Meet Joe Black [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - James Mason
As modern soundtrack scores go, the quality can be hit or miss, but Thomas Newman's work is almost always something to get excited about, as evidenced in the Oscar-nominated The Shawshank Redemption, Road to Perdition, and the title theme for Six Feet Under. His score for Meet Joe Black contains the seeds of beauty that would fully flower on his score for American Beauty, the next film he scored and a high point of his career. "Whisper of a Thrill," the soaring romantic theme, is a perfect distillation of the film's emotional plot, its yearning melody shadowing Joe Black's (Brad Pitt) love for the beautiful Susan (played by Claire Forlani) and its ultimate futility. As ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Mason
As modern soundtrack scores go, the quality can be hit or miss, but Thomas Newman's work is almost always something to get excited about, as evidenced in the Oscar-nominated The Shawshank Redemption, Road to Perdition, and the title theme for Six Feet Under. His score for Meet Joe Black contains the seeds of beauty that would fully flower on his score for American Beauty, the next film he scored and a high point of his career. "Whisper of a Thrill," the soaring romantic theme, is a perfect distillation of the film's emotional plot, its yearning melody shadowing Joe Black's (Brad Pitt) love for the beautiful Susan (played by Claire Forlani) and its ultimate futility. As romantic themes go, Newman's ranks as a recent classic that captures both the initial rush of love and also the devastating crush of its leaving. Newman skillfully weaves this theme into the rest of the score, and its sweeping sentimentality is flexible enough to be incorporated into other melodic themes, such as the denouement of "Someone Else." For the most part, gentle strings and woodwinds dominate, with gentle piano work reserved for special, heart-tugging moments. But the score is also quite playful, as on "Peanut Butter Man," where a flute meanders over bouncing strings, and also in the quick, percussive staccato of the middle-eight. This is an excellent score, an achievement from any composer, and something that ranks up near the top of Thomas Newman's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 601215322927
  • Catalog Number: 53229
  • Sales rank: 398

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yes (2:05)
  2. 2 Everywhere Freesia (1:45)
  3. 3 Walkaway (1:52)
  4. 4 Meet Joe Black (1:44)
  5. 5 Peanut Butter Man (1:43)
  6. 6 Whisper of a Thrill (5:43)
  7. 7 Cheek to Cheek (1:25)
  8. 8 Cold Lamb Sandwich (1:44)
  9. 9 Fifth Ave. (1:12)
  10. 10 A Frequent Thing (0:55)
  11. 11 Death and Taxes (1:17)
  12. 12 Served Its Purpose (1:24)
  13. 13 Sorry For Nothing (0:47)
  14. 14 Mr. Bad News (1:37)
  15. 15 Let's Face the Music and Dance (1:23)
  16. 16 The Question (1:25)
  17. 17 Someone Else (5:19)
  18. 18 What a Wonderful World (3:28)
  19. 19 That Next Place (10:10)
  20. 20 Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Newman Conductor, Primary Artist
Chris Boardman Conductor
Thomas Pasatieri Performing Ensemble
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Track Performer
Technical Credits
Chris Boardman Arranger
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Thomas Newman Producer
Thomas Pasatieri Orchestration
Dennis Sands Engineer
Bill Bernstein Producer
Martin Brest Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I keep buying this soundtrack

    I have purchased this soundtrack on CD three times now - I just take it with me so many places and usually it winds up on a road trip scratched and well loved. The music is so moving and so well woven. I've been listening to it for a decade now and can't wait to burn this one to my iPod - hopefully never to be lost again. Perfect music for a beautiful movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely beautiful

    Thomas Newman knows what he's doing! I just loved the movie for it's sad and beautiful music. I have searched for the soundtrack for days (it's not easy to order it to Finland) and yesterday I finally found a Finnish website, which sells the cd. Before I'll get it, I just have to watch the movie over and over again and listen to samples. I hope you understood something about this, I don't speak English very well... :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music to die for

    The soundtrack to the film was great. I especially like the version of 'Over the Rainbow' at the end. I cannot explain how it worked but the music seemed to cast a spell over me as I listened. It really made the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Compelling and beautiful music

    I tend to be picky about soundtracks, and this is one of my favorite cd's, and undoubtedly one of the best soundtracks on earth. Whenever I have it playing out loud others ask me what it is because it's so amazing. I highly recommend it - there's something appealing in it for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating

    The soundtrack made the movie; it's very moving, and is my most treasured CD. It's absolutely breathtaking; Thomas Newman is definetley blessed with a talent

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Iz the man that made the soundtrack

    I belive if you listen to the song somewhere over the rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole that you will get the whole feeling of the movie from this simple heart felt rendition of a classic,sung from the heart and soul of a man that is now over the rainbow himself..I loved the movie and all the actors and the actreses but best of all I loved the soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breathtaking

    Words cannot express how beautiful this music is. Someone once said that music is truly great if it makes you cry. Well, this soundtrack fits that category. Track 6 is especially touching. I have found that every time I am impressed by a certain soundtrack, very often it is by Thomas Newman. Shawshank Redemption is also noteworthy. You won't regret buying Meet Joe Black. Truly heartfelt melodies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Great relaxing music.

    Great relaxing music.

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    Posted January 28, 2011

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