I Am Sam

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Sam, the mentally challenged title character of I Am Sam, played by Sean Penn, loves the songs of the Beatles -- just like the rest of the civilized world. But Sam takes his devotion a bit further than most, using the wisdom in the Beatles’ music to guide him throughout the movie. Unable to obtain the original Fab Four recordings, the film's producers saw a golden opportunity and took it: commissioning a spate of covers from rock luminaries as well as lesser-known popsters, all of whom display their own love of Beatles songs by interpreting the classics, not imitating them. Tackling such revered material can be a daunting task, but the results here are refreshing. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Sam, the mentally challenged title character of I Am Sam, played by Sean Penn, loves the songs of the Beatles -- just like the rest of the civilized world. But Sam takes his devotion a bit further than most, using the wisdom in the Beatles’ music to guide him throughout the movie. Unable to obtain the original Fab Four recordings, the film's producers saw a golden opportunity and took it: commissioning a spate of covers from rock luminaries as well as lesser-known popsters, all of whom display their own love of Beatles songs by interpreting the classics, not imitating them. Tackling such revered material can be a daunting task, but the results here are refreshing. The covers range from the expected "Strawberry Fields Forever," which Ben Harper drapes in myriad layers of psychedelia to the obscure "Two of Us," given a warm, loving reading by Aimee Mann and Sean’s brother, Michael Penn. A passel of big names turn up, and most take the opportunity to break character, as evidenced by the Black Crowes' lolling "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and Eddie Vedder's straightforward, angst-free take on "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." Just as interestingly, some of the set's more low-profile acts go out of their way to put decidedly personal spins on the songs they were handed: Critical favorite Grandaddy's doleful, spooky version of "Revolution" resounds like an admonition, rather than a call to arms, while the enigmatic Chocolate Genius infuses "Julia" with a through-the-looking-glass sense of wistful wonder. In taking the road less traveled, these 17 artists affirm the timelessness of the Beatles' music.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The soundtrack for Sean Penn's 2002 film I Am Sam was not compiled without difficulties, but the finished product ended up being very enjoyable. The filmmaker's' original plan was to use the Beatles' original versions of songs in the film, but it was stonewalled by the band's strict self-imposed policy of not licensing their music for films. Instead, the producers decided to use new recordings of the songs by contemporary artists. Further complicating the issue, the film had originally been sequenced to match the pacing of the original songs, so many of the new versions needed to match the exact tempo and length of the classic versions. Luckily, the artists involved jumped at the chance and came up with some really engaging interpretations. Aimee Mann and Michael Penn's sweet duet "Two of Us" sticks faithfully to the original, as does Sarah McLachlan's solo acoustic "Blackbird," while Ben Harper takes some psychedelic guitar liberties on his fantastic version of "Strawberry Fields Forever." Ben Folds' perfect "Golden Slumbers" becomes anthemic in its choruses even if it is a little too short, while an intimate if marble-mouthed Eddie Vedder turns in a campfire rendition of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." A handful of the songs are less successful, like the Black Crowes' dull "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and Heather Nova's "We Can Work It Out," which almost sounds like she'd never heard the song before recording it. These are outshined by gems like Stereophonics' laddish "Don't Let Me Down" which ends up sounding more like a Faces cover and Rufus Wainwright's soaring "Across the Universe." While cynical listeners may protest the preponderance of up-and-coming V2 Richard Branson's record label artists, there are far more winners than losers on this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: V2 North America
  • UPC: 638812711922
  • Catalog Number: 27119
  • Sales rank: 11,698

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two of Us @@Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
  2. 2 Blackbird @@Sarah McLachlan
  3. 3 Across the Universe @@Rufus Wainright
  4. 4 I'm Looking Through You @@The Wallflowers
  5. 5 You've Got to Hide Your Love Away @@Eddie Vedder
  6. 6 Strawberry Fields @@Ben Harper
  7. 7 Mother Nature's Son @@Sheryl Crow
  8. 8 Golden Slumbers @@Ben Folds
  9. 9 I'm Only Sleeping @@The Vines
  10. 10 Don't Let Me Down @@Stereophonics
  11. 11 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds @@The Black Crowes
  12. 12 Julia @@Chocolate Genius
  13. 13 We Can Work It Out @@Heather Nova
  14. 14 Help @@Howie Day
  15. 15 Nowhere Man @@Paul Westerberg
  16. 16 Revolution @@Grandaddy
  17. 17 Let It Be @@Nick Cave
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Crowes Track Performer
Jackson Browne Vocal Harmony
Nick Cave Vocals
Michael Penn Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Penny Whistle, Snare Drums
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Sarah McLachlan Vocals
Marc Anthony Thompson Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
The Wallflowers Track Performer
Sheryl Crow Bass Guitar, Vocals, Omnichord
Oren Bloedow Bass, Guitar, Tarang, Pump Organ
Aimee Mann Vocals
Heather Nova Vocals
Alan Bezozi Percussion, Drums
George Doering Guitar
Jakob Dylan Guitar, Vocals
Chris Feinstein Bass, Guitar, Percussion
Mick Gallagher Hammond Organ
Steve Gorman Drums, Background Vocals
Ben Harper Guitar, Vocals
Eddie Harsch Keyboards, Vibes
Rami Jaffee Keyboards
Chaz Jankel Piano
Jay Joyce Acoustic Guitar
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
Pierre Marchand Keyboards
Val McCallum Guitar
Leon Mobley Percussion
Shawn Pelton Drums
Lorenza Ponce Violin
Chris Robinson Vocals
Rob Schnapf Guitar, Sitar
John Turnbull Guitar
Eddie Vedder Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Bass, Tambourine, Vocals, Snare Drums, Shaker
Norman Watt-Roy Bass Guitar
Garo Yellin Cello
Michelle Kinney Cello
Michael Lockwood Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Zither, Bass Viol, Marxophone, Guitar (Baritone)
Gilad Atzmon Clarinet
Ashwin Sood Vocals, Toy Piano
Joey Waronker Drums
Sean Ashby Acoustic Guitar
Antoine Silverman Violin
Rufus Wainwright Vocals
Grandaddy Track Performer
Juan Nelson Bass
Greg Richling Bass
Forrest McDonald Background Vocals
Chocolate Genius Track Performer
Conway Kuo Viola
Mario Calire Drums
The Vines Track Performer
Craig Nicholls Guitar, Vocals
Tom Fills Maracas, Tambourine
Rich Robinson Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Dylan Howe Drums
Abe Laboriel Jr. Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Abraham Ceferino Valiente Hernández Viola
Howie Day Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Matthews Bass
Ron Blake Trumpet
Emily Wright Cello
Technical Credits
Nick Cave Producer
Marc Anthony Thompson Producer, Engineer
Sheryl Crow Producer
Mark Howard Engineer
Aimee Mann Sound Effects
Paul Westerberg Engineer
Bill Appleberry Producer, Engineer
Niko Bolas Engineer
John Brand Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Joe Chiccarelli Engineering
Chris Feinstein Producer
Ben Harper Producer, String Arrangements
Gareth Jones Producer
Pierre Marchand Producer
Tobi Miller Producer, Engineer
Shawn Pelton Loop
Lorenza Ponce String Arrangements
Chris Robinson Producer
Rob Schnapf Producer
Rick "Soldier" Will Producer, Engineer
Michael Lockwood Producer
Rail Jon Rogut Pro-Tools
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Ben Folds Producer
Doug Boehm Engineer
Eric Tew Digital Editing
Stereophonics Producer
Paul Broucek Music Executive
Felix Tod Producer, Engineer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Lori Silfen Music Business Affairs
Chris Ribando Engineer
Mitch Rotter Soundtrack Executive Producer
Rich Robinson Producer
Abe Laboriel Jr. Producer
Jason Lytle Producer
Kevin Dean Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Phenomenal CD!

    Having not seen the movie, I had no idea what this CD would be like. Well, ever since I have started listening to it, I can't stop. It is simply wonderful. Each artist, with their own interpretation of a Beatles' song, adds to the beauty of this CD. I highly recommend this CD to any Beatles' fan, which I am, but it is still wonderful to hear other artists showing their appreciation of the genius of the Beatles.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great cd from start to finish

    This cd is outstanding!!! These artists do the impossible to compliment songs that are already perfect. The #1 song is You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, by Eddie Vedder, but the cd is great from start to finish! Buy this cd!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It grows on you ...

    A beautiful collection. I actually bought this album when I heard Rufus Wainwright's rendition of Across The Universe on Jay Leno's. This album is now permanantly queued in my CD player for months now. For those of us who actually did not grow-up listening to the Beatles but would like to know their work - this is a good place to start.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A listener

    This was an absolutely wonderful CD. I was positively pleased with it's great songs.Even kids will love it. Get it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice...really nice

    It's a wonderful CD with a new take on old ideas. Really worth buying.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mostly honorable

    The majority of the tracks on this album honor the songs of the Beatles. Cheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Aimee Mann & Michael Penn and Chocolate Genius offer, hands down, the best cover recordings on the album.

