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1995 American
1995 International
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1997 "More Music"
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1998 French Set
Album 4 Cover Art
Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Choristers of Westminster Abbey

Co-Orchestrated by:
Dennis Dreith
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Decca/London Records
(May 23rd, 1995)

Polygram/London Records
(October 7th, 1997)

London Records - France
(November 10th, 1998)
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The original 1995 releases are all commercial products, in print, and can be found cheaply on the secondary market. The original American album has different artwork from identical releases in Japan and Europe.

The 1997 "More Music from Braveheart" album is a regular commercial release as well. In France, London Records produced the 1998 2CD set called "Tout Braveheart" with both of the other albums combined into one package.
Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if part of the attraction to this score is your affinity for the film, because the score is an integral and beautiful piece of the Braveheart tapestry.

Avoid it... if you are alternately a collector of James Horner's works and are expecting a unique and powerful experience on the same level of Legends of the Fall and Apollo 13.
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WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 9/11/08
Braveheart: (James Horner) There can be no discounting of the ongoing popularity of the film Braveheart, even more than a decade after its debut. The Mel Gibson epic, telling a romantic version of the Scottish legend William Wallace and his people's fight for territorial freedom, was an outstanding success at the time of its release in 1995, although the true sign of the film's legacy is its continuing, almost cult-like following many years later. Despite its graphic violence, disturbing methods of killing, and themes of romance lost, the film's quirky sense of humor combined with arguably Gibson's career performance to float the legacy with a maddening stream of interest. The same crowds that flock to the film's bandwagon often discover James Horner's score along the way, and these Braveheart junkies have caused the composer's music to reach phenomenal sales levels on two commercial albums. Profits from Horner's score on the Decca/London label outweigh all three of Horner's concurrent 1995 album releases on MCA Records (Apollo 13, Casper, and Balto) combined. And yet, the two most interesting aspects of Horner's music for Braveheart is its general lack of masculinity in the gravity of its performances and the systematic, obvious statements of typical "Hornerisms" with greater frequency, arguably, than many of his other works. The lack of genuine power in this score, especially compared to a work like Legends of the Fall, is a more nebulous curiosity, but the repetitions of style are as blatant as ever. As he has clearly stated, Horner is inspired by traditional Celtic and Scottish influences in his works (sometimes inserting them when not necessary, and some of his fans have become downright sick of particularly the Irish elements in non-related situations). Naturally, Braveheart would give him the opportunity to pour the latter ethnicity on with all of his romantic power, though the composer continued to blur the lines between cultural sounds, successfully counting on the fact that most listeners won't realize the inappropriateness of the application. After all, if Jerry Goldsmith could use pan pipes for Under Fire (set in Nicaragua), then Horner may as well pull from the Andes region as well and insert a Kena flute into William Wallace's fight for freedom. In the end, does it really matter?

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Is there a difference between International Ver. and Original Ver?
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Music to celebrate the superiority of Scotland
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An outstandingly beautiful score
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Original 1995 Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 77:16
• 1. Main Title (2:51)
• 2. A Gift of a Thistle (1:37)
• 3. Wallace Courts Murron (4:25)
• 4. The Secret Wedding (6:33)
• 5. Attack on Murron (3:00)
• 6. Revenge (6:23)
• 7. Murron's Burial (2:13)
• 8. Making Plans/Gathering the Clans (2:05)
• 9. "Sons of Scotland" (6:19)
• 10. The Battle of Stirling (6:07)
• 11. For the Love of a Princess (4:07)
• 12. Falkirk (4:04)
• 13. Betrayal & Desolation (7:48)
• 14. Mornay's Dream (1:18)
• 15. The Legend Spreads (1:09)
• 16. The Princess Pleads for Wallace's Life (3:38)
• 17. "Freedom"/The Execution/Bannockburn (7:24)
• 18. End Credits (7:12)
1997 "More Music from Braveheart" Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:31

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The original 1995 album's insert contains minimal information about the score and film. The 1997 album offers notes about both, including the following: "The traditional Scottish bagpipe songs have been added as a bonus to keep the spirit of William Wallace and his warrior poets alive and to further enhance your listening pleasure."

Special performers include:

Tony Hinnegan - Kena & Whistle
James Horner - Keyboards
Eric Rigler - Uilleann Pipes
Mike Taylor - Bodhrán Drum & Whistle
Ian Underwood - Synth Programming
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