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 Posted:   Sep 26, 2012 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

The original soundtrack for Howard Shore's score to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on Monday December 10th by Decca (Internationally) / Tuesday December 11th by WaterTower Records (USA) in two editions, Standard and Special, both of which are 2-disc sets.


Cover art (larger): http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/86/thehobbitsdtkcover900.jpg
Amazon Link (Currently $15.52): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O07NBQ/jwfancom-20

STANDARD EDITION:

DISC 1
01. My Dear Frodo (8:04)
02. Old Friends (4:29)
03. An Unexpected Party (3:52)
04. Axe or Sword? (5:57)
05. Misty Mountains performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast (1:42) Composed by J.R.R. Tolkien and Plan 9
06. The Adventure Begins (2:04) Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
07. The World is Ahead (2:19)
08. An Ancient Enemy(4:58)
09. Radagast the Brown (4:54)
10. Roast Mutton (4:02) Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
11. A Troll-hoard (2:38)
12. The Hill of Sorcery (3:50)
13. Warg-scouts (3:02)
TOTAL TIME: 51:51

DISC 2
14. The Hidden Valley (3:50)
15. Moon Runes (3:20)
16. The Defiler (1:13)
17. The White Council (7:19)
18. Over Hill (3:43)
19. A Thunder Battle (3:55)
20. Under Hill (1:55) Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
21. Riddles in the Dark (5:21)
22. Brass Buttons (7:37)
23. Out of the Frying-Pan (5:54)
24. A Good Omen (5:46)
25. Song of the Lonely Mountain performed by Neil Finn (4:09) Composed by Neil Finn and Plan 9
26. Dreaming of Bag End (1:49)
TOTAL TIME: 55:51

GRAND TOTAL TIME: 1:47:42


Cover art (Larger): http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/9624/thehobbitspecialsdtkcov.jpg
Amazon Link (Currently $22.23): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O07NDY/jwfancom-20

SPECIAL EDITION:

DISC 1
01. My Dear Frodo (8:03)
02. Old Friends (Extended Version) (5:00)
03. An Unexpected Party (Extended Version) (4:08)
04. Blunt the Knives performed by The Dwarf Cast (1:01)
Composed by J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen Gallagher
05. Axe or Sword? (5:59)
06. Misty Mountains performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast (1:42) Composed by J.R.R. Tolkien and Plan 9
07. The Adventure Begins (2:04)
08. The World is Ahead (2:19) Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
09. An Ancient Enemy (4:56)
10. Radagast the Brown (Extended Version) (6:37)
11. The Trollshaws (2:08)
12. Roast Mutton (Extended Version) (4:56)
Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
13. A Troll-hoard (2:38)
14. The Hill of Sorcery (3:50)
15. Warg-scouts (3:02)
TOTAL TIME: 58:23 (6:32 longer than OST disc 1)

DISC 2
16. The Hidden Valley (3:49)
17. Moon Runes (Extended Version) (3:39)
18. The Defiler (1:14)
19. The White Council (Extended Version) (9:40)
20. Over Hill (3:42) Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
21. A Thunder Battle (3:54)
22. Under Hill (1:54)
23. Riddles in the Dark (5:21)
24. Brass Buttons (7:37)
25. Out of the Frying-Pan (5:55)
26. A Good Omen (5:54)
27. Song of the Lonely Mountain (Extended Version) performed by Neil Finn (6:00) Composed by Neil Finn and Plan 9
28. Dreaming of Bag End (1:56)
EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS (8:14)
29. A Very Respectable Hobbit (1:20)
30. Erebor (1:19)
31. The Dwarf Lords (2:01)
32. The Edge of the Wild (3:34)
Composed by Howard Shore and Plan 9
TOTAL TIME: 1:08:40 (12:49 longer than OST disc 2 [4:35 longer from Extended Cues and 8:14 from Bonus Tracks])

GRAND TOTAL TIME: 2:07:03

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Samples!!

