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Product Details

  • Composer: Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • ASIN: B000BEZQ18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,194 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening - Gustavo Santaolalla
2. He Was A Friend Of Mine - Willie Nelson
3. Brokeback Mountain 1 - Gustavo Santaolalla
4. A Love That Will Never Grow Old - Emmylou Harris
5. King Of The Road - Rufus Wainwright
6. Snow - Gustavo Santaolalla
7. The Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle
8. No One's Gonna Love You Like Me - Mary McBride
9. Brokeback Mountain 2 - Gustavo Santaolalla
10. I Don't Want To Say Goodbye - Teddy Thompson
11. I Will Never Let You Go - Jackie Greene
12. Riding Horses - Gustavo Santaolalla
13. An Angel Went Up In Flames - The Gas Band
14. Its So Easy - Linda Ronstadt
15. Brokeback Mountain 3 - Gustavo Santaolalla
16. The Maker Makes - Rufus Wainwright
17. The Wings - Gustavo Santaolalla

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This is the accompanying soundtrack to the Ang Lee movie that stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The soundtrack features a top-notch collection of folk and blue-grass melodies combined with the stark beauty of Gustavo Santaolalla's (Academy Award-winning composer for Motorcycle Diaries) original score. Verve. 2005.

Argentina-born, California-based Gustavo Santaolalla helped shape the rock en Español movement by producing Mexican bands Molotov and Café Tacuba , and Colombian singer Juanes. In the late 1990s he made a switch to soundtracks, working on well-received albums for Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries. His instrumental contributions to Ang Lee's tale of two cowboys in love are acoustic guitar-based and, let's face it, a bit on the sonic-wallpaper side.

The vocal tracks, on the other hand, are uniformly lovely, even if the selection of interpreters falls on the predictable side. Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, and Mary McBride on the soundtrack to a contemporary Western? What a shock! Still, they're all wonderful and Santaolalla wrote at least a couple of classic-sounding country ballads ("A Love That Will Never Grow Old," sung by Emmylou Harris, and "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me," sung by Mary McBride). And don't miss Teddy Thompson and Rufus Wainwright's sweet cover of Roger Miller's 1964 "King of the Road." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

My favorite song is A Love That Will Never Grow Old.
Robert G Yokoyama
It was so beautiful, heartbreaking and haunting that I was moved & touched so profoundly & deeply.
Part-Time Dreamer
If you liked/loved the movie you will love this soundtrack.
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162 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Red Rivere on November 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A fine collection of C&W songs performed by some great artists, with some evocative instrumental interludes from the film. The highlights are the moving A Love That Will Never Grow Old (next year's Oscar-winning song?) and I Don't Want to Say Goodbye, songs written by Gustavo Santaolalla and Bernie Taupin and performed by, respectively, the reknowned Emmylou Harris and Teddy Thompson, a talented young artist (check out his excellent self-entitled debut on Virgin Records). These songs do a great job of conveying the love of the two main characters in the film, but can be enjoyed by anyone. They are wonderful country ballads. Santaolalla's other songs are excellent too. No One's Going to Love You Like Me is a nice twangy Patsy Cline-y piece, while I Will Never Let You Go is a strong, more fast-tempo song. These songs are performed by more talented up-and-comers, Mary McBride and Jackie Greene. Rufus Wainwright's own The Maker Makes is tremendously desolate and moving. Wainwright and Thompson also team for an immensely enjoyable cover of King of the Road, their voices alternately blending and contrasting quite pleasingly. I think the Willie Nelson cover of "He Was a Friend of Mine" is fine. It is more uptempo, but Willie's vocal treatment is very touching. There's a nice, frantic fiddle piece too, "An Angel Went Up in Flames."
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164 of 180 people found the following review helpful By mattyp4 on November 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon this soundtrack at a record store recently & decided to give it a shot, as the roster of artists impressed me. I'm glad I made my purchase. This soundtrack is easily one of the year's best.

