Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition)

Royal Tenenbaums (Collector's Edition)

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Following the successful soundtracks to Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums finds filmmaker Wes Anderson teaming up with Devo mastermind Mark Mothersbaugh to create a mesh of original instrumentals and painstakingly selected pop music. The result is anSee more details below


Following the successful soundtracks to Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums finds filmmaker Wes Anderson teaming up with Devo mastermind Mark Mothersbaugh to create a mesh of original instrumentals and painstakingly selected pop music. The result is an evocative mix tape of the kind record snobs and lovers craft for one another. Here, Mothersbaugh and Anderson choose bittersweet themes befitting this film centered on the unexpected reunion of a family of dysfunctional child prodigies and equally eccentric parents. Bookended by a pair of cuts by Teutonic chanteuse Nico (Jackson Browne's poignant "These Days" and the "Fairest of the Seasons"), this collection features some of rock's most melancholic performers. Elliot Smith (a fragile "Needle in the Hay"), Nick Drake (the delicate "Fly"), and the Velvet Underground (the gorgeous "Stephanie Says") rub shoulders with the über-punk of the Ramones ("Judy Is a Punk") and a classic Clash cover (Junior Murvin's "Police & Thieves"). Mothersbaugh's original compositions find him leading an ensemble containing brass, strings, celesta, and harpsichord, enabling him to move between sprightly Baroque and reggae guitar in "Lindbergh Place Hotel Suite" and a quick dash of Indian raga in "Pagoda's Theme." Topped off by Vince Guaraldi's stirring "Christmas Time Is Here" (better known from A Charlie Brown Christmas), The Royal Tenenbaums is a rich and kingly assortment of music.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Where the soundtrack to Rushmore captured that film's mix of brash and bittersweet through British Invasion obscurities and Mark Mothersbaugh's playfully poignant score, the music for The Royal Tenenbaums -- Wes Anderson's tale of a prodigal patriarch and the brood of child geniuses he left behind -- evokes the film's shabbily genteel New York through vintage folk-pop, classic punk, and a Mothersbaugh score that gives the delicacy of his earlier scores a newfound maturity. Two of the most affecting songs from Nico's Chelsea Girl, "These Days" and "The Fairest of the Seasons," bookend the soundtrack as beautifully concise meditations on, respectively, regret ("Please don't confront me with my failures/I had not forgotten them") and hope ("Do I stay or do I go?/And maybe try another time?"). In between, the music ranges from Elliott Smith's quietly devastating "Needle in the Hay" to the manic energy of the Ramones' "Judy is a Punk" and the Clash's "Police and Thieves" to the hazy glow of Bob Dylan's "Wigwam," each track adding to the album's strangely timeless but emotionally direct atmosphere. Mothersbaugh's score and the compiled music complement each other perfectly, with the velvety, Baroque feel of Nick Drake's "Fly" and the Velvet Underground's "Stephanie Says" mirrored in "Mothersbaugh's Canon" and the Vince Guaraldi Trio's sparkly "Christmas Time Is Here" echoed by "I Always Wanted to Be a Tenenbaum" and "Sparkplug Minuet." Ravel's "String Quartet in F Major (Second Movement)" and Mothersbaugh's "111 Arthur Avenue" and "Lindbergh Palace Hotel Suite" complete this elegant yet slightly skewed soundtrack. Nearly as clever and nuanced as the film itself, The Royal Tenenbaums is also a moving, well-rounded album in its own right.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Hollywood Records

Related Subjects


  1. 111 Archer Avenue
  2. These Days  -  Nico
  3. 2nd Movement  -  Quatuor Ysaÿe
  4. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard  - Paul Simon
  5. Excerpt  -  Mutato Muzika Orchestra
  6. Wigwam  - Bob Dylan
  7. Look At That Old Grizzly Bear
  8. Look at Me
  9. Lullabye
  10. Mothersbaugh's Canon
  11. Police & Thieves  -  Clash
  12. Scrapping and Yelling
  13. Judy Is a Punk
  14. Pagoda's Theme
  15. Needle in the Hay  - Elliott Smith
  16. Fly, song
  17. I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum
  18. Christmas Time Is Here  -  Vince Guaraldi Trio
  19. Stephanie Says  -  Velvet Underground
  20. Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000)
  21. Sparkplug Minuet
  22. The Fairest of the Seasons  -  Nico
  23. Hey Jude  -  Mutato Muzika Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Drake   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
John Lennon   Track Performer
Mark Mothersbaugh   Organ,Guitar,Celeste
Ramones   Track Performer
Paul Simon   Track Performer
Velvet Underground   Track Performer
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Emitt Rhodes   Track Performer
Rick Baptist   Trumpet,Piccolo
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Tom Brechtlein   Drums
Jonathan Clark   Woodwind
Brian Dembow   Viola
Julie Gigante   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Endre Granat   Violin
Tim Landers   Bass
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Paul Morin   Bass
Gordon Peeke   Drums
Richard Ruttenberg   Keyboards
Jim Sitterly   Violin
Chet Swiatkowski   Harpsichord
Marcia Dickstein   Harp
Elliott Smith   Track Performer
Lavant Coppock   Guitar
Martin Flores   Percussion
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Lawrence Dominello   Piano
Michael Miller   Guitar
Chris 'Niser' Guardino   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Harpsichord
Quatuor Ysaÿe   String Quartet
David H. Speltz   Cello

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Mark Mothersbaugh   Composer,Producer
Ramones   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Wes Anderson   Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Executive Soundtrack Producer
Junior Murvin   Composer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Composer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Johnny Ramone   Composer
Tommy Ramone   Composer
Randall Poster   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Robert Casale   Producer,Engineer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Glen Lajeski   Composer,Marketing

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