Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Vol 1 CD (2004)

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The bulk of the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack CD features the new symphonic compositions by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, the composers behind the best-selling Halo®: Combat Evolved soundtrack. The soundtrack also includes all new compositions from some of today’s most exciting rock bands, including "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin, "Connected" by Hoobastank and "The Odyssey" by Incubus; which serve to fulfill the ultimate vision of Marty O’Donnell’s epic orchestral score.


Label Sumthing Else Music Works
SKU 63916944
UPC 669311201324
UPC 14 00669311201324
Format CD
Release Date 11/9/2004
Author Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Eric Miller; Mike Plotnikoff; Richard Hilton
Producer Martin O'Donnell; Nile Rodgers; Howard Benson; Brendan O'Brien; Nile Rodgers
CatalogID SE 20132
Lable Name Sumthing Distribution
Released 11/09/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 19s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00669311201324
Album Notes and Credits
Composers: Martin O'Donnell; Michael Salvatori.
Personnel: Nile Rodgers (vocals); Steve Vai (guitar); Flea (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Recording information: Bay 7 Studios, Valley Villiage; Le Crib; Sparky Dark, Calabasas, CA.
With video-game soundtracks developing into a full-fledged genre of their own, the meticulous remixing, compiling, and production on 2004's HALO 2 heralded the trend. Reworked versions of the video game's original theme music by Michael Salvatori and Marty O'Donnell take up the bulk of the album, with an overall sound that owes a debt to contemporary electronica, New Age ambient, 1970s stadium rock, and orchestral music alike. The surging, cinematic vibe of HALO 2 's original score offsets the alternative-rock and metal acts that populate the rest of the set list.
Breaking Benjamin, for example, mix an epic, guitar-heavy attack with post-punk flourishes on the rousing "Blow Me Away," while Hoobastank, whose "Connected" is included here as a bonus track, recalls the soaring, grungy sound of early Pearl Jam. But it is the extended suite by nu-metal band Incubus that stands out. "Odyssey," split into four movements evenly spaced throughout the soundtrack, touches on prog rock, spacey jams, tribal drumming, and avant-garde jazz-funk, and makes for some of the most interesting listening here. Also of note is that HALO 2 is produced by Nile Rodgers; his slicing, high-definition sound engineering makes this carnival of music all the more enjoyable.
Disc 1
1 Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix ["Halo 2"]
2 Blow Me Away ("Halo 2")
3 Peril ("Halo 2")
4 Ghosts of Reach ("Halo 2")
5 Follow (1st Movement of the Odyssey) ("Halo 2")
6 Heretic, Hero ("Halo 2")
7 Flawed Legacy ("Halo 2")
8 Impend ("Halo 2")
9 Never Surrender ("Halo 2")
10 Ancient Machine ("Halo 2")
11 2nd Movement of the Odyssey ("Halo 2")
12 In Amber Clad ("Halo 2")
13 Last Spartan ("Halo 2")
14 Orbit of Glass ("Halo 2")
15 3rd Movement of the Odyssey ("Halo 2")
16 Heavy Price Paid ("Halo 2")
17 Earth City ("Halo 2")
18 High Charity ("Halo 2")
19 4th Movement of the Odyssey ("Halo 2")
20 Remembrance ("Halo 2")
21 Connected ("Halo 2")

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