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1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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2. The Sound of Music (1965 Film
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3. Saturday Night Fever: The Original
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1. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com's Best of 2001

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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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".

Jon.

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.

THE 1970's PRODUCED ONLY ONE GREAT MUSIC GENRE: FUNK

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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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. Moulin Rouge
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ranks up there with the great movie soundtracks
I found the film "Moulin Rouge!" to be uneven, but ultimately very compelling and enjoyable. One of the best things about the film was its unbelievably diverse and daring musical soundtrack. The soundtrack CD, while incomplete, is superb. It's filled with excitement, palpable emotion, and great vocal and instrumental performances.

David Bowie opens the show on a somber note with "Nature Boy." This leads into the outrageous urban funkiness of "Lady Marmalade," performed with irresistible zest by the multicultural diva quartet of Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink. Also fun is Fatboy Slim's hyperactive "Because We Can." Other great selections include the tender, world-weary voice of Rufus Wainwright on the melancholy "Complainte de la Butte," and the freaky, beautiful "Hindi Sad Diamonds" (featuring Alka Yagnik).

But like the film, the CD really depends on the two leads: Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. They are outstanding. Kidman is fierce and sexy on "Sparkling Diamonds," romantic and authoritative on "One Day I'll Fly Away." McGregor is especially impressive on "Your Song" (featuring Alessandro Safina). Who would have thought that Obi-Wan Kenobi had such a fantastic singing voice? As excellent as Kidman is, I really think it is McGregor who gives both film and soundtrack their heart and soul.

When Kidman and McGregor come together on the "Elephant Love Medley," the most potent magic of the whole CD really becomes evident. This medley of segments from a diverse bunch of songs ("All You Need Is Love," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Silly Love Songs," "I Will Always Love You," etc., etc.), combined with dialogue, showcases the chemistry these two performers shared. The "Medley" is ultimately a soaring, triumphant, even inspirational tour de force of arrangement and performance.

Yes, I loved the "Moulin Rouge!" soundtrack. I rank it right up there with such classic song soundtracks as "Purple Rain" and "Saturday Night Fever."

4-0 out of 5 stars Moulin Rouge - spectacular spectacular or sad diamonds?
It has been decades since a musical has done really well at the box office and produced a popular soundtrack album to boot (Grease and Saturday Night Fever come to mind). The Moulin Rouge Soundtrack boasts a very eclectic and intriguing use of modern music spanning thirty years of popular hits from the '60's to present. Hearing the music in the context of the movie truly enhances the experience, and in addition to purchasing the CD, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the DVD release. I have heard much criticism of the rendition of "Lady Marmalade", but personally I feel that "The Ladies of Moulin Rouge" have done a great job of capturing the energy of this hit; the only complaint I have is that it is being killed by massive overplay on the radio. Other notable performances include Ewan McGregor's rendition of Elton John's "Your Song"; he also demonstrates his vocal versatility in the "Elephant Love Medley" and the ballad "Come What May". Although she does not possess the same vocal power or range as her co-star, Nicole Kidman does a fabulous job with a heart rending performance of "One Day I'll Fly Away", and a version of "Sparkling Diamonds", which is as breathy as Marilyn Monroe's original. "Hindi Sad Diamonds", Fatboy Slim's "Because We Can" and a catchy dance version of DeBarge's "Rhythm of the Night" round out the set, and evoke the hectic excitement and glamor of the Moulin Rouge. Beck's "Diamond Dogs" and Bono's "Children of the Revolution" capture the dark decadence of the 'Belle Epoque' or 'beautiful period' during which the Moulin Rouge was established. The only real disappointment here is in what the soundtrack excluded, particularly "Like a Virgin" and Jim Broadbent's haunting rendition of Queen's "The Show Must Go On". Perhaps these were withheld to facilitate a well known marketing ploy; we'll just have to shell out for the release of "More Music From the Moulin Rouge".

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it
I absolutly adore this cd. It is definetly one of my favorites. I love Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor their voices are both amazing and they sounds so good together! Definetly see the movie too because its a hilarous, sad, happy, and scary all at the same time! I really hope you get this cd because it really has fun music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it or Hate it!
I can honestly say that I only like a few songs on this cd. Your Song, Elephant Love Melody, Come What May, and a few others. But, this songs are worth the cost of the whole cd. The other songs are not bad, but I prefer the others.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good driving music
I own this. I love this. My favorite thing about the movie was the new arrangements of these great songs, and to have them all on one CD is heaven for long car trips. I'd like to meet the person who can listen to the "Elephant Love Medley" without smiling.

