Soundtrack Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Soundtrack Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean The Curse Of The Black Pearl

Pirates Of The Caribbean The Curse Of The Black Pearl soundtrack review: This is a review of the film score Pirates Of The Caribbean The Curse Of The Black Pearl by Hans Zimmer & Klaus Badelt.

At a glance:

15 tracks
44 minutes of score
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 44.02
Album Excellence: 100%
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In 2003 the first Pirates Of The Caribbean movie came out starring Johnny Depp as the pirate Jack Sparrow. The first movie was called The Curse Of The Black Pearl and was directed by Gore Verbinski. Verbinski had previously worked with Alan Silvestri on “The Mexican” and “Mousehunt” and it was reported that Silvestri was going to score this movie. It never happened and Zimmer, who Verbinski had worked with for “The Ring” was brought on board along with Klaus Badelt. “Composed and Conducted by Klaus Badelt” it says on the cover, but it was in fact Zimmer who was the main composer on the score. Badelt was involved in almost all of the cues but a host of other composers was involved as well. Ramin Djawadi, Steve Jablonsky, Geoff Zanelli, Nick Glennie-Smith and Blake Neely were all involved. This review is part of Composer Of The Month.

The first adventure of Jack Sparrow was a fun one and so is the score. For a 2003 score it sounds a bit cheap though, and you would think that even technology was pretty decent back then so there’s no need for that. Putting that aside, the music is just so much fun. Jack Sparrow is Zimmer’s alternative universe version of a Tim Burton/Danny Elfman production or maybe it’s just what Johnny Depp gives to the role as the crazy captain. Some of the music sounds very much like it was lifted off Gladiator and some 90s action scores and listening to this now and then Zimmer’s newer scores you’ll notice a big change.

The main theme heard for the first time in ‘The Black Pearl’ is fun and inventive. It sounds very pirate-y and it’s also very hummable and identifiable. It’s a great theme and it’s used throughout the score and series. A great cue that’s always forgotten is ‘Swords Crossed’ which is one of the craziest action cues Zimmer has been involved in. Speaking of Jack Sparrow, a sort of theme for him can be heard in ‘Fog Bound’ and ‘Walk The Plank’, but it was changed a bit in later versions. The one cue “everyone” knows is ‘He’s A Pirate’. If a single was released from this score this would be it. There has been many remixes and versions of this cue. It’s the “Pirates” theme and fun as hell.

This is Zimmer at his bombastic best and a must-have for any serious Zimmer fan.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Fog Bound
2. The Medallion Calls
3. The Black Pearl
4. Will And Elisabeth
5. Swords Crossed
6. Walk The Plank
7. Barbossa Is Hungry
8. Blood Ritual
9. Moonlight Serenade
10. To The Pirates’ Cave!
11. Skull And Crossbones
12. Bootstrap’s Bootstraps
13. Underwater March
14. One Last Shot
15. He’s A Pirate

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Soundtrack Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean The Curse Of The Black Pearl, 8.1 out of 10 based on 30 ratings

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