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Cold Mountain

4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 23 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000E1WL4
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,020 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Wayfaring Stranger - Jack White
2. Like A Songbird That Has Fallen - Reeltime Travelers
3. I Wish My Baby Was Born - Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus & Tim O'Brien
4. The Scarlet Tide - Alison Krauss
5. The Cuckoo - Tim Eriksen & Riley Baugus
6. Sittin' On Top Of The World - Jack White
7. Am I Born To Die? - Tim Eriksen
8. You Will Be My Ain True Love - Alison Krauss
9. I'm Going Home - Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church
10. Never Far Away - Jack White
11. Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over - Jack White
12. Ruby With The Eyes That Sparkle - Stuart Duncan & Dirk Powell
13. Lady Margret - Cassie Franklin
14. Great High Mountain - Jack White
15. Anthem - Gabriel Yared
16. Ada Plays - Gabriel Yared
17. Ada And Inman - Gabriel Yared
18. Love Theme - Gabriel Yared
19. Idumea - Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church
20. Idumea - Sacred Harp Singers At Liberty Church

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Director Anthony Minghella's take on Charles Frazier's bestselling novel is powered by wistful romanticism and a dramatic structure that's been compared to Homer's Odyssey. That latter creative tack parallels the Coens' O Brother, Where Art Thou in crucial ways, and is further enhanced by another T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack of Appalachian-inflected folk traditionals, sympathetic originals by diverse songwriters ( Elvis Costello and Sting), and a core of gritty performances (the White Stripe's Jack White and Alison Krauss) that rise above mere star appeal. White shows his traditional blues jones is no mere affectation on "Wayfaring Stranger" and a cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' On Top of the World," then makes a rewarding turn into the wistfully romantic with his original "Never Far Away." Krauss gives a haunting performance of Costello's "The Scarlet Tide," but doesn't fare as well with Sting's plaintive, Celtic-tinged "You Will Be My True Love." The soundtrack's evocative sense of time and place is further underscored by traditionals performed by a slate of other bluegrass/country-folk heavyweights and a powerful pair of gospelized, almost ethereal performances by the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church. A few of Gabriel Yared's gentle orchestral cues (crucial to the film's characters and dramatic continuity) are essentially tacked on as the coda to the remaining collection of earthy Americana. Dark, dusty, and ever bittersweet, Burnett's musical archaeology here is something considerably more than merely "O Brother Redux." --Jerry McCulley

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By A Customer on Dec 16 2003
Format: Audio CD
As soundtracks go, the Cold Mountain soundtrack did a pretty good job of encompassing the music that's in the film while making it good to listen to as a CD. Not all soundtracks can say that.
I think that, in part, this comes from the strength of the old tunes that were used for this CD. Even in their watered-down, once-or-twice removed versions (i.e., except for the Sacred Harp songs, they are not being sung by people who have grown up with them and lived with them their whole lives, but by performers who sing them on stage), they shine through. I'm not a fan of Jack White's singing voice, but even he can't wreck "Wayfaring Stranger or "Great High Mountain."
Actually, most of White's songs were pretty good except for one he wrote himself: "Never Far Away." This was a truly mediocre song, sung in a very mediocre way, and the 3-note accompaniment to it reminded me of "Three Blind Mice." This song should have been left off of the album.
I enjoyed all of the other songs, especially those sung by Tim Eriksen and Cassie Franklin. "If fine lead crystal could sing, it would sound like Cassie Franklin," said someone who is familiar with her singing. I think this is a fine and accurate description of her voice. Tim Eriksen has a wonderful voice too, in my opinion, and I liked his rendition of "Am I born to die?" which also happens to be the tune, unharmonized, of "Idumea" which is featured last on the album.
Allison Kraus sounded far too tentative to my ears; I've heard her sing much more confidently on other albums and in person. I do wish that she had sung out more, so that her lovely voice would shine forth. It didn't on this album. Still, I liked her songs.
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Playing this CD helps me recall the heart warming, sensitive and powerful scenes from the film and book, both of which left a huge impact on my psyche. Any time I wish to return to those soul searching moments, all I need to do is listen. When hearing this CD ... surges of deep intense emotions are aroused ... nostalgia for the Civil War era returns. Recently for me, one of the greatest moments on television was watching Allison Krause and Sting perform, "You Will Be my Ain True Love". Viewing these two amazingly talented artists ... one with a voice like a nightengale, the other playing a traditional instrument ... before millions of viewers and Hollywood notables, performing the song which I love on this CD -- leaves me speechless!
"Wayfaring Stranger", the first track, is like a metaphor for the film ... Inman, climbing through the snow, wading in the river, hiding out ... walking back to Ada. The mandolin, banjo, and fiddle music draw out intense feelings of longing for his sweetheart and determination ... to survive. Tracks, #5 and #6, are fun-loving lively tunes that have the listener tapping their toes and fingers to the beat. The Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church (Henagar, Alabama) who perform, "Idumea" are a hidden source of inspiration ... the sounds they create form a source of spiritual sustenance, like manna from above. They are a true spiritual gift and a powerful presence on this CD. "Ruby with the Eyes that Sparkle" and "Lady Margaret" bring back scenes of family reunion and the sad impact of separation caused by the war. The pleasure of listening to this CD is enhanced if one saw the film, "Cold Mountain" or read the book. However, the music is so reminiscent of the era and times in which it was born that it will highly appeal to anyone who loves traditional music.
My highest recommendation. Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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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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