The one issue I have with this CD, however, is that Jim Broadbent's "Like a Virgin" was not included and relegated to the vol. 2 of the soundtrack. But McGregor and Kidman sound great in their respective songs, and the voices of all the characters blend nicely in the large ensemble pieces. ... Read more


6. Gladiator:Music from the Motion Picture
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Most modern Hollywood films have musical "temp tracks" laid in as they're edited, usually classical standards or music from other soundtracks that helps shape the dramatic and emotional intentions of works in progress. Sometimes these temp tracks become the score (as in "2001"), but more often they serve as a template for the film's eventual scorer. That said, we'll boldly climb out on a limb and opine that director Ridley Scott was listening to a whole lot of Holst's The Planets as he was cobbling together his modern gladiator epic. Credit Hans Zimmer for taking "Mars, the Bringer of War" and hammering its familiar harmonic and rhythmic Sturm und Drang into something serviceably fresh; cohort Lisa Gerrard generally handles the more ethereal, atmospheric passages. As epic in scope as its thematic inspiration (and with enough occasional nods to "authenticity" to make it work), this is nonetheless a work of often surprising nuances, and one that recasts the traditional heroic orchestral score in deliciously dark and ominous tones. Warning: repeated listening may inspire the invasion of neighboring countries. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars How could you not love this soundtrack?
I'm actually listening to the Gladiator soundtrack as I write this review. From beginning to end, this work satisfies completely. You don't need to watch the movie to be able to enjoy the soundtrack, and that speaks volumes to the talent of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, who have managed to create a work that not only compliments the scenes of the Oscar winning movie, but stands on its own legs. (It's actually one of the very few times in recent history that I happened to agree with the philistines at the Academy)

The two longest cues at roughly 10 and 10 1/2 minutes, #3 "The Battle" and #13 "Barbarian Horde" are chest thumping triumphs that are monumentally powerful. They combine a mix of strings and horns that reminds me of "Mars, bringer of War" from Holst's "The Planets", but, mixed with the subtle background of the synthesizer, creates an entirely different effect that is just amazing. 8 1/2 minutes into "The Battle", Hans segues into the melodic strings accompanied by Lisa's beautiful voice, which sets up for #4 "Earth" and #5 "Sorrow" which are probably my favorite cues on the whole soundtrack. Combined, they're only a mere 4 1/2 minutes long, yet they manage to (softly) speak more to me than many pieces have done in an entire hour. So beautifully set within the goings on of the movie, they set the mood perfectly when Maximus arrives home.

The next cue, #6 "To Zucchabar" is ethereal and strange, and speaks of distant and foreign lands. Other pieces, notably #9 "The might of Rome, and 10 "Strength and honor" are incredible. There's not a wasted note in this soundtrack. The last three compositions, #15 "Elysium", #16 "Honor him", and #17 "Now we are free" all work together to complete the exhausting emotional rollercoaster ride that is "Gladiator". Obviously, I cannot say enough about this piece of work. I loved it as much as I loved the movie. Both are among my favorites of all time.

4-0 out of 5 stars One of the few bright spots in current film music
Each year, the number of quality orchestral soundtracks diminishes, and the soundtrack to Gladiator is so far the only excellent work in this genre I've heard this year. Lisa Gerrard receives co-credit with Zimmer, but her material on the album is only a fraction of the whole. Still, her work provides a memorable, spiritual depth to this fascinating musical journey, and it contrasts perfectly with Zimmer's music, which switches between robust glory, ethnic flavored themes, and violent pounding action rhythms. (I agree with the Amazon reviewer, "Mars the Bringer of War" must have been the temp music for the battle scenes.)

The album makes for a unified experience, especially with most of tracks blending into the following track. The two ten minute action tracks (Battle; Barbarian Horde) are exhilirating and incredibly suspenseful as they build up to their frenzy. The last three tracks provide a moving coda where Gerrard and Zimmer weave in and out of each other to send our hero to his final reward.

A worthwhile dramatic listening experience, even if you haven't seen the film (and you should).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
I think that this is one of only a handful of soundtracks that should appeal to just about everybody whether or not they liked the movie. I didn't particularly care for the film myself, but I love the soundtrack. This score is reminiscent of other Zimmer works like the Rock and Crimson Tide in parts, but possesses a powerful emotional underpinning. I would recommend this soundtrack highly, along with Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean which is also excellent although perhaps less reflective and more action oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seamlessly Entrancing
Of all my favorite classical soundtracks from the movies - Zimmer's & Garrard's Gladiator disk is hands-down my all-time favorite. More epic in scope that William's Jurassic Park and more hypnotic than Mansell's Requiem for a Dream. For me this is the epitome of modern movie/classical music that I can sink into while allowing my mind to fantasize.

I learned of this disk while visiting a handful of high quality/elite audio stores a few years back, many of which by default used this soundtrack as a showcase to demonstrate the range, depth, clarity and overall quality of their high-end sound systems & speakers.

As an audio connoisseur of the classical genera I was blown away by the quality and dynamics of this compilation. Yet, even on the mediocre system I have, the dynamics, range of emotion & character this album exhibits are sublime - this IS a model showcase soundtrack. It's kind of like an educational amusement park ride in the Roman Era in my eyes - full of adrenaline, hype, tragedy, love and entertainment and war - yet amazingly, not cheesy in the slightest.

I learned of this album well before seeing the movie, and in fact - after seeing Gladiator the movie, I was disappointed that it did not deliver what my imagination could while listening and focusing on this soundtrack.

