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Altamira – Mark Knopfer & Evelyn Glennie

The soundtrack to the movie of the same name. The Cave of Altamira is the place in Spain where fantastic Paleolithic era paintings were discovered by the young daughter of an amateur archaeologist in eighteen something or other. Loads of bison etc., all incredibly well preserved – it’s a World Heritage Site.

This music is Sir Mark in an entirely different mode – don’t expect anything remotely resembling Dire Straits, nor any of his grittier/folk based recent offerings; this is MK at the helm of a totally different ship. He wrote all the music for this soundtrack, with the exception of tracks 3 & 7 (there are 10 in all) which are by Evelyn Glennie. For those who don’t know, Dame Evelyn has been deaf since the age of 12. Clearly it’s been no impediment whatsoever to her career as a percussionist, and she claims that deafness is misunderstood – that one can hear with other parts of the body. She’s a marimba specialist and performs barefoot so one would draw the obvious conclusion that her feet pick up on the resonance of the various instruments that way. Amazing!

Other notable personnel appearing on this album are: cellist, Caroline Dale - she played the cello in the movie Hilary and Jackie, is presently principal cellist of the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and the English Chamber Orchestra, and has contributed to recordings by David Gilmour, also toured with artists as diverse as Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Oasis and David Gray!!, Guy Fletcher – keys and music producer – he was with Dire Straits and has since pretty much been involved in most of MK’s releases, and Michael McGoldrick – specialist in folk and Celtic whistling things. There is some serious pedigree here.

It’s so very interesting to hear – there is no fancy flamboyant fingerwork, in fact, if anything the opposite is true – beautiful, clear, true guitar notes with a slightly Spanish flavour, and in some places, a Celtic sound, however, nothing is overdone. The cello is gorgeous, the percussion formidable, and the whole package is sophisticated and impeccably produced – it just oozes class IMHO. All instrumental with those two purely Glennie pieces which are quite, quite fascinating - in her “Dream of the Bison” I swear you can actually feel the herd thundering along.

Although I definitely want to see the movie, for me, the music conjures it all up in any case - a bit like reading a book first, before viewing something you’ve already imagined. Very happy with this purchase!

Still no additional clips on the tube, so this is the title track – again …

[video=youtube;xdAhSZB2lh8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdAhSZB2lh8[/video]
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson




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PRINCE "music from: Graffiti Bridge" cd,1990

career stats:
studio albums...............39
singles.........................97

this album........................#6 US...#10 AU...#22 CAN...#3 NZ...#1 UK
singles:
"thieves in the temple".......#6 US...#16 AU...#5 CAN...#5 NZ...#7 UK
"new power generation"....#64 US...#91 AU...........................#26 UK

Primce's twelfth studio album...
another soundtrack album...
I know the title is "music from....." but I never knew a movie existed until a few minutes ago!
I just assumed it was supposed to be from a movie but it never eventuated....!
anyway,
just as youd expect from 'the purple one'...lots of r+b/funk based tunes on here...
guest appearances from a band called The Time (never heard of them!), George Clinton and Mavis Staples
amongst others!
a very good album IMO, as are ALL of his albums I own, which is only a handful anyway!...
but I guess you either like or dislike this guy, me?, I like him...!
but even if you don't like him, you have to acknowledge his talents ie: playing every instrument known in rock music,
writer, singer, producer, discoverer of other artists, actor etc...
and the influence he had on musicians that followed after him...
I don't use the terms "totally original" and "unique" too freely when I describe musicians but the world lost two that
fall into those catagories this year in Mr. Bowie and Prince Nelson!

I LIKE THIS ALBUM

worst track: still would stand all time
best track: cant stop this feeling I got

-sorry, no link for my favourite track so I picked another one I love off the album!

