The Polar Express

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Devised by pop producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Christina Aguilera) and composer Alan Silvestri (Forest Gump, Back to the Future), the cheerful soundtrack for The Polar Express beckons listeners to sip some cider and sit back in their comfiest seats for a smooth ride. Tom Hanks -- or rather his digital-animated double -- stars in Robert Zemekis' glowing adaptation of the beloved Chris Van Allsburg book about a little boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Hanks makes his motion-picture singing debut on the title track and a jazzy '40s-style number, "Hot Chocolate," while vocal sensation Josh Groban croons the inspirational "Believe" (thankfully not the ...
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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Devised by pop producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Christina Aguilera) and composer Alan Silvestri (Forest Gump, Back to the Future), the cheerful soundtrack for The Polar Express beckons listeners to sip some cider and sit back in their comfiest seats for a smooth ride. Tom Hanks -- or rather his digital-animated double -- stars in Robert Zemekis' glowing adaptation of the beloved Chris Van Allsburg book about a little boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Hanks makes his motion-picture singing debut on the title track and a jazzy '40s-style number, "Hot Chocolate," while vocal sensation Josh Groban croons the inspirational "Believe" (thankfully not the Cher megahit). Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (in a star turn as an elf) scats out the rollicking "Rockin' on Top of the World," sounding a lot like David Lee Roth at his most jaunty. Also showcased are such seasonal favorites as the Andrews Sisters' "Winter Wonderland" and Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas," as well as heartwarming chestnuts by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Despite its Arctic title, The Polar Express is full of holiday warmth.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
The soundtrack to Robert Zemeckis' groundbreaking film adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's popular children's book The Polar Express celebrates the season with both classic and contemporary holiday flair. Composers Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri provide the latter, relying on swelling choral arrangements, tender ballads, and polarizing yuletide offerings from Stephen Tyler and Josh Groban. Tyler struts his stuff on the amiable but derivative "Rockin' on Top of the World," a three-chord rave-up that finds the Aerosmith mouthpiece channeling a pack of howler monkeys, but it's Groban's syrupy, future American Idol favorite "Believe" that serves as the soundtrack's commercial centerpiece. Tom Hanks does his best Gene Wilder on the whimsical and strangely unnerving title track, a wonderfully unhinged performance that will have Willy Wonka fans clamoring for more, and the winsome vocals of preteens Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore give the ballad "When Christmas Comes to Town" a real sense of wonder. Silvestri's orchestral pieces are effective in tone, yet ape Danny Elfman's Edward Scissorhands theme so shamelessly that lawyers on both sides must have had words early on in the production. The Polar Express is ambitious for sure, but the fact that its most sincere pieces are the six classics that make up its caboose is telling. [The Polar Express is also available in a special edition that includes a decorative box and artwork from the book.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624890126
  • Catalog Number: 48901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Polar Express - Tom Hanks (3:25)
  2. 2 When Christmas Comes to Town - Meagan Moore (4:07)
  3. 3 Rockin' on Top of the World - Steven Tyler (2:35)
  4. 4 Believe - Josh Groban (4:18)
  5. 5 Hot Chocolate - Tom Hanks (2:33)
  6. 6 Spirit of the Season - Alan Silvestri (2:33)
  7. 7 Seeing Is Believing - Alan Silvestri (3:47)
  8. 8 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Frank Sinatra (2:35)
  9. 9 White Christmas - Bing Crosby (3:05)
  10. 10 Winter Wonderland - The Andrews Sisters (2:43)
  11. 11 It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - The Fontane Sisters (2:40)
  12. 12 Silver Bells - Kate Smith (2:39)
  13. 13 Here Comes Santa Claus - Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters (3:04)
  14. 14 Suite from The Polar Express - Alan Silvestri (6:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Silvestri Conductor
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Jeffrey Aldrich Executive Producer
Glen Ballard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Felix Bernard Composer
David Bifano Producer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Dennis Sands Engineer
Alan Silvestri Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Meredith Willson Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
William Ross Orchestration
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Executive Producer, Art Direction
Conrad Pope Orchestration
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Debi Streeter Music Administrator
Diarmuid Quinn Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Believe

    Believe in the magic... and hear the sweet sleigh bells ring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Josh Groban's 'Believe'

    One of the title tracks for 'The Polar Express' soundtrack is a song entitled, 'Believe' sung by the highly talented Josh Groban. This song is positively beautiful! A highly recommended purchase!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BELIEVE

    Josh Groban's Believe is all the reason you need to buy this CD. It is wonderful and magical.

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