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The Songs of Almodovar [Soundtrack]

Pedro AlmodovarAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00000C2NN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Year Of Love - Luz
2. Think Of Me - Luz
3. Suck It To Me - Almodovar & Mcnamara
4. The Great Ganga - Almodovar & Mcnamara
5. It Was Written - Monna Bell
6. Chained - Lucho Gatica
7. I Left Because I Left - Cheo Feliciano
8. Wait For Me In Heaven - Mina
9. Oh My Love - Bola De Nieve
10. In The Last Sip - Chavela Vargas
11. I'm Unhappy - Lola Beltran
12. Pure Theatre - La Lupe
13. I Will Resist - Duo Dinamico
14. I'm Going To Be A Mother - Almodovar & Mcnamara
15. Satanasa - Almodovar & Mcnamara
16. If You Go Away - Maysa Mataraso
17. Susan Get Down - Almodovar & Mcnamara
18. I Doubt It - Los Panchos
19. Let Me Remember - Bola De Nieve
20. The Well Paid One - Miguel De Molina
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable Variety of Music on this disc... February 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This disc was issued around 1997, so it does not include music from the films "Live Flesh", "Todo Sobre Mi Madre", and the latest "Talk to Her". Nonetheless, it contains enough music to soothe the most virulent lust for the songs of Almodóvar's films. This disc was a revelation to me: over the years as I watched Almodóvar's movies, I kept asking "What are these songs and where can I get the soundtracks?" I didn't look very hard, but now I don't have to. This disc has everything. Much of the music here has a very "Spanish" feel to it, particularly the last Flamenco-flavored track, "Se Nos Rompió El Amor". Other songs feature thick strings, open-throated singing and gentle guitar work. Other songs are rougher, poppier, and synth-enfused. Many of these latter songs were either written or sung by Almodóvar himself (these tend to be from his earlier films). This can make for some rough transitions on the disc: the change from the melodic and swaying "Piensa En Mí" to the staccato grunge of "Suck It To Me" can almost be disorientating. Nonetheless, the CD is meant to be an eclectic collection from various movies, so some roughness is to be expected, especially since the songs are grouped by film, and not necessarily by musical mood. It doesn't detract greatly from the CD in general.
The CD booklet contains some cursory information, including movie posters in some cases, about each of the films represented on this disc. There's not much information there, but you'll definitely know which songs came from which movie. The only real thing missing is the original language lyrics.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
It is sad to read a review calling this collection of popular classical songs a tragic selection. The songs in Almodovar movies are so carefully inbreeded in the day to day drama, that by itself they represent a triumph of taste and human sensibility. Some of the songs in the CD were written for the movies. I have not had the opportunity to see those. But those songs that have been extracted from a wide selection of old popular world renown artists collections, represent segments of the history of the music that over the years fancied humanity in different areas of this small world. I am sad that this collection has been rated so poorly and carelessly, it shows that we need to show more Almodovar movies, or other than made-for-the-American-mid movies for which we pay so much money to see, and do not receive a cultural injection after viewed. Please go back and listen to the songs again and ask someone to tell you who Bola de Nieve, Chavela Vargas, La Lupe, Luz, Mina, Monna Bell, Lucho Gatica, Lola Beltran Maysa Mataraso Miguel de Molina, Los Panchos were or are! Then come back and tell people more about what you learned, God knows we need to learn more...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collector's treasure June 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Pedro Almodovar is one of the best spanish - and i'd dare to say world - director's today. His bold, agressive and sometimes scandalous films have given him notoriety, while his style and story-telling has matured.
One of the best things from his films are their well-crafted soundtracks. Here you can find almost - and I say almost because I missed "Guarda che luna" from "Law of desire" - all the great songs of his films. most of the songs of the album are performed by legends such as Bola de Nieve, Lucho Gatica, Chavela Vargas, La Lupe, Lola Beltran and Mayra Mataraso. From the heart-breaking "Ne me quitte pas", the breath-taking "Déjame recordar", the angry "Teatro", to the hopeful "Resistiré", this CD is the essence of the emotions portraited in Pedro's movies, making of this jewel a must have for any Almodovar's fan or latin music lover.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dramatic, melodic, emotional, I love it strongly! October 21, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I'm chinese. I don't even speak Spanish. But I have been driven by the beautiful music here to learn the language. The pain, joy, human experience conveyed in the music make me wanna sing, cry, in its multitude of histrionics is beautiful! Songs no. 1 and 2 are my favorite songs! Song no. 15 is way more hopelessly depressing than Jacques Brel's versions-I love it! The coarse voices, Spanish guitar, images of Almodovar's stories...As an Almodovar fan I have been searching for this CD- a compilation of the music in his films in stores but to no avail..when I saw it on line. I bought it immediately. I am happy with this purchase. I am in happy melancholia over these songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at long last!!! September 13, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I've loved Almodovar's films since I watched and rewatched "Women on the Verge" back in college (around 1988, if I recall). Music, of many genres, is so central to his movie-making, and through his films I was introduced to a whole world of music (namely, that of the bolero and the ranchera) which I had hardly known before and which have enriched my life since. I loved the songs in his movies so much that I bought lots of CD's of boleros and rancheras trying to track down the pieces from the various movies, whose soundtracks were not available. It was worth going through all that trouble, as I discovered so much more music beyond the songs from the films. Earlier this year in Madrid, I was happy to see that this compilation had come out. Any Almo fan should get it, and definitely anyone interested in getting a taste of various styles (though far from all) of Hispanic music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing !!!
Published 1 month ago by Aurelio Begliomini
5.0 out of 5 stars It was once stolen in my car ... now I have it back!
It was once stolen in my car ... now I have it back!

And now I'm so happy
The happiest boy in the world
Published 13 months ago by Wim Crombez
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
This album made my friend very happy. She loves the music because it reminds her the good days in her life.
Published 21 months ago by Roman K. Sabiniewicz
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant music.
Pleasant music to play while working around the house. Latin jazz in Spanish. Would have like an English version even more although Spanish isn't bad.
Published 22 months ago by Spacey Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect title translation.
This great compilation of music has an incorrect and disrespectful translation on track 2 Piensa en mi . Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by Jorge E Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic material
This review title suggests it all. It's very likely the reason you're looking into this item to begin with. :-)

I LOOOVE the Luz Casal songs! Read more
Published on May 7, 2011 by Carla
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for soundtrack collectors
A necessary album, specially if you consider that some of the movies included here did not enjoy an exclusive soundtrack. Read more
Published on May 9, 2008 by Julio Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs!
This is a great CD with many songs. Some are old and remind me my youth back in the old country. I particularly liked song 19: "La bien pagá":
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Published on September 4, 2007 by Carandell
3.0 out of 5 stars too old songs
Talvez no era lo que esperada, pero hay un par de canciones que hace tiempo queria tener
Published on March 15, 2007 by Mauricio Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs of Almodovar
Beautiful songs old and new. Almodovar selects the most beautiful music for his movies and this CD shows that. Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by Isabel
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