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Black Hawk Down [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Black Hawk Down [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

4.8 14
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


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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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Once again, director Ridley Scott has employed composer Hans Zimmer to score a motion picture, following their collaboration on Gladiator (2000) and Hannibal (2001). From ancient Rome to the world of a serial killer, Scott's settings vary considerably, and Black Hawk Down presents yet another musical challenge, set in Mogadishu, Somalia, during a failed mission by UN peacekeeping (i.e., U.S. military) personnel in 1993. Zimmer has done his homework on traditional North African music as it meets the late 20th century; his work combines identifiably Middle Eastern strains with elements of techno. The key to the approach is the use of vocalists Baaba Maal ("Hunger," "Still") and Rachid Taha (Taha's own co-composition "Barra Barra"). Although the music is quite aggressive early on, the later tracks reflect the mission's troubles. Denez Prigent and Lisa Gerrard's "Gortoz a Ran -- J'Attends" is distinctly elegiac, and the symphonic "Leave No Man Behind" toward the end makes it clear that, even if men haven't been left behind, they haven't necessarily been brought back alive. This sadness is given its final expression in a new recording of the traditional song "Minstrel Boy" by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (an earlier version is on their 2001 album Global a Go-Go) that plays over the credits. Zimmer used an unusual method to play this score, putting together the BHD Band, consisting of himself on keyboards, guitarists Michael Brook and Heitor Pereira, and string players Craig Eastman and Martin Tillman, and in effect jamming on much of the music, with orchestral scoring added later. He has achieved a style that works well for the downbeat, if suspenseful, tone of the film and its exotic setting.

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Decca U.S.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans 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 Credits

Joe 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
Mescaleros   Contributor
Shelly Bunge   Music Business Affairs

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Black Hawk Down [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago