The Polar Express

The Polar Express

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Overview

Devised by pop producer Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Christina Aguilera) and composer Alan Silvestri (Forest Gump, Back to the Future), the cheerful soundtrack for The Polar Express beckons listeners to sip some cider and sit back in their comfiest seats for a smooth ride. Tom Hanks -- or rather his digitally animated double -- stars in Robert Zemekis' glowing adaptation of the beloved Chris Van Allsburg book about a little boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Hanks makes his motion-picture singing debut by performing the title track and a jazzy '40s-style number, "Hot Chocolate," while vocal sensation Josh Groban croons the inspirational "Believe" (thankfully, not the Cher megahit). Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler (in a star turn as an elf) scats out the rollicking "Rockin' on Top of the World," sounding a lot like David Lee Roth at his most jaunty. Also showcased are such seasonal favorites as the Andrews Sisters' "Winter Wonderland" and Perry Como's "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas," as well as heartwarming chestnuts by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Despite its Arctic title, The Polar Express is full of holiday warmth.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2004
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624889724
catalogNumber: 48897
Rank: 771

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Silvestri   Conductor
Tim Davis   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Jeffrey Aldrich   Executive Producer
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Felix Bernard   Composer
David Bifano   Producer,Scoring Coordinator
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jerry Hey   Arranger
Jay Livingston   Composer
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Alan Silvestri   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Meredith Willson   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Tom Whalley   Executive Producer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
William Ross   Orchestration
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Conrad Pope   Orchestration
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Stephanie Kubiak   Production Director
Diarmuid Quinn   Executive Producer

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