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The Touch - Expanded

The Touch - Expanded

Limited Edition of 2,000 Units
BSX Records (BSXCD-8922)

Release Date: February 27, 2013

Performed by
China Philharmic Orchestra

Format: CD

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1. Legend Of The Touch 2:16
2. The Monkey King Enthralls 1:44
3. The Loveable Thief 0:32
4. The Heart Of Don Huang 1:37
5. In The Heart Of The Night 2:43
6. Memories Of Days Gone 3:38
7. Trouble Under Blue Skies 5:31
8. To The Rescue 0:51
9. "Who Will Know?" 1:39
10. Glimpses Down The Path 2:10
11. A Light Dimmed 2:29
12. Farewell King Soul 1:47
13. Healing Of Hearts 3:20
14. Thru' The Forest 3:11
15. Secrets Revealed 4:23
16. "I'll Never Leave You" 4:48
17. Destiny Awaits 12:49
18. I Believe 4:30
19. Time To Choose 3:28
20. The Touch (vocal by Kelly Chen) 3:56
  Total Album Time: 67:22

From the Manufacturer

The Touch Director Peter Pau was looking for a composer to write a large scale orchestral score for the film, along the lines of Jerry Goldsmith or John Williams. Editor Marshall Harvey was an acquaintance of composer Basil Poledouris and after showing him some footage from the climax of the film, the composer became interested in becoming part of the project.

While the director wanted a large symphonic musical score, he also asked the composer to incorporate some ethnic instruments–the er-hu (Chinese two-string violin), pipa (Chinese lute), and xiao (an end-blown Chinese flute)–in order for the score to evoke the fictional legends that lay at the heart of the story. While he was in Hong Kong, Poledouris also wrote and arranged an end title song, "The Touch," which was recorded by Cantopop diva Kelly Chen (alternately credited as "Kelly Chan") in Hong Kong's Moon Studio.

The score for The Touch was recorded in Beijing at Oasis Studios and performed by members of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Aside from the Chinese soloists, the score was designed for a standard Western symphonic orchestra, enhanced by layered percussion tracks, which were recorded ahead of time in L.A. and to be mixed in later with the orchestral recordings.

Released in the US by Miramax in 2002, The Touch was far from the success that Yeoh and Pau had hoped for but all parties involved agreed that the score was a masterpiece. The music was issued twice on CD in Hong Kong and once on a 5.1 mix on DVD in China over a decade ago and all previous releases became immediately scarce.

BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents The Touch on compact disc again for its first release in the USA. The music has been remastered for much improved sound, along with bonus tracks not available on the previous CD releases. The booklet includes exclusive new liner notes by author Randall Larson, including new insights from Poledouris colleagues Tim Boyle and Eric Colvin, along with the film's editor, Marshall Harvey on the creation of this unique score, one of the last scores in Basil Poledouris' filmography.

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