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S.W.a.T. Soundtrack

2.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Outside Music
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000AOV6Y
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Bullet Frenzy
2. Don't Shoot Me Baby
3. My Big Black Assault Weapon
4. AK-47 Scherzo
5. Three Chords In Two Minutes
6. Run For Your Life
7. The Fascist Shuffle
8. S.W.A.T. 911 - Danny Saber
9. Crash Landing
10. That Cop Stole My Car
11. S.W.A.T. Sticker - Elliot Goldnethal
12. Bullet Frenzy II - Elliot Goldnethal
13. Time Is Running Out - Apollo Four Forty
14. Samuel Jackson - Hot Action Cop

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S.W.A.T. ~ S.W.A.T. (Score)

In film scoring's best moments it's easy to forget that it's as much craft as art, at best a shotgun marriage of music and commerce. Which is exactly the challenge veteran composer Eliot Goldenthal faced segueing from his sublime Frida, the rich, Mexican folk-inflected score that netted him an Oscar, to this more traditional Hollywood action vehicle. Goldenthal ably echoes the film's admirable realism-over-stunts mentality with the same brooding, deliciously dark orchestral sensibility he brought to Titus and the surprising Final Fantasy. And then there's the commerce--great dollops of rock guitar and pounding rhythms that often seem grafted on as some sort of marketing enticement. Yet left to his own devices, Goldenthal often proves he's as capable as any of the McClub-oriented tracks commissioned from the likes of Danny Saber and Apollo Four Forty--and on spare, slinky cues like "Don't Shoot Me Baby" and "Three Chords in Two Minutes" (now there's a film scorer's inside joke-title) may just be one step ahead. --Jerry McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
I tell ya, I've never really been a big fan of Elliot Goldenthal. His scores, for me, haven't really hit the mark. Haven't heard his score for "Frida", but won the Oscar. His score for "Interview With The Vampire" was so-so, and as for his two scores for the Batman films...well, I really missed Danny Elfman. So when I heard that he was doing the score for "S.W.A.T.", I was less than enthused. But after seeing the movie and hearing the score, I had to get the CD. It's really not a bad score at all. It's loud, hard, and I think perfect for this type of film. The massive guitars really add a nice backdrop to the hard-edged routines of S.W.A.T.
Of particular interest on this CD comes from a cue that Goldenthal had nothing to do with. Track #8 "S.W.A.T. 911" is an exciting remix of the classic original television S.W.A.T. Theme, performed by Danny Saber. It's a great cue!
I probably could have done without the last tune, a hip-hop take on S.W.A.T., oddly named "Samuel Jackson".
All in all, this is a good CD, and worth the purchase. It's perfect for working out to. Goldenthal manages to create a propulsive and highly aggressive score for this much anticipated action blockbuster.
Even if you don't have any Goldenthal soundtracks on your rack (like me!), this CD will be a welcome addition, and one that will be often heard.
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Elliot Goldenthal's "S.W.A.T." is the complete opposite of his award-winning work for "Frida." In short, "S.W.A.T" is a noisy, rock-infused, pumped-up-on-steroids score with a handful of interesting moments. If you're a soundtrack aficionado and you favor Goldenthal's more brooding orchestrated scores, this isn't for you.
The score is a fusion of electronic synth scoring and orchestrated scoring. Goldenthal seems to focus more on beats and rhythms, almost throwing melody and harmony out the back window. The highlights here are when Goldenthal gives the orchestra the spotlight, especially his brass section. One strong track on this score is "My Big Black Assault Weapon" with its big shiny brass hooks laced with a thick rock beat. Throughout the CD, there are pockets of really interesting orchestral moments such as the opening strings in "Crash Landing" and "That Cop Stole My Car."
The remix of the well-known TV show theme by Danny Saber is a strong one. It melds the familiar disco tune with brooding low strings, giving the theme song a newfound cinematic oomph. It's strange. A disco tune/TV theme actually sounds really good if done right. Goldenthal tries his knack on the theme as well in "S.W.A.T. Sticker." It's too bad it's a ridiculously short track because he actually improves on the theme song and actually makes it sound like a formidable theme to a big Summer Blockbuster. The songs in the CD fit perfectly well with the score. Hot Action Cop's "Samuel Jackson" is a strange one. After a few listens, this fun rock ditty actually grows on you. Maybe because they're 'vocal' rendition of the TV theme song borders on parody even though they execute the song with such gusto.
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To me, Elliott Goldenthal was a surprise choice of composer for the movie, although critically acclaimed for several scores his only previous action movie was Demolition Man. For SWAT, one might have expected a score from the Media Ventures team, such as Harry Gregson-Williams (whose Spy Game score was used briefly on the trailer for SWAT).
The result is an orchestrally based score, with heavy use of dischordant strings to emphasize the chaotic nature of the gun fights. Not having seen the film yet, I cannot comment how effectively this might work in the picture, but on CD it is not an easy listen. There doesn't appear to be an easily recognisable signature theme for our heroic 'boys in blue' and the tense moments seem more akin to Alien3 than a cop movie. Although I enjoyed Goldenthal's work in "Heat", listeners looking for a pumped-up, pounding action score should go elsewhere.
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Format: Audio CD
Not familiar with Elliot Goldenthal, I am really impressed with the score for S.W.A.T. Not a true orchestral score, Goldenthal combines a hard rock sound with traditional orchestral sound to create a score that perfectly reflects the setting and mood of the film - the technical methods of the SWAT team and the backdrop of modern-day Los Angeles.
A couple songs at the end of the CD do not detract from the score as many songs do when tacked on to a score cd. Instaed they compliment the score (almost like a section of the score - but with words).
I only wish it was a little longer than 47 minutes.
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By A Customer on Feb. 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
This movie had some great music but turns out that none of it is on the soundtrack. The best song in the movie was not on the Soundtrack which was very disapointing, that song is the Linkin Park song which the French dude is listening to in his Uncles car before he gets pulled over. Although if you type in
"Linkin Park SWAT"
In your KaZaa search, it will find that song and it says it is part of the SWAT Soundtrack, but really it isnt. This soundtrack is actually really pitiful and I wouldnt waste a penny on it.
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