Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

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Directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and based on Charles Frazier's bestselling Civil War novel, Cold Mountain tells the story of wounded Confederate soldier Inman (Jude Law), who embarks on a perilous journey home to his mountain community -- and to his sweetheart, Ada (Nicole Kidman). For a musical match to this…  See more details below


Directed by Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley) and based on Charles Frazier's bestselling Civil War novel, Cold Mountain tells the story of wounded Confederate soldier Inman (Jude Law), who embarks on a perilous journey home to his mountain community -- and to his sweetheart, Ada (Nicole Kidman). For a musical match to this epic tale, Minghella tapped esteemed producer T-Bone Burnett, the man behind O Brother, Where Art Thou?'s acclaimed soundtrack. Burnett has assembled a sweeping set of folk- and bluegrass-inspired music, which he pairs with selections from the film's stirring score by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, Possession). Highlights include several newly recorded songs by Jack White of the White Stripes (who makes a cameo in the film), as well as two new tracks from bluegrass queen Alison Krauss.

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Miramax hops on the old-timey bandwagon with the release of the soundtrack for Anthony Minghella's Civil War epic Cold Mountain. Like O Brother, Where Art Thou?'s dark, older sibling, the latest collection of blues, ballads, and laments from producer T-Bone Burnett is a veritable dictionary of traditional country and Americana, but with a weightier muse. Jack White opens the record with a stark rendition of "Wayfaring Stranger" featuring Nashville heavyweights Stuart Duncan, Norman Blake, and Dirk Powell. For the most part, the White Stripes frontman successfully transplants himself into the genre, utilizing his throaty warble on Howlin' Wolf's "Sittin' on Top of the World" like a dust-bowl carny, and channeling fellow tenor Ralph Stanley on "Great High Mountain." However, it's the self-penned "Never Far Away" that elevates White above his garage rock trappings. With its delicate front-porch picking and wistful lyrics, it manages to walk the line between heartache and puppy love with a sweetness that's genuinely moving. That same bleeding heart pumps through Alison Krauss' delivery of Elvis Costello's powerful "Scarlet Tide," a ballad of devastating beauty that works almost like a spiritual. Recovering songwriter Sting contributes the record's only bad apple, the bland "You Will Be My Ain True Love." Krauss does her best to paint the tune in period colors, but Sting -- who insists on singing harmony -- keeps the piece firmly entrenched in the very nonsepia-toned world of adult-contemporary pop. Unfortunately, the orchestral work for the film is hastily assembled as if it were an afterthought. While it may lack the initial punch of Tim Eriksen's "I Wish My Baby Was Born" or either of the shape-note tunes provided by the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church, Burnett clusters composer Gabriel Yared's understated score at the end of the record, delegating it as filler, which is unfair, as its quiet power mirrors the songs as well as the characters.
Rolling Stone - Gaylord Fields
Cold Mountain's salvation is the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church, a shaped-note choral group that delivers its two hymns with an otherworldly intensity.

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Performance Credits

Norman Blake   Mandolin
David Schnaufer   Dulcimer
Sting   Harmony
Gabriel Yared   Piano
Simon Chamberlain   Piano
Keith Ciancia   Piano
John Cohen   Voices
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Violin
Dirk Powell   Banjo
Harry Rabinowitz   Conductor
David Theodore   Oboe
Martin Tillman   Cello
Patrick Warren   Harmonium
Cheryl White   Harmony
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Susan Bohling   Cor anglais
Tim Eriksen   Vocal Harmony
Nick Bucknall   Clarinet
Brendan Gleeson   Vocal Harmony
Jack White   Guitar
Heidi Andrade   Group Member
Martha Scanlan   Group Member
Brandon Story   Group Member
Thomas Sneed   Group Member
Roy Andrade   Group Member
Riley Baugus   Vocal Harmony
Cassie Franklin   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Arranger
Alison Krauss   Engineer
Ralph Stanley   Arranger
Elvis Costello   Composer
Sting   Arranger,Composer
Bob Neuwirth   Associate Music Producer
Gabriel Yared   Composer,Orchestration,Score Producer
Walter Vinson   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Composer,Producer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Dirk Powell   Arranger
John Richards   Engineer
Kevin Townend   Orchestration
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
David Hartley   Arranger
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Gavin Lurssen   Mastering
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Tim Eriksen   Arranger
John Bell   Orchestration
Anthony Minghella   Arranger,Score Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jack White   Arranger,Composer
Henry Burnett   Arranger,Composer
Jack White   Composer

