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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Bell
Kevin Townend
Nick Ingman

Conducted by:
Harry Rabinowitz

Co-Produced by:
Anthony Minghella

Album Produced by:
T-Bone Burnett
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(December 16th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
The songs "The Scarlet Tide" and "You Will Be My Ain True Love" were both nominated for Academy Awards and Grammy Awards, and the latter was nominated for a Golden Globe. The score won a BAFTA Award and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you can appreciate restrained, solemn performances of traditional bluegrass tunes and a conservative suite of string and piano underscore from Gabriel Yared.

Avoid it... if you are expecting either fast paced, enthusiastic bluegrass performances or a robust orchestral score for the Civil War setting.
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WRITTEN 12/19/03, REVISED 3/16/09
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Cold Mountain: (Gabriel Yared) Considered a front-runner for a slew of awards in the late 2003 season, Cold Mountain opened to a harsh split of positive and negative reviews, with critics often praising certain aspects of the film as genuine while also slamming entire sequences of it for being contrived and overly-melodramatic. Directed by Academy Award-winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley, among others) and based on Charles Frazier's best-selling Civil War novel of the same name, the film tells the story of a wounded confederate soldier (Jude Law) who deserts his unit and makes a perilous journey through North Carolina to be with his pre-war love, Ada (Nicole Kidman). Meanwhile, Ada attempts to survive on her own while reviving her father's farm with the help of a more spirited female survivor, Ruby (Renee Zellweger). The film alternates between treatments of romance, large landscapes, chase sequences, and the horrors of war, and it is generally the inconsistent treatment of these scenes compared to each other that seems to have drawn negative criticism about the project. It was supported by an unusually high budget for a Miramax film, and the soundtrack was immediately thought by the studio to be one of the more successful aspects of the entire production. The genre of music that was chosen for the era and location of the film was a historical variation on bluegrass, as to be expected, and the studio was quick to recognize the potential of that genre in soundtracks after the monumentally huge success of the music from O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Thus, they hired producer T-Bone Burnett (a Grammy-winner for organizing that project) to duplicate the success for Cold Mountain. Miramax, with their sniffers pointed in the direction of a "best song" Oscar nomination or win, even went so far as to hire Elvis Costello and Sting to each write a song for the soundtrack, and despite early indications that they would sing for the occasion, these performances never materialized on album. In the end, a more humble collection of somber bluegrass tunes was combined with an equally somber score by composer Gabriel Yared for the overall package. As you could expect, however, the restrained approach for Cold Mountain makes it a 180 degree turn from the faster-paced enthusiasm of O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The soundtrack in the film and on album alternates between traditional bluegrass pieces and modern bluegrass adaptations of those ideas, all performed by the same, contemporary voices.

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Average: 2.9 Stars
***** 141 5 Stars
**** 175 4 Stars
*** 245 3 Stars
** 208 2 Stars
* 167 1 Stars
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Thom Jophery - March 27, 2007, at 4:28 p.m.
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a quote i want to find
Kathryn - December 23, 2005, at 10:26 p.m.
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soundtrack's worth buying
chin yeng - April 9, 2005, at 9:40 a.m.
1 comment  (2593 views)
cold mountain soundtrack is quite good
sue pepiak - February 25, 2005, at 3:32 p.m.
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Soundtrack is true to the era
Sherri Bryan - August 5, 2004, at 8:11 a.m.
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the CD sends shivers down me   Expand >>
Debbie Roberts - March 23, 2004, at 2:49 p.m.
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Total Time: 63:07
• 1. Wayfaring Stranger - performed by Jack White (4:25)
• 2. Like a Songbird That Has Fallen - performed by Reeltime Travelers (3:13)
• 3. I Wish My Baby Was Born - performed by Tim Eriksen, Riley Baugus & Tim O'Brien (3:09)
• 4. The Scarlet Tide - performed by Alison Krauss (2:59)
• 5. The Cuckoo - performed by Tim Eriksen & Riley Baugus (1:39)
• 6. Sittin' On Top of the World - performed by Jack White (3:48)
• 7. Am I Born to Die? - performed by Tim Eriksen (2:32)
• 8. You Will Be My Ain True Love - performed by Alison Krauss (2:31)
• 9. I'm Going Home - performed by the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church (2:18)
• 10. Never Far Away - performed by Jack White (3:40)
• 11. Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over - performed by Jack White (3:16)
• 12. Ruby with the Eyes That Sparkle - performed by Stuart Duncan & Dirk Powell (3:11)
• 13. Lady Margret - performed by Cassie Franklin (3:02)
• 14. Great High Mountain - performed by Jack White (4:33)
• 15. Anthem* (3:24)
• 16. Ada Plays* (3:18)
• 17. Ada and Inman* (5:03)
• 18. Love Theme* (3:40)
• 19. Idumea - performed by the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church (3:18)
* score track by Gabriel Yared

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The insert includes extensive credits, but no information about the score or film.
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