Million Dollar Baby [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Clint Eastwood's self-penned score for his Oscar-winning boxing drama, Million Dollar Baby, is as quietly affecting as the film itself. The veteran director/actor/composer has made a career out of saying as little as possible, so it comes as no surprise that his musical aesthetic is one of elegant refinement rather than bombastic sentimentality. Eastwood sets the tone -- and keeps it -- with a simple string quartet and acoustic guitar melody. It's gentle and unobtrusive, but deeply cut with melancholy and despair, perfectly encapsulating the heart-wrenching decision that his character is forced to make midway through the film -- like fellow director/composer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Clint Eastwood's self-penned score for his Oscar-winning boxing drama, Million Dollar Baby, is as quietly affecting as the film itself. The veteran director/actor/composer has made a career out of saying as little as possible, so it comes as no surprise that his musical aesthetic is one of elegant refinement rather than bombastic sentimentality. Eastwood sets the tone -- and keeps it -- with a simple string quartet and acoustic guitar melody. It's gentle and unobtrusive, but deeply cut with melancholy and despair, perfectly encapsulating the heart-wrenching decision that his character is forced to make midway through the film -- like fellow director/composer John Carpenter, he cares enough about his visual work to see to it that it doesn't get buried by an overwhelming soundtrack. Bits of jazz are sprinkled about, and they give the score a much-needed break from all of the stoic suffering and pre-fight introspection, but it's Eastwood's talent for reading between the lines that shines through the brightest, resulting in a nuanced and powerful blow from one of the genre's most consistent and tenacious fighters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206663921
  • Catalog Number: 066639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Morgan (Opening Titles) - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:40)
  2. 2 It's Nice Viewing - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:57)
  3. 3 Boxing Baby (for the film Million Dollar Baby) - Michael Stevens (2:25)
  4. 4 Boxing Montage - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:44)
  5. 5 Pick Up Money - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:57)
  6. 6 Nice Working With You - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:37)
  7. 7 The Letters - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:20)
  8. 8 Blue Diner (for the film Million Dollar Baby) - Michael Stevens (3:35)
  9. 9 Deep In Thought - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:53)
  10. 10 Driving - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:38)
  11. 11 Blue Bear - Hollywood Studio Symphony (0:43)
  12. 12 Frankie Horrified - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:07)
  13. 13 They're Amateurs - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:16)
  14. 14 May Have To Lose It - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:08)
  15. 15 Maggie's Plea - Hollywood Studio Symphony (2:56)
  16. 16 Frankie's Dilemma - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:09)
  17. 17 Frankie's Decision - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:09)
  18. 18 Lethal Dose - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:57)
  19. 19 Frankie's Office - Hollywood Studio Symphony (1:05)
  20. 20 Blue Morgan (End Credits) - Hollywood Studio Symphony (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Primary Artist
Bruce Forman Guitar
Lennie Niehaus Conductor
Bruce Dukov Violin
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Darius Campo Violin
Kyle Eastwood Track Performer
Arni Egilsson Bass
Julie Gigante Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Patricia Johnson Violin
Roland Kato Viola
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Janet Lakatos Viola
Michael Lang Piano
Roger Lebow Cello
Dane Little Cello
Michael Markman Violin
Dan Neufeld Viola
Robin Olson Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Michael Ferril Violin
David Ewart Violin
Drew Dembowski Bass
Gil Romero Violin
Trevor Handy Cello
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Phillip Levy Violin
Michael Fenton Stevens Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lennie Niehaus Orchestration
Kyle Eastwood Composer
Robert Townson Executive Producer
Michael Stevens Composer
Erick Labson Mastering
Gennady Loktionov Arranger
Bobby Fernandez Engineer
Clint Eastwood Composer, Producer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    simple and sweet

    This is a great score from Clint Eastwood. The perfect type of music for such a great motion picture he has made. It's simple and effective, it does the job of any fine score ever assembled. Clint sure does know how to use music to achieve emotions from the audience watching. I've haven't yet purchased the actual CD, but I've seen this picture seven times now and each time is a different experience. It's beautiful.

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