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The Godfather (1972 Film) [Soundtrack]

Carmine Coppola, Nino RotaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Main Title (The Godfather Waltz)Nino Rota 3:08Album Only
listen  2. I Have But One HeartAl Martino 3:00Album Only
listen  3. The PickupNino Rota 2:59Album Only
listen  4. Connie's WeddingNino Rota 1:37Album Only
listen  5. The Halls Of FearNino Rota 2:15Album Only
listen  6. Sicilian PastoraleNino Rota 3:05Album Only
listen  7. Love Theme From The GodfatherNino Rota 2:41Album Only
listen  8. The Godfather WaltzNino Rota 3:38Album Only
listen  9. ApolloniaNino Rota 1:25Album Only
listen10. The New GodfatherNino Rota 2:03Album Only
listen11. The BaptismNino Rota 1:53Album Only
listen12. The Godfather FinaleNino Rota 3:50Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: March 24, 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002OG5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

When director Francis Ford Coppola turned novelist Mario Puzo's pulpy The Godfather into one of the greatest accomplishments of modern American cinema in 1972, one of his shrewdest decisions was to hand the scoring assignment to the great Italian film composer Nino Rota. Rota, who had built his reputation alongside Fellini (though he'd already scored some three dozen films in the previous 20 years), brought Neopolitan jazz stylings and a Sicilian melodic sensibilty (characterized perfectly by the main title's mournful solo trumpet, which has since become a cinematic icon) to a story of corruption and betrayal as American as, well, gnocchi. Listening to this masterful score one can't help but wonder what Rota, who died in 1979) might have accomplished had he begun working with Hollywood's resources a decade earlier. --Jerry McCulley

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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Score, Bad Album November 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There is a very broad chasm between what I WANT to say about this film score and what I HAVE to say about this film score. What I WANT to say is that you MUST buy it; it is a perfect album for a perfect score; no film score collection is complete without it. Instead, what I HAVE to say is that the music in the film IS perfect, but the music on the album is so ignorantly assembled that it makes the purchase nearly worthless. So, there you have it. Anyone who has seen the film has undoubtedly fallen in love with Nino Rota's amazing score, thematically beautiful and with more than a hint of his Italian roots. Every praise that one can distribute to such an achievement is well deserved; however, it is nearly impossible to determine this based on the album offered to the consuming public.
So what is the problem? Just this: The Godfather CD has a healthy number of tracks, however not a one is longer than three minutes, not only making for a short album, but also for disjointed excerpts that are far too brief to ever give a sufficient amount of the feeling displayed in the film and never allowing the themes to develop. Moreover, what is offered on the CD is so incredibly redundant that you can justify NOT purchasing this album by acquiring a mere suite from some compilation disc. This CD, however, offers only glimpses of what the REAL film music was, sometimes even fading out with no cause and no transition!--surely no film score should ever result to such a despicable convention.
But, as much as I hate the CD, one cannot deny that the music is a simply phenomenal creation.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Five-star music...on a one-star CD release October 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before anyone sends me hate mail for giving this only one star, let me just say that I'd give five stars to the film score for THE GODFATHER (not to mention PARTS II and III) just as soon as I'd give five stars for STAR WARS or THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

The bad rating is not for the film score but for this CD, which (as of my typing this) is the only available soundtrack of THE GODFATHER. I used to own this CD, but I sold it, because the sound is horrible and it only contains less than half of the music from the film. One would think that in this age of digitally remastered soundtracks with expanded tracks, etc., there would be one for one of the greatest films of all time. In fact, here is only a very small list of film soundtracks which have been remastered and re-released with the majority (if not all) of the music from their respective films:


My advice to the many people who love this film score so much (as I do) is simply to be patient and hope that there will soon be a quality soundtrack release, one which does not insult the ears or the intelligence of the listeners.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One important track is missing November 26, 1998
Format:Audio CD
In the original film there is an excellent track called "Manhattan Serenade" (I think). Basically it's the music that accompanies Hagen on his flight to see Woltz. It's a Beutiful recording and one I thought would have been a must for this CD Regards Craig
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet June 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many people have complained that this CD is short, and it is --- 31.5 minutes. On top of that, as is true with most film scores, there are really only three or four themes, with variations in instrumentation, tempo, etc. (you'll hear "The Godfather Waltz" a LOT), and most of the cuts are fairly short.

