300 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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300 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Tyler Bates
Released March 6, 2007
Genre Film Score
Length 64:50
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Tyler Bates
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Filmtracks 1/5 stars
Movie Music UK 1/5 stars
Movie Wave 0/5 stars
ScoreNotes 5/10 stars
SoundtrackNet 3/5 stars
Tracksounds 3.5/5 stars

300 is the soundtrack to the 2007 film 300. It was composed by Tyler Bates and was released on March 6, 2007, three days before the film opened for public viewing.

The lyrics sung are in Greek and Latin. The opening lines of the track "Come and Get Them" are "Ferto! – Parte to!" (φέρτο! – πάρτε το!) translating as "give it! – get it!". It is said that Leonidas exclaimed Molōn Labe! (Μολὼν Λαβέ!) when asked by Xerxes to surrender their weapons.

There exists a normal edition and a deluxe edition containing photos and artwork from the film. The soundtrack debut at #74 on the Billboard Top 200 and rose to #52 in its second week. It has sold 37,638 copies to date.

The song used in the trailers of the movie, Nine Inch Nails's "Just Like You Imagined", is absent from the soundtrack. The song "Knights of Cydonia" by Muse is used in one of the movie's DVD advertisements.[citation needed]

The track, "Come And Get Them" was used for the trailer of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

300 was orchestrated and conducted by Timothy Williams.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "To Victory" – 2:33
  2. "The Agoge" – 2:24
  3. "The Wolf" – 2:09
  4. "Returns a King" – 2:23
  5. "Submission" – 2:39
  6. "The Ephors" – 1:58
  7. "Cursed by Beauty" – 1:40
  8. "What Must a King Do?" – 1:04
  9. "Goodbye My Love" – 3:21
  10. "No Sleep Tonight" – 2:32
  11. "Tree of the Dead" – 2:23
  12. "The Hot Gates" – 2:59
  13. "Fight in the Shade" – 3:16
  14. "Come And Get Them" – 2:04
  15. "No Mercy" – 2:22
  16. "Immortals Battle" – 1:52
  17. "Fever Dream" – 2:32
  18. "Xerxes' Tent" – 3:19
  19. "Tonight We Dine in Hell" – 1:13
  20. "The Council Chamber" – 2:33
  21. "Xerxes' Final Offer" – 2:37
  22. "A God King Bleeds" – 2:16
  23. "Glory" – 1:43
  24. "Message for the Queen" – 2:30
  25. "Remember Us" – 2:56
  26. "To Victory" (Philip Steir's Sacrifice for Sparta Remix) – 5:32 (iTunes Bonus track)

Copyright issues[edit]

The soundtrack borrows elements from Elliot Goldenthal's 1999 score for Titus, giving rise to some controversy in the film composer community. "Remember Us," from 300, is identical in parts to the "Finale" from Titus, and "Returns A King" (300) is nearly identical to "Victorius Titus."[1][2][3] On August 3, 2007, Warner Bros. Pictures acknowledged in an official statement, "a number of the music cues for the score of "300" were, without our knowledge or participation, derived from music composed by Academy Award winning composer Elliot Goldenthal for the motion picture "Titus." Warner Bros. Pictures has great respect for Elliot, our longtime collaborator, and is pleased to have amicably resolved this matter."[4]

Reception[edit]

Upon its release, the 300 soundtrack received mostly negative reviews from film music reviewers, largely due to the Goldenthal plagiarism. Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks.com refused to review the album upon its release, later giving the album one star and quoting Bates as saying "I have as much respect for a garbage can lid as I do for the orchestra. Both of them can be entirely useful and important in the scope of a movie, if you look at them the right way." Clemmensen responds "That's a wise statement, but it's completely irrelevant unless you can actually use that garbage can lid in a manner that doesn't break the law.". James Southall of Movie Wave gave the album his first-ever "no stars" rating, calling it a "despicable album; all those involved should be ashamed (not to mention prosecuted)".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Justin Bielawa (2007-02-27), Jonathan Shearon, ed., 300, Music On Film, archived from the original on 2007-09-27, retrieved 2007-03-18 
  2. ^ James Southall. "300". Movie Wave. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  3. ^ Demetris Christodoulides. "300" (in Spanish). Score Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  4. ^ "300 on DVD". 2007-08-03. Retrieved 2007-08-03.