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Catch Me If You Can [Music from the Motion Picture]
     

Catch Me If You Can [Music from the Motion Picture]

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by John Williams [composer]
 
Steven Spielberg’s identity-fraud caper Catch Me if You Can is a change of pace for nearly all involved, and that includes composer John Williams. For this breezy chase flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio, as a young con man with a talent for check kiting and impersonation, and Tom Hanks, as the federal agent hot on his tail, Williams forgoes his usual grand

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Steven Spielberg’s identity-fraud caper Catch Me if You Can is a change of pace for nearly all involved, and that includes composer John Williams. For this breezy chase flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio, as a young con man with a talent for check kiting and impersonation, and Tom Hanks, as the federal agent hot on his tail, Williams forgoes his usual grand operatic bombast (think: Star Wars and Indiana Jones) for a jazzy turn. Williams’s tart, midcentury-modern fragments weave in and out of the movie’s globetrotting scenario, incorporating such classics as Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me,” Judy Garland’s “Embraceable You,” and -- with a nod to cinematic history -- Dusty Springfield’s delicious “The Look of Love,” originally recorded for the Casino Royale soundtrack. Balancing the classic pop selections is Williams’s “Father and Son” and “A Broken Home,” which lend the score a tender sheen. With its entertaining mix of nostalgic and original material, this is one soundtrack you’ll want to catch while you can.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The bulk of the soundtrack album to the caper film Catch Me If You Can is comprised of the score by John Williams, a frequent collaborator with the movie's director, Steven Spielberg. Though Spielberg writes in his brief sleeve note that Williams has "composed a score in the idiom of progressive jazz prevalent in the '50s and '60s," you're not going to confuse this with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, or Dave Brubeck. No one has such unreasonable expectations, of course. But the fact is that this is pretty standard whimsical suspense movie soundtrack music, with some sax solos providing jazzy colors. Breaking up the instrumental score are a handful of quality mid-20th century easy listening pop tunes (in their original versions): Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me," Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto's "The Girl from Ipanema," Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song," Judy Garland's "Embraceable You," and Dusty Springfield's "The Look of Love."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445041028
catalogNumber:
450410

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Williams [composer]   Primary Artist,Conductor
Judy Garland   Vocals
Frank Sinatra   Vocals
Dusty Springfield   Vocals
Stan Getz   Saxophone
Astrud Gilberto   Vocals
João Gilberto   Guitar,Vocals
Nat King Cole   Vocals
Alan Estes   Vibes,Soloist
Dan Higgins   Saxophone,Soloist
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Piano
John Williams   Conductor

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Lyricist
John Williams [composer]   Producer
Hal David   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Lyricist
Shawn Murphy   Engineer,Engineering
James Van Heusen   Lyricist
Robert Wells   Lyricist
John Williams   Producer
Steven Spielberg   Essay
Julie Butchko   Song Clearance
Lenny Wohl   Music Business Affairs

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Catch Me If You Can [Music from the Motion Picture] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Catch Me If You Can Soundtrack is one of my favorite soundtracks right now. I listened to the soundtrack before I saw the movie, and after listening to it I knew then that I had to see the movie. I love the way that all the music on this album reflects the time period of the movie. All the tracks are classics. I love track 15, Dusty Springfield¿s "The Look of Love" which was also remade by my favorite R&B vocalists Anita Baker. I also like track 6, "The Girl from Ipanema". Who doesn¿t love that song? It¿s definitely a favorite. The album is definitely worthy. I recommend it for all those who want a taste of real music.