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Miller's Crossing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2004
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
on January 19, 2004
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
on June 13, 2000
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
on May 18, 1998
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
on May 27, 2002
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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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 perfectly....as 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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on November 19, 2012
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. Carter Burwell's arrangement of it, admittedly, is haunting and much of the album is in a sense a set of mild variations on that tune, especially the End Titles. The rest are all too brief musical moments or arrangements of classic or period pieces like the King Porter Stomp or Danny Boy. However, the entire disc consists of only about 30 minutes of music, and a good portion of that is the main theme in one form or another. In that sense, I'm not sure whether investing in this release is necessarily worth it. I own it and enjoy it for the small portion of that half hour that I find so compelling, but I suspect that if I were starting over these days I'd just make a few trips now and then to YouTube to get my necessary dose of that main theme.
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on March 28, 2012
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? That beautiful song sung by the Italian mobster when they take Tommy out to Miller's crossing to search for Bernie's body is not included on this disc. Very disappointing!!!! Still it is worth it for the main theme & the great rendition of "Danny Boy".
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on January 18, 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2004
Listened to it hundreds of times. Always pulls you in.
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