Title - 'Hatfields & McCoys' (Silva Screen Records)
Artist - John Debney & Tony Morales
Well, this is as close to "all-encompassing" as you are ever likely to get when it comes to soundtracks! Indeed, if you didn't get to see the mini series, this is your musical opportunity to get the sounds of the epic TV series. My goodness, it is 39 tracks that make up some truly beautiful music, trust me!
This album has packed as much music as the CD format can allow - I would guess! Coming in an around 80 minutes of music we get a very decent representation of the duo's score for this well-liked mini-series. The album kicks off with the 'Hatfields & McCoy Theme' (feat. Lisbeth Scott), and moves quickly into 'Battle / Innocent Death,' 'Blood Ride,' 'Long Shot Payback,' 'The Shack,' 'Randall Walks Home,' 'Courtroom,' 'Kill Bill,' and then both 'McCoy Boys Funeral' and 'Judges Intervenes.'
There are a lot of intricate pieces in this score, but they always build in some satisfying fashion. A lady named Lisbeth Scott lends her angelic voice to the work along the way, which is simply perfect for what is brought forth.
The second quarter of the soundscape includes the 'Love Theme,' 'Hatfield Warns Philips,' 'Johnse Held,' 'Rose's Chest,' 'Elison Shot,' 'Jim and Cap Chase McCoy,' 'He's Dead Jim,' 'Hatfield Takes McCoy Boys,' 'Vengeance Train,' and then '20. McCoy Boys Execution.'
This absolutely superb western score continues over the halfway mark with 'Sally & Randall Cross Paths,' 'Boys Killed,' 'Mourning The Dead,' 'Long Road Down,' 'Aunt B Spills the Beans,' 'I Don't Want Your Money,' 'Hatfields Ride,' 'Randall Mutters,' 'Long Cloaked Riders,' and then 'Jim Vance Hunted Down.'
With tracks that will remain with you long after you hear them, the last quarter of the album brings us 'Devil Takes Johnse Fishing,' 'Showdown,' 'Rose Talks to Randall,' 'Rose Dies & Johnse Mourns,' 'McCoy Crazy,' 'Blood Sets the Table,' the 'Hatfields And McCoys Theme' again, 'The Long Road Down (featuring the aforementioned Lisbeth Scott), and then the whole thing rounds out with 'I Know These Hills' (featuring Sara Beck and Kevin Costner himself).