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Velvet Goldmine

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Glam rock was all about style as substance, finding truth through image. Todd Haynes realized this, constructing Velvet Goldmine, his ode to glam, as a hallucinatory experience where the surface means as much, if not more, than the underlying meanings. Which means, of course, that Haynes' view of glam was based on the artier inclinations of David Bowie and the sinister cabaret and full-blown dementia of Brian Eno-era Roxy Music. Bowie refused to have any of his songs in Velvet Goldmine, possibly due to the anti-Bowie slant of the script, and the filmmakers squeezed their way out of a potentially fatal situation by hiring Shudder To Think and Grant Lee Buffalo to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Glam rock was all about style as substance, finding truth through image. Todd Haynes realized this, constructing Velvet Goldmine, his ode to glam, as a hallucinatory experience where the surface means as much, if not more, than the underlying meanings. Which means, of course, that Haynes' view of glam was based on the artier inclinations of David Bowie and the sinister cabaret and full-blown dementia of Brian Eno-era Roxy Music. Bowie refused to have any of his songs in Velvet Goldmine, possibly due to the anti-Bowie slant of the script, and the filmmakers squeezed their way out of a potentially fatal situation by hiring Shudder To Think and Grant Lee Buffalo to write Ziggy soundalikes. They work smashingly, as Shudder To Think's "Ballad of Mawell Demon" captures the sweeping ballad feeling of "All the Young Dudes," while Grant Lee Buffalo's "The Whole Shebang" is an uncanny recreation of Hunky Dory's skipping vaudevillian pop. Their contributions stand out on the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack, which is primarily devoted to songs from the era, either in their original incarnations or in newly minted covers. It's actually a risky move to stand Roxy Music's classic first single "Virginia Plain" next to a wealth of Roxy interpretations by the Venus in Furs, yet their recreations are stunning, enhanced by Thom Yorke's remarkable imitation of Bryan Ferry's vocals. Similarly, the Iggy Poptribute band, Wylde Ratttz do an admirable job with "TV Eye." The other covers don't fare as well, yet the other new songs are first-rate particularly Pulp's stomping, horn-driven Slade extravaganza "We Are the Boys" and all the original recordings are terrific, highlighted by cult items as Eno's fantastic "Needle in the Camel's Eye," T. Rex's "Diamond Meadows" and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's British hit "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me." The soundtrack, like the film itself, may be more of a collection of moments than a coherent experience, but those moments are pretty spectacular.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Fontana London
  • UPC: 731455603521
  • Catalog Number: 556035
  • Sales rank: 48,152

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Needles in the Camel's Eye (3:09)
  2. 2 Hot One (3:04)
  3. 3 20th Century Boy - Placebo (3:42)
  4. 4 2HB (5:39)
  5. 5 T.V. Eye (5:24)
  6. 6 Ballad Of Maxwell Demon (4:47)
  7. 7 The Whole Shebang (4:11)
  8. 8 Ladytron (4:26)
  9. 9 We Are the Boyz (3:13)
  10. 10 Virginia Plain (3:00)
  11. 11 Personality Crisis (3:49)
  12. 12 Satellite Of Love (3:41)
  13. 13 Diamond Meadows (2:00)
  14. 14 Bitter's End (2:13)
  15. 15 Baby's On Fire (3:19)
  16. 16 Bitter-Sweet (4:55)
  17. 17 Velvet Spacetime (4:10)
  18. 18 Tumbling Down (3:28)
  19. 19 Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Reed Track Performer
T. Rex Track Performer
Teenage Fanclub Track Performer
Shudder to Think Track Performer
Grant Lee Buffalo Track Performer
Carter Burwell Track Performer
Brian Eno Track Performer
Steve Harley Track Performer
Paul Kimble Vocals, Track Performer
Andy Mackay Track Performer
Roxy Music Track Performer
Ewan McGregor Vocals
Thom Yorke Vocals
Donna Matthews Track Performer
Venus In Furs Track Performer
Wylde Ratttz Track Performer
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Vocals
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Composer
Phil Manzanera Composer
Teenage Fanclub Producer
Shudder to Think Producer
Pulp Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Brian Eno Composer
Don Fleming Producer
Paul Kimble Producer
Andy Mackay Composer
Michael Stipe Producer, Executive Producer
Brian Zee Engineer
Carl Glanville Producer
Bill Emmons Engineer
Randall Poster Producer
Placebo Producer
Bryan Zee Engineer
Christine Vachon Producer
Todd Haynes Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glam Dream

    Apart from the absence of a few of the more obscure tracks from the film ("Sebastian" to name one), this is a Glam Goldmine! For those of you that know Glam, this is something new. Every song is beautiful and complete with Bowie-esque lyrics. In a way, I'm glad David chose not to contribute any music to this film because if he had, we wouldn't have all this new material and all of these fancy covers to listen to. If you're like me and you've worn out your Glam collection, this will give you something new to put on repeat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deliciously Glam!!!

    This CD absolutely goes with the Video/DVD. Can't have one without the other. Placebo's rendition of 20th Century Boy is to die for. Johnathan Rhys-Meyers does a bang up job singing Eno's Baby's on Fire. I love most of the songs on the CD. And the more I listen to it the more I like it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a Goldmine

    I was shocked looking over the tracks on this record when I discovered the absence of artists like the New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Slade, and no David Bowie even. What is that all about? There were plenty of covers by the missing bands, and I admit a few of them were gems like Teenage Fanclub's version of Personality Crisis or Placebo's 20th Century Boy. Velvet Goldmine did a very good job (mostly) of finding covers of these great songs, I was impressed. But nothing compares to the real deal. And also, the great glam bands that were actually on there like T Rex, Roxy Music, and Lou Reed had only one or two of their songs on the album. I'd say that this album is good, yeah, it's not bad at all. But it's not that good either. I'm just a little disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the tracks that tell a story that is literally like no other . . .

    this is a varity of songs that have been emculately arranged to tell the tale of a twisted rock star and his out look on his life(s), I love! it even a year later I can't put it down!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like it

    this cd is real good. but if you have never heard any thing like it before i wouldnt recomend it. its some thing that you have to get used to. I think the song are great, but thats just me.:)

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