One from the Heart [Bonus Tracks]

One from the Heart [Bonus Tracks]

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by Crystal Gayle
     
 

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One From the Heart is the score to the most misunderstood of Francis Ford Coppola's films. Far ahead of its time in terms of technology, use of color, montage, and set design, its soundtrack is the only thing that grounds it to earth. Coppola's movie is a metaphorical retelling of the exploits of Zeus and Hera set in Las Vegas. According to Coppola's linerSee more details below

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One From the Heart is the score to the most misunderstood of Francis Ford Coppola's films. Far ahead of its time in terms of technology, use of color, montage, and set design, its soundtrack is the only thing that grounds it to earth. Coppola's movie is a metaphorical retelling of the exploits of Zeus and Hera set in Las Vegas. According to Coppola's liner notes for the expanded, remastered CD issue of the soundtrack -- which also accompany the deluxe two-DVD edition -- Tom Waits' score was actually composed before filming started, and the director sculpted his narrative to fit. Coppola claims to have been taken with the male-female narrative implications of the track "I Don't Talk to Strangers," off Tom Waits' Foreign Affairs album. That cut was a duet with Bette Midler. Midler wasn't available for One From the Heart, however, so Waits chose Crystal Gayle as his vocal foil. The result is one of the most beautifully wrought soundtrack collaborations in history. Along with producer Bones Howe, Waits and Gayle cut their duets largely from the studio floor, live with the small combo-style studio band that included the saxophonist Teddy Edwards, drummer Shelly Manne, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, pianist Pete Jolly, and bassist Greg Cohen, among others. The opening cut, a Waits piano intro that flows into the duet "Once Upon a Town," is a study in contrasts: first there are the stark ivories and the tinkle of a coin falling upon a bar before Waits' then-still-smoky baritone (now ravaged indescribably) entwines with Gayle's clear, ringing, emotionally rich vocal, and then joined by Bob Alcivar's string orchestrations before giving way to a jazzed-out down-tempo blues, where the pair sing in call-and-response counterpoint about the disappointments in life and love. These are echoed a couple of tracks later in another duet, "Picking Up After You," which is the ultimate starstruck breakup tune. And while there are only four duets on the entire set, they are startling in their ragged intimacy, contrasted with a stark yet elegant atmosphere and cool noir-esque irony. Gayle's solo performances on the set, which include the mournfully gorgeous "Is There Any Way out of This Dream," with beautiful accompaniment in a tenor solo by Edwards, and the shimmering melancholy of "Old Boyfriends," are among the finest in her long career. For his part, Waits' "I Beg Your Pardon" and "You Can't Unring a Bell" fit deftly into his post-beat hipster canon, though they are offered with less droll irony and more emotionally honest flair here than they would have if they were on his own solo recordings. Likewise, the piano and vocal duet of "Take Me Home" offers Waits' piano as a canny and intuitive counterpart to the deep sensuality of Gayle's vocal. There are two bonus tracks included here, a solo piano/vocal tune called "Candy Apple Red" that accompanied a scene left on the cutting-room floor, and an orchestral ensemble medley of "Once Upon a Town" and "Empty Pockets." With wondrously remastered sound, One From the Heart is a welcome addition to any soundtrack library to be sure, but also an essential one to the shelf of any Waits or Gayle fan.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972423425
catalogNumber:
724234
Rank:
39852

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Crystal Gayle   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tom Waits   Piano,Vocals
Victor Feldman   Timpani
Shelly Manne   Drums
Pete Jolly   Piano,Accordion,Celeste
Lanny Morgan   Woodwind
Ronnie Barron   Organ
Bob Alcivar   Piano,Conductor
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Larry Bunker   Drums
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Greg Cohen   Bass
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
John Lowe   Woodwind
Joe Porcaro   Glockenspiel
Emil Richards   Vibes
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Gayle Levant   Harp
John Evans Thomassie   Percussion
Leslie Thompson   Harmonica
Donald Waldrop   Tuba

Technical Credits

Tom Waits   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Bob Alcivar   Orchestral Arrangements
Tim Boyle   Engineer
Greg Cohen   Contribution
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Teddy Edwards   Contribution
Mack Gordon   Composer
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Jack Sheldon   Contribution
Richard Beggs   Sound Effects
Chris Bellman   Mastering
Francis Ford Coppola   Liner Notes
Gian-Carlo Coppola   Concept
Dave De More   Engineer
Bob Winder   Engineer
Kim Aubry   Producer
Pete Horner   Remixing
Derrick Scocchera   Graphic Design

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