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    1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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    1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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    Asin: B00004XQ83
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 166
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    The best soundtracks are like movies for the ears, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? joins the likes of Saturday Night Fever and The Harder They Come as cinematic pinnacles of song. The music from the Coen brothers' Depression-era film taps into the source from which the purest strains of country, blues, bluegrass, folk, and gospel music flow. Producer T Bone Burnett enlists the voices of Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, and kindred spirits for performances of traditional material, in arrangements that are either a cappella or feature bare-bones accompaniment. Highlights range from the aching purity of Krauss's "Down to the River to Pray" to the plainspoken faith of the Whites' "Keep on the Sunny Side" to Stanley's chillingly plaintive "O Death." The album's spiritual centerpiece finds Krauss, Welch, and Harris harmonizing on "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," a gospel lullaby that sounds like a chorus of Appalachian angels. --Don McLeese ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest movie soundtrack EVER!
    With the country music airwaves currently being dominated by fresh, new artists like Faith Hill who fit better in the pop circuit, it is refreshing to see an album composed entirely of traditional bluegrass and country do as well as the soundtrack of O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU. Even further impressing is the fact that although none of the songs were released to radio, the soundtrack was propelled to the #1 spot on Billboard's country album charts solely from people hearing the music in the movie theater. This soundtrack is a phenomenal album that is proof to country fans everywhere that although traditional country has appeared to have gone out of style, it is still very much alive and well.

    The O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU SOUNDTRACK is composed of nineteen songs recorded by some of the most talented country/bluegrass artists in the business, including Gillian Welch (who also served as musical director for the motion picture), Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and the Cox Family, and and is truly a gathering of musical talent. Also included in the soundtrack is music by musicians who appeared in the film as well as working on the CD, such as the Whites and Tim Blake Nelson.

    The O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU SOUNDTRACK is truly, as the CD ads claim, "The ULTIMATE American roots collection!" So, grab your acoustic guitar, fiddle, and Dapper Dan hair pomade, and let the soundtrack from O BROTHER take you on a journey through one of the greatest periods in country music history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brothers In Arms
    The soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? is one of the biggest surprises in music for 2000. The film starring George Clooney was not much of a success at the box office, but the soundtrack made up of dark bluegrass songs from the early part of the 20th century has become a major seller. In fact the album has set a record for the most weeks at number one for a soundtrack on the Country Album charts. This is a welcomed and warmly cheered surprise as the album celebrates an essential style of music from America's rich musical history. Album producer T-Bone Burnett has assembled a cast of unknowns, save Emmylou Harris & Allison Krauss, like The Fairfield Four, Gillian Welch and J. Carter & The Prisoners who specialize in this forgotten and overlooked genre. The songs have a stark and haunting quality that are accentuated by the sparse musical arrangements. The singing is alternatively raw and rough to lilting and gorgeous. Song after song provides you with an interesting, intriguing and satisfying listening experience especially "Po Lazarus", "You Are My Sunshine", "Down To The River To Pray", "Lonesome Valley" and "Didn't Leave Nobody But My Baby".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Music the way is should be
    This is perhaps the best soundtrack ever made. It is a stunning mix of mostly acoustic tracks by most of the best bluegrass artists ever. There is work on here from Ralph Stanely, Allison Kraus, and Emmelou Harris, to name a few. This CD won a lot of Grammys the year that it came out, and that is because it was the best CD of that year.

    Highlights include the Big Rock Candy Mountains, Man of Constant Sorrow, In the Jailhouse Now and O Death. If you have ever wondered what bluegrass sounded like but have been afraid to try, this is the CD for you. It will show you the magic that this genre of music can provide.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great but.....
    This CD is fantastic, with songs that will leave you humming and tapping your feet. I would have given it 5 stars except for the fact that the primary song I wanted featuring the artists from the actual movie was not featured on the album. The version of "I'll FLy Away" from the actual movie is done by the Kossoy Sisters and is featured on their album "Bowling Green". I hope this helps anyone else who will end up trying to hunt down that origianl version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars O Brother
    This is the soundtrack to the Coen brothers' film based loosely on Homer's "The Odyssey". This soundtrack takes the movie from good to great. The tracks follow the progression of the movie. Nearly an hour of blue-grass music, even if you haven't seen the movie, this is worth having if you like "Old-Time" Country music and blue-grass.

    The legend, Ralph Stanley, appears a couple of times here, although his "Man of Constant Sorrow" is here too, but covered by Dan Tyminski. Stanley's "O Death" is a haunting tune sung without accompaniment. His voice is sorrowful and full of pain, and will send shivers up your spine. Tyminski's cover is well done and becomes the centerpiece for the movie. The sultry voices of Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch provide a rising rendition of "Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby." Alison Krauss also lends her voice to the spiritual "Down to the River to Pray," and joins up again with Gillian Welch for "I'll Fly Away". The surprise here is Tim Blake Nelson on lead vocals as the dimwitted Delmar on "In the Jailhouse Now."

    Overall, this is a great soundtrack, and well worth owning if you like this type of music. I think the Coen brothers have done a lot with the release of this movie to turn the spotlight onto blue-grass music. This is great music that deserves more than the fifteen minutes of fame it's received. ... Read more

    2. The Sound of Music (1965 Film Soundtrack)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars "I go to the hills when my heart is lonely..."
    This brand-new 35th Anniversary Edition of the classic 1965 film soundtrack features two discs in beautiful packaging. (Okay, the purple coloring on the discs is a bit much)... the CD booklet is filled with pictures and is wonderful. Disc 2 features extended versions of several songs and many tracks (mostly orchestral) not included on the 1965 soundtrack, and an interview with Richard Rodgers. What is the enchantment of "Sound Of Music??" Maybe it's because the film and myself both turn 35 this year, but it really has a lot to do with Julie Andrews as Maria. Like another customer wrote, I always think of Julie Andrews, and not Broadway's Mary Martin, as Maria. Also, Andrews' devastating 1997 operation that left her without a singing voice, adds a note of sadness to this recording (as well as Andrews' classic Broadway performances in MY FAIR LADY and CAMELOT) as we recognize what has been lost. I recently saw a disappointing stage production of "Sound Of Music" and returned to the film and this soundtrack with a sense of refreshment, renewal, and even inspiration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A more merciful review - more praise with some minor flaws
    I remember once "advising" beginners to shy off this version not because of performace quality, which is just perfect, but because of presentation of the music material. However, because of listening to the soundtrack a little bit more often. I feel as if Ihave changed my views more positively. Of course, we still have Julie Andrews and her crystalline voice, but we also have sparkling children, a convincing Captain and a soul-stirring Mother Abbess taking their place on the album just as they have been always doing, alongside the towering Irwin Kostal orchestrations and arrangements. This edition does indeed put most of the icing on the cake with the clear, sparkling remastering and the tantalising bonus material available for us to have forever. At long last, we have the additional appearance of Edelweiss after the Lonely Goatherd puppet sequence (and an extended version of its folk festival reappearance - the only rendition of the song used on the original soundtrack), the Landler, the Salzburg Montage harnessed to an extended My Favourite Things, the second-act reprise of Sixteen Going on Seventeen, and the complete chase music, all sounding remarkably vivid after 35 years in the Fox vaults, enough to make you recall the scenes in the movie so vividly. The only things I can carp about are the slightly murky sound quality during certain moments on the first disc, the obvious lack of completeness (as always) and the value of the set.

    The murky sound quality on certain parts of certain tracks of the first disc does not bother one at all, because they don't affect the parts of the soundtrack you are supposed to be enjoying. However, once you get down to listening to the remastered soundtrack, it will be easy to notice the pristine sound that improves this issue over the others. (The fact about pristine sound also applies to the second disc.) However, once you get over with this problem, there are still more serious qualms. This release is obviously not really ABSOLUTELY complete, as ttere are some missing musical segments (the Act One finale waltzes based on Edelweiss and the deleted song How Can Love Survive, the Entr'acte, the children's dejected-sounding reprise of My Favourite Things with Maria making it better half-way through by joining in, and the folk festival reprises of Do-Re-Mi and So Long, Farewell.) In addition, the original versions of the Overture and the Preludium prayer sequence are not included, as they seem to sound better and more complete when separated rather than when allowed to seague into each other as in the original soundtrack, along with the complete wedding sequence, also not included here. Also, the price is quite expensive, as it's clear that record companies keep reissuing and improving certain albums such as this by adding previously unreleased music until they are perfect and complete - all at the consumer's expense. Once that's said and done, you can easily get down to enjoying this classic soundtrack in the splendour of a sparkling new digital remastering and new video transfers of this classic film.

    To sum everything up, I still can say I feel happy and satisfied with this new reissue of the soundtrack, even despite some minor quibbles and snags, but I feel as if I will not stop rallying until I see the ABSOLUTELY COMPLETE version released and made available. Perhaps the Richard Rodgers centennial celebrations next year will provide the right impetus for the R&H organisation to get 20th-Century Fox and RCA Victor to release and reissue the soundtrack in its original album and expanded versions COMPLETE on 2 CDs, with the original album taking up one disc (with all the outtakes as fillers) and the COMPLETE expanded edition taking up the other - all at a twofer bargain price. Still, I will be more than happy to recommend this soundtrack to the beginning purchaser, and it still makes a wonderful, if extravogant, way to acquire a classic in a sparkling and attractive new dress.

    BTW, I would suggest checking out the new Broadway cast recording of the show and purchasing it along with this equally excellent version, as it presents a top-quality performance and is like a stage production in the spirit of the film, to give yourselves an alternate view and a more conceptual performance of the show.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    Simply perfect for adults and kids. Will addict for a lifetime.

    5-0 out of 5 stars iwould like the cd as you canot buy it in nz
    ilkie the sound of music and julie andrews is my favorite

    1-0 out of 5 stars A ridiculous way to release a complete recording
    I was horrified when I was browsing the record store and saw how this supposedly complete disc was arranged. I have no doubt that it sounds fine, but under the circumstances, it is a waste of money and I refused to buy it.

    The manufacturers have done nothing more on this "Sound of Music" re-release than add a second CD containing everything that had to be omitted from the LP and other CD versions of the film soundtrack album. RCA Victor, it seems, could not be bothered to start from the beginning and do the same beautiful job that Angel Records did with the enhanced editions of the "Oklaoma!", "Carousel", and "The King and I" soundtracks. The makers of those CD's saw to it that all the songs as well as the previously omitted material were all sequenced IN THE ORDER THAT IT APPEARED IN THE FILM.

    But, apparently, doing this is too much work for RCA Victor. Instead of giving us the pleasure of being able to listen to all the songs and music in its proper order, so that we can get the feeling that we are listening to the soundtrack as it ought to be heard and experienced, we have to sit through the soundtrack album exactly as it was issued for its previous incarnation, and then put on ANOTHER CD so that we can listen to the background music and other versions of the tracks heard on the first CD in the set.

    This is just sloppy and insensitive thinking. Why would RCA release a soundtrack album of a beloved film in an edition like this, when Rhino, with its M-G-M soundtrack series, and Angel, with its enhanced editions of three Rodgers and Hammerstein musical films, have done such a superlative job on their soundtracks?

    The answer, of course, is pure laziness. They have the most successful and beloved film musical on their hands, so RCA Victor assumes that listeners will automatically buy any version of it, no matter how it is issued.

    Shame on them. ... Read more

    3. Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track
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    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Twenty-Six Million Sold...And Still Climbing
    It is typical to write off the decade of the 1970s as just the era of disco, polyester, glam rock, and such, though there was much more to the era than those things. But in that now much-maligned style known as disco, there remains one undisputed masterpiece, the soundtrack to the 1977 blockbuster SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.

    Even though both the film and soundtrack are now approaching the quarter-century mark, the music here seems timeless and holds up to a great deal of scrutiny. Three #1 hits from the Bee Gees and one #1 from Yvonne Elliman originated from this album, which sold a then-unheard-of twenty-six million copies, a figure which keeps climbing. The album stayed at #1 on the US album chart for twenty-six consecutive weeks.

    Among the many lesser-heard gems of the album are Kool and the Gang's "Open Sesame", MFSB's "K-Jee" (originally a hit for the Nite-Liters in 1971), and David Shire's "Night On Disco Mountain" (a discofied adaptation of Mussorgsky's 1867 tone poem "A Night On Bald Mountain"). The entire albums captures the time, the feel, and the essence of an era that a lot of people make the mistake of ridiculing. Time has shown the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack to have endured well beyond its Seventies heyday. In twenty years, can the same be said for the soundtracks to either THE BODYGUARD or TITANIC? Only time will tell.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not the great CD most would lead you to believe it is
    Okay, okay! "Saturday Night Fever" is a classic album an' all, and yes, it's one of the biggest selling soundtracks of all time. But let's not hide from the fact that most of these tracks featured sound rather dated now.

    Sure, the Bee-Gees contributions have stood the test of time, along with those from Yvonne Elliman, The Tavares (singing a Bee Gees track!), The Trammps and KC & The Sunshine Band. But COME ON! Can anyone really admit to liking "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Night On Disco Mountain" by David Shire, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph McDonald or even "K-Jee" by MFSB?? Apart from Kool & The Gang, have you heard anything else by these performers? Don't kid yourselves folks, these are NOT Disco classics!

    Of course "Saturday Night Fever" was a great movie. I own the soundtrack CD, and still play it every once in a while. More to the point, I only PLAY the bona fide CLASSICS and skip the rest of what can only be described as JUNK!

    If you're after a 70s soundtrack you can play over and over again and ENJOY, buy "GREASE".


    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Selling Soundtrack Ever
    Apart from the soundtrack of Bodyguard, this is surely one of the best selling soundtrack ever. Starting with the Bee Gees, they are originally slow ballad singers. From a interchange at Main Course, they changed themselves to R&B music singers. Stayin' Alive, Night Fever, More Than a Woman, and If I Can't Have You are surely the best rocking songs in the Bee Gees's history. How Deep Is Your Love is rocking on around the world till now. Surely, the Bee Gees ruled the disco era during 1977.

    Yvonne Elliman and Travares, are also great, but they used Bee Gees's songs, Yvonne Elliman sang If I Can't Have You (Bee Gees's own edition in Bee Gees Greatest), and the Travares sang a different version of More Than a Woman
    Saturday Night Fever movie wasn't that good, but with the soundtrack, it's surely the world's top LP.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic!
    Can everyone please spare me the lengthy diatribes and just say thumbs up, or thumbs down? If you don't like disco, why in the hell would you buy the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever? HELLO! This disc brings back lots of fond memories. I will always appreciate the role disco played in my life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars disco sucks
    For my review, I'll reply to Melting Pot, who said "I feel folk-rock from the 1960's was the bane of music."

    Not only are you wildly incorrect, there exists one major diffrence between the Folk Rock and Disco. Folk Rock is gaining more and more YOUNG listeners. Same applies to all the music of the 60's. Disco on the other hands is getting NO new listeners.

    DISCO is a hokey, sequin and polyester strewn mess. At least Folk Rock musicians were genuine and were playing for love of the music(rather than love of the paycheck), and to make political changes.


    instead of the beegees, listen to War. They're 500 times better. ... Read more

    4. That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    Asin: B000002BQD
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    Sales Rank: 1284
    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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    The early-'60s pop group The Wonders never existed outside of That Thing You Do, Tom Hanks' feature-film directorial debut--but a lot of bands like them sure did.If you've seen the movie, I defy you to resist the title song--a perfect pop confection that captures the musical spirit of the era (and the high spirits of the movie) with cleverness and glee. (The deadpan "historical" liner notes are priceless.)The first song, "Lovin' You Lots and Lots" (written by Hanks himself) is a hilariously awful example of the insipid "grown-up" pop Muzak of the mid-'60s (performed by the Ray Coniff-like "Norm Wooster Singers"), but the element of parody in these tracks is suffused with affection.And, dammit, these are some really catchy toe-tappers!In addition to some other Wonders hits (not the least of which is "Shrimp Shack," from their first movie appearance in Weekend at Party Pier), there's also a girl-group single ("Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart" by the Chantrellines); a teen hearbreak anthem ("My World is Over" by Diane Dane); "one of the seminal jazz recordings of 1958" ("Time To Blow," by Del Paxton) ... and much, much more! --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A time-transporting work of art
    If the fictional Wonders' hit single "That Thing You Do," was the only cut on this soundtrack worthy of praise, it would be worth the disc's price. The title track is a brilliant invocation of mid-60s British-influenced American pop, worthy of having been a monster hit at the time of its fictional setting.

    But the soundtrack is so much more than a one-hit wonder. Tom Hanks, together with co-writers, singers and producers, has created a bevy of tracks that recreate the brilliance of that era's music even more keenly than the film recreates the look and feel. Few such fictional music projects have ever been this complete.

    From the opening track, the Mitch Miller like "Lovin You Lots and Lots" by the Norm Wooster Singers, Hanks gives notice that he and his co-workers have internalized the era's vast array of musical styles. It's as if their heads are so full of this music that they can't help but sing it out loud.

    It's one huge loving nod to the music that populated the charts in the 60s -- perhaps the last gasp of truly varietous radio. Never again would such a wide range of sounds be heard on a single frequency, from the Dusty Springfield-esque vocals of Diane Dane and Shirelles-meet-the-Supremes singing of The Chantrellines, to the Frankie-and-Annette inspired beach tune of Cap'n Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters.

    And amid all of this are The Wonders, a band that, despite the film's storyline, were anything but one hit wonders. The funky bassline of "Dance With Me Tonight" would have been home at any discoteque of the early 60s, and "I Need You (That Thing You Do)" is only the slightest notch less catchy than the title track. The 12-string strums and yearning harmonies catch every last ounce of emotion that fueled the best teen bands of the era.

    Topping it all off, Hanks and Co. add biographies for the fictional bands, making it nearly impossible to believe it's all made up.

    The film is good fun, but the soundtrack is a work of art.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "I Brought You Here...For I Am Spartacus"
    That is what the drummer, "Shades" of the mythical rock band "The Wonders" says to the lead guitarist, when the guitarist asks"How did we get here?,"before the Wonders make their national television debut on a Sullivan-esque variety show. What happens next, is one of the happiest three minutes on film, as the Wonders perform their hit single, "That Thing You Do!" The movie captured the 60's so well, and the soundtrack is a terrific bonus! I put on this album, and get lost in the 60's. A smile instantly comes to my face as I remember the story of that pop band from Erie, Pennsylvania whose fate was changed by a replacement drummer . I love these guys, and they seem so real. I just wish they were. Go out and buy this CD...listen to it, and re-live Beatlemania!

    4-0 out of 5 stars WONDERfull
    It`s really a hit, I dont know what might happen if the Wonders did really exist back at that time,but they tell the story of the BANDs , getting together , recording some real hits , then break up , a memeber got killed, another one find hos way to inner happiness, the point is , they dont last forever together , although that they work will.
    Who watched the movie , loved the song and the CD will be a MUST for her/him.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Ficitional Slice of 1964, but Just a Lot of Fun...
    I recently saw "That Thing You Do" again on DVD, the fictional story of the Oneders, later renamed the Wonders. It prompted me to buy the soundtrack, and what a delight it is.

    "The Thing You Do" (15 tracks, 42 min.) brings us the 2 Wonders songs from the movie (title track, "Dance With Me Tonight") but also 3 other songs, giving us (according to the fictional liner notes) pretty much an idea what a Wonders' concert was like. The soundtrack gives us plenty of other fictional 1964-soundalike songs that simly work great ("She Knows It", "Voyage Around the Moon", and "Drive Faster" are among the highlights).

    While it's true that Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger wrote the title track, even more noteworthy it that none other than Tom Hanks wrote or co-wrote 4 of the tracks on here, so the man obviously knew what he was doing when taking on this project (writing and directing the movie as well). Thanks for a great movie and a delicious soundtrack, Tom!

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
    another batch of great tunes. all of the tracks performed by The Wonders were written and recorded by Adam and Chris of the band Fountains Of Wayne (ie. the recent hits Stacy's Mom, Mexican Wine).

    they capture perfectly the 60's sound. if you like this CD, you'll love all of the Fountains Of Wayne albums as well, great catchy pop rock ... Read more

    5. Grease: The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
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    Sales Rank: 578
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    The movie is a 1970s take on 1950s musicals, providing all the kitsch anyone could hope for. It's John Travolta as Danny Zuko as Olivia Newton-John's pompadoured main squeeze, and the kids go crazy. Fresh from his astronomical success with Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gee Barry Gibb penned the title track (sung by Frankie Valli). Sha Na Na is over-represented, and actress Stockard Channing struts her, um, versatility, singing a couple of tracks. This has become a touchstone in American culture, and so isn't likely to improve our standing in the world's eyes. Maybe the point is that it's supposed to sound amateurish, but it does manage to eke out some fun, most notably on the hit "You're the One That I Want." --Scott Wilson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 50's fun with 70's production values
    Given the national funk the USA was in, the songs in Grease was also a longing for a funner, simpler time, when rock wasn't so complicated. Stylishly, it's 50's music, some with 70's disco sensibilities, 70's non-disco pop, and songs whose sound harken back to the stage play, clearly meant to stay within the confines of the movie.

    The order of songs on the soundtrack frontloads the theme song and singles in the first part before getting back in movie order for the rest. Now, in order of the movie...

    After the brief "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing," comes the title song, the perfect marriage of the 50's, exemplified by singer, Frankie Avalon, and the catchy disco-like rhythms of the 70's, hardly surprising given that Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees penned this song.

    "Summer Nights" the first duet between John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, featuring members of the cast, harkens back to its stage origins, with the differing versions of what went on in Danny and Sandy's fateful summer marked by vocal tradeoffs between the two, highlighted by predominantly male voices in Travolta's segment, female ones in Newton-John's.

    "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" too is a stagey song, sung by Stockard Channing when making fun of Sandy, with references to Elvis, Troy Donahue, and Doris Day making it a look back at the late 50's. The sugary pop ballad "Hopelessly Devoted To You" was tailor-made for Newton-John, a ballad alternately with steel guitars one moment, strings the next.

    "Why this car is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic. Why it's greased lightning!" For downright fun and energy, "Greased Lightning" bears the hallmark of Elvis and Eddie Cochrane-type rockers, an ideal song accompanying the spanking red hot rod fantasy sequence.

    "It's Raining On Prom Night," sung by Cindy Bullens, is another vintage 50's-type slow ballad, and is the song that plays when Sandy goes to the jukebox, only to have Danny make fun of the jock she's hanging out with.

    Frankie Avalon's slow-dance "Beauty School Dropout" is a nod back to the days when his "Venus" was a big hit, strings laden doo-wop style female accompaniment including Stockard Channing. This number was done in the guardian angel (Avalon) telling Frenchie to get her act together and go back to school.

    "Rock And Roll Party Queen" can be briefly heard in the dance segment when the people start entering the decorated gym.

    Another example of 50s/70s dynamic is Sha-Na-Na, who spearheaded a rock and roll revival movement. Their songs is one fun track after another, from Danny and the Juniors' "Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay," the slow dance of "Those Magic Changes," Little Anthony's "Tears On My Pillow," Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," the climactic and fun-brimmed "Born To Hand Jive," and then a cover of "Blue Moon."

    Travolta's solo song "Sandy," done after Sandy storms out of his car after his manhandling her, is more a defense than an apology, as he says in the monologue that she hurt him. The monologue he has inbetween the singing segments is more a hallmark of girl group songs like "Leader Of The Pack." Solo, Travolta's actually not bad, replicating 50's-style falsetto at times.

    Next, is another Stockard Channing solo, "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" and a reprise of "Sandra Dee" by Olivia Newton-John, before the final blowout. In the interview segment of the video, Olivia Newton-John herself knew that with the bouncy bassline throughout the energetic "You're The One That I Want," the second Travolta duet, was going to be a hit, and it was. And in the movie, it's followed by the equally vivacious "We Go Together," which could've been a single.

    Other notes: These were not included in the movie:"Alone At the Drive-In," "Freddy My Love," "Mooning," and "Rock N Roll Party Queen" were in the movie, because I don't remember them. Another exemplary soundtrack from the 70's and perhaps of all time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Grease" is the word!
    This soundtrack album is the second biggest-selling in pop music history. The first is the SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER soundtrack. And both films starred John Travolta. Not only that,they were both originally released on the defunct RSO(Robert Stigwood Organization) label. I went through 2 LP copies of this album,as I said in the review for the DVD movie. There are actually 23 different recordings on the album. Track 24 is a repeat of the title theme(track 1). The title theme was written by ex-Bee Gee Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli of The Four Seasons. The song is heard during the playing of the opening and closing credits in the film. SUMMER NIGHTS is about the summer romance of Danny Zuko(Travolta) and Sandy Dombrowski(Olivia Newton-John). ONJ performs HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU,later recycled for her GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2 album. YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT is another duet between Travolta and ONJ,also appearing on GHV2. SANDY is Danny's ode to his sweetheart(he sings this after being abandoned by Sandy at a drive-in theater in the film). BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT is Frankie Avalon's advisory to Frenchy(Didi Conn). LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE is sung by Rizzo or her portrayer,Stockard Channing. GREASED LIGHTNIN' is about the power of automobiles,sung by Travolta with moral support from Jeff Conaway(Kenickie). IT'S RAINING ON PROM NIGHT is OK,so is ALONE AT A DRIVE-IN MOVIE. Sha-Na-Na,as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers in the film,performs BLUE MOON,ROCK & ROLL IS HERE TO STAY,THOSE MAGIC CHANGES,HOUND DOG,TEARS ON MY PILLOW and BORN TO HAND-JIVE. MOONING,FREDDY MY LOVE and ROCK AND ROLL PARTY QUEEN are OK. Channing superbly performs THERE ARE WORSE THINGS I COULD DO(the song is heard in "Connie & Carla" also,but not Channing's recording of it). There's a reprise of LOOK AT ME,I'M SANDRA DEE performed by ONJ. The Rydell High School seniors perform WE GO TOGETHER,heard in the final scene. LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING is an instrumental easy listening classic,heard in the very first scene before opening credits. This album is packed with still photos from the film. The one on the back cover of the LP and CD booklet is of the overall film cast. It would have been great if the title track was recorded by the Bee Gees. ONJ's manager John Farrar wrote or co-wrote some of ONJ's recordings on this album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars i Love this soundtrack
    I love this movie, i have wacthed his movie so many time i don't get own this soundtrack but i plan to in the next couple days. You should really get this soundtrack if you love the movie you are sure to love the sound track. i love it and i am only 16.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Grease
    Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!

    I love every single song on the CD and I've watched the film so many times I've lost track. Let's jus say enough times to know the words off by heart even when I'm only 17.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best CD Ever

    6. The Last Of The Mohicans: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Soundtrack from the Greatest Movie Ever!
    This OST consists of 16 incredibly beautiful and deeply moving music that complemented scenes from the movie perfectly. Trevor Jones composed the first 9 tracks of the album, while Randy Edelman wrote Tracks 10 - 15 (Track 16 is a short song by the group Clannad). Both Jones and Edelman did a brilliant job on the album, although Jones's "Main Title" and another track, "Promentory" remain the most memorable numbers (and my favourites). I also like Jones's "The Kiss" and "The Glade Part II".

    A couple of Edelman's compositions which I find truly beautiful and outstanding are "The Courier" and "Cora".

    I play this soundtrack every morning before leaving for work and first thing upon returning home. The music soothes the soul and makes me think (and dream) of the movie a lot, especially of the handsome and heroic Uncas, who's my favourite character in the movie. In my mind and heart, "Promentory" will always be Uncas's song (it recalls vividly to the mind the poignant scene towards the end of the movie of Uncas climbing the cliffs determinedly and fearlessly in order to rescue his love, Alice).

    How I adore the movie and its music! They will remain my favourites FOREVER.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent...except for a few things.
    I completely agree with the person who said that they did not appreciate that "Promentory" was cut. I also wish that the end credits from the movie would've been included on the CD. What a gorgeous piece of music. That would've made it so complete. The endings on some of the tracks seem abrupt, like they had to tie it up really quick in order for it to fit on the soundtrack. That kind of bugged me a little. The Last of the Mohicans is my favorite movie of all time (I cannot count how many times I've seen it). It moved me (and continues to move me) emotionally, and it really takes a lot for me to listen to the soundtrack without getting depressed. Pathetic, I know, but I can't help it. I give it four stars because no doubt, the music is beautiful (my favorites being Cora, The Courier, and I Will Find You), but for the omissions, I had to take away a star.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Music is Great; Recording Isn't
    I purchased this cd after reading the reviews of this release (original 1992) and the 2000 recording. Most of the commentators seem to have missed an important issue. While the original release is exactly that -- the soundtrack of the movie -- and that music is gorgeous -- the recording of that music is not what anyone with a good stereo system will enjoy. The sound, perhaps ok for theater, and maybe acceptable in Dobly 5.1 -- though I haven't really tried it that way -- sounds monophonic on a decent stero system. There is no real sense of space, very little left and right information, very little depth. The orchestra sounds as if it is playing in a cave and the listener is standing some distance from the cave mouth.

    This problem is fairly easily rectified if you have a good audio massage program. CDex will rip the tracks to wave files (.wav) and remix the right and left channels for better separation (J-stereo). Then you can transfer the newly mixed files to a cd-rom for playback in any dvd/cd player. It sounds MUCH better this way -- much more like live music.

    But if all this sounds like too much work AND you care about realistically reproduced music, you may be better off purchasing the 2000 release. While I haven't auditioned it except for the online sound bites, it's likely to be the better recording. If you can't tell left from rght channel audio or you like monophonic sound, then by all means, buy the 1992 release.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite soundtrack
    For years I have been collecting soundtracks and I have to say that this one tops them all. I never get tired of listening to it! The music is just wonderful! The best I've ever heard! I bought the soundtrack before seeing the movie and as I was listening to the music I would actually picture images that I thought the music was describing in the movie. I finally saw "The Last of the Mohicans" and amazingly, some of the images I pictured were almost the same in the movie. It was very odd. Anyway... if you do not have this soundtrack I highly recommend you buying it. Even if you haven't seen the movie. You won't regret it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Music is Incredible
    I must confess I am a avid collector of soundtracks. Many times I buy the soundtrack before seeing the movie. I saw this movie about 10 times before buying the soundtrack. I like the music and when playing the CD I relax and close my eyes. The music pulls you in and the feeling is unique. Buy the CD and when you play it the first time turn up the volumn slightly higher than you normally do. The music is unique and timeless. ... Read more

    7. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    The Star Wars cycle, George Lucas's stellar pop parable cum merchandising blitzkrieg, has long since made history as an unparalleled cinematic-cultural-marketing phenomena; somewhere Billy Jack should be in one envious, ass-kickin' mood. Phantom Menace, easily the most eagerly anticipated film of the '90s, returns to the saga's roots and allows Lucas to flesh out the history of some of the fable's core characters and conjure up a dazzling new cast of cohorts, antagonists, and alien realms for them to interact with and in. Thus, all composer John Williams had to do was essentially reinvent the world's most popular wheel. The film-scoring legend has admirably risen to that daunting challenge, delivering an inventive score whose dynamics should surprise and delight even the most ardent SW fanatic. The Main Title and a few oh-so-sparing bars of a familiar Jedi theme are all that remains from the original trilogy's lexicon, Williams having evolved the saga's musical language, stylistic reach, and orchestral palette with masterful subtlety. The composer's most ambitious surprise is the welcome addition of strong choral elements, which he uses in ways both majestic ("Duel of the Fates") and menacing ("Passage Through the Planet's Core"). And though the film revolves around a young boy (Anakin Skywalker, who will grow to be both corrupted and redeemed as Darth Vader), the only flirtation with cloying sentimentality comes with the innocently loping "Jar Jar's Introduction." In the tradition of the Cantina and Max Rebo's Band of the previous trilogy, Williams and Lucas close out this musical installment with "Augie's Municipal Band," a Carnivale-esque romp that segues grandly into the composer's swelling title music. Williams may be the master of a grand scoring tradition, but Phantom Menace is gratifying evidence that he seldom plays it safe--even when the Force is with him. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Williams Scores again
    What can you say about John Williams that hasn't already been said? He's widely regarded as the best composer of his time and once again he lives up to that repuation. Thankfully, almost all the music is new here. You'll here tidbits of the Force Theme and a few others and the openning is still the same, but everything else is changed. The most impressive addition to this soundtrack is the use of the chorus. In Return of the Jedi, the chorus was used in a scene on board the Death Star where Luke begins to ferociously attack Vader and it created one of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars. So based upon that success, Williams has added choir use to several more songs. Most notable is the amazing "Duel of the Fates." Possibly the most impressive title though is "Anakin's Theme," which hides the Imperial March theme in the background while a light and happy melody is played, until the very end as the rest of the orchestra becomes silent and the ominous theme of Darth Vader makes itself known, reminding us of the fate of young Anakin.

    5-0 out of 5 stars John (Willaims) 3:16
    "And God gave a man unto the Earth. A man who's musical brillaince was the likes of which nobody had seen before. He named this man John, and saw that it was good..."

    John Willaims goes beyond explanation and praise with his mastery of music. The composer of such scores as "Jaws", "Jurrasic Park", and "Superman" brings his brillaince back to Star Wars.