November 5th: AMC Theaters is doing a promotion where if you buy a large soda, you could a prize, one of which is a digital download of the track "Radagast The Brown" from the CD. This can also be heard on their official website here:

http://www.amctheatres.com/movie-news/2012/11/the-first-track-from-the-score-of-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey

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November 7th: The Hobbit's official website began broadcasting "Old Friends (Extended Version)" when you visit the home screen (http://www.thehobbit.com/). Here is a direct link to the official mp3:

http://www.thehobbit.com/media/background.mp3

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November 7th: qobuz.com began streaming 59 second samples of every track of both CD versions of the score:

http://www.qobuz.com/album/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-special-edition-howard-shore/0794043163920

http://www.qobuz.com/album/the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-howard-shore/0794043163890

UPDATE: qobuz has taken the samples down.

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November 9th: Fandango is giving away a digital download of "The Adventure Begins" if you pre-order tickets online.

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November 11th: Amazon.com has debuted new 30 second samples of every track!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3CVFMM/

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November 12th: Rolling Stone has debuted the entire "Song Of The Lonely Mountain" by Neil Finn in this article:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-finn-reaches-epic-heights-on-song-of-the-lonely-mountain-song-premiere-20121112


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November 13th: Empire Online is streaming the entire (standard version) OST!

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=35757


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November 26th: Warner Brothers is streaming the entire (standard version) OST online on their FYC website!

http://warnerbros2012.warnerbros.com/hfpa/film.php?film=thehobbit


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November 29th: Water Tower Records is now streaming 90 second samples of every track from both CD editions on their website

Water Tower Records official site has added 90 second samples of both editions to their respective pages:

Standard OST: http://www.watertower-music.com/releases_spotlight.php?search=WTM39372
Special Edition OST: http://www.watertower-music.com/releases_spotlight.php?search=WTM39373

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2012 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Odd. The film's latest poster says it will be on WaterTower Records.

James

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2012 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

I'll wait for The Complete Recordings. smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2012 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I'll preorder with Amazon, but I'm a little leary of the current $31.30 [Import] listing, so I'll probably wait until they have product information. This is the one score I can't wait for!

 
 Posted:   Sep 26, 2012 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   TheSeeker   (Member)

Jason -

please check what you are linking to. Most of the Amazon links go to an expensive "import" (like many pre-orders do), and I doubt anyone of us would be going after this one. The actual CD will, in all likelihood, receive a new and "real" page closer to the release date. And seeing as Dec. 3rd is over two months away, this thread is likely to be on page 47 or something.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   Marcus Stöhr   (Member)

Here is the press release:

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY SOUNDTRACK 2CD SET DUE DECEMBER 11TH FROM WATERTOWER MUSIC

Featuring Original Music by Academy Award™ Winner Howard Shore With An Original Song Performed by Neil Finn
2 CD Special Edition Soundtrack Also Available

WaterTower Music has announced the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all retailers on December 11th. The soundtrack will be available both digitally and as a 2 CD set. A Special Edition of the soundtrack featuring six exclusive bonus tracks, seven extended score cues, and deluxe liner notes will also be available December 11. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey features original score by Academy Award® winner Howard Shore recorded at famed Abbey Road studios by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally it includes an original song entitled "Song of the Lonely Mountain," written and performed by Neil Finn (Crowded House). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of a trilogy of films from Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), will be released in the U.S. on December 14, 2012.

Shore’s music for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy has been performed in concerts throughout the world. In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington, New Zealand. Since then, the work has had over 140 performances by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and has even been the subject of a book, Music of The Lord of the Rings Films.

"I have looked forward to returning to the imaginative world of Middle-earth for quite a while," says Shore. "I read all of the books by Tolkien, including The Hobbit, when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me."

"It’s a thrill for us to work with Howard Shore on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack" stated WaterTower Music head Jason Linn, "His reputation and body of work have long inspired us, and we look forward to another successful partnership as we embark on the next chapter of our journey together."

