- CD de audio (12 de diciembre de 2005)
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- Sello: Universal Music Classics
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King Kong CD, Importación
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"Banda Sonora Original de la película ""King Kong"" (2005) dirigida por Peter Jackson. Música compuesta por James Newton Howard. Peter Jackson, ganador de tres Oscars (El Señor de los Anillos, trilogía), dirige King Kong y nos ofrece su dramática visión cinematográfica de esta historia del gigantesco gorila que tras ser capturado en un mundo salvaje, es privado de su libertad y traido a la civilización, donde encontrará su trágico destino. La película está protagonizada por algunos de los más versátiles y brillantes actores de Hollywood, incluyendo la nominada a los Oscars por ""21 gramos"" Naomi Watts, Jack Black (""School of Rock"") y el ganador del Oscar por ""El Pianista"", Adrian Brody. El guión de Jackson, Fran Walsh (ganadores de tres premios de la Academia) y Philippa Boyens (ganador de un Oscar) está basado en la historia original creada por Merian C. Cooper y Edgar Wallace, que se convirtió en el clásico de 1933 de RKO Radio Pictures. El ""King Kong"" de RKO está considerada una de las 100 mejores películas y fue elegida por United States Library of Congress como uno de los tesoros nacionales."
Lista de canciones:
1. King Kong
2. A Fateful Meeting
3. Defeat Is Always Momentary
4. It's In The Subtext
5. Two Grand
6. The Venture Departs
7. Last Blank Space On The Map
8. It's Deserted
9. Something Monstrous... Neither Beast Nor Man
10. Head Towards The Animals
12. Tooth And Claw
13. That's All There Is...
15. Central Park
16. The Empire State Building
17. - 21. Beauty Killed The Beast
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With all of that said we turn to James Newton Howard's music for Jackson's film. This is a very good score, as one would expect from a composer of Howard's caliber. And it is all the more remarkable given the constraints of time imposed by the dismissal of Howard Shore and his music. There is one very big surprise here though. One might have anticipated a mammoth action score for "King Kong," and Howard's action cues are more than adequate throughout. What really comes through, however, is his music for Ann Darrow, and in turn for Ann and Kong (not unlike Barry) which imparts emotional ties that were not fully realized in the earlier versions of "King Kong." Here Howard makes sure that this development is clearly understood and felt by his touching music. There are a number of minor themes and motifs for the various characters, Kong included, and even one for Skull Island, but they are not the keys to this score. The vital keys are found in Ann's music, and very evocative it is especially in three cues: "Beautiful," "Central Park," and "The Empire State Building". James Newton Howard's score for Peter Jackson's "King Kong" may not approach the historic importance of Steiner's music, but it is a solid production that works extremely well on the screen and the soundtrack album. And who knows what Howard might have created with a bit more time? Beautifully produced, and nicely packaged by Decca.
Mr. Howard must have dreaded this assignment. Getting the job to write a full fledged score to a movie in less then a month. Could he possibly pull it off?
King Kong is another James Howard masterpiece that pulls at our heartstrings, gets the blood flowing, and ultimitly leaves one satisfied and rushing to hear the tracks again. But there's a suprise with this soundtrack. While there is plenty of action to listen to, the best moments on this score are the quiet moments between Kong and Ann. While the action is there, it's the quiet moments that really sells this score. For once, the love music easily overcomes the action music. If this score doesn't get at least nominated for an academy award, then there really is no justice in the world.
Now, let's go through the tracks one by one, examining which part of the movie the track covers, and what it's like...
1. King Kong: The title piece of the movie, which perfectly sets the mood for the movie and introduces the kong/adventure theme. A distant horn, a slight mix of chanting, and the feeling of "Gee wiz!" followed by a strong beat as the movie opens to the zoo in New York city.
2. A fateful meeting: This quiet and soothing track covers a variety of spots from the opening parts of the movie, including:
1.Ann and the old man at the theater,
2.The theater closing
3.Carl seeing Ann outside the vaudville house
4. Filming Ann against the sunset on board the Venture.
The piano is used heavily in this track, along with harp and precusion. The quiet and elegant mood set here is very, very effective at conveying the quiet dignity in Ann, and the romance between her and Jack.
3. Defeat is always momentary: This quick paced piece covers Carl as he leaves the meeting with his bosses and plots how to wiggle his way onto finding a leading lady and keeping one step ahead of his bosses, and ends upon Carl heading off to the vaudvile house.
The overall theme of this track is "Fast, sly, and scheming." It's tone is serious and quick, yet light and scheming, perfectly fitting Carl's charachter. The classic Kong theme from the 1930's movie also makes a quick apperance here. This is the lightest track on the CD in terms of mood. The sample played on Amazon gives an excellent view of what the track is like.
