Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Walt Disney
Release date
22 Jul 2003
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Fog Bound 2:16 91,477
2 The Medallion Calls 1:52 104,397
3 The Black Pearl 2:16 114,190
4 Will and Elizabeth 2:08 98,484
5 Swords Crossed 3:16 74,156
6 Walk the Plank 1:58 75,559
7 Barbossa Is Hungry 4:06 84,180
8 Blood Ritual 3:33 75,836
9 Moonlight Serenade 2:08 82,039
10 To the Pirates' Cave! 3:31 41,218
11 Skull and Crossbones 3:24 81,064
12 Bootstrap's Bootstraps 2:38 61,264
13 Underwater March 4:12 67,088
14 One Last Shot 4:46 69,360
15 He's a Pirate 1:30 189,726

About this album

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl soundtrack is the official soundtrack album from the film of the same name. The album was released on July 22, 2003, by Walt Disney Records and contains selections of music from the movie’s score. The music of the film and this album are both credited to composer Klaus Badelt. The score is mostly famous for its quick and mysterious production, as well as its considerable departure from the genre’s traditional musical style.

Composer Alan Silvestri was originally hired to write the score for The Curse of the Black Pearl. However due to creative differences between him and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Silvestri left the project and Gore Verbinski asked Hans Zimmer, whom he had worked with on The Ring, to step in. Zimmer declined to do the bulk of the composing as he was busy scoring The Last Samurai, a project during which he claimed he had promised not to take any other assignments. As a result he referred Verbinski to Klaus Badelt, a relatively new composer who’d been a part of Remote Control Productions (known as Media Ventures at the time) for three years.

Zimmer however ended up collaborating with Badelt to write most of the score’s primary themes, many of which are featured in an all-synthesized demo credited to him (available to listen to from a link about halfway down this page. A slightly shorter version of this cue is also included in Pirates of the Caribbean: Soundtrack Treasures Collection.

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