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Into the Wild [Soundtrack]

Eddie VedderAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B000ULQV0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Setting Forth
2. No Ceiling
3. Far Behind
4. Rise
5. Long Nights
6. Tuolumne
7. Hard Sun
8. The Wolf
9. End of the Road
10. Society
11. Guaranteed

Editorial Reviews

Taking a break from his day job fronting rock heavyweight Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder immerses himself into the big-screen story of a young man who gives all his money to charity and hitchhikes to a new life--and his eventual death--in the wilds of Alaska. Prompted by the film's creator, Sean Penn, to contribute to the musical score, the Seattle musician tackled the entire project, playing every instrument on the soundtrack's nine original and two cover songs. Vedder contemplates the traveler "setting forth in the universe" in the opener "Setting Forth," then tracks in the remaining songs the realizations and disillusionments that follow. A wish comes true in banjo-plucked "No Ceiling" to "up and disappear," while affluence is questioned on the hard-rocking "Far Behind," with Vedder singing, "Empty pockets will/Allow a greater sense of wealth." No song in the album's first half exceeds two-and-a-half minutes, remedied by Vedder's pertinent five-minute stamp on the remake of Indio's "Hard Sun," complete with eerie backing vocals by Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker. The songwriter puts wealth on the hot seat in "Society," questioning, "If less is more/How you keepin' score?" The darkly sung folk song bookends the reticent declaration "Guaranteed," wonderfully delivered and quietly strummed, in which the prodigal Vedder wraps the journey in one line: "Leave it to me as I find a way to be/Consider me a satellite forever orbiting." (The record is packaged like a hardcover book, with vivid photography and lyrics.) --Scott Holter

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182 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Wild: The Straight Dope (bonus tracks) September 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For all those Pearl Jam fans out there, the release of what is essentially a solo acoustic Eddie Vedder album is manna from heaven. Of course, most PJ fans out there these days are in their 4th or 5th decade of life, and there are many young folks who view PJ as outmoded and other naysayers who have grown tired of Ed's gruff, mumbly baritone. But I belong to the first group, so I think this little album is pretty great.

"Into the Wild" is a 30-minutish album that has Eddie playing a variety of acoustic instruments over 11 short tracks. It's classic Vedder, but stripped-down and bare, kind of in the balladic "No Code" or "Binaural" vein with more acoustic strumming and minimal accompaniment. The tunes were written as a movie soundtrack, and having seen the film, it's hard not to picture Emile Hirsch traipsing over hill and dale during the songs. On the other hand, most of the numbers do have lyrics, which is a bit unusual for a soundtrack, and was sometimes distracting for me in the theater. But this review is about the music...

Many of the tunes are upbeat, rocky-mountain-high, kind of anthems, as on "Setting Forth," "Far Behind," and the all-instrumental "Tuolumne." The other half are more introspective, balladic numbers (in keeping with the kind of celebration of freedom/wasteful tragedy duality of Chris McCandless' tale), as on the banjo-inflected "No Ceiling," "Rise" (the ukelele invokes Ed's "Soon Forget" from Binaural or "Goodbye" from A Broke Down Melody -- I'm thinking an all uke-vocal album by Ed would be pretty great), "Long Nights," "Society," and "The End of the Road." "Hard Sun" is a stand-out in a number of ways -- clearly the one number that might either get radio-play or be released as B-side single.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film Soundtrack September 18, 2007
By turtlex
Format:Audio CD
This album written directly for the Sean Penn directed film "Into The Wild" (based on the best selling book by Jon Krakaur) is an excellent representation of the film soundtrack. It is not a mis-mosh of gathered songs that just happen to evoke, or hopefully evoke, the emotion and sentiment on screen. These are carefully crafted songs - deliberate in their sparce space, their tone and stripped down production.

Take a listen to the excellent "Society" - my favorite track on the album. It has a discord and yearning that is unlike most other songs I've heard. It rings, in sentiment and proper placement, much like the Bruce Springsteen penned "Streets of Philadelphia". No, it is NOT like "Streets of Philadelphia" but it fits much like that song does - the song fits the film, fits the emotion, fits the conditions. That is not an easy thing to do.

Finding the correct songs to fill a soundtrack, is not an easy thing and kudos should be sent to those involved with asking/requesting/pleading with Eddie Vedder to make a departure from Pearl Jam and try his hand. His take on the emotions - his vision of Sean Penn's vision - is very true to the film (and to the book, actually).

I can whole heartedly recommend this cd. It is NOT a Pearl Jam rocker - but it is a deeply moving accompanyment to a wonderful story. Much as the story goes, so goes the music - whimsical at times, stripped to the bare, reaching, searching, etc. It's a very well done soundtrack.

I can honestly say that several of the songs on this collection might be Academy Award worthy. Let's hope others feel the same way.

Highly Recommended.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music... September 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When I was a teenager I read Into the Wild. The book has haunted me ever since. While I have yet to see the movie, I can say that the music is worthy of the story it serves to help tell.