4. It's in the subtext: This is when things start getting serious. As the Venture heads towards Skull island, tensions are starting to rise between some members of the crew. The captain and first mate are wondering where they are going, people are wondering just what they are going to encounter on skull island (though most of them don't know about it yet). Yet the romance between Jack and Ann begins to grow. But then captain Englehorn decides to turn the ship around, and things turn gloomy indeed for Carl.
This is a very moody track that's dark and forbodding. It conveys the idea of "what are we going into?" very well. The main kong/adventure theme of the movie (from track 1) is woven into the romance between Jack and Ann, creating a darkly romantic theme. Again, the amazon sample of the CD gives a very good idea of what this track is like.
5. Two Grand: As the Venture preapares to depart, Carl tries to stall Jack by writting faulty check after faulty check.
This track perfectly fits Carl's charachter. Scheming, clever, and willing to do whatever it takes to win. It has a lighthearted mood to it, yet is also "Oh no!" as Jack frantically tries to get off the ship before it departs. Again, the amazon sample gives a very good idea of what this track is like.
6. The venture departs: With everyone onboard, the Venture sails out of New York harbor into the open sea. Jack finds his quarters (and a suprise) in the cargo bay of the ship. Bruce Baxter sets up his quarters and admires himself in his posters. Jimmy's background is explained by Hayes and the relationship between them begins to grow.
There are a variety of themes used in this track. The main kong/adventure theme covers the departure of the Venture, followed by a quiet "what's going on?" when Jack discovers the Chlorofoam in the cargo bay. Bruce Baxter's theme is introduced here and plays perfectly to his charachter as a high strung hollywood actor. His theme is a light jazzy, hollywood tune that perfectly matches a hollywood actor. Jimmy and Haye's theme is also introduced as well. It's quiet and elegant, conveying the mood that Hayes has been through many adventures and knows what he's talking about when he speaks. The light, slightly peppy music that plays between Haye's and Jimmy's talking is light and mischivioius, yet has Haye's quiet elegance at the same time.
7. Last space on the ship (note: the title of the track does not match the music played): The Venture sails through the fog around skull island, trying to figure out just where they are going. As they head deeper into the fog, the tension builds and builds as a huge wall of rock appears before the ship. And things only get worse as towering pillars of rock appear all around the ship.
This track is all about atmosphere. It's heavey on tribal drum beats and a single, quick flute. Immediatly after the opening is a lot of very quiet "what's out there?" music that keeps building and building as something enormous comes out of the fog. Then the music quickly changes to an "Uh oh!" tune as there are quick beats and a feeling of hoplessness (perfectly matching the idea of trying to stear a boat blind) as the Venture desperatly tries not to smash into the rocks. A mild chorus comes in as things only get worse, giving us some hope that we just might make it, followed by a haunting island echo (that's the best way to describe it). When things get really bad, the music builds in pitch and "ahh!" as the ship tries to avoid a giant rock, only to fail, before quietly fading to silence, but not before one more haunting island echo and a quiet string of atmospheric noises.
8. It's deserted: With the Venture stuck, Carl and several members of the crew head ashore to explore Skull island. The island amazes them with it's size and sheer power. Jimmy asks Mr. Hayes why they are going on, and Hayes explains that it's about following the heart. Everyone on the venture throws everything possible overboard to try and lighten the Venture enough to escape the bay while something ominous comes closer and closer. Finally, the ship gets off the rock, only to discover the horrible truth...Ann has been kidnapped.
This track starts out strong with the kong/adventure theme, perfectly setting up the situation of sailing to an uncharted island and gaping at it's sheer size and power. The noble and elegant adventure theme of Hayes comes in very strong halfway through, followed by a fairly quick action piece as the members of the ship throw everything overboard, tied in with the haunting island echo theme of the zombie like natives. The music gets very up and "hooray!" as the Venture gets underway, but quickly turns grim as Ann is discovered missing.
9. Something monstorous...neither beast nor man: Ann meets Kong as the crew of the Venture run into the native's villiage, firing thier weapons and frantically searching for her. Carl peers through the gate and sees Kong. Staggering back, Jack tries to get Carl to say what he saw through the wall gate.
This track starts off slow, building up to the first apperance of Kong himself, but when he appears the music goes full blown with a variation of the kong/adventure theme, followed by a frantic rush of enegry and urgency as Jack and others frantically searching for Ann, composed of beats, mild vocals, and another frantic version of the kong/adventure theme. Finally, after several seconds of beats, the music turns it down to a low whineing noise (that's the best way I can describe it).
10. Head towards the animals: The crew of the Venture and our heros run from the stampede of giant dinosaurs and raptors.
