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Traffic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]

Cliff Martinez, TrafficAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 9, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B000056JZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Helicopter
2. No Swinging the Club in the Car
3. Immunity
4. What's Your Daughter On?
5. You Two Don't Like Me
6. La Cagaste
7. The West End
8. I Know She's In There
9. La Pura Verdad
10. Just Shoot Him
11. Loading the Plane
12. I Can't Do This
13. The Police Won't Help You Find Your Car
14. Piano Sonata #1 in F Minor movement #?
15. On the Rhodes Again - Morcheeba
16. Give the Po' Man a Break - Fatboy Slim
17. Rockers Hi Fi (Love and Insanity Dub)- Kruder and Dorfmeister Sessions
18. Ascent (An Ending)

Editorial Reviews

This taut thriller bringing Michael Douglas and his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, together in director Steven Soderbergh's look at the unwinnable war on drugs features a subliminal, seductively ambient soundtrack that pulses with a foreboding sense of doom. Composer Cliff Martinez, who worked for a spell with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, enlists Chili Peppers bassist Flea and jazz keyboard legend Herbie Hancock for two tracks, then fills out the rest with lush symphonic scores courtesy of programmer Jeff Rona. Additionally, tracks from Fatboy Slim, Morcheeba, and ambient pioneer Brian Eno shake things up a bit. One song ("The Police Won't Find Your Car") has been omitted from the film, but is included here as a bonus. --Rob O'Connor

