I purchased this score before it became available on MP3 and spent mage bucks to get it, but boy is it worth it! "The Land Before Time" original score is a gem that is usually forgotten, but has some of the most powerful music I have ever heard. There's no singing except the end title song, but it begins as the film comes to a close so perfectly you have to watch more just to hear it sung as the film leaves the dinosaurs and goes into the forest paralleling the opening titles and narration. What surprised me about the soundtrack was how long the songs were. Disney would have broken it up into several songs and ruined the flow, but not Universal. The pieces are presented as a whole, the most notable being the near ten minutes that have Little Foot and Cera popping bubbles, to the Sharptooth's dramatic entrance and then showdown with Little Foot's mother. The music then seamlessly goes into the earthquake and the Sharptooth's plunge into the canyon before the track...
It's "hidden gems" like this that show where a musician's talent and inspiration come from. In the case of James Horner, this particular score is often forgotten and dismissed as a "kid's movie," and therefore not worth listening to. Funny how that works, because I still remember the music from this movie more than anything else. I first saw this movie over thirteen years ago. The fact that practically every note, every beautiful prehistoric theme is still fresh in my mind, is a testament to this album's greatness. Granted, the price can be a bit of a factor in deciding whether or not to buy this, but for a serious collector, James Horner buff, or soundtrack lover in general, I would highly recommend this album.
There is never a dull moment in this soundtrack. It gives me goosebumps! Along with 'Willow', I think this is one of James Horner's best! This music conveys adventure, danger, playfulness, hardship and triumph. Everything a good story should have! Unlike some of his newer music in recent movies, this soundtrack is not just background music. It has life of its own and makes for a powerfully emotional sensory experience. Highly recommended for soundtrack collectors and everyone who loves amazing, emotional instrumental music.
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