What's to say here? This track is pure action, composing of beats, "Ahhh"s and all sorts of fast paced musical tracks. If you want fast paced music that varies ever so slightly in terms of speed and intensity, this is the place to go.
11. Beautiful: Kong carries Ann to his lair overlooking the sea. Ann juggles, tells Kong that the sunset is beautiful, and sits in Kong's hand.
This is the second most beautiful track on the CD (only behind track number 15), introducing the love theme between Kong and Ann, which is composed of harps, flutes, and piano. Words cannot truely describe it's elegance, but i'll try. It's an elegant mix that starts out with a single jungle like flute followed by another high flute mixed with harp strings, finally followed by the theme itself. The piano is done beautifully, flowing effortlessly with the harp and flutes. This track has a tropical feeling, making it easy to visualize this taking place on a tropical island. The overall tone is of two beings being together, slowly opening up to each other and beginning to trust one another.
12. Tooth and claw: Just as Ann is about to become tyrannosaur food, Kong shows up to save her from not one, not two, but from three tyrannosaurs. A hectic battle ensures between the titans, with poor Ann stuck in the middle.
This is another large action piece with the distinct battle theme (big brass beats) that appears again later on in the score. It's big on high tones and rapid fire beats, as well as a desperate sense of trying to stay alive (not suprising considering it's a three on one battle!). It conveys the sense of enormous creatures fighting to the death very well. Roughly halfway through the music switches to a more heroic version of the battle theme as Kong single handidly takes down the final tyrannosaur with his famous jaw break, immediatly followed up by a heroic victory theme of trumphets and light vocals. I like that at the end, the music is quiet as Ann figures out that Kong was fighting to protect her, and becomes willing to trust him.
13. That's all there is: After trying to sneak away, Ann is discovered by Kong, who is quite ticked off. Thinking quickly, Ann distracts Kong with her Vaudvile routine, frantically using every trick in the book to distract the giant gorilla. Kong attacks the Venture crew on the log, throwing them into the crevice.
This track starts out hard, heavy, and angry with the Kong/adventure theme, builds to an angry cresendo, then stops and slowly builds its way back up with New York music of trumpet, jazzy tunes and bass, giving the track a very heavy new york broadway theme. It's quizzical and comical at the same time, but after that there's a quick repeat of the victory theme from track 12 followed by fast pitched beats as Kong attacks the log with our heros and the remaining venture crew members, including a repeat of the battle theme.
14. Captured: Kong chases Jack and Ann to the native villiage, where the surviving members of the Venture attempt to capture him. However, he escapes and goes after Ann as the humans try to escape to the Venture.
This track is basically the battle theme extended, enlarged, and stretched out. I was dissapointed that it diddn't have the haunting melody at the end of the movie scene where Kong is stretching his hand out to Ann in the water. I'd say this is my least favorite track on the CD.
15. Central park: As Kong is about to kill Jack in New York, Ann comes to him out of the smoke. Kong gently takes her in his hand and the two wander through Manhattan. Upon reaching Central Park, Kong discovers the pleasures of ice skating.
In my opinion this is the most beautiful track on the entire CD. It starts with a simplified version of the Kong/Ann love theme, and it's played here simply by piano, to a powerful and moving result. The flute/harp/piano mix combines to create an increidbly powerful and moving theme that is hands down one of the most beautiful i've ever heard from any movie. It perfectly captures the feelings Kong and Ann have for each other. As the track goes on, the harp strings increase in frequency. When Kong reaches the ice, there's a delightful metal tapping (similar to that of the triangle musical instrument), followed by a cheerful rendetion of the theme that perfectly captures the playfulness of Kong sliding across the ice in central park. A slight christmas feel is put in as well, and it makes the moment really feel like a carefree session of play.
16. The Empire state buildling: Kong climbs the empire state buildling with Ann. Upon reaching the top, Kong shares a moment with Ann, watching the sun rise on the horizon. He taps his chest, signalling that the sunrise is beautiful, an exact replica of what Ann did back on Skull island.
This is another moving track. It's short, but it is quite powerful emotionally. It starts with a slow buildup as Kong climbs the building. The music is quiet and elegant, slowly building with the victory theme until it lets loose with a grand version of the victroy theme. From there on it's a quiet version of the victory theme with an slow horn and replicates the end of track 12.
17. Beauty killed the beast I: As Kong and Ann share a moment on the top of the building, biplanes appear to take down Kong. Kong puts Ann down and climbs to the very peak of the tower to do battle.
This is the beginning of the end, and the music clearly represents it. The whole track has a feeling of oncoming doom to it, knowing that death is coming. It's quite sad at first when dispair is coming and Ann realizes what is about to happen. But as the track continues, it slowly builds in defiance as Kong roars his fury at the planes, complete with military drum beats.
