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Soundtrack review: Last of the mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman – 1992)

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Almost 25 years later “Last of the Mohicans” has become a legendary score

When the main theme from “Last of the Mohicans” explodes in my ears I feel invincible and motivated. It is one of the most beautiful and epic themes I have ever heard and I never get tired of it. It pops in my mind quite often and I go back and listen to it. It’s not the only theme from this score that has become legendary for me. “Last of the Mohicans” was written by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. The tracks are separated between them and I am surprised that my favorites don’t come from Randy (composer of such wonders like “Daylight” and “The quest”) but from Trevor.

The second theme I can’t get enough of is a composition that will please every Celtic music fan out there. “Prominatory” is one of my favorite Celtic influenced cues ever and I used it very often for my runs. The pace of this cue, the intensity and the power of the instruments give me goose bumps and rise in me a determination I rarely find while listening to other themes. The theme first surfaces in “The kiss”, in another beautiful incarnation.

“Last of the Mohicans” is a powerful and intense composition. For me it’s the Gladiator of the 90s because of the feeling sit stirs up in me. I also have a strong emotional connection with it…Just like the “Bloodsport” video tape was the most sought after, talked about and watched when I was a kid, the “Last of the Mohicans” score was, alongside Twin Peaks and Braveheart one of the first me and my friends discovered when we started listening to film music. I remember the excitement in school when one of my friends opened her bag and showed us the two brand new CDs, one with Mohicans and one with Braveheart. We forgot all about the emotions of our final exam.

If the Trevor Jones cues are intense and stirring, Randy Edelman’s themes are sweeping and beautiful. “Cora” or “River walk and discovery” have that unmistakable Edelman melancholy and tenderness. The first part of the score is the thundering waterfall while the second half is the calm river it flowed in. I get almost the same nostalgia listening to Randy Edelman’s tracks as I do listening to “Black rain”.

Almost 25 years later “Last of the Mohicans” has become a legendary score. It is right up there with the best epic or heroic compositions you can remember. It is one of the most beautiful and stirring scores of the 90 and it would be a shame not to listen to it.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 53 / 53

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Main Title

Elk Hunt

The Kiss

The Glade Part II

Fort Battle

Promentory

Munro’s Office/Stockade

Massacre/Canoes

Top of the World

The Courier

Cora

River Walk and Discovery

Parlay

The British Arrival

Pieces of a Story

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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