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Backdraft: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Score) [Soundtrack]

Hans ZimmerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents‚ having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • ASIN: B00000AE35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Set Me In Motion - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
2. Fighting 17th
3. Brothers
4. The Arsonist's Waltz
5. 335
6. Burn It All
7. You Go, We Go
8. Fahrenheit 451
9. Show Me Your Firetruck
10. The Show Goes On - Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to bold, masculine, brassy music, Hans Zimmer is the master. Crimson Tide proved this with a spirited theme and tense underscoring. His score for Backdraft reconfirms his style again but with even better music than Crimson Tide. (Parts from Backdraft were heard on the TV show Iron Chef.) Excluding the two songs, the score is relatively short, a little less than 30 minutes in a continous format but, trust me, those 30 minutes are pure bliss. "Fighting 17th" introduces the heroic theme for the firefighters. The brassy theme is less patriotic and dark than Crimson Tide's but more driving and heroic, a great tradeoff. The theme on "Brothers" is a gentle string/piano theme, a lighter cue than the rest to come. Within the same cue, a quiet haunting cue with synthesizers is introduced, depicting the fire. The fire early on, represented by strange sizzling synthesizers, haunting strings, and breathing sounds, is an interesting and original detail added by Zimmer. Later on, Zimmer represents the fire scenes with more of a edgy growling synthesizer behind the orchestra. The growling effect really adds the feeling of the intense, wavering heat. "Brothers", "The Arsonist's Waltz", and "335" are great examples of this. Minor cues like those sound more tense and fast-paced than Zimmer's slow minor cues from Crimson Tide. "Burn It All" marks the start of the real action, utilizing choir, electronics, and orchestra in a thrilling fashion. The same heavy string beats style from Crimson Tide makes an appearance here and so forth. The climatic fire fight cue on "You Go, We Go" is worth the price of the CD. It is a moving and extremely haunting display of choir and orchestra at its darkest. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best HERO score on the market April 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Let me begin by saying that I became addicted to film scores several years ago. Since I began listening to them I have purchased nothing else. As an independent writer, I use them for inspiration when I write since they do not have distracting lyrics. I am not a music expert and know little about scoring a film. I just know what I like.
And I absolutely loved BACKDRAFT.
Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer in all of Hollywood. He is not the best and not the most honored but there is something about his energizing scores that speak to my very soul. If my life had a music score, I would want it to be written by Hans Zimmer.
BACKDRAFT is probably one of Mr. Zimmer's most recognized soundtracks and is probably one of the most sampled when it comes to trailer music. The themes of the music is mainly comprised of powerful drum beats that harkens to a military style of music but is more geared to give the firefighters of the movie the perfect HERO music.
In the wake of 9-11, this dramatically heroic score seems even more poignant as a theme for firefighters even though this score is several years old. There are no lulls in the music; it hooks your soul from the very beginning, and the rising crescendo that builds in the final track "Show Me Your Firetruck" still brings tears to my eyes even after listening to this track for the hundredth time.
The soundtrack is bookended with two nice songs that round out the album nicely. This is one of my favorite overall soundtracks.
If you need heroic inspiration, this is definitely a soundtrack worth purchasing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hans Zimmer Strikes Again July 23, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Hans Zimmer's work on the soundtrack of Backdraft was one of the things that made the movie a good one. The music is triumphant, sorrowful, and powerful. The major flaw (if it can be called that) of Zimmer's work is that it is somewhat repetitive which is perfectly excusable if you like any of his work. In other words, if you've heard and liked any of his soundtracks you'll like 99% of them. This soundtrack, particularly at the beginning of track six, is quite reminiscient of Crimson Tide. Do not be surprised when you listen to the soundtrack, it is not the same as in the movie yet this makes no difference because it's just as good if not better. The last "flaw" of this soundtrack is that it's very short. The actual soundtrack songs (not included the two vocal songs (1 and 10)) last about 30 minutes. In any case, you get pretty much everything with this CD: power, emotion, and lots of good trumpet solos. I highly recommend this CD for any lover of good powerful music.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IRON CHEF FANS REJOICE!! October 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The wonderful, amazing, unprecdented Japanese cooking show, "IRON CHEF" takes its music form this soundtrack. A must for all Iron Chef fans. (Iron Chef airs on the Food Network)!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer Prime November 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow, The Rock, Pearl Harbor are great
scores, but all of them derived their powerful and unforgettable
themes from Backdraft. Even Hans Zimmer's apprentices Trevor
Rabin, Graeme Revell, and Klaus Badelt were influenced by this
score as a standard.
Very few soundtracks have as many complete gratifying collection of music as Backdraft. Aside from the film, this score stands by itself as a masterpiece.
This soundtrack is worth at any expensive cost.And no collection is complete without Backdraft.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars backdraft
it a good cd i love the cd i give a 10 it a good cd to listen too i love listen it
Published 1 month ago by kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack, case was cracked
Bought this for the boyfriend, he loves the sound track. A bit bummed that the case was cracked on arrival even though I purchased "like new".
Published 8 months ago by Megan G
3.0 out of 5 stars Bruce makes it good
that hans dudes stuff is pretty good, but bruce hornsby's tunes are the best part of it. Bruce steals the show with his tracks
Published on May 21, 2005 by i play guitar
5.0 out of 5 stars Best...soundtrack...EVER
From the great opening march (Fighting 17th) to the tearful Farenheit 451 this is one of the best soundtracks. I love it.
Published on April 29, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film score but uneven
"Backdraft" is one of my favorite films from the early '90s. Yes, it has all the pomposity that director Ron Howard always manages to give his movies (except for "Splash"). Read more
Published on January 1, 2004 by Erica Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars This soundtrack is on FIRE!
As is usally the case with scores like this, BACKDRAFT is a good representation of what the film SHOULD have been. Read more
Published on December 29, 2002 by Greg Hirst
4.0 out of 5 stars Iron Chef!
Bought this CD because it's the music used in the Iron Chef program. Enjoyed it tremendously for the two weeks I owned it before it was stolen from my car. Recommended.
Published on December 7, 2002 by Van A. Plexico
5.0 out of 5 stars Backdraft is on fire
Hans Zimmer has a knack for writing a great theme when he gets the chance. This is one of his most well written themes by far. The music is bombastic and full of bass. Read more
Published on November 9, 2002 by Brandon Cutro
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Hans Zimmer's greatist accomplishments!
In the early nineties, Hans Zimmer has created some extremely unique scores and "Backdraft is definitely one of them!!! Read more
Published on September 2, 2002 by Hans Zimmer's biggest fan
5.0 out of 5 stars The music from Iron Chef--oh yes.
This CD is great for one reason: it contains most of the music heard on Iron Chef. I've never seen Backdraft, and I really have no interest in seeing it, but this album is... Read more
Published on August 31, 2002 by "fisheyekun"
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