Good Will Hunting [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
The entertainment press loves unlikely princesses, but Good Will Hunting had so many Cinderella stories that one of them got lost in the shuffle: that of the soundtrack album. Most of the headlines went to the film's young screenwriter/stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and director Gus Van Sant. But Van Sant made room for two talented musicians in his pumpkin-ride to the Oscar ball: little-known folk-popster Elliott Smith and film scorist Danny Elfman. Elfman had already become one of Hollywood's most popular and prolific composers, but until 1997 he never seemed to be fully accepted by his peers in the cliquish world of film music. In 1998, he finally received his first ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Darryl Cater
The entertainment press loves unlikely princesses, but Good Will Hunting had so many Cinderella stories that one of them got lost in the shuffle: that of the soundtrack album. Most of the headlines went to the film's young screenwriter/stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and director Gus Van Sant. But Van Sant made room for two talented musicians in his pumpkin-ride to the Oscar ball: little-known folk-popster Elliott Smith and film scorist Danny Elfman. Elfman had already become one of Hollywood's most popular and prolific composers, but until 1997 he never seemed to be fully accepted by his peers in the cliquish world of film music. In 1998, he finally received his first two Oscar nominations, for Good Will Hunting and Men In Black. The Elfman tracks on this CD borrow liberally from other composers Randy Newman, Ennio Morricone, but they also break the melodic mold of Elfman's Batman score, which has constrained most of his work since 1989. His use of acoustic guitars is a particularly fresh choice, lending humility and mobility to the sweeping string arrangements. However, the most impressive success story of all may belong to Elliott Smith. He had only three independent albums to his name before Van Sant a fellow Portland native chose his songs for this movie. Six Smith songs appear on this album, including one new tune "Miss Misery", which stunned observers by pulling in an Oscar nomination for Best Song. That honor is almost exclusively reserved for Broadway-style musical numbers and adult contemporary superstars. While "Miss Misery" recalls the bouncy harmonies of Queen, most of Smith's contributions owe more to the mellow influence of Simon & Garfunkel. His whispered vocals and quietly nimble fingerstyle are perfect for the film's exploration of intimacy and underambition. The soundtrack album also features a handful of pop songs by other artists, some of which blend in well the Waterboys, Luscious Jackson and some of which don't Andru Donalds, the Dandy Warhols.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/1997
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724382333821
  • Catalog Number: 23338
  • Sales rank: 14,343

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Between the Bars - Elliott Smith (1:09)
  2. 2 As the Rain (4:51)
  3. 3 Angeles - Elliott Smith (2:55)
  4. 4 No Name #3 - Elliott Smith (3:10)
  5. 5 Fisherman's Blues (4:19)
  6. 6 Why Do I Lie? (3:27)
  7. 7 Will Hunting (2:41)
  8. 8 Between the Bars - Elliott Smith (2:21)
  9. 9 Say Yes - Elliott Smith (2:15)
  10. 10 Baker Street (4:08)
  11. 11 Somebody's Baby - Andru Donalds (3:10)
  12. 12 Boys Better (4:32)
  13. 13 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? - Al Green (6:18)
  14. 14 Miss Misery - Elliott Smith (3:12)
  15. 15 Weepy Donuts - Steve Bartek (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Elfman Track Performer
Al Green Track Performer
Gerry Rafferty Track Performer
The Waterboys Track Performer
Luscious Jackson Track Performer
Steve Bartek Track Performer
The Dandy Warhols Track Performer
Andru Donalds Track Performer
Elliott Smith Track Performer
Jeb Loy Nichols Track Performer
Technical Credits
Danny Elfman Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Gerry Rafferty Producer
Willie Mitchell Producer
Steve Bartek Producer
Larry Crane Producer
Mike D Remixing
Glenn Davis Contributor, Music Business Affairs
Maurice Gibb Composer
Daniel Lanois Producer
Tony Lash Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Hugh Murphy Producer
Tom Rothrock Producer
Rob Schnapf Producer
Mike Scott Producer
Jamey Staub Remixing
Craig Street Producer
Eric Foster White Producer
Liz Heller Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kimball Executive Producer
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Tony Mangurian Remixing
Elliott Smith Producer
Kim Niemi Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Gus Van Sant Executive Producer
Jill Meyers Music Business Affairs
Eric Greenspan Music Business Affairs
Lawrence Bender Executive Producer
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Courtney Taylor-Taylor Composer, Producer
Stephen Patrick Wickham Composer
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