14 Songs, 39 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings

Something To Be Aware Of

I am a ridiculously huge Joe Hisaishi fan; there is not an album of his that I do not like. However, with that said, people who purchase this should be aware that this is the soundtrack to the JAPANESE version of "Castle in the Sky;" unlike the rest of Hayao Miyazaki's films, "Castle in the Sky" was given a new soundtrack when Pixar dubbed it in English. The ENGLISH version of "Castle in the Sky" has a soundtrack much more similar in feel to Hisaishi's later works as it was composed in the 90's or 2000's (I can't remember exactly when). This (again, the JAPANESE version) has a feel much more similar to the soundtracks of "Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind" and "My Neighbor Totoro." My four star rating is because I like the newer English dub soundtrack a lot better and I have yet to watch "Castle in the Sky" in Japanese so the original Japanese soundtrack doesn't sound quite right to me. However, those unfamiliar with the English version will certainly find this, like all of Hisaishi's works, to be a special treat.



The U.S. version of the soundtrack is far superior to this one because it was reorchestrated with real orchestral instruments rather than synth instruments. There were also new tracks added. Once you hear the new version you just can't go back to this one. They need to release that version on here! The purists probably kept it from coming on here....


Good for every pieces!

Before I discovered they released the whole album on iTunes, I have listened to many variation on Carrying You. But none of them approximated the original notes I listened to while watching the film. Then it's finally here! The animated film was put on in the 80s, however, it still has it's magical charm for me. It tells me a lot about friendship, war as well as technology and nature. You can find a new self in it. I believe you will find the album worthwhile.

About Joe Hisaishi

Most celebrated for his alternating touching and dynamic orchestral film scoring with Studio Ghibli animation director Hayao Miyazaki, Joe Hisaishi is a prolific Japanese composer of classical works, film scores, and experimental electronic and animation music. Born Mamoru Fujisawa in Nakano, Japan, Hisaishi began studying the violin at age five and went on to major in music composition at the Kunitachi College of Music. He released his first album in 1981. Titled Mkwaju, it was written for percussion ensemble with keyboard and computer programming. That was followed in 1982 by Information, credited to himself and his oft-used pseudonym for collaborators, Wonder City Orchestra. 1983 marked his first film score and first collaboration with Miyazaki, on 1984's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. With moments of sentimental strings and percussive fanfare, its range marks the dramatic emotional content of his scores to come. He continued to write original music outside of film, releasing dozens of his electronic and classical compositions throughout the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, all the while continuing to score films and provide accompanying image albums, vocal albums, and more for anime. Highlights of his collaborations with Miyazaki include animation scores for 1988's My Neighbor Totoro, 1997's Princess Mononoke, 2001 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature Spirited Away, and 2004's Howl's Moving Castle. He also scored multiple films for live-action director Takeshi Kitano, including Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or nominee Outrage, a yakuza film released in 2010. Several compilations of his classical and film music were released over his career, and while Miyazaki retired in 2013, Maestro Hisaishi continued to compose film scores and make appearances conducting orchestra concerts in Asia and Europe. ~ Marcy Donelson

Nakano, Nagano, Japan
December 6, 1950




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