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful March 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Steven Soderbergh often collaborates with Cliff Martinez as composer on his films. Martinez had artistic ability but never stood out to me from great composers like Jerry Goldsmith,Ennio Morricone,James Horner et al, but this cd puts him up there with the very best. Taking a note from ambient musicians like Brian Eno and Steve Roach, Martinez has crafted such a wonderful score that it shimmers with brilliance. When I first saw this critically acclaimed film one thing that hit me was the score, it was a whole ambient orchasteration, so delicate with cues so subtle and enigmatic to certain scenes that it was very powerful.I was so happy that finally someone had enough artistic sense to use minimalist music like ambience to get the plot forward and smartly so.Kudos to Soderbergh
except for the tracks from Morcheeba ,Krudorf and Dorfmiester and Fatboy Slim this cd plays and classifes as an ambient cd. The tracks I mentioned seemed really odd on this compilation and ruin the atmosphere of the cd. Like some other reviewer pointed out, it's like putting a Roxy Music track on a Brian Eno cd.
If you want to get into ambient music, this cd is a great introduction. As a film composition it ranks vert highly up there for its use of subtleties and arrangements.
I would buy this CD for the last track alone. "Ascent(an ending)" by Brian Eno is also the last track in the film. It is so beautiful and moving in its simple brilliance that it would be a major sin for a music lover to pass this track by. There are no words for this music done by Brian Eno. The closest it comes to is like memories you have. it's a kiss, a speckled raindrop, a passing light, a baby's eyes.
its amazing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie.. wonderful score... January 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Having seen the trailer for Traffic only once, I wasn't sure what to expect. Fans and critics all gave the film high marks and being a big Steven Soderbergh fan, my hopes were high. This sweeping epic of a film is truely wonderful, featuring an all-star cast, top-notch cinematography, and great performances.
Great films almost always have a memorable score.. and Traffic is no exception. The has several tense and emotional moments where nary a word is spoken. Instead, we're treated to wonderful ambient soundscapes courtesy of Cliff Martinez.
His music manages to stir emotion, yet remain unobtrusive throughout the film. Standouts include "Helicopter", "La Cagaste", and "I Can't Do This." This is great thinking music, and while most tracks are on the short side (2 to 3 minutes) I can listen to some on repeat for hours.. they're that good. Guests include Herbie Hancock, Flea, Fatboy Slim, Kruder & Dorfmester, and Brian Eno.
Whether or not you're a fan of electronic music, you'll most likely enjoy this one. One of 2000's best pictures also has, in my opinion, one of 2000's best scores. Highly recommended...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the sophisticated palate April 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Awarding the cherished five-star status to a CD which includes ambient, classical, jazz-funk, hip-hop and techno is likely to be a challenge for many of us, but the movie provides the context which makes the 5* rating almost mandatory. Cliff Martinez's compositions remind me of Brian Eno, Mark Isham, Harold Budd and even Lyle Mays in his more atmospheric moments. They are used extremely sparingly across the TRAFFIC movie, but they are always absolutely right for the scene.
This is great music to work to, although there's a lot of bass hanging around that may prove a distraction at volume. As with several of Brian Eno's CDs, you can play this at several volume levels. I've appreciated it in the office at a barely perceptible volume -- so that pieces drift in and out of your awareness, and colleagues in adjacent desks don't hear it above the sound of the air-conditioning.
To extend this CD to 72+ minutes, the last track contains several minutes of total silence, until we get a brief soundbite from the movie dialogue.
Strongly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of Robert Rich. August 20, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I think the music by Cliff Martinez on the Traffic soundtrack is excellent. While watching the film, I was convinced I was listening to Robert Rich.
Robert Rich is one of the early pioneers of dark ambient music. If you enjoyed Martinez's score, check out Robert Rich's "Numena" and "Gaudi" (Matinez's "Helicopter" sounds very similar to Rich's "The other side of twilight"). Both of these recordings were made in the early '90s, but you would never guess this when listening to them.
Also, Rich teamed up with another dark ambient recording artist, Steve Roach, on "Soma" and "Strata". Both of these recordings are excellent. In addition, Steve Roach has released a number of excellent CDs, "Magnificent Void", "Artifacts", "Origins", etc. - I could go on forever.
In short, if you like the work of Martinez (i.e. Traffic), check out Robert Rich and Steve Roach. These two artists will open a world of music to you that most people don't even know exists.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depth and profundity May 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was highly impressed with the movie itself and then realized that the music is such a large part of the movie. The music forces you into a thoughful state and I enjoy listening to the CD when I have reading or paperwork to do. It's all very meditative and profound and draws the listener into something deep. The same is true with Solaris, also by Clif Martinez. I recommend this CD for anyone who loved the movie, anyone who wants to relax, or anyone who wants to think deeply. A fine ambient work!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic
This is one of the most interesting movies I have every watched. I can watch Traffic all the time. I like the music etc. This movie is so good. It is about drugs etc.
Published 19 months ago by Susan Nettles
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Work
This one was another accidental find that pleasently suprised my musical pallet. This is one of those soundtracks that make you WANT to see the movie if you havnt seen it before... Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by Q. Pair
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic makes Martinez master
Judging by Martinez's expanding line of soundtracks he is fast becoming a master of setting the aural scene. This movie rides on the music. The music is superb. Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Traffic (The Movie Soundtrack)
An excellent product. I especially appreciate the liner notes for cuts 14 thru 18. The inclusion of cut 13 that was omitted from the movie is also a nice touch.
Published on February 13, 2007 by Aaron Baker Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars In the spirit of Michael Mann's visuals...
Perhaps the obvious influence that Michael Mann has over Traffic's director and cinematographer Stever Sorderbergh is not limited to the visuals, but also to the music chosen to... Read more
Published on December 8, 2003 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the two best soundtracks I've ever heard
One of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. The movie was fantastic, no question about that. But the soundtrack really made the movie.
Published on September 14, 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack
this soundtrack is awesome and i especially like the Brian Eno song at the end. great soundtrack for a great film!
Published on December 31, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
this is a wonderful soundtrack and I recommend it to anyone who loves relaxing music!
Published on December 6, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars As solid as they come.
This is a great score. It's another one of those dreamlike scores that goes along the same lines as Heat, Memento, and K-Pax. Read more
Published on August 8, 2002 by J. Munyon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ambient Gem
While watching the film Traffic I was struck by how powerful the score was. I knew I had to have it. Read more
Published on June 16, 2002 by Lojik77
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