    23 years ago, John Willaims scored the soundtrack for the famed Star Wars movies. His work was work of true brillaince, his music pounding out emotion, aggression, tension, and passion. He truely does it again for the new Star Wars prequel, "The Phantom Menace"

    The themes and music are just as powerful, and a watchful ear will detect innuendoes of old themes, such as the Force theme, Vader's March, and the Emperor's theme. Listen closely to Anakin's theme to hear its dark undertones, and slow down the light-hearted victory celebration to get the low, menacing theme of Emperor Palpantine. John Willaims is a TRUE genious when it comes to music.

    3-0 out of 5 stars First Impression of The Phantom Menace
    I managed to buy and listen to the soundtrack before I saw the movie. If anything, I thought this might give me an idea of the flavor of the film. Alas, my prediction proved to be correct. Aside from "Duel of the Fates," which is the kick-butt music heard during the lightsaber duel, the soundtrack was very subdued. Slow. I really expected a lot of high-speed action music, with violins flying up and down the scale or rapid drumbeats. Alas, I heard a lot of slow, sonorous drum beating and long, drawn-out, sentimental violin pieces.

    There was also a plot moment that is given away in the soundtrack if (like me) you happen to buy the CD before seeing the movie: the death of Qui-Gon. I sort of expected it, anyway, because we all know that Obi-wan Kenobi was Anakin's trainer, not Qui-Gon. Sorry if I blew a story moment for some people. That's just something I noticed.

    When I saw the movie (read my review for my "take" on that), I was only slightly surprised that the film was a drag. This soundtrack was too tame and too soft for a Star Wars soundtrack, and Phantom Menace is too slow to be a Star Wars film. I'm listening to the CD as I write this, to make sure I'm giving the soundtrack a fair shake. Track 12 is pretty nimble, but also slows down rather quickly. There were no pieces here that were particularly memorable, except for "Duel of the Fates," nothing to stick in the skull like "Darth Vader's Theme" or the music heard during the chase through the asteroids in Empire Strikes Back.

    The only other bit of color in the soundtrack was "Augie's Great Municipal Band," which mixes calypso police whistles with a digeree-doo (sp?) and children's voices singing glossolalia in the background. Intriguing, and typical of Williams' great efforts at conjuring up interesting "alien" music using unusual instruments.

    And when you get right down to it, I still missed hearing the Star Wars key signature, which only appears only once, during track 11, around 2:33.

    1-0 out of 5 stars George Luca$- Evil Bad Man
    The release of this soundtrack is proof positive that luca$ has been relegated to a plaid-wearing toy salesman. Released 2 months before the highly-anticipated movie's release, i went to my local music store to buy it. I was a big fan of star wars at the time, and had been devotedly avoiding any press or previews from episode 1, wishing to preserve a certain ignorance for episode 1. After plopping down the $20 on the soundtrack- i read the track listing on the way to my car. Did anyone else notice how almost every track name is a total spoiler? You don't release a soundtrack 2 months before possibly the most anticipated movie of all time and ruin the 'plot' with the Soundtrack. There ISNT a worse business move that could possibly exist. That utter act of disrespect to george luca$' fans is exactly the reason every man woman and child in america should boycott that wanna be rancher. Thanks George lucas for ruining star wars. and for being so money hungry and inconsiderate that you ruined it for a once-true-fan before the lousy movie even came out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Vintage John Williams
    I bet John Williams loves doing Star Wars music. Here is a man who is one of the greatest composers alive. He's got the Oscars and the nominations to prove he's no fluke. Not to mention the record sales. When Williams is asked to do a Star Wars film the music is already basicly in place.

    The music of Star Wars is fantastic. This soundtrack contains most of your favorite songs from the early films and has a couple of new ones that I think Williams and Star Wars fans will enjoy.

    "Duel of Fates" is the best track on the soundtrack. Williams has really outdone himself with this song. I love the chorus in the background. They add a different demension to the song. The trumpets are absolutely fantastic. I play the trumpet and this is a trumpet players dream. The melodoy to the song is great and I have to give props to the London Symphony Orchestra.

    This is a good album. I don't think it's as good as the early films or episode II, but I'm glad I own it. Fans of Star Wars will enjoy it, so will fans of John Williams. People who like classical music will also get a kick out of this one. You'll like it. Trust me. ... Read more

    8. Meet Joe Black: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite soundtrack!
    While waiting for the video of Meet Joe Black to come out, I bought the soundtrack on a whim, and I am so glad I did! The music is so beautiful and completely takes me back to the film. I can't help but visualize the corresponding part of the movie when I hear each song. The first time I listened to "Someone Else" and "That Other Place", I started crying, but since then I've trained myself to think of the happy aspects of the film and not well up. My one complaint is that many of the songs (especially "Peanut Butter Man" and "5th Avenue") are much too short. The final song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World", blends both songs together well and is a perfect finale for the soundtrack and the film. I highly recommend this soundtrack to anyone who appreciates beautiful music!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly a masterpiece
    I am an avid fan of movie scores and soundtracks, and the "Meet Joe Black" soundtrack truly is one of my all-time favorites. The music itself seems to tell the story, it is that powerful. The depth and intensity of "That Next Place" are unparalleled. The use of "What a Wonderful World" also evokes the feelings of nostalgia and truly exemplifies what is occurring on screen all the more. The final track by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole is enough to buy the cd as it is an indescribable work of art. It fits so well to the movie and the rest of the soundtrack. Even if you are not a fan of listening to classical music, I guarantee you will enjoy listening to this cd as it not only takes you back to the movie, but will evoke emotions in you as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional
    I never write reviews, but this CD is so captivating, so beautifully orchestrated, and so memorable, I simply had to
    add my name to those who already gave it a five star rating.
    I love soundtracks, but very often, you have a select favorite or two, and endure the rest. Not so with this track - truly extraordinary from beginning to end.,

    5-0 out of 5 stars A little-known gem in the Thomas Newman catalog
    The score for "Meet Joe Black" is a perfect example of why Thomas Newman is one of my favorite composers. It lacks the high profile of some of the other movies he has composed for, such as "Finding Nemo" or "American Beauty," but it is one of Newman's shining moments, and one of the favorite soundtracks in my collection, by any composer.

    Filled with music expressing gentle beauty, classic drama, and even a sense of wonder, this is a great CD to play when you want to relax. More than that, however, it is deeply moving and highly evocative of the emotions of the heady film.

    "Meet Joe Black" is a movie of subtlety, but when it comes down to it, it never flinches from expressing deep and honest feeling. The music goes a long way towards helping it toward that goal, as it also never fails to convey feeling to the audience in Newman's signature style.

    Newman is a highly adaptable and original composer, and while his style is often recognizable, it is always tailored well to the specific themes of the film. In this case, Newman eschews his use of modern ambient sounds and backgrounds and instead opts for powerful brass arrangements and a rich background of strings prevalent throughout. It's a classic musical treatment for a film which hearkens back to the era when films were more honest and less flashy than they are today.

    Other than Newman's music, which is enough in itself to recommend the score highly, the special treat on the soundtrack of "Meet Joe Black" comes at the end: a medley of "What a Wonderful World" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sung by the late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Regular watchers of the television show "E.R." will recognize this song from Mark Green's final episode on the show. It's an absolutely beautiful song, and the perfect coda for this album of lovely music.

    The music for "Meet Joe Black" is perfectly-suited to the film, but it is also a joy to listen to on its own. It is as near to a perfect movie score as I've ever had the pleasure to listen to, and it has my highest possible recommendation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning
    Stunning... elegant... a masterpiece! After purchasing this CD and listening to it for the first time, I scoured the music world for more of Thomas Newman's music, but none of his other work came close to this. ... Read more

    9. French Kiss: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Music for the Movie in My Head
    I never saw the movie--my best friend, a major movie-holic, lent me the CD, saying she thought I'd like it. Was she right! I must've listened to it 100 times before I finally gave it back to her and now it's on my wish list (Clio, are you reading this?). If nobody gives to me for Xmas, I'll buy it myself. It is just great movie music that evokes so many feelings, and you never get tired of listening to it. It would be hard to pick a favorite track, but I love "Someone Like You" (my previous opinion of Van Morrison was, "wow, what a troll," but now I have to say if a guy who looked like that wrote a song like that about me, I'd fall in love with him anyway); "Les Yeux Ouverts" (nice, relaxed French groove); "I Want You" (I could fall in love to this one too); "La Mer" (surprisingly, Kevin Klein can carry a tune, and the arrangement and the song suit his voice very well, making the thing a nice little package); and "I Love Paris" (kicky and fun). Jeez, that's just about the whole CD! I recommend this to anybody. It's just good music with a nice French feeling to it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this, and I never buy movie soundtracks!
    Every time I see this movie with someone and we get as far as the scene where Kevin Kline is stealing a car, and "Les yeux de ton pere" starts up, they inevitably say, "I HAVE to get this soundtrack!"

    My sentiments exactly. I've always said the soundtrack to this movie is worth the price of admission just by itself--there's something for everyone on there (REALLY varied and eclectic), but it's all centered around that basic French feel. I can't even single out a favorite song, they're all so outstanding (and different!) it's hard to compare. Honestly, the album's opened up new musical tastes for me--The Beautiful South, Zucchero, even Bobby Darin!

    Simply put, it's a great collection of songs. If you like fun, romantic music, this is for you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Soundtrack!
    French Kiss is a good movie and this soundtrack is great, all of the songs are nice but my favorites are Yeux Ouverts, La Vie en Rose, La Mer, I Love Paris and Someone Like You. One of my favorite songs is Dream a Little Dream of me sung by Cass Elliot and Yeux Ouverts by The Beautiful South is the French Version, and La Mer which Kevin Kline sings in French also has an English language version which is Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin. La vie en Rose is a beautiful song and on this CD is the English language version by the great Louis Armstrong but it would have been nice if they had also included a French language version of this song and it would have been nice if they had included Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin along with La Mer but this is a good soundtrack and I'm glad that I bought it and I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seafood Plate...
    Loved the movie and I love every song on this soundtrack. Takes me to France each time I put it on. Oui!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very evocative, sentimental music
    This is one of the best movie soundtracks that I have ever listened to . All the songs, evoke different feelings of melancholy, joy and happiness.

    Listening to the CD, evoked such a good sense of well-being and of being loved, not just by a significant other but just knowing how it feels to have someone care about you or how you feel when you care about someone.

    I borrowed the CD from a friend because I had listened to La Mer and liked it. Thank you DEFB. After watching the movie and listening to the entire CD afterwards, I knew that I had to add this to my collection. The CD marries well with the movie. It reinforces all those feelings of unselfish love, sacrifice and caring that I got from the movie. ... Read more

    10. Top Gun Soundtrack
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous songs from a fabulous movie
    Kenny Loggins and company done good on this soundtrack from the 1980's blockbuster movie. The music, so essential to the film, stands alone very well as a soundtrack and is a classic collection.

    Loggins two contributions are among the best on the album. You can almost see the F-14's taking off from the carrier during the opening song "Danger Zone", or Tom Cruise swatting the volleyball on "Playing with the Boys". Berlin adds the love theme with the beautiful "Take My Breath Away", and Cheap Trick scores big with "Mighty Wings". Also included on the extended soundtrack are several songs that were vital to the progression of the film, yet not included on the original soundtrack such as Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay", Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire", and "You've Lost that Loving Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers. Their additions rights a serious ommission and completes the soundtrack.