From dramatic orchestral movements to soft and emotional sounds of drama and tension and beyond, the music of this album tells a complex story which does not require pictures to illustrate. Let your imagination be the canvas and paint while listening to this story.

The vast range of emotions and sounds are nothing short of miraculous given how well this album seamlessly blends together such a wide variety of distinct emotions and even hype that are tied together within each musical aspect or 'feel' of this epic.

Music can tell a story, this is true - we agree on this I'm sure. This entire album is a fluent story with an abundance of emotions, which have the possibility to become very entrancing when listened to in full.

This is not an album where you listen to a track here and there (if you do this and judge this CD on a track or two you are seriously short-changing this work - don't make that mistake). Listen to this work of art all the way through then you can understand what makes it so full of life and so unique.

Listen all the way through; this is one soundtrack I can say without doubt - it is far better than the movie. But you'll never know it unless you listen to just the soundtrack by itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Motion Picture Soundtrack
This is definately one of the best scores to any movie I have ever heard. It absolutely never gets old or tiring. Hans Zimmer is a real master at this, and I love this album. Go buy it, you won't regret it. ... Read more


7. 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


8. Amelie: Original Soundtrack Recording
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This sunny comic fable from idiosyncratic director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (City of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection, Delicatessen) boasts any number of intimate charms, not the least of which is Yann Tiersen's warmly inviting score. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Tiersen's work and training may have masterfully encompassed classical, pop, and rock, but his delightful Amélie music proves he is slave to none. In this, his fourth soundtrack, Tiersen displays an impressive command of idiom and melodic subtlety that's rightfully drawn comparisons to the great Nino Rota. With a Paris-set story driven by blossoming love, the composer frequently leans on the familiar Parisian street accordion motif as a starting point. If that sounds clichéd, it's anything but; Tiersen's delicate touch incorporates Gypsy flourishes, classical string ensembles, electronics, stark and lovely solo piano, and even minimalist technique--often in the same charming cue. The result is music that manages to sound variously breezy, fresh, and contemporary, yet somehow comfortably familiar. Amélie is a warm, postmodernist score that never forgets where its heart lies. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Even Stands Apart from the Movie
This is more of a music/movie review. Amelie (by Jean-Pierre Juenet) is truly one of the best films I have ever seen. I bought the soundtrack specifically because I wanted to relive the general emotion and life of the movie. But now that I have the soundtrack itself, it has begun to have a life of it's own apart from the movie itself-it's that good!
Amelie is arranged and written by French composer Yann Tiersen. Tiersen truly is a composer in that the music is "composed" not strummed blindly, or synthisized mechanically. The music is so vibrant and alive that you can't help but listen. What makes this soundtrack stand out is that it is a great album in and of itself, apart from the movie. There is such great variety in the each of the different pieces. If you've ever listened to other soundtracks, like Braveheart, Gladiator, Amistad, or the like, you notice that the songs are all done with the same instruments, and have the same sound, just different tempos, and you end up being very tired of it by the third or forth song. This just isn't true of Amelie. It is also not like "pop" soundtracks which are just a compilation of popular songs cleverly placed in the movie. The music is written specifically to describe Amelie herself and therefore the songs are quite diverse and yet distinctive. The music is like France itself, it is like Amelie's character. One French critic instucted all Americans, like an international diplomat, to see the movie "now!" because it gives one new optimism, passion for life, and love. How can I explain that the soundtrack does all of these things as well?
Admittedly, Tiersen somewhat plagerizes his own work by using the melody of some of his works (Les Jours Tristes) from his solo album (L'Absente, 2001) for this soundtrack. In L'Absente there is an introspective darkness which is also very stimulating but in a more experimental fashion. But, in Amelie, the music is optimistic without naiveté, uplifting without melodrama, inspiring without losing reality; like skipping stones on the ripples of the Thames.
If you are a conesour of world music, Amelie also has an eccelictic range of instruments including the toy piano (for the child in us all), carillon, banjo, mandolin and accordion (without which it would not be French music), harpsichord, vibraphone, and melodica. Together these make a somewhat modern, neo-classical, uniquely French sound that is great study music, party music, and yet, still somewhat singable (as my shower head can attest to!).
In the end, there are very few things in life that all people recognize as truly wonderful and Amelie may just be one of them. But in my mind, we would all do well to learn from the life and passion of Amelie the movie as well as the music of Yann Tiersen.

5-0 out of 5 stars Très Superbe!
My old french teachers would kill me for using such simple words, yet they speak truthfully of what I think of this cd! For having no vocals, this cd is amazing and reminds you of what France must look like. The collaboration of the piano, mandolin, accordian [lots of that one] and others are astonishing and perfect to listen to when you are in the creative mood.

I especially like Les Jours Trists, track 2, La Valse des Monstres, track 20, et Le Valse D'Amélie. They simply flowed well and were very rhythmic and very unique.

This music makes you feel as if you're walking down cobblestone streets of Paris and some guy is playing the accordian while people crowd around him, tossing coins before him. Well, enough of the fantasy, it is greatly magical and nowadays, this type of music can be quite difficult to find.

