Halo 2, Vol. 2

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Original Score Composed and Produced By Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori. Album Produced by Nile Rodgers. Executive Producer Sandy Ting.

The Long Awaited Halo 2 Volume Two!!

Unlike its predecessor, Halo 2, Vol. 1, this sequel doesn1t offer any tracks by the likes of Breaking Benjamin or Incubus, though guitarist Steve Vai returns for a hilariously histrionic cameo on "Reclaimer" and Sumthing Else label boss (and Chic leader) Nile Rodgers remains on board as producer. Structuring the CD around a narrative-driven series of multi-part suites (though the track listing identifies the suites themselves and you can1t go directly to a favorite sub-part), composers Martin O1Donnell and Michael Salvatori show that when it comes to setting a mood, games composers don't have to fear comparisons with their Hollywood brethren. Things, for instance, get appropriately creepy on the "Destroyer's Provocation" part of "Mausoleum Suite." The main problem is that things sometimes sound too cheaply synthetic, as in "Unyielding." But considering we're dealing with a video game, the irony may not be lost on the fans. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews:

  • Good soundtrack
    This is a great compilation of music from Halo 2. It stays true to the actual game which had tons of great music in it. Defenitely one of the better soundtracks out there....more info
  • H2 orchestra music rocks
    If you enjoyed the game, this music will bring back great memories. This is all the classical music, so it's much different, and in my opinion much better, than Vol. 1. Definitely worth the money if you're a fan of the game and music....more info
  • Why wasn't this on the fist album?
    It is curious that the Halo 2 soundtrack was broken into two separate CD's in the first place, instead of just the 4 songs from the major bands that weren't part of the game. If you are true fan and just have to have all the music, drop the 10-12 bucks (new). Otherwise, I much prefer the music from Halo I....more info
  • First one was better
    I'm a huge fan of the first CD so bought the second... It has some great tracks but overall I thought that the first one was better....more info
  • If you are a fan of Halo and it's music...
    You will want this CD! Most of the music you hear in the game is a shortened version of the score that was written! It is an eclectic mix of contemporary rock with a classical flair! I strongly recommend this to music lovers as well as gamers that enjoy Halo!...more info
  • Halo 2 vol2
    I bought this CD for my son, who is 14. He loved it. Most of the music he listens to is video game music....more info
  • Great Soundtrack!
    Bungie made perhaps the best Xbox game ever with Halo 2. This symphonic soundtrack is great for any lovers of the game....more info
  • Not the Actual Game Soundtrack
    Compared to its first volume, one could say that the second part should have sufficed the fan's demand for the actual game soundtrack. Again, many of the musical pieces are somehow arranged---prolonged additions or changed in style--which was almost unlike from its first release.

    I bought the second volume because I wanted the original game soundtrack (from the purist perspective), not for some licensed altered versions of it. I already loved the first volume, and I thought that the second one would actually incorporate the actual soundtracks from the game....more info
  • Halo 2 v.2
    Over all good CD but not quite as good as the first one....more info
  • Good Follow-Up CD
    This CD probably won't be worth much to anyone who doesn't have a significant interest in either the artistic value of music or in the Halo series, but it's a good follow-up to the first CD. Definitely worth the money....more info
  • Another Reason To Love Halo
    Whenever I tell my friends about how interested I am in the Halo and Halo 2 music, they usually laugh. But the score of Halo and Halo 2 is amazing and just another reason why the Halo games were that good, in my opinion. Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori are a fantastic team and have never dissapointed thus far. To this day I own the Halo 1 soundtrack, and both Volumes of Halo 2 and I could honestly say that after listening to Volume 2, it's my favorite one yet. The strings, the drums, the horns, everything is put together so perfect. Most of the tracks are very soothing while the rest make your remember the action scenes in the game.

    I'd reccommend this soundtrack to anyone, even those not interested in the game. While the game owners will arguably enjoy it more, those who know nothing of Halo will still really like this soundtrack, that is if they appreciate good music.

    Favorite Track: Delta Halo Suite--Just awesome. Especially awesome midway through the song.

