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Wonder Boys [Original Soundtrack]
     

Wonder Boys [Original Soundtrack]

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by Bob Dylan
 

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Director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) pulled off quite a coup for the soundtrack to Wonder Boys: He convinced Bob Dylan to write a song for the film (one that ended up winning Dylan a Golden Globe Award). "Things Have Changed" could be an outtake from Dylan's superb 1997 album Time Out of

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Director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential) pulled off quite a coup for the soundtrack to Wonder Boys: He convinced Bob Dylan to write a song for the film (one that ended up winning Dylan a Golden Globe Award). "Things Have Changed" could be an outtake from Dylan's superb 1997 album Time Out of Mind; it's a dark and deep acoustic shuffle about "a worried man with a worried mind" -- in this case, the film's lead character, Grady Tripp. Tripp's a college professor whose worries begin with writer's block, the pregnancy of a colleague, and the whereabouts of one of Marilyn Monroe's jackets -- and grow more complicated from there. Although "Things Have Changed" is the only previously unreleased song here, by focusing on male singer-songwriters with roots in the '60s, Wonder Boys provides a remarkably coherent nostalgia trip. Neil Young's "Old Man," Clarence Carter's "Slip Away," and John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels" may be all-too-familiar, but Tom Rush's "No Regrets," Buffalo Springfield's "A Child's Claim to Fame," and Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe" offer nice surprises, as does Little Willie John's soulful "Need Your Love So Bad," the sole song from the '50s. Three other Dylan tracks appear, one from each of the last three decades ("Buckets of Rain," "Shooting Star," "Not Dark Yet"), as do recent songs from Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison. When their voices are heard side by side, it's clear how age has brought Dylan, Cohen, and Morrison a similar bluesy and wonderful gruffness. Wonder Boys is the film's title, but it could just as easily refer to the artists on this soundtrack.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan dominates the soundtrack to Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys soundtrack with four songs: two latter-day selections ("Not Dark Yet," "Shooting Star"), 1974's "Buckets of Rain," and the brand-new "Things Have Changed." On the latter, Dylan is nearly as resigned as he was on Time Out of Mind, yet the song never sounds down-and-out -- it sounds hopeful, thanks to a fairly bouncy rhythm and one of the catchiest melodies the musician has written in some time. It's a fine song, certainly worthy of being the first new Dylan song since the acclaimed Time Out of Mind, and it sets the tone for the rest of the soundtrack, which is basically a collection of highlights from '70s singer/songwriters. In addition to Dylan, there's Tom Rush, Tim Hardin, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon, Van Morrison, and Richie Furay via Buffalo Springfield. Not all of their songs were written during the '70s, but they all share the literate, melodic bent of Dylan and "Things Have Changed." Clarence Carter's "Slip Away" and Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad" may seem a little incongruous, but they're not really, since most fans of this kind of confessional songwriting also have a soft spot for soul and R&B. The Wonder Boys soundtrack may not capture the amiable, sweetly aimless spirit of life on a college campus the way the film does, but it comes pretty damn close -- so close, that it's hard to see anyone who has fully embraced collegiate life, whether they're a professor or a student, not finding a lot to not just enjoy, but love, here.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646384923
catalogNumber:
63849
Rank:
15984

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim Hardin   Track Performer
Tom Rush   Track Performer
Buffalo Springfield   Track Performer
Clarence Carter   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
John Lennon   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Track Performer
Charlie Sexton   Guitar
James Taylor   Track Performer
Little Willie John   Track Performer
Larry Campbell   Guitar
Tony Garnier   Bass
David Kemper   Drums

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Producer
Neil Young   Producer
Richie Furay   Producer
David Coleman   Art Direction
Arthur Gorson   Producer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Van Morrison   Producer
Christopher Shaw   Engineer
Scott Rudin   Executive Producer
Carol Fenelon   Producer
Curtis Hanson   Producer,Liner Notes
Adam Schroeder   Executive Producer

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