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Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack CD [Limited Edition, Soundtrack]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rockstar Games
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B006D1AUDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Winner of numerous music of the year awards, the soundtrack to the acclaimed Red Dead Redemption was available for only a short time in an official deluxe CD release. Composed by the critically acclaimed recording artists, Bill Elm and Woody Jackson and produced by David Holmes, the Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack Album is a lush and emotive score that captures the haunting sound of the dying American West and Mexico at the turn of the century. Filled with sweeping strings, martial timpani, and piercing horns, this music was performed on authentic instruments of the period. In addition, Jose's Gonzalez and Ashtar Command both composed wholly original songs in "Far Away" and "Deadman's Gun" respectively for the soundtrack album. William Elliott Whitmore gave a haunting a cappella rendition of the western standard "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie", while Jamie Lidell submitted a special edit of his song "Compass". Each vocal track adds a dually authentic yet contemporary flair to the atmosphere of the album. Whether you're a fan of the game or Western music in general, this CD with over 75 minutes of music is definitely worth hearing.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic soundtrack to a fantastic game May 20, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
The soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption is proof positive why Rockstar Games continues to be the premier video game publisher on the planet. Every angle of their products is meticulously covered, and their musical contributions are no different. The music on this effort would not only stand on its own, but it's an intensely satisfying nod to all of the classic spaghetti westerns that we all know and love.

If I were to hear this without knowing who it was I would immediately think it was an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. It's just that good. The moody and melodic main theme is cut straight out of a classic Sergio Leone western, and "The Shootist" is complete with echoed yells and grunts that serve as an outstanding reference to the Good the Bad and the Ugly soundtrack. That's not to say the composers rip any ideas off from Morricone, but they aren't afraid to intertwine their own ideas with the more established examples. The composers also mix modern music into the more traditional ethnic, jazz influences on tracks such as "Triggernometry", which wouldn't sound out of place on an Unkle record with its darkly funky beats. "Redemption Dub" is an excellent showcase in how recent musical styles can be mixed fluently with old school sensibilities with it's stark tone and driving nature. They also bring touches of ambient, Brian eno-esque electronics to the fore on tracks like "Gunplay" which serve as spooky remnants of its accompanying video game scene.

Bill Elm and Woody Jackson have recorded with different bands throughout their lives including Friends of Dean Martinez and Calexico, and you can definitely see the similarities in this soundtrack. But I was genuinely surprised at the high level of creativity and range they showcase here.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Bill Elm & Woody Jackson's score to Red Dead Redemption can be labeled as if Ennio Morricone's music had a baby with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' music and it was raised by Quentin Tarantino. It's terrific even if a bit repetitive. I think a lot of Red Dead fans were wondering initially how the score would be handled.

The two musicians were picked by Rockstar mainly due to their style. They were part of a band called Friends Of Dean Martinez, which was a group that was essentially a Southwestern alternative rock band. They played instrumental pieces that pretty much all sounded like Morricone homages. Red Dead Revolver for the PS2 was source tracked by tons of classic western scores from Ennio Morricone, Luis Bacalov, Bruno Nicolai, Gianfranco Reverberi and many more. It all became an iconic interweaving that formed a unified sonic identity to the spaghetti western game. In short it made the game damn amazing. However, I can't imagine it was cheap using all that music.

So, when Rockstar took the game into their "free roam" style and went with an original score I think I was not alone in being curious as to what it would be. The good news is that the score is a full fledged Morricone mock-up. The use of trumpets and synths give it a fresh edge, but it's such a befitting score. The only quarrel I have with it is that it's very repetitive. The main theme is great and a few of the action cues are amazing, but overall what we have here can be labeled as non structured loops. Something that you can't really blame on the composers considering this is a "free roam" game and the cutscenes are incredibly short when they do happen. "(Theme From) Red Dead Redemption" is quite fantastic and there are a few other stand out tracks.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to it May 21, 2010
By Shane
Format:MP3 Music
Soundtracks like this are a rare find. Soundtracks like this developed for a video game are unheard-of!

It has that classic Western feel but some tracks have a bit of an edge to them. For example, track 9 - Triggernometry - feels like music from the movie "Snatch" if it were made into a Western. While others are more mellow and give a sitting-on-a-porch-in-a-Clint-Eastwood-Western-town-while-being-a-little-drunk-and-pensive feel.

Monument Valleyesque landscapes. A trusty steed. Tumbleweeds. A shootout with bandits. Hitting the saloon. A campfire. The open night sky. You get the idea. This music puts you there.

Wonderfully done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just One More Reason Why Red Dead Redemption Rocks! December 16, 2010
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Music is what makes or brakes most movies and video games. How fun would the game be if you just played it with your volume muted? Sure it would still look good, but it wouldn't feel right. Fortunately, Red Dead Redemption's soundtrack not only assists the game, it advances it further. Bill Elm and Woody Jackson do an excellent job at capturing what was left of the wild west at the time and adding some subtle more modern tones that match the game's depiction of the era. All the songs are great to listen to buy themselves. Many are upbeat and fast paced and get your heart pumping. There are also some that are more mellow and make you just want to stop and view the scenery instead of going on a shooting spree. When both the upbeat and mellow songs are put together it makes one heck of a soundtrack. There are several solo artists that are added to the game, such as Jose Gonzalez, Jamie Lidell, and Ashtar Command. These compliment the game nicely as they still have a subtle western theme to them, but aren't intended to be put into a game, so they kind of connect the present with the past. They offer a nice break from the great but sometimes too intense music by adding vocals. The game was excellent and so was the soundtrack, I often listen to it while I'm working not just while I'm playing. This is one that you should buy if you liked Red Dead Redemption.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack
That song at the end credits, sent chills down my spine, had to get it.
Published 1 month ago by Eric Zygela
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back all the memories from the game
a few of the tracks were more forgettable, but some of the songs, especially the cinematic staples, really bring you back and give you "them feelz".
Published 5 months ago by Blake Mims
5.0 out of 5 stars Old West, Seventies Style
I still haven't played the game this soundtrack accompanies, and while that might seem weird, I'm actually a little nervous that the game won't live up to the amazing score. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CK Burch
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good soundtrack, just wish Cloud Player would let me download the...
Having played this game extensively, I grew to love the OST composed. It's wonderful music, especially the song "Far Away". Read more
Published 7 months ago by airsoftpredator87
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
I provide 5 stars because the album provided more of the soundtrack than I had originally anticipated! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cory
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE
This soundtrack is awesome! It is the ideal western gunslinger soundtrack. My husband and I LOVE the song by Jose. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Clarissa D Rowell
4.0 out of 5 stars get in the Mood
If you enjoy the game how could you not enjoy the music? Isn't that why you're here in the first place? This is great music for road tripping. Very moody.
Published 10 months ago by nmFreeWheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dead Redemption Original Soundtrack
Red Dead Redemption Original Soundtrack. This is my favorite game of all time I could play this for hours on end and to finally have the sound track so I can play it anytime I... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Basking In the Old West!
A solid set of music that gets better with every listen. After hearing it a few times I found myself wanting to go back and relive the Red Dead gaming saga from beginning to end. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian J. Spencer
4.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to the game
i wish it had both versions of 'compass', but other than that its fantastic! its great to walk around to
Published 11 months ago by ben selle
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