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The Shawshank Redemption: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 20, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002AUQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Thaddeus Marcum on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It started back in highschool, well actually when I was in 7th grade and heard the music from the Shawshank Redemption for the first time. I simple fell in love with it. A while later, my brother bought me the soundtrack and I played it over and over and over......
A few years later, I have purchased 47 movie scores. Everything from Sling Blade to Easy Rider to Dances With Wolves. Of course, my heart has gone out to Thomas Newman, the man who first haunted me with his movie score, The Shawshank Redemption.
This score is my favorite of all of Newman's work, surpassing even the likes of How To Make An American Quilt, Meet Joe Black, and The Horse Whisperer. This, along with Fried Green Tomatoes, was the standard barer for most of Newman's current musical scores and despite some pressure from Road to Perdition and American Beauty, this one still stands as the leader of the pack when it comes to scores composed by Newman.
BUY THIS ONE. Don't think twice. If you haven't owned any of Newman's scores yet, the perfect place to start is with The Shawshank Redemption.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By David Bradley on June 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"The Shawshank Redemption" was a brilliant, brilliant film; this soundtrack proves that the score was a vital piece of that brilliance.
It is also fine music on it's own.
I am at a loss of words, trying to explain what it is about the film and the music that moves people, myself included, so deeply. There is, I suppose, something in "Suds On The Roof," and in the corresponding scene in the film, that speaks to everyone's desire to be a whole human being. Tim Robbins may play a fictional character, and perhaps one with no basis in reality, but the image of a convicted murderer taking such a risk simply to offer up to his fellow inmates a few moments of human comfort is a moving and humbling thing.
The film, and by extension the music on this CD, is a study of basic human dignity, and a brilliant salute to it.
The inclusion of "Lovesick Blues," "If I Didn't Care," and the gorgeous excerpt from "The Marriage of Figaro" makes this soundtrack complete but, for once, I wish some dialogue from the film had been included. Any of Morgan Freeman's wonderful narration would have been a nice addition.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr T Jones on November 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When I first watched The Shawshank Redemption, I thought, in common with a lot of people, that it was a brilliant film. What I couldn't but notice, also, was the very uplifting and at times majestic soundtrack that lay behind the pictures. Since buying the soundtrack, I have listened to it probably several hundred times now, and its power and beauty have not faded. Every time I listen to tracks such as "So Was Red" or "Sisters", I am moved by the depth of emotion that is contained in the music. The inclusion of the aria from "The Marriage of Figaro" was a masterpiece. If you like this soundtrack, try some of Thomas Newman's other works, such as "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Meet Joe Black."ÿ
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on June 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'll indicate the parts of the film that correspond to each track, to help people decide for themselves if this corresponds to what they thought they might get out of this CD, although as far as I know none of the film's music was omitted. The only quibble I have is that the order of the tracks doesn't correspond to their appearance in the film.
"May" - Played when Red mentioned that he and some guys he knew got the outside job of retarring the plate factory roof in May, as the assignments are being announced. See also "Workfield"; both have essentially the same fiddle-and-guitar theme.
"Shawshank Prison (Stoic Theme)" - Played during the first view of the prison as Andy is brought in, beginning with the prison flyover.
"New Fish" - Almost entirely piano. See also "Zihuatanejo", which is essentially a continuation.
"Rock Hammer" - This string-and-claves staccato piece tracks the scenes wherein Andy became "a regular cottage industry", doing more and more tax returns.
"An Inch of His Life" - Covers the final fate of Boggs Diamond after he and his cronies beat Andy up; includes some lovely piano that one would probably miss while watching the accompanying scene. The flavor is in the same category as "New Fish" and "Zihuatanejo", but sadder.
"If I Didn't Care" - Andy is listening to this in his car on the night of his wife's murder, during the opening credits. This is the only track performed by the Inkspots and isn't original to the score.
"Brooks Was Here" - The music accompanying the scenes from Brooks' letter; see also "So Was Red".
"His Judgement Cometh" - The title is the 1st half of the quote on the sampler hanging on the Warden's office wall. The music accompanies his final scene, and begins with a long staccato string and percussion passage.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bud Sturguess on November 28, 2003
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The brilliant film "The Shawshank Redemption" had Stephen King written all over it (it was based on his short novel), and the moods and themes of this marvelous soundtrack probably capture his unique imagination as well as the movie did. The creative spark of composer Thomas Newman passes through various themes and concepts, matched with the likes of Hank Williams and the Ink Spots (with 'If I Didn't Care,' a song that was a favorite of Redd Foxx's famous TV character Fred Sanford). The album also contains an opera piece that was best described by Morgan Freeman's character Red in the film, "They were singing about something so beautiful that it can't be expressed in words...and makes your heart ache because of it."
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