[video=youtube;2wwzFbNOpTE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wwzFbNOpTE[/video]

tracks:

1. cant stop this feeling I got ***
2...new power generation pt: I ***
3...release it **
4...the question of you **
5...elephants and flowers **
6...round and round **
7...we can funk **
8...joy in repetition **
9...love machine **
10.tick tick bang **
11.shake! ***
12.thieves in the temple ***
13.the latest fashion **
14.melody cool ***
15.still would stand all time **
16.graffiti bridge **
17.new power generation pt: II ***

3s=6
2s=11
1s=0

rating: 2.3
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SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER - OST

album.............................#1 AU...#1 CAN...#1 UK...#1 US
singles:
"jive talkin'"....................#14 AU...#1 CAN.....#5 UK...#1 US
"a fifth of Beethoven".......#91 AU...#2 CAN...#28 UK...#1 US
"you should be dancin'"....#20 AU...#3 CAN.....#5 UK...#1 US
"open sesame"............................#70 CAN...............#55 US
"how deep is your love".....#3 AU....#1 CAN....#3 UK....#1 US
"night fever"....................#7 AU....#1 CAN....#1 UK....#1 US
"stayin' alive"...................#1 AU...#1 CAN.....#4 UK....#1 US
"if I cant have you"...........#1 AU...#1 CAN.....#4 UK....#1 US
"disco inferno"............................#70 CAN...#16 UK..#53 US
"boogie shoes"...............#33 AU..#30 CAN...#34 UK..#35 US
"more than a feelin'".......#31 AU

eleven singles off this movie soundtrack...
lots of various artists on if from Tavres, Kool And The Gang, KC And The Sunshine Band,
Bee Gees etc etc...
album sold in excess of 15 million in the US alone....
was biggest selling soundtrack album of all time until Whitney's "the bodyguard" overtook it...
winner of six Grammy's and one AMA but probably numerous other awards across the world also...
a very good soundtrack that includes six instrumentals, four I hate, one I like and the single,
"a fifth of Beethoven" I love...
not a fan of disco by any means, but when the Brothers Gibb are involved in any way, well,
it does it for me!....
and heres a surprise for you all....ive never seen the movie and have no intention of doing so even
after playing this masterpiece for the umpteenth time.

I LOVE THIS ALBUM

worst track: Calypso breakdown
best track: stayin' alive

[video=youtube;I_izvAbhExY]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvAbhExY[/video]

tracks:

1...stayin' alive ***
2...how deep is your love ***
3...night fever ***
4...more than a woman ***
5...if I cant have you ***
6...a fifth of Beethoven (inst) ***
7...more than a woman (Tavares version) **
8...Manhattan skyline (inst) **
9...Calypso breakdown (inst) *
10.night on disco mountain (inst) *
11.open sesame **
12.jive talkin' ***
13.boogie shoes ***
14.you should be dancin' ***
15.salsation (inst) *
16.k-jee (inst) *
17.disco inferno ***

3s=10
2s=3
1s=4

rating: 2.4
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I like the Bee Gees songs from the album, the rest I can take or leave.

I recall the point in time when five of the singles in our top 10 were sung and/or written by The Bee Gees. I can sort of understand why there was a bit of a backlash - they made a fortune from that soundtrack but also alienated a lot of earlier fans.
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the old "tall poppy syndrome" was alive and well back in the 1970s then?!

I was always a fan of their pre and post disco music....
I skipped over their disco period totally until probably close to 2000, when it just clicked with me...

whatever the Bee Gees turned their craft to was simply brilliant IMO....
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Actually, I'm not even listening to anything at this current moment, but I'm watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and the films have some strange sound tracks. I've seen plenty of different kinds of soundtracks in these movies. There's such a variety of films that were on there that makes a variety of music. They've had some musicals every once in a while on there with some different sound tracks, like "Untamed Youth" and "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies." And then there's some Universal Studios Soundtracks (for Return of the Creature and This Island Earth) and then there's some god-awful soundtracks that just repeat (see Manos the Hands of Fate). Let's also mention, though, that the show has some fun original songs ("Patrick Swayze Christmas,""Where, Oh Werewolf,""Sodium")So, I'm listening to a strange variety, at the moment XD
Always look on the bright side of life! *Insert whistling here*
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ABBA songs as in Mamma Mia Musical
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