Black Hawk Down [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]by Hans Zimmer
Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator), has written another zesty score for director Ridley Scott -- this time for the action drama Black Hawk Down, based on the heroic efforts of an elite group of U.S. soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993 as a part of a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The opening track, "Hunger," is typical of Zimmer's dramatic score, utilizing to haunting effect a blending of both African and American music. It's one of four tracks featuring acclaimed Senegalese artist Baaba Maal. Traditional rhythms and indigenous vocalizing are reinterpreted through modern technology, exemplifying musically the clash of cultures at the heart of the story. The North African gimbre, a cumbus guitar from Morocco, and Japanese taiko drums lend a textural richness to the score, which in pieces such as "Vale of Plenty" can be nightmarish, mournful, and beautiful. Algerian world-beat artist Rachid Taha performs "Barra Barra," and Lisa Gerrard, who collaborated with Zimmer on Gladiator, lends her haunting vocals to "Gortoz A Ran -- J'Attends." From the pulsating beats of "Chant" to "Minstrel Boy," an album exclusive from Joe Strummer of the Clash (heard over the closing titles of the movie), this a rewarding, multilayered musical experience.
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- Decca U.S.
Performance CreditsHans Zimmer Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano
Baaba Maal Vocals
Joe Strummer Vocals
Michael Brook Electric Guitar
Michael Fisher Percussion
John Fitzgerald Percussion
Walt Fowler Trumpet
Lisa Gerrard Vocals
Brian Kilgore Percussion
Martin Tillman Cello,Loops,Electric Cello
Mel Wesson Ambience
Rachid Taha Vocals
Craig Eastman Bass,Mandolin,Violin,Viola,Hurdy-Gurdy,Slide Guitar
Ali Tavalali Percussion
Samantha Maloney Drums
Denez Prigent Vocals
Satnam Ramgotra Percussion
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Guitar,Saz,Gimbri
Technical CreditsJoe Strummer Arranger
Bruce Fowler Orchestra Leader
Michael Brook Contributor,Staff
Clay Scoring Engineer
Peter Doell Engineer,Engineering
Tymon Dogg Arranger
Mark Eshelman Stage Manager
Walt Fowler Orchestration
Mal Luker Engineering,Scoring Engineer
Alan Meyerson Engineering,Scoring Engineer,Score Mixer
Suzette Moriarty Orchestration
Jeff Rona Contribution
Scott Shields Arranger
Greg Townley Scoring Engineer
Mel Wesson Sound Design
Hans Zimmer Producer
Ridley Scott Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Daniel Schweiger Liner Notes
Kathy Nelson Executive Soundtrack Producer
Bob Badami Producer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Jerry Bruckheimer Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Elizabeth Finch Orchestration
Patrick Weber Scoring Engineer
Martin Slattery Arranger
Richard Flack Arranger
Shelly Bunge Music Business Affairs
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True this album definately has the gladiator essence, but this is is phenominally better. The modern guitar riffs, the drums and bass, with the overtones of the african corus. One of the best Original Sountracks I have ever heard.
this is a very good soundtrack because it show a type of music from a foriegn country... not all of it is from Somolia, Africa. but its all the same type of music, Hanz Zimmer shows a uniq way of telling a storie through music
it shows how soldiers work together and survive its a movie that has the best set of actors to play in the movie. its my favorite it tells u what war can do to people u have to see it
While the movie wasn't anything out of the ordinary (it was good, just not exceptional), the soundtrack was fantastic! The use of appropriate music to give the audience a better sense of the Arab-African influences of Somalia makes this a must have. Listen to Barra Barra for an excellent example.
This is a very good soundtrack. I listened to this before I saw the movie, and I could pratcially feel the heat of Mogadishu from listening to some of these tracks! Hans Zimmer has, once again, done a great job on yet another great movie.
After reading the other reviews, I was excited to buy the soundtrack even though I haven't seen the movie. However, I was disappointed. I found the vocal tracks somewhat irritating and some of the music mismatched with the genre of the theme. The vocals are Middle Eastern, not the traditional African that is stated elsewhere. Some tracks are reminicent of The Thin Red Line and MI:2. I thought Lisa Gerrard's talents were poorly used. If you like Middle Eastern chants & songs, then you will enjoy this, but in relation to previous Hanz Zimmer works, I found this one below par.
The CD for this movie is amazing. How Zimmer puts both the American and East African touch to the score is phenomenal. It really makes you "feel" musically what the soldiers went through and some of their emotions. My favs are Barra Barra, and Tribal War. If you're a fan of the movie, the CD is a must-have.
When I saw Black Hawk Down the second time.. I just loved it! But the music, it blew me away!! This album is amazing.. It has a relaxing feel that sooths the listener. The chanting and graceful voices are phenominal.. Its in my cd player in my car everday!
This CD is so different from Gladiator but still has some of it's aspects. You can hear the African, American, and some middle eastern music all put into one awsome CD, and almost hear when the Americans come into the movie. My favorite song is barra barra. It's just wonderfully put together.
I just wanted to comment on the previous review headlined ''Disappointed.'' First of all you need to see the movie if you already have not! And what do you mean by ''traditional African music.'' You must have failed geography or else you would have realized where Somalia is. Somalia is on the eastern side of Africa right in the area you would call the ''middle east'' in fact not too far from Sudi Arabia and Yemen! Most Somalians are Sunni Muslims hence the chanting music in the sound track!!! The music reflects the people of Somalia and their religion!!! The music is completely accurate to that part of Africa and the story in the film! Whoever you are that wrote that review needs to learn a little bit more about the world before making stupid uneducated comments!!! By the way the soundtrack is awesome.
Hans Zimmer definitely knows his stuff. This soundtrack is amazing. It captures the mysterious awe of war from an outsider's view. The tracks on here also portray an aspect of music that I had never encountered before, North African music.
This is simply a great soundtrack for a great movie. If the music doesn't follow the events of the movie exactly on this disc, then in the least it portrays the basic conflict between Americans and Somalis, as the music consists of techno, rock, and traditional African music. Regardless, anyone at all interested in more atmospheric albums would do well to add 'Black Hawk Down' to their collection.
If you're a Zimmer fan, you MUST own this!! It's very similar to GLADIATOR and HANNIBAL, coincidentally Ridley Scott's 2 previous films