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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button Soundtrack

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A 2-CD collection from the acclaimed major motion picture featuring the compelling original score by Alexandre Desplat plus classic music by Louis Armstrong, The Platters and Bix Beiderbecke.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Postcards
  2. Mr. Gateau
  3. Meeting Daisy
  4. A New Life
  5. Love in Murmansk
  6. Meeting Again
  7. Mr. Button
  8. "Little Man" Oti
  9. Alone at Night
  10. It Was Nice to Have Met You
  11. Children's Games
  12. Submarine Attack
  13. The Hummingbird
  14. Sunrise on Lake Pontchartrain
  15. Daisy's Ballet Career
  16. The Accident
  17. Stay Out of My Life
  18. Nothing Lasts
  19. Some Things You Never Forget
  20. Growing Younger
  21. Dying Away
  22. Love Returns
  23. Benjamin and Daisy Original Score Composed, Conducted and Produced by Alexandre Desplat

Disc: 2

  1. My Name is Benjamin - Benjamin Button
  2. We Shall Walk Through the Streets of the City - Doc Paulin's Marching Band
  3. Some days I Feel Different - Queenie & Benjamin Button
  4. Ostrich Walk - Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra featuring Bix Beiderbecke
  5. How Old Are You? - Benjamin Button & The Preacher
  6. That's How Rhythm Was Born - The Boswell Sisters
  7. When Was The Last Time You Had A Woman? - Benjamin Button & Captain Mike
  8. Freight Train Blues (Traditional) - Billie & DeDe Pierce (5:34)
  9. Basin Street Blues - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  10. Thanksgiving, 1930 - Benjamin Button
  11. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) - Louis Armstrong and His Sebastian New Cotton Club Orchestra
  12. What's YOUR Secret? - Captain Mike & Benjamin Button
  13. Chanson Sur Staline - Choeur de la Cathedral de la Rue Daru, Paris XVII
  14. A Date Which Will Live In Infamy... - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1941
  15. Arabeske For Piano In C Major Op. 18
  16. Coming Home - Benjamin Button
  17. Out Of Nowhere - Sidney Bechet
  18. Dear Old Southland - Louis Armstrong
  19. Defined By Opportunities - Benjamin Button


Product Details

  • Conductor: Alexandre Desplat
  • Composer: Alexandre Desplat
  • Audio CD (December 16, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Concord Records
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • ASIN: B001KZBKD0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ryan Izant on December 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Having not seen the movie yet, I'm sure my interpretation of the music will change. The score is beautiful and different than I expected - it's not brooding or as achingly melancholic as the score for 'Atonement,' but there's a delicate quality about the music here. Early tracks play a little more upbeat and almost have a mysterious quality to them, like the track 'Love in Mourmansk." As the story of Benjamin and Daisy unfolds, the music grows more complex and sad - in parallel to the emotional journey that the two lovers go through. Well, I've said enough. It's a beautiful soundtrack, there are many great tracks throughout, "Meeting Again" is simply but beautiful track with intricate piano work that I strongly recommend.
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Whether or not you see the movie, which is also beautiful (by the way), this is a soundtrack you MUST NOT MISS. Without going into detail of each piece, let me say, it is delicious and splendid. Make sure you can enjoy it with as much "noise-reduction" as possible, so as not to miss the delicate, yet powerful, tones of each instrument. You will find yourself softly humming the haunting theme over and over. This is a masterpiece.
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I'll resist the temptation to glow about how happy I am with this music and simply state: this is the best film score I have heard in years.

I am not the least bit surprised to see words like "haunting" and "aching" in the other reviews here. Desplat's score is the music of the lonely and of the dreamers. It's musical and shies away from being manipulative and bombastic like most of today's film music...it compliments the film yet is highly listenable on its own.
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ALEXANDRE DESPLAT SPEAKS WITH HIS OWN UNIQUE MUSICAL VOICE, WHICH IS A GREAT PLEASURE TO HEAR, BOTH WITH THE MOVIE HE ENHANCES AND ON ITS OWN.
IF YOU TREASURE MELODY AND CRISP, CLEAN ORCHESTRATION, YOU CANNOT DO MUCH BETTER. I APPLAUD THE FILM'S DIRECTOR, DAVID FINCHER, FOR LETTING HIS VOICE AND VISION STAND EQUALLY WITH THOSE OF MR. DESPLAT.
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A haunting and beautiful score from a composer with some interesting ideas. Seeing it within the film was also an experience. This is one of the most muted, yet dramatic scores in a film this year. It definitely deserves an Oscar nod.

Lovely orchestration and beautifully played, particularly the harp solos. The last track is one of the album's highlights.

The second disc is worth listening to for the film's source cues. Some fun stuff, but nothing earth-shattering. I give it four our five for this reason. It would have been more interesting to put more of Alexandre Desplat's score on the second disc!
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'Sunrise on Lake Pontchartrain', 'Benjamin and Daisy', 'Love in Mourmansk', 'Postcards' and 'Alone at Night' are achingly wistful, exquisite pieces. Such beauty should not be overlooked.
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Since the movie this comes from is well worth seeing, listening to the soundtrack is another joy. I'm one who often listens to the music during a movie as much as the story itself. When themes can stand alone or when the music is as beautifully written as this one is, I thoroughly enjoy listening to the soundtrack to enhance whatever I'm doing. Usually I'm driving in the car listening so the miles and distance only seems to be more enjoyable when music like this fills the background.
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This is a double CD that recreates all those magical moments from the movie in a beautiful and authentic soundtrack prodection. "Sunrise on Lake Pontchartrain" is a delicate composition that you'll want to listen to over and over again. And I never tire of the period songs,"Skokiaan" and "That's How Rhythm was Born." The characters "introduce" many selections on CD 2 which can be bothersome, however, I found that I actually enjoyed their sentiments after awhile.
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