    The remastering really does justice to the songs, and this compilation of great music is complemented by extended liner notes featuring extra photographs and all of the lyrics. (gotta love the extras). All told this is a great collection of rock songs, and a must have soundtrack.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 1986!
    On this soundtrack album to what is Tom Cruise's third starring film and first blockbuster,is,on my CD copy,the original 10-track line-up. It begins with DANGER ZONE,Kenny Loggins' first megahit since 1984's FOOTLOOSE,from the soundtrack album of the same title. He also performs PLAYING WITH THE BOYS. Cheap Trick performs MIGHTY WINGS. Lovergirl Teena Marie performs LEAD ME ON which rocks hard. The love theme performed by Berlin is TAKE MY BREATH AWAY. HOT SUMMER NIGHTS,performed by Miami Sound Machine,sounds cool. Another love song,this one a powerful ballad,is HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES,performed by Loverboy. That would make an excellent title for a cotillion or prom. THROUGH THE FIRE was performed by the almost unknown Larry Greene. Marietta,another almost unknown artist,performs DESTINATION UNKNOWN,not to be confused with the song recorded by Missing Persons. The TOP GUN ANTHEM is an instrumental piece recorded by Harold Faltermeyer,who wrote music for the "Beverly Hills Cop" trilogy,and Steve Stevens.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Top Gun Soundtrack-Top Knoch
    If you love movie soundtracks of the 80's to early 90's this is definantly a must own...This is one of those cd's where you can listen through without having to skip over songs. This soundtrack is great, a few ballads with alot of uptempo songs it has a nice balance to it. Great pop from the 80's for sure...Don't wait any longer to purchase this item this soundtrack is a classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    I love every song on this soundtrack ,especially the Top Gun Anthem. It is a great piece of music, and I'm glad it's on the CD. Some of these songs aren't that popular, but once you hear the CD a few times you should love it. Most of these songs carry so much energy, it makes you feel like you are in the movie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have
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    11. Footloose (1984 Film)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect 80's soundtrack!
    Wow, does this music bring back great memories! I loved the movie then and I love it now...what really makes it sparkle is the music that accompanies it. The soundtrack king of the 80's, Kenny Loggins is at his best on the title track, "Footloose," and almost tops it on "I'm Free." Throw in a little Deniece Williams, Bonnie Tyler, Sammy Hagar, and Shalamar, and you have a recipe for 80's greatness! The 2 ballads "Almost Paradise" by Mike Reno of Loverboy and Ann Wilson of Heart, and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" by Foreigner took me back to the gym during school dances when I was a total wallflower and watched the boys I had crushes on dancing with someone else <>. The 4 bonus tracks don't hurt either! I had forgotten about the glam rock classic "Bang Your Head" by Quiet Riot and had a little chuckle when it started playing. Those were the days! If you are an 80's lover like me, then do yourself a favor and indulge yourself in this CD - trust me you won't regret it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Footloose And Fancy Free
    This is the quintessential soundtrack to the 1980's and contains signature tunes that covers a wide varied of genres from a varied group of artists that appeared on the multiplatinum soundtrack. Kenny Loggins is represented with the energetic title track, which quickly shot to #1 on the charts, quite impressive for one of his first forays into rock and roll. "I'm Free" is equally as good, bursting with energetic, feel good rifts.

    On the R&B front, the collection contains the consummate dance number "Let's Hear It From The Boy," from Denise Williams and "Dancing In The Sheets" from Shalamar (the remastered updated 2000 version contains an extended dance remix of the song as well)

    Hot on the heels of her classic epic "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," Welch singer Bonnie Tyler gives her trademark raspy, energetic, and emotional performance on "Holding Out For A Hero." Sammy Hagar, who fronted the group Van Halen in the mid '80's, rocks with "The Girl Gets Around."

    The most exceptional ballad featured in the movie is the union between Ann Wilson (of Heart) and Mike Reno (of Loverboy). "Almost Paradise" is the beautiful love theme from the movie that is a modern contemporary classic. Singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff's "Somebody's Eyes" shines with her crystalline vocals. The original collection closes with Moving Pictures' moving ballad, "Never."

    The extended CD contains some notable bonus tracks that appeared in the film..."Hurts So Good" is a classic rocker that was a breakout making John Cougar a household name. "Waiting For A Girl Like You," from Foreigner is a welcomed edition to the collection. (That track was #2 on the pop charts an unprecidented 10 weeks!) Heavy metal's Quiet Riot perform the title track to their platinum 1982 album "Mental Health."

    A worthwhile eclectic mix of dance, rock and roll, pop, adult contemporary styles...Footloose is a fun and energetic collection that will make you want to get up and dance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An album featuring Footloose dudes and babes!
    I once had an LP copy and I now have a CD copy,which is the original track line-up,the first 9 tracks. The title track was a major hit for Kenny Loggins who also performs I'M FREE(HEAVEN HELPS THE MAN). LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY was a hit for Deniece Williams. Williams had a hit with Johnny Mathis entitled TOO MUCH,TOO LITTLE,TOO LATE. ALMOST PARADISE,the love theme,is a blend of Loverboy and Heart,performed by the bands' respective frontmen,Mike Reno and Ann Wilson. HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO was another hit for Bonnie Tyler who had two previous hits,IT'S A HEARTACHE and TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART. DANCING IN THE SHEETS was a hit for Shalamar who had a hit in '79 entitled THE SECOND TIME AROUND. SOMEBODY'S EYES was Karla Bonoff's second hit,her first being PERSONALLY in '82. Pre-Van Halen Sammy Hagar performs THE GIRL GETS AROUND. NEVER,performed by Moving Pictures is an OK tune. Unbelievably,tracks 1-7 were all hits. Another album sharing that distinction(7 of 9 tracks) is Michael Jackson's THRILLER album.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Footloose Original Soundtrack
    If you liked the movie Footloose, you'll love this CD. It has all the original tracks from the movie. I rate this CD at a 5 on a 1 to 5 rating.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pass the "Bacon".
    This isn't just a near perfect movie and soundtrack, but it's also practically a best of the 80's collection by itself. I'd say that nine of these songs were popular around the year this came out. Not only does it include the huge hit's "Footloose", "Almost Paradise (love theme)", and "Holding Out for A Hero", but "Let's Hear It For The Boy", "Dancing In The Sheets", and "I'm Free (heaven helps the man)" were big as well. Plus this remastered edition adds "Quiet Riot", "Foreigner", and "Mellencamp". Even the songs I didn't mention are a big part of the film. This CD is an instant party. Buy it now and get ready to cut loose. ... Read more

    12. Braveheart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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    A 1996 Academy Award nominee for Best Dramatic Score, Braveheart is one of composer James (Titanic) Horner's most accomplished works. Utilizing the full range of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Choristers of Westminster Abbey, and a small ensemble of traditional folk instrumentalists, Horner largely eschews the bombast typical of the genre and cuts a more emotionally complex--and satisfying--musical course through this 14th-century tale of betrayal and rebellion. This album presents ample evidence of why Horner is currently at the peak of his profession. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient and moving score
    There are some movies which are simply musical gold mines. For the most part, these tend to be historical or epic movies like Ben Hur or Gone With the Wind. And certainly Mel Gibson's Braveheart presented such a golden opportunity to composer James Horner. Fortunately, Horner turned out to be excellent at mining the gold from this musical mine.

    From the opening track, the discerning listener will understand that Horner is trying to produce a romantic, melancholy, and almost mystical atmosphere. The strings intertwine to create a sense that this legendary story of honor and freedom is being lifted out of an ancient mist. Then the mystic drone of the bagpipe is heard, and it is at this point that anyone with a true soul begins to break down. It is very rare that music can really touch the soul; it is even rarer for a soundtrack to do so. For all its greatness, a John Williams score is generally too boisterous to pierce to the heart. But Horner knows not only how to excite the senses with the drumbeats and battle-horns of war, but also how to arouse the long-forgotten desire to live a legend. In the end, it is very hard to resist the desire to don a kilt and rush, sword drawn, at some modern-day tyrant.

    In this way, Horner's Braveheart is a masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars James Horner Fan For Life!!
    I cant remember when I actually became a James Horner fan...probably when Legends of the Fall came out. What a talent this man is! He composes the most incredible music for films - A Beautiful Mind,Land Before Time,Man without a Face (another Mel Gibson movie and FANTASTIC SCORE...the end credits to that movie is superb!)Lately I've been listening to his work from the movie "Iris"...again another great score.This man is just infallible when it comes to composing i tell favorites off that score would be track 1,3 and 6. But in my opinion nothing is as great as his work he's done on Braveheart. My favorites off of the Braveheart score would have to be 6,9,11,16,17,and 18. Why not just say the whole album?!?! Haha. This is such an inspirational score being a composer myself. James has been one of my great sorces of inspiration for me. I wish I could tell him just how much his music has ment to me and has encouraged me over the years. Braveheart is an amazing movie but I think wouldnt have been as perfect if it wasnt for the incredible music accompanying it. Theres just no other that can top this soundtrack in my opinion...its just simply wonderful/perfect/beautiful/flawless!

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Soundtracks
    Listening to the soundtrack of 'Braveheart' regularly has made me realize just how powerful music can make a film. I firmly believe that Braveheart would not have been as great a movie were it not for James Horner's music.

    This is a very moving soundtrack. While there is a common musical theme/or sound that runs through the entire soundtrack (which is typical of movie soundtracks), Horner's imagination gives each song a new twist, added verse, or slightly different melody that keeps the listener's attention. Moreover, I love the sound of bagpipes (despite the fact that I come from a Welsh background) ; )

    The tracks themselves have many various textures from smooth melodious flowing music to gruff, fully orchestrated pieces that rattle your player until there is an abrupt stop in the music and you are left wanting more. The feeling of the movie definitely comes out in the music.

    Having been an avid soundtrack collector for over 20 years now, I can safely say that this is one of the best sountracks out there. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best James Horner Score
    After Horner wrote this score, he was content to copy from it in ensuing movies (such as Courage Under Fire). He even re-used the "ground breaking" melodic bagpipes in Titanic, to admittedly great effect.

    One of my favorite scores, favorite composers, and favorite movies.

    I also recommend Horner's Field of Dreams and Apollo 13 scores.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love the bagpipes!
    This soundtrack is by far my favorite of any that I own. I listen to it practically everyday, and in every aspect it is perfect. It fits the movie perfectly, and it stands on its own as a tribute to traditional, moving celtic music. James Horner is an amazing composer, and this soundtrack will move you with such stirring tracks as "Freedom/The Execution/Bannockburn" and will have you waiting for more after the final track. This is a definite must-have for any movie lover, or lover of just plain beautiful music. ... Read more

    13. Annie (Original 1982 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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    This soundtrack pales, GREATLY pales, against both the 1999 Disney movie soundtrack and the 1977 Broadway cast. John Huston was the WRONG choice as director, Al Finney as Warbucks can barely sing and why did Houston & the producers dump such winning songs as "NYC," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "You Won't Be an Orphan for Long" "Something Was Missing" & "Annie", only to replace them with murch worse songs like "Sign," "Dumb Dog" "We Got Annie" "Sandy" & "Let's Go to the Movies"? UGH! Avoid buying this cd soundtrack & the movie video at all costs. Go out instead & buy the video to the 1999 Disney TV movie. A MUCH better choice...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack for Young AND Old
    I have watched this movie since it came out in 1982, and everytime I see it I love it more. Aileen Quinn has alot of takes alot of guts to not only act, but to sing too, at the young age she was. The casting couldn't have been any better. I couldn't imagine ANYONE else trying to be like Albert Finney or Carol Burnett. I think the Disney version was a waste of money (JO-COCO). I couldn't even stand to watch it because it ruined "Annie". The acting and the music was AWEFUL. Stick to the original, it will have you humming the tunes long after the movie is over, and the soundtrack is well worth it- for the young or old!

    4-0 out of 5 stars good soundtrack; bad movie
    Apart from having some fabulous dyed-in-the-wool Broadway talents among its cast, the dreadful 1982 film of ANNIE is a complete abomination. John Huston clearly had no idea of the original stage version and its quiet charms. The only saving grace for the film was the wonderful cast assembled for it: Carol Burnett (ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, FADE OUT-FADE IN) as the addled orphanage mistress Miss Hannigan, Tim Curry (THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW) as Rooster, Bernadette Peters (INTO THE WOODS, GYPSY, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE) as Lily St. Regis, and Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks. Aileen Quinn won the coveted lead role (she was a 'Swing Orphan' during the Broadway run of ANNIE). The orchestrations were handled by Ralph Burns, who managed to retain the energy and oomph that the score had enjoyed on stage. Brand-new numbers written for the film version include "Sign", a comical duet where Miss Hannigan attempts to seduce Mr Warbucks, the truly inane "Dumb Dog" (was ever a song more appropriately named?), "Let's Go to the Movies" (which replaced "NYC"). "We Got Annie" was originally written for the stage but was dropped prior to Broadway. The soundtrack of ANNIE is quite fine however, though the film leaves a lot to be desired. Stick to the 1999 Disney-ABC version instead.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as sharp as the Broadway version
    First of all, the score is brilliant. Charles Strouse is a mastermind of melodies (Bye Bye Birdie, another example...) and he caputred some of the 30s feel here. The people that are writing in with bad reviews are morons who heard Jay Z's sample of "Hard-Knocked Life" and for some stupid reason bought this soundtrack thinking it would be beats. Jay Z is probably one of the most talented rappers out there but maybe he's a bit too sophisticated for his dumb-ass audience.

    With the exception of "Hard-Knocked Life", the original Broadway musical is a better rendition. They added some songs for the movie which are relatively forgettable...I don't know if Strouse was involved in that.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Annie stinks!!!!
    do not buy this cd. all of the songs stink and are boring. when i listened to this cd, i threw up. If you want to buy a cd, I would recommend "Confessions" by Usher, or one of Eminems many great cds.

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    14. Really Rosie (1975 Television Special)
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    Carole King's 11 songs for the Really Rosie TV special (it originally aired in1975) came from characters found in Maurice Sendak's books The Sign on Rosie'sDoor and Nutshell Library, but it can easily be argued that the charactersnever really lived until given voice by King. Ostensibly the story of Rosie--a little girlfrom Avenue P, who, dontcha know, is a star just waiting to be discovered--there areother delightful characters here, including Johnny ("who lived by himself and liked it likethat!") and Pierre (who learns to care after being eaten by a lion). There are also a coupleof straight-up educational songs: one an alphabet song (the wonderfully alliterative"Alligators All Around"), the other a calendar song ("Chicken Soup with Rice"). Greatmusic that's delightful for children and parents alike, Really Rosie remains a familyfavorite for all the right reasons. --Randy Silver --This text refers to the Audio CDedition. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC for young and old alike
    This is bar none the best children's sing along soundtrack around. I first enjoyed this as a child in the seventies, then purchased it for my class of pre-schoolers in the nineties who loved singing along and learning their ABC's and seasons with tunes like Chicken Soup With Rice and Aligators All Around. Now in the 21st Century, I've bought both the video and the cd for my young daughter and she is sure to grow up loving the tunes. It's amazing how I recalled every word of songs like Pierre and One Was Johnny after so many years! Ms. King's voice lends itself perfectly to the sweet melodies of this soundtrack, and adults will love singing along as each song tells a story about Rosie and her bunch of friends and the lessons they learn. I recommend also buying the video if you can find it, and sharing this one with all the kids in your life. This one stayed with me from childhood to adulthood.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tears to my eyes
    I've always had fond memories of the music from this animated tv special. It first showed when I was about 13 and was geared toward younger children, but my mother and I immediately fell in love with Rosie as brought to life by Carole King. The songs have been on my mind ever since, but it never occurred to me to look for the soundtrack. By chance, I found it yesterday in an educational supplies store and bought it immediately for my daughter, Samantha. Samantha has always reminded me of Rosie because of her outgoing, flamboyant and theatrical personality. When we listened to it together, the words, music and memories came flooding back and overwhelmed me. It is all I remember and more. Samantha and I both have the same favorites, "Pierre" and "Chicken Soup With Rice." I told Mom about finding it and she can't wait to come over and listem with Samantha and me. Any child and parent will immediately fall in love with the catchy, easy to remember songs in this collection. Now if I can only find the video.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Childhood Memories
    I saw the original broadcast of this when I was only 6 years old.

    My parents bought me the album - and I listened to it, until it just completely wore out.

    We bought a Maurice Sendek video over the weekend...I cried when I realized how many songs I remembered. Went looking for this - it's been a quest for 4 years to find the CD...WOW.

    I'm tickled ROSIE!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Memories Galore
    When I was a kid I had this album. I found it again on cassette probably 15 years ago now. It's finally available on CD and I can't wait to get my hands on it. The music is perfect for kids but mature enough that adults enjoy it too. I can listen to these songs over and over again and I still love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 1975
    What happens when Carole King gets together with Maurice Sendack? Pure fun and magic! The cartoon is a gem, but the music really brings out the kids of Avenue P. "One Was Johnny" "Chicken Soup" "Screamin & Yellin" are all treats but the real classic here is "Avenue P." Though never originally included in the cartoon (the last half of the album isn't), teh song paints a picture of a little girl's longing and dreams while being trapped in a small town. I also have to give a special shout to "Awful Truth" where Rosie envisions herself married to Dracula and dining on rats and mush made of bats! Makes no sense, nor does ending the song with dogs barking but you gotta love it! ... Read more

    15. Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture
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    Dick Dale's surf-guitar provided the memorable title theme("Misirlou"), for Quentin Tarantino's 1994 smash, and although thatsound runs throughout the soundtrack (along with bits and pieces of dialog fromthe movie), this is a pretty eclectic bunch of really terrific songs.I don'tknow how it all manages to hang together, but it does (you might say the samefor the interwoven stories in the movie).Where else are you going to findChuck Berry, Maria McKee, Al Green, The Statler Brothers, Kool & the Gang, UrgeOverkill (singing a Neil Diamond ballad!), Ricky Nelson, Dusty Springfield, andthe Tornadoes (among others) one album? McKee's beautiful "If Love is a RedDress (Hang Me in Rags)" is a standout, partly because it's less familiar.One of the few soundtracks of the '90s that went into the CD player and stayedthere for weeks and months thereafter. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Love the film, love the music, don't love how it's organized
    I absolutely love the music from "Pulp Fiction." Many of the songs feel so integral to the scenes, such as Bruce Willis singing along to "Flowers on the Wall," just before he runs into the very man he desperately needs to avoid. Hearing Dick Dale's surf-music theme "Misirlou" puts me instantly in the mood to see the movie again, no matter how recently I just watched it. Urge Overkill's rendition of "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" was phenomenally paired with Uma Thurman's experiments with John Travolta's heroin.

    But as much as I love the movie and the music, this collection leaves something to be desired. The "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack contains an interesting mix of lots of fun songs, and is fun to listen to. I would give the collection of music 5 stars, and the organization of the CD (discussed below) 1 star--hence my 4-star compromise.

    My biggest objection is that the dialogue snippets just interrupt the flow of the CD. And some of the dialogue selections, in my book, aren't even the most memorable exchanges in the movie. For instance, instead of giving us Samuel L. Jackson's wonderful "Say 'WHAT?' again" exchange before blasting his victim, we get the Jack Rabbit Slim's rather inane dance competition introduction. The Royale with Cheese and the discussion about eating pork work fine. The "Zed's Dead, Baby" discussion, while enjoyable in the movie, doesn't work as well when cut out of context. In reality, if the producers of the soundtrack wanted to include movie dialogue, they could have included the Ezekiel quote at the beginning on the soundtrack, and then left off the rest.

    Don't get me wrong. I have enjoyed ways that other soundtracks departed from being a strictly musical experience. Emma Thompson's reading of "Sigh No More" on the "Much Ado About Nothing" soundtrack really sets the tone for the soundtrack, and coming at the beginning of the CD, does not detract from the music.

    My other dislike about the soundtrack is that the songs do not appear in the same sequence as in the movie. They aren't chronological for the "true" order of events (as opposed to the sequence-switching that Tarantino did). For me, a movie soundtrack should be a mini experience of the movie. The songs on the soundtrack appear in no discernable order. The organization does not even work aesthetically.

    If you have a CD player that enables programming your preferences for a particular CD, however, all of these objections could be resolved. You could omit the excess dialogue and re-order the music in a more appealing sequence.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack to a great movie
    The soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's breakthrough movie Pulp Fiction is arguably one of the best soundtrack albums you'll ever hear. Like Tarantino's other movie soundtracks like Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, it combines a few great songs that were past hits with tracks that most music listeners have never heard before. Unlike those soundtracks, Pulp Fiction is great from beginning to end with the more obscure tracks being arguably better than the more established songs.

    All of the tracks here that were past hits are very strong. Kool & The Gang's "Jungle Boogie" is one of the best funk jams from the '70s. Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" is '70s soul at its best. Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell", Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man", Ricky Nelson's "Lonesome Town", and the Statler Brothers' "Flowers On The Wall" with its catchy chorus are also great tracks. Any movie soundtrack containing these tracks would be pretty good. But what really puts this album over the top are the more obscure tracks or "deep cuts." Dick Dale's "Misirlou" is a killer track that resurrected the surf guitar king's career. Urge Overkill's version of Neil Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" is an outstanding track which is even better than the original. The tracks "Bustin' Surfboards" and "Surf Rider" are also great. But it's the somber acoustic track "If Love Is A Red Dress" with Maria McKee's fantastic vocal performace and whistling hook that steals the show. The snippets from the movie are some of its best moments, especially "Royale With Cheese" and Samuel Jackson's closing "Ezekiel 25:17." The tracks are also sequenced very well, never putting songs from the same genre or mood together. All told, this is a great soundtrack to what was arguably one of the best movies of the '90s. Highly recommended.

    1-0 out of 5 stars OK movie, awful soundtrack.
    The movie itself was ok, but I hate the soundtrack. Why have music so alien and stupid on it? I don't expect Tarantino to put RATM and Biohazard on it, but put on music thats much better than this like Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure fun, and the snippets of dialogue are a plus
    Few directors have as good an ear for the music to put to their films as does Quentin Tarantino. Martin Scorsese definitely is in the same league, but for so many films Q.T. has it down and Pulp Fiction is perhaps the best of the lot. Just look at the playlist and you'll see how these songs range from the quirky to the funky to the moody to out and out intrigue, just like the film. And the dialogue sprinkled throughout sort of inverts the roles: it's as if the movie is backdrop for the soundtrack. This is a great assembly of songs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You'll recognise every track on this CD . . .
    Oh well, nearly every track. I recognise about half of the tracks on this.

