The Shawshank Redemption
Thomas Newman

Review

The Shawshank Redemption is a fantastic film, and has a beautiful score as well. Though there are a number of inappropriate tracks on the CD (unless you have a 1900's campaign) the instrumental tracks are simply fantastic.

The dark brooding nature of the score makes it perfect to intersperse in an adventure to highlight elements as well as add to tension. The main track (number two) is simply brilliant and could be easily used as an opening to the adventure. The others lend both power and an 'edge' which when used as leverage can turn a good adventure into a brilliant adventure.

Track Listing and Notes

  1. May (0:33) - happy music
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (Stoic Theme) (1:52) - opening title (grandly symphonic)
  3. New Fish (1:51) - hope is gone
  4. Rock Hammer (1:51) - lost innocence ~ something's happening
  5. An Inch Of His Life (2:49) - darkness under the surface
  6. If I Didn't Care (3:05) - inappropriate
  7. Brooks Was Here (5:05) - loss
  8. His Judgement Cometh (2:00) - hunted
  9. Suds on the Roof (1:36) - small victories
  10. Workfield (1:11) - happy music (extended version of first track)
  11. Shawshank Redemption (4:28) - brooding darkness
  12. Lovesick Blues (2:43) - inappropriate
  13. Elmo Blatch (1:08) - death and despair
  14. Sisters (1:16) - brooding
  15. Zihuatanejo (4:45) - maybe hope isn't lost
  16. The Marriage of Figaro/"Duettino - Sull 'Aria" (3:33) - inappropriate
  17. Lovely Raquel (1:55) - something's amiss
  18. And That Right Soon (1:08) - escape
  19. Compass and Guns (3:53) - difficulties
  20. So Was Red (2:44) - an ending and a beginning
  21. End Title (4:06) - closing

Total Running Time: 53:42


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The Shawshank Redemption © 1994 Castle Rock Entertainment.