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Cold Mountain (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture)

Cold Mountain (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture)

December 16, 2003

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Product Details

  • Label: DMZ/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax
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  • Total Length: 1:02:56
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  • ASIN: B00138KKJO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,298 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

The lyrics all strong and the music great.
Robert Cheek
Anyone interested in that kind of music and anyone who likes the movie or lives nearby the actual site of the movie MUST buy this album.
Christoph Gassenschmidt
Alison Krauss also did a fantastic job on her two songs.
Mary Collette List

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sony Music jumps on the bandwagon of Americana with a collection of traditional country from "Cold Mountain", the Anthony Minghella's Civil War film featuring nineteen tracks of soundtrack and score ~ featuring Stuart Duncan, Cassie Franklin, Dirk Powell, Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus, Tim O'Brien, Alison Krauss, Jack White, Sacred Harp Singers (at Liberty Church) and the score composed by Gabriel Yared who seemingly brings all the characters to life through his magnificent music.
Plain to see the brand of T-Bone Burnett on this compilation, much like "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the same driving force with cues like "THE SCARLET TIDE", brings the song writing talent of Elvis Costello and voice of Alison Krauss with harmony by Cheryl White to the fore and "YOU WILL BE MY AIN TRUE LOVE", another beautiful composition from String who also sings backup with Alison ~ "WAYFARING STRANGER", "SITTIN' ON TOP OF THE WORLD", "NEVER FAR AWAY", "CHRISTMAS WILL SOON BE OVER" and "GREAT HIGH MOUNTAIN", features blues, gospel, folk and country with an unforgettable interpretation by songwriter/vocalist Jack White (who debuted in this film).
My stand out pick is "I'M GOING HOME", performed by the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church unleash the power of four part harmony that goes back one hundred and ten years ~ haunting and vibrate makes the floor shake with their sound ~ this cue is well worth the price of the album...gotta love it!
Total Time: 63:07 on 19 Tracks ~ Sony 86843 ~ (12/16/2003)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Furiae on August 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Regardless of what you feel about Titanic, its soundtrack was a success in that its music resonated the same feel, or aura, as the movie did, and everytime you listened to it, the music brought back feelings and impressions you felt while watching the movie. Cold Mountain's soundtrack does the same and that makes it a successful soundtrack, in my opinion. You relive the movie through the soundtrack vividly; both the movie and its soundtrack strike the same emotional chords and both complement each others artistic style.

I'm not familiar with bluegrass music, so I can't say if this is a successful bluegrass compilation or not, but I suspect it isn't, because that wasn't the goal of this production. The goal was to use music as a means to amplify the themes and emotions portrayed in the film--the songs were used very well to serve as musical exclamation points for key scenes.

You really can't separate the movie Cold Mountain from its music. Like with Titanic, its soundtrack was inseparable from the movie. While I was watching Cold Mountain with my husband, both of us commented on how good the songs were during the movie.

This soundtrack has received a LOT of criticism for not being an true bluegrass album, but a lot of people are forgetting this is a movie soundtrack, not a historical folk album. Cold Mountain is a war epic and love story, not a movie about bluegrass, so its songs are not going to be limited to only historical folk songs--songs that will help further the plot or help to bring certain scenes to life will be used in a movie soundtrack, because that's the job of the music.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Emily Todd on February 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Cold Mountain", an extraordinary piece of art in its own right, is greatly improved by its soundtrack. This wonderful soundtrack really creates the atmosphere of the South during the Civil War era. Fans of the accomplished Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Message in a Bottle, Sylvia) will want to pick this one up as he composes the score. Numerous songs are provided by Jack White, Oscar-nominee Alison Krauss (who sings my favorite songs on the album), Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus, and more. Though I must warn you, this soundtrack is definitely not for everyone. Some of the songs work well with the film (11. Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over - Jack White), but definitely not on their own. In addition, many songs on here are bluegrass, country, and folk; genres that are often parodied and ridiculed by mainstream music fans. However, if you enjoyed any of the music in the film, this is the CD for you. Unlike many other soundtracks which shall remain nameless, every single piece of music in the film is included on the soundtrack in its full and complete form.
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4.) The Scarlet Tide - Alison Krauss
8.) You Will Be My Ain True Love - Alison Krauss
14. Great High Mountain - Jack White
15.-18.) All of Gabriel Yard's score
19.) Idumea - Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philip A. Thompson on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
My (English-professor) mother Anna Elaine Galstad Thompson Case, who recently passed away, was the person who originally turned me onto the novel, and I must say that it affected me more deeply than just about anything I've ever read in my life. One could argue that, together with "Huckleberry Finn" and "Moby Dick", it is truly perhaps one of the great American novels of all time. (The last time I drove home to northwest Arkansas from Washington, DC, I stopped off in southeast Tennessee, and drove over Smoky Mountain National Park to spend a day exploring the area around Cold Mountain in northwestern North Carolina--a trip I highly recommend.) Wish I'd written the novel myself; my great-greatgranddad (C.S.A. cavalry) Capt. Gould B. Thompson underwent an almost identical experience in the summer of 1863, trying to make his way home across no-man's-land to the Ozarks after the fall of Vicksburg--his story had a HAPPY ending. Fans of the novel have likely seen the film by now; although I would've cast it differently and OF COURSE filmed it around Cold Mountain in North Carolina instead of in Romania's Transylvanian Alps, it's nonetheless a very good film. As for the soundtrack, the two songs by Alison Krauss are superb, and I personally find the raw spiritual energy of the two songs by the Liberty Church Sacred Harp Singers (Henegar, Alabama, in AL's northeast hill country) mesmerizing. The unvarnished folksy "honesty" of the "Like a Songbird That Has Fallen" and the piano work by Gabriel Yared are very compelling and worthwhile, and the bread-and-butter remainder of the album by Jack White, Stuart Duncan, Norman & Nancy Blake, and Dirk Powell is very good. If you liked the novel and liked the film, you MUST buy this CD while it's available (soundtracks are usually in the record stores about a couple of months, according to my experience). If you like it a LOT, you should go out and IMMEDIATELY buy the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", too--if you haven't already.
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