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Glory: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
James Horner
Glory: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Director Edward Zwick's 1989 tale of the first company of black soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War captured America's abiding fascination with that great struggle. However, its most unsung player was composer...  more »


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All Artists: James Horner
Title: Glory: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Virgin Records Us
Original Release Date: 1/23/1990
Re-Release Date: 6/29/1992
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 077778615026

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Director Edward Zwick's 1989 tale of the first company of black soldiers in the Union Army during the Civil War captured America's abiding fascination with that great struggle. However, its most unsung player was composer James Horner, who created one of his most grand and memorable scores. So memorable, in fact, that some of its rich cures have been recycled by other filmmakers and Horner himself. More than any other single work, it's Glory that's responsible for Horner's remarkable rise to the top of his profession in the '90s. --Jerry McCulley

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Five stars doesn't do it justice.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a huge fan of movie soundtracks. I've listened to them my entire life, before any other form of music. This score stands out from all the others I have ever heard in my life. James Horner deserved the Oscar he got, but not for Titanic. Don't get me wrong, Titanic was good, but you have to admit that the Oscar was for the popularity of My Heart Will Go On. I see his Oscar as one for Glory, just delayed by 9 years. I am a huge fan of John Williams, but this one score by Horner is equal to any of Williams' Oscar winning performaces. Horner's use of drums and the fifes are just as powerful as Williams' violin solos by the legendary Itzak Perlman in Schindler's List. If you want to be emotionally moved by a piece of music, you won't find a better cd than the Glory soundtrack by James Horner. Other suggestions: Appollo 13 by Horner, Hook and Nixon by Williams, Star Trek First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith."
James Horner's most moving score yet!
Joseph Payne | 05/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many people would say this is James Horner's best composition, and I wouldn't doubt that for a minute! This is one of Horner's most popular soundtracks, and has a much different style then most of his previous compositions. Never have I heard a soundtrack that brings out a movie so well! The presence of the Harlem Boys Choir makes the music sound better then ever! You can hear it all...peaceful music to battle marches. This score stays on the quiet side, and it's style would match any Civil War movie perfectly! Being much the same as the soundtrack "Saving Private Ryan", I wouldn't doubt that you cry while listening to Glory! Track 1, "A call to Arms" starts with the drums of war in the background, while the Harlem choir sings the main theme. This music is very moving, and any and every collector of James Horner should have this CD! As the music progresses, the choir backs off, and strings continue on, playing the main theme. Brass and Bells play along towards the end of the music, giving it a fantastic grand finally. Every single scrap of music on this CD diserves listening to, and this soundtrack is well respected by Horner collectors. Give this soundtrack a try WHATEVER you do!"
Dramatic, wonderful music to fit perfectly with the movie
R. Shumskis | Maryland, USA | 11/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've loved "Glory" since the first time I saw it (in school one day as a history "assignment"). Initially, I didn't quite understand all of the details of why I enjoyed it so much, however. Obviously, one of the main reasons is this score, which is sometimes so subtle you don't realize it's there, but is at all times applying an influence. It may be to uplift you ("Jubilee"), make you sad ("Whipping"), courageous ("Fort Wagner"), or somber ("Epitaph"). I've shed a couple tears while watching the charge on Fort Wagner, and even listening to the music alone can almost stir the same level of emotion.The orchestral parts are superb, but there is something particularly stirring about the use of the boys choir. Namely at the emotionally-charged climax, when we are confronted with the harsh results of their failed plans. The simple, innocent voices contrasting against that imagery is startling.I'm not an ascribed fan of James Horner, but I do love a good soundtrack, and this one -- as far as I'm concerned -- ranks up with "Star Wars" and "Gladiator"."