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The Aviator Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (December 14, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: December 25, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006IINQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shake That Thing - Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra
2. I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise - Rufus Wainwright
3. Somebody Stole My Gal - The Original Memphis Five
4. Fireworks - The Original Memphis Five
5. Thanks - Bing Crosby with Jimmy Grier & His Orchestra
6. Happy Feet - Manhattan Rhythm Kings
7. After You've Gone - Loudon Wainwright III
8. Moonglow - Benny Goodman
9. I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Django Reinhardt
10. Ain't Cha Glad - David Johansen
11. Nightmare - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
12. Stardust - Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks Orchestra
13. Do I Worry? - The Ink Spots
14. I'll Be Seeing You - Martha Wainwright
15. Back Beat Boogie - Harry James & His Orchestra
16. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
17. Howard Hughes - Leadbelly

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Product Description

New film about Howard Hughes starring Leonardo DiCaprio & directed by Martin Scorsese. Also stars Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, Gwen Stefani, Ian Holm & Alan Alda. Opening on 12/17 on over 2,500 screens. Film soundtrack contains period music from the 30's & 40's by original artists & also some inspired covers. Artists include: Rufus Wainwright, David Johansen, Loudon Wainwright III, Leadbelly, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller & Vince Giordano. Music used heavily in film, will be a perfect companion piece to the film Oscar potential for Leonardo DiCaprio & Martin Scorsese.

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While Howard Shore's Golden Globe-winning score offers a masterful orchestral impression of industrialist Howard Hughes' troubled psychic landscape, this collection of pop tunes, swing and le hot jazz musically frames the historical eras covered by Martin Scorsese's acclaimed biopic. The director (always intimately involved in his film's scoring and song choices) delivers a collection that's a shrewd illusion in its own right. Vintage performances by big band icons Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw and eclectic pop, jazz and blues by the Ink Spots, Bing Crosby, Django Reinhardt and Leadbelly are interspersed with contemporary performances that seamlessly replicate the 1920s-40s aura with deceptive grace. Rufus Wainwright playfully vamps the pop mannerisms of the day on Gershwin's "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" and "After You've Gone" while sister Martha delivers a world-weary "I'll Be Seeing You." Elsewhere, David Johansen keeps his penchant for mugging well in check on the sprightly "Ain't Cha Glad," while fine contributions from Vince Giordano and The Manhattan Rhythm Kings complete the soundtrack's time-tripping musical sleight of hand. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

If you like this sort of thing, you will enjoy this CD.
The Rocketman
We watched some of The Aviator on TV one day and we discovered the great music in the soundtrack.
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I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates all genres of music.
C. McCann

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By The Rocketman on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First, this is not the background score for the film THE AVIATOR but rather the actual, original period songs that Scorsese used to create atmosphere to the scenes.

Any sophisticated movie-goer knows that Marty Scorsese always chooses his music very carefully. This time, to invoke the jazz era of an America emerging on the world stage (just as Hughes is emerging in the public mind), Scorsese has provided an amazing compilation of popular music from the 1920s and 1930s. Sonically, these recordings are pristine and sound better than they ever could off of old RCA radios or 78 rpm records. The songs are of the big-band/swing flavor with a wide variety of artists represented. If you like this sort of thing, you will enjoy this CD. (Don't miss the closing track: Lead Belly's "Howard Hughes." No doubt this was added not just for thematic reasons, but also because Lead Belly was the first blues musician that moved Scorsese.)

And in case you haven't gotten enough of this era, you may want to check out the soundtracks to THE CAT'S MEOW (for mostly re-recorded songs weighted towards the 1920s) and RADIO DAYS (for actual, original songs weighted towards the late 1930s and early 40s). There is little overlap between these collections, so they make for a nice set.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jon T. on January 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In response to Kelli's question about the Symphonic excerpts that occur throughout this film: Some are from Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony, others are from an orchestration of the Fugue from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, more than likely orchestrated by Stokowski, though potentially by another composer. I viewed thie film this afternoon, and there might have been other excerpts of other works included, but these are the two that stick in my mind. Perhaps these will be included with the score CD. If not, buy these works separately- they are well worth the investment and are gorgeous pieces of music in their own right, and worked very well in the film in my opinion.

As for the music included on this album, all are great covers of period songs, especially I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise sung by Rufus Wainwright, or are actual period pieces/songs, such as Moonglow by the brilliant clarinetist Benny Goodman. In short, this is great music from the early to mid 20th century by great artists of the past and present. If you enjoy music from this time period, definitely get this album!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson on April 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw "The Aviator" and was not entirely impressed (it was a bit on the boring side), but this soundtrack CD is fantastic! Whether you saw the film or not, if you like vintage jazz and big bands, get this CD. It would be impossible to put together a single-CD "best of" collection for the 1920s-1940s, and what makes this CD so refreshing is that it doesn't try to be a "best of" disc. Some of the era's most memorable recordings are here, like Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" and Benny Goodman's "Moonglow," but these standards are complemented with some lesser-known but equally deserving selections such as the hot "Fireworks" by the Original Memphis Five. The producers of this disc have done an outstanding job assembling a varied collection that never gets tiring.

By far, the highlights of the disc--and the reason I bought it--are the modern recreations of 1920s-1940s pop tunes by Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. For those who aren't familiar with the Nighthawks, I should add that they are one of the top bands active today performing music of the '20s-'40s (and the best, in my opinion). What makes the Nighthawks so special is that they strive to authentically recreate the sound of the bands of that era -- these are not the corny-sounding, over-the-top parodies of "flapper" music that you used to find on Reader's Digest sets or on those Grand Award LP's directed by Enoch Light. Not at all. Giordano and members of his band treat the music with respect and often perform note-for-note from original arrangements or recordings. Just compare the Nighthawks' arrangement of "I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise" with the 1922 recording by Paul Whiteman (forgetting Rufus Wainwright's vocal for the moment). It's uncanny!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The Aviator: Music from the Motion Picture" is an excellent CD that stands on its own as a musical collection. The highlights for me are the two Wainwrights, Rufus & Loudon. For those who have also seen the motion picture, we know that both of these great singers were featured in the film singing these great tunes. On Gershwin's "I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise," Rufus goes near nutty on this delightfully zany number. On "After You've Gone," the clarinets and trumpets swing for a minute & a half before Loudon Wainwright III enters vocally crooning as though born to this era of music, "You'll feel blue, you'll feel sad, you'll miss the best friend you've ever had." Both father & son do amazing jobs on the soundtrack & in the film. The Original Memphis Five were ironically from New Orleans and recorded between 1921-1931. Here, they have two instrumental tracks, the good time feel of "Somebody Stole My Gal" and a more big band swinging sound on "Fireworks" that will send your neck swaying side to side. The Manhattan Rhythm Kings' "Happy Feet" is a joyfully old-sounding rendition of this jazz classic. David Johansen was first known as a member of the glam band New York Dolls and then went solo in the late 70s as a punk rocker. Here he bops joyfully through a Fats Waller tune "Ain't Cha Glad" that is a delight. Of the big bands, Artie Shaw is chilling on the spooky "Nightmare" with a great brass arrangement. Harry James toots and trots through "Back Beat Boogie" while Glenn Miller sounds as familiarly classic as ever on "Moonlight Serenade." Benny Goodman's clarinet is stunning on "Moonglow." Martha Wainwright (Loudon's daughter and Rufus' sister) does a good job on the weeper "I'll Be Seeing You." [This appearance is certainly more memorable than her "Bloody Mother...Read more ›
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