    The songs by Grandaddy and Nick Cave ought to be hidden in caves. They receive the "skip" button treatment when playing the CD.

    Over all, I really enjoy this album and believe even John Lennon would appreciate the Chocolate Genius rendition of "Julia". Buy it. You'll enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a huge beatles fan, good album

    The I am Sam soundtrack is a good collection of songs by The Beatles. Most of the songs on the album are good covers(all the instrumental tracks for the songs are the closest to the beatles I've ever heard) however there are some tracks that never should be covered like "Nowhere Man", "Let It Be", "Revolution"(single version). The covers of "Nowhere Man", "Julia", "Let It Be" the worst cover ever, "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", and "Revolution" were to slow and you should buy the original along with this album(get The Beatles Red & Blue Albums)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Completely Awesome

    This is an incredible soundtrack, with all these great artist, and of course THE BEATLES, you just can't top that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "That is an excellent choice. 17 beatle songs. An excellent choice."

    A great soundtrack to a great film. Really nothing much to say except..make sure to bring I am Sam, the soundtrack and Kramer vs. Kramer for video night!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's ok but . . .

    The ''you've got to hide your love away'' cover by Eddie Vedder is hands down the worst Beatles cover ever recorded. That such a great song is so hideously abused is a crime. If you cannot tell that Vedder is constantly off key, you are simply tone deaf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its all good except for Nick Cave

    All of the tracks are good on this cd except Nick Cave singing ''let it be''.Nick Cave is a fake. I don't know how they let this one make the cut. It sounds stupid, out of tune, without any feeling and totally uncool. Otherwise good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    its GREAT!!!

    i loved it ! and im only 11!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beatles Forever!!!!!

    The Beatles was and is THE greatest band of all time and nobody can do these songs on the level that they were in their original release. To any people hearing these songs for the first time here Please seek out the originals! Kudos go to The Black Crowes for being the ultimate band on this soundtrack. They actually sound like the beatles. They have done a great job of honoring the music. All of these are top rate songs and if this album floats or sinks it will be on the artist and not the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH BABY

    Great songs, but I would have preferred the originals to covers...BEST MOVIE EVER, but I'd rather buy the Beatles 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Various Artists On One Soundtrack

    By listening to the I Am Sam CD soundtrack, no one could have guessed this CD was only completed in three weeks. Various artists covered seventeen Beatles tunes to tie in with the movie theme. The main character, Sam Dawson, (Sean Penn), was a big Beatles fan. Some of the songs, I caught myself singing to. The most catchy tunes were Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Black Crowes and You've Got To Hide Your Love Away by Pearl Jam singer, Eddie Vedder. If you love The Beatles, you'll love this CD soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Am Sam - A Real Winner!

    I love this soundtrack - the Beatles were the soundtrack to my younger days and their music is timeless, as these covers prove. My favorite is Eddie Vedder's You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - it brings back all of the emotions I felt when I would hear John Lennon sing. What a treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yesterday the beatles today

    how can you write a review of the top beatles songs re-recorded, by todays #1 artists and not say the sondtrack is AMAZING!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I liked it. I liked it a lot. In fact, I loved it!!

    It¿s a shame that this compilation didn¿t come out two weeks ago, when I was looking for an interesting Christmas present to request. Any collection of Beatles tunes would have been fine by me. If you listen to anything between folk and light alternative, you would absolutely love this album. There have been many compilations of Beatles songs sung by other artists, but because all the artists are from such different musical genres, it¿s hard for a listener to like every interpretation of the songs. The ¿I Am Sam¿ soundtrack is different, however, because the whole album consists of a similar kind of music, so if the listener likes one song, chances are he/she will like every other song on the album. My favorite songs would be ''Two Of Us'', ''I'm Looking Through You'', and ''We Can Work It Out''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SAM, I AM A FAN, I do not like Green Eggs & Ham...

    ... but I LOVE this. I just heard tracks for this album on the Scott Muni show, Q104.3FM New York City, and it is wonderful. This album is NOT out yet (it comes out in early January 2002), but I heard an advance copy on his midday show. Scott knows/knew the Beatles and these are all fabulous Beatles covers. The Wallflowers version of ''I'm Looking Through You'' and Sarah McLachlan's ''Blackbird'' are both excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy This CD Now!

    I just heard a sneak preview whilst browsing the racks at my local B&N. Every track is a winner. It will have you singing along to every tune!

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