The story of Chris McCandless touches on something locked deep in the heart of almost every young American male that has ever lived. It is about the search for freedom, for the wild, for truth.

The songs on this disc are echoes of those goals/thoughts.

In a disc of strong songs, I find Rise to be my favorite. It is not the longest or most profound song here, but it reaches out. It calls us on.

Eddie Vedder was a great choice, maybe the pefect choice, for this CD. He takes a step sideways from his usual Pearl Jam fare. He has made a GREAT CD.

I give the Soundtrack for Into the Wild my highest recommendation.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only buy one more CD....... October 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
My wife and I stumbled out of a Manhattan theater in stunned silence. In San Diego, so did my 22 year-old stepson. So has everyone I've urged to see "Into the Wild".

The film is the story of Christopher McCandless, who graduated from college (Emory, '92), then left civilization behind to experience life without constraints. His death in Alaska few months later made him a worthy subject for Jon Krakauer. But the story he tells in his book, "Into the Wild," is even better inspiration for a film, especially when the writer-director is Sean Penn.

Think what you will about Penn --- the guy has guts to spare. He stands up for what he believes and he doesn't mumble when he offers unpopular ideas. And in his acting, as in his life, he's always searching for the authentic --- just remember that scene in "Mystic River" when he tries to bull his way through a wall of cops to get to the body of his murdered daughter.

So his movie does not touch hardcore New Yorkers and West Coast surfer/law students and all kinds of people in between because we share a love of raw Nature in Alaska --- Penn didn't make a movie about a kid who stepped out of civilization with just a bag of rice and a book about edible plants to get him through. Nor did he make this film to ask us to decide: "Chris McCandless --- was he an idiot?" The questions he asks in this movie are much larger: freedom, identity, community. That is, the questions obsessing us just below the surface of our most ordinary days.

We watch this long movie that has an ending we already know with something like obsession because Chris McCandless carries our proxy. At one time or other, we all want to walk out of the familiar. And, far more often, we think of "freedom" nostalgically --- as something we once had.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get better
Of course I love this music. Who can beat Eddie Vedder. It's acoustic, bluesy, and with his voice. The music is perfect for the movie and all those lonely Alaskan scenes. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Theresa Yau
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow ... if you're into Pearl Jam's softer side.
I saw the movie when it came out, but somehow didn't lookup the album until now. Wow is all I have to say. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Benoit Legault
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely worthwhile
Great Eddie. Thoughtful and beautiful. Eddie Vedder captured the feelings of the story perfectly and turned it into amazing sound.
Published 1 month ago by L. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius.
Having trouble with life? It's ok, so did Alexander Supertramp (Christopher McCandless). When I heard that Eddie Vedder had written the soundtrack for the movie "Into the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Shaum
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Eddie's best music.
Eddie goes a different direction from Pearl Jam. These songs really compliment the movie. I feel the movie is better because of the music. Great stuff.
Published 1 month ago by SkellyC
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I really like this cd and really liked the movie as well. I may be a bit biased as Pearl Jam is my overall favorite band.
Published 1 month ago by Jonathon Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Better on Vinyl
Amazing movie... amazing story... amazing soundtrack, but sounds so much better on vinyl than digital. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Beautiful music. CD is a bit short but it's a soundtrack. Got it for my fiancee who loves Pearl Jam and wanted this.
Published 1 month ago by Angelika R
5.0 out of 5 stars Society would be a lonely place without Vedder.
Even though the story of anti-commercialism became a commercial product, this is a really great soundtrack. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trezonator
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
Can never go wrong with Edd, he's great , his Music's great , never seen the movie , but Edd is the Man
Published 2 months ago by Island Bruddah
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Into the Wild Website Song?
Most of the instrumental music used in the movie is by Michael Brook, who also wrote the instrumental music for the film "An Inconvenient Truth." You can find similar music on many of his other albums.
Nov 18, 2007 by Hugh Coyle |  See all 6 posts
Picking Berries by gustavo santaolalla ? Into the wild
I've been searching for this track since "Into The Wild" was released in Theaters in 2007. It is almost 2010, and it appears the track has not been commercially released anywhere. I agree, the song, Picking Berries by Gustavo Santaolalla, is hauntingly beautiful.
Oct 27, 2009 by Aliette M. Sastre |  See all 2 posts
some other posts have mention Kaki King (female artist) and Michael Brook.
Nov 24, 2008 by kim91262 |  See all 2 posts
The song at the end of Chapter 4?
Most likely its in the "Into the Wild: Score" album.

type "into the wild score" in the search function. It has most--if not all the instrumental score music (a total of 36 tracks on the score album)--that isn't on this album.
Sep 19, 2008 by Arnold |  See all 3 posts
Song at the beginning of the movie?
Long Nights. It is one of my favs on this awesome cd.
Sep 27, 2008 by Brian A. Schuster |  See all 3 posts
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