Moulin Rouge [Original Soundtrack]

Moulin Rouge [Original Soundtrack]

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For the soundtrack to his film Moulin Rouge, a tale of star-crossed lovers who meet at the famed turn-of-the-century Paris nightclub, Romeo and Juliet director Baz Luhrmann has erased musical boundaries. David Bowie opens and closes the disc with two drastically different versions of theSee more details below

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For the soundtrack to his film Moulin Rouge, a tale of star-crossed lovers who meet at the famed turn-of-the-century Paris nightclub, Romeo and Juliet director Baz Luhrmann has erased musical boundaries. David Bowie opens and closes the disc with two drastically different versions of the standard "Nature Boy" -- the opening track is accented by a dramatic orchestral arrangement, while the closing version is a trip-hop collaboration with Massive Attack. In between these sonic bookends, stylistic hybrids run delightfully wild as each selection helps tell the film's forbidden affair between main characters Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Beck, with the help of Timbaland's beat wizardry, delivers a spacey, minimalist take on Bowie's "Diamond Dogs," and a superstar summit between junior divas Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, and Lil' Kim results in a paint-peeling cover of Labelle's "Lady Marmalade." Kidman and McGregor also flaunt their surprisingly effective vocal chops on several tracks and combine their talents on the comical "Elephant Love Melody," a call-and-response medley of love songs from such varied artists as the Beatles ("All You Need Is Love"), Whitney Houston ("I Will Always Love You"), U2 ("In the Name of Love"), and Thelma Houston ("Don't Leave Me This Way"). Elsewhere, the endearing McGregor and Jose Feliciano transform the Police classic "Roxanne" into "El Tango de Roxanne," and a vampy Kidman delivers the showstopper "Sparkling Diamonds," complete with Vegas-flavored brass arrangements, street-credible beats, and lyrics borrowed from Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and Madonna's "Material Girl." With Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann -- who had a pop hit back in '99 with the spoken-word curio "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" -- shows that besides being a visionary filmmaker, he's got a flair for things musical as well. Dave Gil de Rubio

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All Music Guide - Brad Kohlenstein
At the very least, director Baz Luhrmann has created something different here. His modern-day musical weaves new cover versions of songs from the past three decades into one story about a brothel in turn of the century Paris. Its an odd combination to begin with, and the soundtrack itself bounces back and forth between very hip, modern tracks from artists at the top of their game and big Broadway-style ballads from the cast of the film. Some of the most well-respected names in music signed on for the project, including Beck, Bono, Timbaland, and David Bowie. Fatboy Slim created a "Can Can" for the next generation with "Because We Can," and Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Pink, and Mya teamed up for a surefire hit with their naughtier version of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade." In stark contrast to these edgy tracks, the album spends the rest of its time on love songs from Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. They perform big-voiced, orchestra-backed versions of sentimental favorites like Elton John's "Your Song." The "Elephant Love Medley" strings together some of pop's sappiest hits, including "Up Where We Belong," "One More Night," and "I Will Always Love You." Perhaps to many people's surprise, Kidman and McGregor can really sing, and maybe in a different environment it would be easier to take these songs seriously, but standing here outside the context of the film and next to Beck covering David Bowie, they seem more comic than creative.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949303525
catalogNumber:
493035
Rank:
3193

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Tracks

  1. Nature Boy  - David Bowie
  2. Lady Marmalade  -  Pink
  3. Because We Can  -  Fatboy Slim
  4. Sparkling Diamonds  - Lara Mulcahy
  5. Rhythm of the Night  -  Valeria
  6. Your Song  - Alessandro Safina
  7. Children of the Revolution  - Maurice Seezer
  8. One Day I'll Fly Away  - Nicole Kidman
  9. Diamond Dogs
  10. Elephant Love Medley  - Nicole Kidman
  11. Come What May  - Nicole Kidman
  12. El Tango de Roxanne  - Jacek Koman
  13. Complainte de la Butte  - Rufus Wainwright
  14. Hindi Sad Diamonds  - Alka Yagnik
  15. Nature Boy  -  Massive Attack

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

José Feliciano   Track Performer
David Bowie   Track Performer
Ozzy Osbourne   Track Performer
Massive Attack   Track Performer
Beck   Track Performer
Bono   Guitar
Tony Visconti   Vocals
Joel Zifkin   Violin
Maurice Seezer   Guitar,Keyboards
Rufus Wainwright   Track Performer
Lil' Kim   Track Performer
Jim Broadbent   Track Performer
Joe Leguabe   Track Performer
Ewan McGregor   Track Performer
Chris Elliott   Conductor
Julian Gallagher   Keyboards
Christina Aguilera   Track Performer
Alessandro Safina   Track Performer
Nicole Kidman   Track Performer
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ozzy Osbourne   Contributor
Gavin Friday   Arranger,Producer
David Foster   Producer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Kenny Nolan   Composer
Beck   Contributor
Craig Armstrong   Producer,Orchestra Production
Bono   Arranger
Marius de Vries   Vocal Producer,Music Direction
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Ron Fair   Vocal Producer
Simon Franglen   Engineer,Vocal Production Assistance
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Carmen Rizzo   Engineer
Eddy Schreyer   Mastering
Steve Sidwell   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Neil Davidge   Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Producer
Maurice Seezer   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Fatboy Slim   Producer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Timbaland   Producer
Michel Pepin   Engineer
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Ash Howes   Programming,Engineer
Baz Luhrmann   Producer
Alexis Smith   Producer
Julian Gallagher   Producer
Mickey Petralia   Engineer
Don Murnaghan   Engineer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Alvin Sweeney   Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer

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