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Bringing Out the Dead



Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Elmer Bernstein 

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Bringing Out The Dead / Score Written By: Elmer Bernstein
Corey Caudill (March 7, 2002)
There is only two ways to hear the Bringing Out The Dead score by Elmer Bernstein:
1. Watch the movie
2. Spend about $100 on ebay if (and that's a big IF) it turns up.

I luckily did not have to go through any of that. I was at a local Goodwill store and was browsing through their CD's and wouldn't you know, their was Bringing Out The Dead, the "For Your Consideration" disk priced at (you are not going to beleave this) $3.00. I couldn't beileve my luck!! I'm only a casual Bernstein listener but I knew this was going to be something special. And in it's own way it is special but also strange.

I have heard a good many Bernstein scores and if you listened to this without knowing who wrote it, it would take you a while to come to you. Most of the time the orchestra will come in to tell you that Bernstein is nearby. But other times it's just some 80's sounding synth notes or a digital aultered honky tonk piano. It is something to hear.

Please, do not get me wrong. Bringing Out The Dead is a pretty good score but it will take a few listens to warm up to it. After that, you'll find yourself thinking of a certain passage from it. Many times I find myself huming the last piano passage from track #7 "Thoughts." Also, you have to remember which movie this score was written for. Bringing Out The Dead can be very disturbing and if your listening to the score at the right moment, it can be disturbing.

So, basically what I'm saying is if your ever at a Goodwill and you see this CD, or you trade CD-R's with someone who has it (like myself) then pick it up but I wouldn't recomend paying over $25 - $30 for it. The packaging is very plain with just a track list (their's 20 tracks over a 21 minute time frame) and a bland cover. The sound quality is excellent and if you ever want to hear 30 seconds that will make you feel like your in New York City, switch over to track #13, NY Nights.

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