Anyway, buy it right now, from the wonderful ppl at amazon.com! You'll be happy you did and you cannot stop listening to it! In fact, I'm listening to it right now!

5-0 out of 5 stars So French, So perfect
'Total Film' called the film "simply perfect" and the soundtrack lives up to this review superbly. It's stereotypically Parisien, tarditional and french, yet with a modern orchestral feel. I'm only a teenager, and I adored it! puts you in the right frame of mind for the film too, although unlike some OSTs you dont have to have seen the film to appreciate the music. It can get a little bit 1930s/40s but theres a good balance throughout! enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A favoirte though moody
This soundtrack carries with it the mood of the movie both the up and the down. This is the feel good movie of the year music for atmosphere. It is nice and refuses to obtrude when you are thinking. It just helps you think better.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic soundtrack (to the best movie ever)
There's nothing like this music, really! its absolutely fantastic. It makes feel like doing a number of things, going to France, buying an accordion, etc. INSPIRATIONAL. Every sad soul on the planet should be given a taste of this elixir. ... Read more


9. Shrek - Music from the Original Motion Picture
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5-0 out of 5 stars I LIKE it!!
I love this CD! Especially "You Belong to Me". It's so GORGEOUS. I love it. And I also like the Hallelujah song, although I have no idea what it's about.Of course I like "I'm a Believer".That's why I bought this CD, because I love that song. I had never heard any of these songs except for the Smashmouth ones, but now I really like them. Actually I didn't like the CD that much until I listened to it a couple more times and now I love it. Leslie Carter's "Like Wow" is kinda corny, but after a while I really liked it. It's fun. "I'm on my way" cracks me up. That's a really fun song too. Here's the list of songs from my least favorite to favorite, ok?13.Bad Reputation12.True Love's First Kiss11.It is You (I have loved)10.I'm a Believer (reprise) 9.My Beloved Monster 8.All Star 7.Best Years of Our Lives 6.Like Wow! 5.Stay Home 4.I'm on My Way 3.I'm a Believer 2.Hallelujah 1.You Belong to Me ( I love it, I love it!!)This is a really fun CD. It's just FUN! So, I guess that's all I have to say. Bye!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Album Is Outstanding - Really Really!!
I had to buy this soundtrack on my way home from seeing the movie and I absolutely love it! Eels and Smash Mouth are two of my favorite bands and the songs by them here are great. The rest of the songs are a perfect mix of upbeat rock and slow pop (even the song by them annoying Baha Men is pretty good.) I must agree with others here, though. As amazed as I am by the wonderful songs in the movie, the musical score just blew me away and I'm a bit disappointed that a larger offering of it is not available on this CD. I hope DreamWorks is planning on doing the same thing they did with the "American Beauty" score and release it separately in the future. As for the language? Yes there is minor language that some parents might find questionable for very very young children, but it's nothing they probably haven't been exposed to already. So please don't let that effect your decision to buy this fantastic album!

1-0 out of 5 stars I have a question
I loved the music from the movie but have not bought the soundtrack. ive been instead, doing my "homework" on the song hallelujah, which is done by john cale in the movie. i have listened to about three versions, including the one done by jeff buckley.....only none of the versions appear to have the same lyrics as the original done by leonard cohen. why is this??????

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love Shrek
Hey, if you liked the movie, you'll like the sound track.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great CD
This is one of the best CDs I own. If you like music and lyrics, variety, songs that touch the heart and songs that are just plain fun, this CD is for you. I bought this CD after seeing the movie. I own several soundtracks, and the best ones are those that are filled with delightful surprises you don't remember from the movie. This is one of them. After two years of listening to it regularly, I just saw the movie again, and was actually a little disappointed at how little the songs are used in the movie. I used two of the songs on a compilation tape I made for my son when he was born ("You Belong to Me" and "Allstar") and will use two on a compilation tape for my wife on our anniversary ("It is You (I Have Loved)" and "I'm on My Way"). Some people complained about the different version of "Hallelujah". I have heard 4 versions of that great song, and the one on the CD is excellent. Much better than the one in the movie. You won't be disappointed! ... Read more


10. 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


11. 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


12. 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


13. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Score composer Howard Shore has informed this first installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy with his distinctly modern sensibilities. Revolving loosely around a brief, heroic brass theme, this epic is infused with a powerful rhythmic thrust and a musical range that encompasses centuries (from the Renaissance pastoralism of "Concerning Hobbits" to the fiery, Prokofiev-influenced drama of "A Knife in the Dark"). Key to the score's sense of mystery and magical place are the rich choral passages that are interspersed throughout, some so ominously gothic they make The Phantom Menace's "Duel of the Fates" sound almost sunny by comparison. Enya's contributions ("The Council of Elrond" and the song "May It Be") add a sense of organic tranquility, but it's Shore's Wagnerian-scaled orchestral score that should long be cherished by admirers of film music and hobbits alike. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoy ur journey to Middle-Earth
There were few music genius composers in my list like James Horner (composer of Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, Bicentennial Man, The Mask Of Zoro, Braveheart etc.) & Hans Zimmer (composer of the soundtracks of The Last Samurai, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.) When I saw the first scene of the movie (Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Rings), I decided to add the music composer to my list! I'm a big fan of orchestral music and vocals. This music makes you feel the moments of the journey to Middle Earth that the fellowship of the rings had to go through, starting from the soft music in the Shire, to the emotional moments between Aragorn & Arwen, and to the dreadful sensation that evil was so close to achieving its goal.

