Oh man! Does this bring us back to mid-’90s, Something to Remember ballad era or what?! Masterpiece, a new song from Madonna that was recorded for the soundtrack of her new movie, W.E., and also rumored to be on her upcoming album, has found its way onto the net, and is an absolutely gorgeous, stripped down track that really lets her vocals shine! [Source]
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo isn’t set to hit theaters until Dec. 21, but you can already hear its soundtrack from the Academy Award-winning team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It’s out right now digitally, though the CD copies aren’t expected to arrive until Dec. 27. And to celebrate the soundtrack’s release, Reznor and Ross have shared the piece’s closing track. It’s an appropriately epic-leaning cover of Bryan Ferry’s “Is Your Love Strong Enough” by How to Destroy Angels, aka their group with Reznor’s wife, Mariqueen Maandig. If you like the band’s other stuff, you’re going to love this. As for the NIN faithful, I’m sure you’re going to kick and punch each other over it. [Source]
In early 1993, Philadelphia director Jonathan Demme asked Springsteen to write a song for the in-progress film, and in June, after the conclusion of the “Other Band” Tour, Springsteen did so. It was recorded with Springsteen supplying almost all of the instrumentation, with bass and background vocals from “Other Band” member Tommy Sims. Additional saxophone and vocal parts by Ornette Coleman and “Little” Jimmy Scott, respectively, were recorded but never used – although those elements are used in a brief scene in the film when Tom Hanks exits Denzel Washington’s office. Released in early 1994 as the main single from the film’s original soundtrack, it became a huge success for Springsteen all over Europe and North America. “Streets of Philadelphia” achieved greater popularity in Europe than in the United States. While it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it became a number-one single in Germany, France and Austria. It peaked at number two in the United Kingdom, becoming Springsteen’s highest charting hit in that country, and number four in Australia. As of 2010, “Streets of Philadelphia” ranks as his most recent top ten hit. The song was included on the album All Time Greatest Movie Songs, released by Sony in 1999. The music video for the song, directed by Jonathan Demme and his nephew Ted Demme, begins by showing Springsteen walking along desolate city streets, followed by a bustling park and schoolyard, interspersed with footage from the film. After a quick shot of Rittenhouse Square, it ends with Springsteen walking along the Delaware River, with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background. Tom Hanks is also visible as the lead character he plays in the film, looking on as Bruce begins the final verse. The vocal track for the video was recorded live during the shooting, using a hidden microphone, to a pre-recorded instrumental track. This was a technique, appropriate for emotionally intense songs for which conventional video lip-syncing would seem especially false, that John Mellencamp pioneered in his 1985 “Rain on the Scarecrow” video, and that Springsteen himself had used on his 1987 “Brilliant Disguise” video. Springsteen would go on to use the same technique in his “Lonesome Day” video in 2002.
According to William Friedkin, director of the film To Live and Die in L.A., the main reason he chose Wang Chung to compose the soundtrack was because the band “stands out from the rest of contemporary music… What they finally recorded has not only enhanced the film, it has given it a deeper, more powerful dimension.” This, of course, was his response after listening to the band’s previous album, Points on the Curve.
Relativity Music Group is pleased to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack for Golden-Globe® nominee Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher, featuring the original song and lead track “The Keeper,” written and performed by Grammy-award winning musician Chris Cornell and co-produced by Alain Johannes (Great Expectations) and Chris Cornell. Machine Gun Preacher stars Gerard Butler and is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to help the children of East Africa. [Source]
A hypnotic instrumental drone featuring moaning electric guitars, tinkling chimes, and other cool ambient effects. Don’t expect the rest of their music to sound as haunting and laid-back. Back in May, Reznor and Ross’ collaboration with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O hit the web. The tune, a wild cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” was included in a trailer for Tattoo. [Source]
Powerful title tune for the French/Italian spaghetti western “Une Corde, Un Colt” (1969). This Ennio Morricone-flavored piece was composed by André Hossein, father of director/star Robert Hossein. Hal Shaper wrote the lyrics. The single was only released in France.