Milk [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Sean Penn's accurate and award-winning portrayal of Harvey Milk (the first openly gay elected public figure who served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and was assassinated by fellow commissioner Dan White in 1978) in the film Milk, features symphonic soundtrack music composed by Danny Elfman and a handful of popular songs that speak to how people of conscious choice and tolerance need to live together. The pieces Elfman has composed bear a strong resemblance to that of the minimalist music of Philip Glass, at times in melancholy preludes to dramatic circumstance, and eventually victory. A reserved mood is held throughout the film, as if anticipation of ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Sean Penn's accurate and award-winning portrayal of Harvey Milk (the first openly gay elected public figure who served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and was assassinated by fellow commissioner Dan White in 1978) in the film Milk, features symphonic soundtrack music composed by Danny Elfman and a handful of popular songs that speak to how people of conscious choice and tolerance need to live together. The pieces Elfman has composed bear a strong resemblance to that of the minimalist music of Philip Glass, at times in melancholy preludes to dramatic circumstance, and eventually victory. A reserved mood is held throughout the film, as if anticipation of these breakthrough events is tempered by the feeling that battle lines are being drawn, and there are huge obstacles to overcome under a hopeful horizon. Elfman's music is at once serene, a bit ominous, foreboding, and marginally triumphant. The popular tunes signify a need to inform, accept, nurture, and encourage. It's interesting to note that the release of this film in 2008 coincided with the controversial 2008 vote on Proposition 8, a statute banning same sex marriage in California that, as of 2009, has been submitted to be overturned. Of the actual soundtrack score by Elfman, you hear the hymnal quality of "Harvey's Theme," the stark romanticism of "The Kiss," the "calm before..." waltz "Vote Passes," the sighing "Weepy Donuts," and requiem toned "Harvey's Last Day." Unmistakable echoes via the music of Glass comes out in the piano/cello waltz "Main Titles," shifting leads from instruments during "Politics Is Theater," baleful "Proposition 6," more dramatic "Gay Rights Now!" and static counterpointed phrases of "The Debates." An electric sounding jig, dour waltz, oom-pah-pah vocal, or flute creeps in, as well as pure symphonic horizons, space music, and the finale "Postscript" buzzing with marimba and vocals more in the Steve Reich style. Included is Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People," the perfect inclusive anthem. The Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat" actually says "don't rock the boat," David Bowie's glam rock icon "Queen Bitch" represents the androgynous side, while the Swingle Singers contribute a vocalized la-la-la counterpoint version of Bach's "Prelude #7 in E Flat." The campy pop piano parlor rag "Hello Hello" by the Sopwith Camel is also included. For those who enjoy contemporary classical orchestra music, and a short stack of retro hits from the psychedelic '60s through the disco '70s, this soundtrack is a diverse backdrop to an important gay rights film that should appeal to many people, no matter your sexual orientation. You may also want to refer to Milk's biography by Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517895980
  • Catalog Number: 001230902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Queen Bitch, song (3:14)
  2. 2 Everyday People, song (2:21)
  3. 3 Rock The Boat, song (3:19)
  4. 4 You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), song (6:35)
  5. 5 Hello Hello, song (2:24)
  6. 6 Prelude (2:42)
  7. 7 Harvey's Theme (1:11)
  8. 8 Main Titles (3:05)
  9. 9 Harvey's Will (1:40)
  10. 10 The Castro (0:59)
  11. 11 The Kiss (0:45)
  12. 12 Politics Is Theater (3:15)
  13. 13 New Hope (1:45)
  14. 14 Harvey Wins (0:31)
  15. 15 Proposition 6 (1:25)
  16. 16 Repealed Rights (1:03)
  17. 17 Gay Rights Now! (2:20)
  18. 18 Dog Poo (0:25)
  19. 19 Vote Passes (0:53)
  20. 20 Briggs Pushing (0:44)
  21. 21 The Debates (2:48)
  22. 22 Weepy Donuts (0:52)
  23. 23 Harvey's Last Day (3:11)
  24. 24 Give 'Em Hope (4:41)
  25. 25 Postscript (2:03)
  26. 26 Harvey's Theme (1:15)
  27. 27 [Unspecified Bonus Track] (0:52)
  28. 28 Main Titles (reprise) (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Elfman Primary Artist
David Bowie Vocals
Sly & The Family Stone Ensemble
Sylvester Ensemble
The Swingle Singers Vocal Ensemble
The Sopwith Camel Ensemble
Hues Corporation Ensemble
Nicholas Bucknail Musician
John Parricelli Musician
Rick Wentworth Conductor
Metro Voices Choir, Chorus
Ian Balmain Musician
Choristers of Reigate St. Mary's Choir, Chorus
Phiul Todd Musician
Jenny O'Grady Choir Master
Nicholas Bucknall Musician
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Danny Elfman Composer, Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Steve Bartek Orchestration
Peter Cobbin Engineering
Wally Holmes Composer
Peter Kraemer Composer
Dennis Sands Score Mixer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
James Wirrick Composer
Ward Swingle Arranger
Jeff Atmajian Orchestration
David Slonaker Orchestration
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Marc Mann Orchestration
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar Mastering
Edgardo Simone Orchestration
John Tobin Director
Christine Bergren Business Consultant, Legal Advisor
Sheryl Gold Music Business Affairs
Thomas Bowes Orchestra Leader
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Score, Useless Pop/Rock tracks

    I knew I'd be buying the score CD for this movie even as I was watching the film in the theater. It's one of the Elfman's best scores so far, outside the fantasy genres he usually writes for. The CD has some utterly useless pop and rock songs on it, but they're easy to skip over, since they're the first tracks on the disc. High recommendation.

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