Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage (a J!-ENT World Groove Album Review)
April 4, 2012 by Dennis Amith
“Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage” is an album with diverse music, featuring a balance of beautiful instrumental and vocal tracks, but if anything, a wonderful accompaniment to those who have purchased the “Titanic: Collector’s Anniversary Edition” album or for those wanting music that is fresh, enjoyable and different from the original versions.
TITLE: TITANIC: AN EPIC MUSICAL VOYAGE
LABEL: BUYSOUNDTRAX Records
RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2012
|1.||My Heart Will Go On (Vocal Version) – Titanic (James Horner, Will Jennings / performed by Zoe Poledouris Roche)||5:06|
|2.||Never An Absolution/Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave – Titanic (James Horner / vocals by Kristi Holden)||5:33|
|3.||Southampton/Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch – Titanic (James Horner / vocals by Kristi Holden)||5:07|
|4.||Third Class Steerage – Titanic (traditional, performed by Joohyun Park)||3:47|
|5.||Rose – Titanic (James Horner / vocls by Kristi Holden)||2:56|
|6.||Titanic Trot – Time Tunnel Pilot (“Rendezvous with Yesterday”) (John Williams)||3:47|
|7.||The Portrait (Piano Sketch) – Titanic (James Horner / solo piano by Dan Redfeld)||4:45|
|8.||Doing the Latest Rag – Titanic: A New Musical (Maury Yeston / vocals by Tom Schmid, Eric Bradley, Scott Dicken, Fletcher Sheridan)||3:24|
|9.||No Moon – Titanic: A New Musical (Maury Yeston / vocals by Michael Lichtenauer)||3:02|
|10.||Theme from SOS Titanic – S.O.S. Titanic (Howard Blake)||2:33|
|11.||We’ll Meet Tomorrow – Titanic: A New Musical (Maurey Yeston / vocals by Greg Whipple, Christina Harding, Fletcher Sheridan, Michael Lichenauer)||2:45|
|12.||Nearer, My God, to Thee (Traditional, arranged by Steven Ganci)||5:46|
|13.||Suite from Raise the Titanic – Raise The Titanic (John Barry)||6:18|
|14.||Hymn to the Sea – Titanic (James Horner / vocals by Kristi Holden)||6:25|
|15.||My Heart Will Go On (Vocalise) – Titanic (James Horner / vocals by Kristi Holden)||5:51|
|16.||BONUS TRACK: Raise the Titanic|
On April 10th, it will be the 100th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.
And to celebrate the anniversary, BUYSOUNDTRAX Records will be releasing an album featuring a collection of new recordings performed by the White Star Chamber Orchestra and chorus conducted by Dan Redfeld. The digital version will be released on April 2nd, while the album release featuring extensive liner notes from the music of the production will be released on April 10th. The first 100 copies purchased from the BUYSOUNDTRAX website will be autographed by Music Director Dan Redfeld and vocalist Zoe Poledouris Roche.
“We’ve taken these film scores and re-imagined them into a different kind of compilation album,” said the album’s producer, Ford A. Thaxton. “This is a very different take on it. We wanted to do something that would have a timeless quality to it.”
The album features versions of music composed by James Horner for the film “Titanic”, including Zoe Poledouris Roche’s version of “My Heart Will Go On”. Also, included on this album is a version of Howard Blake’s “S.O.S. Titanic”, a version of John Barry’s “Raise the Titanic”, a version of John Williams “The Titanic Trot” from the TV series “The Time Tunnel” and selections from Maury Yeston’s Tony winning musical “Titanic”. Also, included are two historical tracks, an arrangement of traditional Irish music (by Joohyun Park) including “Nearer, My God, To Thee”, the song that was reported to have been performed by a band during the sinking of the Titanic.
Dan Redfeld was chosen to compose the music for this album. Redfeld said, “I’m not sure I know what the attraction was,” he said. “It’s the fact that it was the grandest ship in the world and it hits an iceberg and sinks and 1500 people go down. It’s the whole series of little events that lead to this massive catastrophe. It’s the people who stayed at their posts, particularly the stokers under the ship who kept the ship lit and the band playing on until the last moments. I don’t know if that kind of character exists anymore. There is just such incredible drama about it and I think it’s what gets to people about it. The epic-ness of the disaster, for a composer, evokes passionate music.”
Having listened to the recently released “Titanic: Collector’s Anniversary Edition”, I can easily say that the “Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage” soundtrack is a wonderful and fresh take on the music of James Horner but also the music of other composers and musicians. As Redfeld mentioned, a major disaster such as the sinking of the Titanic can evoke passionate music and rather cover the music that James Horner and others have done, they chose to do their own re-imagining of the music. And for some, they may enjoy the versions presented in this album over the original.
I enjoyed listening to “Southampton/Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch”, “Rose” and even the Vocalise version of “My Heart Will Go On”. Actress and Looner vocalist Zoe Peledouris Roche’s version of “My Heart Will Go On” was an interesting and different take on the Celine Dion classic.
I absolutely love the musical songs such as “We’ll Meet Tomorrow” and “Doing the Latest Rag” and I have never watched the original musicals, so it was quite entertaining to hear this music and other tracks from the musical.
Overall, “Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage” is an album with diverse music, featuring a balance of beautiful instrumental and vocal tracks, but if anything, a wonderful accompaniment to those who have purchased the “Titanic: Collector’s Anniversary Edition” album or for those wanting music that is fresh, enjoyable and different from the original versions.
“Titanic: An Epic Musical Voyage” is recommended!
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