Heat (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released December 19, 1995 (1995-12-19)
Genre Classical, Avant-garde, Modernist, Jazz fusion, Electronica, Alternative rock
Length 75 minutes
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Matthias Gohl

Heat is the soundtrack album to the 1995 film Heat. The score is compiled mostly with Elliot Goldenthal's orchestrations although there are a variety of other artists featured including U2/Brian Eno project Passengers, Lisa Gerrard, Moby and Terje Rypdal.

The score[edit]

The track "New Dawn Fades" is only a part of the whole song that fades into the next track and the track "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" is slightly different from the version used in the film, the version on the score is from Moby's album Everything Is Wrong and the version in the film appears later on his 1997 album I Like to Score; Goldenthal composed and arranged the Kronos Quartet performed pieces. The Einstürzende Neubauten track "Armenia" was taken from their 1983 album Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T. and was used by Michael Mann again in his 1999 film The Insider.[1]

Goldenthal composed a cue called "Hand in Hand" originally meant to be played over the end scene, but it was replaced by Moby's "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters", so he used it, replacing guitars with bagpipes, instead for the end titles to Michael Collins. A clip of the track as it was meant to be heard in Heat can be heard below. There is also an "extended version" of the score in bootleg form, with several tracks (including "Hand in Hand") which can be heard in the film but are not on the score released, available on the internet.[2][3]

Various tracks that were in some points of the film but did not make it to the soundtrack included pieces by William Orbit from his Strange Cargo albums, namely "The Last Lagoon," "Monkey King," and "The Mighty Limpopo."

Goldenthal explained his thinking behind the score:

In Heat, Michael Mann and I were going for an atmospheric situation. It was the first time I used what I like to call a "guitar orchestra" - where I use six or eight guitars, all playing with different tunings stacked up on top of each other in a musical way, and a mixed meter of percussion. It wasn't a type of score where you needed a big orchestral theme or you had to actually hit certain actions with music at specific times. It was much closer to the European mentality of film scoring.[4]

The guitar orchestra, who play most significantly on two of the tracks below, is called "Deaf Elk" (an ensemble which includes Page Hamilton of the metal band Helmet) who also worked with Goldenthal for his scores, In Dreams and Titus.[5]

The song "Always Forever Now" was written and performed by U2 and Brian Eno under the alias Passengers, and appears on Original Soundtracks 1. But the version featured on this soundtrack, and quite prominently in the film, is a longer mix with some minor variations.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "Heat" Elliot Goldenthal Kronos Quartet 7:41
2. "Always Forever Now" (from Original Soundtracks 1, 1995) U2; Brian Eno Passengers 6:54
3. "Condensers" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 2:35
4. "Refinery Surveillance" Elliot Goldenthal Kronos Quartet 1:45
5. "Last Nite" (from Blue, 1987) Terje Rypdal Terje Rypdal & The Chasers 3:29
6. "Ultramarine" (from Cobalt Blue, 1992) Michael Brook Michael Brook 4:35
7. "Armenia" (from Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T., 1983) Blixa Bargeld; F.M. Einheit Einstürzende Neubauten 4:58
8. "Of Helplessness" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 2:39
9. "Steel Cello Lament" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 1:43
10. "Mystery Man" (from The Singles Collection, 1989) Terje Rypdal Terje Rypdal & The Chasers 4:39
11. "New Dawn Fades" (from I Like to Score, 1997) Ian Curtis; Peter Hook; Stephen Morris; Bernard Sumner Moby 2:51
12. "Entrada & Shootout" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 1:49
13. "Force Marker" Brian Eno Brian Eno 3:36
14. "Coffee Shop" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 1:38
15. "Fate Scrapes" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 1:34
16. "La Bas: Song of the Drowned [Edited Version]" (from The Mirror Pool, 1995) Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard 3:10
17. "Gloradin" (from The Mirror Pool, 1995) Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard 3:56
18. "Run Uphill" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 2:51
19. "Predator Diorama" Elliot Goldenthal Kronos Quartet 2:40
20. "Of Separation" Elliot Goldenthal Elliot Goldenthal 2:21
21. "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" (from Everything Is Wrong, 1995) Richard Hall Moby 6:58


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Filmtracks.com 4/5 stars[7]
Musicfromthemovies 4/5 stars[8]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[9]


Orchestral music[edit]

  • Composer, Vocals, Orchestration - Elliot Goldenthal
  • Orchestration - Robert Elhai
  • Musical Score Producer - Matthias Gohl
  • Conductor - Steven Mercurio
  • Conductor - Jonathan Sheffer
  • "Deaf Elk" Guitars - Page Hamilton, Eric Hubel, Bobby Hambel, David Reid
  • Guitar - Michael Thompson
  • Guitar - Mark Stewart
  • Drums - Audun Kleive
  • Performer - The Kronos Quartet
  • Electronic Music Producer - Richard Martinez
  • Engineer, Mixing - Joel Iwataki
  • Music Editor - Christopher Brooks
  • Music Editor - Michael Connell
  • Music Editor, Mastering - Tom Baker
  • Mastering - Vladimir Meller
  • Assistant Engineer - Andrew Warwick
  • Score Mixer & Recordist - Stephen McLaughlin


"Always Forever Now"

  • Performer - Passengers
  • Engineer - Danton Supple
  • Assistant Engineer - Rob Kirwan
  • Sequencing - Des Broadbery
  • String Arrangements - Paul Barrett
  • Music Supervisor - Budd Carr

"Last Nite", "Mystery Man"

  • Guitar, Keyboards, Performer - Terje Rypdal
  • Performer - The Chasers
  • Bass - Bjorn Kjellemyr
  • Keyboards - Allan Dangerfield
  • Producer - Manfred Eicher


  • Producer, Performer - Michael Brook


  • Producer, Performer - Einstürzende Neubauten

"New Dawn Fades", "God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters"

  • Producer, Performer, Writer - Moby
  • Writer "New Dawn Fades" - Joy Division

"Force Marker"

  • Producer, Performer - Brian Eno

"La Bas", "Gloradin"

  • Producer, Performer - Lisa Gerrard

Executive credit[edit]

  • Executive Producer - Michael Mann
  • Executive in Charge of Music - Gary LeMel
  • Assistant Music Supervisor - Amy Dunn
  • Orchestra Contractor - Debbie Datz-Pyle, Patty Zimmitti


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