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Broken Flowers

Mulatu AstatqeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. There Is An End [feat. Holly Golightly]The Greenhornes 3:04Album Only
listen  2. Yegelle TezetaMulatu Astatke 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ride Your DonkeyThe Tennors 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Want You (Single Version)Marvin Gaye 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Yekermo SewMulatu Astatke 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Not If You Were The Last Dandy On EarthThe Brian Jonestown Massacre 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Tell Me Now So I KnowHolly Golightly 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. GubelyeMulatu Astatke 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dopesmoker (Edit)Sleep 3:54Album Only
listen10. Requiem, OP.48 (Pie Jesu)Oxford Camerata 3:25Album Only
listen11. EthanopiumDengue Fever 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Unnatural HabitatThe Greenhornes 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0009XT914
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Will this soundtrack do for Ethiopian composer and musician Mulatu Astatke what Titanic did for Celine Dion? Well...maybe on a much, much smaller scale. Astatke's circle of Western fans has already expanded thanks to the compilation Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-¬1974, and Jim Jarmusch's movie puts his hypnotic instrumentals to great use. This isn't surprising, since Jarmusch is a filmmaker with a natural affinity for music and its use onscreen. Here, a three-minute excerpt from stoner-rock legend Sleep's titanic "Dopesmoker" only offers a sample of the song (it actually lasts an hour) but it still sounds awesome, especially stuck between an Astatke track and Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem, Op. 48 (Pie Jesu)." Garage vets the Greenhornes and Holly Golightly contribute tracks together and separately, while indie-rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre's "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth" (an answer song to the Dandy Warhols' "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth") sounds as bilious now as it did in 1997. This is a rare case of a soundtrack that pulls together a broad range of artists yet remains oddly consistent--no doubt because it was assembled by a director with vision instead of a focus group. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Broken Flowers by Various Artists

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Talk about 'heavy rotation' --- I'm already in danger of wearing this CD out. And all because of an aging Ethiopian musician I'd never heard of!

Bear with me on this, because the ingredients sound...odd. Mulatu Astatke grew up in Ethiopia but went abroad to study jazz in America. He was influenced by Miles Davis and John Coltrane --- and by the organist Jimmy Smith. What he brought back to Ethiopia was a blend of soul and jazz. Which he then proceeded to blend, once more, with traditional Ethiopian music.

The result is easy to listen to and hard to describe. The horns play cool jazz figures; you could almost mistake them for clarinets. But under that is a groove that could have been created by Booker T and the MGs. And connecting the two are some Ethiopian chords that sound exotic, space-changing, hypnotic.

Think desert cha cha. Cuba goes to Memphis. Ethiopian trance music.

Like nothing you have ever heard before.

Mulatu Astatke is the man in charge of all of it: He writes the music, arranges it, and plays piano, organ, vibes and percussion. Although the Golden Years of this Ethiopian music were ancient history --- from 1968 to 1974 --- Astatke is still a major figure in Ethiopian music, regularly playing and teaching.

Happily, Jim Jarmusch is one of those directors who not only listens to a lot of music, but looks for a way to integrate it into his films. "Music often leads me," he says. "I discovered Mulatu Astatke's music maybe seven years ago, and I was blown away by a few things I found that he had recorded in the late sixties. I was on a hunt for a number of years: I bought some vinyl; some of his jazz stuff; some Latin jazz recorded in the states; other Ethiopian stuff.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for "Yegelle Tezeta" August 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I saw this movie two weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and found not one bit of it, tedious or "bothersome" as one reviewer said (btw buddy this is a review place for the music not the movie, gosh!). The music just happened to help it move a bit more. I looked around and around for this CD, and finally found it at a Circuit City but I found the price (13.99) way too expensive, so I trotted on over (by that I mean typed in) to iTunes and checked if they had it for download, and it was up for (9.99), I quickly pressed BUY ALBUM and eagerly awaited for it to finish. Flames shot from my hands as I grabbed for my iPod so I could hear it, and once the first track started I was in Heaven! The one song that I cannot get enough of is track 2 called "Yegelle Tezeta", it has such a catchy little sound to it. I can imagine tons of scenes set to this little 4 minute piece of music!!!! Anyway, you should watch the movie and then get the CD, both are worth it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Flowers not broken March 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is full of fabulous lounge music. It really sets a mood and keeps it going. The Mulatu Astatke tracks are your own person soundtrack for driving. You feel like you are in a movie. The haunting "There Is An End" by The Greenhorns with Holly Golightly is destine to be a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great actor January 13, 2014
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Bill Murray is one of my favorite actors. This is an understated movie that flows well. I enjoyed the story and enjoyed watching it... twice so far. If you like Bill Murray you'll probably like this movie too. I do, and there are not many movies I really enjoy. This is one that I very much enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken flowers January 8, 2013
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I loved all tracks of the cd. They remembered me this wonderful film. The quality of the musics and musicians is top
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars broken flowers soundtrack December 14, 2012
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this album is great.smooth Ethiopian jazz is my new favorite listening. liked the movie too. nothing else to say.hey hey
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for great film August 13, 2007
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If you dig this soundtrack, look up the Ethiopiques series of CDs. They are available on eMusic, if you have a subscription there. If not, I am sure Amazon will gladly sell you some. :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to Drive By March 9, 2006
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Even if you found the movie a bit confounding, this cool soundtrack will call to mind the best moments of Bill Murray's strange road trip. Tone prevailed over plot in the film, and was largely created through the songs on this CD. Excellent driving around music even if you haven't seen the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the movie, love he soundtrack
I have several soundtracks in my collection. I would say this is one of the top three I listen to the most.
Published 3 months ago by Mark E. Monlux
4.0 out of 5 stars Search for son, and mother of
Bill Murray is one of my fav's, and this offbeat film gives him a chance to use his full range, from comedy to serious acting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lynanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ethiopian Epiphany
I barely tolerated the movie, but I paused the DVD at the end so I could write down a name from the soundtrack credits: Mulatu Astatke. So, thank you, Mr. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Talent House
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of music
I loved this movie both times I watched it. The music is easy listening and the artist choices are excellent.
Published 6 months ago by Cat Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Flowers Soundtrack
Loved the movie and the music. The CD was just a little short in length but I was happy with my purchase.
Published 18 months ago by Barbara R
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music and movie
Lovely music, especially from The Ethiopians, like they say in the movie. Like the music, the movie is very worthwhile too.
Published on October 24, 2008 by JANSSEN AY
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken Flowers
the movie was good, but the music almost ruined it for me. if this had better music, it would have definatly been a better movie. Read more
Published on June 18, 2007 by Kyle Notch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
This is an excellent collection.. if you saw the movie Broken Flowers you will recognize some of the music. Read more
Published on February 12, 2007 by Hummingbirds
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-themed soundtrack for an easy to watch movie.
I walked into Broken Flowers expecting another low-key performance from Bill Murray like his role in Lost in Translation. Read more
Published on January 21, 2007 by Evan A. Mauser
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