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Beginners: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Relativity Music Group
  • ASIN: B004Z18354
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10. Breezin' Along with the Breeze (Josephine Baker)
11. Beginners Theme Suite (Palmer, Neill, Reitzell)
12. Buddy Bertrand's Blues (Jelly Roll Morton)

Editorial Reviews

Beginners is the first major theatrical film release directed by renowned graphic artist/video director/film director and iconic figure, Mike Mills. Mike co-wrote Beginners loosely based on vivid memories of his childhood and distorted growth through adulthood.

"The original score work, "Beginner's Suite," was a true collaboration, mostly between Dave Palmer and Roger Neill, with Brian Reitzell," says Mills on the side lines pointing this way and that. "I remember trying to get something with the romanticism and dreaminess of a George Delarues score, but building it with the more simple notes and harmonies of Jelly Roll Morton's "Buddy Bertrand's Blues." I don't know if this really made any sense to Dave and Roger, but it a great experience watching them try things, taking turns on the piano, each suggesting this note not that one, a real transformative blend of Dave's deep knowledge of blues piano and Roger's classical ear, with Brian's great instincts as all around band leader and producer -- all recorded on a beautiful old Bluezner stand up piano that was a favorite of Henry Mancini's."

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By CM on March 9, 2014
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Wonderful sound track. Very 1930's, romantic, fabulous music. Perfect for, dare I write this, background music. Really loved this CD, brings back Reinheart and other musicians of that ilk.
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Old time tin pan alley with some early swing. In-fill music written for the movie blends in well- who would have thought that Bach's cello sonatas would sound so good played on the French horn. Well worth it.
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The music throughout the movie was great but the album chose to go with original artist recordings rather than as performed in the movie. I listened once and gave the CD away.
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By Jennifer Romans on October 12, 2012
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Love this soundtrack, its one of those you can mix with other CD's and it kind of blends with everything. I play it all the time.
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Beginners was a beautiful film, with universal themes of loss, love, and mourning. The music just fit so seemlessly in the movie, having the soundtrack isn't a bad idea to narrate your day to day life. I use it to drive, to walk, and to think. It's been interwoven in my life. The digital booklet is a nice touch and provides more insight to the movie.

That being said, some songs just don't work past the concept of the film. If you loved the film and want the ending theme of Beginners in your library, go on ahead. But as a stand alone title, it can be hit or miss for certain people, hence the 4 stars.
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