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The Limey [Soundtrack]

Cliff MartinezAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lightyear
  • ASIN: B000021XQA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,657 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Seeker - The Who
2. King Midas In Reverse - The Hollies
3. It Happens Each Day - The Byrds
4. Smokin' - Boston
5. The Party Sequence: Moog Symphony - Danny Saber
6. The Party Sequence: Limey Shuffle - Danny Saber
7. The Party Sequence: Sitar Bathroom - Danny Saber
8. The Party Sequence: Limey Vibes - Danny Saber
9. The Party Sequence: Sitar Song - Danny Saber
10. Colours - Terence Stamp
11. What He Gonna Say? - Cliff Martinez
12. Ambush/Come With Us - Cliff Martinez
13. After The Hammock - Cliff Martinez
14. Stay There - Cliff Martinez
15. Tell Me About Jenny - Cliff Martinez
16. Wanna Take Me Out? - Cliff Martinez

Editorial Reviews

Modern film scores have increasingly drawn music from more than a single source or composer. But it's the rare soundtrack collection that manages to balance those elements with any credibility. In that regard, director Steven Soderbergh's The Limey may set a new standard. Countering a brief slate of '60s and '70s rock chestnuts (like the Who's "The Seeker," the Hollies' "King Midas in Reverse," the Byrds' "It Happens Each Day," and Boston's "Smokin'") are the score's real gems, from Black Grape founder Danny Saber and longtime Soderbergh collaborator Cliff Martinez. Saber's hip, club friendly "Party Sequence" tracks are modern mix heavy, if not overwrought, employing a smart brew of sampled beats, sinewy synth, nicked riffs, and jazzy bass and keys that simultaneously evoke any number of hipster eras. Providing the film's true musical personality is Martinez's orchestral work, as moody and minimalist as it is inventive, with brooding strings set against spare piano and unusual percussive effects. Like his contemporary Thomas Newman, Martinez has gradually reshaped the art of orchestral film scoring, suffusing its hoary traditions with fresh, tasteful studio technique and restless, determined sonic exploration. --Jerry McCulley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent use of the piano September 28, 2000
By "hlyn"
Format:Audio CD
Cliff Martinez made excellent use of the piano, invoking detective jazz stabs and Satie melancholy. Pianist Michael Williams (from the group 1 40 4 20, jazz albums "Wet" and "Jazz Trespassers") plays most expressively. The two have worked together before on "King of the Hill" with great success. Cliff's unexpected harmonies defy traditional voice leading to give a more ambivalent emotional tone for the director's handiwork. Martinez seems to understand music is abstract, while film rarely is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just the right blend June 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I am, concededly, neither a musician nor any sort of expert in the field. I do fancy myself to have an appreciation of soundtracks. As is common with many films, this CD combines rock music with music composed specifically for the movie. It works. Indeed, the choice of, "The Seeker," as the title track for both the film and soundtrack is inspired, Terence Stamp's links with The Who notwithstanding.
I do wish that the full track-- or at least a clearer track-- of Terence Stamp's, "Colours," had been provided. This sound link to the film _Poor Cow_, in itself a precursor to _The Limey_, is integral to the relationship between Wilson (Stamp) and his daughter, Jenny.
A good CD purchase for fans of the film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent combination of songs and score December 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Reflects the strengths of the film -- experimental, yet grounded in traditional styles. The Cliff Martinez tracks are among his best work. Ranks among the best of '99 alongside Angela's Ashes (Williams), House on Haunted Hill (Davis) and The Mummy (Goldsmith).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Bliss September 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Most of the time, when I watch a movie, the soundtrack or score is done well enough that it blends into the movie, doing its job, padding certain scenes and adding drama or humor or whatever the intention is. But, sometimes, a soundtrack goes well beyond just being a "part" of a movie. The soundtrack and the score to the Limey succeeds in doing just that. If ever a musician, such as Cliff Martinez, in this case, has better captured a character's emotion and translated directly into music as beautifully and seamlessly as this, I do not know. The sadness that pours from Wilson is heard in the score and you will not go away without being affected. One of the best soundtracks I have ever heard.
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