Back to Titanic

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Back to Titanic Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Titanic was a phenomenon in more ways than one. It was certainly unheard of for a film to break the billion-dollar barrier, but it was also unheard of for a largely instrumental soundtrack album to stay on top of the music charts for weeks on end. And it was James Horner's instrumentals that did it, too -- if it was just Celine Dion's single keeping it there, her own album would have fallen down the charts. So, Horner's Titanic was a blockbuster on par with the film, but there was one thing that distinguished it from James Cameron's movie -- there could be a sequel to the soundtrack. Both Sony Classical and Horner realized this simple fact, so they released Back to Titanic to coincide with the video release of Titanic in late summer 1998. Since much of his original score was on the original soundtrack, he had only a little bit of unreleased music for Back to Titanic. No problem -- fill out the rest of the album with Celtic music that served as inspiration for Horner and Cameron (Enya, however, is curiously absent), and add a new version of "My Heart Will Go On" that has film dialogue layered over the original recording, à la the popular radio-play version of Bruce Springsteen's Jerry Maguire love theme, "Secret Garden." The end result may be a little padded, but it's no less enjoyable, even if Back to Titanic doesn't hit the heights of its predecessor.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Titanic, film score
1 James Horner feat: King's College Choir of Cambridge / Cambridge Choristers of King's College / London Symphony Orchestra / Sissel 19:04 Amazon
2 James Horner feat: Gaelic Storm 03:49 Amazon
3 James Horner feat: I Salonisti 02:30 Amazon
Titanic, film score
4 James Horner 04:43 Amazon
5 James Horner 05:38 Amazon
6 James Horner 08:08 Amazon
7 James Horner feat: I Salonisti 02:49 Amazon
8 James Horner feat: Moya Brennan 03:32 Amazon
Titanic, film score
9 James Horner 04:36 Amazon
10 James Horner feat: London Symphony Orchestra 04:27 Amazon
11 James Horner feat: Céline Dion 04:42 Amazon
12 James Horner feat: Eileen Ivers 02:22
Titanic, film score
13 James Horner feat: Cambridge Choristers of King's College / Choristers Of Kings College / London Symphony Orchestra / Sissel 12:36 Amazon
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