Public Enemies [Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The soundtrack to Michael Mann's 2009 film Public Enemies, which centers on the life of criminal John Dillinger in the 1930s, a time when the public enemies list was exactly that -- public -- and was followed daily like a baseball box score, with the good guys winning sometimes and the bad guys winning sometimes (and yes, everyone was keeping score), unwinds with its own story to tell, one that ends up being a tragic love story, among other things. The sequence is wonderfully atmospheric in spots, moving from track to track almost like in a dream, thanks to the portions of the score by Elliot Goldenthal that are included, and also thanks to tracks like Diana Krall's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The soundtrack to Michael Mann's 2009 film Public Enemies, which centers on the life of criminal John Dillinger in the 1930s, a time when the public enemies list was exactly that -- public -- and was followed daily like a baseball box score, with the good guys winning sometimes and the bad guys winning sometimes (and yes, everyone was keeping score), unwinds with its own story to tell, one that ends up being a tragic love story, among other things. The sequence is wonderfully atmospheric in spots, moving from track to track almost like in a dream, thanks to the portions of the score by Elliot Goldenthal that are included, and also thanks to tracks like Diana Krall's hushed reimagining of "Bye Bye Blackbird" (a song at the very heart of the film's plot) and Blind Willie Johnson's haunting, wordless moan (which is echoed by his beautiful slide guitar playing) "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground," originally released on 78 by Columbia Records in 1929. Things start off with a bang, though, with Otis Taylor's driving, modal banjo monster "Ten Million Slaves," which drives its point home and thunders off like a runaway train on steroids. At the other end of the alley, Goldenthal's "Drive to Bohemia" is ghostly, soothing, and brief as the moment it underscores and defines in the film. Some soundtrack albums work all on their own apart from the film they were assembled to support, and some, of course, don't work so well stripped of the visual association. This one, thankfully, is haunting and memorable all on its own, flowing with it's own pacing and telling its own story, ending, in this case, in darkness and tears and Johnson's otherworldly slide guitar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602527090108
  • Catalog Number: 001307202
  • Sales rank: 85,282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ten Million Slaves - Otis Taylor (4:09)
  2. 2 Chicago Shake - Bruce Fowler Big Band (3:10)
  3. 3 Drive to Bohemia (1:11)
  4. 4 Love Me or Leave Me - Billie Holiday (3:21)
  5. 5 Billie's Arrest (2:20)
  6. 6 Am I Blue? - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra (2:52)
  7. 7 Love in the Dunes (1:50)
  8. 8 Bye Bye Blackbird - Diana Krall (3:47)
  9. 9 Phone Call to Billie (1:44)
  10. 10 Nasty Letter - Otis Taylor (5:05)
  11. 11 Plane to Chicago (3:24)
  12. 12 Guide Me O Thou Great Jehova - Indian Bottom Association Members (1:37)
  13. 13 Gold Coast Resturant (2:04)
  14. 14 The Man I Love - Billie Holiday (3:07)
  15. 15 JD Dies (3:56)
  16. 16 Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elliot Goldenthal Primary Artist
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Steve Kujala Flute
Bob Sheppard Saxophone
Bruce Dukov Violin
Richard Altenbach Violin
Kevin Axt Bass
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Celli
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Christine Ermacoff Celli
Stefanie Fife Celli
Walt Fowler Trumpet
Julie Gigante Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Daniel Greco Percussion
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Dan Higgins Flute
Rusty Higgins Saxophone
Greg Huckins Baritone Saxophone
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Dennis Karmazyn Celli
Roland Kato Viola
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Paul Kristan Drums
Michael Lang Piano
Charles Loper Trombone
Sal Lozano Saxophone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Helen Nightengale Violin
Brian Pezzone Piano
Jonathan Sheffer Conductor
Tina Soule Celli
Doug Tornquist Tuba
Cecilia Tsan Celli
Josefina Vergara Violin
Brad Warnaar Horn
Roger Wilkie Violin
Albert Wing Saxophone
Ray Frisby Percussion
Andrew Shulman Celli
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Natalie Leggett Violin
Christian Kollgaard Bass
Timothy Landauer Celli
Nico Abondolo Bass
Chris Bleth Oboe
Shawn Mann Viola
Dana Kelley Horn
Anne Atkins Bass
Frances Liu Wu Bass
Eun Mee Ahn Violin
Tiffiany Yi Hu Violin
Roberto Cani Violin
Rose Corrigan Bassoon
Thomas Dienner Viola
Liane Mautner Violin
Eric J. Hosler Violin
Gregory Goodall Timpani
Dave Walther Viola
Ana Landauer Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Kristy Morrell Horn
Songa Lee Violin
Neel Hammond Violin
Jen Kuhn Celli
Tereza Stanislav Violin
Malcolm McNab Trumpet
Carl Rydlund Guitar
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
Steven Holtman Trombone
Phillip Teele Trombone
David Duke Horn
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Kenneth Munday Bassoon
Marc Sazer Violin
Steven Becknell Horn
Lily Ho Chen Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Charles Boito Clarinet
Gary Gray Clarinet
Kevin Connolly Violin
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Bruce Fowler Composer, Orchestration
Walter Donaldson Composer
Harry Garfield Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Teese Gohl Orchestration, Score Producer
Ray Henderson Composer
Joel Iwataki Engineer
Gus Kahn Composer
Michael Mann Producer
Don Nelson Composer
Otis Taylor Composer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Elliot Goldenthal Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Kathy Nelson Executive Soundtrack Producer
Robert Elhai Orchestration
Pat Barry Art Direction
Harry Akst Composer
Mort Dixon Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Brandon Mason Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Jeff Toyne Orchestration
David Buntz Director
Mark Baechle Orchestration
Angie Teo Engineer
Kevin Kaska Composer
Tiffany Jones Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this CD! Gave it to two friends!

    The blues songs from Billy Holiday and Diane Krull along with back hills tunes smokey rhythm songs make this a great CD. The orchestrations from various movie scenes are nice but the boggy music is the best!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Public Enemies Awesome

    The music composed by by Godenthal is such an original sound for the era of the time of "Public Enemies". Combined with the songs from Billie Holiday and Otis Taylor, it makes for enjoyable listening.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Soundtrack

    This soundtrack offers a vintage sound with enjoyable arrangements by Elliot Goldenthal. From the opening track to the last, this soundtrack is full of a range of music from a rocky beat on the first track to more of a gospel soul at the end.

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