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Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Joe Williams, Paula ColeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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listen  1. SkylarkK. D. Lang 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Too Marvelous For WordsJoe Williams 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Autumn LeavesPaula Cole 5:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Fools Rush In [Where Angles Fear To Tread]Rosemary Clooney 4:11Album Only
listen  5. DreamBrad Mehldau 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Days Of Wine And RosesCassandra Wilson 4:46Album Only
listen  7. That Old Black MagicKevin Spacey 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Come Rain Or Come ShineAlison Eastwood 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ac-cent-tchu-ate The PositiveClint Eastwood 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. This Time The Dream's On MeAlison Krauss 3:46Album Only
listen11. LauraKevin Mahogany 4:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Midnight SunDiana Krall 4:00Album Only
listen13. I'm An Old Cowhand [From The Rio Grande]Joshua Redman 5:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Wanna Be AroundTony Bennett 2:10Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 18, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002NJF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Clint Eastwood vanity-project was one of the biggest box office disappointments of 1997, despite a masterful performance by Kevin Spacey, Eastwood's typically subtle direction and, to these ears anyway, one of the most satisfying collections of songs gathered in service of a film in many a year. It didn't hurt that they were all penned by the late, great Johnny Mercer (a native of Savannah, GA, the film's locale and most crucial, underrated element) and with the exception of Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around" and Sinatra's classic "Summer Wind," were rendered by an all-star team of jazz players (Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Kevin Eubanks, Christian McBride among them) and an impressive line-up of vocalists including k.d. lang, Paula Cole, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, and Kevin Mahogany. Eastwood has long been a jazz devotee and, in recent years, eager proselytizer; this album plays like a love letter to one of his most beloved musicians and composers. --Jerry McCulley

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mercer meets Clint Eastwood August 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What ever you think about Clint Eastwood's acting or directing, he has great taste when it comes to jazz. On this soundtrack, you'll hear the wonderful lyrics of Savannah's first son of song, Johnny Mercer, performed by gifted musicians. Many of these tunes you won't hear in the movie, which is really too bad. There's only one song on the whole recording that wasn't done especially for the soundtrack, Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around." Highlights include pianist/vocalist Diana Krall on "Midnight Sun", the late Joe Williams on "Too Marvelous For Words", singer Kevin Mahogany on "Laura" and bluegrass violinist/vocalist Alison Krauss on "This Time the Dream's On Me". Great instrumentalists as well with guest appearances by tenor saxophone greats Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman and Ernie Watts, pianist Brad Mehldau, bassists Charlie Haden and Christian McBride, and arrangements by Clint's close friend Lennie Niehaus. You'll be pleasantly surprised by kd lang on "Skylark" and even more surprised by actor Kevin Spacey's singing on "That Old Black Magic". I'm not crazy about daughter Alison Eastwood's Billie Holiday impression on "Come Rain or Come Shine", Paula Cole's "Autumn Leaves" or especially, Clint's singing on "Accentuate the Positive" (though the jazz musicians backing them up are great). But Rosemary Clooney makes you forget their performances with her "Fools Rush In". I only wish that Clint would have had Margaret Whiting sing Johnny Mercer and Jerome Kern's "I'm Old Fashioned". Otherwise, a great recording of music by one of the greatest lyricists of all time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my all-time favorite movie soundtrack. February 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I watched the movie and enjoyed it, would give it three stars, maybe four. Listened to the soundtrack and absolutely LOVED it. This is one of the classiest collections of songs I have ever had the privilege to feast my ears upon.

Generally speaking, this is a compilation mostly of songs written by the venerable Johnny Mercer, performed by some accomplished jazz stylists and the likes of Rosemary Clooney, k.d. lang, and Alison Krauss. It also includes "I Wanna Be Around" by the great one himself, Tony Bennett (his own performance). Although several of the songs are on the light side, I would characterize the overall flavor of this CD as quiet, mellow, maybe even a little somber at times, but all great jazz hits -- and I'm usually not a big fan of jazz.