One of today’s most respected, honored, and active composers and music conductors, Howard Shore previously worked with director Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which stands as his most towering achievement to date. He won three Academy Awards for his music for those films, two for Best Original Score, and one for Best Original Song. Shore has also won numerous other honors for his film work, including four Grammys and three Golden Globe Awards.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on WaterTower Music in the United States and Decca Records outside the United States. It will be available on December 11, 2012. The track listings for the 2 CD Standard and 2CD Deluxe versions are as follows:

THE HOBBIT SPECIAL EDITION TRACKLIST

DISC 1:
My Dear Frodo
Old Friends (Extended Version)
An Unexpected Party (Extended Version)
Blunt the Knives performed by The Dwarf Cast
Axe or Sword?
Misty Mountains performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast
The Adventure Begins
The World is Ahead
An Ancient Enemy
Radagast the Brown (Extended Version)
The Trollshaws Roast Mutton (Extended Version)
A Troll-hoard The Hill of Sorcery
Warg-scouts

DISC 2:
The Hidden Valley
Moon Runes (Extended Version)
The Defiler
The White Council (Extended Version)
Over Hill
A Thunder Battle
Under Hill
Riddles in the Dark
Brass Buttons
Out of the Frying-Pan
A Good Omen
Song of the Lonely Mountain (Extended Version) performed by Neil Finn Dreaming of Bag End

EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS
A Very Respectable Hobbit
Erebor
The Dwarf Lords
The Edge of the Wil

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

WOW - two discs of score! Amazing!

I'm a bit confused - what are the tracks marked "Extended Version" extended from?

In the regular 2-disc edition (vs the 2-disc special edition), are they shorter versions of those tracks?

Also, hoping and praying there won't be download-only bonus tracks, as Watertower is wont to do.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Marcus Stöhr   (Member)

WOW - two discs of score! Amazing!

I'm a bit confused - what are the tracks marked "Extended Version" extended from?

In the regular 2-disc edition (vs the 2-disc special edition), are they shorter versions of those tracks?


I guess these tracks are extended on the Special Edition set over the regular set.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

I guess these tracks are extended on the Special Edition set over the regular set.

Depending on how extended the tracks are, I may be a sucker and buy both.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

How bizarre that the regular edition is still 2 discs.

Granted if this were a Japanese video game it'd likely get the complete score in the first go...

Nice to see it's all score and not some stupid extra crap though.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)


EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS
A Very Respectable Hobbit
Erebor
The Dwarf Lords
The Edge of the Wil


Surprised and delighted the second disc is more score music. Though it sounds like its gonna be another Easter Hunt debacle where one will have to purchase individual tracks from different venders in order to get everything just like Tron Legacy.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

I'll preorder with Amazon, but I'm a little leary of the current $31.30 [Import] listing, so I'll probably wait until they have product information. This is the one score I can't wait for!

Here is what I preordered from amazon, which looks like the special edition: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hobbit-Unexpected-Original-Soundtrack/dp/B009O07NDY/ref=pd_sim_sbs_m_1

It was a gold box special a few days ago, so I think I got it for $21. I also think the price will drop again. Amazon traditionally sells Watertower's single disc major releases (e.g. Harry Potter, Dark Knight Rises, Sherlock Holmes) for $9.99, so hopefully the two disc set will dip a bit more in price. But we will see . . .

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   Oscarilbo   (Member)

WOW - two discs of score! Amazing!

I'm a bit confused - what are the tracks marked "Extended Version" extended from?

In the regular 2-disc edition (vs the 2-disc special edition), are they shorter versions of those tracks?


I guess these tracks are extended on the Special Edition set over the regular set.


haha I think we are very much used to our expanded film score sets by our beloved labels that when we see something like this many imagine a regular version and an expanded version already.

