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Gangs of New York [Soundtrack]

Howard Shore Audio CD
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  • Performer: Howard Shore
  • Audio CD (December 17, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B00007DT8M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Brooklyn Heights
2. Dark Moon, High Tide - Afro Celt Sound System
3. Gospel Train - Silver Leaf Quartet
4. The Hands That Built America - U2
5. Shimmy She Wobble - Othar Turner
6. Breakaway - Sidney Stripling
7. Signal to Noise - Peter Gabriel
8. New York Girls - Finbar Furey
9. The Murderer's Home - Jimpson And Group
10. Dionysus - Jocelyn Pook
11. Brooklyn Heights
12. Morrison's Jig/Liberty - Mariano De Simone
13. Durgen Chugaa - Shu-De
14. Unconstant Lover - Maura O'Connell
15. Devil's Tapdance - Vittorio Schiboni
16. Beijing Opera Suite - Anxi Jiang
17. Paddy's Lamentation - Linda Thompson
18. Brooklyn Heights

Editorial Reviews

Martin Scorsese's sprawling meditation on the rise of street gangs in 19th-century New York (the roots of the modern mafia) also became another soundtrack buff's "What If?" after the director scrapped the original orchestral underscore of modern collaborator (Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, Bringing Out the Dead)/veteran scoring legend Elmer Bernstein and replaced it with this typically rich, Robbie Robertson-supervised collection of eclectic pop, folk, and neo-classical tracks. The latter come courtesy of three brooding excerpts from film composer Howard Shore's previously unpremiered concert piece Brooklyn Heights, tracks that help emphasize the film's darker emotional gravitas. Much of the other catalog choices by Robertson and Scorsese lean on an evocative slate of Celtic and folk-tinged selections that range from hammered dulcimers, fiddles, and tin whistles to the spare, emotive balladry of Linda Thompson and Shu-De; even U2's main theme, "The Hands That Built America," is cast in a similar mold. But that Irish musical stew gets leavened by everything from the postmodern dirges of Peter Gabriel and Jocelyn Pook to a black field hand recording by legendary musicologist Alan Lomax and even the Chinese flavors of "Beijing Opera Suite." It's an imaginative, compelling mix, one that gratifyingly pushes the usually staid boundaries of what film scores can truly encompass. --Jerry McCulley