ALL of the music are worth listening to, esp. the ones with the vocals e.g. The Prophecy, The Treason Of Isengard, A Knife In The Dark, Flight To The Ford, The Council Of Elrond, The Bridge Of Khazad Dum, Lothlorien, The Great River. I also loved the (Breaking of the Fellowship), which reflects the will to pursue & true friendship . I could listen to the soundtrack many times during the day, and still the amuzement does not fade away!

The addition of of the song (May it be) performed by Enya was a great touch! The song reflected the main theme of the first part of the Lord of the Rings. I started to listen to Enya after that song.
I noticed that some music were not incorporated in the Extended DVD version like the music of the (Great River), but it was part of the ordinary DVD movie.

Great Work Mr. Shore. ur work speaks for itself! This is a must-have-on-your-shelf soundtrack CD in addition to the original movie. 5/5.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Powerful and Moving Spoundtrack
First of all. I was SO enthralled with the movie and how the music seemed to fit every mood. The way Howard Shore was able to capture the essence of each scene was truly beautiful. And as much as I enjoy listening to this CD (I've had it a week and so far I have completely listen to it about half a dozen times) it has the same issue as almost every soundtrack. The music is based around 3 - 4 main themes, and depending on the screen action, it's mostly only the tempo that changes. This of course doesn't change the beauty of the music, just explains why the music begins to grow old quickly.

One thing I liked about Shores music here is how he chose certain styles for different characters. For instance, the Hobbits are represented by an almost Irish folk style. Beautiful yet solitary in sound and mood. Also the two songs included here by Enya match well. Her voice adds vocal expression to a wonderful melody.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys beautiful orchestral music. Although I probably will stop listening to this for awhile I will most definitely keep revisiting it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Musical Score!
In my opinion, the original motion picture soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings is the perfect musical score. The music is composed, orchestrated and conducted by Howard Shore, who in my opinion can be listed among the greatest music composers such as John Williams. Enya also contributes to this soundtrack, having composed and performed the music score for the ending credits, and performing the theme for Aragorn And Arwen. Contains 18 tracks:

1. The Prophecy

2. Concerning Hobbits - the music theme for the sequences set in the Hobbit-inhabited land of the Shire.

3. The Shadow of the Past - the music score that blends in with the part where the nature of the Ring is discovered.

4. The Treason of Isengard - One of the best scores of the soundtrack. It is the theme for the sequence in which Saruman becomes a traitor and battles with Gandalf.

5. The Black Rider Another great musical score. This theme is for the journey of the four Hobbit companions through the Shire and for the encountering of the Black Rider.

6. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony - Frodo Baggins adventures in the town of Bree at the Inn of the Prancing Pony is what this score is for.

7. A Knife in the Dark - The theme for the continuing journey of the hobbits in which sequence they arrive at the ruins of a temple and find themselves battling Ringwraiths.

8. Flight to the Ford - The Theme for the flight of Arwen and Frodo to Rivendell to escape the Black Riders.

9. Many Meetings - The theme for Rivendell, where the Elves abide.

10. The Council of Elrond - This is among the best scores in the album. The theme for the Council in Rivendell concerning the fate of the Ring. Also features Enya performing Aniron, the theme for Aragorn and Arwen.

11. The Ring Goes South - The theme for the sequence in which the Fellowship of the Ring sets out on their journey to Mordor.

12. A Journey in the Dark - The theme for Moria

13. The Bridge of Khazad Dum - The theme for the treacherous journey to the Bridge of Khazad Dum in Moria and the crossing over and escape from Moria. Another of the ones that are among the best scores on this album.

14. Lothlorien - The theme for Lothlorien, the woodlands of the Elves, through which the Fellowship of the Ring passes through in the film.

15. The Great River - The theme for the departure from Lothlorien.

16. Amon Hen - The theme for the encountering of the stone of Amon Hen.

17. The Breaking of the Fellowship - The score for the dispersion of the Fellowship of the Ring, in which only Frodo and Sam are left to continue the quest to destroy the Ring.

18. May it Be - The song performed by Enya. It is the score for the end credits of the film.

If you loved the film, buy this soundtrack. It is well worth the purchase price. For more information there is a site called ... I eagerly anticipate the soundtrack for the next LOTR film.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overblown album by an under qualified composer
Alright, I have viewed the last 70 reviews, and except for a few "minor quibbles" over "missing tracks" and such, there were no actually anti-Shore reviews. This is quite possibly one of the most over-rated and derogatory musical scores of all time. It is obvious that those who gave positive feedback to this have NEVER listened to true choral music or real classical. To be perfectly honest, all "sung" tracks are completely ripped off of Carmina Burana (of which I am sure all you "Shore lovers" have never heard of). He has taken the very best of wonderful 19th and 20th Century composers, and remixed them with absolutley disastorous results. In fact, not only is this album an abomination, but the way it fits with the film is even worse. The reacurring themes grow irratating at times sounding like a comic book movie, and at others, sounding like expensive versions of music from Saturday morning cartoons. But I can't blame Peter Jackson-- he's tone def!! This is great music to those who know nothing about it-- and to those who say "well it won 2 Acadamy Awards for best score", I tell them this "Titanic won 11". So just shut up about this being a "visionary score." In about ten years it will blow over. However, PJ's masterpiece will remain in history forever (hopefully with a different score).

