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The Alamo
(2004)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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Hollywood Records
(April 6th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a primary theme of lyrical beauty that is absent Carter Burwell's usual, troubled chord structures during countless lovely, intimate solo expressions.

Avoid it... if you demand that your large-scale historical films be accompanied by richly textured and well-layered performances that provide an element of grace to their bombast.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #465
WRITTEN 4/10/04, REVISED 10/7/11
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The Alamo: (Carter Burwell) For nearly two weeks in 1836, a group of 200 ragtag Texans of various origins and values held the crumbling fort at the Alamo against a massive siege of forces under the command of Mexico's dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The outcome is never in doubt (for those who paid attention in their American history courses, that is) and the 2004 cinematic telling of The Alamo makes little attempt to force a happy ending beyond our knowledge that U.S. General Sam Houston does eventually track down and defeat the Mexican armies. Historically speaking, the film treats its events like a documentary, and for additional entertainment value, director John Lee Hancock makes The Alamo into a detailed character sketch in order to keep audiences' attention during the build-up to the inevitable. Thus, The Alamo is more of a character story about Colonel William Travis, General Lopez (whose depiction reminds of greasy Mexican leaders interpreted in Hollywood's yesteryear), and legends James Bowie and Davy Crockett. Critics and audiences only moderately embraced the film, with the extended character backgrounds and dialogue sequences boring many viewers who weren't big enough history buffs to enjoy the premise of a documentary masked in Hollywood glamour. The production values of the film are among its strengths, with lavish set design, costumes, and a highly integrated score serving as eye and ear candy. Hancock had worked with composer Carter Burwell on the feel-good film The Rookie and insisted before production on The Alamo even began that Burwell be assigned to the musical duties for the project. The narrative required that source music be used in several scenes throughout its length, and Burwell was therefore tasked with adapting traditional Mexican pieces before filming began. The musical highlight of the film, mentioned by many critics in their initial analysis, is the scene in which Crockett takes his fiddle and plays counterpoint to the Mexican bands during the actual siege (the track "Deguello de Crockett" on album). The extraordinary number of players advertised for the recording of The Alamo was something of a deception; such an ensemble of 150 orchestral performers would be unusual for a film of even this size (especially given the New York location for sessions), and the reason the recording sounds curiously underdeveloped by comparison is because all those performers for this score were never utilized all at once.



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376 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.92 Stars
***** 69 5 Stars
**** 70 4 Stars
*** 80 3 Stars
** 77 2 Stars
* 80 1 Stars
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failed to buy
Gerhard Reinke - November 9, 2005, at 7:57 a.m.
1 comment  (2215 views)
Written Music
Donald Tison - November 5, 2004, at 1:41 p.m.
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The Alamo, you're a bit off...   Expand >>
Jason Soto - April 30, 2004, at 12:26 a.m.
3 comments  (4048 views)
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A random conlcusion (been stewing for months)   Expand >>
greg - April 14, 2004, at 2:36 p.m.
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Trailer Music   Expand >>
Jonathan - April 11, 2004, at 10:33 p.m.
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Gladiator Music Used in Trailer   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 55:46
• 1. Flesh and Honor (1:46)
• 2. 300 Miles of Snow (0:55)
• 3. What We're Defending (1:48)
• 4. El Bexareno (1:19)
• 5. La Zandunga* (2:54)
• 6. Who Took Their Loved Ones (1:03)
• 7. Listen to the Mockingbird Sing* (1:15)
• 8. The Evacuation of Bexar (1:35)
• 9. The Calm After the Storm (1:46)
• 10. The Visitation of Saint Ursula (2:23)
• 11. Quiet Mountain (2:38)
• 12. They Ain't Bear (0:54)
• 13. Bonham's Ride (1:02)
• 14. Sell Our Lives Dearly (1:35)
• 15. Night Falls on the Alamo (1:19)
• 16. Deguello de Crockett* (1:09)
• 17. The Last Night (3:15)
• 18. The Battle of the Alamo, Part 1 (8:29)
• 19. The Battle of the Alamo, Part 2 (1:43)
• 20. The Battle of the Alamo, Part 3 (2:24)
• 21. The Battle of the Alamo, Part 4 (1:20)
• 22. The Battle of the Alamo, Part 5 (2:20)
• 23. The Battle of the Alamo, Part 6 (2:43)
• 24. The Death of Crockett (2:18)
• 25. Runaway Scrape (2:37)
• 26. Blood, or Texas (3:03)
* contains adapted traditional material

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The insert includes a note about the score by director John Lee Hancock, though the font is so tiny that it is difficult to read.
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