Knight's Tale

A Knight's Tale

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In A Knight's Tale, Heath Ledger is William Thatcher, a peasant masquerading as his recently deceased master in order to participate in a local jousting tournament. Writer/director Brian Helgeland takes a contemporary approach towards this period piece, linking this medieval test of manhood to the spirit of rock 'n' roll. As a result, the accompanying…  See more details below

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In A Knight's Tale, Heath Ledger is William Thatcher, a peasant masquerading as his recently deceased master in order to participate in a local jousting tournament. Writer/director Brian Helgeland takes a contemporary approach towards this period piece, linking this medieval test of manhood to the spirit of rock 'n' roll. As a result, the accompanying soundtrack plays like a perfect classic rock mix tape featuring a plethora of legendary rockers, including Eric Clapton ("Further On up the Road"), Sly & the Family Stone ("I Want to Take You Higher"), Heart ("Crazy on You"), and David Bowie ("Golden Years"). Helgeland keeps the film's bloody battle sequences moving with testosterone-laden anthems by Thin Lizzy ("The Boys Are Back in Town"), Bachman-Turner Overdrive ("Takin' Care of Business"), and Queen ("We Will Rock You"). The most pleasant surprises, however, are provided by Robbie Williams, who teams with Queen's surviving members for a sweeping version of "We Are the Champions," and Third Eye Blind on the Pearl Jam-meets-U2 guitar overdrive of "Eye Conqueror." A soundtrack this action-packed is bound to make both your day and knight.

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All Music Guide - Brad Kohlenstein
Bachman Turner Overdrive. Thin Lizzy. Heart. Just screams 14th century right? Well, they promised a summer blockbuster, not a history lesson. Aside from that, director Brian Helgeland's decision to pair medieval heroics with rock standards from the '70s actually makes a little sense. True, this is a tale of knights, valor, and, of course, love, but it is also a story of teenage rebellion, boys being boys, and, well, love. These are bona fide classics from the era that cornered the market on youthful freedom rock and romance despite what Daddy thinks. The album opens up like walking into a packed stadium (be the sport football or joust), with Queen's bleacher-creature anthem "We Will Rock You." It slides into the funky bassline of War's "Low Rider," and it's all hits from there on out. The collection combines can't-help-but-singalong favorites like "Takin' Care of Business" and "The Boys Are Back in Town" with a couple slightly rarer gems, David Bowie's "Golden Years" and Eric Clapton's blues cover, "Further on up the Road." It closes with two bonus tracks from Dan Powell and Third Eye Blind, which feel like they were literally tacked on to attract the teens likely to make up much of their audience. While they're fine songs, they aren't used in the film and feel out of place here. Fortunately their position at the end keeps them from disrupting the flow of an otherwise well put together soundtrack, which is great for a road trip or storming the castle.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998564824
catalogNumber:
85648

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Track Performer
Heart   Track Performer
Queen   Track Performer
Rare Earth   Track Performer
Sly & The Family Stone   Track Performer
Thin Lizzy   Track Performer
War   Track Performer
Bachman-Turner Overdrive   Track Performer
Carter Burwell   Track Performer
Eric Clapton   Track Performer
Third Eye Blind   Track Performer
Robbie Williams   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Brian May   Composer
David Coleman   Art Direction
Don Robey   Composer
Glen Brunman   Soundtrack Executive Producer
Joe Medwick   Composer
Denise Luiso   Contributor
Dave Donnelly   Mastering

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Knight's Tale 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A Knight's Tale is one of the most refreshing movies I have seen in a very long time. Rather than confining itself to your typical medieval film, A Knight's Tale takes risks and becomes unique in that it takes an old setting and creates modern music and fun in it. A fun movie with terrific music, A Knight's Tale is a winner all the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading over a lot of reviews I see people were annoyed by the use of 70's music in the movie.. I loved it! It was entertaining at the least. Although it was supposed to be set in .. what? 1320? I doubt many people would've gone to see it if it had not been modernized. I really recommend the movie to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie itself was great; the humor was a nice subtle touch in most cases, and the music was a great addition. But, why isn't AC/DC 's ''You Shook Me All Night Long'' on the sound track? It played during the credits, and it's one of my favorite songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only did I love the movie, A Knight's Tale and Heath Ledger, but the music was awesome!! The 70's music in the movie made me want to get up and dance.... it just made an already enjoyable movie into an even more enjoyable experience. I would recommend everyone to see it and buy the soundtrack !!! Heath Legder Rocks !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the movie. And I love the soundtrack. I bought the soundtrack yesterday. And I cant stop listening to it. HEATH LEDGER ROCKS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music helps drive this action, romantic comedy. It is the movie and soundtrack of the year in my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is very good, and mainly light-hearted. It's quirky- not quite what you would expect from what appears to be a serious movie- but a serious movie this is not. My personal favorites on the soundtrack are ''Golden Years'' (by David Bowie) and ''Pieces'' by Dan Powell, which was not included in the movie but probably should have been. It's a light, mellow song, with a melody that jabbers around in your head for awhile. I would definitely recommend the soundtrack to anyone who found the movie mildly entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Soundtrack is incrediable. It's a perfect compliment to the movie, ''A Knight's Tale'' which was an automatic classic. Including some great classic Rock tracks like ''We Will Rock You'' -Queen, ''Golden Years'' -David Bowie, ''The Boys Are Back In Town'' -Thin Lizzy, and more, this Soundtrack is a perfect addition to your collection. It also includes two incrediable bonus tracks and the audio from an important speech made in the movie. If you dont already have this soundtrack, there's no doubt about it, you GOT to go get NOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is amoung many of the best soundtracks out to be purchased. It gave ''A Knight's Tale'' a wonderful fullfilling experience to be watched. Without the great Moderen Day music chosen for this movie,it wouldn't have been as great. I am always happy to choose this soundtrack to listen to, as my first choice with no thought in mind. I LOVE A KNIGHT'S TALE!!!!!!!
ImThrower More than 1 year ago
I keep it in my car, on my ipod and my computer. My friends know that it is my favorite CD because I listen to it all the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago