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Sweeney Todd: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack

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This single disc soundtrack features music from the film.

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Stephen Sondheim's Grand-Guignol blend of opera and musical theater is a perfect match for director Tim Burton's gothic sensibility. The result of their encounter is a superb screen musical that, despite early fears from the show's fans, preserves most of the score ("The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" being the most egregious loss) and, perhaps even more importantly, its spirit (regular Sondheim orchestrator Jonathan Tunick did the new arrangements). And yes, Johnny Depp can sing. Granted, singing in a movie is easier than it is onstage, but still, Depp is at ease with the material, if a little thin-voiced. Helena Bonham Carter is a bit more problematic as Mrs. Lovett (there's a reason this character has been played by the likes of Angela Lansbury and Patti LuPone on stage) and her take on "The Worst Pies in London" tries hard but lacks gleeful gusto (she fares better on "By the Sea"). More convincing are Sacha Baron Cohen, appropriately outlandish as Pirelli ("The Contest"), Jayne Wisener as Johanna ("Green Finch and Linnet Bird"), and Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin (a good duet with Depp on "Pretty Women"). Sondheim fans won't be disappointed, and the film should also bring new converts into his world. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. No Place Like London
  2. The Worst Pies in London
  3. Poor Thing
  4. My Friends
  5. Green Finch & Linnett Bird
  6. Johanna
  7. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir
  8. The Contest
  9. Wait
  10. Pretty Women
  11. Epiphany
  12. A Little Priest
  13. Johanna
  14. God, That's Good!
  15. By the Sea
  16. Not While I m Around


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000WEDAEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mark Andrew Lawrence on January 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
WHY would Nonesuch issue the film soundtrack of SWEENEY TODD in two single CD editions, this one containing most -but not all of the score in cheap generic packaging, and a deluxe edition that has all of it along with an 80-page booklet of lyrics.

Why would anyone waste his or her money on this shorter version?? This CD is missing the entire final sequence, the resolution to the story!

Get the deluxe edition, and if you can afford it, the complete original Broadway cast album to see how much was cut in the transition from stage to screen.
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As near as I can remember I never saw the "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Deluxe - Complete Edition" CD when I ordered this "Highlights" CD, because I would have wanted the whole thing. The differences between the two are not that much: the complete version has the Beggar Woman's "Alms Alms" linking Johanna's "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" and Anthony's "Johanna"; the Beadle and the Judge cover "Ladies and Their Sensitivities" before "Pretty Woman"; and the biggest addition is the 10-minute plus "Final Scene." Several of the tracks are a bit longer on the full version as well, so there are those minor differences as well, but the difference is not as significant as what exists between the 2-disc original Broadway cast album and its single disc of highlights. The irony is that I do not get to see the movie version any time soon because the company that manages the local theaters decided Paramount wanted too big of a slice of the ticket price, which is why the one movie I most wanted to see during the holiday break is not showing within 100 miles of where I live. So I have to content myself with the highlights soundtrack (at least until I track down a way of downloading the other tracks).

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Alright, so I'll admit the story is dark, but the music is amazing. It's well written and the voice cast is brilliant. Johnny Deep out does himself, and he was already amazing. "My Friends" was a near perfect piece. Helena Boham Garner (sorry if I spelled it wrong) did an amazing job as well. It's a very interesting story, with good music to go with it. The the tunes get in your head and are amazing. Good thought provoking music, even more meaningful when the story that goes with it is known.
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I loved the movie and the music in the movie, but to actually listen to it without the movie is not nearly as good. I don't listen to it all. If you listen to this type of music on a regular basis then this is for you. I've already donated it.
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Most people who listen to this are very surprised by how good the singing was. I like this album, but if you're going to get it, spring for the full soundtrack. This one is just the highlights.
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Not only is the "Highlights" disc missing some of the cues... it's missing any trace of spoken dialogue. This album is only the music track. The lack of dialogue in "Epiphany" flat out ruins it for me.

Nonesuch should only have released the full soundtrack, not a "Highlights" disc that is missing several songs and the accompanying dialogue. When I sold my copy at a used music store, I noticed there were 4 other copies of the "Highlights" on the shelf, but no copies of the complete soundtrack. Looks like I'm not the only one who got gipped. The beauty part is, if you mistakenly buy the Highlights and open it (to play it), you can't return it. You'll have to shell out more cash to get the one you wanted in the first place (which is still ridiculously overpriced).
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By A. Gray on April 21, 2008
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I admit I have never seen the Broadway version of Sweeney Todd although I have heard some of the music. With that said I really enjoyed the music & was blown away that Johnny Depp can sing.

I keep reading reviews of Helen Bonham Carter voice being weak or beyond her abilities and some I have read have been down right mean. I liked her voice & thought she was wonderful as Mrs. Lovett.

My favorite track is A Little Priest. I laughed at it when I saw the movie & I love to listen to it now on the soundtrack. I recommend seeing the movie first. The sound track made more sense to me having seen the movie first.

My only complaint is Jayne Wisener. I was grateful she had only the one song (Green Finch & Linnet Bird) her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. I actally was cringing during the movie.

I liked the movie but I like the soundtrack more. The movie was very bloody & gorry & I had to shut my eyes more than once. I have to admit though I want to see it again now that I know the music better.

If you are a Broadway snob you are not going to like this version much. If you like interesting music that tells a story, an incredibly sad story I'll admit, you will enjoy the music.

One more recomendation if you can get hold of the origional penny dreadful story of A String of Pearls Sweeny Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street from 1846 read it. It is a totally different story than the musical but I really liked reading the origional story.
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