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The Good German Soundtrack


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A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. Born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, he was the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age; Thomas' ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Newman Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B000KX0I40
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unrecht Oder Recht (Main Title)
2. River Havel
3. Countess Roundheels
4. Such A Boy
5. Kraut Brain Trust
6. The Russian Deals
7. A Good Dose
8. Muller's Billet
9. Wittenbergplatz
10. Trip Ticket
11. Safe House
12. A Nazi And A Jew
13. Dora
14. Kurfurstendamm
15. The Big Three
16. A Persilschein
17. Stickball
18. Golem
19. Atom Bomb
20. The Good German
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Just as director Steven Soderbergh paid tribute to the atmospheric black and white thrillers of the postwar period with this movie, composer Thomas Newman came up with a score that strives to evoke the majesty of works by the likes of Miklós Rózsa, Max Steiner and, of course, his own father, Alfred Newman. For once the enormous ensemble credited as the Hollywood Studio Symphony does not feel wasted: most of the brooding ambiance is created by thick, dark clouds of strings, and tension often rises from the strings' juxtaposition with brass. Newman also makes good use of oft-neglected instrumental voices: Check out the harp on "Muller's Billet," "Trip Ticket" and "Golem," for instance; it really makes you wonder why that instrument isn't used more. In terms of mood-setting, the music is perfect: listening to cues such as "Kurfustendamm" will instantly transport you back to a rainy street in 1945--or rather, a Hollywood backlot made to look like a rainy street in 1945. Sure, this is a deliberately retro soundtrack, but it's done with elegance and deep understanding of a certain classic scoring style. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Luckard on January 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Thomas Newman has created a score that recreates the style of 1940's film music while never falling into soulless mimicry. It's much more than can be said about the disappointing film. While hitting almost every action on screen, "mickey mousing" the film, Newman manages to bring out the passions of these characters, who otherwise remain ciphers in the impenetrable film. He also creates one of the most gorgeous themes he's ever composed, filled with heartbreak and yearning. If you like film music at all, pick this up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matches Malone on March 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
-Channeling the old Hollywood scores from yesteryear is what Thomas Newman does with this fantastic score and which is why it works so brilliantly. The score starts with the Main Title track, which after some pretty loud horns, and strings settles down to play the beautiful theme for the movie. How great is the theme for this movie?, even people don't care much for the score admit it's fantastic melody so I think that should be proof to what a great theme that Newman as composed. It reminds me a little of the love theme from "The Mummy" but I'm guessing it's a happy accident. I love the little French horn he brings during the last 34 seconds to play this little tune that we never really hear again during the album.

-One criticism that people love to bombard the score with is that apart from the main theme there's no other memorable moment on the album. I do agree that nothing lives up to the main theme of the movie, but that's not to say that the other tracks aren't fantastic. "A Good Dose", "River Havel", "Such a Boy", "Countless Redheads", "Muller's Bullet", "Dora" and "Jedem Das Seine" are all wonderful cues that more than justify why this album is so great to listen to. I do hope that those people accusing it of only having a great theme and nothing more come around and listen to the album again, because there's a lot more that Newman has to offer here other just his wonderful theme.

-We do get a lot of versions of the main theme from a version done with an oboe to one done with tremolo strings. I love how the track "The Good German" it starts with the just the chords playing before the solo violin comes in plays the main theme. It really lets you appreciate the theme to a great level because even it's stripped down to just the chords it's still a fantastic theme.
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Format: Audio CD
After watching The Good German I rushed out to buy the score by Thomas Newman. Newman's previous body of work such as the music for Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty and television shows like Six Feet Under speaks for itself. Newman is brilliant. He is a worthy successor to the mantle once worn by Bernard Hermann. His score for The Good German captures the wistful sadness lingering around the shattered Nazi capital in July 1945, as well as the simmering tensions that ripple around the noir anti-hero Geismar. If you love film noir, you must see The Good German and buy this soundtrack.
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For hardcore Thomas Newman fans this CD will be a very pleasent surprise. This is something new from the unique styled composer, who we love so much. The score for the Good German isn't as melodic, and easy to listen, as all the other Newman-compositions. But it certainly brings some new flavour and a new side of the multitalented composer. The CD is quite short, but it's still enjoyable, although I would've nominated Newman's other score this year, Little children for the Oscar. If you like Thomas Newman, you should definately own this soundtrack.
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