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Next Stop Wonderland: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture [Soundtrack]

Claudio Ragazzi, Arto LindsayAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 11, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000009QU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Batuacada - Bebel Gilberto/Vinicius Cantuaria
2. Mas Que Nada - Tamba Trio
3. Stay - Astrud Gilberto
4. Crossed Paths - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay
5. Triste - Elis Regina
6. Os Grilos (Crickets Sing For Ana Maria) - Marcos Valle
7. One Note Samba/The Girl From Ipanema - Bebel Gilberto/Vinicius Cantuaria
8. The Therapist - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay
9. Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Astrud Gilberto
10. The Suitors - Josh Zaentz/Sergio Brandao
11. Baia - Walter Wanderley
12. O Beijo (The Kiss) - Claudio Ragazzi
13. Aquarela Do Brasil - Toots Thielemans/Elis Regina
14. Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
15. The Finale - Claudio Ragazzi/Arto Lindsay/Bebel Gilberto
16. O Pato (The Duck) - Coleman Hawkins

Editorial Reviews

The fear of loneliness, a hope for romance, the occasional pang of moody nostalgia--it's all found in the light romance of Next Stop Wonderland. But few of Wonderland's plot devices work quite as convincingly at portraying these themes as the movie's soundtrack. Filled with the classic sounds of bossa nova and samba, these songs ooze with the melancholy found in the movie. There's a lot of great stuff here: classic Astrud Gilberto, Coleman Hawkins, Marcus Valle, new interpretations of Jobim. But the unexpected highlight is the original score: Claudio Ragazzi backed by the smooth-as-flan vocals of avant-jazz-guitarist-gone-Jobim-freak Arto Lindsay. Their trio of bossa-nova inspired collaborations sounds as sweet and timeless as the classic originals here. In all, it's one of the best soundtrack collections of 1998, and one you'll be listening to long after you've forgotten its sorta-like-Sleepless in Seattle film counterpart. --Jason Verlinde

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I wrote a review of this a few years ago, and like another reviewer, still love this CD. I recommend it to people in music stores all the time since usually, if someone is in the Brazil section they ask me about the movie and I then have to point them to the soundtrack.
Also, the Sarah Vaugh version of Wave is not on this cd, but the original Antonio Carlos Jobim version is. What is special about this CD is that it includes many of the older tracks of Bossa Nova and has an original score which defines that moment in time in Boston and the movie. Rarely do you find a soundtrack that so matches the feel of a movie like this. Bebel Gilberto gets her first "real" notice from this album, in fact, redoing versions of songs from her father, Joao, and a wonderful acoustic remake of "Uma Nota So" and "The Girl From Ipanema". A year later, Bebel Gilberto was featured in "Brasil 2Mil" compilation and then in 2000, released her own feature release "Tanto Tempo".
This is an exceptional soundtrack which will not disappoint. If you enjoy Airto Lindsey's or Claudio Ragazzi's music, or simply love the sounds of the old Bossa Nova era you will enjoy this CD.
ALSO - If you have this soundtrack and are looking for something similar, look into the soundtrack of the movie "Bossa Nova". The movie itself is based in Brazil and this soundtrack is in the same mold really - featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina. You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation July 2, 2003
By Theresa
Format:Audio CD
I've never seen the movie, so I don't know how well the music is integrated in the film, but the music itself is quite superb. It presents a pretty even mixture of new and old Brazillian music. The best song, in my opinion, is "Batucada" sung by Babel Gilberto and Vinicius Cantuaria - his voice is like silk. This song is worth the CD alone. The percussion is excellent. You also get a lot of music on this CD. If you're looking for a primer on Bossa Nova this is a good selection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD to add to my collection of Bossa Nova/Jazz/Portuguese and being a fan of Jobim thought "well at least" but to my surprise this CD delivers! It was more than expected. One can totally enjoy this alone, with a close friend or group gathering. Yes we have heard some of these arrangements before performed and well known like 'Girl From Ipanema' 'Desafinado' 'Triste' and 'One Note Samba' but they are so well done here and with such smooth sensuous flavor you won't miss what your ear isn't hearing... This week I finally saw the Movie, now I appreciate the CD so much more. The movie maybe low keyed, yes but alot is being said here! Seeing the Movie can only increase your listening pleasure and...ahhh the sights and sounds of...Brasil? Well not only,(just BEFORE 'Medfud' kidding aside) New England is full of the wonderful Portuguese and there also this Movie is filmed. Getting this CD you won't be sorry...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites March 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This movie introduced me to Bossa Nova. Ever since, I have been in love with the genre. I could never get sick of it. I love listening to it on Sunday mornings while I read the paper. It makes me miss Boston.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic soundtrack! November 27, 2000
By Liza180
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of the movie, I bought the soundtrack because it seemed so surreal and gentle. It has turned out to be one of the few cds I keep in my disc changer all the time. I am not an expert in bossa nova or samba except that I know I really like it. I enjoy the fact that I can listen to this cd during dinner, at the office, in my car, while I paint my apartment, or just when I feel like reading a magazine by myself on the beach. It is relaxing and uplifting at the same time. If you enjoyed the movie, I think you will really enjoy the soundtrack. It is a definite winner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Non-Stop on the Wings of Brazilian Jazz July 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The brooding, poetic protagonist in Brad Anderson's 1998 film Next Stop Wonderland yearns to return to Brazil but is indecisive when the opportunity presents itself. The Verve soundtrack (Next Stop Wonderland: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture) ensures aficionados of bossa nova and samba that this one-way ticket will deliver them unto a sublime tropical paradise.

