"The Land Before Time" would hardly have come across as eloquently and mystical had it not been for James Horner's spectacular orchestral score which in another time would have made many classical greats take notice. So full of beauty is it, so commanding of our attention, that it works without the visual footage in the same way the classic music behind Fantasia does. Horner, The London Sympony Orchestra and The King's College Choir of England bring an all-encompassing sense of wonder. We feel the leaves blowing in the wind as angelic voices glide over hymns, the earth below us tremble with the steps of a giant carniverous "Sharptooth" and sheets of earth break apart with the pounding of a great divide. You may not be one to memorize wordless music, but if you listen to it and hear it somewhere else later, you will likely remember exactly where it came from. There is one lyrical song, written by Horner and Will Jennings. It is a soaring, splendid ballad, "If We Hold On Together," which is somewhat Biblical in its message, "Valley mountain, there is a fountain that washes our tears all away." The film, helped greatly by the music, seems almost like a face-to-face meeting between Creation and Evolution, though both sides will agree on one thing: it is amazing.
Performance CreditsJames Horner Primary Artist,Conductor,Track Performer
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Diana Ross Vocals,Track Performer
Choir of King's College, Cambridge Track Performer
Greig McRitchie Performing Ensemble
Technical CreditsLondon Symphony Orchestra Contributor
James Horner Producer
Peter Asher Producer
David Campbell Arranger
Greig McRitchie Orchestration
Shawn Murphy Engineer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Wimbledon King's College Choir Contributor
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Land Before Time based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
i like little foot becase he looking his mom.
I am graduating from elementary school in two weeks. I am in 5th grade. We have chosen the song ''If We Hold On Together'' by Diana Ross, to perform for graduation. I bought this soundtrack to practice. It is an exceptional choice to add to you cd collection.
Most scores I've heard have the same high points and the same low points. This is the first score I've heard that stays on the high points all the way. The sheer emotion of the score lies in the main theme, most noteably in track 3''Whispering Winds'',it is majestic and beutiful and the only theme I've heard that made me cry when I heard it. This theme has also become one of the most famous in all of film music and you can ask anybody if they have heard it,they will look at you with a puzzled look,but then if you play it for them they will almost always say''Oh yeah I remember this''. This is a must have for anyone,even if you dont like scores you gotta get this one. A feat most likeley never to be repeated in history. TIMELESS!
I generally dislike James Horner's works because he has a tendancy to use other composers' music as his own without giving due credit, but this score seems almost entirely original. Words cannot describe how this score touches the soul. The choral accompaniment fits the music perfectly, the title song is a tear jerker. . .overall an EXCELLENT score. . . words cannot describe. . .