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A Knight's Tale [Soundtrack]

O.s.t., Carter BurwellAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: May 11, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005EBIL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Will Rock You - Queen
2. Low Rider - War
3. Takin' Care Of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4. Golden Years - David Bowie
5. Crazy On You - Heart
6. Further On Up The Road - Eric Clapton
7. Get Ready - Rare Earth
8. I Want To Take you Higher - Sly & The Family Stone
9. The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy
10. One Of Your Own - Carter Burwell
11. We Are The Champions - Robbie Williams & Queen
12. Pieces - Dan Powell
13. Eye Conqueror - Third Eye Blind

Editorial Reviews

Writer-director Brian Helgeland dared to use rock music--mostly anthems from the '70s--to accompany his rousing tale of a medieval jousting champion, and this anachronistic strategy pays off handsomely by giving the film a joyful exuberance that it might otherwise have lacked. Divorced from the movie, this hot sampling of hits is just another corporate song package intended to boost the movie's profit margin, but it's still a blast to listen to. For anyone who grew up with this music--by Queen, War, David Bowie, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Heart, Thin Lizzy, and others--the lineup of favorites plays like an hour from the golden years of album-oriented-rock radio. Younger listeners can hear what they missed--the music was so much better than it was given credit for at the time--and an update of Queen's "We Are the Champions," with Robbie Williams interpreting the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury, turns out to be not half bad (especially since Brian May's guitar licks are still fantastic). "One of Our Own" is the only track to sample Carter Burwell's lush film score with a dialogue clip included, and three tracks (including "Eye Conqueror" by Third Eye Blind) are passable nonmovie songs exclusive to this CD. Cynics might argue that this music has no place in a medieval knight's tale, and that this soundtrack is entirely perfunctory. Those opinions could be justified, but it's a whole lot easier--and a lot more fun--to press "play" and groove on this energetic celebration of heroic rock & roll. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knight's Music Rocks! May 8, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack for "A Knight's Tale" is really great. I saw the movie the other night, and I loved the 70s rock music that was played throughout the film. The music is upbeat and positive and keeps you in a funky mood all day! If you like Queen, David Bowie, and other great rock performers of the 70s and 80s, then you'll love this soundtrack. Songs like "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" get you energized and pumped, and they're great to listen to in your car or while you're working out. "Low Rider" is a fun song to play on your stereo, as are all the other songs on this cd. Overall, I think "A Knight's Tale" soundtrack is a great cd, and I recommend it to everyone, especially those who have seen the movie. :)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous September 9, 2001
By Tracy
Format:Audio CD
I saw this movie in the theater. Throughout the entire movie, I found myself singing the words to all the songs throughout the different scenes. I was not only awed by the movie itself, but the music playing in the background. A lot of the time the music was the main part of the scene.... two words "Golden Years." I have to say that was my favorite part of the movie. The day after seeing this movie, I went and bought the CD. I have listened to it thousands of times! I just can't get enough! Who doesn't love the classics such as "We Will Rock You", "The Boys Are Back in Town", "Further on Up the Road", and I think pretty much everyone loves "Low Rider." This CD not only has those great classics, but some newer songs, like Third Eye Blind's "Eye Conqueror." It also has a great cut of "We Are the Champions" with Robbie Williams + Queen. So if you loved the movie... or haven't seen the movie yet. Go out and get the CD. You'll love it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album!!! May 13, 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
I saw A Knight's Tale on opening night last Friday and I imediately knew that I had to get the soundtrack! It is so great, especially songs like "The boys are back in town", "We Will Rock You", and "Eye Conquerer", by Third Eye Blind. If your having second thoughts about getting this CD, then Don't. Buy this CD and you will relive every moment of the movie. This is the best soundtrack I've ever purchased and you won't regret it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Soundtrack for a Great Film May 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
First of all, I LOVE this movie for two reasons: (1) it is set in my favorite time period; and (2) the message it brings to young people is both timeless and timely, i.e., if you have the right stuff, you can be anything you want to be and "change your stars" if you act with integrity and don't give up. Therefore, I give the CD four stars for being associated with the movie.
