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Manhunter Soundtrack


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When it comes to the crime action genre, few directors have had their finger on the pulse of alternative music or scoring like Michael Mann. Mann s love for moody progressive electronic music took its darkest turn in Manhunter (1986), a film focused on the most horrifying class of criminal and resulting in a soundtrack featuring a mixture of songs and score. The filmmaker was captivated by the haunting, keyboard-driven sound of Shriekback and Mann would use several of their songs to memorable effect. Manhunter s song highlight is Iron Butterfly s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Music editor George A. Martin created a special edit of the hit, cutting the song s building guitar and percussion to meticulously reflect the film's climactic ritual and shoot-out. Red 7, formed by Genesis s Mike Rutherford, provides Heartbeat as support for Manhunter s upbeat conclusion, the song s buoyant tempo backing the return to the sanctity. Michel Rubini, a Motown producer who d found success composing on The Hunger and HBO s Hitchhiker series, used a Synclavier to realize Graham s Theme. Of the three score tracks on Manhunter s original LP issue, two would be performed by keyboardist Bruce Cohen and guitarist Rich Shaffer as The Reds. A new addition to this CD reissue is the oft-requested Jogger s Stakeout, where an escalating wash of dangerous guitar and synth play to the tension. As the particular rock-synth sound of the 1980s drew to a close, Manhunter served as a notable climax to Mann s initial style of underworld music. The undeniable and growing cult appeal of Manhunter and its music has finally warranted the first CD release of this long-collectible album. Intrada presents the original MCA LP program, with the addition of the new track, delivering this long overdue CD premiere of Manhunter. Based on author Thomas Harris s Red Dragon, Manhunter featured the first appearance of psychiatrist-turned-cannibal Hannibal Lecktor and William Peterson plays protagonist FBI agent Will Graham. With the nefarious assistance of Lecktor, Graham desperately tries to stop the lunar-driven slayings of Francis Dollarhyde (Tom Noonan). Nicknamed The Tooth Fairy for his awful post-mortem activities, Dollarhyde will strike at another family if Graham can t track him before the next full moon.

1. Strong As I Am (Prime Movers) 4:37
2. Coelocanth (Shriekback) 4:19
3. This Big Hush (Shriekback) 6:13
4. Graham s Theme (Michel Rubini) 4:00
5. Evaporation (Shriekback) 3:18
6. Heartbeat (Red 7) 3:52
7. Lector s Cell (The Reds) 1:48
8. Jogger s Stakeout (The Reds) 2:05
9. Leed s House (The Reds) 4:32
10. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly) 8:20

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Intrada
  • ASIN: B003AOUS82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is one of the greatest soundtracks ever put together.
K. B. Mason
For fans of the movie and its music like myself this is a great compilation.
Highlander
It only took about 25 years for this great soundtrack to get on CD.
Rodster1966

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on March 6, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Manhunter has long been one of my "grail" soundtracks so I was astonished when Intrada decided to unexpectedly release an "official" CD after 24 excruciating years. There have been numerous bootlegs that have been in circulation engineered from the original MCA Manhunter Original Soundtrack which was released only on audio cassette with persistent analogue tape hiss and LP with subtle vinyl pops symptomatic of the source recordings, none of which compare to the remastered fidelity of Intrada's premiere CD that fully realizes the sublime and evocative atmosphere of Michael Mann's underrated 1986 masterpiece. Featuring the vocals of "The Prime Movers" with "Strong As I Am" and "Shriekback" on "Coelocanth," "Evaporation," and "This Big Hush," "Heartbeat" by Mike Rutherford's "Red 7," and synth-guitar instrumentals by Michel Rubini on "Graham's Theme" and "The Reds" with "Lektor's Cell," the unreleased "Jogger's Stakeout," and "Leed's House." Last but not least, Iron Butterfly's haunting classic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda" is the icing on the cake and you will never be able to listen to it the same way again after watching the film and to this day still gives me chills when I hear it because of Tom Noonan's unforgettable performance as the "Tooth Fairy" Francis Dollarhyde.

The Intrada release unfortunately overlooks two rare and hard to find tracks from the film, neither of which were available on the original MCA issue: Kitaro's "Seiun," a beautifully dreamy ambient piece, is from the long out of print CD
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 11, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
Manhunter was an overlooked movie, the first movie to feature Hannibal Lector, which is a shame. Directed by Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Last of the Mohicans), please often dismiss his work because he uses music to set the moods so much in his films. Well, sorry, a soundtrack can set the mood and tense faster than 10 minutes of film, and this soundtrack from beginning to end, gives Manhunter that little something extra.
Its is a pulsing, driving score with deeply sensual music like the Big Hush to the poignant rock Heartbeat by Red 7.
Often when I am too busy to watch the movie, it put it on just to heart the soundtrack, so I was very glad to find it in cassette, just wish they would put it out on CD!!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on March 7, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
It is beyond me why the author Thomas Harris disassociated himself from "Manhunter". To me it is a far better movie than "Red Dragon" which bears the title of the book each movie was based on. The cast of "Manhunter", including William Petersen, Tom Noonan, Brian Cox, and Dennis Farina was fantastic. Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde blew away Ralph Fiennes in his ability to scare me. But I digress. We are talking about the music here. The music made this movie all the more unforgettable. Any movie with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly to set the mood for a climatic ending confrontation is great in my book. That doesn't mention the scene with the tiger sleeping and the moodful piece "Coelocanth" by Shriekback. "Strong as I Am" by the Prime Movers is great as the background music to Dollarhyde becoming jealous and reacting. This whole CD is packed with incredible music that set the moods for the scenes. "Heartbeat" at the end as we see everything is going to be okay as they check the baby sea turtles is a great piece.

Sometimes orchestra music is appropriate for a movie. For this edgy murder drama I think the bands chosen were more in synch with the theme of the movie. The great visuals Mann used also brought out the scenes as well. I can count on one hand the number of movies that I recall every scene of the movie from the music. Most movies have one theme throughout and so they don't stand out as much. I can't believe this soundtrack isn't available. Of course you can get "Red Dragon" or "Silence of the Lambs" on CD. This soundtrack is far better than the music in "Red Dragon". I think Michael Mann is a great director and deserved far more credit than he received. I think music is a crucial part to the success or failure of a movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By epsipir on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Very simply is a masterpiece. The music is so tight with the scenes of the movie and hearing the music i remember every scene of it. Excellent movie, outstanding music. There is nothing more i can say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave billington on August 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
At last, this terrific album available on CD. Shame they did not use the extra space ( only 43 min long ) with the full version of In-a-gadda-da-vida, but that's just a minor gripe. I had to get it on import to the UK as it's not available here yet.
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This is the version that people have been asking for over 20 years it has not got two tracks but the sound quality more then makes up for this Wow you gotta get this its very good buy it from amazon.com it's worth the wait from the USA fourteen days maximum totaly awesome, impressive, spectacular anyway if the soundtrack of MANHUNTER is what you are after than this is the one to get.
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