The Thin Red Line

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All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Hans Zimmer's Oscar-nominated score for reclusive director Terrence Malick's ambitious James Jones adaptation -- only the director's third film in 25 years -- is one of his most subtle and sophisticated yet. Then again, it's not as if the German-born composer has ever been known as a master of bombast or overstatement -- Max Steiner he is not among other works, he penned the award-winning soundtracks for Rain Man and The Lion King. Unlike the scores for most other war movies The Thin Red Line is set during World War II, the action in Malick's elegiac epic is driven mostly by the action itself heated exchanges between characters, sudden eruptions of devastating ...
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All Music Guide - Kathleen C. Fennessy
Hans Zimmer's Oscar-nominated score for reclusive director Terrence Malick's ambitious James Jones adaptation -- only the director's third film in 25 years -- is one of his most subtle and sophisticated yet. Then again, it's not as if the German-born composer has ever been known as a master of bombast or overstatement -- Max Steiner he is not among other works, he penned the award-winning soundtracks for Rain Man and The Lion King. Unlike the scores for most other war movies The Thin Red Line is set during World War II, the action in Malick's elegiac epic is driven mostly by the action itself heated exchanges between characters, sudden eruptions of devastating violence and not the music. The soundtrack, which consists primarily of long, string-laden pieces, also includes one of the film's mesmerizing chants, which were so popular that a separate recording, Chants From The Thin Red Line, consisting entirely of chants by the Melanesian Brotherhood and the Choir of All Saints, was released in conjunction with this recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • Label: Rca Victor
  • UPC: 090266338221
  • Catalog Number: 63382

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Coral Atoll (8:00)
  2. 2 The Lagoon (8:36)
  3. 3 Journey To The Line (9:21)
  4. 4 Light (7:19)
  5. 5 Beam (3:44)
  6. 6 Air (2:21)
  7. 7 Stone In My Heart (4:28)
  8. 8 The Village (5:52)
  9. 9 Silence (5:06)
  10. 10 God Yu Tekkem Laef Blong Mi (1:58)
  11. 11 Sit Back and Relax (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hans Zimmer Primary Artist
Endre Granat Concert Master
June Kuramoto Koto
Marcia Dickstein Harp
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Technical Credits
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Alan Meyerson Engineer
Johnny Mori Contributor
Hans Zimmer Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best soundtracks I know.

    If you listen to this music - composed by Hans Zimmer - you notice that it's nothing like the usual war-movie sounds (a lot of brass, pounding drums, etc.).Instead it's music that makes you dream away and it takes you to beautiful and peaceful places where you have never been before. The music is quiet with a simple but beautiful melody, sensitive and sometimes a little sad but never sentimental. This sadness and the fact that on two or three occasions you hear eerie voices and sounds, reminds you that there is a war going on. It's a soundtrack you can listen to without having seen the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hans Zimmer's best work

    ''The Thin Red Line'' is by far the most eerie soundtracks I have ever listened to in my life. The soundtrack opens with ''The Coral Atoll'' and the music clearly dictates the uselessness and sudden violence the soldiers must have felt in jungle combat. Like the other reviewers, I agree about ''Journey to the Line''. It opens with a the quiet ticking of a watch, letting us know about the slow passage of time. The track then fades in a orchestra with one of the best matched themes ever in a motion picture. When you listen, you can almost hear the cries of dying men and the screams of those slowly going insane. The track dies and we hear the single, slow melody of violins that invokes the feeling of the aftermath of combat. The heavenly sounds resonate inside our heads like a ghost. ''Silence'' is probally the most thought provoking track on the disc, perfectly suited for the scene in the movie. The Japanese were starving and disease ridden, yet they still held off our troops by pure will. The albulm then drops us into the strange track of ''God U Tekem Blong''. The track gives us the impression that these men's lives are NOT over, but just beginning. ''The Thin Red Line'' closes with the creepy ''Sit Back and Relax''. Echoes and chaos are intertwined to show us what the soldiers left behind in Guadalcanal: bloodshed and death. This albulm is a brilliant collection of the finest themes anyone could ask for in such a fantastic war movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thin Red Line is a modern day classic

    The Thin Red Line, while a little too artsy at times, does a magnificent job of portraying the dilemmas which the average foot soldier faces in battle. Along with some of the most intense battle scenes ever -especially when the Americans storm the Japs bunkers, and then overrun their village - the movie also features music from Hans Zimmerman, whose musical score coincides perfectly with the action on screen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'Journey to the Line' is the most compelling track ever composed, but sadly never used in the cd again!

    As tension slowly builds, soldiers slowly edge to the thin red line of insanity, until it reaches its pinnacle point and rages into terror and violence. This is a reasonable description of a battle scene, taking place in 'Thin Red Line'. And never has any other scene in cinema been captured so vivdly and epically by music, than this scene here. hans Zimmer has composed a frightfully compelling track titled 'Journey to the Line' which is in my opinion one of the best compositions ever written. Sadly, The rest of the cd seems like a completely different soundtrack. Though the rest of the cd is rather good, it does put a damper on your fun.

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