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Great Expectations (1998 Film) Soundtrack

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This 1998 film brought the Dickens classic to the age of alt-rock, and this soundtrack keeps pace with Sunshower Chris Cornell; Her Ornament Verve Pipe; Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down Scott Weiland, and Life in Mono Mono. But it also adds tunes by Tori Amos, Iggy Pop, Grateful Dead and even Cesaria Evora!

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Whether the movie Great Expectations was any good or not, the soundtrack excelled, crossing generations and cultures as Cesaria Evora nestles next to the Dead's "Uncle John's Band," and Mono's breathless "Life in Mono" leads into former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's surprising "Sunshower." A new song from Pulp, the first solo release by former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, and Great Expectations offers a wealth of surprises, the mood constantly changing, the only constant being the quality of the music, whether from established figures or relative newcomers. From Tori Amos to the Verve Pipe, this is an album that has it all. --Chris Nickson

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Finn (Intro)Tori Amos 1:49Album Only
  2. SirenTori Amos 4:02Album Only
  3. Life In Mono (Great Expectations Soundtrack)Mono 3:47Album Only
  4. Sunshower (Great Expectations Soundtrack)Chris Cornell 5:53Album Only
  5. Resignation (Great Expectations Soundtrack)Reef 3:36Album Only
  6. Like A Friend (Great Expectations Soundtrack)Pulp 3:58Album Only
  7. Wishful Thinking (Soundtrack Version)Duncan Sheik 4:25Album Only
  8. Today (Soundtrack Version)Poe 4:09Album Only
  9. Lady, Your Roof Brings Me DownScott Weiland 5:26Album Only
10. Her Ornament (Great Expectations Soundtrack)The Verve Pipe 3:11Album Only
11. Walk This Earth Alone (Great Expectations Soundtrack)Lauren Christy 4:32Album Only
12. Breakable (Soundtrack Version)Fisher 3:46Album Only
13. Success (Great Expectations Soundtrack)Iggy Pop 4:23Album Only
14. SlaveDavid Garza 3:23Album Only
15. Uncle John's Band (Great Expectations Soundtrack)The Grateful Dead 4:30Album Only
16. Besame Mucho (Bonus Track- Great Expectations OST)Cesaria Evora 4:53Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 6, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: January 6, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002JEP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Kutinsky on May 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Like that sleak image of Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover, the soundtrack to this mediocre Dickens adaptation is sexy and sophisticated, for the most part. Tori Amos starts it out with loopy solipsism, but most of the songs on the record are joyous surprises - Reef's "Resignation" and David Garza's "Slave" are great fun, Mono does a subtly devastating update on Abba's "Life In Mono," and Pulp finds charm and pulse in "Like a Friend." I think most are agreed the true hero of the soundtrack winds up being Scott Weiland, whose "Lady, Your Roof Drags Me Down" is jazzy, unexpected, and threatens to explode in 100 directions at once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kara Welch on May 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I didn't hesitate in the least when I saw this CD for cheap at a used bookstore. With previously unavailable songs from some of my favorite artists and a list of other artists that I enjoy hearing from every now and then, this soundtrack was a great buy!

As a Tori Amos fan, I love the way the album opens. The song "Siren" is just beautiful and was a taste of things to come for her. "Life in Mono" is one of the most haunting bits of electronica that you'll ever hear and this is the single that got me into Mono the group. "Today" by Poe is another highlight for me; new Poe material is hard to come by. "Walk This Earth Alone" is another bright spot; Lauren Christy material is also hard to come by since she started writing songs for today's teen pop stars. The solo tune from Scott Weiland is great too; not really a song you'd expect to hear from him.

It's also great to listen to the tracks from other artists that I enjoy but don't listen to often. Chris Cornell, Pulp, Duncan Sheik, and The Verve Pipe all have strong tracks featured here. I also really love the song by Fisher. I'd never heard of her before, but her voice is so lovely. I know I'll be getting more from her in the future.

The music from this film was much better than the film itself. Not that the movie was really bad, but as a fan of the original novel, I find this film to be lacking in emotion. I also don't care for Ethan Hawke. That's hard to overlook. But I recommend this album if you want to hear an eclectic mixture of sounds made by some of music's most respected artists. You might even hear something new!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of the most beautiful collections of music I've ever heard. Life in Mono and Siren have to be 2 of the most passionate songs I've ever heard. They comsume you with their twisted melodies and when you listen your mind goes on a rage and your heart fills with desire. This soundtrack moves me to levels of passion, desire, and romance hardly anything or one can do. I can liten to it constantly and be filled with the same emotions and excitement as the first time I heard the songs in the movie. (which by the way is one of the best movies of all time) If you have any suggestions of other cds or soundtracks with this kind of intensity. Email me @ BellaAngel@bolt.com.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like many soundtracks, I bought the soundtrack to the film 'Great Expectations' because there was a brand new Tori Amos track on it, and I *love* her. I had done the same with the 'Higher Learning' soundtrack, and was extremely disappointed due to the vomitory rap songs that surrounded Tori's gems. 'Great Expectations' pleasantly surprised me. Tori's track, the curious "Siren," is a piano-laced euphoria, her crystalline voice and Bösendorfer treading through a dreamy drum-driven soundscape (how 'bout that alliteration!) It is truly a masterpiece. "Wishful Thinking," a sullen, truthful tune by the ever-wonderful (and native New Jerseyan) Duncan Sheik, is the other masterpiece on the album. Highlights include the shocking ballad by former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell ("Sunshower") and the poppy sunshiny splendor of "Today" by the smoky-voiced Poe. Overall, the songs, ranging from Iggy Pop to "Bésame Mucho", are journeys themselves in music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.R.W. Phillips on June 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was completely stunned at the beautiful music on this soundtrack. It is an absolute must for your CD collection.
Tori Amos' song, "Siren," is gorgeous, and it leads right into "Life in Mono" by Mono. This song has an incredibly unique sound due to the harpsichord, and the voice is nothing short of dreamlike. These are, I would say, my two favorite songs on this CD.
One of the greatest things about this soundtrack is that it is as eclectic as it is beautiful. Tori Amos, as was already mentioned, is present, but also is the fun, singalong "Uncle John's Band" by the Grateful Dead and Iggy Pop's "Success." There are also a couple of artists with songs on the CD that entice you to explore them more thoroughly because their contribution to this CD was so good.
I own about 250 CDs (last time I counted--many more now, I'm sure!) and this CD is in my top ten. It is hands down the best soundtrack I have ever heard.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Corson on September 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When asked if I have an all time favorite "album" this is it. I have purchased it three times due to scratches, losing it, loaning it to friends that never give it back, etc. Would highly recommend it to everyone. It surpasses all genres of music and takes one for a quite a ride.
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