Love Actually [Bonus Tracks #1]

Love Actually [Bonus Tracks #1]

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The über-romantic comedy Love Actually has an über-romantic comedy soundtrack to match, collecting love songs old and new as well as sassy and empowering tunes. Kelly Clarkson's "The Trouble with Love Is" manages to be romantic, sassy, and empowering all at once, with her vocals reflecting their urban ballad surroundings. An

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The über-romantic comedy Love Actually has an über-romantic comedy soundtrack to match, collecting love songs old and new as well as sassy and empowering tunes. Kelly Clarkson's "The Trouble with Love Is" manages to be romantic, sassy, and empowering all at once, with her vocals reflecting their urban ballad surroundings. An emphasis on songs from British and Scottish artists, such as Sugababes' "Too Lost in You" and Texas' "I'll See It Through" keep the soundtrack from becoming too predictable. Even the older songs that appear here aren't the usual suspects, although the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" is certainly one of the most romantic songs of the last four decades. This song, along with the Pointer Sisters' "Jump (For My Love)," are both welcome surprises. Lynden David Hall's cover of "All You Need Is Love," however, falls into most of the clichés that surround rom-com music: it's sappy, drawn out, and ends up feeling almost disrespectful of the original song. Similarly, Joni Mitchell's cover of "Both Sides Now" ends up feeling ponderous instead of ethereally lovely. Norah Jones' "Turn Me On" and Eva Cassidy's "Songbird" are archetypal examples of the pretty, understated, slightly too polished ballads that proliferate on this kind of soundtrack. Still, Otis Redding's "White Christmas," included as a bonus track, is almost worth the price of admission. While Love Actually is actually far from a perfect collection of love songs, the soundtrack is pleasant enough that fans of the film will probably enjoy it on its own. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498140345
catalogNumber:
9814034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Bone   Guitar
Georgia Boyd   Viola
Nick Coler   Guitar
Greg Lawson   Violin
London Session Orchestra   Strings
John Themis   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Lead
Johnathan Shorten   Keyboards
Derrick Taylor   Bass Guitar
Karl Van Den Bossche   Percussion
Brian Higgins   Keyboards
Shawn Lee   Guitar
Tim Powell   Keyboards
Prague Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Dylan Howe   Drums
Paul Theo Noble   Guitar
Bill Nighy   Track Performer
Cecilia Weston   Conductor
Cheryl Crockett   Violin
Laura Ghiro   Violin

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Steve Cropper   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Christine McVie   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer,Producer
Craig Armstrong   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Andy Bradfield   Programming,Producer
Mariah Carey   Composer
Ross Cullum   Producer,Engineer
Dido   Producer
Chris Hughes   Producer,Engineer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Steve Mitchell   Composer
Jay Newland   Producer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Reg Presley   Composer,Adaptation
Marti Sharron   Composer
Paul Statham   Composer,Programming
Carl Sturken   Composer,Producer
Diane Warren   Composer,Vocal Producer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Jack Clark   Engineer
P. Angel Gabriel   Composer
Pascal Gabriel   Programming
Mike Landolt   Engineer
Adam Levine   Composer
Johnathan Shorten   Producer,Pro-Tools
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Wyclef Jean   Composer,Producer
Rob Kirwan   Engineer
Matt Dunkley   Orchestration
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Ash Howes   Engineer
Brian Higgins   Programming
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Hemberger   Engineer
Jerry Duplesis   Composer
Rob Dougan   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Tim Powell   Programming
James Sanger   Programming
J.D. Andrew   Engineer
Johnny Mac   Producer
Norah Jones   Producer
Kelly Clarkson   Composer
Yoad Nevo   Programming,Producer
Duncan Kenworthy   Executive Producer
Jon Shave   Programming
Richard Curtis   Executive Producer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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Love Actually 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want to get into the mood for Christmas? Listen to this soundtrack, it's fun and bouncy and has some great talent on it. Norah Jones, Eva Cassidy, Dido, they all have wonderful selections but the biggest surprise is Olivia Olson, the little girl with the big voice who does "All I Want For Christmas." This is a wonderful movie, run out and buy the soundtrack as soon as you see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of movie soundtracks, but this is by far my favorite! The entire cd is an excellent mix of Christmas and non-Christmas songs, perfect for anytime of the year. I sometimes find myself craving the music from this soundtrack. Eva Cassidy, Dido, Norah Jones, Maroon 5, The Calling, Olivia Olsen, it's just incredible! My only regret is that not more of the score is on it. The movie itself is one of my favorites as well, and always is the first one I reach for when I need a pick-me-up. Definitely get this movie and it's soundtrack!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack, like the movie, is wonderful. I especially like Craig Armstrong's two love themes: Glasgow is quiet and ethereal, while PM is jubilant. Both are moving. Kelly Clarkson feels the words she sings. Just an overall great compilation of music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding movie! Love the music!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd from an awesome movie. I highly reccommend it to anyone with heart
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's remarkable about this soundtrack is that each song included evokes the same emotion that its corresponding scene in the film did. Its mix of classic rock and pop is refreshing, Kelly Clarkson, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Maroon 5, Sugababes, Texas and Dido make an excellent ensemble. Eva Cassidy's Songbird is touching and poignant, The Pointer Sisters' Jump (for My Love) is a perfectly chosen piece for the film, and Lynden David Hall's All You Need is Love is entertaining. Despite its minor failings (not nearly enough score pieces and too few Christmas songs), this is an excellent soundtrack. The bonus tracks alone are worth the cost of the CD, including "Billy Mack's" (Bill Nighy from the film) Christmas is All Around, Otis Redding's White Christmas and the incredibly talented pre-teen Olivia Olson's All I Want for Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's really amazing to me how music that has nothing to do with Christmas can make me feel the same way that normal Christmas music can. Love Actually is filled with Christmas music, but also has many other tracks that normally would have nothing to do with Christmas. This is one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite albums of all time. If you love British humor and Christmas WATCH THIS MOVIE and you'll see what i mean about the non-Christmas music having the same effect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard in my life. It is my second favorite CD next to Jewel "Pieces of You." If you enjoyed this movie, you will love the soundtrack.
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Love Actually has very good artists performing a variety of music.
Very entertaining-very much worth purchasing.