu Score Supervisor
Joss Whedon Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Phil Cohen Music Business Affairs
David Newman Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Krystyna Newman Scoring Consultant
II Thomas D. Graham Digital Editing
Barry Mendel Executive Producer
Tom Graham Digital Editing
Philip Cohen Music Business Affairs
Richard Grant Auricle Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyed the sound track.

    I would have like to enjoy a longer version of the Serenity theme. At 50 seconds, it was disappointing. Otherwise, I continue to enjoy the sound track as a part of my routine playlist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must for Browncoats

    Serenity was an amazing movie and some of the magic from the movie is felt in the CD. I must admit it took a few listenings to fall in love with the soundtrack, the 30 second previews don't do the score justice. My only beef is track #3 isn't long enough (this is more obvious after seeing the movie) and it would have been nice to have The Ballad of Serenity from the ending credits (and from the show Firefly). The CD follows the action of the movie pretty faithfuly. I really enjoyed the blend of many music styles there is Chinese influence, some Old West esque music and some big Hollywood score all mixed together throught each track. If you are unsure of buying the CD check out #1 Into the River #3 Serenity (even though this one is short it gives you the sense of the spirit of the score) #8 Population Dead #12 Mal Decides #15 Crash Landing #19 Jayne & Zoe/Final Battle

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

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