Brokeback Mountain [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

( 6 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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, ...
See more details below
CD
$16.55
BN.com price
(Save 12%)$18.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (7) from $5.83   
  • New (4) from $8.25   
  • Used (3) from $5.83   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602498865859
  • Catalog Number: 000560402
  • Sales rank: 84,610

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening (1:31)
  2. 2 He Was a Friend of Mine - Willie Nelson (4:39)
  3. 3 Brokeback Mountain 1 (2:32)
  4. 4 A Love That Will Never Grow Old (for the film Brokeback Mountain) - Emmylou Harris (3:20)
  5. 5 King of the Road - Teddy Thompson (2:52)
  6. 6 Snow (1:18)
  7. 7 The Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle (2:34)
  8. 8 No One's Gonna Love You Like Me (for the film Brokeback Mountain) - Mary McBride (3:06)
  9. 9 Brokeback Mountain 2 (1:59)
  10. 10 I Don't Want to Say Goodbye (for the film Brokeback Mountain) - Teddy Thompson (3:12)
  11. 11 I Will Never Let You Go (for the film Brokeback Mountain) - Jackie Greene (1:55)
  12. 12 Riding Horses (1:24)
  13. 13 An Angel Went Up in Flames (for the film Brokeback Mountain) - Gas Band (2:36)
  14. 14 It's So Easy - Linda Ronstadt (2:27)
  15. 15 Brokeback Mountain 3 (2:14)
  16. 16 The Maker Makes - Rufus Wainwright (3:50)
  17. 17 The Wings (1:52)
Read More Show Less

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
Tom Baker Mastering
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magnificent soundtrack!

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Missed Opportunity

    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!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Single cord emotions struck!

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing soundtrack for an equally amazing film.....

    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!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews