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The Big Lebowski: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001EYO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Man In Me - Bob Dylan
2. Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles - Captain Beefheart
3. My Mood Swings - Elvis Costello
4. Ataypura - Yma Sumac
5. Traffic Boom - Piero Piccioni
6. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - Nina Simone
7. Stamping Ground - Moondog With Orchestra
8. Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - Kenny Rogers And The First Edition
9. Walking Song - Meredith Monk
10. Die Tote Standt - Gluck Das Mir Verblieb
11. Lujon - Henry Mancini
12. Hotel California - Gipsy Kings
13. Technopop - Carter Burwell
14. Dead Flowers - Townes Van Zandt

Editorial Reviews

One of the most inspired cobbled-together-from-a-stack-of-records soundtrack albums since Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski matches the goofily ramshackle spirit of the Dude, the hero of its celluloid companion. While offering Bob Dylan's luv-addled "Man in Me" together with the Gipsy Kings' redefinitive "Hotel California" and the psychedelic-era Kenny Rogers nugget "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," Lebowski also gives longer play to some cuts barely sampled in the film, including Elvis Costello's "My Mood Swings." Whether taken as a Coen brothers mix tape, a one-album CD carousel, or an apropos souvenir of one wiggy flick, this is a smart, eclectic buy. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

1 x CD Compilation
UK 1998

1Bob DylanThe Man In Me3:08
2Captain BeefheartHer Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles2:54
3Elvis CostelloMy Mood Swings2:10
4Yma SumacAtaypura3:03
5Piero PiccioniTraffic Boom3:15
6Nina SimoneI Got It Bad And That Ain't Good4:07
7Moondog With OrchestraStamping Ground5:16
8Kenny Rogers & The First EditionJust Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)3:20
9Meredith MonkWalking Song2:55
10Ilona Steingruber , Anton Dermota & Austrian State Radio Orchestra, The"Glück Das Mir Verblieb" From The Opera "Die Tote Stadt"5:07
11Henry ManciniLujon2:38
12Gipsy KingsHotel California5:47
13Carter BurwellWie Glauben3:21
14Townes Van ZandtDead Flowers4:47

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
340 of 373 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
While this soundtrack is GOOD, the Credence just isn't here, MAN!!! I mean, there's just no...uh, you know...the Credence just isn't um...around the um...well, the music is on, Man, but the Credence just isn't here! I mean, this could have been a simple review, man! But you have my, um...well, my emotions and contextual waves are all in a mess because there's just no CREDENCE! I mean, man...when you make a soundtrack to this film and play two of Credence Clearwater's songs during crucial times in the kinda expect to pick up a record, a cylindrical object with the Credence, man! I mean, SURE! You think you've got a winner, you pack all the other stuff on there! You've even got a better remix of HOTEL CALIFORNIA by the Gypsy Kings(I hate the freakin' Eagles), and that walking song will always remind me of Maude, but I can also seem to recall between all these Kaluha-filled White Russians, there was Credence played TWICE! You would think that it would be here, but it's not, Man!!!
This could be a bit more, uh...uh, you know, it could be...uh, it might not be such a simple, uh....YOU KNOW?!?!
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By JimG
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you liked the movie, I'm sure you'll like this soundtrack CD. If you haven't seen the movie, then it will seem like a bit of an odd mix of music. But then why would you be buying this if you haven't seen the movie? And therein lies the problem - You want this CD to remind you of the movie, but it's only got about half the songs. Plus it's missing some of the most significant songs (Tumbling Tumbleweeds, the 2 CCR songs and Viva Las Vegas). So as much as I like the movie and as much as I like this CD because of the movie, it still only gets 3 stars because it's not complete. If you want the complete movie soundtrack then you need to also obtain:

Peaceful Easy Feeling, Eagles
Piacere Sequence, Teo Usuelli
Requiem In D Minor, Mozart (Slovak Philharmonic)
Pictures At An Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky (Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Run Through The Jungle, Creedance Clearwater Revival
Tammy, Debbie Reynolds
Standing On The Corner, Dean Martin
Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Roy Rogers and the Sons Of The Pioneers
Viva Las Vegas, Shawn Colvin
Viva Las Vegas, ZZ Top
Behave Yourself, Booker T and the MGS
I Hate You, Monks
Looking Out My Back Door, Creedance Clearwater Revival
Mucha Muchacha, Esquivel
Oye Como Ya, Santana
We Venerate Thy Cross, Rustavi Choir
Branded Theme tune

