Halo 2 Vol. 2 CD (2006)

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Great soundtrack

by Hal on 11/28/2007

If you are a HALO fan you will really like this soundtrack. Its the second part of the HALO 2 soundtrack and includes music that is in the game but not on volume 1. One of the tracks is music that is heard during the game's screensaver mode. In fact, this haunting melody is what I was hoping would be on Volume 1. The High Charity suite is just plain beautiful. I have since ordered the 2-CD soundtrack to HALO 3. More of the same but there are also new tracks to enjoy. As for the sameness, this is to be expected to a point since HALO 3 is a continuation and conclusion to the series. Very easy to listen to and enjoy even if you''re not a HALO fan. If you like good instrumental music then you should get all the HALO CDs.

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Original Score Composed and Produced By Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori. Album Produced by Nile Rodgers. Executive Producer Sandy Ting.

The Long Awaited Halo 2 Volume Two!


Label Sumthing Else
SKU 202470108
UPC 669311201829
UPC 14 00669311201829
Format CD
Release Date 4/25/2006
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Nile Rodgers
CatalogID SE 20182
Lable Name Bungie
Released 2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 59s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00669311201829
Album Notes and Credits
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 2, video game music: Prologue. 1. Rising / 2. Cloistered Expectancy / 3. Weight of Failure: Rising / Cloistered Expectancy / Weight Of Failure
2 Halo 2, video game music: Cairo Suite. 1. Cold Blue Light / 2. Waking Spartan / 3. Jeweled Hull / 4. Chill Exposure: Cold Blue Light / Waking Spartan / Jeweled Hull / Chill Exposure
3 Halo 2, video game music: Mombasa Suite. 1. Metropole / 2. Broken Gates / 3. Encounter: Metropole / Broken Gates / Encounter
4 Halo 2, video game music: Unyielding
5 Halo 2, video game music: Mausoleum Suite. 1. Destroyer's Invocation / 2. Falling Up / 3. Infected / 4. Shudder: Destroyer's Invocation / Falling Up / Infected / Shudder
6 Halo 2, video game music: Unforgotten
7 Halo 2, video game music: Delta Halo Suite. 1. Penance / 2. Wage / 3. Leonidas / 4. Dust and Bones: Penance / Wage / Leonidas / Dust And Bones
8 Halo 2, video game music: Sacred Icon Suite. 1. Cortege / 2. Opening Volley / 3. Veins of Stone: Cortege / Opening Volley / Veins Of Stone
9 Halo 2, video game music: Reclaimer
10 Halo 2, video game music: High Charity Suite. 1. Rue and Woe / 2. Respite / 3. Antediluvia / 4. Pursuit of Truth: Rue And Woe / Respite / Antediluvia / Pursuit Of Truth
11 Halo 2, video game music: Finale. 1. Great Journey / 2. Thermopylae Soon: Great Journey / Thermopylae Soon
12 Halo 2, video game music: Epilogue. 1. Beholden / 2. Road to Voi / 3. Subsume: Beholden / Road To Voi / Subsume

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Great soundtrack by Hal on Nov 28, 2007