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on January 24, 2004
There's some fine music on this soundtrack album, but just to be a little clearer about what other reviews below mention: if you're looking for the haunting, electronic instrumental love theme that plays twice in the film to highlight the growing passion between Guy Hamilton and Jill Bryant (Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver), it's not on this CD. The piece you're looking for is called "L'Enfant"; it was written by Vangelis and is included on his "Themes" CD, as well as the "Opera Sauvage" CD others mention. Search amazon for Vangelis Themes, and listen to the sample for "L'Enfant". If that's the track you want from the film, get "Themes" or "Opera Sauvage", instead, because it's not on this soundtrack CD. And as another reviewer clearly identifies, the operatic-sounding track heard in the film is "Beim Schlafengehen" from Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs"; it too is omitted from this soundtrack CD. This CD contains the Indonesian-set pieces Maurice Jarre wrote for the film. Great as far as they go, but too bad they left out these two key tracks, especially since they certainly had room for them.
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on January 30, 2000
If you are looking for the lovely piece from this film that is has a bell or chime-like quality to it in the beginning and is repeated throughout the piece It Is Not In The Soundtrack CD. A previous review helped me immensely with this as I had bought the ALBUM when it came out and was disappointed to find the music missing. IT CAN BE FOUND ON VANGELIS' OPERA SAUVAGE and is called L'enfant. Buy that one, this one is only good for background music for an Asian-themed dinner party.
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on June 10, 1999
Unfortunately, the most memorable music from the movie is not included on the CD. This borders on fraud. What is included is rather boring.
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on June 23, 1998
The love theme which plays as Gibson and Weaver drive away from the embassy party, and again as she walks in the rain, deciding whether to tell him about the incoming arms shipment, is called "L'Enfant," from Vangelis' album "Opera Sauvage." I'm surprised it's not on the CD, it's the most memorable piece in the film. I guess they just didn't want to pay the royalties.
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on October 29, 1999
I'm sorry I bought it. I would have been ahead to buy some NEW AGE recording. Whereas the movie soundtrack, which was what I thought I was getting, was absolutely haunting, this Cd reminded of the old Peggy Lee recording, "Is That all There Is".
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on February 20, 2011
The single most appealing piece in "The Year of Living Dangerously" original soundtrack (notice the lower case) would surely be Vangelis's "L'Enfant." This is the beautiful instrumental music that accompanies the love scene where Sigourney Weaver (Jill) walks through the rain to Mel Gibson's (Guy Hamilton's) office where she wordlessly confesses that she is overwhelmed by her feelings for him. If you're buying "The Year of Living Dangerously; Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," you may naturally expect this keystone piece to be included, because it is, indeed, part of the original soundtrack, i.e. the music that accompanies the film. Bad news: It's not there. The rest of the music, while interesting, could best be described as "incidental." The astute consumer may notice that a part of the sleeve announces "Original Music by Maurice Jarre". I was extremely disappointed. This may be a Vangelis problem since the week before, I had purchased what was advertised as the "Bladerunner Soundtrack," and was similarly disappointed to find it was NOT the original soundtrack (nothing on the CD itself claimed to BE the soundtrack), but instead, some pieces that had been featured in the film along with some other pieces, all recorded by Vangelis on a separate occasion, and in my opinion, disappointing. I now believe that Amazon has the obligation to notify the consumer on their website advertisement of this product that these albums are not what they seem, and most certainly to drop the "O.T.S." and the word "Soundtrack" from the "Bladerunner" album.
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I was reminded of just how beautiful the soundtrack of the film was when I was watching a rerun of the 1983 movie [ASIN:B00004RFGO The Year of Living Dangerously]] on television not long ago. This is early Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver at their best. The soundtrack fits the plot line of the film to the tee. Personally it took me away to the time I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a young Navy Hospital Corpsman back in the early 1980's. It reminded me of music by the Japanese artist Kitaro ( on television not long ago. This is early Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver at their best. The soundtrack fits the plot line of the film to the tee. Personally it took me away to the time I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a young Navy Hospital Corpsman back in the early 1980's. It reminded me of music by the Japanese artist Kitaro (Best of Silk Road) and of the Swiss jazz harpist Andreas Vollenweider (White Winds). The music was composed by Maurice Jarre and "electronically realized" by Spencer Lee and Maurice Jarre. It is music that you seldom hear these days--exotic in nature and powerfully moving. I was so happy to have been able to purchase a CD copy of it to play both in the car and at home. I love it and I am sure many others have been enjoying it for quite some time and will continue to do so. It's really out-of-this-world.
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on October 2, 2014
As previously reviewed this soundtrack left off some key musical songs, for example, the song in the scene in "shadow play" with L. Hunt and M. Gibson. The music in that scene (shadow play) was fantastic. Nevertheless, it was not on this cd. Therefore this cd was rated average-3 stars.
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I thought this movie was supberb as was the music. It is even more timely with the events in Indonesia today. Lo and behold, I was amazed that the main song from the film was not included in the CD. Can anyone offer where to find it.
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on June 25, 2014
I originally ordered the CD for the Strauss (Last Four Songs) more than the Jarre score, and was originally disappointed that the sound track contained only his original music. But I started listening to it in the car and found much of it incredibly peaceful, evocative and centering. I now listen to it daily -- almost like a meditation session. Beautiful.
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