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Heart of the Ocean
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All Selections Composed by:

Notable Re-Recordings Conducted by:
Bill Broughton
Erich Kunzel

Special Solo Performances by:
John Beal
Mark Northham

Compilation Produced by:
Ford A. Thaxton
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Sonic Images Records
(June 2nd, 1998)
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Buy it... if you seek a decent sampling of James Horner's more obscure scores of the 1980's before wasting money on an expensive search for the originals' full albums.

Avoid it... if you expect this album to serve as a true "greatest hits of the 80's and 90's" representation of Horner's career; it leaves out too many of his famous scores to accomplish that purpose.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #598
WRITTEN 5/26/98, REVISED 8/12/07
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Heart of the Ocean: (Compilation) Collections of James Horner themes were impossible to find in compilation form before the success of 1997's Titanic. The following year confirmed the composer's marketability with a sudden burst of such products, mostly taking the hit film's title as some kind of inspiration. Re-recordings of Horner's more famous pieces had been made for ten years, but 1998 marked the first time these recordings were assembled specifically around Horner's career. Both The City of Prague Philharmonic, contracted by Silva Screen, and Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, contracted by Telarc, rushed to perform several Horner pieces, though the former group and label were the only ones to specifically release a 2-CD set of solely these Horner recordings. The composer's more obscure, synthetic works of the 1980's started receiving significant treatment during this time, lending credibility to these collections. One compilation that was similar to the others, but arranged differently, was "Heart of the Ocean," an idea executed by soundtrack producer Ford A. Thaxton and pressed by the increasingly active Sonic Images label. Instead of collaborating with a single source for the recordings of each selection, Thaxton licensed various recordings, both original to this album and available on others, for a highly varied presentation of themes. The resulting compilation betrays the Titanic-inspired title of the album by providing far more synthetic selections from early in Horner's career than mainstream listeners will be interested in hearing, though film music collectors will be more content with these selections. Chronologically, the album is a potentially difficult prospect, but the individual highlights more than compensate.



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Average: 3.39 Stars
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Total Time: 69:01
• 1. Titanic
My Heart Will Go On (Solo Piano Version) (3:50)

• 2. Rocketeer
Rocketeer to the Rescue/End Theme (6:57)

• 3. Commando
Main Theme (3:50)

• 4. Legends of the Fall
Main Theme (4:20)

• 5. Apollo 13
Re-Entry and Splashdown (4:32)*

• 6. Where the River Runs Black
Main Theme** (5:30)

• 7. Name of the Rose
Epilogue (4:51)
• 8. Vibes
The Journey Begins (5:00)

• 9. Wolfen
Epilogue/Finale (6:00)

• 10. Cocoon
End Credits (6:38)

• 11. Field of Dreams
Suite (6:04)

• 12. Braveheart
End Theme (4:46)

• 13. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Overture (5:58)*
* Corrected time listed
** Original recording

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The insert contains lengthy notes by Soundtrack! senior editor Randall D. Larson about Horner's career.
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