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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Soundtrack

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Oscarr-nominated writer/director Wes Anderson ('Rushmore,' 'The Royal Tenenbaums') has assembled an all-star cast to set sail for outrageous misadventures on the high seas in this exciting & wildly original comedy. Eccentric, down-but-not-out oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) & his motley crew - Team Zissou - find themselves in troubled waters when they attempt to track down the mysterious 'jaguar shark' that ate his partner while filming a documentary of their latest adventure. Adding to his nautical nightmares, Zissou must contend with a beautiful journalist (Blanchett) assigned to write a profile, & a new member of the team who might possibly be his long-lost son (Wilson). The unsinkable Zissou faces hilarious complications trying to keep his expedition afloat while bailing out from budgetary woes & a host of other challenges (including a close encounter with marauding pirates).

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Director Wes Anderson's jewel of a comic-character study revolves around the quirks and obsessions of Bill Murray's titular Cousteau-esque deep-sea adventurer and his motley crew of associates. As they did for the director's equally sublime Royal Tenenbaums, Anderson and music super Randall Poster stitch their eclectic source material into a warm, subtly focused new cinemusic whole. Mark Mothersbaugh's original Casio-baroque cues are the perfect complement for Australian film composer Sven Libaek's compelling slices of vintage exotica, while Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie largely provides the musical subtext, either directly or in earnest, through live acoustic renditions by Brazilian troubadour/film costar Seu Jorge. Seasoning the mix to near perfection are smart, vintage Britpop contributions by Scott Walker and the Zombies, Iggy and the Stooges thrashing "Search and Destroy," the evocative Iberian fire of Paco DeLucia, and Joan Baez's dramatic read of Morricone's Sacco & Vanzetti theme, "Here's to You." -- Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 14, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: December 25, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006JMLI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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AMAZING soundtrack. of course, everyone is complaining that Staralfur by Sigur Ros is not included.

well, it is available, LEGALLY, for FREE as an mp3 download at an indie music site called epitonic.

here is the link:

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ENJOY!
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There are a handful of movie directors who truly excel at combining music with images: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Cameron Crowe, Jim Jarmusch, P.T. Anderson and of course Wes Anderson. In particular, Wes Anderson and Cameron Crowe seem to be music buffs who also happen to make movies. Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one of my favorite soundtracks of the last few years. It's a really odd mixture of songs that wouldn't make sense being together if they weren't in the same movie. If you've seen the movie, you will undoubtedly remember Seu Jorge's Portuguese performances of David Bowie classics such as Changes, Ziggy Stardust, Rebel Rebel and Life on Mars. Not all of them are included on the soundtrack, but several are here. In addition to Seu Jorge, there are wonderful tracks by Joan Baez, The Stooges, and David Bowie himself. The compositions by Mark Mothersbaugh are really good and stand up well to rest of the music. I'm a rock and blues kind of guy, so typically this kind of music wouldn't appeal so much to me. However, something about the music and the movie all just clicks together. Wes Anderson is a really talented director who really knows his music and his choices are always perfect. I love the end credits with Bowie's wonderful Queen Bitch. Certainly this soundtrack will not appeal to most people. Like the movie, it's probably desinted for cult popularity. However, fans of the movie and fans of Wes Anderson should definitely check it out for a quirky, offbeat musical experience.
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When I first saw this movie, I knew I had to have the soundtrack. Mark Mothersbaugh is a genius, and I loved the little bits with Seu Jorge playing guitar and singing in the movie, so I figured if the soundtrack CD gives me at least those two things, it will be well worth my money. Well, let me tell you, this CD gives that and more. There's only one song missing from this CD, but it's easily downloadable from a site mentioned in a previous review of this same CD. I say that if you thought the music in the movie was good, you'll like this CD.
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Concerning the missing/edited tracks:

As some have noticed, the two included Sven Libaek songs have not only been re-titled for the soundtrack, but they've been shortened. "Shark Attack Theme" is actually a 3:53 song called "Inner Space" from the album of the same name. "Open Sea Theme" is actually a 3:01 song called "Thatcherie," also originally found on the Inner Space album. Furthermore, a song from that same album called "Island of Birds" is also used very early in the film but has been left off the soundtrack.

If you're like me, you want your soundtrack to include these songs in their complete forms, with their correct titles. Determined use of Google will reward you, especially if you head in the direction of two specific domains ([...]).

And, as some have also noticed, the beautiful song that plays during the Jaguar Shark scene near the end of the movie has been left off the soundtrack. This is completely unacceptable, of course. The track is by Sigor Ros, and it is called "Staralfur." It is quite legally available for free on the internet, the best copy of which I was able to find at ([...]).

If you go to the trouble to add these tracks to the soundtrack, you'll have a 5-star album on your hands. You shouldn't have to do this of course, and the people responsible for this soundtrack (Anderson, Poster, Leib) have been rightly criticized because of it.
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Beyond being a perfectly acceptable, and in many places an exceptional soundtrack to a great movie, this is just a really good CD. This thing is worth picking up for the new original score stuff (if you are a Mark Mothersbaugh fan) or for the other random gems (The Zombies and Iggy and the Stooges in particular). Mostly, I would recommend this one to Bowie fans and/or people who like a solid acoustic interpretation of popular songs. Seu Jorge does some great tracks, and all of them are recorded throughout the film on different sets (according to liner notes), which gives the listener the feeling of just sitting around and listening to a talented friend play guitar and sing... in Portugese. Go on, buy it, you know you want to.
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I absolutely loved Garden State's soundtrack, and TLA's soundtrack is like GS's quirky big brother. I for one would like to commend Seu Jorge's singing. He has an amazing voice, and add that to the range of acting he already displayed in Ciudad de deos we know that he is a force to be reckoned with. The weird thing, I never really loved Bowie, but Seu Jorge just turns the Bowie songs out in a whole different way. Acoustic covers! He's like the Brazillian Colin Hay, or something. I didn't miss the Sigur Ros song, and the song that Murray Dances to in his wetsuit is called "Ping Island Lightning Strike Rescue" on the album. It's not by Devo, its by Mark Mothersbaugh, and it's fully rocking. Surprisingly this album has good bass, and really a good breadth of subject matter. %100 worth your cash.
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