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Fargo (1996 Film)/Barton Fink (1991 Film) [Soundtrack]

Carter BurwellAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: March 8, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000000GTE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fargo, North Dakota
2. Moose Lake
3. A Lot Of Woe
4. Forced Entry
5. The Ozone
6. The Trooper's End
7. Chewing On It
8. Rubbernecking
9. Dance of the Sierra
10. The Mallard
11. Delivery
12. Bismark, North Dakota
13. Paul Bunyon
14. The Eager Beaver
15. Brainerd, Minnesota
16. Safe Keeping
17. Fade In
18. Big Shoes
19. Love Theme from Barton Fink
20. Barton In Shock
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This disc combines two of Carter Burwell's best soundtrack efforts for the Coen brothers, Fargo and Barton Fink. It's a study of contrasts: Fargo is filled with somber string arrangements and a full orchestra playing in minor keys. Barton Fink, meanwhile, sounds more adventurous with offbeat instrumentation (a very gamelan-sounding keyboard prevails) and a simple score that Burwell recycles into different arrangements. Fargo, especially, sounds dark and reserved--"The Ozone" and "Chewing on It" are both underlined by melancholy--while Barton Fink is just as lyrical but more mysterious. Many of these tracks are short--the two soundtracks together add up to less than 45 minutes of music--but all are poignant, and some of Burwell's best. --Jason Verlinde

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling.............. October 27, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I saw Fargo in the theater and was immmediately struck by the music that perfectly accompanied the film. The opening track I don't think I will ever forget. Plus "Ozone" is a fantastic song, I just wish it was longer. The Barton Fink material isn't as great, but also isn't as prevelent on the disc. I love listening to this while doing homework or just writing. The music sets the tone and the atmosphere.....the album just cannot be played in the summer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding SCORE! November 29, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Just a note for people who are considering buying this and are put off by some of the negative reviews: This is the SCORE, not songs from or inspired by the movie. Therefore one will not find the "Country/Western song" at the beginning of 'Fargo', nor the Jose Feliciano song. It is also why some of the songs are "miserably short takes" (they are the length of those particular scenes in the movie), and why some are "derivatives of the original melodies" (what would a score be if the composer didn't use variations of the defining theme?). As for its purpose in setting the tone of the movie, it is superb -- perfectly capturing the chilling bleakness of both the N. Dakota/Minnesota landscape and the main characters' souls.

Bottom line: The 'Fargo' score should be judged for what it is - a terrific score to an amazing movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim Pickins' January 10, 2008
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To be perfectly clear on this point, the music is superb; evocative of the desolate and haunting Winter wastes of the Northern Midwest and the despair that accompanies the somber crimes depicted the Coen's film. (I can still hear Frances McDormand's sparse soliloquy to the unresponsive Peter Stormare about what a tragic waste the killings were; the main theme playing in the background.)

My objection is that, I was expecting a smorgasbord and ended up with some skimpy appetizers. Many of the cuts (at least six) are under a minute long -- barely more than a musical "sting" -- and those that are longer are either a minute or two. Additionally, a number of these are derivatives of the original melodies.

So, load up before you come to this party; the pickins are pretty slim.

..oh, yeah, Barton Fink's tacked on too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen May 14, 2009
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I really only wanted this combined collection for the Fargo soundtrack (I am sure fans will recall the music accompanying the shots of the cars moving across the icy highway) - the music is largely incidental music, with the main theme repeated several times but redolent of the pathos of the films. "Yah?" - "Yah".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 11, 2007
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This is the soundtrack I was looking for. It was a little expensive but only available as a package deal with "Barton Fink".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4, 2014
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what a crazy movie love the music
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3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete and no credit given June 9, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Not a complete soundtrack, the Country/Western song at the beginning when William H. Macy first meets Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare in the bar, and the Jose Feliciano number, are inexplicably omitted. Apparently, any music that could not be credited to Carter Burwell had no place here. The chilling opening sequence was not "inspired by" or "based on," but lifted, note for note, from the traditional Norwegian hardanger fiddle tune "The Lost Sheep." The original may be heard on Annbjorg Lien's "Felefeber" (Shanachie).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but Evocative Pieces from Fargo February 6, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Some past reviewers have complained about the fact that popular songs heard in the film are not present on this disc, but the disc is the score to Fargo, not the soundtrack -- what you'll find here is music composed by Carter Burwell for movie, not other music that happened to find its way into the production as well. That said, I agree with those who find these tracks very atmospheric. The main theme is drawn from the tradition tune La Folia, and the melody is heard in different variations throughout the score -- certainly not an uncommon practice. If I have one criticism, it is that the tracks themselves are far too short, on the order of a minute in most cases. As a saving grace, however, they flow well from one to the other, more or less, so listening to them them all is at least somewhat like hearing a unified suite of music from the film. Certainly, after sitting down with this album, you get a sense of the desolation of the Northern Plains in winter and the desolation in the hearts of some of the movie's characters. Tacked on as well is music from another Coen Brothers production, Barton Fink. Uniformly quiet and low-key, I frankly found those excerpts to be quite unmemorable. In this case, it's clearly Fargo that deserves top billing.
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