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Big Fish [Soundtrack]

Danny Elfman , Various Artists Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Various Artists
  • Composer: Danny Elfman
  • Audio CD (December 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000YTPFC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers
7. Let's Work Together - Canned Heat
8. Pictures - Danny Elfman
9. Big Fish (Titles) - Danny Elfman
10. Shoe Stealing - Danny Elfman
11. Underwater - Danny Elfman
12. Sandra's Theme - Danny Elfman
13. The Growing Montage - Danny Elfman
14. Leaving Spectre - Danny Elfman
15. Return to Spectre - Danny Elfman
16. Rebuilding - Danny Elfman
17. The Journey Home - Danny Elfman
18. In the Tub - Danny Elfman
19. Sandra's Farewell - Danny Elfman
20. Finale - Danny Elfman
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Director Tim Burton's adaptation of author Daniel Wallace's bittersweet Southern Gothic novel has been billed as his first mainstream character drama, a notion that conveniently ignores the story's inherent fables and flights of imagination. But composer Danny Elfman understands their every dark nook and murky cranny with this magical, often deftly understated score. While the epic melodrama of his comic book scores (Batman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, et. al.) have made him a mainstream Hollywood music star, longtime fans know that the composer's true emotional range is seldom tapped as well as it is working with longtime collaborator Burton. His music here bridges the delicate pastoralism of Rachel Portman and restless, rhythmic mysteries of Thomas Newman, seasoned with twangy fiddles and bowings to the film's occasionally Gothic turns and concludes with the deliciously loopy "Twice the Love (Siamese Twins Song)." Anchored by Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam's wistful theme song "Man of the Hour" and a half-dozen pop chart nuggets than span half-a-century, Elfman's work here (as well as Pearl Jam's) received a much-deserved Golden Globe nomination. --Jerry McCulley

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I saw "Big Fish" earlier this winter and loved the film. Tim Burton once again created a whimsical world of fantasy within reality. Next to the vibrant colors and incredible cinematography, the music also played a big role in the film. I am not a Pearl Jam fan, never have been, never will be but I just adored "Man of the Hour" which closed the film. I'm not really a fan of classic rock music either but I always loved The Allman Brothers Band's "Ramblin' Man". I remember first hearing Buddy Holly's "Everyday" in the classic film "Stand By Me". I always loved that song as well. When it comes to film scores, Danny Elfman is one of the most brilliant film composers in modern cinematic history. His work in "Big Fish" was incredible to say the very least. The intricate melodies took me back to the film. If you're expecting to find Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" like in the film trailer for the movie, then you are going to be in for a big disappointment. The song is not on the soundtrack. And if that is the reason for wanting the soundtrack to "Big Fish", then you are missing out on a gem of a cd, if not the point of buying this delightful cd. The music throughout the film was wonderful. Who cares if "Solsbury Hill" wasn't on the soundtrack? As big fan of soundtracks, "Big Fish" is a real treasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music from a Good Movie January 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Being a longtime Burton/Elfman fan, I was pleasantly rewarded by both the movie and the music. Actually during the movie, I thought that some of the weakest parts were the other songs used (not composed by Elfman) but I don't mind them being included on the CD. This movie showed that both Burton and Elfman can tone down the weirdness for a while and make a solid movie with a great, subtle score.
No, the song by Yes is not on here -- but it wasn't in the movie, so why on earth should it be on the soundtrack?? Heck, the Peter Pan trailers used Coldplay, but you don't see that on the CD -- this is because the people who design movie trailers are essentially salespeople, NOT the same people who make the movies.
For those interested: The instrumental music on the Big Fish trailer was from Black Beauty (the beginning bit) and Edward Scissorhands (the end bit) -- two other excellent scores by Elfman which I highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB soundtrack for those who have seen the movie December 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
if you have seen the movie, then you will respect this soundtrack for its full spectrum of emotions. this soundtrack complements the movie and is perfect for remembering the poignant film about a son finding truth behind his father's colourful stories.
if you buy this soundtrack for a song you hear during the trailer (NOTE: trailers frequently use the same music over and over), then i suggest you see the movie first before belittling this oscar-quality soundtrack and one of elfman's best scores.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat disjointed but still excellent soundtrack December 23, 2003
By eric_f
Format:Audio CD
I've always been a fan of both Tim Burton and Danny Elfman and have really enjoyed their work. Elfman's music is always so perfect for Burton's films: eerie, highly original, quirky yet beautiful in its own way. Not everyone's cup of tea, but those who appreciate it will definitely see its value. And this soundtrack to "Big Fish" is no exception. Yet again, Elfman has composed music that perfectly complements the visual surrealism that Burton is known for.
But unfortunately there is one flaw with this soundtrack, and that is a lack of continuity, making it rather disjointed. Specifically, I'm referring to tracks 1-7. The first track, Pearl Jam's "Man of the Hour" is a great song and I have no trouble with it being on the soundtrack. But until track 8 (where Elfman's music actually begins) we have a total mixed bag of music. I'm not saying that these songs are bad. But while they may have been effective in the movie, they really don't fit in with Elfman's music. It's as if the soundtrack doesn't know what it wants to be during this time, and only settles down and becomes consistent at track 8. And since Danny Elfman's music is the strong point of a Tim Burton film soundtrack, this somewhat takes away from the overall effect of his music.
But that is my only gripe. I absolutely love the music from track 8 to the very end (and as I said, the new Pearl Jam song is great). I don't think that this soundtrack rivals some of Elfman's earlier work (ie: "Edward Scissorhands" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas") but it's definitely almost as good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect complement to a fantastic film July 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Tim Burton's film Big Fish is a wonderful movie, and composer Danny Elfman's Oscar-nominated score complements it beautifully. Elfman's music is very understated in the movie, and it wasn't until I listened to the film's soundtrack recently that I realized how hauntingly beautiful his music is.