Note that the movie credits state 'Big Johnson' performs Viva Las Vegas. Clearly that's a joke (with reference to the movie). It's actually ZZ Top. And I wouldn't bother with the Branded Theme tune (especially as it's the Dude who sings a bit of it whilst drunk in the Malibu cop car). But the others are all pretty good and will give you a much more complete & memorable movie soundtrack.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Find Colvin, Creedence, (and Eagles) Elsewhere July 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Shawn Colvin's version of Viva Las Vegas, which seems to be the most difficult to find of the "missing" tracks, can be found on the 1995 Doc Pomus Tribute CD 'Till The Night Is Gone' - also somewhat difficult to find, but an excellent CD.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best Tracks Are Missing- Please Issue Vol II October 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Tumbling Tumbleweeds is practically the theme song of the Big Lebowski, yet it didn't even make the soundtrack. Mozart's Requiem? Dead and buried on the cutting room floor with several other great tracks. Creedence? Out the backdoor. I wanted to like the album as much as the movie, but so many tracks are missing. Maybe I just liked the movie too much, perhaps there will be a Lebowski II to fill in the gargantuan gaps?
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you eat the bear ... November 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The absence of Creedence is an eastern thing, y'all -- note also that the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling", though present in the movie, is not included either. CCR and the Eagles negate each other, like matter and anti-matter (respectively).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars missing essential tracks May 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can overlook the omission of 'the Creedence' and the Eagles (I hate the f@ckin' Eagles, man). However, this soundtrack cannot be considered complete without "Venice Beach League Playoffs 1987" or some classic Autobahn.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I just made that up but this is in my mind just that. A great soundtrack to an even greater movie. I think the first time I really got into the Cohen brothers (I didn't go for FARGO). These guys really go all out on this one and two others that I'm aware of. (Volume two is the award winning soundtrack to OH BROTHER WHERE ART THOU and volume three is the soundtrack to THE LADYKILLERS which is a very nicely mixed collection of rap/hiphop/and gospel tunes.)

Here though, we have a different animal. The DUDE was a rocker. He liked his Creedence (which sadly is nowhere to be found on this disc- no worries) he liked smoking J's and drinking white russians. He HATED the Eagles! He was just a cool dude. A film like this needs a cool soundtrack.

We open with DYLANS MAN IN ME, great underated tune by the man and fits here perfectly. Next up we got offerings from CAPTAIN BEEFRHEART (you gotta experience this guy if you ain't already) and a fitting song from ELVIS COSTELLO.

After that we get a whole slew of just oddball stuff. (I didn't say bad, I said oddball.) Its very smart music. THE GYPSY KINGS doing HOTEL CALIFORNIA will blow your mind. KENNY ROGERS psycedelic JUST DROPPED IN... is a killer tune. The rest you just gonna have to hear for yourself.

If you liked the movie you will dig this soundtrack

and if you didn't like the movie, then you didn't see it (and you STILL will dig this soundtrack.)

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I guess I enjoyed the movie so much that I thought the soundtrack ...
Well, I guess I enjoyed the movie so much that I thought the soundtrack would be equally as enjoyable -- fell very short, and ended up in the Goodwill box the first week I received... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bebekka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Great Music
Published 1 month ago by Dan Conroy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
CD is good. Case was cracked when I received it.
Published 1 month ago by Brad Fortner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good music
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars was disappointed!!!!!
This cd has a LOT of tracks from the movie MISSING.......was disappointed!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Phillip G. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The mood abides
Love this. Bought it because I love Henry Mancini's "Slow Hot Wind" and play that track whenever traffic is driving me nuts or blistering summer heat has me cowed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hawks Gull
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing songs from the movie
The Soundtrack lacks the song I bought it for. The rendition of "Viva Las Vegas" that was at the end of the movie while the credits rolled. Totally disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by scott hennecke
4.0 out of 5 stars Better every viewing
This film probably won't change your life, but it will make you laugh and maybe change your views on rugs. A great comedy with terrific performances and quirky details
Published 4 months ago by Fedora K
5.0 out of 5 stars the dude sounds good too
Captain Beefheart, Gypsy Kings version of Hotel California beats even the Eagles version of this classic, plus one of Bob Dylan's best hidden gems, The Man in Me, plus Townes Van... Read more
Published 5 months ago by daniel travostino
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, not the soundtrack
I really thought I would like it, but *some* of these songs kinda lose their luster without the movie. :/
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
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