The Titanic soundtrack album quickly climbed to the top of the charts, becoming – and remaining to this day – the highest-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack of all time. The tremendous success spawned a sequel album, Back to Titanic, which contained little new material, other than a suite of themes and classical pieces by I Salonisti.
However, there’s so much we haven’t heard.
17 years after the film’s initial release - including a magnificent re-release in 3-D to mark the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking of the Titanic - virtually no actual score has been released for the film. The two released soundtracks contain album versions of the film score, which differ significantly from what was presented in the final cut of the film. Searches on the ASCAP database reveal tantalizing glimpses of unreleased tracks, including Two and a Half Miles Down, Butterfly Comb, and Gift of a Necklace. Several key moments of score remain hidden and unreleased, including the simple yet resounding opening track - the music from Jack’s death, played over the scenes of the ship’s departure from Southampton. Fans of the film - and of Horner’s tremendous contribution - are eager to hear Titanic in its entirety, as it is meant to be heard.