Milk [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Milk [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by Danny Elfman


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Milk [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Sean Penn's accurate and award-winning portrayal of Harvey Milk (the first openly gay elected public figure who served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and was assassinated by fellow commissioner Dan White in 1978) in the film Milk, features symphonic soundtrack music composed by Danny Elfman and a handful of popular songs that speak to how people of conscious choice and tolerance need to live together. The pieces Elfman has composed bear a strong resemblance to that of the minimalist music of Philip Glass, at times in melancholy preludes to dramatic circumstance, and eventually victory. A reserved mood is held throughout the film, as if anticipation of these breakthrough events is tempered by the feeling that battle lines are being drawn, and there are huge obstacles to overcome under a hopeful horizon. Elfman's music is at once serene, a bit ominous, foreboding, and marginally triumphant. The popular tunes signify a need to inform, accept, nurture, and encourage. It's interesting to note that the release of this film in 2008 coincided with the controversial 2008 vote on Proposition 8, a statute banning same sex marriage in California that, as of 2009, has been submitted to be overturned. Of the actual soundtrack score by Elfman, you hear the hymnal quality of "Harvey's Theme," the stark romanticism of "The Kiss," the "calm before..." waltz "Vote Passes," the sighing "Weepy Donuts," and requiem toned "Harvey's Last Day." Unmistakable echoes via the music of Glass comes out in the piano/cello waltz "Main Titles," shifting leads from instruments during "Politics Is Theater," baleful "Proposition 6," more dramatic "Gay Rights Now!" and static counterpointed phrases of "The Debates." An electric sounding jig, dour waltz, oom-pah-pah vocal, or flute creeps in, as well as pure symphonic horizons, space music, and the finale "Postscript" buzzing with marimba and vocals more in the Steve Reich style. Included is Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People," the perfect inclusive anthem. The Hues Corporation's "Rock the Boat" actually says "don't rock the boat," David Bowie's glam rock icon "Queen Bitch" represents the androgynous side, while the Swingle Singers contribute a vocalized la-la-la counterpoint version of Bach's "Prelude #7 in E Flat." The campy pop piano parlor rag "Hello Hello" by the Sopwith Camel is also included. For those who enjoy contemporary classical orchestra music, and a short stack of retro hits from the psychedelic '60s through the disco '70s, this soundtrack is a diverse backdrop to an important gay rights film that should appeal to many people, no matter your sexual orientation. You may also want to refer to Milk's biography by Randy Shilts, The Mayor of Castro Street.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2008
Label: Decca
UPC: 0602517895980
catalogNumber: 001230902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Danny Elfman   Primary Artist
David Bowie   Vocals
Sly & The Family Stone   Ensemble
Sylvester   Ensemble
Swingle Singers   Vocal Ensemble
Sopwith Camel   Ensemble
Hues Corporation   Ensemble
Nicholas Bucknail   Musician
John Parricelli   Musician
Rick Wentworth   Conductor
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus
John Tobin   Choir Director
Ian Balmain   Musician
Choristers of Reigate St. Mary's   Choir, Chorus
Phiul Todd   Musician
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Director,Choir Master
Nicholas Bucknall   Musician

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Danny Elfman   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
Peter Cobbin   Engineering
Wally Holmes   Composer
Peter Kraemer   Composer
Dennis Sands   Score Mixer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
James Wirrick   Composer
Ward Swingle   Arranger
Jeff Atmajian   Orchestration
David Slonaker   Orchestration
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Marc Mann   Orchestration
Edgardo Simone   Orchestration
John Tobin   Director
Christine Bergren   Business Consultant,Legal Advisor
Sheryl Gold   Music Business Affairs
Thomas Bowes   Orchestra Leader
Terry McNeil   Composer
Sylvester James   Composer
Peter Kraemer   Composer

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Milk [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
I knew I'd be buying the score CD for this movie even as I was watching the film in the theater. It's one of the Elfman's best scores so far, outside the fantasy genres he usually writes for. The CD has some utterly useless pop and rock songs on it, but they're easy to skip over, since they're the first tracks on the disc. High recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago