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Miller's Crossing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Carter BurwellAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: October 17, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014RV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Titles
2. Caspar Laid Out
3. A Man And His Hat
4. King Porter Stomp
5. The Long Way Around
6. Miller's Crossing
7. After Miller's Crossing
8. Running Wild
9. Rage Of The Dane
10. All A You Whores
11. Nightmare In The Trophy Room
12. He Didn't Like His Friends
13. Danny Boy
14. What Heart?
15. End Titles
16. Goodnight Sweetheart

Editorial Reviews

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Genre: Soundtracks & Scores
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 16-OCT-1990

Greatest motion picture of the 1990s? This is it: Joel and Ethan Coen's intricately plotted Irish gangster picture, Miller's Crossing. Carter Burwell has been the Coen's composer of choice since the very beginning (Blood Simple), and this is his most memorable score. The movie and its characters are hard-boiled, pretty tough nuts to crack, but this haunting music (in the same autumnal brown, green, and gray tones as the visuals) lets you know there's a lot more going on beneath the surface. If "Danny Boy" gives you goosebumps (and the version here, gloriously sung by Frank Patterson, surely will), then Burwell's orchestral titles theme will have you putting on a sweater. Jazz-band versions of "King Porter Stomp" and "Runnin' Wild" brighten the mood a bit, but it's the other music that stays with you. --Jim Emerson

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for quality, 3 for length February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The other reviews do a commendable job of recommending this fine score, there's not much to add but a couple of quick notes.
A note on the beer commercial thing: the other reviewer was simply commenting that the theme was also used in a commercial, not that it originated there. This beautiful theme has been used over and over again in movie trailers for other films, it's that good. If I remember correctly, it was even used in the trailer for Shawshank Redemption, but I could be wrong.
A note on length: the album is only about 30 minutes long, and the theme is repeated within that quite frequently. There are some great moments on this disc, but I would maybe question a full price for the length.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Great Movie Scores Are About January 19, 2004
By A-Train
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to find a more perfect movie than 'Miller's Crossing'. The direction, and acting, cinematography, costumes, and screenplay are the absolute best they can be. And Carter Burwell's score is the weave that holds all these elements together. I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been written about in other reviews here other than the main theme is one of the all-time great movie themes. This version of 'Danny Boy' is just outstanding too. If you're just starting to collect movie scores, 'Miller's Crossing' would be a good place to start building your collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burwell's Best June 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD rocks. It is just merely excellent. The track from the Coen's brother's darkest film breathe deeply along with the superb storyline and excellent acting. The OST starts with the haunting melody from the Lament for Limerick, titled the Long Way Around in the film, and grows all through to the closing credits. The additional pieces from Frank Patterson's Danny boy to an old McCormick's Come Back to Erin [in the film but not on the CD] are great. The old 30's numbers add spice and color to make this one of my favorite movie OST. Being an oboist, I'd love to get my hands on his arrangements of the opening titles and recreate the haunting arrangement of this truly imaginative composer. I highly recommend this CD. There's not a single soft spot on it. If you liked the film, you'll love this CD. Buy it! you'll be glad you did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a visit to the brilliance of the film May 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This music takes you right back to the stunning imagery of the movie and lets you live it in your mind's eye. It feels like a trip through the scenes, literally, and if you love this movie as much as I do, it is an immeasurable gift. It has the greatest version of "Danny Boy" I have ever heard. I can see Leo taking out all those gangsters with his lone Tommy gun... what a brilliant spectacle...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album doesn't "rock", nor is it "like, really cool." It is however, one of the moodiest, most evocative film scores of the nineties. Carter Burwell again partners with the acclaimed writing/directing/producing Coen brothers to present a perfect accompaniment to their stylish, dark and brooding portrayal of 1920's gangsterism in "some dirty eastern city." The film does incorporate one of the most overused, but here, beautifully mounted versions of the Irish standard "Danny Boy" into the soundtrack, but the film's wonderfully melancholy opening theme may possibly now have been used in more modern movie trailers than any other music. Yes, we all know that it's also been used in a beer ad, but Gabriel Byrne himself told me at the 2001 Florida Film Fest in Orlando that it's actually a beloved and traditional Irish standard titled "Limerick's Lament" and that he actually had a lot of influence on the Coen's and Burwell's eventual changing of the soundtrack to an Irish flavor. If you're like me and are a huge fan of this, one of THE BEST Coen brothers films, not owning the soundtrack to it is like enjoying a sumptuous meal prepared by wonderfully expert and gifted hands, and skipping the dessert...the experience is simply incomplete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sincere testament to Quality. October 30, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Having loved this short, sweet title for years.....I recently stumbled across something incredible.

I just watched a promotional trailer for a much-anticipated PS3 game, just wrapping up production...soon to be released.

With ALL the amazing artists available for console games.....Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, and the like....the creators of this Game...The Last Guardian.....chose the first track from THIS soundtrack as the audio accompaniment for what promises to be a stunning, artistic contribution.

Worth mention....

With more than 11 years between their inceptions, the audio and video fit together if created to lean on each other.

To see what I mean...go to youtube, and enter this in the search box..... The Last Guardian - Official E3 Trailer [HD]

If you have any familiarity with the game .... Ico ....this release promises to carry on that same Epic, Gorgeous quality. I can't wait!

Absolutely Wonderful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting - but credit where it's due, please! January 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm glad Victor's picked up on this. The main theme, which re-occurs throughout, is indeed Limerick's Lament/The Lament for Limerick, as every Irish schoolkid who dreamt through music class can confirm.

Credit to Burwell for finding it, and for a beautiful evocative arrangemnt, but not for writing it, as the sleevenotes to this soundtrack would have you believe. Credit, and royalties where their due.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
I bought this for my grandfather because he loves this soundtrack. I originally bought it as a cassette for him to play in his car but he lost the tape so I bought him the CD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lynsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great track from a great movie.
Great movie and great soundtrack. The film is a real classic endeavor. Not to be forgotten. Film noir to the color.
Published 11 months ago by Michael J. Mcguire
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Had heard it the main song before and loved it. The best rendition is the closing one. Would highly recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Mom3
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, kind of creepy sounds
I think I must have confused this soundtrack with something else as I don't like any part of it. The quality of the recording is fine so maybe if you've seen the film it will mean... Read more
Published 19 months ago by LarryLarry75
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but short
The score adds to the film quite a bit and is a haunting mix of Celtic music and orchestral music. The only downside is that the disc is fairly short - approximately 25 minutes.
Published 19 months ago by W. Phelps
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little can still Mean a Lot
The principal draw of this disc for me is the film's main theme, which as others have pointed out is actually the melody Lament for Limerick. Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
if you liked the movie you need to shell out a couple of bucks for this! The music really has a unique feel to it.
Published on June 1, 2012 by Couch Pirate Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars What's missing?
For the most part a really great soundtrack, but why did they leave in a lot of sound effects that are not really music and leave out one of the best pieces of music in the movie? Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by granny
5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't play everywhere
I love this movie and the soundtrack. Unfortunately the soundtrack audio cassette (new"old"-1990)won't play on two machines that I have but plays beautifully on the Bose system in... Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by amania
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but short
Great Carter Burwell score. One of the best he did for the Coens, along with The Hudsucker Proxy. But less than 30 minutes, that's a bit short...
Published on July 11, 2007 by Nicolas Vadot
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