Cutthroat Island
John Debney

  • Original Score Composed by: John Debney
  • Label: Silva Screen
  • Online Ordering Options: Amazon.com (Import)

John Debney won an EMMY for his main title for SeaQuest DSV -- which I enjoyed -- but I bought this on someone's recommendation that said it was the best score of all time. The first time I listened to this I thought: "What is this guy talking about?". The second time I thought it wasn't bad, and by the time I listened to it a third time I actually liked it.

Its suitability for roleplaying is unquestionable, as I get the feeling Debney choose all his favourite tunes and rapped it up into this score. Most of the music is action orientated, so will work best with . . . well, action orientated adventures. I would tend to use the music for fantasy genre roleplaying, especially if you can dig up a few pirates.

On the whole, its diversity is its greatest strength. A good, solid score. If you want fantastic, look at Willow.

Track Listing and Notes

  1. Main Title: Morgan's Ride (4:39) - opening (action, excitement)
  2. Carriage Chase (7:21) - chase
  3. The Language of Romance (2:39) - mystery ~ longing
  4. Setting Sail (1:03) - adventure
  5. To the Bottom of the Sea (2:43) - majestic
  6. Morgan Takes the Ship (4:30) - fight
  7. The Funeral (1:30) - sad
  8. The Rescue (3:41) - mysterious ~ sad
  9. Discovery of Treasure (2:19) - revelation
  10. The Big Jump (2:38) - attack ~ happiness
  11. The Storm Begins (2:33) - danger
  12. Morgan Captured/Sword Fight (5:23) - danger ~ flight
  13. Shaw Steals the Map (3:30) - something in the night ~ danger
  14. Escape from Mordechai's (2:08) - flight
  15. Charting the Course (2:19) - race
  16. First Kiss (1:54) - love theme
  17. The Battle (6:09) - fight
  18. Dawg's Demise/The Triumph (3:31) - death ~ victory
  19. It's Only Gold/End Credits (9:47) - happy ~ ending

Total Running Time: 70:29

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