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Field Of Dreams: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

James HornerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: April 21, 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0000004XN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Cornfield
2. Deciding To Build The Field
3. Shoeless Joe
4. The Timeless Street
5. Old Ball Players
6. The Drive Home
7. Field Of Dreams
8. The Library
9. 'Moonlight' Graham
10. Night Mists
11. Doc`s Memories
12. The Place Where Dreams Come True
13. End Credits

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Elmer Bernstein, among the greatest of the golden age film composers, has lamented that there's not enough "artistry" in soundtracks today. He abhors the pop hit collections that pass for movie music albums, and the man's got a point. Perhaps he'd go for Horner's score to Phil Alden Robinson and W. P. Kinsella's fairytale ode to fathers, sons, and baseball. It's as evocative as the film itself, a shimmering corn field or a late-afternoon fly ball in every note. It's warm ("The Cornfield" is sweet, subtle, heartbreaking--like an echo, really), fun ("Old Ball Players" recalls Randy Newman's Ragtime score), and stirring ("The Place Where Dreams Come True" doesn't need a father-and-son game of catch to move you). A gem. No, a diamond! --Robert Wilonsky

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this one still makes me remember........... August 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I remember sitting there, in a darkened lobby of a hospital room in Joliet, Illinois. My grandpa was dying of cancer in the next room and I was a sad sixth grader who needed some escapism, and fast. I remember watching Field of Dreams that day but, most of all, I remember the music and how it blended so perfectly with the film. It was the first time I ever cried during a film.
Call it a classic case of a young kid needing to vent a little, but I will always remember the relief that film brought to me. Years later I bought the soundtrack and with it came the memory of my grandfather.
The music on this cd is poetic and spell-binding. If you are on the verge of buying this cd, let me allow myself to give you the friendly push that helps you decide.
Even if you are one of those countless folks who considers Kevin Costner a bad actor, don't take it out on the musical score. This cd is a dream, pun intended. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of James Horner's Best -- Ever November 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before James Horner got into the habit of wanting to repeat himself in his various scores, he penned this wonderful score. "Field of Dreams" has the ability to make one laugh and cry. It is both sweet and timid; it is both hearty and alive; it is both beautiful and complex. Every time I listen to it, weather it's booming to life in Track 2 ("Deciding to Build the Field") or meekly stepping out of the shadows in Track 6 ("The Drive Home"), I get swept up in the emotional weight that it carries. This is film score music at its best.
Horner uses a variety of musical instruments in this piece. Besides the standard orchestra, you've got guitars, harps, piano, what sounds like some sort of pan flute, wind machines, and an array of other musical instruments. I don't think I've ever heard a harp and a pan flute sound as lovely together as they do in Track 7 ("Field of Dreams").
The music succeeds best, in my opinion, when it is very restrained. The are times when the music appears on the verge of blooming into full-grown flower, but it always shuns away. Horner does an excellent job of creating emotion using very little.
Of course, for those that like more than just sweet fluff (I'm a sucker for the fluff), Track 5 ("Old Ball Players") will wet your appetite. This is just a very laid back waltzy jazz tune that any fan of jazz music, myself included, will love.
And we can't forget about Track 12 ("The Place Where Dreams Come True"), pretty much the heart and soul of the entire score. It is a nine-minute masterpiece that is a true testament to Horner's abilities to stir up emotions in the listener. This song makes the scene where Kevin Costner and his baseball father are playing catch.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot describe the beauty of this music. June 25, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
For anyone who enjoyed the movie, the soundtrack will take you back to that magical place. Much more than a baseball game with players from the past, Field of Dreams conjurs up tremendous emotion of longing to be connected with the important people in our lives. I for one cannot listen to this music (particularly "The Place Where Dreams Come True") without getting tears in my eyes. It is so moving and pure, I feel myself wishing for a game of catch with my grandfather, who I never got to meet. Each track has the ability to take you places your heart longs to visit, and feel the power of musical expression James Horner can produce. I was glad to see his music recognized with the Acadamy Award winning Titanic soundtrack.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Ready To Dream June 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that James Horner's score for "Field Of Dreams" is touching. In fact the two main melodies are very catchy: one of them is first heard in 'The Cornfied' and the other one is heard in full in the title track 'Field Of Dreams'. I also like 'Old Ball Players', a very nice swing tune very reminiscent of the 40s or the 50s, orchestrated by the late Billy May (from the "Batman" and "The Green Hornet" T.V. shows in the 60s). In fact, this is a good album.

