Cradle Will Rock [Original Soundtrack]

Cradle Will Rock [Original Soundtrack]

     
 
Composer/music director David Robbins (DEAD MAN WALKING, BOB ROBERTS) has created a memorable musical complement to his director/brother Tim Robbins's film. It's a sweet balance between different types of music that evoke the feel of 1930s Depression-era New York and parts of composer

Overview

Composer/music director David Robbins (DEAD MAN WALKING, BOB ROBERTS) has created a memorable musical complement to his director/brother Tim Robbins's film. It's a sweet balance between different types of music that evoke the feel of 1930s Depression-era New York and parts of composer Marc Blitzstein's historic, satirical, comic-strip labor opera from which the film draws its title. Robbins's use of klezmer, Hungarian gypsy music, and Italian and Irish folk songs makes for an unusually varied and flavorsome score. Happily there's lots of Blitzstein, too. Haunting is the word for Polly Jean Harvey's rendition of his song "The Nickel Under Your Foot." Susan Sarandon duets with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder on "Croon Spoon," and three-time Tony winner Audra McDonald tears into "Joe Worker." This is a rare soundtrack that all but explodes with a sense of a live Broadway show. By turns droll, ironic, quirky, and romantic, it vividly conjures up a legendary guerrilla-style theater event.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Tim Robbins' critically acclaimed film Cradle Will Rock is based on the true story of Marc Blitzstein's 1937 musical, which was closed by a government injunction for its allegedly anti-capitalist themes and then moved to another theater, where it eventually became a hit. Appropriately, the Cradle Will Rock soundtrack consists of Blitzstein songs performed by the film's stars, who include Emily Watson, Andrea McDonald, Erin Hall, and Dan Jenkins, as well as artists like Polly Jean Harvey and Eddie Vedder. Harvey teams up with Rob Ellis on "Nickel Under Your Foot," while Vedder duets with Susan Sarandon on "Croon Spoon." Tracks like "Joe Worker," "Let's Do Something," and "Freedom of the Press" capture the film's dynamic, politically conscious tenor.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266357727
catalogNumber:
63577

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
PJ Harvey   Track Performer
Dan Jenkins   Track Performer
David Campbell   Conductor
David Finck   Bass
Charlie Giordano   Accordion
Kenneth Hitchcock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Scott Kuney   Banjo
Mike Migliore   Alto Saxophone
Dave Ratajczak   Percussion,Drums
Steven Tyler   Piano,Conductor
Eddie Vedder   Track Performer
Andrew Bird   Violin
Kenneth Finn   Trombone
Erin Hill   Track Performer
Audra McDonald   Track Performer
Rob Ellis   Track Performer
Emily Watson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jim Murray   Engineer
David Campbell   Score Orchestration
Yvonne Yedibalian   Engineer
Tim Robbins   Producer
Caroline Ulrich   Art Direction
David Robbins   Composer,Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes,Original Score Producer

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