Crazy Heart [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The soundtrack for Crazy Heart was produced by T Bone Burnett and contains 16 songs from the film starring Jeff Bridges. The movie is dedicated to Stephen Bruton, the legendary Texas musician, and a lifelong friend of Burnett's, wrote or co-wrote most of the original music performed by Bridges and Ryan Bingham. Bruton died from cancer shortly after finishing the project. While officially based on a book by Thomas Cobb, the film took just as much of its inspiration from the life of Bruton, who lived the life that Bridges' Bad Blake did for over three decades. Musically it's the performances by Bridges that are the most arresting here. He can deliver a rollicking honky tonk ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The soundtrack for Crazy Heart was produced by T Bone Burnett and contains 16 songs from the film starring Jeff Bridges. The movie is dedicated to Stephen Bruton, the legendary Texas musician, and a lifelong friend of Burnett's, wrote or co-wrote most of the original music performed by Bridges and Ryan Bingham. Bruton died from cancer shortly after finishing the project. While officially based on a book by Thomas Cobb, the film took just as much of its inspiration from the life of Bruton, who lived the life that Bridges' Bad Blake did for over three decades. Musically it's the performances by Bridges that are the most arresting here. He can deliver a rollicking honky tonk song ("Somebody Else"), a lost-on-the-highway-of-life road song ( the punchy blues rocker "Fallin and Flyin'"), a love song ("Hold on You"), or a weeper (the Greg Brown-penned "Brand New Angel") with the requisite amount of bravado and grit, and tenderness of a seasoned country artist. Bingham, a songwriter and relative newcomer, proves himself a worthy counterpart in his performances --especially on the film's theme song, "The Weary Kind." The soundtrack also gifts the listener with a worldweary a capella performance of Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever," by Robert Duvall, and a hardcore trucker anthem in "Gone Gone Gone," by Colin Farrell! There's also a killer duet version of "Fallin & Flyin'" by Farrell and Bridges. The rest of the set is filled out with cuts by Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, the Louvin Brothers, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Sam Phillips -- the female songwriter, not the Sun Records founder. The original tunes are played by a cast including Burnett, Bruton, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Buddy Miller, Dennis Crouch, Joel Guzman, Thomas Canning, and Patrick Warren. The catalog material is well-chosen and not obvious, adding much to the listening experience. [There is also a deluxe edition that contains seven more cuts by various other artists sequenced in the order they appeared in the film providing the full soundtrack.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/19/2010
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396618125
  • Catalog Number: 6181
  • Sales rank: 31,081

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold on You - Jeff Bridges (2:53)
  2. 2 Hello Trouble - Buck Owens (1:52)
  3. 3 My Baby's Gone - The Louvin Brothers (2:46)
  4. 4 Somebody Else - Jeff Bridges (4:38)
  5. 5 I Don't Know - Ryan Bingham (2:23)
  6. 6 Fallin & Flyin' - Jeff Bridges (3:02)
  7. 7 I Don't Know - Jeff Bridges (2:15)
  8. 8 Once A Gambler - Lightnin' Hopkins (4:55)
  9. 9 Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Waylon Jennings (2:55)
  10. 10 Fallin' & Flyin' - Colin Farrell (2:42)
  11. 11 Gone, Gone, Gone - Colin Farrell (2:39)
  12. 12 If I Needed You - Townes Van Zandt (3:26)
  13. 13 Reflecting Light - Sam Phillips (3:21)
  14. 14 Live Forever - Robert Duvall (0:50)
  15. 15 Brand New Angel - Jeff Bridges (3:48)
  16. 16 The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) - Ryan Bingham (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Bruton Electric Guitar
T Bone Burnett Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Crouch Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Slap Bass
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Buddy Miller Electric Guitar
Patrick Warren Pump Organ
Jay Bellerose Drums
Ryan Bingham Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Corby Schaub Electric Guitar
Thomas Canning Piano
Joel Guzman Squeezebox
Elijah Ford Bass
Matthew Smith Drums
Technical Credits
Waylon Jennings Composer
Greg Brown Composer
Bob Neuwirth Composer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
Jeff Bridges Executive Soundtrack Producer
Stephen Bruton Composer
T Bone Burnett Composer
John Goodwin Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Sam Phillips Composer
Townes Van Zandt Composer
Eddy Shaver Composer
Orville Couch Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Eddie McDuff Composer
Paul Ackling Guitar Techician
Jason Wormer Engineer
Hazel Houser Composer
Andrew Click Engineer
Ryan Bingham Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    CD

    I thought I was ordering the movie, it didn't exactly tell me what it was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Recording of Crazy Heart

    Loved the film and wanted to hear more of the music. Not usually a country fan but this was a great, soulful, lively CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Saw the movie and went immediately out to buy the CD

    We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the singing, and have used the CD for background music several times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crazy Heart is a great country album with excellent vocals, catchy tunes and nice variety of songs that I really enjoy listening to.

    I saw the movie "Crazy Heart" and enjoyed the music, especially Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell's voices so I decided to get the CD. The addition of the Waylon Jennings tune and performances by other artists give it a nice variety.
    T Bone Burnett's collaboration makes for great songs and performances by Ryan Bingham help to make the content great. Colin Farrell has a great voice and his duet with Jeff Bridges on Fallin' & Flyin' is one of my favorite tracts.
    The performances by Bridges and Farrell are very natural, not forced or overly coached for actors that are not trained singers. The acappella
    number by Robert Duvall (who can sing and has a voice that reflects his personality) is a nice throw in as he was in the movie.
    While viewing the movie with my husband (not a country music fan) I
    observed him moving his body and tapping his leg to many of the tunes which really says something!
    I liked the way 2 versions of "I Don't Know" and "Fallin' and Flyin'" were included with different artist participation. They were songs well worth repeating.
    The one drawback for me with the CD was the quality of the recording but I believe that was done on purpose to simulate the live performances on the road. Sometimes you have to strain to hear the words but part of that could be the weaker vocals of the artists who were not previously recorded singers.
    All in all, a good addition to my collection.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WARNING: Highly Addictive!!

    Can you eat just one potato chip? One spoonful of Ben and Jerry's? Maybe you could resist the phenomenal charm of this music. Each play gets better and better, the songs seep deep into your psyche, until finally it is all you want to hear. Textured, multi-layered, tuneful, well played and delightful. Great to hear before you see the movie, during the movie, and after the movie! (The movie is great, too, BTW...)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Crazy Heart

    Loved the movie, love the CD. It only has one brief, 50 second, track that I could skip; the rest of the CD is first rate. I find myself playing it constantly. I'm more Rock & Roll than Country, but this is a great listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crazy Heart is great to hear over & over

    Really enjoyed the movie & immediately bought the CD. I'm not a bog country music fan but I really love this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie, even greater soundtrack!

    Who knew Jeff Bridges could sing. What an amazing entertainer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music

    LOVE the CD !! Also LOVED the Movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this CD

    The movie was so good I couldn't wait to buy the CD, and I have listened to it over and over.

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