Elfman's music is perfect for Burton's magical film about the larger-than-life character of Edward Bloom. Mystical, whimsical, and eerie at times, the score takes you deep into the weird and wondrous world of the character. The emotional "Sandra's Theme" is one of the best pieces of music on the soundtrack, and the jazzy number "Twice the Love" (the Siamese twins' song) closes out the CD with a bang.

The soundtrack is mostly instrumental, with the exception of the first seven tracks. These tracks are an eclectic mixed bag of music, featuring artists ranging from Pearl Jam to Buddy Holly to Elvis Presley. The real gold on this particular CD, though, is Elfman's music.

Even if you haven't seen the film (and you should; it's wonderful), if you enjoy quality instrumental music, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Response to the one-star reviews
The reason I'm rating this five stars (other than the fact that it's a great album), is to help counteract all the ridiculous people who gave it 1 one star for the most moronic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Makaveli96
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a must watch
Awesome pic! Very thought provoking on life! Recommended for anyone who questions where they come from. Helps to understand someone else's views.
Published 4 months ago by Wendy Florence
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Fish The Broadway Show
I was sent Big Fish the movie NOT what I asked for! I am getting a refund but I really wanted the CD oh well so it gos
Published 6 months ago by Ed Snowden
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Danny Elfman's work.
Reminds me of Edward scissor hands soundtrack. Like many great soundtracks you can trace the movie as you listen to the themes. Always a pleasure listening to Mr. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chri$
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack to my favorite movie!
This is my all-time favorite movie, and to be able to own the soundtrack is just awesome. The music actually helped make the movie the awesome, emotional blockbuster that it is!
Published 18 months ago by J. Calise
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic soundtrack to a classic movie
big fish was awesome a classic the best of the best and so is this soundtrack buy it if your a huge danny elfman fan you wont be sorry
Published on April 8, 2010 by Ivan Orozco
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Inspiring
This soundtrack is such a beautiful score, by Danny Elfman. I am in love with everything about this movie, especially the musical score. Read more
Published on September 11, 2009 by Eva Talia
4.0 out of 5 stars Fishy Ending
Movie Title: Big Fish

Produced By: Schmidt Richard D. Zanuck, Dan Jinks

Director: Tim Burton

Length: 2 hours. Read more
Published on September 15, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Fish Soundtrack
It is always great when you buy a soundtrack that actually plays the music exactly as it happened in the movie. Read more
Published on September 4, 2005 by M. Schmude
4.0 out of 5 stars "Amazing" song
I believe the other song refered to in the trailers is Josh Kelley's "Amazing" from his For the Ride Home CD. Hope this helps those of you who were looking for this song as I was.
Published on February 27, 2005 by Mazzobabs
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