Across the Universe [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As soundtracks to misguided Beatles-inspired movies go, Across the Universe -- the companion piece to Julie Taymor's pseudo-psychedelic fantasmagoria extravaganza, telling the story of the '60s through the tunes of the Fab Four -- isn't too embarrassing. Certainly, it lacks the appalling tackiness of Sgt. Pepper and it's not as stuffy as All This and World War II, but avoiding these two traps isn't a very high bar to meet, and Across the Universe winds up having its own bewildering gaudy moments. Taymor's overly designed fantasia is at once too tasteful and too garish, which is an odd combination for an odd movie -- and something that may be more gripping on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As soundtracks to misguided Beatles-inspired movies go, Across the Universe -- the companion piece to Julie Taymor's pseudo-psychedelic fantasmagoria extravaganza, telling the story of the '60s through the tunes of the Fab Four -- isn't too embarrassing. Certainly, it lacks the appalling tackiness of Sgt. Pepper and it's not as stuffy as All This and World War II, but avoiding these two traps isn't a very high bar to meet, and Across the Universe winds up having its own bewildering gaudy moments. Taymor's overly designed fantasia is at once too tasteful and too garish, which is an odd combination for an odd movie -- and something that may be more gripping on screen than it is on record, where the flaws of the casting tend to be harder to ignore, at least in musical terms. Curiously enough, that's as true of the actors as it is the pro singers. It may be expected that Evan Rachel Wood is as charmless on record as she is on screen, but it's hard to ignore how Dana Fuchs furiously channels Melissa Etheridge (especially on "Helter Skelter") to no avail when her performance is isolated as music, but the biggest surprise is that Bono not only looks like a dead ringer for Robin Williams in the film, but he sounds a bit like him too, as he gracelessly slaughters "I Am the Walrus" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" with his dogged, overly earnest readings. Bono may have no ear for whimsy, but his brave literalism in the face of nonsense fits Taymor's literal interpretations of the Beatles catalog yet it provides the soundtrack with its only fleeting moments of camp -- although TV Carpio's lesbian longing on "I Want to Hold Your Hand" comes close, due to its hazy, soft symphonic makeover -- as most of this slides by agreeably enough. Jim Sturgess has the same plainspoken delivery as Ewan MacGregor in Moulin Rouge, which helps in love songs from "All My Loving" to "Something" -- and he does a credible job on the rockabilly revamp of "I've Just Seen a Face" -- and Joe Cocker steals the show with his slinky, funky, spacey version of "Come Together." And, apart from Bono and Fuchs' too-strong soulful belting, nothing is distracting -- but nothing is particularly memorable as music, either, which is odd because the movie itself is certainly memorable, whether you like it or not. But that just means that Across the Universe falls prey to the curse of jukebox musicals on Broadway -- no matter how good or how bad the music is, it ultimately only whets the appetite for the original recordings, which is certainly the case here.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As soundtracks to Beatles-inspired movies go, Across the Universe -- the companion piece to Julie Taymor's pseudo-psychedelic fantasmagoria extravaganza that tells the story of the '60s through the tunes of the Fab Four -- has bewilderingly gaudy moments, but it's not as appallingly tacky as Sgt. Pepper or as stuffy as All This and World War II. Still, Taymor's overly designed fantasia is at once too tasteful and too garish, which is an odd combination for an odd movie -- and something that may be more gripping onscreen than it is on record. Dana Fuchs furiously channels Melissa Etheridge (especially on "Helter Skelter") when her performance is isolated as music, although the biggest surprise is that Bono not only looks like a dead ringer for Robin Williams in the film, but he sounds a bit like him too, with overly earnest readings of "I Am the Walrus" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Much of the rest slides by agreeably enough. Jim Sturgess has the same plainspoken delivery as Ewan MacGregor in Moulin Rouge, which helps in love songs from "All My Loving" to "Something" -- and he does a credible job on the rockabilly revamp of "I've Just Seen a Face" -- while Joe Cocker steals the show with his slinky, funky, spacy version of "Come Together." And, apart from Bono and Fuchs' too-strong soulful belting, nothing is distracting -- but the biggest strength of Across the Universe may be that, when considered in its entirety, it mainly whets the appetite for the original recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2007
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517449749
  • Catalog Number: 000980102
  • Sales rank: 8,638