This is also one of the most relaxing collections I know. Serve it up with a rich cabernet and it's guaranteed to bring your stress level down a few notches. The only hiccup on the way is a rather uninspired performance by Clint Eastwood -- with that voice he really should stick to tough-guy acting. But don't let that turn you away from an otherwise thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. My ears have devoured it more times than I can count, and I don't plan to stop any time soon.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong with Johnny Mercer? July 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Loved the book and instinctively knew that a movie couldn't capture the essence of it. As for the CD, I think the soundtrack for "L.A. Confidential" was much more evocative of time and place. How can one go wrong using great songs with Johnny Mercer's lyrics? Hear them sung by amateurs, who at best, sound like lounge singers, and you'll know. Kevin Spacey does a passable job on "That Old Black Magic", but the artful arrangement doesn't require him to sustain a note for long. Clint Eastwood may be an icon, but he can't sing, and it's disappointing to pay good money to hear less than top performances. The absolute best version of "Accentuate the Positive" is by Johnny Mercer himself (on the "L.A. Confidential" soundtrack). Since this CD is something of a tribute to Mercer, it would have been great to include one of his vocals. The best performance by an amateur on this CD is Alison Eastwood's sweet and lanquid rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine." The great tunes on this CD are performed by the people who really are musicians: K.D. Lang's lovely version of "Skylark" is much better than Linda Rondstadt's, but no one can surpass Ella's. The superb selection on this CD is Alison Krauss singing "This Time the Dream's on Me" - sheer perfection.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended January 3, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This cd is full of great songs. I was really impressed with K Spacey's version of "that old black magic"...what a pro. I have the movie on both dvd and tape (somewhere) as well as the book, but what I revisit more than all of those is this soundtrack. This is a throwback to when songs had depth and soul, as opposed to the slick singles that you hear on the radio these days. Basically, to sum it all up, if you want to own a timeless collection of songs, then buy this cd.
The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is b/c of Eastwood's song.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY FINE INDEED. December 25, 1999
By marvin
Format:Audio CD
AN EXTREMELY PLEASANT SURPRISE, SINCE I GOT THIS CD AFTER READING THE RAVES HERE. IN THIS TIME AND AGE OF NOISE, NICE TO GET A MOVIE SOUNDTRACK WHICH IS REALLY A COMPILATION OF JAZZ TUNES BY THE GREAT MERCER. WHAT IS WONDERFUL IS THAT IT IS COHERENT AND HOLDS UP ON ITS OWN MERIT. STELLAR PERFORMANCES AND YES SURPRISES TOO. KEVIN SPACEY AND CLINT....! (NICE). WARMLY RECOMMENDED.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really nice and calming cd
Published 1 day ago by Delta4ever
5.0 out of 5 stars Just magical!
Absolutely magical.......just like the movie! Perfect to put on the stereo for a Sunday brunch or a romantic evening at home! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Terry Stahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 22 days ago by Cinisterella
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music from the master songwriter
Beautiful music from the master songwriter, performed by great artists!
A wonderful collection that captures the slow, Southern spirit of the movie.
Published 1 month ago by Libby P. Meggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this
As both a Johnny Mercer and "Midnight" fan, I cannot say enough about this CD. This is, I believe, my third "Midnight" CD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by james mccaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars a good sound track
If you enjoyed the movie, you will love this CD. It has a nice variety of performers which I thoroughly enjoy listening to.
Published 3 months ago by S. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Your in it for the music!
Loved the music throughout the film. Clint Eastwood creates his own type of magic in Savannah. I enjoyed the story,
but the music stole the show. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter A.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
this is powerful story line the interaction between the actors is A+ this movie has it all in one package drama.humor..ect
Published 3 months ago by HUBERT M MCINTOSH II
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the money
K.D. Lang's rendition of Skylark absolutely rocks. Actually, with the exception of Clint Eastwood's Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive, the rest of the cd's very enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leonard P.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
A mystery novel with real people set in old Savanna. Most people are unaware of this side of Johnny Merser.
Published 4 months ago by Jon Dougherty
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