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Monsters University Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B00B9JDBCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title
2. Young Michael
3. First Day at MU
4. Dean Hardscrabble
5. Sulley
6. Scare Pig
7. Wasted Potential
8. Oozma Kappa
9. Stinging Glow Urchin
10. Field Trip
11. Rise and Shine
12. The Library
13. Roar (Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia)
14. The Scare Games
15. Did You Do This?
16. Human World
17. The Big Scare
18. Goodbyes
19. Mike and Sulley
20. Monsters University

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Disney Pixar's Monsters University hits Campus with Music from Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia.

Disney Pixar's Monsters University will rock you featuring music from award-winning composer Randy Newman and Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia. Filmmakers also tapped the Atlanta-based hard rock band Mastodon to serenade the film's monster mother, Ms. Squibbles.

Oscar®- Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Randy Newman is back, marking his seventh Disney Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee's wins include 'If I Didn't Have You' for Monsters, Inc. and 'We Belong Together' for Toy Story 3. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member created a full Alma Mater titled Monsters University, establishing a recurring collegiate theme. 'We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,' said Scanlon. 'We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this the end result is sort of perfectly 'off.' Actually, the first time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let's mess it up a little bit.'

Newman added a unique flair to his score, calling on renowned international drum corps The Blue Devils to contribute a definitively collegiate sound. The composer also incorporated concert band music to exemplify the feeling of being in school. 'In fact,' said Newman, 'There's a little bit of Brahms Academic Festival Overture when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.'

The score recorded with a 112-piece orchestra features a few character themes, including an accordion tune to help illustrate the less-than-cool status of the Oozma Kappa fraternity; a laidback shuffle to introduce Sulley; and the aspiring Scare student Mike Wazowski is often accompanied by a clarinet that, Newman notes, changes as Mike's character arc evolves.

When Mike and Sulley find themselves in the midst of a fraternity party, filmmakers wanted to showcase their monster moves but first they needed the music. Enter Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia with a party song called 'Roar' of course featuring an upbeat electronic dance sound that even monsters could appreciate. 'We wanted to keep it funny, funky and at the same time a bit cool with a hint of monsters in it,' said Axwell.

Scanlon approved. 'It's really a fun song. I remember watching the animator work on this scene. As he played back the song, the artist at the next desk who wasn't even working on the movie couldn't help moving his feet. Obviously, that guy had been hearing that song for days, but yet the second he heard it, he just had to move his feet.'

Faced with the question of what a sweet mother monster might listen to during a free moment, filmmakers decided to push the envelope. 'We love the character of Ms. Squibbles - she's a doting mother but full of surprises,' said Scanlon. 'So when she drops off the boys and says, 'I'll just be here listening to my tunes,' we thought it would be funny if those tunes were some of the most intense heavy metal imaginable. Mastodon was the obvious choice. She rolls up her windows and blasts it.'

They chose an existing song from the group called 'Island.'

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I love this musical score from Randy Newman very much.
Robert G Yokoyama
As I said, I haven't seen the film yet and, maybe it would be a good souvenir of watching the film after you have seen it.
Steven I. Ramm
Overall, if you are a fan of movie music, add this one to your collection.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By portapeeps on October 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Disney. Wow.
If you see the movie before buying this soundtrack, I'm guessing that you are primarily buying it for the song that everyone else is also looking for - the song that was featured numerous times throughout the picture and leading into the end credits as well... Well, guess what - it's not here. I was surprised. By far the best song on the soundtrack; however, it was not composed by Randy Newman (Disney's monopolized writer for most of their modern cartoons). So because of this, it was not on the soundtrack.

To get this song, you must instead purchase the album Rise Up by the marching band group called March Fourth. I guess since they aren't under Disney's corporate gun, they don't get the credit of being on the official soundtrack. Shame, Disney. Anyway, do yourself a favor and get that album instead of this one - because it has the best song on it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven I. Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I guess I'm gonna have to be the first "three star" review posted here for this "Original Score" of the new Disney/Pixar "Monsters University" film which actually opens today (so I can't discuss the film). Note that is is not the "soundtrack" but the "Original Score" composed and conducted by Randy Newman. Let me say that I'm a HUGE Randy Newman fan, going back to his original vocal recordings. I've enjoyed his film scores since "Ragtime" too and liked "Monsters Inc." But this one "just okay" (that's what 3 stars on Amazon means. He's done better work, and I've heard more interesting scores from films.
Maybe it's because Newman wrote only one "song" (you know, with lyrics) and that is the closing track sung by the "school chorus". And this will certainly not win Newman any Oscar noms this year. About 2/3 of the way through the 55-minute CD we get the only non-Newman track - the electronic-beat "Roar" by two members of the techno-pop band Swedish House Mafia. It's a throwaway - at least for me - and totally out of character for the rest of the CD.

The 6 page booklet is mostly color photos with one page of credits (in tiny light blue typeface) and a "Track List" (without timings). Nowhere does it even give a plot summary.

As I said, I haven't seen the film yet and, maybe it would be a good souvenir of watching the film after you have seen it. But as a stand alone CD, unless you are a Newman score completest, there are better ones (try the original Monsters Inc) out there. At least in my opinion.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Nokes on June 20, 2013
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I had high expectations for this soundtrack, given the quality of Randy Newman's scores for the Toy Story films, A Bug's Life and this film's predecessor. Gladly, I can say that Randy Newman once again met them handily, and that while there is no showstopper like "You've Got A Friend In Me" or "If I Didn't Have You" present here, this score stands up well alongside Newman's other efforts for Pixar. The quality of composition on display here is top-notch, and each tune quickly and masterfully establishes the mood of the scene it will presumably accompany. There is a refreshing variety of paces and styles here, and abundant flourishes from brass fanfares to drumline-style percussion serve to remind that this score accompanies a college film. These and some interesting instrumental experimentation make this score stand out from the others the composer has created for Pixar--the overall sound, though, is unquestionably Randy Newman's.

This is a tremendous score, and I imagine it will both accompany and elevate Monsters University very well. It won't revolutionize your thinking about film scores and some tracks are better for listening apart from the film than others--however, if you're a fan of Randy Newman, Pixar tunes or simply well-crafted music, this album won't disappoint.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert G Yokoyama VINE VOICE on June 21, 2013
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The musical compositions on this score are great. My favorite piece is the composition entitled "The Scare Games". This piece celebrates the spirit and excitement of competition the scare games. I love the drums and overall musical arrangement of this six minute piece. "Monsters University" is the only music with vocals. This is a great college fight song. It is performed by what sounds like a choir of singers. Randy Newman makes feel a sense of pride for an animated university I love the piece "Wasted Potential". It features soothing piano playing. "Scare Pig" is a fast paced piece with a rock edge. "Rise and Shine" is definitely a piece that will get out of bed. I am going to put this piece on my Ipod. It will help me get up in the morning. "Sulley" is a piece with a carefree easy going tone. This forty-eight second piece really embodies the character of Sulley. The brief accordion playing on the piece entitled "Oozma Kappa" lifts my spirit and make me feel good."Roar" is the only musical contribution from someone other than Randy Newman. It is a dance track from a band called Swedish House Mafia. This piece has a pulsating up tempo beat that I really like. "Field Trip" is a piece that captures the peril that can be experienced in a field trip. This piece makes me feel tense and excited. Mike and Sulley is a warm hearted piece that captures the friendship between Mike and Sulley. I love this musical score from Randy Newman very much.
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