Sounds of the Season

Some soundtrack news:

Although I have not seen the movie yet, I am sure I will love the soundtrack to The Royal Tenenbaums. Of course this is another Wes Anderson movie and it includes a score made by Mark Mothersbaugh much like his previous films’ soundtracks: Rushmore and Bottle Rockets but it also has some tracks by Bob Dylan, The Clash, The Ramones, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and the Velvet Underground. Unfortunately, just like Rushmore (and possibly Bottle Rockets) there are some huge omissions – songs that were left off the album for some reason. Some of these include a version of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” by Elliot Smith, “Sloop John B” by the Beach Boys, and “She Smiled Sweetly” by the Rolling Stones. Rushmore left off a good Rolling Stone song too – does Wes Anderson have something against Mick, Keith, and the boys?

Another great soundtrack that I happen to have a pre-release copy of is for the movie “I am Sam”. Though I don’t know if the movie (with Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer) will be all that good, it won’t be because of weak musical accompaniment. It is a
soundtrack
of all Beatles’ (who I love) covers by various artists (most of which I happen to love as well). There are tracks by The Wallflowers, Rufus Wainwright, Ben Harper, Paul Westerberg, Heather Nova, Nick Cave, Sarah McLachlan, Eddie Veder, Ben Folds, and more. Aimee Mann & Michael Penn’s rendition of “Two of Us” particularly stands out. It is a very good soundtrack and any movie that plays that many Beatles tunes can’t be that bad can it?

Finally a post couldn’t be complete without something about the Lord of the Rings movie. The soundtrack is mostly original score by Howard Shore but there are two new tracks from Enya called “May It Be” and “The Council Of Elrond (Theme For Aragorn And Arwen)” both good, but then, I like Enya.

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