Featured in January 2000
- New and Notable Soundtracks
"Man on the Moon," "The Melvin Van Peebles Collection," "Sleepy Hollow," "Sweet and Lowdown," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," and "Toy Story 2"
- "Medal of Honor" and more Anime & Video Game soundtracks
NEW AND NOTABLE SOUNDTRACKS
"Man on the Moon"
R.E.M. was the logical choice to score a film about Andy Kaufman; after all, they paid tribute to the comic legend with this movie's title track. The rest of the "Man on the Moon" soundtrack is filled with the verbal antics of Kaufman himself, a few short, reflective instrumentals composed by R.E.M., and the group's excellent new tune "The Great Beyond." Overall, this soundtrack is short but sweet. Read more
"The Melvin Van Peebles Collection"
Melvin Van Peebles, various artists
Okay, so maybe Melvin Van Peebles's two classic soundtrack efforts--"Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" and the musical "Don't Play Us Cheap"--isn't for everyone. This is still a great reissue. Backed by a young Earth, Wind & Fire and a handful of great vocalists, these frenetic, loud, in-your-face soundtracks from 1971 and 1972 sound like a precursor to hip-hop with plenty of funk, gospel, spoken word, and blues elements. Before we had blaxploitation films, we had Melvin Van Peebles. And cinema hasn't been the same since. Read more
Danny Elfman's score for "Sleepy Hollow" is the perfect sonic complement to Tim Burton's horror flick. The Washington Irving tale is made all the scarier with Elfman's mix of frightful strings, eerie percussion, and snippets of children's choir. Elfman has collaborated on numerous scores with Burton, and this is one of the composer's finest. Read more
"Sweet and Lowdown"
Woody Allen's movies are always filled with nostalgic, classic jazz and pop standards. But on "Sweet and Lowdown," the director's mythical bio-pic of Emmet Ray (billed as the world's second-best jazz guitarist, just after Django Reinhardt), we get an entire movie based on music and a musician. The soundtrack for this audio feast features the Dick Hyman Group and guitarist Howard Alden. For fans of jazz guitar, this set of classic tunes ("Just a Gigolo," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "Sweet Georgia Brown") will be both mellow and enjoyable. Read more
"The Talented Mr. Ripley"
Matt Damon sings? Yes, it's true. On "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the heartthrob does his best to croon like Chet Baker on "My Funny Valentine." And while his singing skills are an acquired taste, great jazz tunes by Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and the Guy Barker International Quintet perfectly evoke the movie's setting of Italy in the '50s. In addition, Gabriel Yared's instrumental score adds a mysterious and reflective element to all that jazz. Read more
"Toy Story 2"
Randy Newman is back for "Toy Story 2" with a soundtrack that's just as good as his score for the original movie. In addition to Newman's instrumental orchestrations (a mix of familiar themes, Western melodies, and high drama), Sarah McLachlan sings "When She Loved Me" and crooner Robert Goulet lends his vocal chords to "You've Got a Friend in Me." Read more
"MEDAL OF HONOR" AND MORE VIDEO GAME & ANIME SOUNDTRACKS
You've just received the latest video games and now want to hear their full instrumental scores? No problem. Amazon.com has selected the very best video-game and anime scores available today. And we're pleased to introduce "Medal of Honor," the moving soundtrack--available exclusively through Amazon.com--to the Sony PlayStation game of the same name. Video Game & Anime Soundtracks
"Medal of Honor"
To be honest, this reviewer has never played "Medal of Honor" (nor too many other video games). That said, even by Hollywood standards, this soundtrack for a WWII adventure game will stand the test of time. Composer Michael Giacchino has created a John Williams-inspired score filled with drama, inventive orchestrations, and plenty of action-adventure tension. Read more
You'll find more great music, articles, and interviews in Amazon.com's Soundtracks section.
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