Klaus Badelt

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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The soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean was originally composed by Alan Silvestri, who left the project prior to the film's release. Credited to Klaus Badelt, a protégé of Hans Zimmer, it was hastily assembled at the last minute, resulting in a paint-by-numbers exercise in big studio fluff that required the work of several unnamed composers. Badelt and his mysterious co-conspirators have created a schizophrenic pastiche of Hollywood excess -- much like the film itself -- disguised as a traditional score. The swashbuckling is propelled by an instantly unmemorable -- albeit rousing -- motif that contains bits of every action score in existence. "Fog Bound" starts off with a sprightly Celtic flair before dissolving into a generic Jerry Bruckheimer wash of keyboard strings and synthetic flute patches. This is the case for much of the record, resulting in inspired flashes of creativity amidst a barrage of filler.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, film score
1 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:16 Amazon
2 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:52 Amazon
3 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:16 Amazon
4 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:08 Amazon
5 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:15 Amazon
6 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:58 Amazon
7 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:06 Amazon
8 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:32 Amazon
9 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:08 Amazon
10 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:30 Amazon
11 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 03:23
12 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
13 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:12 Amazon
14 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 04:46 Amazon
15 Klaus Badelt feat: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra 01:30 Amazon
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