    There's lots of snippets of dialogue from the movie to start some of the tracks, so you know exactly where they appear in the movie. However, only a couple of these tracks are introduced like this - those being "Misirlou"; "Bullwinkle Part II"; "You Never Can Tell"; and "Comanche". Personally, I couldn't recognise these tracks by THOSE names if I tried - but if I were to tell you: "Pumpkin & Honey Bunny"; "Royale With Cheese"; "Zed's Dead, Baby"; "Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest"; and "Bring Out The Gimp, then you're clicking your fingers in recognition right? (Every one but the last one!) Some of the dialogue snippets are pretty much pointless. They need to be short and quick, and some of them are just too long, and you're desperate for the music to start playing.

    For anyone who would like to hear Samuel L. Jackson's infamous quote, just before he's going to kill someone, the last track of this is a must for you! (Ezekiel 25:17) Go ahead and learn it off by heart, and then you can spout it to anyone you wish - and scare them witless.

    One of the greatest songs on this has to be "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. This was also featured in Down To You, but ISN'T for some strange reason on the soundtrack to that. (The song that Julia Stiles sings to Freddie Prinz Jnr in the college room)

    I was not expecting to find a song by Maria McKee on this! But as with most soundtracks, there is normally a whole mixture of tunes thrown haphazardly in and normally none of them will match!

    A great soundtrack to match a great film, and is a definite must-have for any soundtrack fan, or anyone who can't find certain songs on any other CD - this will have them. ... Read more

    16. Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain"
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    Maybe this music by Prince & the Revolution will never quite sound as,well, revolutionary as it did in 1984 (and nothing else has ever sounded like the extraordinary cooing and fluttering of "When DovesCry"), but it's a pop landmark in Prince's Artist-ic career. The hit moviewas really just a big-screen showcase for Prince to perform these songs (some ofthem in tear-the-roof-off "live" versions set in a Minneapolis club). I don't know why that warped sermonette introduces "Let's Go Crazy"(one thing you've got to love about Prince: he's always been weird), but somehowI'm glad it's there. Other highlights include the sexual scorcher "DarlingNikki" (with its crazy backwards coda) and that anthemic title tune. Don'tyou miss Wendy and Lisa, too? --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Let's Go Crazy And Let's Get Nuts"- One Of Prince's Best!
    After Prince went forward and made a major breakthrough with 1982's "1999" that spawned the hit singles "Little Red Corvette" and the dance-pop hit, "1999", Prince and his new band the Revolution began to write music for the album that made him a superstar called "Purple Rain". "Purple Rain" was the first album to be credited to the Revolution that featured longtime keyboardist Matt Fink, drummer Bobby Z, bassist Brown Mark, and the fabulous female duo of guitarist/vocalist Wendy Melvoin and keyboardist/vocalist Lisa Coleman. While Prince strays away from his R&B roots in favor of more pop-oriented styles, that doesn't mean he turned his back on soul music since a lot of the album carries soulful elements. Though the soul is still on Prince's mind, he mixes it up with dashes of metal, new wave, pop, and even some traces of psychedelia. "Purple Rain" was the one that helped launch Prince into superstardom. The album opens up with the rocking, "Let's Go Crazy". As Lisa Coleman's wailing organ and Prince's gospel-like sermon ends, Bobby Z's rhythmic elctric drum tracks comes with metal-blazing guitar riffs and wailing keyboards. Then, there are the puncy bass lines that come in. Next, there is the smooth and psychedelic tune, "Take Me With U", as it opens with the mid-tempo bass drums and the melodic synthesizers that are accompanied by the pounding bass lines. It's a beautiful duet with the Purple Rain movie co-star, Apollonia. The strings are just wonderful. "The Beautiful Ones" is a great R&B-like ballad, which has some great drum work by Bobby Z and Matt Fink's piano and organ-sounding synthesizers are lushy, as well as, great. The tune is about how beautiful women aren't always happy. "Computer Blue" is a funky, pop tune, which is very hard-pounding. The guitar-work and strong backbeat percussion is breathtaking. "Darling Nikki" totally sounds like something from his 1980 album, "Dirty Mind". The song is all about eroticism. The tune has some killer, blazing metal guitars. "When Doves Cry" is probably Prince's greatest song ever. It went #1 on the charts and stayed there for six weeks. The song doesn't have any bass included, it just has percussion, keyboards, and guitars. "I Would Die 4 U" is a up-tempo tune with some great, energetic synthesizer work. "Baby I'm A Star" is a funky, dance-pop song with Prince saying that he doesn't want to stop being a star, until he reaches the top. The spritual-like "Purple Rain", has to be one of the best compositions Prince has done. The song has some well-focused instrumentation in it. It has a beautiful fusion of guitar, cello, violin, drums, and strings. The album, itself, is a major classic. Every song on here are probably Prince's best performances ever. His 1982 album, "1999" might've introduced Prince to pop music, but "Purple Rain" was the one that kept the monumental going. It was the album that took pop music to a whole new horizon. "Purple Rain" is truly a pop landmark. The disc will never leave your CD player, trust me. A+

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gee,What A Toughy!
    How do I review an unimpeachable classic?Well lets take a
    look at the artists past.Prince had previously been known for
    producing his own varried,minimalist elecrto-funk/rock with
    overt erotic/political lyrics,even on "1999".But on "Purple Rain"
    Prince allows the mass public to enjoy and/or get into his music
    without losing his artistic integrity.Side 1 is pretty seamless-
    the opening rocker "Let's Go Crazy" and his Apollonia duet in
    "Take Me With U" and his unique electro-funk jam "Computer Blue".
    The live' Darling Nikky" may delve into the lust of yore but
    then you get "When Doves Cry"-simply put the greatest pop creation without a bassline.The intense "I Would Die 4U" doesn't
    go very far in it's magnifisance while "Baby,I'm A Star" leads
    the Revolution through a major-legue workout.Then theres the
    closing tital cut,a brilliant,catchy hard rock ballad that serves
    to sum up the overall albums culmination of soul,funk,pop and rock of the past 25 years before this.Black aand white musicians
    of all those genres have attempted to do the same thing with
    popular music but largly without the multitalented capabilities
    of Prince never quite achieved the same feel or results.Unlike
    the movie,the "Purple Rain" album is simply breathtaking!

    4-0 out of 5 stars No "Sex Shooter" on this soundtrack
    Some labels just have a habit of excluding certain song(s) off movie soundtracks. There are some songs or instrumental beats in a movie that a person may love and hence purchase the soundtrack not for the heck of it but because of that song(s). But leave it to Prince to exclude Apollonia's "Sex Shooter" and the beautiful piano arrangement/piece whatever you want to call it, which was played by his "on-screen" father on the piano. But hey, you can't win 'em all. However, the soundtrack is delicious. Prince is sexy and the lyrics are orgasmic---apps~

    5-0 out of 5 stars Memories
    This CD brings back so many memories of 1984-I was staioned overseas in the military that year, and those were some great times. Lots of partying, and the music from this CD takes me back to that period . '84 was a long year with many ups and downs, and Purple Rain reminds me of those times. This is a great additon to my '80s collection, along with Hall and Oates, Billy Ocean, Madonna, Def Leopard, Teena Marie and scores of others. This, IMO, is Prince's best work EVER..a must have for any pop music fan..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wah-Hoo!
    This is one of my favorite records now and when it came out. Prince is a great singer/songwriter, one of the world's best, if I may say so myself. This was Prince's highest selling album, and I can see why. While some other of Prince's releases may seem not my style, this one shows that Prince is one of pop/rock's greatest stars. Adding equal amounts of pop, rock, and funk, Prince shows off his talent. Although this record may seem extremely 80's at first listen, it really is one of those timeless ones, like the Beatles 'Revolver' or Ratt's 'Out Of The Cellar'. ... Read more

    17. Labyrinth: From The Original Soundtrack Of The Jim Henson Film
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Does Jim Henson ever go wrong?
    Labrynth, besides being one of the best sci-fi movies, also has an amazing soundtrack. David Bowie, makes it was it is. The instrumentals are beautiful, and the lyrics are great. If you have ever seen the movie you know that "The Magic Dance", is one of the highlights in the movie, well, listening to it anytime is even better. 3 soundtracks that you must have are "The Neverending Story", "Labrynth" and "Legend". All are in my collection, and will remain my favorites for years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Labyrinth is a great cd that everyone will love and enjoy
    I love this cd to death! Some of my favorite tracks are #1,3,7, and the last one Underground. We have all seen the movie and heard the music. If not then I highly suggest watching it. The music in my opinion takes me to another world of joy and excitement. Listen to some of the examples and try to imagine being somewhere else. That should help you decide that it is a great cd and a must for every music collection. David Bowie and Trevor Jones did a wonderful job with it. Two thumbs up or 5 Stars and a half.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Labryinth Rocks!
    This CD is great! As a matter of fact, it is why I like the Movie so much. The Movie is a little weird, but it has a magical edge to it that makes it a one in a million kind of movie. It is one of my all time favorite movies because of the creativity that it has. I like the movie a lot. David Bowie does a great job in the Movie as the Goblin King and also singing and doing his music. The best songs on the soundtrack are "Magic Dance", "Chilly Down", "Under Ground", and "Into the Labyrinth". As a matter of fact in all seriousness, "Magic Dance" is one of David's best songs ever. It is not his best, but it has a fun feel to it that will make you listen to the CD over and over again. So buy this CD, you'll love it and listen to it over and over again!

    5-0 out of 5 stars David Bowie is a Musical Genius
    First I'd like to start by saying, I'm a huge David Bowie fan! The movie Labrynth is responsible for turning me on to David Bowie. He appeals to such a broad audience, that even at the age of 8 I was an instant fan and now my 6 year old son is begging to go to a concert. This soundtrack is a wonderful expression of David's versatility. I can't imagine it's an easy task to write music for a children's movie. Especially when he's spent most his time with an adult audience. But as usual, David brings his unparralled musical talents to this soundtrack! I highly recommend this soundtrack and movie to everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy!
    Oh my gosh! This is a great CD! I have listened to it at least 500 times. I love all of the songs so much I have memorized them and sing them all the time. My favorite movie also. I also think that David Bowie is an awsome singer! He's actually my favorite singer. BUY IT!!!! ... Read more

    18. The Mission: Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
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    Ennio Morricone's Academy Award-nominated score captures the conflict between 18th-century Jesuit missionaries trying to convert the native Indians, and the slavers who want to destroy them. In keeping with the serious subject matter and epic scope of Roland Joff&eacute;'s film, the score is by turns grave, lyrical, and tense. Ever inventive, Morricone mixes liturgical chorales, native drumming, and Spanish-influenced guitars, often in the very same track, to capture the drama of the culture clash. His trademark lyricism also comes through, notably in the beautiful themes for "Gabriel's Oboe" and "The Mission." Not as over-the-top as his well-known spaghetti Western scores, The Mission shows Morricone at his dramatic best. --Heidi MacDonald ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME SOUNDTRACK
    This is it. Morricone's best soundtrack, and to me one of the best of all soundtracks. How far have we come from the first Morricone's soundtracks (A fistful of dollars, the Good the Bad the Ugly,etc.). A soothing, relaxing and inspirational music that can provide food for every soul. I can hardly think of an experience in this life that can bring you closer to heaven, than listening to this CD in a relaxed mood. Or, for that matter, that can make oneself reconcile with earth, precisely when stress and the pressures of modern life are about to overcome any meningful effort to attribute a sense to existence..
    If you can relate with these needs, buy this CD and just listen to "On Earth as it is in Heaven". The joy and peace that ensue, will thoroughly and completely justify the small investment. It is a pity that we cannot get the movie on CD yet.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A worthy buy...
    Of the most captivating soundtracks I've ever heard, truely worthy of the wonderous movie to which it is attactched. The Mission is a movie, as good as it is, that is virtually forgotten, and with it is this wonderous soundtrack.

