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Brokeback Mountain [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
     

Brokeback Mountain [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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by Gustavo Santaolalla
 
At the heart of this contemporary western centered on a forbidden romance between two cowboys is the soundtrack music, produced and largely written by Gustavo Santaolalla. A former Latin rock producer (Café Tacuba, Molotov), Santaolalla takes a minimalist approach here, setting a twangy, atmospheric tone that suggests the work of producers Daniel Lanois and Malcolm

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At the heart of this contemporary western centered on a forbidden romance between two cowboys is the soundtrack music, produced and largely written by Gustavo Santaolalla. A former Latin rock producer (Café Tacuba, Molotov), Santaolalla takes a minimalist approach here, setting a twangy, atmospheric tone that suggests the work of producers Daniel Lanois and Malcolm Burn. The Argentinean composer's contributions include the Emmylou Harris–sung "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" (co-written with Bernie Taupin) and the honky-tonk weeper "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me," sung by Loretta Lynn ringer Mary McBride. Aided by Bob Bernstein's keening pedal steel guitar, Santaolalla plays guitar and pump organ on nuanced instrumentals such as the sparse "Riding Horses" and the trio of "Brokeback Mountain" themes that will haunt you long after the disc stops spinning. Elsewhere, the mood lightens considerably with the Gas Band's fiddle-driven instrumental "An Angel Went Up in Flames," Jackie Greene's breezy, honky-tonk number "I Will Never Let You Go," and Teddy Thompson and Rufus Wainwright's smoky interpretation of Roger Miller's classic "King of the Road." Two previously released cuts, Steve Earle's stomper "The Devil's Right Hand" and Linda Ronstadt's 1978 cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," add spunk and nicely complement the soundtrack's original fare. Wielding a velvet touch, Santaolalla makes the music behind Brokeback Mountain as compelling and seductive as the lauded film.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What is most notable about the soundtrack to Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain is the original score by Argentine music wizard Gustavo Santaolalla (producer of the grand Café Tacuba recordings and a songwriter in his own right, as evidenced by his two albums, Gas and Ronroco). His interludes and cues evoke the very landscape that Lee portrays in his film, but there are also some fine vocal performances by a star-studded cast of singers. Willie Nelson's read of "He Was A Friend of Mine," complete with squeezebox and layered acoustic guitars, is gorgeous. Emmylou Harris's performance of Santaolalla's and Bernie Taupin's ' "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" is simple, spare, and poignant. The shuffling honky tonk ballad that Santaolalla wrote for Mary McBride, with its crying pedal steel, hits close to the bone and evokes Patsy Cline. Likewise, the hard driving country of "I Will Never Let You Go," written for Jackie Greene, is tough and tender. Santaolalla's cues, like the best of Ry Cooder's film scores, touch the film's scenery, move its narrative, and pricelessly frame it in time. Teddy Thompson and Rufus Wainwright team for a throwaway country-swing version of Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," but Thompson does a fine job on the Santaolalla and Taupin tune, "I Don't Want To Say Goodbye," that is as heartbroken a ballad as one is likely to hear. This is an utterly wonderful soundtrack that could have done without Linda Ronstadt's version of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand," or even Wainwright's "The Maker Makes," but this is a small complaint.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602498865859
catalogNumber:
000560402

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gustavo Santaolalla   Primary Artist,Guitar,Pump Organ
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Ray Kennedy   Electric Guitar
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Steve Earle   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Mike Clarke   Drums
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Danny Dougmore   Steel Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Tony Garnier   Acoustic Bass
Bob Glaub   Bass
Anibal Kerpel   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
David Mansfield   Mandolin
Greg Morrow   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Carmella Ramsey   Fiddle
George Recile   Drums
Richard Ruttenberg   Piano
Garry Tallent   Bass
Mike Turner   Guitar
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Matthew Johnson   Drums
Teddy Thompson   Vocals
Mary McBride   Vocals
Jackie Greene   Vocals
Bob "Boo" Bernstein   Pedal Steel Guitar
Gas Band   Ensemble
Jeffrey Hill   Bass
Matthew Johnson   Drums
Mike Turner   Guitar
Mike Clarke   Drums
Ray Kennedy   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Producer,Engineering
Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Earle   Composer,Producer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Steve Addabbo   Engineering
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Larry Campbell   Producer
Anibal Kerpel   Programming,Engineering
Larry Klein   Producer
Tony Peluso   Engineering
Gustavo Santaolalla   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Ang Lee   Executive Producer
Rufus Wainwright   Composer,Producer,Engineering
Kathy Nelson   Executive Producer
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Helix Hadar   Engineering
Teddy Thompson   Producer
David Buntz   Album Administrator
Christine Bergren   Legal Counsel
James Schamus   Executive Producer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Helik Hadar   Engineering
Ray Kennedy   Producer,Engineering

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4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Brokeback Mountain soundtrack is rich in earthy western tones evoking everything from dewdrop mornings on the range to cool evening conversations with wide open stellar skies, and everything in between. All of this with a backdrop of impatient want and loss. Gustavo Santaolalla's music uses single, deliberate cords to strike up buried, feared, tortured emotions. The undercurrent of this soundtrack is hearty, western pioneering spirit juxtaposed against the grain of human emotion in the 20th century. The soundtrack stays true to the storyline - a magnificent marriage of sound and vision.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot express the feelings that come over me when I hear this man play a guitar. It leaves me with the feeling of total ease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the film before I purchased the soundtrack, which is usually my routine. After seeing the film, I fell in love with the score and decided to purchase the soundtrack for the score. I certainly got my money's worth regarding the instrumental. Although very simple, it is beautiful, and fits so perfectly with the film. Also, not expecting the other songs to impress me because i'm not a huge country fan, let me say, every single one is great. "He was a friend of mine" sticks out very much because it is the song that plays in the credits, and makes you think of the film the most. Beautiful song. Another two that stick out are "A love that will never grow old," and "I don't want to say goodbye." Although they are not very noticeable in the film, they are certainly noticeable on this soundtrack. Also, the format in which the soundtrack is set up allows the listener to really relive the film. An instrumental will come on, then a song, then instrumental, and so on. This soundtrack is one in which I listen to straight through, which is rare for me. If you like simplicity in score, and wonderful country compilations, this soundtrack is for you. You will love it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Brokeback Mountain soundtrack missed a great opportunity by not including Elton John's "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy"! Shame! Two stars for that oversight!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am a classical music lover and not particularly fond of country music, however this soundtrack is SO incredibly beautiful and well done, i will never tire of listening to it--i have bought them for the house, the car, and my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago