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 the


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.

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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
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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Moulin Rouge [Original Soundtrack] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is really fun to listen to and sing along. The singers are great and you'll want to listen to it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moulin Rouge is a great movie, but the CD makes it even greater. In my opinion, the music is what makes up the movie! ''Lady Marmalade'' has been heard in places from the mall to the radio to your school dance. Everywhere you go you can hear this hit song. This song is topping the charts like crazy, thanks to all Christina Aquilera, Mya, and Pink fans! If you want the ''Lady Marmalade'' single, go under 'Artist' and type in 'Christina Aquilera'. Scroll down and right before the imported CDs there it is. Cya!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD whisks you back to the Moulin Rouge to relive the sights, sounds and emotions from this terrific movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you loved the movie, then you will for sure love the sound track!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 100% positive it will win some awards. You have to see the movie. Although, i think the music makes the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved the movie, and was anxiously awaiting listening to the soundtrack after I bought it. I got it home, tossed it in the CD player, and had to listen to remakes and new material (which by the way, didn't come close to comparison with the music in the movie). I'm almost inclined to go back and ask for a refund.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The soundtrack is truely amazing! The song ''Come what may'' sung by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor will leave you in tears! This soundtrack is great for the family, because it has Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Fat boy slim, Beck, Lil Kim, Christina, Mya, Pink, and a lot more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The composers did a wonderful job of doing something that hasn't emerged from the undergound until recently... the mix. That's right, it's kind of like creative cheating. ''El Tango De Roxanne'' is the best example, taking the pop tune ''Roxanne'', adding a tango/techno background, then throwing in a little Broadway to top it all off. Amazing soundtrack to go with an amazing movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd! It is my absolute favorite! I have no idea why that girl says the music doesn't match the movie. It does too! The disappointed girl has no taste and is a dyke. get this cd! EWAN MCGREGOR IS HOT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moulin Rouge is an exciting, sad, love story. It was twisted but I recomend going to see it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a reasonably good cut from the film music. IT IS NOT, nor does it resemble by the subtlest reflection, any of the music of the era nor of the club I remember. Truth can be a ''B'' when it doesn't match your fantasy. Sorry kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
music and songs are superb...totally outstanding!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great song! i have no other much comments it rocks!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is a great cd and the movie is the best if you have not seen it yet you should it is really good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is definately not for the weepy!If you enjoyed the film, then the album brings back all the best bits. I bet that once you listen to it once, you will listen to it over and over again-and I bet you'll all dance!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Mya,Lil Kim,Misdeminor,Pink and Christina Aguleria were the bomb.What I want to know is when are they goin to hook up again,cause I sure am waiting. Lover BOY always and ''4'' ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the movie on DVD, I had to have the soundtrack the next day. I wish every minute of music in the movie had been on the disc, but its a very solid disc none the less. Anyone hearing this album for the first time will be pleasantly surprised at how good McGreggor and Kidman are singing the material. The beautiful singing is complimented by the sumptious production and orchestration. It makes for lovely and dramatic listening. One album it reminds me of strongly is the ODE version of TOMMY, with the London Philharmonic. They both employ similar orchestration which can be very dramatic and stirring - particularly in the car. I made the mistake of not seeing this movie in the theater when it came out because I thought the idea of a modern musical was silly. I was just wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is wonderful, and the CD's even better!! i love it! it's a must have!! i love all the songs!! It's fun to listen and sing along to! TRUELY THE BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful cd that will make you want to get up and dance and sing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie but the soundtrack doesn't have everything. It doesn't have ''Like A Virgin'', ''The Sound of Music'', or the ''Freedom, Beauty, Truth, and Love Theme''. Or the ''So delighting it will run for 50 years'' thing. So it's better to buy the movie to get all the music, but this soundtrack is great, with the power hit ''Lady Marmalade'' performed by pop-stars Christina Aguilera and Mya and rap/r&b-stars Pink and Lil' Kim. Missy Elliot adds the icing to the cake. Some of the favorites from the movie are ''Sparkling Diamonds'', a beautiful medley of ''Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend'' and ''Material Girl'' performed by Nicole Kidman, and ''Hindi Sad Diamonds'' with ''Chamma Chamma'' and a reprise of ''Diamond's Are A Girls Best Friend''. ''Elephant Love Medley'' displays the wonderful voice talents of Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, along with beautiful love songs like Dolly Parton's ''I Will Always Love You'' and Elton John's ''Your Song'' (which also appears as a solo by Ewan McGreogor on the album). This CD is a must have for your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the movie one bit, except for the awesome music that was played throughout. The movie was a washout, the soundtrack is a winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
not only was moulin rouge the best movie i've ever seen, but unlike the soundtracks to most good movies, this soundtrack is excellent. i bought the cd right after i saw the movie for the first time in june and i have yet to remove it from my cd player
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a great cd, very good music!