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THE PAGEMASTER Soundtrack (1994)

THE PAGEMASTER

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1994
15
63:14
Fox Records

THE PAGEMASTER Soundtrack: Expanded Score (2015)

THE PAGEMASTER: Expanded Score

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2015
20
70:13
La La Land Records

REVIEW

The Pagemaster (ENGLISH)

The Pagemaster (James Horner). The adventures of the young Richard and his companions, the books Adventure, Fantasy and Horror, through the imaginary world protruded from the books of the library are narrated by James Horner's music across an entertaining soundtrack. This soundtrack contains a main theme at the level of the Horner's best and a development with abundant thematic with rich orchestration, especially in the tracks of action. Horner's experience in fantastic and infantile thematic is made palpable in the theme of the protagonist, the child Richard, presented at the end of the Main Title and in the track Dad Builds Treehouse. In addition, the main theme is adapted in the song Whatever You Imagine, another excellent adaptation of James Horner's score that demonstrates that he is probably the best in use the score to obtain a song, and examples of it are the unforgettable If We Hold On Together, I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You or My Heart Will Go On.

Apart, the soundtrack includes the song Dream Away, composed by the specialist in creating songs for films Diane Warren, which is featured during the end credits by Babyface and Lisa Stansfield.

The original album was edited in 1994 with 63 minutes of duration. The La La Land edition for the 2015 Christmas provides 7 minutes more and an extensive booklet with an original presentation imitating the form of a book, with notes about the movie and the tracks commented one by one.

The Pagemaster is probably one of the Horner's less visible soundtracks for the public, but an excellent work that the composer developed in the middle of the 90s, one of the composer's better productivity epochs.

El Guardián de las Palabras (ESPAÑOL)

El Guardián de las Palabras (James Horner). Las aventuras del pequeño Richard y sus compañeros, los libros Aventura, Fantasía y Terror, por el mundo imaginario salido de los libros de la biblioteca son narradas por la música de James Horner a través de una entretenida banda sonora. Dicha banda sonora contiene un tema principal a la altura de los mejores de Horner y un desarrollo con abundantes temáticas de rica orquestación, sobre todo en las pistas de acción. La experiencia de Horner en temáticas fantásticas e infantiles se deja palpable en el tema del protagonista, el niño Richard, presentada al final del Main Title y en la pista Dad Builds Treehouse. Además, el tema principal es versionado en la canción Whatever You Imagine, otra excelente adaptación del score de James Horner que demuestra que en esto de exprimir el score para obtener una canción es quizás el mejor, y ejemplos de ello son las inolvidables If We Hold On Together, I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You o My Heart Will Go On.

Aparte, la banda sonora incluye la canción Dream Away, compuesta por la especialista en canciones para cine Diane Warren, que es interpretada durante los créditos finales por Babyface y Lisa Stansfield.

El álbum original se editó en 1994 con 63 minutos de duración. La versión de La La Land para las navidades de 2015 aporta 7 minutos más y un extenso libreto con una original presentación imitando la forma de un libro, con notas sobre la película y las pistas comentadas una por una.

El Guardián de las Palabras es quizás una de las bandas sonoras de Horner menos visibles para el gran público, pero un excelente trabajo que el compositor desarrolló a mediados de los años 90, una de las épocas de mejor productividad del compositor.

TRACK LISTINGS
THE PAGEMASTER (1994)
Total Time: 63:14
  1. Dream Away - performed by Babyface and Lisa Stansfield (4:38)
  2. Whatever You Imagine - performed by Wendy Moten (3:27)
  3. Main Title (2:27)
  4. A Stormy Ride to the Library (2:52)
  5. The Library... The Pagemaster... (4:41)
  6. Meeting Adventure and Fantasy (5:12)
  7. Horror (3:20)
  8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (5:05)
  1. A Narrow Escape (2:04)
  2. Towards the Open Sea... (7:01)
  3. "Pirates"! (4:07)
  4. Loneliness (3:11)
  5. The Flying Dragon (3:10)
  6. Swallowed Alive! / The Wonder in Books (7:56)
  7. New Courage / The Magic of Imagination (4:03)
THE PAGEMASTER: Expanded Score (2015)
Total Time: 70:13
  1. Main Title (2:30)
  2. Dad Builds Treehouse* (0:23)
  3. A Stormy Ride To The Library (2:51)
  4. Library Card* (1:17)
  5. The Library… The Pagemaster… (4:42)
  6. Meeting Adventure And Fantasy (5:11)
  7. Baskerville Hound* (0:21)
  8. Horror (3:20)
  9. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (5:07)
  10. A Narrow Escape (2:05)
  11. Towards The Open Sea… (7:03)
  1. “Pirates!” (4:06)
  2. Loneliness (3:11)
  3. Fire Breathing Dragon (3:10)
  4. Swallowed Alive! / The Wonder In Books (7:55)
  5. New Courage / The Magic Of Imagination (4:11)
  6. Whatever You Imagine - Performed by Wendy Moten (3:29)
  7. Dream Away - Performed by Babyface & Lisa Stansfield (4:42)

  8. ADDITIONAL MUSIC
  9. Main Title (Alternate Ending)* (2:18)
  10. Loneliness (Alternate)* (2:20)

* Previously Unreleased

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