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 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 ...
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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
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2001
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949303525
  • Catalog Number: 493035
  • Sales rank: 11,045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nature Boy - David Bowie (3:25)
  2. 2 Lady Marmalade - Pink (4:24)
  3. 3 Because We Can - Fatboy Slim (3:27)
  4. 4 Sparkling Diamonds - Lara Mulcahy (2:52)
  5. 5 Rhythm of the Night - Valeria (3:49)
  6. 6 Your Song - Alessandro Safina (3:38)
  7. 7 Children of the Revolution - Maurice Seezer (2:59)
  8. 8 One Day I'll Fly Away - Nicole Kidman (3:18)
  9. 9 Diamond Dogs (4:34)
  10. 10 Elephant Love Medley - Nicole Kidman (4:13)
  11. 11 Come What May - Nicole Kidman (4:48)
  12. 12 El Tango de Roxanne - Jacek Koman (4:43)
  13. 13 Complainte de la Butte - Rufus Wainwright (3:05)
  14. 14 Hindi Sad Diamonds - Alka Yagnik (3:28)
  15. 15 Nature Boy - Massive Attack (4:08)
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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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a ripoff!

    David Bowie? Give me a break. John Leguizamo sings 'Nature Boy' in the movie, and much better than Bowie. How is this CD an 'Original Soundtrack'? I want my money back but they won't refund because I already opened it. I should have read the credits first. The other cuts are good but I will have to copy 'Nature Boy' from the DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poor Reproduction

    After seeing the movie and listening to the audio tract, I couldn't resist but to purchase the original sound track, but was terribly disappointed in the quality of the reproduction/recording. Interscope is appearently responsible for producing this CD and they have the voices buried as background to the instrumental. Both Nicole and Ewan have marvelous voices and did a wonderful job in the movie sound track. This is a shame and Interscope ought to recall all the CDs they produced and replace them with corrected tracks and make this worth owning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    This is a brilliant movie and the music just adds to the splendor. Every song is amazing, especially Come What May. Ewan McGreggor and Nicole Kidman are such amazing singers and made all the better beacause people didn't know they could even sing! Only complaint is that they did not add the reprise of Come What May in the ending of the movie (when Satine and Christian singing to each other) in either soundtrack. Still amazing though!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Soundtrack

    Though some of the rock/rap songs were quite annoying, the songs that demonstrate Ewan McGregor's and Nicole Kidman's singing talents were quite good. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best You Can Get!!!

    I first watched the movie and I completely fell in love with the music. This is some of the best music I have ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MOULIN ROUGE IS AWESOME!

    This soundtrack is one of the best ever! The movie was really awesome as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Soundtrack

    The only reason that I liked the Moulin Rouge movie was becase of the great soundtrack and now that I got it I can listen to it whenever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This soundtrack will fulfill you more than a man ever would!

    I thought the Moulin Rouge soundtrack deserves more than five stars. If I ruled the world, everybody would be in love with Moulin Rouge! I give this soundtrack an A++!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it

    i loved moulin rouge, the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars is only b/c i don't understand why a couple of tracks were on there. it's a great cd tho. you should get it!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm the BIGGEST Ewan McGregor fan!

    Everybody should own this soundtrack. Moulin Rouge is the best movie ever made and by casting Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman made the movie and the soundtrack so much better. Their voices, especially the sexy Ewan McGregor, just makes your heart melt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Cd

    Best Cd in the world memorized every word to every song. Best movie also.Kiss kiss.Love It!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This soundtrack is simple the best!!!!

    I love this Moulin Rouge soundtrack.You all been great and did exelant job.Your music is magic...I love it and that is all...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay, But not what I expected.

    First, I have to say I'm not a huge Moulan Rouge fan. The movie was to random and sappy for my taste (no offense to all you Moulan Rouge fans out there). But I did love the music. I bought the soundtrack expecting songs from the movie, with vocals from the movie. Unfortunately, this CD features mostly songs that were not even in the movie. If your a die-hard Moulan Rouge fan, and need everything with Moulan Rouge on its label, You may want to buy this. If your a fan of the music of the movie, you may want to get Moulan Rouge 2. The second soundtrack. It features more of the songs from the actual movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    I was so excited to finally find the soundtrack. I went to other stores and couldn't find it. I love the songs on the CD. Moulin Rouge is the best movie I have seen in a long long time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Waiting

    Oh my, I haven't even gotten the actual cd yet, (but I will for christmas-shhh I snuck a peak!), but I keep listening to it's soundbytes on the internet and I just can't get enough!!! I loved the movie so much. It was different and exciting and yet you could pick out things and phrases from old songs and whatnot. It's really quite original though, and I just can't wait for christmas!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Red Windmill c'est bon!

    This cd is awesome. Do not think twice about getting it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Needs a volume three

    I thought Moulin Rouge was a great film to watch the music was good but there is still a few songs missing of the first and second movie soundtracks lets hope that there will be a third soundtrack to finsh of the first and second moulin rouge movie soundtracks. Fiona

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Needs a volume 3

    The music was great in the movie moulin rouge but there is still a lot of songs missing of the second moulin rouge movie soundtrack anyway let's just hope that there will be a volume 3 with all the missing songs on it. Fiona

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic ... fabulous....it´s a passion to ear it

    It´s the most beautiful film i saw this last months. Ewan voice´s is something i can´t describe...it´s all about love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome, easy to listen to over and over!

    I absolutely loved this soundtrack, because it's all the great music from the movie... If you liked the movie, you'll most likely love the soundtrack, because the movie was mostly about the music and dancing, so the soundtrack just adds to it and lets you listen to the great music. It's very easy to crank up the volume for this soundtrack!

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