5-0 out of 5 stars (Respectfully Untitled)
In this world, there exists a handful of human creations so epic, finding words for such things almost seems a way of devaluing the work. Unfortunately, as this soundtrack is one of them, we have but no choice other than cave in and write. If we do not, it would essentially be as if such grand feats were never accomplished in the first place.

To keep the review to a moderate and digestable length, there will be no specific documentary of each period instrument, harmonic change, melodic theme, and relation of how the audio translates to supportive information for the visual cinematic cues. Just know that 1) there has been a supremely creative effort to have very specific instruments enhance the mood and storyline, 2) a new and surprisingly fresh (though ironically reminiscent of a time long ago) chord change awaits the turn of every corner, 3) the carefully constructed (while non-academic) themes seem to come alive in a character every time while on screen, and 4) the music for each respective scene is so powerful in the film, it convinces the audience - if subconsciously - that there is indeed no other choice of sounds other than the precise ones that have been chosen and printed to film and cd forever. Don't get me wrong, there are also items # 5-infinity which we'll omit for interest of time.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Howard Shore is a living legend and genius to the fields of both musical composition and speaking to the soul. With all of the aforementioned elements, he has done what perhaps Professor Tolkien himself would bow down to: he has taken the ridiculously detailed blueprints for a whole different world, and created the same world all over again, in the form of auditory stimulation. The laborous contriving of entire ficticious languages are masterfully superimposed as thunderous choirs, on top of what sounds like a 10,000 piece orchestral behemoth soundscape.

From the characteristic playful music of the Hobbits to the hellishly heavy thunder of Mordor itself, this soundtrack will take you through an emotional journey of its own when you have nothing to watch along with the music. The way the themes cross moods and reappear reincarnated at later locations, in different forms, proves an intuitive influence at work in Shore's mind- much from Bach and Beethoven themselves, but not just in the traditional sense. Much successful experimenting with all musical elements make the resultant cd unpredictable and largely enjoyable all at once. Although anyone can appreciate this soundtrack, I do maintain that a firm knowledge of the literary masterpiece "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy" will augment the listening experience beyond belief. To love the story, as I do, blows it through the stratosphere.

A word should be put in for Enya as well. Whereas many soundtracks are comprised of an agitatingly asymmetric combination of composed music and [category: other], "Fellowship..." just can't seem to do any wrong. Indeed, when watching the movie, her passionately moving "May It Be" feels right at home with everything else. It was smart to include a derivation of one of the score's main themes as Enya's own melodic inspiration. Her music, too (represented by two pieces here), is masterfully executed and produced. Whoever included her made a wise call as talent/booking director.

Howard Shore, and all involved, deserve more than can be offered in any tangible reward. The three movies/soundtracks as a whole will have taken a few years out of everyone's lives who were dedicated to the project, and those years shall go down as a triumphant landmark on the achievenment of mankind, as opposed to a vague haziness of wasted time for each individual. Howard Shore and director Peter Jackson have done more in three years of their lives than what most hope to do in a lifetime. ... Read more


14. Fiddler on the Roof: 30th Anniversary Edition (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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This new version of the Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack coincides with the movie's 30th anniversary (which is also celebrated by a special edition DVD). The CD is notable for several instrumental tracks by John Williams, as well as for "Any Day Now," a previously unreleased song performed by Perchik/Paul Michael Glaser (better known for his starring role in TV's Starsky and Hutch). The soundtrack is often compared unfavorably with the original 1964 cast album, in which Zero Mostel played the part of Tevye (here performed by Topol, who had been in the 1967 London production). But this CD has a lot going for it, including glossy remastering and, of course, Isaac Stern as the fiddler. In the end, whatever version you decide to pick up, Fiddler remains one of the most enduring musicals of all time.--Elisabeth Vincentelli ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Generic review
I've listened to this particular version, but my review is more on the lyrics and their culturally transcendent attributes.

The music of "Fiddler on the Roof" is loaded with cultural connections, but my point is that most of the songs, and especially, "Matchmaker", "If I Were a Rich Man", and "Sunset, Sunset" are universally applicable and will resonate with any listener who understands their lyrics. "Matchmaker" sings of the longing for love, connection, and stable happiness. "If I Were a Rich Man" speaks of the dream within all of us for a better life, either through monetary wealth or less tangible forms of prosperity. And, "Sunrise, Sunset" is the melancholy but stubbornly celebratory lament against the passing of time, along with the richness of experience it brings.

