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Rushmore

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The RUSHMORE soundtrack is a rarity, an album that both perfectly complements the movie and is strong enough musically to stand on its own. Writer/director Wes Anderson and music supervisor Randall Poster have musically conveyed the film's feelings of teenage angst with a remarkable fluidity that makes the soundtrack an enjoyable listen

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The RUSHMORE soundtrack is a rarity, an album that both perfectly complements the movie and is strong enough musically to stand on its own. Writer/director Wes Anderson and music supervisor Randall Poster have musically conveyed the film's feelings of teenage angst with a remarkable fluidity that makes the soundtrack an enjoyable listen from start to finish. Comprised of largely '60s garage pop songs, the album never approaches the obvious or trite. The Creation's "Making Time" is the hit that should have happened, but never did (rumor has it that even Pete Townshend belonged to the Creation fan club). While many are familiar with the repertoire of Cat Stevens, his early track "Here Comes My Baby" remains refreshing (unless you've overplayed Yo La Tengo's version from FAKEBOOK). The Who's guitar romp, "A Quick One While He's Away" fits right in with the other British Invasion tunes, but again, remains an outsider compared to the group's standards. Poster and Anderson have tapped into a familiar pop sound, and produced new songs to embrace. Tracks from the above plus the Kinks, Zoot Sims, Yves Montand, John Lennon, and the Faces are glued together by the zany synth and orchestral interludes provided by soundtrack (and once Devo) genius, Mark Mothersbaugh. RUSHMORE is one of the few soundtracks that will retain its appeal. Like the movie, the accompanying record is bound to become a classic.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
While a soundtrack LP based on the smorgasbord of the "sounds of the '60s" is hardly a novel concept, Rushmore announced right up front it was offering more fruitful fare by emphasizing the little-known but cranking/smoking Creation single "Makin' Time" in its TV ads. That snarling-ornery classic more or less leads off this collection of British Invasion-era obscuros, a CD whose mere track selection proves its curator to be a genuine, happy, knowledgeable fan of the genre. Like the zany, hip radio station you've always longed for and will never get, in Rushmore's world the Kinks' 1964 unplugged Kinda Kinks gem "Nothing in This World Can Stop Me Worrying About That Girl" can peacefully coexist with the happy lounge of Unit 4+2, and French crooner Yves Montand, or with Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo's instrumental curiosities. The young, jauntier Cat Stevens and Chad & Jeremy provide pep, and a live version of the Who's first mini rock opera, the title track of their 1966 second LP, A Quick One, locks neatly into a film where two so-different males compete for the same woman. OK, the collection isn't timeless. There aren't enough great songs here, and compiler Wes Anderson could have done better for the great-but-in-decline John Lennon and the also-past-their-prime Faces than the pleasant but pathetic-indulgent "Oh Yoko!" and nice but pedestrian "Ooh La La." But even here, Anderson errs on the side of the whimsical and unusual, precisely the qualities missing in the movies these days. In the end, it's his sense of fun that pervades this unpredictable assortment as much as it does the cinematic experience. Synchronicity at last! ~ Jack Rabid. The Big Takeover

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/1999
Label:
Fontana London
UPC:
0731455607420
catalogNumber:
556074
Rank:
16291

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yves Montand   Vocals,Track Performer
Chad & Jeremy   Track Performer
Faces   Track Performer
Kinks   Track Performer
John Lennon   Track Performer
Mark Mothersbaugh   Percussion,Keyboards,Track Performer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Track Performer
Who   Track Performer
Creation   Track Performer
Unit 4+2   Track Performer
Judy Gameral   Hammered Dulcimer
Melissa "Missy" Hasin   Cello
Brian King   Glockenspiel
Larry Klimas   Flute
Paul Morin   Bass
Gordon Peeke   Percussion,Drums,Timpani
Harry Scorzo   Violin
Zoot Sims   Track Performer
Paul Viapiano   Mandolin
Robert Casale   Keyboards
Lavant Coppock   Guitar
Gloria Cheng   Harpsichord
Bruce Berman   Guitar,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Mark Mothersbaugh   Producer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
George Handy   Composer
Wes Anderson   Producer
Ken Noble   Composer
Chad Stuart   Composer
Randall Poster   Producer
Aristide Bruant   Composer
Robert Casale   Producer,Engineer
Clive Metcalfe   Composer

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summery... intelligent... hilarious movie... makes you want to taking fenceing lessons. Other than that it has a nice combonation of Cat Stevens, Mark Mothersbaugh and "Oh Yoko" by John Lennon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like soundtracks that weave in the scoring as well as the soundtrack numbers. Unsurprisingly The Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack has the same balance. I wonder if Wes Anderson prefers this as well. There are some great classics that are gathered together on this album, to name a few: Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens), Oh Yoko (John Lennon), Ooh La La (The Faces), and the lovely beat of Concrete & Clay (Unit 4 + 2). I think this soundtrack really shows how picking the right support songs can really make a film work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD not only makes you get flashes from the movie but carried you away to the dream world of Max Fisher. Its music works as a stand alone but when combined with the movie it makes a smile creap across a serious face. Enjoy it everywhere you go and know that you have spend money wisely on a CD that will not collect dust on your shelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. Usually soundtrack aren't that good but these people have great taste in music. I suggest getting the movie, also "The Royal Tennenbaums" soundtrack and movie if you like Rushmore.