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Dances with Wolves Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Composer: John Barry
  • Audio CD (May 18 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 181 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001CCY7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Main Title/Looks Like A Suicide
2. Ride To Fort Hayes
3. Journey To Fort Sedgewick/Shooting Star/John Dunbar Theme/Arrival At Fort Sedgewick (Expanded)
4. The John Dunbar Theme
5. The Death Of Timmons
6. Two Socks/The Wolf Theme
7. Stands With A Fist Remembers
8. The Buffalo Robe
9. Journey To The Buffalo Killing Ground
10. Spotting The Herd
11. The Buffalo Hunt (Film Version)
12. Fire Dance
13. Two Socks At Play
14. Falling In Love
15. Love Theme
16. The John Dunbar Theme
17. Pawnees/Pawnee Attack/Stone Calf Dies/Toughest Dies
18. Victory
19. The Death of Cisco
20. Rescue Of Dances With Wolves
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

John Barry seems to have that unique ability to transform the genres he tackles; for Dances with Wolves , he brought to the Western epic a voice of romance, drama and moments of melancholy. The beauty of his Oscar-winning score is enhanced here with unreleased music and bonus tracks, bringing you Barry's complete score for the first time!


John Barry's Academy Award-winning score for actor/director Kevin Costner's nouveau western, Dances with Wolves, is nothing short of a modern classic by a film scoring master. Utilizing Wagnerian structure, Barry's three main themes recur in magisterial symphonic form. The memorable "John Dunbar" theme alone has become an almost subconscious part of modern life, utilized as Muzak and underscore for public events great and small. Barry's skills as an arranger color his themes in subtly shifting orchestral hues, giving even the most repeated melodic passages new emotional weight. Barry's rich music is living proof that the art of orchestral film scoring is still alive and surprisingly vital in the '90s. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
This is one of John Barry's masterworks - if not indeed his magnus opus - and we've waited much too long for a comprehensive reissue. Whatever you think of Kevin Costner's film (and I'd hate to base a friendship on whether or not someone loved "Dances with Wolves" as I did) it would be a far less exciting movie without Barry's magnificent score. Eschewing the more traditional Western sound pioneered by Jerome Moross and Elmer Bernstein, which eventually descended into rank imitation and self-parody, Barry went for a lush, poewerful symphonic rhapsody. While avoiding ethnic cliches in his music for the Native American characters, he found expression for the more violent aspects of tribal warfare through a stunning, resonant, absolutely plangent use of percussion that quickens the pulse and suggests menace without going into histrionic overdrive. Barry's melodic work is no less impressive: in his justly famous "John Dunbar Theme," for example, there is a weird, majestic inevitability to the notes - they seem to flow into one another in exactly the right way; you can't imagine a single cadence being any different. This new release restores much that was truncated on the original release of the score. "The Buffalo Hunt" - which accompanies one of the most original and exciting set-pieces in recent American movies - is given the full treatment here, and is therefore twice as satisfying. My only cavil: Barry wrote an hour and 40 minutes worth of music, so even this lovingly restored version is shorter than it might be in a perfect world. And I'm not sure why the producers added the film version of the Dunbar theme as a bonus track rather than reordering it to replace the album version within the score itself. Still, this disc is a major cause for celebration, an essential element for the shelves of any true lover of film music.
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By A Customer on May 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
For years, lovers of this soundtrack had to be content with only getting the chance to listen to about 70% of the music from the film.. until now. Finally we have the entire score for Dances With Wolves on one single reissued and repackaged disc. Every piece of music is placed in order.. including some wonderful cues that were missing from the original soundtrack. Even shorter cues like "Shooting Star" and "Arrival at Ft. Sedgewick" are a pure joy, not to mention the film version of the buffalo hunt. Why every soundtrack that's released isn't put together this way is beyond me, but I'm thankful that this release is finally available in it's entirety.
The sound of the cd is better than the original, though still falls short of the gold disc that was released years back.. but I don't think you'll be disappointed at all. Released expanded versions of soundtracks seems to be a trend these days. Classic scores such as "Superman" offer so much more than their original releases. Let's hope it continues!
As for Dances, an already spectacularly moving and beautifully crafted score just got better.
One side note, the liner notes are great, though I wish the photos on the inside were in color instead of black and white. I'm sure they were going for a certain "feel" but this movie had so many great colors and costumes it would have been nice to have an equally colorful insert book. I'm certainly not complaining though.. I've been waiting for this cd for well over a decade.
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Format: Audio CD
First, be aware the SACD CD's may not play in older CD players, unless they are specifically labeled that they will play SACD media. (Has nothing to do with this review, but many are confused on this point.)
Very succinct review:
Each main character (including the calvary) in the movie has his own theme music. As the character's development on film continues, so does the embellishment in the score.
The masterful touch is the blending of each themes as the film characters compliment or conflict with the other. As you listen to the music over and over, these subtleties come across. The cd can be played many times over, each time one discovers nuances not discovered before. It's as though Mr. Barry has discovered new shades of color never seen before. These are insinuated in the orchestration of the score.
I also love the "Great American West" feel of the music, similar to Copeland and evocative of a Charles Russell painting.
It is a symphonic dream, and one of the relatively few pieces of music that justifies the cost of a good stereo system.
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Set in the civil war era,"Dances With Wolves" is a western dramatic encompasing the untamed breathtaking wilderness of the West, with a pinch of melodrama . In fact, "Dances with Wolves" cut across movie genres and levitated itself to becoming one of the most poignant and epic movies of all time. But it wouldn't have achieved such recognition without the haunting but beautiful score that John Barry composed: the music fitting every scene of the movie seamlessly. As expansive as the movie itself, the score does not just strike a cord every time you play, but places you in the boots of John Dunbar and how he feels as a lonely man set across two worlds that teach him very different truths about life ; the rush of the Buffalos, the intimacy with his beloved horse Cisco, his relation and feelings towards the Sioux, the battle against his own legions and of course...his dance with the wolves!. Buy the album and see..no,no...feel it for yourself. There are very few scores right now, that will leave you utterly spellbound and introspective; and this score is certainly one of them.
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