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Cold Mountain 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Cold Mountain was a follow-up to T-Bone Burnett's wildly successful O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. Although the music is in a similar vein, it falls a bit short. White Stripes front man Jack White just cannot match the genuine mountain music avatars who contributed to O Brother. He isn't awful, but he sounds like an outsider playing a part. Tim O'Brien and Dirk Powell make a couple appearances and could have been used more. (Check out their own Songs From The Mountain project.) Alison Krauss has a couple lovely numbers and a group called the Sacred Heart Singers At Liberty Church adds some genuine back country gospel. Several orchestral numbers round out the CD. Burnett might have improved the flow if he had mixed them with the songs instead of sequencing them together. O Brother fans will probably like this as long as they don't expect it to equal that disc.
lukependragon More than 1 year ago
Nobody but me likes this kind of music. Great cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a dedicated Sacred Harp singer& lover of all traditional musics,I must say that T-Bone Burnett did a wonderful job on this recording.Being a Sacred Harp singer,I suppose that I am biased towards the two tunes recorded at Liberty Church in Henagar& the lovely "Lady Margaret" by my dear friend Cassie Franklin,whom I have sung with here in Kalamazoo,Michigan at our Annual All-Day Sing.Sacred Harp is,if one goes to a sing, one will find that it is a vibrant,living music that should be kept alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the folkieness in this soundtrack,especially the songs sung by Jack White,he's me favorite to listen to. By end of track four I was crying,just the melancholy sound of Allison Krauss's voice,just beautiful. I love anything Cival War period,music was lovely then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Yard's work is amazing, adding to the deepness and beauty of the film. Tears come to my eyes when the music plays, and Sting and Allison Kraus's "Ain True Love" adds a beautiful touch. Amazing music, recommend it and the movie, there my favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this CD, it's a great album if you love folk music. I love most of the songs on it. The only songs I don't like on it are "Lady Margret" and "Was I born to Die?". The rest I enjoy a lot. I think that Jack White (member of the White Stripes) did a fantastic job on the songs he did. The songs he sings on here are much softer and slower than his usual rock songs he does. All in all great CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought the song, " you will be my ain true love," sung by alison krauss with sting in harmony was utterly beautiful. jack white was fantastic. the soundtrack brings the message of the movie home that war is wrong and that love is all that matters. every time i hear this soundtrack i am moved beyond words. i also have the movie on dvd and each time i watch it iam amazed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack conveys perfectly the outstanding ability of music to carry emotion and displays folk music in an accessible, interesting, and well-done way, making it worthwhile even for someone who rarely listens to folk music. Also, the tracks by the Sacred Harp Singers exemplify an amazing and refreshing enthusiasm rarely heard in church music today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't point fingers until you know your facts. The Jack White appearing in Cold Mountain and heard on the soundtrack is the same Jack Black in White Stripes. Check out IMDB to get your facts straight. That being said, this is an excellent soundtrack and gives you a great sample of American Folk music with a dash of history thrown in.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Jack White on the Cold Mountain soundtrack is not the same Jack White that makes those lo-fi White Stripes masterpieces. Obviously. I can't believe even the (presumably) professional reviewer goofed that one up. Geez. All in all, an excellent album if you are interested in the ancestors of American folk music.