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Mirrormask [Soundtrack]

Iain Ballamy , Stuart Hall , Martin Sharp , Matthew Sharp , Burt Bacharach , Dave McKean , Martin France , John Parricelli , Neil Percy , Iain Bellamy , Ashley Slater , Arve Henriksen , Chris Batchelor , David Powell , Josefine Cronholm , Neil Gaiman Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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Saxophonist and composer IAIN BALLAMY is internationally recognised as an original, freethinking and uncompromising musician. His work is eclectic, contemporary and un-encumbered by formality and tradition. Recent writing for the London Sinfonietta, The Henri Oguike Dance Company and the movie soundtrack for ‘Mirrormask’ for the Jim Henson Company, show that Ballamy's work ... Read more in Amazon's Iain Ballamy Store

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  • Performer: Iain Ballamy, Stuart Hall, Martin Sharp, Matthew Sharp, Burt Bacharach, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • ASIN: B0007RTARU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sock Puppets / Flyover
2. Circus Overture
3. Spanish Web
4. Gorillas!
5. Running For The Bus
6. Abandoned Hall
7. Leaving The City
8. Arresting Helena
9. The White Queen Sleeps / The White Palace
10. Rabbit Band
11. The Library
12. The Myth Of Creation
13. Fish Street
14. Looking Through The Window
15. Giants Orbiting
16. Outside Bagwell's
17. Mrs. Bagwell's Rhumba
18. Meeting The Sphinx
19. Monkeybirds
20. Dream Park / Meeting In A Dream
See all 30 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

From The Jim Henson Company, creator of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and bestselling author Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Neverwhere, Sandman) comes Mirrormask, a breathtaking fantasy/adventure motion picture event unlike any other. Composer Iain Ballamy evokes the otherworldly beauty of this fantastic adventure with a rich, emotional score that bursts with melody and complex themes.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars seeing the movie not a requirement... October 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
...but it DOES help, unless you like unusual music. without being "experimental," the music on this disc pushes some boundaries - mainly in the "quirky" field, but is overall very accessable. it also covers a lot of ground, at times sounding like eric serra, and others like django reinhardt playing with don byron. while trying to describe it to a friend who hadn't seen the movie, I called it "music from the 30's... if someone in the 30's was composing what they thought music would sound like in 75 years." it's definently worth a listen, but seeing the movie puts it in context a little. it holds up on its own very well though.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lilting and charmed August 5, 2006
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A fantastic movie with an equally wonderful score. From the opening circus-y feel to the jazz vibe through out is quite different and appealing from the usually movie score fare. The highlight is the remake of the Carpenters "Close to You". Very odd and Beautiful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting December 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
For those that like their music beautifully bizarre. This soundtrack is comprised mostly of circus music and jazz! One of my personal favorites is Mrs. Bagwell's Rhumba, it's entertaining and catchy! This soundtrack may also be used as background music to get your creative juices flowing. Personally, I listen to it as I paint or draw, and interesting results follow. It's also nice to relax to. See what it can do for you! =^^= And if you haven't, be sure also to see the superb movie it accompanied! o(^^)9
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great collection of unusual music May 6, 2007
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Rented the movie on reccomendation from Netflix, it was pretty good. But the music was the star of the show. The soundtrack follows the course of the movie pretty closely, it's kind of like listening to the movie. Each track brings to mind a specific scene in the movie. One of the highlights is the ecclectic treatment of Burt Bacharach's "Close to You". Most will remember the super-sweet Carpenter's version, but this interpretation was the main reason I bought the music. Unusual augmented chord progressions and almost minimalist format (complete with the mechanical background sounds made by the female jack-in-the-box-like, life-sized, mostly metal toy dressers) make the tune as captivating as in the movie when they 'convert' the trapped Helena into the black princess. Great music to play while relaxing, too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film, excellent soundtrack August 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
this is a very unique and complex collection of music. it's very hard to sum up in a pithy phrase or two. it's quirky, eclectic, humorous, and never grows tiresome. you can listen to it over and over and continue to be astonished by its sublime, hypnotic, extroardinarily beautiful passages.

iain ballamy is a gifted young man with a bright future ahead of him. i will keep my eye out for his work in the years ahead and you should too.

in the meantime do yourself a favor and pick this collection up. you will not regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! October 25, 2011
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I love the soundtrack from this movie. If you like the movie at all...and/or if you enjoy other films from jim henson you will thoroughly enjoy this soundtrack! Relaxing and beautiful...then suspensful and playful at times. Great combination! A+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars had to have song September 26, 2010
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The movie was awsome. I just got one or two of the songs stuck in my head, so I had to get the soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing July 19, 2010
By Autumn
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I love to listen to this soundtrack as I work on my art. The MirrorMask movie is one of my favorite and having the beautiful music on a CD is awesome. It is has a wonderful jazz sound that has a calming and eerie mood to it. I love it so much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love listening to this in the car.
I loved this movie, and this album had all the tracks I was looking for. Definitely recommend if you want to have all the music from the circus and Helena's dream.
Published 3 months ago by kwright9980
5.0 out of 5 stars finally!
i have been searching for this soundtrack for years! I have been known to put the movie in the dvd player and let it play while i do housework. now i have the cd! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kat McD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mostly jazz based ST with interesting mood and atmosphere
The album is wonderful. The jewel case arrived cracked but these never hold up anyway. If you aren't into strange music this might not be your speed.
Published 6 months ago by Cora
5.0 out of 5 stars love the film, music is awesome!
music so beautifully different...
I fell in love with "Mirromask" the film's vivid and coloful in a strange dreamy way. The music is so jazzy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mikki
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to haunt your daydreams
Quirky, frenetic, and lovely, full of unique melodies and possibly a lot less freaky if you don't already associate it with evil cats sporting human faces. Read more
Published on May 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
Mirrormask is such a trippy movie it's easy to forget it was supported with great music. You'll be surprised how many tracks blended into the background and how vividly you recall... Read more
Published on June 2, 2009 by S. White
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for a great film
Music can really make a movie and the soundtrack to this movie really adds to the overall feel. Great atmospheric music.
Published on January 25, 2009 by J. Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic delight
With the eclectic tastes of music from the movie, this is a great way to relive the energy and imagination thereof.
Published on September 12, 2008 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MirrorMask = Awesome
This definitely has some unique music, but if you've seen the movie then I think you could appreciate where its coming from. Read more
Published on May 29, 2008 by Nida
2.0 out of 5 stars ODD
I loved the movie! The CD, Hmmmmmmmmmm, still trying to get it to grow on me. "Close to You" and the last song are awesome.
Published on January 11, 2008 by Rebecca L. Missel
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