Babel [Original Soundtrack]

Babel [Original Soundtrack]

by Gustavo SantaolallaGustavo Santaolalla

CD(Slip Sleeve)



The soundtrack to Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's film Babel -- which takes place on two continents and in three countries -- is a whopping double disc of cues with original score cuts by the venerable -- and prolific -- Gustavo Santaolalla, with other material including beautiful folk songs by Chavela Vargas, ambient cuts by David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, original compositions by the great oud master Hamza el Din, urban/soul/funk by Earth, Wind & Fire, house music by Fatboy Slim, Japanese pop by Susumu Yokata, and Mexican popular music by Los Tucanes de Tijuana, El Chapo, Nortec Collective, and others -- a truly international mixed bag. This said, other than the tune by Hamza, it was left to Santaolalla to capture many of the other Moroccan moods and themes in his cues -- he did a tremendous job. But this is also where the problem lies. These two discs are such a sprawling mass with moods and textures that compete and clash, without the storyline to tie them together, that they don't always work as a stand-alone soundtrack. Some will have no trouble with great leaps in style over two discs, and for the engaged listener, Babel's soundtrack is a true delight. A case must be made, however, for a separate recording of Santaolalla's haunting and deeply moving score, accomplished with a minimum of instrumentation, immediate and intimate production, and plenty of space. This takes nothing away from the rest of the music here; it's just that the original score comprises 19 different cues in a total of 36 and deserves to be heard as a complete piece. If there's any doubt, try recording his own cuts to your iPod and hearing the result for yourself. For those who have seen the film, it is true that this set does not carry or reflect the gut-tightening tension inherent within it -- and yes, that's a very good thing. It does serve as a pleasurable listen over one disc at a time. Cautiously recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2006
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072301917
catalogNumber: 30191


Disc 1

  1. Tazarine
  2. Tu Me Acostumbraste
  3. September/The Joker
  4. Deportation/Iguazu
  5. World Citizen: I Won't Be Disappointed/Looped Piano
  6. Cumbia Sobre el Rio
  7. Hiding It
  8. Masterpiece
  9. Desert Bus Ride
  10. Bibo No Aozora/Endless Flight/Babel
  11. Tribal
  12. Para Que Regreses
  13. Babel
  14. Amelia Desert Morning
  15. Jugo a la Vida
  16. Breathing Soul
  17. The Blinding Sun

Disc 2

  1. Only Love Can Conquer Hate
  2. El Panchangon
  3. Two Worlds, One Heart
  4. The Phone Call
  5. Gekkoh
  6. The Catch
  7. Mujer Hermosa
  8. Into the Wild
  9. Look Inside
  10. The Master
  11. Oh My Juliet!
  12. Prayer
  13. El Besito Cachicurris
  14. Walking in Tokyo
  15. The Visitors
  16. Morning Pray
  17. Mi Adoracion
  18. The Skin of the Earth
  19. Bibo No Aozora/04

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gustavo Santaolalla   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hamza el Din   Composer
Mickey Hart   Producer
Maurice White   Composer
Tucanes de Tijuana   Producer
Eddie Curtis   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Anibal Kerpel   Engineer
Abdell Ghanni el Khalily   Composer
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Composer
Gustavo Santaolalla   Composer,Producer,Score
David Sylvian   Composer
Allee Willis   Composer
Shinichi Osawa   Remixing
Susumu Yokota   Composer,Producer
Fatboy Slim   Producer
Frank Domínguez   Composer
Gabriel Ramírez   Composer
Roberto Gallardo   Composer
D.A.R.   Composer
Daniel Luna   Composer
Mario Quintero Lara   Producer
Alejandro González Iñárritu   Liner Notes
Tommy February   Producer
John Baldi   Executive Producer
DJ Fumiya   Producer
Malibu Convertable   Producer
Tommy Couture   Producer

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