Listen to the words, and you hear Life singing itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Remastering of a Classic Soundtrack Album
This is a wonderful Soundtrack.
It was incredibley popular in High School in 1972 among teens.
?Who knew?
I have a real fondness for this soundtrack, and the movie it comes from, and if I need a good cry this will do It.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Motion Picture Soundtrack
Those who enjoyed the motion picture will absolutely love this 30th anniversary edition CD of the music.

Not only does it feature the beloved songs, sung by Topol and cast, but it also includes some of Tevye's conversations with God and the listener from the motion picture in such songs as "Tradition" and "Tevye's Dream." In addition, this version also includes previously unreleased songs, such as "The Wedding Procession", the First Act Finale and Entr'acte, "The Rejection Scene" beween Tevye and Chava, and "Any Day Now" sung by Perchik, which was not included either in the original motion picture or on the original motion picture soundtrack album.

It, of course, also includes music by soloist Isaac Stern. This CD is a real delight and a must-have for musical lovers or Fiddler fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Topol shines as Tevye and John Williams' orchestrations of Bock and Harnick's classic musical are incredible. Thirty years later, this release still has incredible merit. Extra tracks and some of Topol's incredible theatrical spoken monologues.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nu? A Soundtrack Recording?
I was taken to see this movie when it first premiered. I was four. I didn't understand the plot at all, and was bored silly, yet still managed to leave the theatre singing "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match...."

Many times since I've listened to the soundtrack, and I later bought the video; this show so beautifully captures Jewish folk and klezmer music even while the tunes play so well on Broadway. And by now the songs have become so famous, that many recordings of Jewish folk music include "Sunrise, Sunset."

Of course, I had to get the CD to play in my car, and to my delight, it had songs that were not on other recordings: Chava's beautiful song is here!

I think the quality of the recording is very good; it's quite clear why this film won an Academy Award for its music, and this CD does it justice. ... Read more


15. 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
Not only did the anthem win a grammy, many thanks to Steve STevens(probably the best underrated guitarist). but the soundtrack has all the essentials. its a great cd to have and you can sing along to all the songs ... Read more


16. 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


17. 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 you...my 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


18. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 Film)
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Don't have the time (or the props) to watch the whole movie?Just puton the soundtrack--it's got all the best parts without the dialog in-between! Well, isn't that what an Original Soundtrack Recording like this issupposed to be?Back in the mid-70s when The Rocky Horror PictureShow was a midnight staple at countless movie theaters, Tim Curry wasn't yet"Tim Curry" and Susan Sarandon wasn't yet "Susan Sarandon"(hell, Barry Bostwick wasn't even "Barry Bostwick"!). Listening tothese science-fiction double-feature showtunes will take you back through a timewarp to the days when the now-Academy-Award-winning actress was perfectlywilling to stand around for most of a picture in her bra and panties--and sowould her boyfriend!In those days, they were just Brad and Janet, forced tospend a dark and stormy (also sexy) night in the haunted house of mad scientistFrank N. Furter--just a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania-ha-hawho really knew how to belt out a song.Those were the days. --JimEmerson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You SO need this soundtrack!
I'm just going to say it straight out, this soundtrack is a MUST HAVE! Not only is this movie totally great, the soundtrack is equally superb. The songs go from catchy to addictive (I think the fact that you can sing the phrase "Be It, Don't Dream It" over and over.. and over..... and over- contributes somewhat,) but addictive in a good way. The songs range in genre, yet all seem to posess one similar characteristic - they are all really really good! Although RHPS is most well known for "Time Warp," it isnt the only hit the movie bore. "Sweet Transvestite," a powerful rockish tune in which Tim Curry gives a dramatic vocal performance is definitely a favorite of mine and many others. "I'm Going Home" is on a much softer note, a beautiful ballad with a few splashes of violin, sax, and electric guitar, with great back-up vocals. "Over at the Frankenstein Place" is a nice little duet with Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon and a small part with Richard Obrien with his odd and imperfect voice, but that's what makes it so cool! "Science Fiction" is another slightly odd-voiced song, but the awkward sound of it is what makes it so special. Also, Meatloaf's song "Hot Patootie" is an instantaneous favorite with it's old time rock n roll sound. "Eddie" is also a favorite of mine, it's timeless! In fact this whole album is timeless, seeing as how it was recorded in '75 i believe, and I can still listen to it without cringing! Actually, i don't cringe at most any 70's music, but THIS particular CD is very non-cringy! It's the anti-cringe! What can I say you have to get it! Just get it already! And don't forget the movie!

5-0 out of 5 stars A really great listen!
I first saw RHPS on December 12, 2002 when I bought it on VHS. I've been a huge fan since then. Not too long after, I bought the soundtrack, which I never seem to stop listening to.

Science Fiction/Double Feature-5 out of 5-A wonderful opening song. It seems to tell you right away what this movie is: a spoof on all of the past Science Fiction movies. Richard O'Brien is great singing this one. ;)

Dammit, Janet-5 out of 5-Great singing by Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon(B.B. and S.S. =P).

Over at the Frankenstein Place-5 out of 5-Great song. I really love singing back-up and Riff-Raff's verse in this song.

