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The Royal Tenenbaums Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 111 Archer Avenue - Mark Mothersbaugh
  2. These Days - Nico
  3. String Quartet In F Major - Ysaye Quartet
  4. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon
  5. Sonata For Cello And Piano In F Minor - The Mutato Muzika Orchestra
  6. Wigwam - Bob Dylan
  7. Look At That Old Grizzly Bear - Mark Mothersbaugh
  8. Look At Me - John Lennon
  9. Lullaby - Emitt Rhodes
  10. Mothersbaugh Canon - Mark Mothersbaugh
  11. Police & Thieves - The Clash
  12. Scrapping And Yelling - Mark Mothersbaugh
  13. Judy Is A Punk - Ramones
  14. Pagoda's Theme - Mark Mothersbaugh
  15. Needle In The Hay - Elliott Smith
  16. Fly - Nick Drake
  17. I Always Wanted To Be A Tenenbaum - Mark Mothersbaugh
  18. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  19. Stephanie Says - The Velvet Underground
  20. Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000) - Mark Mothersbaugh
  21. Sparkplug Minuet - Mark Mothersbaugh
  22. The Fairest Of The Seasons - Nico
  23. Hey Jude - The Mutato Muzika Orchestra

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: December 14, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • ASIN: B000068TNT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album three days ago, and in that time i have listened to it, in it's entirety, six times. I am a rabid music fan, and I require a different music selection almost every time I leave the house to drive somewhere, so for me, six times is saying alot.
The previous reviewer of this album brings up a good point: that there are very good, and important songs in the movie that are not on the soundtrack. I was worried about this when i bought the album, because the ommitted tracks (2 by the rolling stones, 1 by paul simon) were ones I loved in the film. However I have found that the soundtrack as an album is one of the most satisfying musical experiences i've ever had, even without these tracks.
For those of you that have the Rushmore soundtrack, you have already tasted Mark Mothersbaugh's work, and all I have to say is that his work for Tenenbaums is as strong as his Rushmore work. For Tenebaums he has brought in a number of new instruments, and the larger sound works very well.
As for the other tracks on the album, i would have to say i would buy this disc for the Nico tracks alone. Previously I knew of her from The Velvet Underground and Nico, but her folk/pop work here is really beautiful and moving. Among the other tracks are amazing folk pieces from Elliot Smith, Nick Drake(a personal fave), Emitt Rhodes, and The Velvet Underground, as well as higher octane pieces by The Clash and The Ramones that are really great.
One of the most interesting songs in both the movie and soundtrack is Christmas Time is Here, by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and of the Peanuts Christmas special fame. The song is so iconic of the Peanuts Christmas that you would think it wouldn't work in the film, but it does, as well as fitting in beautifully on the soundtrack.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dustin M. Hughes on February 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well I must say that I loved this soundtrack but it had its flaws. The long and drawn out beginning before you dive into the cd was one major letdown. It wasn't a soundtrack of Rushmore stature to say the least either, but still very fun. Sure you can expect everytime a soundtrack comes out for it to leave out some great songs but that's where you have to love the powers of mp3. When the Rushmore soundtrack was released I was appalled after I bought it to see it had omitted the Rolling Stones song among a few others. So I went into the studio(my bedroom), and stepped up to the battle station(my computer), and created my unofficial version of the cd adding all the omissions and it is simply brilliant. Now moving on to the Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack I did the exact same thing. There were 4 Rolling Stones songs omitted, a John Lennon song, Me and Julio by Paul Simon(great memories of movie and that song), a Beatles song, Elliot Smith covering "Hey Jude", and the Van Morrison song at the end of the movie, which by the way is called, "Everyone". (I know the last reviewer wanted to know the name of it) And I just inserted them into where they fell in the movie on the cd and it worked out perfectly!!!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John on November 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Buying soundtracks is a rather new concept for me. I bought the Godfather's brilliant score years ago, and that was pretty much it for me. My opinion of movie soundtracks in general used to be that buying them is stupid. They are written for the movie, not to be listened to as a seperate work of art. Yeah I know, pretty stupid. Needless to say my opinion has been changed recently.
In the liner notes, Wes Anderson describes Mark Mothersbough's soundtrack as "charmed, magical, and sort of innocent." I think that is damn near perfect. Take a listen to Mothersbough's Canon and you will agree. For the most part though, the Motherbough tracks on here are only short interludes.
This CD is taken up by the various other artists from Bob Dylan to the Ramones. Ironically, this soundtrack includes not only post-Velvet Undergrounds Nico, but also a post-Nico Velvet Undergrounds tune. All three of those tracks are terrific. Elliot Smith's Needle in the Hay is the song that stood out to me in the movie. I had no clue who it was by, and it was one of the main reasons for me purchasing this soundtrack. To echo another reviewer's sentiments, I too could listen to this song all day long. The Ramones cut, Judy is a Punk, is not bad, but not the best Ramones song out there to be sure. It is not a low point (there is no low point in this soundtrack) but it certainly comes blasting out at you after Scrapping and Yelling. The Vince Guaraldi Trio's Christmas Time is Here fits in perfectly with Mothersbough's score. It is perfection set to music. Bob Dylan is of course represented here, with a song I'm sure few people have ever heard, and certainly not your typical Dylan. Interestingly, I didn't even like Paul Simon before this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miss P on February 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most inspiring movie soundtracks I've heard in a long time. Each and every song complements the scene in which it appears and all of these songs make sense within the film. That being said, there are some glaring omissions from this cd and fans of the movie may be disappointed.
Fortunately for me, I bought the soundtrack before I saw the movie and fell in love with it. First and foremost, Mark Mothersbaugh gets better and better with each soundtrack he does. The "Mothersbaugh Canon" is simply one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've heard in some time, and the rest are wonderful companion pieces to the film.
The other songs add a nice contrast to the outline that Mothersbaugh has laid out. Nico does a sentimental cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days," which sets the initial tone of the cd; Bob Dylan's "Wigwam" is the random choice, but a fun one nonetheless; "Lullabye" adds a tint of sweetness to the mix; "Judy is a Punk" seems to be the fan favorite...; and Nick Drake's "Fly" adds a settle down easy feel to the entire thing.
Unfortunately, I didn't write this review until after I had seen the movie. I would have given it 4 1/2 stars, but after seeing the film, I had to drop it down to 4. Paul Simon's "Me and Julio.." and Van Morrison's "Everyone" were just too memorable to be left out.
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