Appaloosa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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||Appaloosa Main Title||Jeff Beal||2:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||New City Marshal||Jeff Beal||1:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bragg's Theme||Jeff Beal||0:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Allison French||Jeff Beal||1:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Allie Teases Virgil||Jeff Beal||0:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dawn In Appaloosa||Jeff Beal||1:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cole and Hitch Stalk Bragg||Jeff Beal||1:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bragg Is Captured||Jeff Beal||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Apology Accepted||Jeff Beal||1:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Kiss||Jeff Beal||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Readin' and Writin'||Jeff Beal||1:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Allie Is Kidnapped||Jeff Beal||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cole Ponders||Jeff Beal||1:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hitch Rides||Jeff Beal||1:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Finding Allie||Jeff Beal||1:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Indian Attack||Jeff Beal||1:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Horse Trade||Jeff Beal||3:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Riding Into Rio Seco||Jeff Beal||0:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ballad of Rio Seco||Jeff Beal||2:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Shootout At Rio Seco||Jeff Beal||2:27||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Allie Goes Upstairs||Jeff Beal||0:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hitch Settles a Score||Jeff Beal||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Riding Off, Appaloosa End Credits||Jeff Beal||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You'll Never Leave My Heart||Ed Harris||4:29||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Friend||Donald Rubinstein||3:01||Album Only||View in iTunes|
The Western film genre, once extremely popular, has become an infrequent visitor to multiplexes in the U.S., but actor Ed Harris attempted to bring it back by not only starring in, but also directing and co-writing the screenplay for an adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel Appaloosa in 2008. Composer Jeff Beal, who worked with Harris on his previous directorial effort, Pollock, attempts with his score to do the same thing musically that Harris was trying in his multiple jobs, to be true to the genre and yet come up with something a little different. Certainly, right from the start of Beal's "Appaloosa Main Title," he has captured the familiar musical sound of a Western, not as expansive as, say, Dimitri Tiomkin's approach, but not as melodramatic as Ennio Morricone, either. The restraint Beal achieves comes in part from his chosen instrumentation, in which he combines a small band of folk instruments — guitar, banjo, dulcimer, etc. — with a small all-strings orchestra of violins, violas, cellos, and basses, as his own lonely trumpet playing comes in and out. He also introduces the occasional exotic flavor, such as in "Allison French," the theme for the character played by Renée Zellweger, which is a sort of Oriental waltz. Unfortunately, Harris couldn't stop at acting, directing, and screenwriting, and he added lyricist and singer to his credits with "You'll Never Leave My Heart." He should keep his day job(s).
Could have sworn the song the rolled at the beginning of the credits was a Tom Petty song? Am I wrong?
Yes, there was a Tom Petty song in the end credits
It was off of a recent album he did with his old band Mudcrutch. The song is called "Scare Easy" and is well-worth the purchase.
The Westerns are Back!
Another western movie arrives, this time from experienced actor Ed Harris who, along with composer Jeff Beal, comes up with yet another great western as 3:10 to Yuma, Unforgiven and The Searchers. Beal's score is original and timeless as most western themes are. I honestly had no idea that Ed Harris could sing, even that well for a ballad song perfect for the backdrop of the film. Beal's score also incorporates the landscape and the good old fashioned tale of good vs bad in another tremendously movie that has proven once again that Westerns are still very much alive even if there was an almost 20 year absence. Beal's score plus the acting from Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris means is a surely great combination. Well done Jeff Beal and Ed Harris!
Born: June 20, 1963 in Haywood, CA
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s