Time Warp-5 out of 5-I love Patricia Quinn as Magenta. I always sing her parts in this song. Also, the dance is so much fun to do.

Sweet Transvestite-5 out of 5-Noone could ever pull off the role of Frank N. Furter like Tim Curry. Tim has the look and the voice.

I Can Make You A Man-5 out of 5-Great song. Tim really sounds great here.

Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul-5 out of 5-One of my favorites from this album. Meatloaf, I believe was the best choice as Eddie.

I Can Make You A Man(reprise)-Great finish. I really like Mendelssohn's wedding march re-done with a rock sound.

Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me-5 out of 5-Susan Sarandon is great as Janet. This is a great song.

Eddie-5 out of 5-Jonathan Adams is great as Dr. Everett von Scott. This is a great 60's style rock song. Very fun to dance around and sing to.

The Floor Show-100 out of 5-The best song on the album! My favorite part to it is "Wild and Untamed Thing".

I'm Going Home-5 out of 5-The saddest song on the album. I always get sad during this song in the movie because I know Frank's murder is coming up. =(

Super Heroes-5 out of 5-It's sad because what Brad and Janet were singing about, summed up, is that they had a taste of a seedy life and it was abruptly taken away from them and they feel the repercussions of their actions.

Science Fiction/Double Feature-5 out of 5-A re-telling of the movie, in song form! =D

This movie isn't for everyone. You'd have to have a very open mind to be able to sit through it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Which is better? The movie or the soundtrack?
Thats a really hard question, because they're both so uberly awesome! I mean, this is what all soundtracks should be like. The ones that come out today, just mark some of the songs in the film, and they don't exactly make you replay the movie in your head when you listen to it. This is exactly what this soundtrack does! Just listening to "Time Warp" I want to get up and do the dance, and I can see the antics of Magenta, Riff Raff, Frank, Brad and Janet in my head. This soundtrack brings back so many memories!

I first watched this movie at a movie night at my soon to be boyfriend's house in 9th grade. After that I became obsessed with this movie! I later watched it again on tv by myself at home, and I realized that its one of those films, that just seems to be better if you're watching it with a group of really close friends. So, when my boyfriend gave me the soundtrack for V-day, (hahaha!) I was extactic after listening to it for the first time! Even though I was by myself, it brought back all the magic of the movie, both of the film itself, and of the craziness that insued while we were watching it! This is truly one of those soundtracks that can be listened to just for itself, and not for the movie! Known of the songs sound the same, and they all kinda make you sit up and go "What did they just say!?!?!" hahaha! Its a surprising and delighting album, and definately worth a buy, whether you've seen the film or not! And if you haven't, one listen to it, and you'll want to!

5-0 out of 5 stars all hail frank n' furter!!!!!!!!!
i am thrilled to report(memories like the 'cobwebs' of my mind), that i was in the audience for the official opening of "RHPS"in 1975...and i like everyone else became instantly intoxicated and obessesed with frank and his denizens. the power the film had over a generation, via its imagery, symbolism, characters and their talent could be likened to releasing invisible heroin into the atomosphere at regular intervals keeping us in a constant state of euphoric submission. i think its absolutely redundant to review this recording. it is however, etched into our cultures psyche and has opened doors for the depraved, the not so depraved,the gay, bi, lesbian, transed out, geeky, s&m'd, stifled, frigid, barren, openminded andclosed, worn in, worn out, fresh, nubile, old, young, smart, slow, you name it.... peoples, of every walk of life and much, much more;futher confirming the power the entertainment industries have to influence. i saw the stage production at the roxy only once, albeit after tim curry left. in his stead was the wonderful and extremely competent paul jabara who unfortunately died way too soon. he was also responsible for penning some very famous pop tunes including "last dance," and "enough is enough." the stage production and its soundtrack primed me for the forthcoming film. i remember the build up..the hype..which can often leave one disappointed. the film in this case was rare in that it FAR EXCEEDED everyones expectations. because the film is what i identify(ied) with so much, the soundtrack has a VERYsoft spot in my heart. i did have to adust to the slowing down of the songs, but only for a very brief period. they simply took what was great and made it greater...perfection! if you're reading this, chances are youre already a fan. if you're new to RHPS then please, do yourself the biggest favor and GET IT! you will join ranks and be a part of a massive cult following that believe it or not, continues to grow. rock on!

5-0 out of 5 stars See it, then hear it, dream it, then be it.
You don't have to see the movie to enjoy this soundtrack, oh wait, yes you do. Really though. It's as insane as the movie is, and once you see and hear it, you'll understand why it's got the biggest cult following of anything ever. You eventually become part of the music, addicted, and then are forced to give in to absolute pleasure. You'll start to dream it, and then you'll be it. GREAT SCOTT!!! It's just crazy science fiction. Besides everything else, the music itself really is great. I highly recommend "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". I'm going home. ... Read more


19. Annie (Original 1982 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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2-0 out of 5 stars ICK - SAME THING I SAY ABOUT THE OVERBLOWN MOVIE
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 talent...it 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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20. 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


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