Good Will Hunting [Original Soundtrack]

Good Will Hunting [Original Soundtrack]


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Good Will Hunting [Original Soundtrack]

The entertainment press loves unlikely princesses, but Good Will Hunting had so many Cinderella stories that one of them got lost in the shuffle: that of the soundtrack album. Most of the headlines went to the film's young screenwriter/stars, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and director Gus Van Sant. But Van Sant made room for two talented musicians in his pumpkin ride to the Oscar ball: little-known folk popster Elliott Smith and film scorer Danny Elfman. Elfman had already become one of Hollywood's most popular and prolific composers, but until 1997 he never seemed to be fully accepted by his peers in the clique-ish world of film music. In 1998, he finally received his first two Oscar nominations, for Good Will Hunting and Men in Black. The Elfman tracks on this CD borrow liberally from other composers (Randy Newman, Ennio Morricone), but they also break the melodic mold of Elfman's Batman score, which has constrained most of his work since 1989. His use of acoustic guitars is a particularly fresh choice, lending humility and mobility to the sweeping string arrangements. However, the most impressive success story of all may belong to Elliott Smith. He had only three independent albums to his name before Van Sant (a fellow Portland native) chose his songs for this movie. Six Smith songs appear here, including one new tune, "Miss Misery," which stunned observers by pulling in an Oscar nomination for Best Song. That honor is almost exclusively reserved for Broadway-style musical numbers and adult contemporary superstars. While "Miss Misery" recalls the bouncy harmonies of Queen, most of Smith's contributions owe more to the mellow influence of Simon & Garfunkel. His whispered vocals and quietly nimble fingerstyle are perfect for the film's exploration of intimacy and underambition. The soundtrack album also features a handful of pop songs by other artists, some of which blend in well (the Waterboys, Luscious Jackson) and some of which don't (Andru Donalds, the Dandy Warhols).

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/1997
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724382333821
catalogNumber: 23338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   Track Performer
Green   Track Performer
Gerry Rafferty   Track Performer
Waterboys   Track Performer
Luscious Jackson   Track Performer
Steve Bartek   Track Performer
Dandy Warhols   Track Performer
Andru Donalds   Track Performer
Elliott Smith   Track Performer
Jeb Loy Nichols   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Gerry Rafferty   Producer
Willie Mitchell   Producer
Steve Bartek   Producer
Larry Crane   Producer
Mike D   Remixing
Glenn Davis   Contributor,Music Business Affairs
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Daniel Lanois   Producer
Tony Lash   Producer
Hugh Murphy   Producer
Tom Rothrock   Producer
Rob Schnapf   Producer
Mike Scott   Producer
Jamey Staub   Remixing
Craig Street   Producer
Eric Foster White   Producer
Liz Heller   Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kimball   Executive Producer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Tony Mangurian   Remixing
Elliott Smith   Producer
Kim Niemi   Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein   Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein   Executive Producer
Gus Van Sant   Executive Producer
Jill Meyers   Music Business Affairs
Eric Greenspan   Music Business Affairs
Lawrence Bender   Executive Producer
Jonathan Gordon   Executive Producer
Courtney Taylor-Taylor   Composer,Producer
Stephen Patrick Wickham   Composer

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