    Let me start off by saying the movie to which this soundtrack is attatched is one of the best I've ever witnessed.

    That said, with the masterpiece he has composed, Ennio Morricone has come to rival John Williams with this spellbinding soundtrack. Morricone didn't recieve an Oscar for his work, but in my opinion is quite deserving of one. The blend of chants and music makes the piece flow perfectly, as perfect as the river that was the centerpiece of the film.

    The soundtrack ranges from the depressing, to the soothing, to the uplifting. A perfect blend.

    My only regret is this product has been virtually forgotten amounst its peers, but to the few who find it, it is of the most rewarding soundtracks available.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a longtime favorite
    I have loved this CD for about as long as it's been available--about 15 years. Some tracks are so uplifting, and all are wonderful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Soundtrack
    Certainly the music made this movie spectacular, gracing and moving one as the eyes were privy to the spectacular cinematography.

    Morricone's compostion here is fluent with three distinct musical tributaries which play so well with the plotline: oboe, tribal, and religious.

    How about the beauty of "Gabriel's Oboe?" Simply magnificent!
    The earthiness of the tribal drums and windflute are simply captivating.

    The religious chanting and other inspirational sounds are fitting and well done.

    All this superbly performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra and choirs of London Voices and Barnett Schools Choir.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The music that touches your soul
    This soundtrack was given to me as a gift. I had never seen the movie previously but when i started playing it the music just flowed around me and i honestly started tearing! No music has ever touched me like this has. It is so dear to my heart that i actually used Gabriel's Oboe for my processional when i got married. I highly recommend this music to anyone. It will move you. ... Read more

    19. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album (1999 Television Series)
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    Sarah Michelle Gellar may be saving the world from vampires but her TV show is also helping a few worthy bands get some much needed exposure. Dayton, Ohio's ridiculously prolific Guided by Voices lead things off with the playful "Teenage FBI," a strong distillation of the band's knack for the irrepressible hook. The all-femme Hepburn protest in true "Maggie's Farm" fashion (as in "I ain't gonna work on...") for the quickstepping, bubble-gum punk-pop of "I Quit." Bif Naked's arena anthem "Lucky" is perfect for staring at candles. Garbage are in suitably psychedelic glam shades for "Temptation Waits." Rasputina, the gothic cello ensemble, include the appropriate "Transylvania Concubine." The only misstep is from virtual old-timers the Sundays, who deliver a lazy-day version of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses." But this is made up for with the inclusion of Nerf Herder's "Buffy" theme song and Christophe Beck's instrumental theme music, which round out this all-inclusive collection. --Rob O'Connor ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Buffy tv soundtrack
    I have this, Radio Sunnydale and the OMWF soundtrack but for the show this is still my absolute fave. I'd list my picks for best songs but most of the songs on the cd are favorites that I listen to alot. It has the beautiful song Wild Horses as done by the Sundays that Angel and Buffy danced to, and it has Pain from the great band Four Star Mary (Dingoes on the show). Lucky by Bif Naked is on here, although I already have I Bificus and I have 2 Four Star Mary cds. The music on the early years of the show was really excellent. Songs like Temptation Waits and I Quit are also great and weren't featured on the show. I love the Buffy/Angel theme Close your Eyes and it's on here too. I'd recommend this for any Buffy fan, and especially Buffy fans who love alt rock music.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just the songs we associate with key episodes, please, Joss
    My only problem is that I have these genetic defect that makes me tend to reject songs on soundtrack albums that do not appear in the film, or, in this case, a television series. Not that I have any qualms with Joss Whedon's selections for this CD, I just have my own peculiar weltanschauung. I already have Sarah McLachlan's "Full of Grace" from "Becoming, Part 2," which is probably the most memorable song ever to pop up in an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," seeing as how that was the most memorable episode, so the reason I wanted this collection was for the cover on the Rolling Stone's "Wild Horses" by the Sundays for the third season episode of "The Prom." Joss Whedon knew exactly what he was doing when he picked that song to be playing while Buffy and Angel danced; what couple better fits the line "let's do some living after we've died" more perfectly? Along these same lines having the theme song by Nerf Herder and the haunting "Close Your Eyes (Buffy/Angel Love Theme)" by Christophe Beck are to be as cherished as well. For that matter, if they had Patsy Cline singing "I Fall to Pieces" or Cream's "Tales of Brave Ulysses," that would have been rather classy (not to mention "Soave Fanciulla" from "La Boheme"). As I said, it is the association of music and episodes that matters most for me. The rest is going to be hit and miss for "BtVS" fans where no too people will agree on which half of the album to keep and which to bury in a deep dark place under a full moon. I go with Alison Krauss & Union Station's "It Doesn't Matter" from "When She Was Bad" (but where is Cibo Matto people?) and K's Choice's "Virgin State of Mind" from "Dopplegangland." Certainly this 1999 Soundtrack is something "BtVS" fans will enjoy, but it is one of those CDs where you end up programming the play list to your liking and lock it down for the next time around.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent alt rock soundtrack...
    Simply put, if you are fan of alt rock and/or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you will enjoy this album. It is a nice blend of ballads and rockers that really sum up the general feeling of the first four seasons of Buffy. This CD is a welcome addition in anyone's collection, along with the two other Buffy CDs ("Radio Sunnydale" and the soundtrack to "Once More, With Feeling"). Below I have listed which episode each song appears in, because I know a lot of people are curious.

    1. "Buffy Theme" (Every episode)
    2. "Teenage FBI" (Does not ever appear in the series)
    3. "Temptation Waits" (Does not ever appear in the series)
    4. "Strong" (episode 1x5 Never Kill a Boy on the First Date)
    5. "I Quit" (Does not ever appear in the series)
    6. "Over My Head" (Does not ever appear in the series)
    7. "Lucky" (episode 4x3 The Harsh Light of Day)
    8. "Keep Myself Awake" (episode 4x13 The I in Team)
    9. "Virgin State of Mind" (episode 3x16 Doppelgangland)
    10. "Already Met You" (episode 1x4 Teacher's Pet)
    11. "God is a Man" (episode 4x18 Where the Wild Things Are)
    12. "Nothing But You" (episode 4x5 Beer Bad)
    13. "It Doesn't Matter" (episode 2x1 When She Was Bad)
    14. "Wild Horses" (episode 3x20 The Prom)
    15. "Pain" (episodes 2x16 Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, 3x2 Dead Man's Party and 4x2 Living Conditions)
    16. "Charge" (episode 2x19 I Only Have Eyes for You)
    17. "Transylvanian Concubine" (episode 2x13 Surprise)
    18. "Close Your Eyes" (several but featured heavily in 2x22 Becoming)

    5-0 out of 5 stars buffy rules
    well, this c.d. rocks it is the best soundtrack, even better then once more with feeling,the one fault is it doesn't have I'll remember you on it , but other then that it rules

    4-0 out of 5 stars Vampires
    This is the only sound track aside from the musical sound track for Buffy. It's pretty good. I wish there were some other songs on it but I guess that it will do. The music is fun and it fits Buffy well. ... Read more

    20. Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Aimee's better than ever
    Somewhere at Interscope there is an executive who is feeling a little bit nervous right now as the public encounters the wonderful new music by Aimee Mann that her former label rejected. Okay, this album and the upcoming Bachelor #2 may tank, but then maybe the film and the promotion surrounding the film will expose CD buyers at long last to the brilliant talent of Aimee Mann. This record dispenses with the kitchen sink approach of her "I'm With Stupid" album for a more carefully arranged and slicker approach. It works well -- with a voice like Aimee's you need to construct the supporting instrumentation with great delicacy. A couple of the songs almost sound like Carpenters' arrangements - and I mean that as a huge compliment. Aimee's songs are better than ever -- especially "Deathly" and "You Do," but it's hard to pick favorites. Supertramp is represented on this soundtrack with two excellent oldies that comment nicely on the mood Aimee establishes here. It is a great album.

    4-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars
    Had this been a collection of entirely Aimee Mann songs it would merit 5 stars. "Build That Wall," an instrumental "Nothing Is Good Enough," and especially "Save Me" (specially featured in the movie, just as it should be).. they're simply beautiful. I wasn't even surprised to learn that Magnolia the movie was based on Aimee's songs, and not vice versa. Everything fits perfectly.. right up until track 10. Her cover of Harry Nilsson's "One" isn't too good either, but it's easy enough to start at track 2 as I always do. It's easy to name a couple other groups that might have fit on the soundtrack without destroying the mood (and quality) of the album, but Supertramp?? Gabrielle? We get eight wonderfully crafted songs with Aimee's beautiful voice in top form, followed by two 70s 'hits' that should have quietly died, and a generic 90s pop song that no one will want to remember in a year or two. Jon Brion's closing track belongs with Aimee's material (why not have each of them contribute half the soundtrack?), but I normally end up hitting Stop after "Save Me" instead of skipping forward to the end. Hey, if you like Supertramp you may like the whole thing.. but the flow is still ruined. If you like Aimee it's still worth the price despite the nuisances. If you're not familiar with her (shame..) this is a good place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solemn
    When you're alone in the dark, thinking in a solemn way, this might be the best album you could choose to listen to. Aimee Mann defines the music that is listened to by those of us who love the sad song. She is truely the bomb.

    5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely positively magnoliaoliagnifescent
    This nice pure cd has all the qualities of a great hit. i especially enjoy number two. if you don't know what it is then maybe you should buy the stinking cd ok , and no i don not work for her record companie i just enjoy the songs. well i have to go caueses i ma goig otj og listen to her. jso by

    3-0 out of 5 stars Trust me, you'll need a black magic marker...
    Trust me, you'll need a black magic marker. I'll explain in a minute.

    Overall, this isn't Aimee's best collection of songs, but it does feature two must-have songs: "Deathly" and "Save Me". Many of the other selections are a bit of a departure from her style, and they come across as a frolic--swing beats, jazz motifs, bubble-gum pop, etc.--to be taken as a bit of tongue-in-cheek. As several reviewers have pointed out, the themes are depressing. Duh. In the liner notes, it's said that the entire Magnolia film was built around the rather nihilistic Aimee lyric: "Now that I've found you, would you object to never seeing each other again?" Personally, I love it.

    About the magic marker...

    Before you put in the CD, take a fat magic marker and draw a 1 centimeter line from the inside (hub) of the disc radially outward. This will effectively delete the four last songs so that you never have to endure them. They weren't written by Aimee, and they have no business being on this compilation at all. ... Read more

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