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12 Years A Slave (Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture) [Soundtrack]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00FQK76TC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Devil's DreamTim Fain0:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Roll Jordan RollJohn Legend 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Freight TrainGary Clark Jr. 2:35Album Only
Listen  4. Yarney's WaltzTim Fain and Caitlin Sullivan 1:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Driva ManAlabama Shakes 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)David Hughey and Roosevelt Credit 1:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. MoveJohn Legend feat. Fink 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. WashingtonHans Zimmer0:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. (In the Evening) When the Sun Goes DownGary Clark Jr. 4:37Album Only
Listen10. Queen of the Field (Patsey's Song)Alicia Keys 5:37Album Only
Listen11. SolomonHans Zimmer 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Little Girl BlueLaura Mvula 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Misery ChainChris Cornell feat. Joy Williams 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Roll Jordan RollTopsy Chapman feat. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cast 1:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Money MuskTim Fain0:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. What Does Freedom Mean (To a Free Man)Cody Chesnutt 2:410.99  Buy MP3 

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A stunning soundtrack curated by 9 time Grammy Award winner and Sony artist John Legend. 12 Years A Slave tells the compelling true story of Solomun Northup who found himself bound to a live of slavery and separated from his family after a startling turn of events. An emotional journey through many years of hardship finally come to an end after a chance meeting with a stranger who will alter his life immeasurably. The soundtrack features a score composed by Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer as well as original tracks from Alicia Keys, Chris Cornell, Laura Mvula, Alabama Shakes and John Legend.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 April 2014
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Go and see the film or buy the DVD or read the original book
The book was brilliant the film was a fabulous adaptation of it and I loved almost every song sung from the heart
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By claire
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A fantastic soundtrack to accompany a great movie , well worth getting if you loved the movie , very enjoyable from start to finish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music reminds me of the film 23 Jan 2014
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Excellent everytime i hear it. it takes me back to the film. xx Will buy the dvd when it is released. Music great. Evokes all kinds of emotions. xx
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1.0 out of 5 stars Music from? 6 Jan 2014
By Jason Morris - Published on
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This album only contains 9m29s of music from the actual movie and 32m55s of non-movie music (some of the soundtrack music are interludes that last for less than a minute.) That's less than 25%. I'm very disapponted. One song each from Legend and Keys would have sufficed...not all of this hodgepodge of "music."
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Disappointing 16 May 2014
By alienist - Published on
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I gave this record a low rating not because the music was not good but because "I" did not read the advertisement accurately, and many of the songs are not part of the film but are "inspired by the motion picture." So enjoy, but set your sites a little low if you're expecting a replay of the movie sound track, which was brilliant!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer re-uses themes 16 Jan 2014
By Robert J. Murawski - Published on
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Hans Zimmer is the King of Film Soundtracks and it was just a matter of time before he started copying from his previous work.

The 12 Years a Slave "theme" is essentially the theme from Inception. When I saw 12 Years a Slave my mind drifted when I heard the music… what does Inception have to do with this? Guess it's okay for a composer to steal from himself, Phillip Glass does it all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review Of Hans Zimmer's Full Score, Not The Songs Of This Album 20 Feb 2014
By Kaya Savas - Published on
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Most people associate Hans Zimmer with big and bold scores. I mean how can they not when you hear his work like The Dark Knight trilogy, Pirates Of The Caribbean or Inception. Hans knows how to involve a score in the storytelling better than most composers, which is why I was beyond ecstatic when it was announced he would score Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. In his last film, Steve McQueen had composer Harry Escott essentially copy Hans Zimmer’s track “Journey To The Line” from The Thin Red Line for the track “Unraveling” in Shame. Was it a blatant copy of the temp track? Absolutely. Did it work for the scene? Absolutely. Last year I jumped at the opportunity to see a focus group screening of 12 Years A Slave here in Los Angeles as Steve McQueen is one of my favorite directors. People in the industry aren’t supposed to attend these screenings, but I won’t tell if you won’t. Anyway, this was early 2013, maybe March or April. I don’t know if Hans was attached at this point, but the entire temp score of the film was Hans Zimmer’s music. In my head I wondered how amazing it would be if Hans would actually score the film. Fast forward a couple of months and here we have one of the best scores of the year. Also, the theatrical trailer for 12 Years A Slave uses “Journey To The Line”, so it looks like Steve McQueen got to use the real piece after all.

So, we know Hans as a composer whose music is fairly prominent in the films he composes. Which is why it’s amazing to see how reserved he needed to be with this film. The story is an amazing human journey, and one that isn’t easy to watch. The film will really force you to watch how terrible humans can be to one another, but the point of the film isn’t to say “slavery is bad”. This is the physical and emotional journey of Solomon Northup as he’s wrongfully sold into slavery where it would take him 12 years to gain his freedom. Hans’ approach is to stay small and simple, and honestly that is the score pretty much summed up.

The music is comparable to the flame of a candle that burns brightly, but is still fragile enough that it could be easily blown out. The score doesn’t hold your hand, it doesn’t tell you what to feel and it more or less stays in the background. Only during the boat trip scene does the score actually become brash and harsh. The rest of the score echoes one simple theme, which is Solomon’s theme. That theme carries despair and sadness, but it also carries hope. Hans can strip the theme down to feel naked and alone, or he can back it up with the warmth of strings to bring some light into the shadows. It truly is remarkable to see how little he needs to manipulate it to change the whole effect of it. The music at times can have a physical effect on you. In one scene during a hanging we hear this airy squeal, which is actually a saxophone. It literally makes it feel like your windpipe is closing and it affects you physically. Silence is also a huge part of the film’s soundscape, and silence is just as effective as music is in a scene. So to see where director Steve McQueen and Hans Zimmer opted for no music does become part of the scoring process, and one that can’t be experienced solely by the soundtrack alone. There is a powerfully important story here. The simple four-note motif of the score juxtaposed with the haunting beauty of the cinematography, the visceral brutality of the actions and the power of the performances make for a rigorous emotional journey.

Like all of Hans Zimmer’s scores, 12 Years A Slave strives in its simplicity. However, here you will notice how a quiet yet precise approach can evoke just as much emotion as the bolder and louder stuff. The score accompanies the film perfectly, and it never tries to steal the spotlight from the story or the performances. It exists simply as an emotional window into our protagonist, and because of that becomes a hauntingly memorable experience. It also makes it one of the best scores of the year.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 12 years a slave. 14 Feb 2014
By Dr. Andrea A. Zachary - Published on
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Interesting and written in a different style. It's difficult to read how badly some groups of individuals can be treated.
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