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Field of Dreams: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Elmer Bernstein, among the greatest of the golden age film composers, has lamented that there's not enough "artistry" in soundtracks today. He abhors the pop hit collections that pass for movie music albums, and the man's ... more »
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Elmer Bernstein, among the greatest of the golden age film composers, has lamented that there's not enough "artistry" in soundtracks today. He abhors the pop hit collections that pass for movie music albums, and the man's got a point. Perhaps he'd go for Horner's score to Phil Alden Robinson and W. P. Kinsella's fairytale ode to fathers, sons, and baseball. It's as evocative as the film itself, a shimmering corn field or a late-afternoon fly ball in every note. It's warm ("The Cornfield" is sweet, subtle, heartbreaking--like an echo, really), fun ("Old Ball Players" recalls Randy Newman's Ragtime score), and stirring ("The Place Where Dreams Come True" doesn't need a father-and-son game of catch to move you). A gem. No, a diamond! --Robert Wilonsky
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Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 7/27/2006...
The movie is way better than the cd. This just proves that not everything with the same title is good. Does include some memorable tracks like Shoeless Joe and The Place Where Dreams Come True.
Wow, this one still makes me remember...........
Joel Munyon | Joliet, Illinois - the poohole of America. | 08/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember sitting there, in a darkened lobby of a hospital room in Joliet, Illinois. My grandpa was dying of cancer in the next room and I was a sad sixth grader who needed some escapism, and fast. I remember watching Field of Dreams that day but, most of all, I remember the music and how it blended so perfectly with the film. It was the first time I ever cried during a film. Call it a classic case of a young kid needing to vent a little, but I will always remember the relief that film brought to me. Years later I bought the soundtrack and with it came the memory of my grandfather. The music on this cd is poetic and spell-binding. If you are on the verge of buying this cd, let me allow myself to give you the friendly push that helps you decide. Even if you are one of those countless folks who considers Kevin Costner a bad actor, don't take it out on the musical score. This cd is a dream, pun intended. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have."
One of James Horner's Best -- Ever
Lee DeWald | Nebraska | 11/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before James Horner got into the habit of wanting to repeat himself in his various scores, he penned this wonderful score. "Field of Dreams" has the ability to make one laugh and cry. It is both sweet and timid; it is both hearty and alive; it is both beautiful and complex. Every time I listen to it, weather it's booming to life in Track 2 ("Deciding to Build the Field") or meekly stepping out of the shadows in Track 6 ("The Drive Home"), I get swept up in the emotional weight that it carries. This is film score music at its best.Horner uses a variety of musical instruments in this piece. Besides the standard orchestra, you've got guitars, harps, piano, what sounds like some sort of pan flute, wind machines, and an array of other musical instruments. I don't think I've ever heard a harp and a pan flute sound as lovely together as they do in Track 7 ("Field of Dreams").The music succeeds best, in my opinion, when it is very restrained. The are times when the music appears on the verge of blooming into full-grown flower, but it always shuns away. Horner does an excellent job of creating emotion using very little.Of course, for those that like more than just sweet fluff (I'm a sucker for the fluff), Track 5 ("Old Ball Players") will wet your appetite. This is just a very laid back waltzy jazz tune that any fan of jazz music, myself included, will love.And we can't forget about Track 12 ("The Place Where Dreams Come True"), pretty much the heart and soul of the entire score. It is a nine-minute masterpiece that is a true testament to Horner's abilities to stir up emotions in the listener. This song makes the scene where Kevin Costner and his baseball father are playing catch. The scene itself is very powerful, but add to that Horner's theme, and you have to have a heart of stone not to get carried up in the moment. Every time I watch that scene I get the urge to run to my dad and ask for a game of catch. Doesn't matter if it's 30 degrees outside or if it's raining. That's what good movies and good music will do to a guy.If you can't tell what I think of this score by now, then folks, you need to get your pulses checked. James Horner is a great composer, and "Field of Dreams" is every evidence of that.Thank you, Mr. Horner for supplying the world with such a beautiful score. I wish everyone could appreciate the work you have done with it."