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German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents‚ having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV.

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000CF2YP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Good Life
2. Flim Flam
3. Ichi-Ni-San
4. Matchstick Men
5. Weird Is Good
6. Lonely Bull
7. Ticks & Twitches
8. I Have A Daughter?
9. Swedish Rhapsody
10. Keep The Change
11. Nosy Parker
12. Leaning On A Lamp Post
13. Pool Lights
14. Pygmies!
15. Charmaine
16. Roy's Rules
17. Carpeteria
18. Shame On You
19. Tuna Fish And Cigarettes
20. No More Pills
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Editorial Reviews

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Ridley Scott's quirky tale of a smalltime con-artist coming to terms with his rediscovered daughter sprawls across landscapes both internal and external, from the twitchy neuroses of Nicolas Cage's character Roy to the kitschy San Fernando Valley furnishings and architecture he insulates them with. Hans Zimmer's soundtrack deftly colors them both with retro-quirky, infectious charm, a welcome left turn from the moody dramaturgy that has been so often demanded of the composer. Roy's living-in-the-past ethos inspires some smart catalog choices, from Bobby Darin's breezy take on "The Good Life" and George Formby's ukulele romp "Leanin' On a Lamp Post" to prime 60's cuts by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass and Mantovani's cocktail lounge staple, "Swedish Rhapsody." Zimmer's jazz-exotica dominated score bobs and weaves its way merrily through those dizzy inspirations, throwing in a little accordion seasoning and several healthy dollops of Nino Rota's La Dolce Vita theme in the bargain, before throwing us back headlong into the jarring rhythms of the 21st century's digital cacophony. A fresh, loopy change of pace from one Hollywood's most successful -- if too often pigeonholed -- composers. -- Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Lamoureux on March 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
No Beyond the Sea? No This Town? No Summer Wind? NO SALE!!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hammond on December 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I purchased this CD as part of a quest for Neo-Tangos. I danced to "Weird is Good" in a tango lesson in Washington DC recently. It was one of a number of pieces of contemporary music suitable for the "under 30" crowd of tangueros. I found it quite an interesting piece for dancing, and I was quite pleased with it. Yes, it was reason enough for me to purchase the CD. The other piece that was suitable was "The Banker's Waltz."
After those two pieces, the rest of the CD was a bonus. A number of the selections were pieces I had had on vinyl -- The Good Life, Swedish Rhapsody, The Lonely Bull, and Tijuana Taxi. Good stuff from the 1960's -- a nostalgic journey.
The search for Neo-Tangos has also introduced me to a group known as "Thievery Corporation," and I would recommend "Until the Morning" from "Richest Man in Babylon" and "Right Angles Remix" from "OM Lounge, Vol. 1." There is even some good stuff on Dead Can Dance's CD "Into the Labyrinth."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "reel07" on October 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's latest film, which I think is truly a gem. The film is a synthesis of great working products, with actors, photography, script, story, dialogue, editing, and this music is no exception. Every song you heard from the film is in here, including all the tango songs. Not all of the lounge act songs are on here, but the majority of them are.
the only reason I gave this a 4 is as great as the soundtrack is, I purchased this CD with the hope of getting one song. That is the Thin Red Line-type ambience song which is the only dramatic piece in the film. **POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING**It comes up when Frank is telling Roy how he thinks Angela is bad for their work and how she's messing everything up. The full blown song comes when Angela shoots Bruce McGill who was after them and Roy is telling an "injured" Frank to take Angela away with him.***
This is a very powerful piece of music; a typical great dramatic Zimmer piece that is present in all the Scott-Zimmer collaborations. But it isn't on here! It really sounds a lot like Thin Red Line; it even has a clock-ticking sequence! This same thing happened with the official releases of Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down, and even Thin Red Line. There is always great pieces of dramatic music missing from the official Zimmer soundtracks that are in the films. This is very frustrating, and that's why I recommend looking elsewhere than studio produced albums when it comes down to this.
The soundtrack is fine, but I was really expecting this one piece of music. If you're okay with this, then I would recommend buying this CD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Noname on April 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was missing the song that plays when ROY and ANGELA are at the bowling alley. For you guys, this is "More than this" from Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music.

There are other songs missing too...

But overall, it's good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Since this cd is missing Summer Wind and This Town by Frank Sinatra those of you who are looking for these songs can buy Frank Sinatra's Greatst hits, has both these songs on their.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
or sounded exactly like The Gotan Project. they are a French/Argentinian band on XL Recordings & Beggars group. They have an incredible album out called La Revancha Del Tango. Chk it out here: [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johan the Olive on March 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy the soundtrack a lot, although much of the music in the movie is not on the soundtrack (most notably Summer Wind, This Town, and Beyond the Sea). Otherwise, it's very enjoyable. My personal favorite is Matchstick Men and Weird is Good (a little odd, but good). With the exception of some essential tracks missing, it's overall good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Mezzadri on March 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Should be listed as a "Partial" soundtrack....some of the best tunes are missing.....Summer Wind, Perfidia, etc.......otherwise I would this one as a 5 star+.
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