Knight's Tale

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 accompanyingSee 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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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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