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Swordfish Soundtrack

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Swordfish The Album by Paul Oakenfold

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A self-confessed movieholic who often spends afternoons before sets in movie theaters the world over, international DJ-celebrity Paul Oakenfold has gone about capturing the sinister, malevolent mood of Dominic Sena's action-crime thriller with careful attention to both art and audience. His weave of cuts such as the Dope Smugglaz' dark and tense "The Word (PMT Remix)," Lemon Jelly's sunrise chill-out "Kneel Before Your God," and his own retro-electro collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, "Planet Rock (Swordfish Mix)," is smart and evocative, a glistening picture of L.A.'s high-tech underbelly in 2001. Indeed, it's hard not to hear beautiful, wealthy people at gorgeous raves in bathroom stalls somewhere off the Sunset Strip as Oakenfold segues the sleazy "Stanley's Tune" into the neon techno of "Password."

Headphones could well be the way to go on initial spins, simply because Oakenfold's mix is spiced with the sort of celluloid nuances and attentions that are big enough to make this different from, say, Perfecto Presents Another World, but smooth enough to be enjoyable once properly processed. It's stealthy, imaginative, and more varied than a single listen might suggest. --Steffan Chirazi

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Swordfish (Intro) - Swordfish ST
  2. The Word (PMT Remix) - Dope Smugglaz
  3. Unafraid (Paul Oakenfold Mix) - Jan Johnston
  4. Dark Machine - Paul Oakenfold
  5. New Born (Paul Oakenfold Mix) - Muse
  6. Chase - Paul Oakenfold/Christopher Young
  7. Harry Houdini - Swordfish ST
  8. Kneel Before Your God - Lemon Jelly
  9. Lapdance (Paul Oakenfold Swordfish Mix) - Nerd
  10. Speed - Paul Oakenfold
  11. Planet Rock (Swordfish Mix) - Paul Oakenfold Vs Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
  12. Stanley's Theme - Paul Oakenfold/Christopher Young
  13. Password - Paul Oakenfold
  14. On Your Mind (Omaha Mix) - Patient Saints
  15. Get Out Of My Life Now - Paul Oakenfold/Planet Perfection


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: February 3, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino/London-Sire
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005K2DI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on June 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The song I was looking for is likely the one you're looking for, but they didn't include it here. It's the one when the main guy is writing the worm, staying up all night, with the sample "fifty thousand watts of funkin."

