Black Hawk Down [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Black Hawk Down [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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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," isSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0044001701221
catalogNumber:
017012
Rank:
66890

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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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