I think those "extended" tracks may actually refer to how they appear in the actual movie, with the ones on the movie being shorter versions.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   mstrox   (Member)

EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS
A Very Respectable Hobbit
Erebor
The Dwarf Lords
The Edge of the Wil


Surprised and delighted the second disc is more score music. Though it sounds like its gonna be another Easter Hunt debacle where one will have to purchase individual tracks from different venders in order to get everything just like Tron Legacy.


Doug Adams just responded to me on Twitter - we won't have to search for download tracks - everything will be on the deluxe version!

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS
A Very Respectable Hobbit
Erebor
The Dwarf Lords
The Edge of the Wil


Surprised and delighted the second disc is more score music. Though it sounds like its gonna be another Easter Hunt debacle where one will have to purchase individual tracks from different venders in order to get everything just like Tron Legacy.


Doug Adams just responded to me on Twitter - we won't have to search for download tracks - everything will be on the deluxe version!


Sweet! Thanks for the info.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

To make it easier for everyone to see what's different, here are the two trackslists, numbered by me, with differences on the Special Edition bolded



Standard Edition (Currently $15.52 on Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O07NBQ/jwfancom-20

Disc 1:
01. My Dear Frodo
02. Old Friends
03. An Unexpected Party
04. Axe or Sword?
05. Misty Mountains performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast
06. The Adventure Begins
07. The World is Ahead
08. An Ancient Enemy
09. Radagast the Brown
10. Roast Mutton
11. A Troll-hoard
12. The Hill of Sorcery
13. Warg-scouts

Disc 2:
14. The Hidden Valley
15. Moon Runes
16. The Defiler
17. The White Council
18. Over Hill
19. A Thunder Battle
20. Under Hill
21. Riddles in the Dark
22. Brass Buttons
23. Out of the Frying-Pan
24. A Good Omen
25. Song of the Lonely Mountain performed by Neil Finn
26. Dreaming of Bag End


SPECIAL EDITION (Currently $22.23 on Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O07NDY/jwfancom-20

DISC 1:
01. My Dear Frodo
02. Old Friends (Extended Version)
03. An Unexpected Party (Extended Version)
04. Blunt the Knives performed by The Dwarf Cast

05. Axe or Sword?
06. Misty Mountains performed by Richard Armitage and The Dwarf Cast
07. The Adventure Begins
08. The World is Ahead
09. An Ancient Enemy
10. Radagast the Brown (Extended Version)
11. The Trollshaws
12. Roast Mutton (Extended Version)

13. A Troll-hoard
14. The Hill of Sorcery
15. Warg-scouts

DISC 2:
16. The Hidden Valley
17. Moon Runes (Extended Version)
18. The Defiler
19. The White Council (Extended Version)
20. Over Hill
21. A Thunder Battle
22. Under Hill
23. Riddles in the Dark
24. Brass Buttons
25. Out of the Frying-Pan
26. A Good Omen
27. Song of the Lonely Mountain (Extended Version) performed by Neil Finn
28. Dreaming of Bag End
EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACKS
29. A Very Respectable Hobbit
30. Erebor
31. The Dwarf Lords
32. The Edge of the Wild




So the Special Edition CD has 6 ENTIRELY new tracks (two inserted into the flow of the score, and 4 tacked onto the end), and 7 EXTENDED tracks.


Anyone want to take a stab at chronologically placing the 4 Bonus Tracks?

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Now how will I know whether I prefer the original versions or the extended versions?

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 8:38 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

I'm buying both versions, personally.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Well, since I always want as much score as possible there´s only one choice here.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2012 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

If both the regular and deluxe editions are two CDs, what's the reason for having two editions? Usually when there are two editions released simultaneously (not just for CDs, but for DVDs and Blu-rays) there's a basic single-disc version and a double-disc version with additional goodies on the second disc, which makes sense, but here?

But whatever the reason, I'm sure I'll eventually get the deluxe release myself as well.

 
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