Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut

     
 
You want songs that walk the thin line between sexy and scary, you call on Chris Isaak. For his own sexy and scary film, director Stanley Kubrick found the perfect pop counterpoint in Isaak’s "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," another of the brooding singer/songwriter’s tales of the wicked games that lovers play. The centerpiece of the EYES WIDE

Overview

You want songs that walk the thin line between sexy and scary, you call on Chris Isaak. For his own sexy and scary film, director Stanley Kubrick found the perfect pop counterpoint in Isaak’s "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," another of the brooding singer/songwriter’s tales of the wicked games that lovers play. The centerpiece of the EYES WIDE SHUT soundtrack, Isaak’s song is only one of a diverse group of musical set pieces that stick in your head like indelible cinematic images. Among them are jazz standards from two classy pianists - - Oscar Peterson’s "I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good" and Brad Mehldau’s "Blame It on My Youth" - - dance music from the Victor Sylvester Orchestra, classical sounds from pianist Dominic Harlan, and haunting tones from the crossover viola and violinist Jocelyn Pook, who’s been heard with everyone from Peter Gabriel and the Cranberries to the Electra Strings ensemble. In all, a cast as unpredictable, and entrancing, as the film they underscore.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Stanley Kubrick made his own musical choices for his films, many of them existing pieces that were forever redefined by their use. (Remember "Thus Spake Zarathustra" in 2001: A Space Odyssey?) For his final work, Eyes Wide Shut, he employed composer Jocelyn Pook to compose some evocative string-filled music (including one track, "Masked Ball," eerily featuring backwards vocals), but his score also included works by Liszt and Shostakovich, syrupy versions of "When I Fall in Love," "If I Had You," and "Strangers in the Night," a jazzy rendition of "Blame It on My Youth" by Brad Mehldau, Chris Isaak's cross between John Lee Hooker and Roy Orbison on his 1995 song "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," and, opening and closing the disc, a simple but intense solo piano piece by Gyögy Ligeti, whose work also had been used in 2001 and another Kubrick film, The Shining. The result was an eclectic soundtrack album that primarily was of interest to fans of the film who were in need of an aural souvenir.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1999
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624745020
catalogNumber:
47450

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Isaak   Track Performer
Roy Gerson   Track Performer
Victor Silvester   Track Performer
Harvey Brough   Conductor
Peter Hughes   Track Performer
Brad Mehldau   Track Performer
Jocelyn Pook   Track Performer
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam   Track Performer
Clare Finnimore   Viola
Oscar Peterson   Track Performer
Riccardo Chailly   Conductor
Sophie Harris   Cello
Jacqueline Norrie   Violin
Jocelyn Pook Ensemble   Track Performer
Dominic Harlan   Piano

Technical Credits

Roy Gerson   Producer
Harvey Brough   Producer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Jocelyn Pook   Producer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Jonathan Stokes   Engineer
Mickam Yogeswaran   Contributor
Kelsey Michael   Contributor
Jonathan Allen   Engineer

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