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Open Range: Original Score Soundtrack


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Holding All My Love For YouJulianna Raye 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Open RangeMichael Kamen 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Card GameMichael Kamen 1:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Wagon WheelMichael Kamen 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cattle DriveMichael Kamen 1:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Ride To TownMichael Kamen 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. DecadeMichael Kamen 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Spooks On The HillMichael Kamen 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Starry NightMichael Kamen 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wounded ButtonMichael Kamen0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Laudanum DreamMichael Kamen 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Charley And SueMichael Kamen 1:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Boss Convinces CharleyMichael Kamen 2:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. On The PorchMichael Kamen 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Cat And MouseMichael Kamen 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Baxter Taunts CharleyMichael Kamen 1:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Face OffMichael Kamen 1:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. GunfightMichael Kamen 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. AftermathMichael Kamen 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Charley Rides OffMichael Kamen 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. ProposalMichael Kamen 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. TeapotMichael Kamen 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B0000ALFXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1. Holding All My Love For You - performed by Julianna Raye, 2. Open Range, 3. Card Game, 4. Wagon Wheel, 5. Cattle Drive, 6. Ride to Town, 7. Decade, 8. Spooks On The Hill, 9. Starry Night, 10. Wounded Button, 11. Laudanum Dream, 12. Charley and Sue, 13. Boss Convinces Charley, 14. On The Porch, 15. Cat And Mouse, 16. Baxter Taunts Charley, 17. Face Off, 18. Gunfight, 19. Aftermath, 20. Charley Rides Off, 21. Proposal, 22. Teapot

Customer Reviews

One of the best movie soundtracks ever.
William I. Simmons
What Hans Zimmer has done for classical and world music, Michael Kamen has done with classical and the more distinctly American-originated musical forms.
FloydWaters
The score's tune tells the story and puts your mind through a melodic "Open Range" of the soul, in ways that others fail.
Robert A. Slivatz

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By FloydWaters on March 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This review is written in memory of Maestro Michael Kamen (1945-18 November 2003). Open Range was the last score that he completed before his sudden passing, and I am deeply grateful that he was able to give us this final work. Michael has never been the type to write very off-the-wall scores of the kind you might hear in a movie like The Matrix (that is, except for that unbelievably chilling noise he coaxed out of the string section in "Spooks on the Hill"; how I wish I knew how he did it!)...rather, his talent was in adding special, subtle touches to a more usual sort of orchestral music. In particular, he excelled in the blending of genres into a successful whole. What Hans Zimmer has done for classical and world music, Michael Kamen has done with classical and the more distinctly American-originated musical forms.
It is fitting that Michael seems to have been heavily inspired by Aaron Copland, who is perhaps my favorite classical composer ever. Copland excelled in the incorporation of Americana into his work, and seemed to revere the West. What Michael did that distinguished his work from Copland's, to my ear, was the wonderful incorporation of the acoustic guitar--it neither overwhelms the orchestra, nor is it drowned out by it. Nor is there ever the sense that it has merely been superimposed upon the orchestra--rather, it functions as a *part* of it. I should also give credit to whoever played the guitar; he creates a wonderful sound with it. I also hear, in "Wagon Wheel", a folkish tune that sounds almost Irish. We often forget, I think, the role immigrants played in the American West, so I find this inclusion quite appropriate.
Even in its dramatic sections, Michael's score never becomes overblown.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Another solid work from Michael Kamen. The ending credits track Holding All My Love for You is the lead track on the CD and features Julianna Raye on vocals. What an amazing song! I just went on Amazon and purchased her CD as well (you should too!) and it is great!
Turns out that she is Michael's cousin and co-wrote the song with him. Blows Nora Jones away if you ask me. I think people will be talking about Julianna for some time to come. I hope Michael uses her again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Sharkey on September 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It was JAMES Newton Howard who composed the score for The Postman. (which in my opinion is one of Howards Best scores ever). I think you got cnfused with Thomas Newman or something.
Open Range was indeed a slower paced score. But that doesnt mean its bad by any means. Its not an action movie so ergo its not a overused typical action score that crashes over you. And Bad movies do not eqyual bad scores. I think Kamens use of Americana themes in this score is great. Its a great score to relax to at points. And the vocals on the last track are beautiful.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Greg Williams on January 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The movie itself was a balance of extremes: strong but understated acting versus strong and overstated violence.
The soundtrack is entirely enjoyable as expected from one
of our finest composers. BUT, the reason you should own this
CD is Julianna Raye's performance. It's only one song, but is
absolutely worth the price of admission. I'm guessing that
hearing her voice will lead most people to search for her solo
CDs. I did and have become a big fan. Listen to her!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The man who revolutionized the action-film score has now re-written the book on how Westerns are done. Basil, move over - Kamen has shown all the little boys how the BIG BOYS PLAY BALL!
The themes in this score a exquisite, and the Czec Phil sounds warm, and rich! It's nice to see that such a mega-talent like Kamen is STILL making great music. If you like filmscores, or orchestral music - buy this record
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne D. Olson on June 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Open Range film and soundtrack are a masterpiece within the western film genre. The score preserves a legacy of high caliber westerns since before WWII (Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, John Wayne, so on); it embraces the traditional western guitar siloloquy, the epic-soaring-powerful overtures, the stoic orchestration created (in the sound studio) to invest qualities of our cherished western culture (past and present) within the drama and its world apart from our own.

Westerns are (possibly) one of our most clearcut examples to the world at large of stark honesty, realism, unexpected romance, unblemished courage (put to the test), and rain-soaked humility. In this film, the woman's virtues are ever present (encased in beautiful, pastoral song and symphony); her qualities of loyalty and fearless resolve grace much of the film; her emotion and sincerity complements the true western code of honor (captured by poetic, resonant chords). We test our own resolve in the herioc characters right into Act III, Scene 3 (the deadly showdown); the musical score infusing this exceptionally-choreographed gunfight has provided endless repeat-viewing by captivated audiences. The crescendo is stunning, the decrescendo is sombre, attesting to the quality of the score.

Having herded cattle on horseback, the lesson remains the same; protect the men, women, children, horses, cattle, dogs under your wing; it is a sacred trust. The nuances within this high-end professional musical score encase the movement of character, action, plot, denouement (in stages) with emotion, empathy, catharsis, discovery (in truth, always remain noble in one's intent; even in the killing mode), and preserving what is right and just (even unto death). Heavy themes, a clear vision; a specific thank-you to Kevin Costner for completing his task-at-hand.
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