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Journey to the Center of the Earth



Journey to the Center of the Earth

Original Soundtrack Recording, conducted by Bernard Herrmann, 1959.

Varese Sarabande VSD-5849 (CD, 1997).
The original soundtrack recording of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) is being released for the very first time on CD. This is not a re-recording, but the original music tracks in full, glorious stereophonic sound. The disc sounds spectacular. Every note, every detail can be heard and relished. Even Pat Boone's songs are included. You will experience thrills and chills as you descend towards the center of the earth with this musical masterpiece. Organs, harps, low woodwinds and brass convey the exhiliration of discovery, adventure, and wonderment. This is quintessential Bernard Herrmann and is a must for those that love his music. A 10 out of 10!

Track listing:
  1. Fox Fanfare (by Alfred Newman, 1953 version) (:14)
  2. Prelude (1:51)
  3. Explosions/The Message (1:33)
  4. The Faithful Heart/My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose ++ (3:45)
  5. The Mountain/The Crater (1:43)
  6. Abduction/The Count and Groom (2:03)
  7. Mountain/Sunrise/Rope/Torch/March (3:11)
  8. Sign/Sleep/False Arrows/Fall/Grotto (5:09)
  9. Twice As Tall * ++ (2:33)
  10. Lost/Bridge/Gas Cave/Vines (4:42)
  11. Saltslides/Pool/Dead Groom/The Gun (5:08)
  12. The Canyon/Cave Glow/Mushroom Forest (4:10)
  13. Underground Ocean/The Dimetroden's Attack (5:23)
  14. The Faithful Heart * ++ (4:31)
  15. Magnetic Storm/Whirpool/The Beach (2:55)
  16. The Duck/The Count's Death (3:42)
  17. The Lost City/Atlantis (3:47)
  18. Giant Chameleon/The Fight (1:47)
  19. Earthquake/The Shaft (2:16)
  20. Finale * (:30)


* not used in the film
++ music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, sung by Pat Boone


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