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Last of the Mohicans by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman

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Review by Christopher Coleman

 

The Last of the Mohicans (Soundtrack) by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman

Last of the Mohicans
8/10

The Last of the Mohicans (Soundtrack) by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman
 

Category  |   Score

Originality 8
Music Selection 7
Composition 7
CD Length 8
Track Order 7
Performance 8
Final Score 8/10
 

 

Randy Edelman

Composer Randy Edelman


Composer 
Trevor Jones

 

 

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"
There is a nice little number by Clannad which rounds out the album, but my only gripe is that the score producers didn't return to Jones' main theme to finish the score: that final crescendo really leaves you breathless." ****

Jonathan Broxton - Movie Music U.K. Reviews Last of the Mohicans

 

 

 

Composed by Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman
Released by Morgan Creek Records 1992

This CD release has been much talked about over the last couple of years due to its collaborative nature.  Both Randy Edelman and Trevor Jones combined to score this film.  On the one hand, their distinct styles work well on the CD release in that the listener never gets lulled into a stupor by hearing only one style of composing throughout the CD.  On the other hand, the two composers' distinctive music are not the most complimentary of each other.   While Media Ventures collaborations are distinctive in their own right, it is sometimes difficult to tell who composed what and the listener might not know the difference if only one MV composer had been credited with the film.  The main theme belongs to Jones and is a very well known piece.  It made its way onto Erich Kunzel’s The Big Picture back in 1997.  This is the strongest theme of the score.

This score has that “grow on you” ability.  I was disappointed with my first experience with it but over the next few listens I came to greatly appreciate it.  Trevor Jones’ tracks capture the mystery and intensity of the story while Randy Edelman’s depict the battles and violence similar to Gettysburg and at other times his cues sound like mere underscoring due to their lack of identifiable theme..  The unfortunate thing is the Edelman never employs the main theme into any of his tracks.  This would have obviously brought more continuity to the CD.

A few of the best tracks are those that Trevor Jones composed employing a rather festive fiddle with strong deep percussion.  Track 3, The Kiss, and Track 6, Promentory, builds and builds with joyous intensity until the main theme is playing victoriously.  Track 8, Massacre/ Canoes, is another great piece.  It pays homage to Orff’s Carmina Burmana used in many a trailer.  Track 8 is definitely one for the powerful home theatre system to flex its muscles on!  Track 11, Cora, is a softer piece that is reminiscent of softer cuts from Dragonheart and, once again, Gettysburg. This is Edelman's best cut on the CD. It provides a good change of pace after the intense tracks preceding it.  The CD concludes with a vocal track, I Will Find You, performed by Clannad, that is eerily similar to Enya or other modern Celtic music groups.  It is an interesting track but much too short. 

Despite my initial hesitations, I will give this a high recommendation for score lovers.  It has turned out to be very listenable as background music or to listen to intently.  In a weak moment I found myself walking out of my local Borders with it for the price of $18.00.  It is becoming plain to me that it was a worthy investment.


Track Listing and Ratings

 Track

Title Time

Rating

1

Looking At You

4:28

 *****
2

The Prison

2:35

 ***
3

Return to Paradise

4:15

 *****
4 Bike Ride 0:47  ***
5

6 Years in Prison

0:58

 ***
6

Crack Pipe

0:40

 ***
7

...just a few days more

1:27

 ***
8 Arriving in Malaysia

1:25

 ****
9

The Appeal

1:41

 ****
10

Desperate Lovers

2:43

 ****
11

Safe Travels

0:44  ****
12

Higher Appeal

0:50

 ***
13 God's Bathtub 1:32  ***
14

I'll Miss You

2:17  ***
15 Flesh and Blood 2:00  ***
16 Godless Place 2:56  ***
17 The Hanging 2:13  ***
18 Second Call 1:11  ***
19 Hope 0:47  ***
20 Epilogue 7:43  ****
 

Total Running Time

61:10  

The Last of the Mohicans (Soundtrack) by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman

*The Experience-O-Meter displays the track to track listening experience of this soundtrack based on the 5-Star rating given to each track.  It provides a visual depiction of the ebbs and flows of the CD's presentation of the soundtrack.

 

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