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Before Sunset and Before Sunrise Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 6, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 27, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Milan Records
  • ASIN: B0002C4JIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Je T'aime Tant - Julie Delpy
2. Living Life - Kathy McCarty
3. A Walz For A Night - Julie Delpy
4. 'Andante' From Sonata For Viola Da Gamba In G Major, BWV 1027 - Ketil Haugsand
5. Dido And Encas Overture - The Scholars Baroque Ensemble
6. An Ocean Apart - Julie Delpy
7. Come Here - Kath Bloom
8. Varianto 25 From The Goldberg Variations In G Major, BWV 988 - Igor Kipnis
9. The Human Pump - Harald Waiglein
10. Dancing With Da Rat - Loud
11. Trapeze - Lou Christie

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Product Description

The Before Sunset soundtrack (combining tracks from Before Sunrise, for which there was never a soundtrack album) is a romantic musical journey, featuring "Just in Time" by Nina Simone plus multiple tracks by the film's star Julie Delpy. The album also includes classical tracks by Johann Sebastian Bach and Henry Purcell plus performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Igor Kipnis.

Before Sunrise and Before Sunset are director Richard Linklater's intimate romantic bookends. Separated by nine years, the latter film picks up the threads of an unfinished conversation spurred during the former's chance encounter between an American writer (Ethan Hawke) and French grad student (Julie Delpy). Commitments have long since changed their lives, but the question remains: What if? Hawke and Delpy blurred the lines between filmmaking and reality by penning their own dialog for the second installment, while the actress further underscored that sensibility by writing and performing the core songs for its soundtrack. Their warm, vulnerable charm offers character insight rare in a song-score, while the folk contributions of singers Kathy McCarty and Kath Bloom and chamber pieces by Bach and Purcell complete the ambience; several songs from the 1995 film round out the collection. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

Honestly the last three songs are pretty much garbage.
Surface to Air Missle
Especially the one written for Jessie. you wont believe how many times ive put these songs on repeat on my Iphone.
Overall, this is more so for fans, like myself, to buy this!
R. Rivera

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

301 of 302 people found the following review helpful By James Luckard on July 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been waiting years for a Before Sunrise soundtrack album, so this is a very welcome release, but you should note that the labelling, with photos from the sequel Before Sunset is misleading. Of 11 tracks here, 8 are actually from Before Sunrise. Before Sunset just doesn't have that much music.
Sadly, the album producers don't seem to have been able to get the rights to the versions of the Purcell piece played at the opening of Before Sunrise or the Bach piece at the film's end. The versions on this album are alternates.
I can't find the film version of the Purcell anywhere, but you can get the film version of the Bach piece on the Yo-Yo Ma album "Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord." It's available here at amazon and is vastly superior to the version on the soundtrack album.
Also, it seems they couldn't afford the Nina Simone song, "Just In Time" which closes Before Sunset. It's a major omission, since we're left with just the three Julie Delpy songs from the film, which are already available on her self-titled album. They're sweet and enjoyable, but the Nina Simone song is a must-have. The version in the film is off Simone's album "Tomato Collection," which you actually see Ethan Hawke open in the film, as he removes the disc. It's available here at amazon.
Other than that, all of the best songs from Before Sunrise are here, if in a totally random order. For those, like me, who have to listen to their soundtracks in film order, here it is:
Before Sunrise:
5, 10, 7, 9, 11, 8, 4 - replace this with the Yo-Yo Ma version if you can, 2
Before Sunset:
6, 3, Nina Simone "Just In Time," 1
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Majnun on July 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album actually is music from both "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," both of which are incredible movies. Much of the music is very enjoyable, however the album really doesn't flow well with the baroque pieces from the first movie interspersed with the other songs. Apparently these aren't even the same versions of the baroque pieces. I enjoyed Julie Delpy's songs because of their relationship to the movie (though I liked the acoustic "A Waltz for a Night" version from the movie better than this studio version). The last two grunge angst songs I don't recognize at all from either movie, why are they here? And unfortunately the Nina Simone song, "Just In Time," that ended "Before Sunset" isn't on here. If you really want it, it can be found on her album "At the Village Gate" or "Tomato Collection."

So, taken as individual tracks there are good songs on this soundtrack, but the album as a whole isn't spectacular.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By L. Carol on January 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you loved the the concoction of music that made their indelible marks in "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset", the soundtrack will come as a major let-down to you. While selective tracks were memorable and brought back fond memories of the movies' moving montages, the soundtrack which lasted a mere 34 minutes and 36 seconds was way too brief to afford the listener a chance to fully appreciate and relish the music that made these superbly-directed movies truly unforgettable.

The best tracks - "Purcell's Dido & Aeneas Overture*" (Track 5), "Bach's Andante from Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G Major" (Track 4) and "Bach's Goldberg Variations in G Major*" (Track 8) - played during the beginning and finishing sequences of "Before Sunrise" simply wasn't aired long enough, leaving one insatiated and yearning for more. The next best tracks are the ones featuring silky-voiced Julie Delpy as the solo songstress - "Je t'aime tant" (Track 1); "An Ocean Apart" (Track 6) and "A Waltz For a Night" (Track 3) - while not perfectly sung, these numbers were performed with great urgency and relevance, but sadly too few and far between.

All said, these six tracks are the sole redeeming grace of the soundtrack as it showcased Linklater's and his editors' ingenious edge in handpicking magical pieces not only in their own right (especially those chosen for "Before Sunrise") but music that worked cohesively in transcending the two movies from extraordinary to sublime. But the fact of the matter is: one inevitably feels the pinch of being ripped of and remorseful that the producers had to spoil what could have been a most tantalizing experience in owning the perfect soundtrack to the much loved movies.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'll agree with many of the other reviewers: It's great to finally have access to many of these songs. But indeed, not including something by Nina Simone is a real error. Also, the order of the tracks on this disc diminishes the songs' effect. I expect a soundtrack CD to replicate the mood of the film, but this CD ends with the up-tempo, Euro-pop songs from "Before Sunrise," letting the listening experience end on a harsh note. To solve the problem I re-ordered the songs on my ipod, and added in the Ivy song from the trailer as well as a Nina Simone song. Problem solved! So yes, this is a good CD but not a great one. It requires some listener input to become great.
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