There are a number of distinguished country artists performing new tracks, some written specifically for the film. Willie Nelson is first up with a gorgeous cover of Bob Dylan's "He Was A Friend Of Mine." Emmylou Harris also turns in a poignant performance on "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," a beautiful song written specifically for the film by Argentinian musician Gustavo Santaolalla (who provides the film's score-- more on that later) & lyricist Bernie Taupin. I hope this gets some Oscar consideration!

Mary McBride, Teddy Thompson & Jackie Greene give nice performances in ballads also written for the film by Santaolalla/Taupin. The strength of these songs are impressive, especially considering the fact that they come from an Argentinian guitarist & a pop/rock lyricist. These songs sound like they belong in any classical country canon.

The only tracks that weigh down the album are Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand," & Linda Ronstandt's Buddy Holly cover, "It's So Easy," both recycled hits for the artists in 1987 & 1977, respectively. They break the mood of the album & just sound out of place here.

Also somewhat out of place, but just simply delightful, is Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson's cover of Roger Miller's "King Of The Road." The track doesn't even appear in the film, but it's inspired & downright fun.

But it's Rufus Wainwight's solo track, "The Maker Makes," that is the highlight of the album for me. It's a beautiful, twangy, heartwrenching little ballad that's performed on the piano.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Part-Time Dreamer on April 20, 2006
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The film was impeccable, and so was the soundtrack. When I saw the film, the amazing music score really got my attention. It was so remarkable & so moving that you couldn't even overlook, and it really captured the essence & emotion of the film flawlessly. If you liked the film, then I'm certain that you will also like the soundtrack because the music is one of the best things about the film. I've cried so many times after watching the beautiful Brokeback Mountain, and I couldn't help it but wept after listening to this inspiring soundtrack. It was so beautiful, heartbreaking and haunting that I was moved & touched so profoundly & deeply.

Gustavo Santaolalla's sparse, romantic score perfectly sets the tone for the film's panoramic countryside, while Willie Nelson's haunting, spoken narrative on "He Was a Friend of Mine" creates a mood as captivating as the one on Emmylou Harris' version of "A Love That Will Never Grow Old." Santaolalla's music for movies has involved a certain amount of experimentation, his work here is just subdued. The film had song usage in mind from the start, and Santaolalla also wrote multiple classically-inclined country ballads that have both been very well received by Country music collectors.

I would also recommend this soundtrack to all of you who haven't seen the film. I've shared this soundtrack with six of my friends (they haven't seen the film back then), and ALL OF THEM told me they got chills after listening to it. Now, five of them have bought both the DVD & soundtrack because they simply loved it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By JGC on March 12, 2006
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The entire soundtrack from beginning to end is just like the movie: BEAUTIFUL, MAGICAL, MELANCHOLIC, AND VERY POETIC!

The scores from the movie are absolutely beautiful. Listening to "Brokeback Mountain 1" reminds me of Ennis and Twist working together for the first time, getting to know each other. Listening to "Brokeback Mountain 2" reminds me of the second night they were together after the made love for the first time and tried to deny their feelings for each other; but it was impossible. Gustavo Santaolalla received a much-deserved Oscar for his hard work.

The other tracks on the CD are also fantastic. I especially enjoyed "He Was A Friend Of Mine" by Mr. Willie Nelson. It's such a powerful song, that fits in perfectly with the movie's theme. And I love "The Devil's Right Hand Man" by Steve Earle, this song reminds me of all the rage and hostility that Ennis had pent up inside; he was only able to get it on in very small trickles when Jack Twist could look deep inside him (where no one else could see).

If you enjoyed the soundtrack but have not seen the movie yet, please go see it; you'll be very glad you did. "Brokeback Mountain" has restored my faith in modern American pictures because it is reminiscent of the romantic films made in the 30's where two lovers always stayed together despite all odds. The only difference is these two lovers are homosexual men.
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