Sumthing Else Music Works, Inc., through its licensing relationship with Microsoft Game Studios, proudly presents Fable II Original Soundtrack featuring the original music score by Russell Shaw and the Fable Theme from Danny Elfman. The original soundtrack from the Xbox 360Â™ roleplaying adventure video game will be released on Nov. 25, 2008 to retail outlets through Nile Rodgers’ Sumthing Else Music Works record label www.sumthing.com, and for digital download at www.sumthingdigital.com and iTunesÂ®.
Fable II Original Soundtrack features the rich and musically diverse Fable II score composed by Russell Shaw (Fable, Black & White) as well as the Fable Theme by GRAMMYÂ® award-winner Danny Elfman (Spider-Man, The Simpsons, Big Fish.) The Fable II score was recorded with 90 musicians including the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra at the Slovak Radio Concert Hall in Bratislava, as well as celtic instrumentalists with the Tiffin School Boys Choir and Pinewood Singers Adult Choir at Pinewood Film Studios in London, England.
Â”We had a lot of music to record, covering many different styles including chamber, celtic, classic, quirky, pure pizzicato, atmospheric and dramatic,Â” said Russell Shaw, Head of Music and Composer at Lionhead Studios. Â“Music for the game was broken down into four distinct categories: regions, script, combat and incidentals. Each region has its own orchestral theme which changes with the seasons in each chapter. Scripted moments have orchestral cues relevant to what is happening at that point in the story Â– sad, dramatic, mysterious, tension and danger. The final result is a very rich, Hollywood style score covering many genres.Â”
1. Fable Theme – Russell Shaw (Music Box Theme Â– Danny Elfman)
2. Old Town – Russell Shaw
3. Bowerstone Cemetery – Russell Shaw
4. Bowerlake – Russell Shaw
5. Wraithmarsh – Russell Shaw (Music Box Theme Â– Danny Elfman)
6. Fairfax Castle – Russell Shaw
7. Westcliff – Russell Shaw
8. Oakfield – Russell Shaw
9. Bowerstone Market – Russell Shaw
10. Shadow of Evil – Russell Shaw
11. Howling Halls – Russell Shaw
12. Marcus Memorial – Russell Shaw
Fable II is the sequel to the wildly successful original that sold more than 3 million copies, offering even more choices and building on the core gameplay theme of Fable, where a playerÂ’s every decision continually defines who they become. Fable II is an action role-playing game (RPG) that truly allows players to live the life they choose in the newly expanded open world of Albion. Set 500 years after the original, Fable II provides gamers with an epic story and innovative real-time gameplay, including a massive amount of freedom and choice to explore a vast collection of dungeons, catacombs and taverns in the world of Albion. For more information, visit www.xbox.com/Fable2.
About Lionhead Studios
Acquired by Microsoft Game Studios in 2006, the U.K.-based Lionhead Studios has developed a unique formula for creating original and innovative games such as the extremely successful Black & White for Windows in 2001, Fable for Xbox in 2004, Fable: The Lost Chapters for Windows in 2005, Black & White 2 and The Movies in 2005.
About Nile Rodgers
Award winning record producer Nile Rodgers is one of the most prolific music producers in history. NileÂ’s production accomplishments include such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, The B-52Â’s, David Lee Roth, Grace Jones, Mick Jagger and top selling game soundtracks such as HaloÂ® 2 Volume One. Records produced by Nile Rodgers have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. As a founding member of the perennial Rhythm & Blues dance band Chic, Nile co-wrote all of their big hits including “Le Freak” and “Good Times”, as well as “We Are Family” for Sister Sledge. In addition to records, he has also scored or produced music for numerous films including “Coming to America”, “Thelma and Louise”, “The Flintstones”, “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Rush Hour II,” as well as a variety of television shows and commercials. Nile is a board member of several organizations including the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).