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Black Hawk Down Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 22 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005UWHH
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hunger
2. Barra Barra - Rachid Taha
3. Vale Of Plenty
4. Chant
5. Still
6. Mogadishu Blues
7. Synchrotone
8. Bakara
9. Of The Earth
10. Ashes To Ashes
11. Gortoz A Ran-J'Attends - Danez Prigent & Lisa Gerrard
12. Tribal War
13. Leave No Man Behind
14. Minstrel Boy (film version) - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
15. Still Reprise

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Black Hawk Down is the fifth collaboration between composer Hans Zimmer and director Ridley Scott, and following Gladiator (2000) and Hannibal (2001), their third in fewer than two years. Though set two millennia after Gladiator, Black Hawk Down's unrelenting African warfare has much in common with the former blockbuster. Zimmer opens with comparable Arabic flavoured atmospherics leading to his trademark pulsating percussion and razor-sharp digital production values. The Andalusian colours of his Mission: Impossible 2 inflect the catchy world music/dance ballad "Barra Barra" before the score diversifies through textures that blend moody American (blues) and African folk elements with passages of programmed suspense underscore and electronic, sequenced fury. With so many elements fused into polished, perfectly organised musical landscapes, the result is occasionally like a compilation of elements from all Zimmer's recent hit scores. In battle cues such as "Tribal War", relentless rhythm takes over, but it is for the hymnal "Gortoz a ran", the haunted pure beauty of "Still", and the lament of "Mogadishu Blues" that this release is more likely to be remembered. As with Pearl Harbor, Zimmer concentrates on emotion over action, though here his work is influenced by the real folk music of the people involved, and hence the more moving for it.--Gary S Dalkin

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Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of Hans Zimmer since day one; in fact, his score for Crimson Tide back when I was a small youngin' was the first soundtrack I ever purchased.
His score for Black Hawk Down is, yes, ecclectic. Yet, I find myself dismissing much of the album, in fact, ALL of the album -- despite it being fresh, original, and exciting -- because track 11, "Gortoz a Ran", performed by Danez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard, is one of THE most haunting pieces of music I have ever heard...
I'm a music lover and have a wide variety of tastes. Hell, I'm a film music fantatic (or at least at one point). That being said, few pieces of music, individually, evoke so much emotion out of me. I'm a very analytical person. One rendition of "Gortoz" and I'm near in tears. It just brings out whatever grief or sorrow I have in myself, unlike any other piece of music. It makes me grieve on a small, personal scale, and for Humanity as a whole, and the suffering and injustices we endure. And yet, the lyrics are anonymous. It doesn't matter. It's pure tone, pure mood... It is a Religious piece of music. It can put one immediately into a state of compassionate meditation. It melts the heart.
The saddest thing is the track stands out as being so spectacular -- above the rest, really -- and the rest of the album is still of the utmost quality. It's Zimmer experimenting and creating a clever and intriguing musical landscape, with a longing, mournful theme, and as other reviewers have stated, several other stylings. All in all, it's very, very good, one of Zimmer's best, in fact (right behind his best effort, The Thin Red Line, another war effort)....
And yet, I always come back to "Gortoz"..........
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With almost a hundred movie scores under his belt, Hans Zimmer is a weathered composer. But that doesn't mean he's slowing down. From Hannibal to Pearl Harbor, M:I-2 to The Prince of Egypt to The Rock and Crimson Tide, Mr. Zimmer has produced score after timeless score. And Black Hawk Down is no exception. It's amalgam of African vocals and American guitars in "Barra Barra" is nothing if not incredible, and hard hitting tracks such as "Synchrotone" and "Tribal War" can get the blood moving.
Unfortunatly there have been several poor review's for this superb disc. I understand that it may not be for everybody, albeit I believe everybody should give it a listen. It is an unconventional score, but the fact is, it was written for an unconventional movie. The movie itself is incredible, cheers to Ridley Scott, and the music goes fittingly well within the picture. It also has found a new home in the CD player.
Bravo to Ridley Scott, and bravo to Hans Zimmer for yet another valiant effort to create something new in a world where "new" is becoming increasingly hard to come by.
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Above and beyond being an outstanding film score (made even moreso when the constraints under which it was created areconsidered; reminiscent of the conditions under which Ennio Morricone used to work when scoring Sergio Leone's brilliant Spaghetti Westerns in the '60's), this terrific conglomeration of cultural musical gumbo makes a perfect introduction to "World Music" for people who wouldn't normally give the genre a shot.
There is a suitable combination of conventional music composed and recorded in "song" format to match the atmospheric pieces which are obviously created exclusively to score the film; the talent used is widely varying (World Music mainstay and collaborator with the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Michael Brook places his signature "infinite guitar" on display to great effect, and the vocals of Baaba Maal, Lisa Gerrard, and Denez Prigent are truly awe-inspiring; the weight of generations of starvation and clan warfare are achingly apparent).
But for me the soundtrack revolves around two compositions near the beginning and conclusion of the CD. "Barra Barra" is possibly the contemporary pop song statement that sums up the soundtrack's soul and the conflict as protrayed in the film and book "Black Hawk Down"; instrumentally the traditional percussion and oud-like instruments favored in the North African desert accompany a very menacing vocal provided by Rachid Taha, coupled with robotic and distorted electric guitars over a techno/hip-hop beat. It will be instantly recognizable from the movie scene and will no doubt bring images of using a high-powered and highly modified M-16 to hunt wild boar from the deck of a Black Hawk helicopter on "another taxpayer-sponsored DELTA safari".
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I don't buy many soundtracks to movies; if I like something in a soundtrack I usually just buy the music of whoever did it.
I do have the soundtrack to "Crimson Tide" and "Gladiator" and those albums a very good but they led me to buy albums by Dead Can Dance and Lisa Gerrard. The "Blackhawk Down" soundtrack is a very good album all by itself that was also a very effective soundtrack for the movie version on the exellent book of the same name by Mark Bowden. I thought that, while it had the limitations of trying to cover 14 hours of battle in a two hour movie, it did a great job of portraying the battle of Mogadishu.
Two recommendations:
Read the book, it's one of the best of it's type.
Buy or at least listen to the soundtrack.
The soundtrack is a great collection of music I normally wouldn't have listened to and it all works together very well as a stand alone album.
Two of the standouts are "Gortoz A Ran - J'Attends" by Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard and "Minstrel Boy" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.
"Minstrel Boy" caused me to go out and by "Global A Go-Go" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros which is another great album I wouldn't have bought on my own. It's got an 18 minute instrumental version of "Minstrel Boy" which is a good companion piece to the version with vocals on the "Blackhawk Down" soundtrack. Minstrel Boy is a 1798 piece, written after a failed Irish revolt, set to an even older Irish tune.
The minstrel boy to the war is gone,
In the ranks of death you will find him;
His father's sword he hath girded on,
And his wild harp slung behind him;
"Land of Song!
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