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American Beauty [Original Soundtrack]
     

American Beauty [Original Soundtrack]

 
Civilized alt-rock alternates with vintage rock and pop hits on this schizy-but-satisfying musical companion to one of the year's most acclaimed films, which itself explores the middle-aged crazies. In the former category, bard of the cinema Elliott Smith (his "Miss Misery" from GOOD WILL HUNTING was

Overview

Civilized alt-rock alternates with vintage rock and pop hits on this schizy-but-satisfying musical companion to one of the year's most acclaimed films, which itself explores the middle-aged crazies. In the former category, bard of the cinema Elliott Smith (his "Miss Misery" from GOOD WILL HUNTING was nominated for an Oscar) croons a sweetly falsetto-laced version of the Beatles' "Because"; Sebadoh spinoff Folk Implosion offers up the harmonious, little mid-tempo rocker "Free to Go"; Eels toss off "Cancer for the Cure," with its nicely tough, '60s-garage vibe; and the intriguingly hard-to-categorize, atmospheric, British blues-jam band Gomez is represented by one of its most mesmerizing cuts, "We Haven't Turned Around." Interspersed with these end-of-the-century airs are such classic-rock warhorses as Free's "All Right Now" and the Who's "The Seeker" (also a central component of the recent soundtrack to THE LIMEY), not to mention Bill Withers's laconic "Use Me" and Bobby Darin's swingin' "Don't Rain on My Parade." Plus, there's sublime vocal jazz from Betty Carter (the sensuous "Open the Door") and Peggy Lee (an enchanted "Bali Ha'i," from SOUTH PACIFIC). AMERICAN BEAUTY is bookended by vivid-as-watercolors instrumental tracks from Thomas Newman, who composed the film's score.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Sam Mendes' American Beauty features the opening and closing themes from Thomas Newman's score, as well as a mix of classic and cutting-edge rock, pop, and soul. Bobby Darin's "Don't Rain on My Parade," Betty Carter's "Open the Door," and Peggy Lee's "Bali Ha'i" add to the film's conventional, suburban setting, while Free's "All Right Now," the Who's "The Seeker," and the Folk Implosion's "Free to Go" suggest the turbulence lying just under the surface. The soundtrack also includes a previously unreleased version of the Beatles' "Because" by Elliot Smith.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0600445021020
catalogNumber:
4502102

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Performance Credits

Peggy Lee   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Free   Track Performer
Who   Track Performer
Bill Withers   Track Performer
Betty Carter   Track Performer
Gomez   Track Performer
Folk Implosion   Track Performer
Eels   Track Performer
Elliott Smith   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Rodgers   Composer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Dave Marquette   Engineer
Thomas Newman   Producer
Thomas Pasatieri   Orchestration
Stewart Whitmore   Engineer
Bill Bernstein   Producer
Tom Hardisty   Engineer
Chris Douridas   Executive Producer
Sam Mendes   Executive Producer

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