However, I gave it four stars because the score is sometimes too quiet for my taste. Tracks like the very 'Field Of Dreams', 'The Timeless Street' (which sports another interesting melody), 'The Drive Home', and 'Night Mists' sound too atmospheric that sometimes I wish I had my bed nearby.

Don't get me wrong, this is a Horner album that is worth listen to, especially because the album finishes with 'The Place Where Dreams Come True', a lengthy track that swells with marvel and reflection, with the two melodies I mentioned earlier joined together making us feel touched. The end credits also gives the album a great close with a medley of the major themes.

In the end, this is one of James Horner's finest works in spite of the aforementioned quieter tracks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horner's mind and power works for him again. December 16, 1998
Format:Audio CD
In the film, "Field of Dreams" Ray Consella steps out onto a magicall baseball diamond and is reunited with his estranged father. The two of them talk and share a game of catch--something that we all long for at least once with our fathers--as the camera pulls up and gives us a beautiful shot of thousands of cars coming into the driveway as the sun sets amist a quiet strike of piano. Our hearts are touched, and that tear hangs in the corner of your eye, but why? Was it because of the beautiful closing to a wonderful movie? Or was it because of that beautiful music that quietly lifted our hearts and spirits and created that almost electrifying tingling in the pit of our stomach? Well, the answer is both. But the movie itself wouldn't have been so inspired, and wouldn't have lifted our spirits so high if it weren't for the magical voices of James Horner. A magnificent composer in both action and dramatic scores, the music for "Field of Dreams" stands out as one of his most inspired musical scores ever. Enchanting as it is inspiring, the music gave even more heart to Mr. Robinsons brilliant baseball fantasy. Although it is very quiet and lacks the striking symphony found in most Horner scores, it still manages to uplift and delight you in a way no other score has ever. And it manages to throw almost everything, from poetic piano solos, and jazzy rhythms, to the beautifully enchanting "The Place Where Dreams Come True", into one inspired package that makes for an unforgetable and magical score that you'll want to listen to again and again. Horner is at the top of his game here, and still never ceases to amaze me. This is one of those scores that every music fan should have!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original And Classic Sounds!!!
Field of Dreams is constantly referenced in media and one of the facets that made it such a hit was it's haunting score. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James M. Patton
4.0 out of 5 stars James Horner
James Horner is one of my favorite composers... (Ok, I only know of a few composers by name, so it's not fair to say Horner's my favorite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by byron anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound track associated to one of my favorite films
I have always loved the field of dreams sound track while I am watching the movie. Now I can listen to it in my car any time I want. I have been truly enjoying that option.
Published 12 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Field of Dreams.
James Horner has written a beautiful and moving score for a wonderful movie. The CD captures the music beautifully. Excellent.
Published 17 months ago by Patrick S. Poplin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a great stand alone soundtrack
Let me first start by saying I LOVE James Horner, really, he is a true genius! While this soundtrack really worked well with the movie, it was not a great listen as a stand alone... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. Richard C. Pfenninger
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful Score Ever Written
Field of Dreams: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by James Horner review

Pure perfection. Impossible not to get tears in the eyes when listening to this. Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by Dan McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
The CD was perfect for our venue. We had a Flower Show entitled "Field of Dreams" and used it as background music. Read more
Published on September 12, 2010 by mlcolussy
5.0 out of 5 stars James Horner is one of the best musicians
James Horner is one of my favorite musicians, including Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition, American Beauty, White Oleander, Erin Brockovich, Fried Green Tomatoes), James Newton... Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by Victor Sergio Meniz-quincho
5.0 out of 5 stars Field of Dreams CD
I saw this movie when it came out (in '88, I believe), and it's become one of my all time favorites. The music in this film goes hand in hand with the excellent story line. Read more
Published on March 7, 2010 by R. Tollefson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands on its own apart from the film...
I like classical music in general, but there's something about a soundtrack or film score that, sometimes, can be far more impactful. Read more
Published on June 12, 2009 by W. David Guest
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