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Black Hawk Down Soundtrack

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After the success of Gladiator, it wasn't unusual to see director Ridley Scott turn to Hans Zimmer again for the score to Black Hawk Down, his fierce adaptation of Mark Bowden's account of the tragic 1993 American military intervention in Somalia. What was more surprising was the schedule Scott imposed on the German-born composer: 15 days to write, arrange, and record the film's nearly two hours of music. The results of Zimmer's miraculous two-week musical campaign not only belie those constraints; they instantly take their place alongside The Thin Red Line as some of the most compelling music he's produced. The gambit here is simple--portray the combatants as two warring tribes, with their native musics locked in a tense dance for domination. Yet the results are geometrically more complex and artistically rewarding, with thrash guitar and speed metal/hip-hop/martial rhythms encroaching on, then fusing with, the timeless indigenous music of North Africa to become something wholly other. Senegalese vocalist Baaba Maal contributes greatly, as do Algerian worldbeat artist Rachid Tara and the duet of Denez Prigent and Zimmer's Gladiator collaborator Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance). Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros' warm rendition of Thomas More's "Minstrel Boy" also underscores the military's brotherhood. But the real star here is Zimmer, who again takes his quest for "music he's never heard" to yet another rewarding plateau. --Jerry McCulley


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. HungerHans Zimmer 6:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Barra BarraRachid Taha 5:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Vale Of PlentyHans Zimmer 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. ChantHans Zimmer 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. StillHans Zimmer 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Mogadishu BluesHans Zimmer 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. SynchrotoneHans Zimmer 8:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. BakaraHans Zimmer 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Of The EarthHans Zimmer 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Ashes To AshesHans Zimmer 4:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Gortoz A RanDenez Prigent 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Tribal WarHans Zimmer 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Leave No Man BehindHans Zimmer 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Minstrel BoyJoe Strummer And The Mescaleros 5:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Still RepriseHans Zimmer 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 15, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005UWHH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By V. Marshall VINE VOICE on June 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This sountrack by Hans Zimmer is terrific. I don't believe you can watch the film and not leave the theater without the music in your head. Ethnic, violent, hanunting and tragic all at the same time it continues to bring to life the tragedy of the film with each listen. A powerful ride and well worth the purchase!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Shaun Williams on April 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I first watched the movie, I noticed the music immediately and it captured my interest throughout the entire film. It was a mix of rock, synthesizers, classical, and traditional African music that formed a style unlike any I'd heard before. Haunting dirges described a famine stricken land, Islamic themes seemed to echo out from centuries past, and intense traditional music at a fast beat backed with rock guitars would heighten tension in fight scenes. In most movies, the soundtrack is a sickly background presence, but in Black Hawk Down, it's up front, making all the action larger than life.
I find that this unique music does well on its own or under any circumstance. It just is wonderfully powerful music that gets the heart going.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Synchrotone on January 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
With almost a hundred movie scores under his belt, Hans Zimmer is a weathered composer. But that doesn't mean he's slowing down. From Hannibal to Pearl Harbor, M:I-2 to The Prince of Egypt to The Rock and Crimson Tide, Mr. Zimmer has produced score after timeless score. And Black Hawk Down is no exception. It's amalgam of African vocals and American guitars in "Barra Barra" is nothing if not incredible, and hard hitting tracks such as "Synchrotone" and "Tribal War" can get the blood moving.
Unfortunatly there have been several poor review's for this superb disc. I understand that it may not be for everybody, albeit I believe everybody should give it a listen. It is an unconventional score, but the fact is, it was written for an unconventional movie. The movie itself is incredible, cheers to Ridley Scott, and the music goes fittingly well within the picture. It also has found a new home in the CD player.
Bravo to Ridley Scott, and bravo to Hans Zimmer for yet another valiant effort to create something new in a world where "new" is becoming increasingly hard to come by.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By larrysuen on June 19, 2002
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Having been a long time fan of Hans Zimmer (Thunderbird tune in Thelma and Louise, Green Card, Backdraft, The Rock, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line and the more recent Gladiator), I have to say Black Hawk Down is distinctively different. The score contains much less "filler" music than his previous work, the mix of the score will subject the listeners to a cultural shock - a track of tense electric guitar rock tune being followed by a sorrowful indigenous chanting. Similar experimental style can also be found in the Gladiator OST or as early as Green Card OST.
Like most other reviewer, my favorite is #11, Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends. It brings you right back to the last few minutes before credits roll, the tragically retrospective scene when Staff Sergeant Eversmann reflects on himself mournfully in the makeshift morgue to the lifeless body of Corporal Smith, who died needlessly, about the folly of being a hero. Although you don't understnad a single word of the lyrics, what you are listening to is the unmistakabe sound of futility. The vocal of Denez Prigent and Liza Gerrard is absolutely phenomenal in creating this moody atmosphere.
Another favorite is #14, Minstrel Boy. The track was played along the End Credits. The song is uplifting, echoing the comaradie spirit - soldiers don't really fight for whatever politcal cause, they simply fight for their buddies, the one another, the men next in line. This could be the only the track that gives a relief from the overall dark and intense nature of the remaining score.
#13, Leave No Men Behind, the central theme of the score also captures the sorrow of an unintentional hero, the low pitch of the strings instruments makes this a perfect and solumn tribute to the fallen men.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By larrysuen on February 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hans Zimmer has done it again!
I have become a fan of Hans Zimmer the first time I heard the soulful electric guidtar thrash of the Thunderbird tune in Thelma and Louise, and since then I bought nearly all his works: Green Card, Backdraft, The Rock, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line and the more recent Gladiator.
Black Hawk Down is however distinctively different. The score contains much less "filler" music than his previous work, and is created with a view to subject the listener to a cultural shock - a track of tense electric guitar rock tune is followed by a sorrowful indigenous chanting. Similar style can however be found as recently as in the Gladiator OST or as early as Green Card OST.
Like most other reviewer, my favorite is #11, Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends. It brings you right back to the last few minutes before credits roll, the tragically retrospective scene when Staff Sergeant Eversmann reflects on himself mournfully in the makeshift morgue to the lifeless body of Corporal Smith, who died needlessly, about the folly of being a hero. Although you don't understnad a single word of the lyrics, what you are listening to is the unmistakabe sound of futility. The vocal of Denez Prigent and Liza Gerrard is absolutely phenomenal in creating this moody atmosphere.
Another favorite is #14, Minstrel Boy. The track was played along the End Credits. The song is uplifting, echoing the comaradie spirit - soldiers don't really fight for whatever politcal cause, they simply fight for their buddies, the one another, the men next in line. This could be the only the track that gives a relief from the overall dark and intense nature of the remaining score.
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