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Beloved: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Epic / Sony Music Soundtrax
  • Run Time: 172 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DCHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Headstone
2. Beloved
3. Bluestone Road
4. That's Ohio
5. Attic
6. No More Running
7. Housefits
8. Nature
9. Cincinnati Streets
10. Sethe Recognizes Beloved
11. Denver And Baby Suggs
12. Denver Goes Out Yonder
13. 28 Days
14. Winter Thaw
15. Beloved Is Gone
16. You Your Best Thing
17. Uhuru
18. Love Your Heart
19. Vaccines

Editorial Reviews

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It makes perfect sense that Beloved, Jonathan Demme's adaptation of Toni Morrison's acclaimed novel, brims with haunting and mysterious melodies. This is, after all, a story about the repercussions of slavery. Native American flutes and African percussion permeate Rachel Portman's score, as do the haunting vocals of Oumou Sangare. The powerful yet sparse contributions from the Malian vocalist give the disc heavenly atmospherics, while the music--though ponderous at times--brims with intensity. "Cincinnati Streets" and "Vaccine" both feature a frantic patter of percussion, while "That's Ohio" features fragile string arrangements giving way to the gorgeous harmonies of the African Children's Choir. These somber global sounds are both beautiful and compelling. Yet another scoring gem from Portman. --Jason Verlinde

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shawn E. Redwood on December 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is absolutely stunning and captivating. From Beloved's Headstone to the final musical score, I was entranced and lost within my own complexities and traveled down roads not taken in years. I could relive each and every moment of the movie as if I were watching it while listening to the CD. A wonderful CD to accompany an excellent movie. LOVE YOUR HEART...MORE THAN THE LUNGS THAT BREATHE LIFE...MORE THAN THE PRIVATES THAT GIVE LIFE...LOVE YOUR HEART.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Niven on April 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of the reasons the movie Beloved lingers in your head for such a long time is the amazing score by Rachel Portman. Not only does the music compliment the movie perfectly the score stands alone as a work of art. One of the best peices of music is "Denver Goes Out yonder" this is a breakthrough for the character and the vibrancy of the music brings that out perfectly. The use of flutes and other instruments is extrordinary, as well as the vocals of Oumou Sangare as well as the African Children's choir. This soundtack along with the movie is a must own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pendyoz@webtv.net on July 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to BELOVED is amazing. It makes it onto my list of top ten soundtracks!!! The combonation of vocal talent (Oumou Sangare, The African Children's Choir) and creepy wind instruments, make for a haunting, beautifull soundtrack. It deserves more than five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
You can feel the haunted past of millions, and your own, while listening to the rich voices and instruments used on this soundtrack. It makes me feel like if I did one more mean thing, if I speak unkindly one more time to somebody, anybody, it could kill me. If you liked the movie, you'll like the CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
If I had to describe this score in one word, it would be "haunting". There are moments on this amazing score that have moved me like no other score ever has. "Sethe Recognizes Beloved" is absolutly one of the most beautiful peices I have ever heard. Get this CD!
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Format: Audio CD
Rachel Portman is well known and respected for her wonderfully sensitive and vibrant film soundtracks. Her art has graced the wonderful period classics EMMA, OLIVER TWIST and NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, but BELOVED has to be Ms. Portman's crowning achievement. Portman's BELOVED not only is a clear departure from much of her other works, but it excels into the realms of the mystical and eerie and is extremely reminiscent of the work of another veteran composer Thomas Newton. The film has major problems, but Portman's music does not! As a cd,alone, Portman's hauntingly elegant soundtrack stands as pure music apart from the Oprah Winfrey film. Absolutely one of the five top soundtracks in my book!
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