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Release Date May 18, 2010
Genre Video Game OST
Tracks 19
Length 75:18
Label Rockstar Games

The Red Dead Redemption Official Soundtrack is the soundtrack for Red Dead Redemption. It was released on May 18, 2010 and published by Rockstar Games. The music was mainly composed by Friends of Dean Martinez member Bill Elm and ex-member Woody Jackson along with additional contributions from various musicians including Jamie Lidell, José Gonzáles, Ashtar Command, and William Elliot Whitmore. It is a compilation of 19 tracks totaling approximately 1:15:18. Almost all of the songs in the soundtrack are featured in the game.

Track Listing

Soundtrack Length Composers
Born Unto Trouble 3:12 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
The Shootist 4:17 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Dead End Alley 2:06 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Horseplay 3:49 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Luz Y Sombra 5:19 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
El Club De Los Cuerpos 6:24 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Estancia 2:04 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson

(Theme From) Red Dead Redemption

5:38 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Triggernometry 5:23 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Gunplay 1:28 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Redemption in Dub 2:09 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Muertos Rojos (aka The Gunslinger's Lament) 5:50 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
The Outlaw's Return 6:54 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Exodus in America 4:59 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Already Dead 1:31 Bill Elm & Woody Jackson
Far Away 5:18 José González
Compass (Red Dead On Arrival Version) 2:59 Jamie Lidell
Deadman's Gun 4:15 Ashtar Command
Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie 2:24 William Elliot Whitmore


  • The majority of the music seems to have been inspired by the music of Ennio Morricone, who did the soundtrack to all of Sergio Leone's westerns, an Italian director of many great films that included A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and Once Upon a Time in the West. Morricone also provided scores to many other spaghetti westerns which seem to have inspired the Red Dead saga, such as The Big Gundown, The Mercenary, Companeros, and The Ringo movies amongst many, many others.
  • "Muertos Rojos" is Spanish for Red Dead.
  • All of the instruments were recorded individually in what are called "stems" at 130 beats per minute (bpm) in the key of A-minor. The game then mixes the stems based on the player's location and what action is occurring onscreen.
  • Unlike Rockstar's previous game, Grand Theft Auto IV, where music was incorporated via in-game radio stations, Red Dead Redemption contains only non-diegetic sound, meaning characters don't hear it.
  • In addition to CD and downloadable formats, Rockstar released a red vinyl (LP) version of the soundtrack as a collector's item through their Rockstar Warehouse online store.
  • Some of the themes from the soundtrack are also used, in modified form, on the Undead Nightmare Soundtrack.
  • The majority of songs on the soundtrack are instrumental except for the last four ("Far Away", "Compass", "Deadman's Gun", and "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie").
  • All four songs containing vocals are used for emotional effect; "Far Away", when arriving in Mexico, and  "Compass", "Deadman's Gun", and "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie", towards the end of the game. "Compass" plays when Marston gets the chance to go and see his family again, "Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie" plays when John's grave is seen, and "Deadman's Gun" plays during the credits after Jack guns down Edgar Ross.

Notable Musicians

  • Tommy Morgan- Harmonica player
  • Davey Chegwidden- Drums and percussion
  • Guy Seyffert- Bass player
  • Stewart Cole- Trumpet player
  • Ivan Palovich- Music supervisor


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