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Field of Dreams
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, Performed, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Billy May

Solo Performances by:
Tommy Tedesco
Ian Underwood
Ralph Grierson
Tim May
Steve Schaeffer
Neil Stubenhaus
Jim Thatcher
Mike Taylor
Tony Hinnegan
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(May 2nd, 1989)
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Regular U.S. release, still in print and available at a bargain price.
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... only if you've enjoyed the score in the context of the narrative and can translate the magic of the film into an understanding of the diverse and arguably disjointed presentation of the score on album.

Avoid it... if you're simply taking the word of some James Horner collectors for whom this score is a crowning achievement, because despite its highlights within the picture, it's a very overrated work.
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WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 9/22/11
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Field of Dreams: (James Horner) Based on writer W.P. Kinsella's book "Shoeless Joe," Phil Alden Robinson's 1989 movie Field of Dreams is as close to an Americana film about religion as you can possibly get. The popular flick with Kevin Costner in the lead role abandons all common sense and throws magic and history into the cornfields of Iowa. When Costner's farming character hears whispering voices telling him to build a baseball diamond on his land with the promise that the ghosts of famous baseball players will inhabit it for games at night (leading to a pop culture phenomenon based upon the "If you build it, they will come" line), you can't help but follow the religious parallels between God requesting a cathedral and God instead requesting a baseball diamond in the middle of nowhere. Baseball here is the religion, and the film takes the opportunity to draw important comparisons between the game and real life philosophical issues that provide for some heartfelt speeches before the story is done. Unlike Costner, composer James Horner had never been a fan of the American pastime. But when he first saw a cut of Field of Dreams, he fell in love with the story and jumped at the assignment despite his lack of knowledge about the sport. The director had originally used a selection of jazz as a temp score for the film, and the disapproving studio was very supportive of Horner's hiring because they believed that he would inject the spirit of his science fiction and adventure scores into the picture. In fact, Horner defied their expectations and wrote an arguably minimalistic score dominated by electronics, piano, and specialty instruments. He then employed an orchestra for only the final few minutes of music during the finale sequence. While such moves are made all the time in Hollywood for budgetary reasons, Horner claims to have approached Field of Dreams with this intention of reaching the nostalgic Americana summary only at the end. Interestingly, his claims of wanting to write a "magical Americana" score for Field of Dreams are contradicted by his finished result, a score that has a fairly low amount of magic and very little Americana spirit about it at all. Both The Natural by Randy Newman and For the Love of the Game by Basil Poledouris better capture baseball's historical place in America's cultural through orchestral and contemporary tones. The fact that Field of Dreams was nominated for an Academy Award that year instead of the far more authentic and deserving Glory is testimony to AMPAS' deeply rooted faults.

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Average: 3.8 Stars
***** 397 5 Stars
**** 133 4 Stars
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** 90 2 Stars
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LOVED this soundtrack
maria - October 3, 2010, at 6:04 a.m.
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One of Horner's BEST ever
Michael - April 6, 2010, at 2:03 a.m.
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Field of Dreams 2 stars?!?!
Oettl - August 29, 2009, at 4:01 p.m.
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Absolutely disagree   Expand >>
Sherlock - September 8, 2008, at 1:35 a.m.
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Newest: May 29, 2009, at 1:15 a.m. by
Three musical styles in one album,but still lacks something
Sheridan - August 28, 2006, at 9:45 a.m.
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Field of misunderstanding...
Elfmaniac - October 13, 2005, at 9:10 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 50:29
• 1. The Cornfield (5:34)
• 2. Deciding to Build the Field (5:51)
• 3. Shoeless Joe (2:14)
• 4. The Timeless Street (2:38)
• 5. Old Ball Players (2:44)
• 6. The Drive Home (2:13)
• 7. Field of Dreams (3:30)
• 8. The Library (2:29)
• 9. Moonlight Graham (2:03)
• 10. Night Mists (4:19)
• 11. Doc's Memories (3:17)
• 12. The Place Where Dreams Come True (9:06)
• 13. End Credits (4:07)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film.

"You know, I never was a baseball fan. I still don't know anything about baseball, but when I saw the movie, I loved it from the moment I saw it. I wanted to write something very magical for it --yet something uniquely American-- and it has an Aaron Copland-like sound. This last sequence is a very long sequence; it's about sixteen minutes long and goes all the way to the end credits. The director initially had new age jazz on it, and the studio was horrified, but they were pleased that I was doing it because I was going to do --like-- a big Star Trek score on it. They felt very confident in that direction and I had no intention of doing that kind of score at all. Most of the score in Field of Dreams is electronic; the last two minutes of the score are orchestral. It was done for dramatic reason where I tied together all the threads of the film that I had been weaving throughout into the last two cues. That's really where the story comes together ultimately. I just thought it was a wonderful film; I wish that those kind of movies came along more often, but they don't."

        --from James Horner's Melbourne (Australia) Seminar in December, 1991.
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