Black Gold


Colosseum (4005939713423)
Varèse Sarabande (0030206713428)
Movie | Release date: 02/07/2012 | Film release: 2011 | Format: CD, Download
 

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# Track   Duration
1.Main Title - A Desert Truce6:34
2.Horizon To Horizon3:59
3.The Wonders Of Wealth1:49
4.“I Have Chosen You”3:22
5.“You Were A Prince”1:47
6.Leaving As An Emissary5:19
7.Father And Son1:50
8.Phantom Army1:48
9.“So This Is War”1:56
10.The Blowing Sands4:27
11.Fresh Water1:51
12.One Brother Lives, One Brother Dies6:44
13.Battle In The Oil Fields5:13
14.A Kingdom Of Oil8:43
 55:22
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Black Gold - 02/10 - Review of John Mansell, submitted at


Although this latest offering from composer James Horner is in many ways pleasant and atmospheric, there is for me at least nothing new or original within this score. What we do hear is the standard Horner sound that he seems to employ or fall back on each and every time he writes for the cinema and at times its hard to remember what soundtrack of Horner’s we are actually listening to. I say this because there are so many similarities to this latest work and past Horner scores that it is somewhat difficult to separate any of them, whilst listening to BLACK GOLD I managed to get to track number two before thinking, is that An American Tail, or is that a passage from Cocoon or The Four Feathers or even the love theme from Krull. There is no doubt that James Horner is a success as far as being a composer of music for major box office triumphs, but whether his compositions are original, unique or even worthy of many of the movies he has worked upon is another matter and one that I am sure will be debated and talked about for some time. I hear you say wait is it not good for a composer to have a style or trademark sound ? Well I suppose it is but not to the extent of nearly every score sounding the same. When he started to gain a reputation and a following way back in the dim and distant past with assignments such as BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and the aforementioned powerhouse music for KRULL I thought how fresh and exhilarating his music was and even likened him to the great Jerry Goldsmith, but now years down the line there seems to be no variety or inventiveness in his music for the cinema. BLACK GOLD contains a score that is most definitely dramatic and comes across as being sweeping and lush for most of its duration, with touches of emotion and ethnic elements, but original it is not, in fact at one point I imagined the dear little mouse from AN AMERICAN TAIL in Arab attire crossing a desert on a camel, because the composer just seems to have recycled his principal theme from that particular movie into the score for this desert situated adventure. So it is for me disappointing because of this lack of inventiveness its deficiency in the originality department. It seems that Horner is content to sit on his laurels and just utilize themes from earlier scores with just a little tweak here and there. So although an adequate soundtrack for an adventure movie it is not one that I would recommend if you are looking for something fresh.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed by James Horner
(Titanic, Avatar, Aliens)

Under the unforgiving desert sky, two warring leaders come face to face.

The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to his rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man's land between them called The Yellow Belt. In return, Nesib will adopt Amar's two boys Saleeh and Auda as a guarantee that neither man can invade the other.

Twelve years later, Saleeh and Auda have grown into young men. Saleeh, the warrior, itches to escape his gilded cage and return to his father's land. Auda cares only for books and the pursuit of knowledge. One day, their adopted father Nesib is visited by an American from Texas. He tells the Emir that his land is blessed with oil and promises him riches beyond his wildest imagination.

Nesib imagines a realm of infinite possibility, a kingdom with roads, schools and hospitals all paid for by the black gold beneath the barren sand. There is only one problem. The precious oil is located in the Yellow Belt.

The stage is now set for an epic showdown for control of the Yellow Belt, for control of the two kingdoms, for control of the future.

James Horner is one of the most celebrated modern film composers. Having created the music for dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past two decades, Horner was honored with two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes for James Cameron's TITANIC.

In addition, he has earned Academy Award nominations for his Original Scores for AVATAR, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, BRAVEHEART, APOLLO 13, FIELD OF DREAMS and ALIENS, and for the Original Song 'Somewhere Out There' from AN AMERICAN TALE.

Horner's sweeping dramatic score for Black Gold is an integral element to the film which will transport audiences into the heart of the Arabian desert.
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