    Least Favorite Track: Mausoleum Suite--I don't hate it, but the others were certainly better....more info
  • At Last!
    Excellent. I've waited since I bought volume 1 to get this. Volume 2 lacks much of the vocals of vol. 1, and is much heavier on the instrumental side. I have to say that I really enjoyed it, if for no other good reason than because the music is almost like a smooth chapter tour of the game. I would definately recommend this to anyone who liked the game. Marty did a wonderful job on this one :)...more info
  • Marty, You've Done It Again
    Just when I thought he couldn't impress me further, Marty goes and produces a masterful second volume of the Halo 2 score. I have followed the production of this soundtrack rather closely, and I must say, it was well worth the wait. This has everything that Vol. 1 didn't, and, when combined with the previous soundtrack, has every single second of music you hear in Halo 2. This time around, there's no inspired music - just the cuts from the game. They are arranged in suites, which make for great listening. I'm not going to say Volume 1 is better than Volume 2, or 2 better than 1, because in my opinion, they are two must-have soundtracks for any hardcore Halo fan. If I had to pick a track as my favorite, it'd be Leonidas, the 3rd movement in the Delta Halo Suite. Marty is working his way up as one of the great composers of our time....more info
  • HALO 2 Volume 2: Double the Twos...Double teh awesomeness
    Here we are at Halo 2 Volume 2 OST. This one is more layered like Halo 1's CD with all of the games music arranged into a CD. Although I liked Halo 2 Vol 1, volume 2 is where the true compositional talent of Marty O'Donnell shines through. With over an hour of specatacular orhcestral music, volume 2 whisks you through the epic adventures and revelation that is Halo.
    ~ LazerBlader...more info
  • Best soundtrack yet. Marty is a genius!
    Volume one, in my opinion, was a great soundtrack. Some of the inspired music didn't fit with the Halo theme (with the exception of Incubus's Odyssey), but this album is absolutely amazing. The Suite structure truly makes this an immersive experience that somewhat follows the game's story. Marty is a master of composing. I bow to his skills. ...more info
    The first volume only had a few good themes, but volume 2 nearly every theme is good!!! I have been waiting for volume 2 to come out ever since I beated Halo 2 for Xbox. I was dying to get the theme from the menu of the game which apparently is titled "Unforgotten" (One of my fav theme). All Halo fans should go out and get this soundtrack, even the ones who haven't play the game should check it out....more info
  • Remembrance
    This is the soundtrack that should originally been released versus the version 1 that was riddled with Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin. Listening to this soundtrack brings you through the game in a cohesive manner in which you will remember all the levels and moments that made Halo 2. From the prologue when you booted up your Halo 2 disc for the first time to the epilogue when you were still gripping your controller in triumph (or devastation over the cliff-hanger) this soundtrack is the real deal.
    A great buy and a must own for all Halo 2 addicts and videogame music fans....more info
  • Better than the first volume
    As a seven year drummer, I really loved the percussion pieces. They consisted mostly of military style snares and at other times, very African culture-esque toms. Also, I enjoyed how all the pieces were from the game unlike the first volume's. Sure Incubus is a great band and their drummer beyond outstanding, but I thought their style of music deviated from the Halo universe.

    In volume 2, the transitions aren't that bad and luckily, there wasnt any cheesy trance-like remixes (aka Never Surrender of vol 1) =). Overall, I'd say that this is a great buy for anyone including upstart artists who are looking for melding different instruments and vocals but a must-buy for fans of the game. ...more info
  • Better than Volume 1 by far
    Like the description states, Halo 2 Volume 2 uses a suite structure for the music. In this aspect, I find the music very pleasing throughout. I find it rather enjoyable for the most part, but it's my opinion, Marty O'Donnel could have created better transitions between some of the pieces.

    One thing I do have to say. Some of the music, such as the horns from Prologue for example, carry over onto other tracks. While it gives the album as a whole a better sense of cohesiveness, sometimes I think, "I just heard this!"

    I'm a fan of the Halo games foremost, but I'm also a fan of the music. I've waited for much of this music to come out since I've played the game and was dismayed to find Volume 1 didn't contain certain pieces, such as Epilogue. Beautiful string-work there. Mombasa Suite is another piece I very much enjoy. If you've seen the E3 demo (now included in Halo: Combat Evolved, under Demos, I believe), you'll notice the first set was used in that. It also includes the percussion used in 'Ghosts of Reach' from Volume 1.

    Overall, this shows a lot of effort has been put into it, compared to Halo 2: Volume 1 (Personally, I could have lived without the Hoobastank and Nataraj tracks, but that's another review!). The composition is not at all displeasing to the ear. Therefore, I've given five stars....more info