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack but can we have all the music please? January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is an excellent soundtrack. there are instrumentals, vocals, traditional pieces, very modern pieces, irish songs, african songs, chinese songs; a little bit of everything from the movie. According to the cd liner notes there were 86 different tracks played in the movie. there are only 18 tracks on the cd. this means many of the songs and much of the music from the movie are not included which is a pity because the music from this movie is so rich and diverse. There are pieces written just for the movie as well as classic irish music and even music recorded by the great alan lomax. The fifth track, which is a fife and drum piece
played while the characters are preparing for a street battle, is truly stirring. a strongly recommended soundtrack. hopefully the entire collection of 86 tracks will eventually be made available.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Soundtrack December 22, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the soundtrack right after seeing the movie. To my delight, the drum track that occurs in the opening scene is on the soundtrack as song #5. Just this alone was worth the price of the CD. If you see the movie you will understand! The other tracks are pretty good. However, there were some Americana fife & drum songs that should have been included from the movie. All in all, if you liked the movie, you will enjoy the soundtrack.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for a great movie! December 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Howard Shore ("Lord of the Rings") provides an excellent Celtic-like score that serves as a very good background for Martin Scorcese's latest movie. Complementing his work, the two biggest highlights are the first track of the movie (during the first battle), which is an instrumental version of the song "Signal to Noise" taken from Peter Gabriel's most recent production, 'UP'; and "The Hands That Built America" by U2, which plays along the final credits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Irish-American folk music January 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
When the American west opened up hundreds of immigrants, from Germany, Ireland, and Italy (chiefly). This fresh infusion of American citizens sparked a boom economy where men went from boot-black to big business man. But, as this changing of the ecomonic guard continued, the immigrants that made their fortunes in a matter of years began to worry about the growing number of new immigrants, this sparked a brand new wave of anti-immigrant sentiment. This is a period of American history you don't get from High school text books. The riots, the fears that a second civil war might come about, are all things we like to forget, and at the same time we forget an entire ethnicity's culture. The Irish-Americans that made up the majority of the New York workforce for the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century produced poets, musicians, actors, their own celebrities the same way the african-American community has in recent decades, but without the wide-spread fame. This CD explores the beauty of Traditional Celtic music as it evolved on American soil. These pieces like 'New York Girls' (a really fun jig dance piece), 'Paddy's Lamentation' (a ballad concerning the renegade drafting of immigrants for the civil war), and 'Unconstant Lover' (a very traditional Irish song) are perfect glimpses of the life of this forgotten sub-culture. Other songs like 'Dark moon, high tide', 'Shimmy she wobble', and 'Dionysus' are contemporary pieces that recall the period by some of the best names in this genre. The scoring by Howard Shore ('The Fellowship of the Ring') is undeniably beautiful, and the pop pieces by U2 and Peter Gabriel bring the music full circle as the generation that was secured by these early immigrants pays their respect. It's a must-have CD for anyone interested in musical history or Celtic music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect December 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
An awesome mix of songs and score that capture the film to it's very soul. If it wasn't for the ommision of the beautiful track that plays when DiCaprio reluctently dances with Diaz this soundtrack would've felt complete. Hopefully a sequel album will be released so we can enjoy more of the astounding 86 music pieces used in the movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars missing music July 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is for "drifter855"
the music you are searching for, when the soldiers shoot at the mob is: "vows" from jeff johnson & brian dunning
featured on their album "byzantium"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just don't works alone August 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
while in the movie the music sounded excellent, here it just chaotic...I loved the irish/cosmopolitan sounds that were the background for movie action,but without movie it sounds empty.
but some tracks stand alone proudly - these are the Afro celt sound system,U2's "hands that built america" and different version of "Signal to noise" from Peter Gabriel's "Up" album...
i love the movie, but as is said before,without movie it doesn't sound the same...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the Sounds of the Movie May 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the album for 1 song. 'New York Girls" by Finbar Furey. I was pleased that in addition to U2's song, "The Hands that Built America", the other music thouroughly captured the movie in mood and feel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Excellent movie with an excellent soundtrack! The haunting song that Maura sings, an excellent song. The instrumental stuff is also excellent!
Published 11 months ago by Garrett Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for a film of vivid history
The soundtrack provides a vivid experience of early nineteenth-century musical culture in America. Howard Shore's orchestral backgrounds match the historical mood of the Scorsese... Read more
Published 14 months ago by James Richardson Sprouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff for hard core fans of movie, and U2 fans.
Its got the hands that built America by U2 and most of the movie music, a niesce fan base , but still good stuff.
Published 20 months ago by Glen F. Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars No Thanks
What is worse than Scorsese's historically inaccurate portrayal of Herbert Asbury's iconic book about mid-nineteenth century New York City? Read more
Published on August 27, 2009 by The Historian
3.0 out of 5 stars What's that song?
I'm dying to find the song that plays at the end of the movie, during the time-lapse sequence of the New York skyline... Read more
Published on September 2, 2007 by Kelly Stoner
5.0 out of 5 stars song help
does anyone have a copy of the instrumental versions of signal to noise and hands that built america? if so, please email me at thanks.
Published on April 13, 2007 by Paul Polonskiy
4.0 out of 5 stars good music
it was a wonderful movie with good music but wheres the music thats at the end of the movie its u2s song the hands that built america but it without words, is there anyway i could... Read more
Published on May 28, 2006 by renee'
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MUSIC but i cant find a track
this has an awesome soundtrack. By the way i need help finding the song DURING the first fight scene and NOT before it (which is shimmy she wobble?
Published on April 27, 2006 by Sarvehsmahesh
4.0 out of 5 stars Whats that song????
Anybody know the song played during the dance scene? Where Leo dances with Diaz?If so pls mail me at
Published on February 6, 2006 by Stephen(Kolkata,India)
5.0 out of 5 stars whats that song?
Anybody know the simple celtic song played during the dance scene? Where Leo dances with Diaz? In case youre wondering, the song playing at the final battle, where Leo holds his... Read more
Published on April 19, 2004 by Tyler M. Hennessey
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