Composer-guitarist extraordinaire Claudio Ragazzi beautifully realizes the film's theme in a four-part original score: "Crossed Paths" and "The Therapist," which feature dreamy scatting in Portuguese by the guitar virtuoso Arto Lindsay; and "O Beijo (The Kiss)," which, like the famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin, is sheer enchantment. With the gentle plucking of strings and the luscious vocalisms of Bebel Gilberto heard in "The Kiss," Ragazzi achieves through music what Rodin conveyed in cast bronze: the impenetrable embrace of lovers who are oblivious to the world around them. Of course, "The Finale" brings resolution to "O Beijo (The Kiss)," complete with cowbells.

However, in this reviewer's opinion, the ethereal voice of Elis Regina, a pioneer in the Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) movement, pervades the entire soundtrack to Next Stop Wonderland. Regina's articulation, intonation and pitch are impeccable, whether she's lightly swinging in Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Triste" or trilling like a rare tropical bird in Ary Barroso's "Aquarela do Brasil." In the latter song, which translates as "Watercolor of Brazil" but is known the world over simply as "Brazil," Regina draws from warm and cool colors in her vocal palette.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat music...
Loved the movie and after I saw it I just knew I needed to buy the soundtrack...when it finally arrived I couldn't wait to listen to it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeannie Tomasino
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Latin music
Upbeat and has me dancing in my seat!
CD arrived early and in good condition. We recently saw the movie though it is an old movie and had to have the music.
Published 4 months ago by Sunrise
4.0 out of 5 stars bellisima
Lovely music. Some classic and some original. Don't have to love the movie (which I did) to love the album.
Published 7 months ago by booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Next Stop Wonderland
I love this music! Makes me feel like I'm on
vacation in an exotic land!!!!!!

Please, please get composer to bring us
more beautiful music. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Claudia
3.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack?
This is a beautiful CD, but I was expecting a soundtrack from one of my favorite films and at least half the songs I anticipated hearing aren't included, which is disappointing. Read more
Published on July 1, 2009 by Lady Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Real music for a change
If you love jazz and bossa nova (in other words real music) this is the CD for you. Great music and great musicians.
Published on November 10, 2006 by Jeri Schatz
5.0 out of 5 stars BES TBOSSA NOVA CD
I went to watch the movie which a really did not like but the music was exceptional. This is the best BOssa Nova cd I have ever listened to. Read more
Published on May 24, 2005 by Tolga EKEN
4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar
Just the perfect mix of jazz and love songs for both small functions or cocktail hour with friends. Astrud Gilberto's music alone makes this a worthwhile compilation of excellent... Read more
Published on October 18, 2004 by D. K. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Diane, thats right...
I like this CD too, Diana. How sad that you don't share the Music with me.
Published on March 27, 2002 by Andy
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