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Blood Diamond
(2006)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
Gavin Greenaway

Co-Produced by:
Jim Weidman

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Jon Kull
Bruce Babcock
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(December 19th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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AWARDS
Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you can appreciate an extremely diverse collection of percussion and vocals over a relatively simplistic orchestral construct.

Avoid it... if the pieces of music you've heard from the score sound far too similar to Hans Zimmer's stereotypical Media Ventures sound to salvage the worth of the album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #390
WRITTEN 12/30/06
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Blood Diamond: (James Newton Howard) Director Edward Zwick is a thinking man's moviemaker, giving intellectually world-conscious viewers tremendous historical films to chew on. In the case of Blood Diamond, the setting is Sierra Leone in 1999, torn apart by civil war, smuggling, and meddling by foreign powers. The film tells the story of three individuals brought together by the conflict: one a farmer violently torn from his family and in desperate search for them, one a South African soldier of fortune seeking an illegal diamond to sell, and one an American journalist risking her life to expose the diamond trade. Zwick shows the horrors of the region without hesitation, with violence so hardened that the atrocities strike your attention away from the narrative of the three primary characters. It's a rare miss overall for Zwick, who hired veteran composer James Newton Howard for the extremely diverse music for Blood Diamond. Howard joins James Horner and Hans Zimmer as notable collaborators with Zwick, whose films often tend to yield strong, if not outstanding scores. The diversity of Howard's talents would be confirmed to the highest degree in Blood Diamond, with the resulting score offering a wide range of cultural sounds appropriate to the region. He merges an orchestra (minus a traditional woodwind section) with multiple choirs and a plethora of soloists, ranging in specialty from the oud to the duduk. Prayer samples from Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn are even interpolated. These performers and vocals originate from all over the world, providing Blood Diamond with a score rich with fascinating ethnic performances. Howard would tie all of these elements together with a variant on a tribal song that serves as the relatively simplistic, but extremely satisfying title theme for the film.



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Average: 3.78 Stars
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Missing song's on the soundtrack.
Yosef Lokar - March 30, 2012, at 7:18 p.m.
1 comment  (742 views)
how can i download the tacks for free
tony - February 9, 2012, at 4:49 a.m.
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What is the song playing when Archer and Maddy meet   Expand >>
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SOMEONE PLEASE HELP
bianca - April 25, 2008, at 10:55 p.m.
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what is the song played in the city where the bar is burning   Expand >>
ray - January 24, 2008, at 12:49 a.m.
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What song is the DJ playing in dance scene?   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 61:26
• 1. Blood Diamond Titles (1:32)
• 2. Crossing the Bridge (1:41)
• 3. Village Attack (1:52)
• 4. RUF Kidnaps Dia (3:02)
• 5. Archer & Solomon Hike (1:55)
• 6. Maddy & Archer (1:56)
• 7. Solomon Finds Family (2:09)
• 8. Fall of Freetown (4:45)
• 9. Did You Bury It? (1:36)
• 10. Archer Sells Dimond (1:40)
• 11. Goodbyes (2:40)
• 12. Your Son is Gone (1:21)
• 13. Diamond Mine Bombed (4:31)
• 14. Solomon's Helping Hand (1:11)
• 15. G8 Conference (2:36)
• 16. Solomon & Archer Escape (2:12)
• 17. I Can Carry You (1:30)
• 18. Your Mother Loves You (2:24)
• 19. Thought I'd Never Call? (3:56)
• 20. London (2:38)
• 21. Solomon Vandy (2:11)
• 22. Ankala - performed by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (4:12)
• 23. Baai - performed by Emmanuel Jal and Abdel Gadir Salim (4:37)
• 24. When Da Dawgs Come Out to Play (Album Version) - performed by Bai Burea, Masta Kent, and Bullet Rhymes (3:19)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a very general note from director Ed Zwick about the art of scoring, as well as some brief comments about this score in particular. An extremely detailed list of performers is also included.
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