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The Polar Express

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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 digitally 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 by performing the title track and a jazzy '40s-style number, "Hot Chocolate," while vocal sensation Josh Groban croons the inspirational "Believe" ...
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Editorial Reviews

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 digitally 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 by performing 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
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624889724
  • Catalog Number: 48897
  • Sales rank: 313

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
Tim Davis Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Jeffrey Aldrich Executive Producer
Glen Ballard Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Felix Bernard Composer
David Bifano Producer, Scoring Coordinator
J. Fred Coots Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Jerry Hey Arranger
Jay Livingston Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Dennis Sands Engineer
Alan Silvestri Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Meredith Willson Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Stewart Whitmore Digital Editing
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
William Ross Orchestration
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Executive Producer, Art Direction
Conrad Pope Orchestration
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Stephanie Kubiak Production Director
Diarmuid Quinn Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    very enjoyable

    love the movie, love the soundtrack. Josh Groban's Believe is wonderfula and there are other great oldies and originals. Was glad to get soundtrack, especially at such a good price

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Taken Away

    After seeing the movie for the first time this past Christmas, I was taken by the music more than the visual content, which is why I purchased this CD.

    The music is so original and uplifting that my African Grey parrot makes his happy whistles when certain songs play. If you have children they will love the upbeat songs, and although chocolate is not my favorite food, the song "Hot Chocolate" is delightful and one of my favorites on this CD.

    Young and old alike will enjoy this new traditional for Christmas. It's refreshing to know that some new songs can help the old standards keep Christmas alive.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas

    Wonderful!!! In listening this CD we are in Christmas time! And we are coming back on the movie...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Perfect For Christmas!

    I got this soundtrack after I saw the movie. It was so fun, retro, and...different! It is great. If you don't have this CD, then you should have it (as soon as possible!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-have this holiday season!

    This is a great holiday album! I've only seen the movie once and was amazed with the entire soundtrack. This really brings the magic of the season together all in one CD. It has some of the old such as Bing Crosby, Perry Como, The Andrew Sisters, and Kate Smith. And it also has new stuff on here like Josh Groban (the main reason I bought it in the first place because I'm a Grobanite) and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. If you're looking for a great album to give this holiday season, this is IT!!!!

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    Posted February 1, 2009

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