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All My Loving - Jim Sturgess (2:32)
  2. 2 I Want to Hold Your Hand - T.V. Carpio (2:45)
  3. 3 It Won't Be Long - Evan Rachel Wood (2:19)
  4. 4 I've Just Seen a Face - Jim Sturgess (1:51)
  5. 5 Let It Be - Keefus Ciancia (2:33)
  6. 6 Come Together - Joe Cocker (4:25)
  7. 7 I Am the Walrus - Keefus Ciancia (4:46)
  8. 8 Something - Jim Sturgess (3:02)
  9. 9 Oh! Darling - Keefus Ciancia (2:30)
  10. 10 Strawberry Fields Forever - Keefus Ciancia (3:37)
  11. 11 Across the Universe - Jim Sturgess (3:29)
  12. 12 Helter Skelter - Dana Fuchs (3:43)
  13. 13 Happiness Is a Warm Gun - Keefus Ciancia (3:10)
  14. 14 Blackbird - Evan Rachel Wood (3:05)
  15. 15 Hey Jude - Joe Anderson (4:10)
  16. 16 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Bono (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Stewart Musician
Bernie Worrell Musician
Ronnie Cuber Musician
Gil Goldstein Musician
Jim Keltner Musician
The Edge Background Vocals
Carla Azar Musician
Stephen Bruton Musician
T Bone Burnett Musician
Peter Calo Musician
Robert Carlisle Musician
Keith Ciancia Musician
Caroline Dale Musician
Charley Drayton Musician
Teese Gohl Musician
Page Hamilton Musician
Dan Higgins Musician
Richard King Musician
Howard Levy Musician
Olivia McClurkin Choir Conductor
Marcus Rojas Musician
Jonathan Sheffer Conductor
Patrick Warren Musician
Bruce Williamson Musician
Elliot Goldenthal Musician
Jay Bellerose Musician
Antoine Silverman Musician
Marc Mann Musician
Mike Elizondo Musician
Michael Roth Musician
Pancho Navarro Musician
Rick Martinez Musician
Josh Garza Musician
Brandon Curtis Musician
Brian John Mitchell Musician
T-Bone Wolk Musician
Anja Wood Musician
Martin Luther "M.L." McCoy Musician
Benjamin Curtis Musician
Across the Universe Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Louis Bellafatto Vocal Supervision
T Bone Burnett Producer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Teese Gohl Producer
Jimmy Iovine Soundtrack Executive Producer
Joel Iwataki Engineer
Stephen McLaughlin Engineer
Elliot Goldenthal Producer, Orchestration
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Paul Bogaev Vocal Supervision
Robert Elhai Orchestration
Lawrence Manchester Engineer
Liam Ward Creative Assistance
Julie Taymor Soundtrack Executive Producer
Brandon Mason Engineer
Josh Garza Producer
Brandon Curtis Producer
Halsey Quemere Engineer
Jason Wormer Engineer
Ghian Wright Engineer
Stacy Parrish Engineer
Yohei Goto Engineer
Emile Kelman Engineer
Sheldon Yellowhair Engineer
Missy Webb Engineer
Vanessa Parr Engineer
Tony Seyler Soundtrack Executive Producer
Adam Haggar Engineer
Bryan Pugh Engineer
Benjamin Curtis Producer
Steve Sherr Marketing
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Older and better

    I'm sixty three and this movie was recommended to me by my fifteen year old granddaughter who loved it. I liked the Beatles music in the past but never owned an album. But, I really liked the way the movie incorporated the songs into the screen play and so, I bought the CD version. I have a new appreciation for the songs and how talented this group really was. I recommend both the DVD and the CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Amazing!

    I just watched the movie and i loved it especialy the songs. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the Beatles. The vocal are in my opinion amazing. Who ever made movie really outdid there self!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes, I too am a big Beatles fan...

    All of the artists on this CD are great...however, I'm not a BONO fan at all. Joe Cocker is legendary! I've seen him in concert. I've seen Paul McCartney in concert...his show is certainly the next best thing to the Beatles live. I was skeptical of this movie and CD, but when Jim sings "Girl" at the beginning of the movie, I knew I was in for a treat! And, Joe Cocker singing "Come Together" gives me goosebumps! This CD will find a place with my Beatles CDs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Amazing MOVIE

    This movie was pure perfection. I've never seen such an amazing film. They re-did the beatles music so well they must be proud. It left me wanting more I plan on seeing it 100 more times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Waste Your Money

    My sister saw this movie and purchased the soundtrack and I had the misfortune of sampling the first few songs....the music seemed very flat and dull to me and the artists didn't sound very talented in the vocal department. Save your money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic music

    I saw the movie and thought it was ok. But the music was so wonderful, I ordered the soundtrack as soon as I got home. I'm not a Beatles fan - well, I wasn't a Beatles fan- but the sound directors of 'Across the Universe' did such an incredible job arranging the music in the 32 songs used in the movie - I think I may be a convert now. My only disappointment with this CD is that they didn't record all of the songs. I'm looking forward to a CD with all 32 songs on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!!

    I saw the movie and immediately went out to buy the soundtrack! I hated the Beatles before I saw this movie, and now I love this soundtrack! It's amazing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    The way they captured the essence of The Beatles is phenomenal. The songs are heart-warming and passionate. Beautifully done. I highly recommend the movie which was stunning, captivating, moving, and imaginative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worth buying

    the music is a great new modern spin on the still wonderful originals and the movie is just as aesthetically pleasing as the the soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This has to be one of the best things I have heard in a while. It's a new twist on the old without altering it to much. It refreshing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I liked it!

    I've read a lot of the reviews of "Across the Universe" and I've noticed something : Either people absolutely love it or they loathe it. I on the other hand like this soundtrack. I haven't seen the movie yet but the music isn't half bad. So far I think my favorite track is "Blackbird" , it's melodic and sweet. I know the original songs arw just as good but I think this album makes a pretty good attempt to recreate the magic the Fab four did so many years ago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am in love with this CD!

    This is my ultimate favorite CD! These artists are so talented and, well, it's the Beatles, so it's awesome!!

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