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Amistad: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams have forged a remarkable partnership over the past 20 years, one that's evolved in recent years into a very practical balance of art and commerce. The Spielberg/Williams... more »
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Director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams have forged a remarkable partnership over the past 20 years, one that's evolved in recent years into a very practical balance of art and commerce. The Spielberg/Williams team followed the blockbuster Jurassic Park with the risk-taking Schindler's List, the bloated Jurassic sequel The Lost World with the moralistic Amistad. Williams admirably rises to the challenge again, underplaying the volatile emotions involved and utilizing African rhythmic and modal influences with surprising subtlety. The choral touches of the title and wordless aria of "Cinque's Theme" bring to mind similar stylistic flourishes by Morricone--and that's high praise. --Jerry McCulley
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BE WARNED! The mp3 download is NOT THE ORIGINAL SCORE!
Brenden S. Matthews | 12/15/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is extremely misleading. The download is NOT the score. Do not be fooled! What it SOUNDS like is that someone ripped the vocals from the acutal soundtrack, and then used a standard onboard 128 voice midi synth to replace the score, and then somehow Amazon let them attach it to the soundtrack like it was a real product, so they can steal your money.
Great soundtrack, but do NOT BUY THE MP3 DOWNLOAD!!!"
A good African score
Brandon Cutro | Tyler, Texas United States | 01/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"John Williams gives an effective and listenable African sounding score to Amistad which contains a wonderful African chorus, ethnic percussion, and great horn passages. The main theme is really good and really stands out in the first and last tracks. It utilizes the African chorus to great effect with the words "U yama mu yay, Afrika" repeatedly, which translates to "Dry Your Tears, Afrika", the title of the first and last tracks. This theme is repeated a few times in the middle tracks, such as in "Middle Passage" and "The Liberation of Lomboko". Another theme is found in "Cinque's Theme" which is a quiet and wonderfully played flute and string passage. The remainder of the tracks contain slow and more laid back music as in "Crossing the Atlantic", "Cinque's Memories of Home", and "July 4, 1839". Some other tracks contain bold horn solos such as in "The Long Road to Justice", "Mr. Adams Takes the Case", and "Adams' Summation". Overall, a good ethnic score that while it is not as good as some of Williams' other works, it still is worth listening to more than once. I think you will enjoy this."
Another Winning Williams Film Score
Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 09/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although he had written a number of film scores prior, John Williams really began to score as a film composer with Star Wars. Since then he has composed a number of winning film scores, this score from Amistad certainly being no exception. As good as the film is, this music is good enough to stand on its own and is worth the listen, even if one has not seen the film."