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Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection

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Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection was released to coincide with the launch of the incredibly popular British period drama's third season. Like its 2011 predecessor, the collection relies almost solely on composer John Lunn's evocative score, which has become as synonymous with the series as the lavish costumes and immaculately detailed finery. The soundtrack features instrumental and vocal versions of the instantly familiar title sequence, the latter of which is performed by Mary Jess Leaverland; incidental music, a new vocal track, "I'll Count the Days," from Rebecca Ferguson with lyrics by Don Black, and covers of "Every Breath You Take" and "With or Without You," from the Scala & Kolacny Brothers. Unlike the period outfits, this very thorough and expertly sequenced Essential Collection, leaves little to the imagination.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Downton Abbey
1 7:09
2 3:18
3 2:16
4 1:58
5 4:14
Downton Abbey
6 2:34
7 1:19
8 5:24
9 1:51
10 2:41
The Downton Abbey
11 3:01
A Downton Abbey
12 2:03
Downton Abbey
13 4:44
14 3:26
15 1:53
16 1:52
17 2:50
A Downton Abbey
18 3:13
19 4:34
Downton Abbey
20 1:55
An Downton Abbey
21 2:45
A Downton Abbey
22 1:28
23 4:27
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