18. Beauty killed the beast II: The battle between Kong and the biplanes begins. The planes swarm around the giant ape, who fights back as best he can. Ann starts climbing up the pinnacle of the tower. With a mighty jump, Kong destroys a biplane.
This is my favorite action track on the CD. It's a very fast paced, beat and brass filled battle track with traces of the battle theme mixed in. As it continues, it grows more "uh oh" with even faster beats and all sorts of drums, violins and other musical insturments come into play, along with a very low vocal chorus.
19. Beauty killed the beast III: The battle continues between Kong and the biplanes. Kong is pelted with bullets and the ladder Ann is climbing is hit, coming off the building. Just before she falls off to certian death, Kong comes to her rescue and puts her safely inside the building.
More fast paced battle music, much like the previous track, except this one has more "Oh no!" moments (when Ann is about to fall off the tower). At the very end of this track a new theme is introduced, the kong in new york theme, which is a much sadder version of the victory theme.
20. Beauty killed the beast IV: Kong circles the top of the empire state building and manages to destroy two more biplanes. Weary, worn out and wounded, Kong tries to gather his strength, but is clearly loosing the fight. As the planes come in for the kill, Ann places herself in front of Kong, screaming for them not to kill Kong. The planes back off, and Ann has a final moment with Kong, who is fatally injured. They share a final moment together before Kong lets go and slowly falls to his death.
This is hands down the saddest musical track to a movie that i've ever heard. It's so powerful that when I first heard it in the movie theater, I was crying. It starts out with fast paced action beat, but then slows down to the kong in New York theme, which is so sad becauase we can literally, feel how weak Kong is. Yet he's not going to give up. And we can literally feel how desperate Ann is to save him when the music begins to swell with a chorus of people singing a sad melody. And then we go to the final moments, where we have a very simple composure: The lone voice of a child, singing a sad lullaby in a foreign language. We can't understand the words, but the message is clear enough. A deep gong comes in occasionally, resembling the sound of a hearbeat that is slowly fading out. The lullaby continues with a very low tone in the background, and then...kong falls. The track finishes with the heartbreaking words of this sad lullaby for Kong. When I heard it for the first time, the tears were flowing. Words just cannot describe how emotionally powerful this track is. It is truly one that must be heard to be understood. It by itself is arguably worth the price of the CD.
12. Beauty killed the beast V: Ann slowly stands up on the top of the empire state building and buries her head in Jack's arms. Down below on the street, reporters swarm around Kong's body. They wonder why Kong went up, but it no longer matters...the airplanes got him. But as Carl says, "It wasn't the airplanes...it was beauty that killed the beast."
This track starts at the very end of the previous one with the final seconds of Kong's lullaby. The music continues with a sad, yet elegant version of the Kong in New York theme for a few seconds, then slowly goes to a sad and curious tone as the reporters wondered why Kong went up. The music swells for a few moments, then finishes with a final mix of the victory theme and the Kong in New York theme.
Overall, the music to King Kong is emotionally powerful, incredibly moving and touching. Granted, not everything from the movie is in here (like the haunting music from the bug scene, and the vocals from Kong's capture), and for some reason a few of the tracks are out of chronological order, but what is here is very, very good. Damn good to be specific. I'd say that this is easily one of, if not the best musical scores of 2005. The love theme for Kong and Ann is easily worth the price of the CD alone, and track 20 is just so sad and so heartwrenching that it brought me to tears when I first heard it (and it still makes me misty eyed when I hear it).
I highly recommend this CD. It's an excellent composition and a wonderful companion to the movie. Bravo to you Mr. Howard, for bringing in such a wonderful, moving, and ultimitly beautiful score.
What James Newton Howard gave the film is over two hours of pulsing, pounding action music along with very subtle, moving music. This album only presents less than half of the music composed for the film, but unlike other score releases, the album holds up quite well apart from the movie.
"King Kong" is a short cue covering the opening logos with a motif of the main theme.
"Tooth and Claw" is a powerful action song, most likely being the one playing during the Kong vs. T-Rex scene.
"Beautiful" is the romantic song playing while Ann and Kong view the sunset for the first time.
"Central Park" is my favorite. It's soft, moving and romantic, yet sad as Kong and Ann spend time in, well, Central Park before the climatic finish.
Good album construction even if not in chronological order.
Will this score get recognized at the Academy Awards? Probably not, but its still a great soundtrack.
Stop reading and buy it already.
However when I first watched the film, I immediately fell in love with the music. I was shocked to see how much of a masterpiece James Newton Howard had composed in such little time. I immediately purchased the soundtrack, and each time I listen to it I discover something new. James put so many wonderful themes into this, and the style of music is perfect. I was also surprised to see some outstanding choral work, slightly resembling Lord of the Rings styled music.
All in all, the best score of the year.