Yet this is a terrific score, and it's very well performed, as well as any album of the material. There's a lightness to the instrumentation, unlike, say, the syrupy strings of Carmine Coppola's arrangements. There's a charming use of folk instrumentation: mandolin, accordion, trumpet. It's a real winner.

My advice is to buy it used. I got a like new copy for $5.99 (shipping included) from Amazon Marketplace, and at that price, it's worth every penny.

You might also want to start a campaign --- see if a little consumer pressure could be put on Paramount or MCA to search the vaults and release a new GODFATHER soundtrack CD with 15 extra minutes of music. Be forewarned, though: 10 of those minutes will be more of "The Godfather Waltz."
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film score brings me back to ancestral roots August 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Last night my wife & I happened to watch The Godfather on Bravo and the music was the element that really captivated me. When I first saw this movie, I was 9 years old in 1972, on a family vacation, and my very conservative 2nd generation Italian-American parents, completely unaware of the subject matter of the film, thought this an excellent film for the family to watch... Yet, looking back, and feeling the loss of grandparents, great aunts and uncles, the diaspora across America of my first and second cousins, lost in the melting pot, the score for the Godfather reminds me of a time of my own innocence, of a time when large family gatherings were the norm, when every Sunday evening meant hour long haircuts by my 85 year old grandfather and delicious Italian meals cooked by my 70 year old great aunt. It took a long time to accept the loss of family as one by one that generation died off in the 1970's, to realize that life was not going to be a cocoon of large, warm, loving family relations. Yet, way back in 1972, this magnificent, mournful music presaged that tragic realization that life in America was no longer going to be so cozy for those who choose complete assimilation into the melting pot. The fictional Corleone family were Sicilian; my own were Neapolitan & Barese, but for anyone of southern Italian heritage, whether on the mainland or Sicily there is a chill of genetic resonance and recognition when you hear Rota's haunting mix of Neapolitan & Sicilian sounds and rhythms. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is one of the greatest scores of all time. I think Rota's music is what elevated the movie into a beautiful work of art. Read more
Published 29 days ago by bravhat1234
5.0 out of 5 stars it's the Greatest piece ever written
the saga was wonderful the actors were perfect for each role from the Don down to Connie. music was superb
Published 1 month ago by Candy Santos
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings about this CD
I am very pleased that I am finally able to listen to the main themes from The Godfather. Nino Rota's music is so nostalgic and beautiful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne van de Pitte
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this soundtrack.
I'm a big fan of the Godfather movies and I've always loved the instrumentation in them. This soundtrack makes me accurately picture certain scenes in my mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Autumn Krepop
5.0 out of 5 stars Godfather cd
Love it, love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful music, love the movie too. Great music to play on a long trip in the motor home.
Published 2 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soundtrack to the Greatest movie ever made
My headline says it all. Much of that music was actually composed by Coppola's completely set the tone of the movie.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather Soundtrack--Just As Good Now As Then
I love this music. It just gets better over time. If you liked it then, you will like it now. Highly recommended.
Published 4 months ago by Kenneth F. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I really love this onw! However, during listening to this music, I had been sad by myself! I still love this.
Published 6 months ago by Yun Chul,Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars An Italian who gets this story....
There are so many aspects of this great film which
recalls the history of my extended family. A CLASSIC.
Published 6 months ago by Donna M Capriotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
You can't listen to this album without having it transport you right back into the movie. Beyond the theme, there is such wonderful tracks of music evoking not just the movie, but... Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Vigneau
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