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listen10. A Frequent ThingThomas Newman0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Death And TaxesThomas Newman 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Served It's PurposeThomas Newman 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Mr. Bad NewsThomas Newman 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Someone ElseThomas Newman 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen19. That Next PlaceThomas Newman10:10Album Only
listen20. Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful WorldIsrael Kamakawiwo'ole 4:55Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DHZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Meet Joe Black, director Martin Brest's remake of the '30s semiclassic Death Takes a Holiday, took widespread critical potshots for its three-hour length and laconic pace. Ironically, composer Thomas Newman's score is a compelling exercise in musical economy--spare, emotionally longing arrangements where the spaces resonate almost as much as the notes. The composer (youngest son of the great film scorer Alfred Newman and cousin to Randy Newman) shows the same deft handling of emotional nuance he displayed on The Shawshank Resemption, The Horse Whisperer, and Oscar and Lucinda (winner of Best Original Score at the 1998 Australian Film Awards), here underplaying the story's romance and otherworldly aspects with a few piano notes and a masterful use of strings and winds. Yet another tribute to the Newman gene pool and an impressively mature work from one of Hollywood's brightest young film composers. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

If you like any of the music in the movie you will love the Soundtrack.
Heather M. Morby
I love to listen to it when I'm just relaxing or want some soft music at work.
Kelly Playko
A plethora of emotions arise when listening to this beautiful soundtracks.
Loren D. Lewis

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
While waiting for the video of Meet Joe Black to come out, I bought the soundtrack on a whim, and I am so glad I did! The music is so beautiful and completely takes me back to the film. I can't help but visualize the corresponding part of the movie when I hear each song. The first time I listened to "Someone Else" and "That Other Place", I started crying, but since then I've trained myself to think of the happy aspects of the film and not well up. My one complaint is that many of the songs (especially "Peanut Butter Man" and "5th Avenue") are much too short. The final song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World", blends both songs together well and is a perfect finale for the soundtrack and the film. I highly recommend this soundtrack to anyone who appreciates beautiful music!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By V. VanCamp on August 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Oh, what a wonderful soundtrack this is! 'Meet Joe Black' was a thought provoking and captivating movie and the soundtrack is no less so.
Thomas Newman is a genius! I especially enjoy 'Everywhere Freesia'; 'Walkaway'; 'Meet Joe Black'; 'Whisper of a Thrill'; 'Cold Lamb Sandwich'; 'Served its Purpose'; 'Someone Else' and the capper - 'That Next Place'
Also, equally enchanting and nicely filling out the album are Irving Berlin's classics: 'Cheek to Cheek' and 'Let's Face the Music and Dance'; the well known 'What a Wonderful World' written by George Weiss and Bob Thiele; and the medley performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World'. This last song is a beautiful and winsome addition!!
I listen to this album often!!! It calms me and soothes me (I tend to get easily wound up!) Many times I will put it in to relax me into a nap... or I'll listen to it at bedtime for a lullaby into dreamland!!
I zealously recommend this soundtrack!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am an avid fan of movie scores and soundtracks, and the "Meet Joe Black" soundtrack truly is one of my all-time favorites. The music itself seems to tell the story, it is that powerful. The depth and intensity of "That Next Place" are unparalleled. The use of "What a Wonderful World" also evokes the feelings of nostalgia and truly exemplifies what is occurring on screen all the more. The final track by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole is enough to buy the cd as it is an indescribable work of art. It fits so well to the movie and the rest of the soundtrack. Even if you are not a fan of listening to classical music, I guarantee you will enjoy listening to this cd as it not only takes you back to the movie, but will evoke emotions in you as well.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Loren D. Lewis on October 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have heard hundreds of different scores, and personally own well over 50 scores from different movies. Out of all the of the scores I have listened to, Meet Joe Black rises to the top. Thomas Newman is ingenious in the scoring of this film. His soft and mysterious tracks carry your heart, soul and mind to strange and exotic places.

The best track on the score is "Whisper of a Thrill." It disarms you emotionally goes right to the core of your heart. It is seductive, yet sorrowfull. You are curious, yet cautious. A plethora of emotions arise when listening to this beautiful soundtracks. Thank you Thomas Newman for your brilliant work. Purchase this soundtrack - you will not be sorry.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Sharp on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have over 100 film scores and a cd player that has a five disc rotation, this score is almost always in there.

If you like its haunting melodies, I reccommend the Human Stain, the Village, Angela's Ashes, and the Last September
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to Meet Joe Black is one of the best soundtracks I've ever had the privilege to listen to. It forms a satisfying balance of music by combining pieces from Thomas Newman's hauntingly lovely score with several light but emotional big-band hits. The addition of the Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World medley performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is the perfect finishing touch. If you liked the movie, by all means, get this soundtrack; it recalls all the emotion and beauty of the film. However, even if you haven't had the chance to see Meet Joe Black, or if it didn't affect you that deeply, still, give the soundtrack a try. What else can I say? It is beautiful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bluesy200 on February 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here's a CD that really gives you your money's worth. The orchestra pieces are wonderful, moving. There are three updated older songs that are just delightful to hear. And of course, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, who died in 1997 at age 38, with his touching version of Over the Rainbow.

I can't say enough good things about this CD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tobey Maguire on August 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I admit I'm a little late concidering the release date and this soundtrack is way too good to have never heard of it. But with score it's like with everything else: You must make the experience yourself! And so will the movie of "Meet Joe Black" has been recently shown on television. And I cannot begin to tell how amazed and sad at once I was -- amazed by the talent a composer can ever carry (Thomas Newman turns out to be a god) and deeply sad about how I could ever miss this beautiful composition for so many years (that's inexcusable)! This truly is - without exaggerating anything - one of the greatest and most affecting orchestral scores ever written for a movie!!! Everyone who listens to the score, even without having watched the movie at first, will know what I mean! This beautiful album of instrumental tracks I would highly recommend to try for yourself with no need for the DVD at all! The movie is a typical fantasy romance with Mr. Death sneaking in someone else's body and our stereotyped Barbie, who both fall in love with each other, but cannot be together forever, so he breaks her heart, kills her father and then sends back the old inhabitant of this body, and so on... <---this plot must not meet everyones taste or expectations to a 08/15-US-movie-romance! But in the center of focus for now is the score and this one I can only recommend as mostly scores completely drown within the intenseness of a movie; but in this case the movie wouldn't be what it is without those soft violin strives and the sensitive accompaniment of the piano sounds.

To mention a couple of them, I mostly liked the main theme and its variations:

3. Walkaway (main theme) 8.5/10

6. Whisper Of A Thrill (the sex scene between Barbie and Death) 9/10

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