The 13th Warrior

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Midway through production of the Viking drama The 13th Warrior, writer Michael Crichton jettisoned director John McTiernan and took over the production himself. At that time, he also ousted composer Graeme Revell in favor of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, clearly anticipating an epic score in the mold of past Goldsmith classics like Patton and Planet of the Apes. But the end result is a frustrating work hampered by Goldsmith's frustrating reticence to allow his imagination to run wild. As Crichton's liner notes state, "We know nothing about what Viking music was like, which meant Jerry would have to invent it," but his innovations prove surprisingly tepid, employing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Midway through production of the Viking drama The 13th Warrior, writer Michael Crichton jettisoned director John McTiernan and took over the production himself. At that time, he also ousted composer Graeme Revell in favor of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith, clearly anticipating an epic score in the mold of past Goldsmith classics like Patton and Planet of the Apes. But the end result is a frustrating work hampered by Goldsmith's frustrating reticence to allow his imagination to run wild. As Crichton's liner notes state, "We know nothing about what Viking music was like, which meant Jerry would have to invent it," but his innovations prove surprisingly tepid, employing wordless chanting and primitive drumming but not much else. Goldsmith remains a master of large-scale drama, crafting dark, powerful themes like "The Fire Dragon" and "The Horns of Hell," but there's little that makes The 13th Warrior a truly unique entry in his large catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1999
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206603828
  • Catalog Number: 6038
  • Sales rank: 95,699

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Bagdad (2:03)
  2. 2 Exiled (3:45)
  3. 3 Semantics (2:41)
  4. 4 The Great Hall (5:23)
  5. 5 Eaters of the Dead (3:36)
  6. 6 Viking Heads (1:33)
  7. 7 The Sword Maker (2:10)
  8. 8 The Horns of Hell (3:27)
  9. 9 The Fire Dragon (4:56)
  10. 10 Honey (2:40)
  11. 11 The Cave of Death (3:02)
  12. 12 Swing Across (1:52)
  13. 13 Mother Wendol's Cave (4:14)
  14. 14 Underwater Escape (1:39)
  15. 15 Valhalla/Viking Victory (10:39)
  16. 16 A Useful Servant (1:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Primary Artist, Conductor
Technical Credits
Jerry Goldsmith Producer
Bruce Botnick Engineer
Alexander Courage Orchestration
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Nick Vidar Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Goldsmith Masterpiece

    This soundtrack is a great triumph. Without the soundtrack this movie would have been nothing. Adds a alot of texture to the movie. I am a great lover of movie soundtracks and this one on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 9 and a half. It is very mysterious and incredibly magical. A must for soundtrack fanatics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Goldsmith's finest

    It's amazing how much fanfare Goldsmith's The Mummy gets, when in the same year, Goldsmith wrote a score 10 times better. The 13th warrior combines great stiring themes, with haunting filler music. Its soft, lyrical passages are also mesmerising. A definate buy for any soundtrack enthusiast.

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