It's "High Voltage" by Frank Popp.
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How can you bash Paul Oakenfold, I know I find it very difficult. This is a great production piece that he took on for an equally teriffic movie. When I heard that Oakenfold produced a movie soundtrack I had mixed emotions, but after buying and listening to the CD, my doubts have been put to rest. You can say it is the typical movie soundtrack with sound bites and breaks between songs, but Oakenfold tries to stay away from that as much as possible. I thought Dope Smugglaz's "The Word" had a genius use of a sample. They used part of the Bee Gee's "Grease is the Word" from GREASE, which I thought was very witty. Then the album moves into one of the two best songs on the album. Fresh off from the club anthem "Flesh", Jan Johnston puts out "Unafraid". The lyrics and vocals on this track are killer and the production is badass. The next stand out track comes from Muse. This is a great track, very hard hitting and a nice club track in my opinion. I could totally party to this at a rave or in a club. I called this review trance eclecticism because Oakenfold also has some off beat tracks on here like NERD's "Lapdance" and Lemon Jelly's "Kneel Before Your God". The best off beat track is the collaboration between Okie and Afrika Bambaataa, it is outstanding. I like the album the whole way through, and the movie is just as great, but i'm still waiting for something as spooky and emotionally draining as "Perfecto Presents ... ANOTHER WORLD"!!!!
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Motion picture soundtracks have certainly come a long way since piano players provided mood music live in theaters during the silent era. And before sound graced celluloid, forward-thinking musicians were plugging in new and experimental electronic instruments. The two worlds would unite in the late-1940's and 1950s, when the eerie sound of the Theremin was used to punctuate the scores of countless science fiction films. Fast-forward thirty years and a new revelation in soundtracks was heralded by "Saturday Night Fever", which eschewed traditional orchestrations in favor of contemporary disco selections. It was an immensely innovative and successful concept and remains one of the best-selling movie soundtracks of all time. Unfortunately, it also sparked a now commonplace practice in the industry - use of the soundtrack as a marketing tool. Far too often, songs which don't even appear in a movie are compiled together with those that are, so as to create a sellable 'product'. This greed-motivated ploy has thoroughly tainted the prestigious art of film composing.
If you can forgive the preceding lengthy tangent, my point is to clarify that "Swordfish" is not one of those annoying 'marketing tools'. Furthermore, it capitalizes almost entirely on modern musical technology to score the film, and most effectively. The guy in charge may be a newcomer to motion picture work, but he's certainly not unknown by any means. Paul Oakenfold is the biggest DJ on the planet. He's remixed and produced some of the most prominent names in music, and his Perfecto record label has been a goldmine, both musically and financially, for over a decade.
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By A Customer on June 19, 2001
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When I first heard about this soundtrack, I didn't know it was mixed by the infamous world renouned DJ Paul Oakenfold. When I found out, I went to the nearest record store and charged the sountrack section and yanked it off of the shelves as fast as I can. This CD provided me with all the different genres that I know and love. For instance, "The Word" by the Dope Smugglaz. That track is amazing with its sweet basslines and its tingling melody. Then to follow that, "Unafraid" by Jan Johnston. This is my favorite track from the CD. The uptempo beats and the scaling knob action and who can forget the ever loving vocals from Jan. Paul also remixes "Planet Rock" a great hip hop classic. This CD gives you trance, break beat, hip hop and house. Who can ask for a better soundtrack?!
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One thing I noticed in this album is sloppy editing at the end of some tracks. More than several tracks get cut off abruptly and it can be annoying for someone who was expecting this album to be a continous mix like his other albums. Oakenfold has picked quite a different array of music for this compilation. Don't expect it to be like his other albums like the GU series, Tranceport, Travelling or Another World. Swordfish is a nice compilation of progressive trance (vocal based and instrumental) and hard-rockin' break beats. The album is a bit similar to "The Saint," and "The Jackyl" sountracks. Overall,I thought it was pretty good. I feel it'll be one of those albums that'll get mixed reviews.
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How many times have you gone to a movie, and stepped out saying, "There was some great music in that flick. I think I'll go buy the soundtrack." ...
This has happened to me many times, the most recent being the lack-luster 'The Fast and the Furious' soundtrack. Fortunately, Paul Oakenfold's "Swordfish - The Album" does not fall into this pit. If the thought of buying "The Album" to a movie is making your skin crawl, don't worry. I felt the same way too, until I popped this disc in and pressed play.
Though the voice-overs thrown into the CD make absolutely no sense (they made little sense in the movie, and even less on the CD), they sound 'hip.' Fortunately, there are only two on the CD. The rest of the CD however, is a mixed bag of underground electronica. A few of the tracks are remixes dance/disco tracks, and sound rather strange when thrown up there with the new pseudo-trance/house tracks that Oakenfold worked up for this project. But fear not, because his shadowy and effective sounds shine through in this CD, with some strong songs, and several simply awesome tracks. Paul Oakenfold's remix of Jan Johnston's "Unafraid" is simply mind-blowing, and really accelerates the feel of this CD. It then jumps into Oakie's "Dark Machine", a dark and deep piece that almost feels like electronic jazz in it's movement. I would love to go into detail on all of the excellent tracks on this CD (Speed, Get Out of My Life Now, The Chase), but boring the reader to death is not my intention, so i'll quiet myself now.
Perhaps the only flaws on this CD are the strange voice-overs, the occasional song that truly breaks the flow of the CD (Lemon Jelly's song, and the equally strange "Lapdance" really should not have been included on the CD) and the lack of Oakenfold mixing.
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