Charlie Wilson's War [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Like the Mike Nichols political dramedy it accompanies, James Newton Howard's score for Charlie Wilson's War journeys from the American Midwest to the Middle East and back again, juxtaposing homespun folk melodies and accents with colorfully ethnic instruments and rhythms. Howard is more effective at this kind of pan-cultural fusion than most, and his melodies sound as natural and evocative when performed on fiddle and pedal steel as they do when interpreted via wailing vocals and hand percussion -- of course, the orchestral sections are also far too ponderous for their own good, as Howard once again mistakenly equates scale with dramatic impact. But even if Charlie ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Like the Mike Nichols political dramedy it accompanies, James Newton Howard's score for Charlie Wilson's War journeys from the American Midwest to the Middle East and back again, juxtaposing homespun folk melodies and accents with colorfully ethnic instruments and rhythms. Howard is more effective at this kind of pan-cultural fusion than most, and his melodies sound as natural and evocative when performed on fiddle and pedal steel as they do when interpreted via wailing vocals and hand percussion -- of course, the orchestral sections are also far too ponderous for their own good, as Howard once again mistakenly equates scale with dramatic impact. But even if Charlie Wilson's War succumbs to the composer's usual weaknesses, it nevertheless sends his music in promising new directions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206687026
  • Catalog Number: 066870

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Charlie Wilson (3:03)
  2. 2 Telex Machine (1:30)
  3. 3 Jailbait (1:03)
  4. 4 Refugee Camp (5:08)
  5. 5 It's Up To Me (2:39)
  6. 6 The Belly Dancer (2:41)
  7. 7 The Belly Dancer (8:34)
  8. 8 Turning The Tide (1:12)
  9. 9 Balcony (1:29)
  10. 10 Honored Colleague (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Newton Howard Primary Artist
Ali Jihad Racy Wind Instruments
Matt Rollings Piano
John Bilezikjian Oud
Jim Keltner Drums
Alex Acuña Hand Percussion
George Doering Guitar
Pedro Eustache Wind Instruments
Mike Fisher Percussion
Ray Herndon Guitar
Viktor Krauss Bass
Buck Reid Pedal Steel Guitar
Pete Anthony Conductor
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Satnam Ramgotra Tabla, Frame Drum
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Grant Gershon Choir Conductor
Hollywood Film Chorale Choir, Chorus
Hovig Krikorian Vocals
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Gingger Shankar Vocals
Mike Fisher Percussion
V. Kraus Bass
Technical Credits
Mike Nichols & Elaine May Executive Producer
James Newton Howard Composer, Score Producer
Eddie DeLena Engineering
Mark Eshelman Score
Julie Gigante Orchestra Leader
Gary Goetzman Executive Producer
Shawn Murphy Score Reader, Score Mixer
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Roger Wilkie Orchestra Leader
Suzana Períc Score Producer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Stuart Thomas Score Producer, Technical Score Advisor
Adam Michalak Score
David Buntz Direction
Dave Holden Technical Score Advisor
Tom Syrowski Score
Chris P. Bacon Technical Score Advisor
Mark Graham Music Librarian
Julia Newmann Scoring Assistant
Pamela Sollie Scoring Coordinator
Greg DePante Score
Gingger Shankar Composer
Erik Swanson Score
Philip Cohen Music Business Affairs
Mike Nichols Executive Producer
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