Now, to the soundtrack CD. I won't address the daring decision to blend rock hits with a period film because it was a creative and effective idea (in my opinion), which should be applauded. The soundtrack, however, is a little limited, disappointing and doesn't truly exemplify the complete range of musical diversity contained within the film.
This CD is all rock and roll, which is great. My problem with it is that it does not contain any of the beautiful theme music that was heard in between the rock hits. This could have been included by just omitting the "bonus tracks", which weren't in the film anyway and are irrelevant.
So, I have to concur with the Amazon review that this CD is primarily designed to boost profit margins. While exciting images of the film will instantly come to mind with songs like, "We Will Rock You", I think putting a little more thought into the compilation of songs could have set it further apart from any other "Hits of the 70's" album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun May 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I won't go into the previously released songs like Bowie's "Golden Years" since most everyone has heard them already.Instead I'd like to focus on 2 of the 3 new songs."We Are the Champions" is a new version of the classic rock anthem sung by Robbie Williams and backed by the surviving members of rock legends Queen.It begins with a William Orbit-style "spacey" sound which gives a fresh coat of paint to a song originally written in 1977.Naturally the chorus is identical to the original and Williams does a surprisingly good job filling Freddie Mercury's very large shoes. Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen continue to shine as musicians here. May provides us with a new guitar solo which fits in perfectly and Taylor's able drumming sets the stage for a rousing sing-a-long."Pieces" by Dan Powell is a real gem. A surprisingly warm and heartfelt ballad. When listening, I pictured a pair of lovers at night with one gently singing the song to the other. Very moving but not in the sappy 70's vein, more like an Oasis ballad sung by Noel Gallagher and NOT Liam (think "Don't Look Back In Anger".)The soundtrack is worth a purchase based on these 2 songs alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a great soundtrack May 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Plain and simple, this soundtrack is awesome. If you've seen the movie (which I encourage you to do) you can pinpoint the parts when each of these songs comes into play. Most of them are songs that we all know and love, but don't seem to have in our collection like "Low Rider" and "Get Ready". Plus, I love the dancing scene in the movie, so whenever I hear David Bowie's "Golden years", all I can think about is Heath Ledger slinking around. It's definitly worth the money!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Knight's Tale
Music from the movie and it is excellent. May be something for the person who loves classic 80-90's rock. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kevin D
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!!!
Bought this after seeing the movie. Was impressed with the great selection of songs from my teenage years. I keep it in the car and let it take me back to fun days and times.
Published 15 months ago by Margaret Peay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie soundtrack
Loved the music in the movie so HAD to have the soundtrack. Good selection of oldies music. It doesn't disappoint.
Published 19 months ago by Heather M LeBlanc
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesson on historic pop/rock hits
If you watch the movie you simply fall in love with its music no matter what. It's still not the same to listen to this CD without all that epic knightly stuff going on in front of... Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by J. Carrera Ventura
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
This movie soundtrack features timeless classic rock songs that will appeal to listeners of all ages. Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by Latin Pod
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Soundtrack!!
I am so utterly happy to own this soundtrack from Queen to David Bowie this soundtrack is quite a must have!! I love all the songs on the soundtrack!!
Published on March 16, 2010 by Orca
5.0 out of 5 stars Used CD purchase
I needed to quickly replace this title as I must have worn out the one I had. So I purchased this used CD and found it's condition to be exactly what was advertised if not better. Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Michael E. Ulrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Party Music
The music off this CD will liven up any party - all upbeat and familiar, well known songs. Even my 15 year old son has downloaded a bunch of tracks to his ipod from this CD.
Published on June 14, 2009 by Jennifer Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on
Loved the movie and the sound track is a lot of fun to play in the car with the top down.
Published on June 9, 2008 by L. S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
I bought two of these CDs at Christmas, one for me and one for my son-in-law. The music is great & I crank it up to my housework. Believe it or not, I'm a country music fan.
Published on January 4, 2007 by Savvy Quilter
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