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First ... in the trailer (and this always bugs me when they don't use the trailer songs in the film) are the following:
1. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
2. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
3. (untitled Craig Armstrong music)
4. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Natalie Cole
The soundtrack itself:
1. Christmas is All Around - Billy Mack
2. All You Need is Love - Lynden David Hall
3. Take Me As I Am - Wyclef Jean
4. Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers
5. Puppy Love - S. Club Juniors
6. Sweetest Goodbye - Maroon 5
7. Glasgow Love Theme - Craig Armstrong
8. All I Want For Christmas - Tessa Niles
9. I'll See It Through - Texas
10. River - Joni Mitchell
11. Jump - The Pointer Sisters
12. Here With Me - Dido
13. Rose - James Horner "from Titanic Soundtrack"
14. The Trouble With Love - Kelly Clarkson
15. Like I Love You - Justin Timberlake
16. Turn Me On - Norah Jones
17. Songbird - Eva Cassidy
18. All Alone On Christmas - Darlene Love
19. Smooth - Santana/Rob Thomas
20. Wherever You Will Go - The Calling
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The soundtrack is great and very very enjoyable- you can actually find yourself remembering the exact scenes and laughing out loud. Nevertheless, it does lack some of the feel of the movie sometimes,and it probably doesn't make much sense to buy it unless you see the movie first (which by the way is outstanding).
Summary: Highly recommended- but only after you see the movie!
One major song missing from the US version is Billy Mack's 'Christmas Is All Around'. How they missed this one, I'm sure I'll never figure out, but it is a major part of the entire movie. On top of it, it's a great song, really fun to sing and dance around to, to get you in the holiday spirit!
A couple of other songs worthy of mentioning before you purchase the US version and realize you made a mistake: Otis Reddings 'White Christmas' (I've never heard this song sung quite like Otis does it, he updates a very classic song), Gabrielle's 'Sometimes' (soulful song, has alot of meaning), and two of Craig Armstrong's instrumental's 'PM's Love Theme' and 'Portugese Love Theme' (these two songs will remind you all over again of the feelings you felt while watching the movie on the big screen- hopefulness, happiness, and of course, love).
Now that I mentioned all but one of the songs that were forgotten on the US version, I'll tell you about the the final one. It is an overplayed Mariah Carey Christmas song (I think she's the artist, I'm not a fan), sung by Olivia Olsen, 'All I Want For Chirstmas'. The only thing that saves this song for me is that it is sung by Olivia Olsen, who is a very young girl with an amazing singing talent. That is the only reason I appreciate the song being included on the CD.
I also want to mention that even though the UK version is more expensive, if you go directly to Amazon.co.uk and order it from them, it's cheaper (I paid $19.Read more ›
I say this because in my humble opinion, the most important, emotional and soulful moments of this movie were brought home by the wonderful compostions by Craig Armstrong, which appear as a trio ONLY ON THIS PARTICULAR CD, the 2007 European release of the "Love Actually" Soundtrack: "Glasgow Love Theme," "PM (Prime Minister) Love Theme," and the best of the set, "Portuguese Love Theme." Watch out - the US release only included "Glasgow," overlooking most of the (seven or eight?) Armstrong compositions that were so important to the impact of this film.
As a result of hearing these wonderful orchestrations, I went back and ordered Craig Armstrong's "Piano" collection (which also contains "Glasgow"), which is also outstanding.
For some reason, I've found many of the "soundtrack" releases from movies which contain a solid foundation of original work from a talented composer along with a selection of previously released tracks from popular artists, always seem to omit most of the original music written specifically for the movie. As far as I know, this particular import release has as much of the Craig Armstrong music as can be found in any mainstream CD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a bit better, I saw the movie & thought I would love the soundtrack....music is ok not great.(Should not have bought either CD.)Published 12 days ago by 0624
My wife and I have watched this film several times. It is always enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by Rider
I wonder why it took so long to arrive. I received it on April 30,ordered April 14. Nice CD.Published 2 months ago by Susan Maynard
this movie is a keeper. I have enjoyed it 5 times over the years and look forward to seeing it again. Sweet vignettes of different kinds of love...all loosely tied together.Published 4 months ago by John R. Selser