"Living in the Age of Airplanes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" by James Horner on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

17 Ratings

This Horner's ode to joy.

BillinPortland,

Fresh, inspiring, soaring (of course), beautifully-orchestrated, and a real gut punch to the emotions in several places. I can't remember the last Horner soundtrack I bought that I played through from start to finish without even a thought of occasionally hitting the 'forward' button. Every single track is a gem.

Given his love of flying, it is bittersweet perfection that this is the final release in his catalog. Among his posthumous releases I wasn't a fan of his classical works and his final scores (Southpaw, The 33 and Magnificent 7) were sporadically decent but not the most memorable efforts. This project, on the other hand, drew inspiration, joy and enthusiasm out of him like I haven't heard in a long time.

Every Horner fan should download this and savor it. IMO, it's his most satisfying and original work in years.

Outstanding

AAjetblast5,

Incredible soundtrack, wonderful movie!

About James Horner

Famed for his lush, sweeping scores for films including Braveheart, Apollo 13, and Titanic, the prolific composer James Horner was born in Los Angeles on August 14, 1953. Educated at London's Royal College of Music as well as local universities USC and UCLA, he landed his first motion picture assignments during the 1970s, scoring B-movies like The Lady in Red, Humanoids of the Deep, and Battle Beyond the Stars for producer Roger Corman's New World organization. By 1982, Horner had moved on to major studio fare including 48 Hrs. and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and four years later he notched his first Academy Award nominations for his score to the science fiction classic Aliens as well as for the song "Somewhere Out There," from the animated picture An American Tail. In 1989, Horner earned a second Oscar nomination for his score to Field of Dreams, that same year winning a Grammy for his work on the Civil War drama Glory; in 1995 he was honored with two more Academy Award nominations, for Braveheart and Apollo 13.

Horner finally struck Oscar gold in 1997, taking home statuettes for his score to the blockbuster Titanic as well as the film's original song "My Heart Will Go On," a hit for Celine Dion. After writing scores for movies like Commando and The New World, Film Music Masterworks: Original Soundtracks, which contained pieces from some of Horner's best-known work (Apollo 13, Braveheart, Willow, and of course, Titanic, among others), was issued in 2006. Horner's output in the 2000s was not nearly as prolific as in the 1990s, but he continued to produce sterling work, earning three further Oscar nominations for A Beautiful Mind (2001), House of Sand and Fog (2003), and Avatar (2009), the colossal success of which almost rivaled that of Titanic. He also wrote the theme to the CBS Evening News program, heard daily by millions of Americans. He continued to be an in-demand presence in film well into the 21st century, scoring big-budget box office smashes like The Amazing Spider-Man and Ender's Game. The year 2012 saw the release of a lavish, four-disc, 25th anniversary edition of his most popular work, Titanic -- the most successful orchestral score album in history. Horner died on June 22, 2015 when the single-engine turboprop aircraft he was piloting alone crashed in California's Los Padres National Forest west of Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • BORN
    Aug 14, 1953

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