24 Songs, 1 Hour 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best-known for writing the iconic theme for James Bond, John Barry proves his mastery of cinematic composition with his score for Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves. Romantic, patient, majestic, “The Buffalo Hunt” and “The John Dunbar Theme” revive the valiance of classic Western scores by Elmer Bernstein. Barry brings the sweeping vistas of the Dakotas into view on “Ride to Fort Hays.” Glory and tragedy are writ large in “Journey to the Buffalo Killing Ground,” while the electronic flourishes of “Fire Dance” add new flavor to a classic idiom.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best-known for writing the iconic theme for James Bond, John Barry proves his mastery of cinematic composition with his score for Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves. Romantic, patient, majestic, “The Buffalo Hunt” and “The John Dunbar Theme” revive the valiance of classic Western scores by Elmer Bernstein. Barry brings the sweeping vistas of the Dakotas into view on “Ride to Fort Hays.” Glory and tragedy are writ large in “Journey to the Buffalo Killing Ground,” while the electronic flourishes of “Fire Dance” add new flavor to a classic idiom.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

The_Original_Big_A ,

Amazing Soundtrack!

This soundtrack is undoubtedly one of the most moving, most inspired compilations ever composed. The power and majesty of the Native Americans is ably captured in such an intimate way, it's like John Barry knew them personally. I am moved to tears and then to action as each song moves through my soul. THIS is what music is supposed to be like!

BSHBen ,

Possibly the Greatest Film Score of All Time

The only reason that I cannot state that John Barry's score for "Dances With Wolves" is the greatest film score ever made is that I have not seen every movie ever made. As a collector of film scores I can say that it is the best that I've ever heard. This 70 minute+ soundtrack contains dozens of melody lines, all lush, elegant, and beautiful. The 24 songs on this album perfectly capture the adventurous spirit of the open, unsettled frontier. It's a testament to the strength of the album that the celebrated John Dunbar Theme, though gorgeous, is nowhere near the strongest. Many melodies are contained in only one track, like the astounding "Ride to Fort Hays".

The iTunes review here is garbage. The James Bond soundtracks are good, sure, but the review is shallow and pathetic for constantly comparing light pop works to such an exquisite and majestical score as "Dances With Wolves". This is an amazing, amazing piece of work.

DJ MACKEY ,

Dances With Wolves {Original Motion Picture Soundtrack}

If you liked the movie, then I believe you'll love this soundtrack. The music by John Barry is simply, BEAUTIFUL! Very relaxing to listen to, clear and well compiled, it's worth the investment.

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